Skype in the classroom, a free online educational enrichment community for teachers, has added six new partner organizations to its roster, including NASA's Digital Learning Center, The National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Victory, British Council, Woodland Trust, Education through Expedition, and Choose2Matter.
While the Connected Educator Month event may be over, the effort to keep teachers and school leaders connected for collaboration and learning continues.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Software provider Rediker has released Teacher Evaluator, an online teacher evaluation application designed specifically for the iPad and compatible with any Web browser.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Learning Games Network and FableVision have partnered to create the Game Design Tool Kit, a free online resource designed to help teachers use game design more extensively in their curriculum. The companies will also provide professional development workshops and gaming sessions to help teachers learn how to use the tools.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
In the sixth installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker outline what teachers need to know about blended learning training resources, and where they can go to get them.
- By Michael Horn, Heather Staker
ASCD has released a new version of its online professional development tool, PD In Focus 2.0.
Kenexa is adding social learning capabilities to its flagship digital learning suite. The company this week released Kenexa Learning Suite 3.0, which includes an enterprise social learning management system that lets users network and collaborate online.
Edmodo, a Web-based social learning network for teachers and students, has introduced new features designed to make it easier to connect with resources and gain insight into students' feelings about assignments, classroom discussions, and shared content.
The federal government is teaming up with a state university and an ed tech advocacy group to launch a new online community of practice (called "epic-ed") that's designed to support "all stakeholders going through digital transition within technology-enabled learning environments."
Achieve3000, a provider of differentiated instruction solutions, and the Center for College and Career Readiness, a not-for-profit research and training organization dedicated to increasing college and career-readiness skills, have partnered to create the new professional development program for teachers called the Common Core Black Belt Classroom Certification for Teachers in Cross Curricular Literacy.