21st Century Teaching & Learning Resources

Video Messaging Company Vidku Changes Name to Flipgrid

Vidku, the Minneapolis-based mobile video messaging company that serves educators and businesses, has renamed itself Flipgrid in recognition of its flagship platform.

Afinia debuts Project-Based 3D Printing Kits for STEM Ed

Afinia 3D now has a line of 10 3D printing kits designed to enhance science, technology, engineering and math in K-12 learning.

'Personalized Learning': From Marketing Hype to Good Pedagogy

We (CN &ES) took a deep dive into a popular "personalized learning" programs for K–8 mathematics instruction. While we have not been particularly supportive of personalized learning in the past, to put it mildly, in this week’s blog we describe what impressed us about this particular math program that used concept-based practice and differentiated instruction.

PBS Kids Launches Tablet with Educational Content and Parental Controls

PBS Kids is launching its first tablet — the Playtime Pad. Produced by electronics company Ematic, the 16 GB children’s tablet is designed to provide a one-stop destination for PBS Kids’ educational content, with more than 25 games and 120 video clips and music videos pre-loaded, along with more than 100 hours of video on the PBS Kids video app.

ProQuest Unveils New Online Library Catalog Enrichment Service

ProQuest, in partnership with LibraryThing, has launched Syndetics Unbound, a new online service designed to provide libraries and their patrons with dynamic information and interactive, guided discovery through the online catalog.

GrowingVoters.org Offers Free Curricula on Voting and U.S. Electoral System

A website geared toward educating elementary, middle, high school and college students about voting and the United States electoral system aims to transform young people into tomorrow’s voters, using technology and fun lessons and exercises.

Camtasia Adds 'Professional-Grade' Video Features

Video creation platform Camtasia has been updated with new features designed to enable instructors to make their videos more professional looking.

Shmoop Debuts Daily Lesson Plans for Elementary Teachers

Digital publisher Shmoop has released daily lesson plans for elementary school teachers in English, social studies and science, with math coming soon.

Device Shipments to Decline for Second Consecutive Year

Global device shipments, including PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones, will decline by 3 percent this year, marking the second consecutive year of negative growth, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner.

Microsoft Unveils 5 MOOCs on K–12 Digital Pedagogy and Leadership

Microsoft’s education team is sponsoring five new online courses designed to help guide K–12 principals, headmasters, superintendents and school leaders through the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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