Orchard Learning, developer of the Orchard Software school improvement Suite, has launched a new targeted assessment and instruction tool called Orchard Now.
After a successful pilot program in the spring, the South Dakota Department of Education (SDDOE) has adopted Pearson's WriteToLearn software formally as its statewide student writing assessment. Students throughout South Dakota in grades 5, 7, and 10 will take the State Writing Assessment three times per year using the software.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Pearson recently launched a free gradebook tool designed for iPad. Called PowerTeacher Mobile, the app is designed to integrate with Pearson's student information system, PowerSchool.
Ed tech developer eInstruction has announced that its ExamView Learning Series is now aligned with Common Core State Standards.
Adobe has launched a new multimedia authoring tool for education. Dubbed Project Rome, the hosted service (also available as a desktop AIR app) went into public preview Sunday morning. Adobe said it's looking for schools to participate in pilot programs using the software, especially those schools that have adopted Google's Apps for Education or the open source learning management system Moodle.
Ed tech developer Orchard Software has released Orchard 4.5, an update to the company's tool for differentiated instruction, student assessment, and data management.
Elementary teachers are using wikis in and out of the classroom. The collaborative, teacher-moderated technology allows educators to set up sites quickly and at little or no cost, creating instant learning resources for students. But wikis aren't without their challenges.
- By Bridget McCrea
Acuity InFormative Assessment Solution has received several upgrades to give users more data-driven utility and allow the software to assign targeted tools and exercises based directly on assessment results.
- By Scott Aronowitz
The free and open source learning management system OLAT has been updated to version 7.0. The latest release, which rolled out in late September, has gained a new course creation wizard and enhanced integration with external tools.
Adobe has introduced Acrobat X Pro, the latest version of the company's document creation, portfolio, and collaboration tool for Mac OS X and Windows.