Anson County School District, a rural district in North Carolina, has been recognized by Scientific Learning Corp. as a national reference site for the strides the district's struggling student readers have made with SLC's Fast ForWord educational software products. The software aims to help students with learning disabilities to process information more efficiently.
- By Scott Aronowitz
The Utah Department of Education has approved AutoSkill International’s Academy of Reading and Academy of Math learning aid programs to help at-risk students improve proficiency in the subjects.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Atomic Learning, a provider of online technology training and support, has expanded The Assistive Technology Collection, a suite of tutorials to help train users in a number of widely-used educational software applications and devices.
When administrators and educators at the Lamar County School District in Mississippi realized that the number of struggling readers was increasing as the volume of resources available to teach reading at the secondary level were decreasing, they knew it was time to take action. They also knew that a technology-based solution just might be the most efficient, effective way to improve the situation.
- By Bridget McCrea
Although on-time graduation is the most desirable outcome for high school students, late graduation is significantly, quantifiably better than no graduation at all, according to a new study released this week by the Center for Public Education. The report found that "the extra work late graduates and their schools put in toward earning a high school diploma pays off in every aspect of life."
Renaissance Learning has launched a new reading intervention, one that takes a "book club" approach to reading participation. The new system, Successful Reader, incorporates audiobooks from AudibleKids.com and includes guided independent reading practice, various guides, and interactive online content.
New York City Schools has signed a five-year, $54.9 million contract with government services provider Maximus. Under the agreement, Maximus will provide the district its TIENET special education case management system, allowing teachers to prepare Individual Education Programs (IEPs) online.
The Georgia Department of Education has recently approved Scientific Learning's Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant family of programs for use in K-8 Language Arts and Reading instruction.
The Adobe Foundation is expanding its Adobe Youth Voices program into new areas in 2009. These include new initiatives to train teachers and students on the use of technologies, as well as a partnership with the Ad Council to collaborate on a dropout prevention campaign called "Boost."
Educational technology developer LearningExpress is launching a new program tailored specifically for the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The FCAT eFolio program is an online tool designed to help improve student writing and prepare for the FCAT Writing+ exam.