Eduspark this month signed a deal with multimedia delivery provider BroadRamp to provide its content for English language learners (ELL) over the Internet. Eduspark provides dual-language immersive education programs for K-8 and previously delivered its content through instructional DVDs. With the new deal, most of the company's content will also come through the Internet.
Research firm SRI International said it's working on a project to "synthesize research and provide practice guidelines to inform and improve special education reform efforts for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)...." WWC is a project overseen by the United States Department of Education. RI is a subcontractor on the project, working with Mathematica Policy Research, which is presently operating under a $50.3 million contract with DOE to expand WWC.
English as a second language (ESL) startup AppleESL.com (Hollywood, CA) has unveiled a new ESL Web portal of the same name, which provides teachers and students with online and downloadable tools, materials, activity templates, lesson plans, and audio and video files.
Scientific Learning Corp. (SLC) has debuted Reading Progress Indicator for the company's Fast ForWord line of reading intervention tools. Reading Progress Indicator is designed to measure students' reading progress when using Fast ForWord. It was developed by assessment provider Bookette Software Co.
Connections Academy, a virtual education company, recently announced that it has been selected by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Missouri's Virtual Instruction Program's (MoVIP) first K-5 virtual school, expected to open in 2007. The secondary education (grades 6-12) virtual school will be provided by Northwest Missouri State University. Both virtual campuses are intended to provide tuition-free education for more than 4,000 students in the state.
- By Michelle Rutledge
Over the last month, two schools and one district have reported improvements in student achievement in reading resulting from a reading program based around speech recognition technology, Soliloquy Reading Assistant from Soliloquy Learning.
Boulder, CO-based Pearson Knowledge Technologies has unveiled WriteToLearn 3.0, the latest update to its writing development and reading comprehension tool, which now gives students expanded feedback on their essays and helps teachers target students with reading passages geared for their individual abilities.
Boston Public's Horace Mann School for the deaf and hard of hearing will receive $100,000 of donated technology from 13 different companies participating at AIIM and On Demand Conferences & Expos. Donations will include a variety of equipment and software.
- By Michelle Rutledge
The South Australian Department of Education & Children's Services (DECS) has deployed Saba Centra Live to enhance distance learning in the region.
Alta Vista Elementary School in Haines City, FL has implemented Soliloquy Learning's Soliloquy Reading Assistant (SRA) to help with literacy among its large population of ELL students.