According to new research from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), U.S. schools will need broadband speeds of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students by the 2014-2015 school year to meet increasing demand for Web-based lessons and the growing number of mobile devices used in the classroom. –Source: SETDA (2012)
MoviePlus X6, $21 per user; site licenses starting at $999
Serif’s HD-video editing tool allows students to create studio-quality video in minutes. The software is compatible with all popular video files, so users can import videos from a camera, phone or PC. Students can add more than 200 effects and transitions to their movies, and can use tools such as green screening and picture-in-picture. They can export movies for Apple’s iPod touch and iPad, burn HD videos to DVD or Blu-ray discs, or upload movies to the Internet.
Interstate ID eXchange, contact eScholar for pricing
State education agencies are required to verify data on students who have moved out of state, so eScholar has developed a tool to find individual students across state lines. The goal is to identify false dropouts and to give districts credit for students enrolled in other states. ID eXchange is currently being used in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Vmath Live, pricing varies
This new software from Voyager serves as a math intervention tool for grades 2 through 8 and includes a teacher-directed and an individual-student component. Each grade level includes eight topics, such as fractions and decimals, and begins by having students do an activity to find out how much they know about each topic. Vmath Live includes tutorials with audio in Spanish and English, fluency activities that meet Common Core State Standards, and a reward system.
ColorQube 8700 Color Multifunction Printer, starting at $2,499
This new multifunction printer (MFP) produces up to 90 percent less printing waste and 17 percent less life-cycle energy than similar MFPs, according to Xerox. The cartridge-free printer features a 7-inch touchscreen to allow users to program jobs and organize documents easily, and it saves energy by switching into low-power mode during downtime.
Which products and services make a difference in your district? Nominate your favorite products by the deadline of Sept. 12 to be considered for the Readers' Choice Top 100 Products of 2012. www.DistrictAdministration.com/top100