Partnering to scale synthetic biology STEM education for K12
Amino Labs has partnered with MindFuel to expand its Canadian and U.S. presence in K12 education. The Amino Labs Educators Starter Kit, which is a synthetic biology starter kit for teachers, will be combined with MindFuel’s Wonderville.org service platform to provide curricula-aligned lessons in synthetic biology.
Growing number of districts are selecting Gaggle’s safety solutions
Some of the newest partner districts protecting students with Gaggle are West Memphis School District in Arkansas, Perris Union High School District in California and School District of Lee County in Florida. Five other districts in Iowa, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington have signed on as well.
Expanding platform with visitor management and school safety solutions
SchoolMint announced the acquisition of SureWatch in a move to enter the campus management and student safety arena. The news follows an earlier announcement about the creation of the company’s EdTech Holdings platform, now named SchoolMint, Inc., the addition of Hero K12 and the subsequent addition of SchoolMint.
Selecting appropriately leveled books for young readers
Age of Learning’s ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, a digital learning resource for children, and ReadingIQ, a digital library with thousands of titles for kids 12 and under, now include Lexile measures from MetaMetrics for their digital books.
New platform combines key technology systems
EMS LINQ INC's new Education Resource Management integrates school district technologies into one system with single-sign-on access to unify school districts' school accounting, e-commerce, nutrition management, school website development, real-time notifications, student registration and data analytics .
Online STEM store features popular resources
The MindFuel STEM Store is an online catalog of blended-learning resources, including lesson plans and project-based activities, experiments and design challenges, and entrepreneurial and innovation skills development course material. It covers topics such as body systems, chemistry, earth sciences, energy, ecosystems and more.
Expanding data integration for educators as part of Microsoft Education
BrightBytes announced the sale of its DataSense data integration platform to Microsoft. BrightBytes will continue to grow its education data analytics organization, which currently provides predictive analytics across school improvement, digital learning and student success, via its Clarity platform,
Offering 150 hours of K2 STEM curriculum
KinderLab Robotics expanded its KIBO curriculum suite by announcing the K2-focused Growing with KIBO. It is designed to support classrooms with a complete, sequenced STEAM curriculum covering robotics, coding and computational thinking. In addition, it provides opportunities for integrating these topics with arts and literacy activities.
Creating an enriched dining experience
SICO has introduced the Enriched Dining Experience, with the goal of helping K12 schools create more exciting, profitable and efficient dining spaces. The portfolio includes free interior design consultation, and a product line of dining tables, booths, chairs, signage, trash receptacles and serving line accessories to manage queue lines.
Verso Learning launches student-teacher feedback tools
In its latest update, Verso has added Exit Tickets, a new feature designed to collect student-to-teacher feedback at the end of a lesson to enable formative assessment. Another update includes an improved teacher dashboard that enables teachers, coaches and mentors to share insights with and feedback for other teachers.
California district works on energy efficiency project
Schneider Electric and Vista USD have completed five phases of projects to modernize lighting, HVAC equipment and thermostat systems. The California district is expected to generate $785,000 in savings by the end of 2019. Schneider Electric is also working with students on STEM education.