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Free Mobile App for Adult English Learners

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Learning Upgrade has launched a mobile app that enables English Language Learners (ELLs) to access their musical lessons on their own using any device, including phones and tablets, and is designed to improve students’ time on task by no longer limiting them to sitting in front of a computer. “Low-literate, low-income adults often do not have computer and internet access...

Answering the Call for Spanish Parity in K-5

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American Reading Company (ARC) offers a comprehensive core curriculum in English and Spanish that provides the materials equity and language parity districts are searching for. ARC’s thematic inquiry curriculum maximizes learning time by incorporating content-area research into daily reading and writing instruction. Districts can design the scope and sequence by selecting the topics to use in each grade (more than...

Kids Discover Online Assessment Tool

Kids Discover Online, an interactive digital library of science and social studies content, has added custom assessment capabilities to its platform. With the new tool, educators have full control to mix and match science and social studies materials to create, distribute, and assess custom quizzes, tests, and homework assignments directly within the platform.Teachers can choose from 5,000 questions covering...

Raytheon Deploys Translation Software, Aids U.S. Army

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Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded $4 million to provide automatic speech recognition, machine translation, text-to-speech, and optical character-recognition software licenses for one year to the Army’s Machine Foreign Language Translation System Program Office. This is the first large-scale fielding of the system. With the Machine Foreign Language Translation System, U.S. Army personnel can converse with Iraqi Arabic and Pashto...

Kids & Teens, Help Others this Summer & Get $500

Disney is Supporting Hundreds of Youth-Led Service Projects with $500 Grants Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company are encouraging kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Summer of Service campaign. Youth can use fun summer activities—like reading, sports, arts, and being outdoors—in a movement to make the world healthier, greener, and...

Read to Ace the SAT, New Test Taking Tips

Jeff McQuillan shares evidence to show that reading, not cramming, is the key to improving college entrance exams, including the SAT.  A recent article in the New York Times (Hernandez, 2017) recommended that students from low-income backgrounds prepare for the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) “like a rich kid” by spending hundreds of hours studying test prep books, visiting tutors, and taking online cram...

Teaching Tools

To coincide with this month’s annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), here is a selection of some of the most relevant and innovative tech teaching tools     Achieve3000’s Access solutions (for grades 2–12) provide differentiated instruction for ELLs at every stage, from beginner to advanced. Along with a curriculum aligned to each state’s grade-level standards for...

Fluency Matters to Readers

Fluency Matters offers a wide range of compelling leveled readers specifically designed to facilitate language acquisition with novice to intermediate level students. All readers are strategically written with a manageable number of unique words, making them highly comprehensible to even novice-level students. Core vocabulary is masterfully woven into a compelling story, which inconspicuously provides repeated exposure to key language structures...

Virtual Learning a Reality

ATi Studios has released a virtual reality app for language education to combine the artificial-intelligence technology behind chatbots with speech recognition in virtual reality. Learn Languages VR by Mondly allows people to experience lifelike conversations with virtual characters, in 28 different languages. The new VR application is intended to realize virtual reality’s promise of rich, immersive, and automated educational...