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.
Anson County Schools (ACS) of Wadesboro, NC, has adopted performance management to allow it to communicate to stakeholders and the broader community its progress in achieving strategic commitments to education.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Researchers at University of California, Davis are looking to determine the effectiveness of math assessments, with a special emphasis on how well current testing methods serve minority students. The researchers in UC Davis' School of Education have received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to carry out their work.
Archipelago Learning has released Study Island 4, a major update to the company's online instruction, assessment, and reporting tool. In addition to a new assessment engine and online writing tools, the new version adds new collaboration features, gaming, and support for Apple iOS devices.
Education developer LearnBoost has added support for Apple's iPad to its free online gradebook and classroom management system.