Learning Resources

California Schools Turn to SaaS After Budget Cuts

Study Island, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool from Archipelago Learning, is becoming more popular in California following education budget cuts and pressure to improve student results.

Map Quests

GIS technologies allow students to tackle real-world issues while developing critical thinking skills. And, as the work of the students and teachers in Virginia who participate in James Madison University's Geospatial Semester program seems to indicate, it might just revolutionize project-based learning in K-12 schools.

New Jersey Schools Turn to Supplemental Online Instruction

A variety of New Jersey schools are deploying Study Island for the 2011-2012 year. The Web-based Study Island provides supplemental resources to help students learn subjects based on New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, tested on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and High School Proficiency Assessment.

Cisco, MIND Partner To Bring Math Program to Arizona Schools

The MIND Research Institute has received a $250,000 grant from the Cisco Foundation to provide its visual math education program, ST Math, to 4,000 students in Arizona.

Sophia Offers Free Crowd-Sourced Learning Resources

Since going public with a beta version in March, social learning and teaching website sophia.org has nearly doubled the amount of free tutorials offered to 1,500.

Chicago-Area School District Adds Streaming Media

A small school district in the Chicago, IL area, Cass District 63, has turned to New Dimension Media's CCC!  streaming media to provide resources for its students.

New Site Offers Online Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Students

A newly launched site, designed to serve as an interactive educational tool with a science focus, will feature free lesson plan, videos, and activities aligned to national education standards.

Yet Another Mix of Tech and Media: EduTone Buys Global Grid for Learning

A new deal between Cambridge University Press and education technology vendor EduTone is the latest to blend access control infrastructure with actual digital media. California-based EduTone is purchasing the Press' UK-based Global Grid for Learning, a digital content aggregation business.

VSCHOOLZ Reworks Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Ed Content

With a recent infusion of investment, virtual education company VSCHOOLZ has undertaken a mammoth project to pick apart the individual lessons and learning objects contained in K-12 resources from education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). This will allow teachers that use the service to assemble curriculum their own way.

Curriculum Pathways Adds Middle School Resources, Common Core Standards Alignment

SAS has announced the inclusion of middle school resources and added mapping to Common Core State Standards to its Curriculum Pathways.