Tech Showcase roundup: May

A grant offering professional development for teachers wanting to bring differentiated instruction into their classroom, plus free webcasts on open-education resources and using blended learning to boost reading are among the featured tools in this month's Tech Showcase.

Grant supports differentiated instruction

K-12 teachers can apply for Naiku's Innovative Educator Grant, which offers professional development and assessment software to help teachers implement differentiated instruction in their classroom. The company will review applications on a rolling basis through September 30, 2017.

PD course supports literacy instruction

Voyager Sopris Learning has launched a professional-development course, called LETRS, for literacy instructors. The course aims to help teachers identify and address students' areas of struggle plus create a strategy for meeting Common Core Standards, among other objectives.

Promethean debuts ClassFlow Desktop

Promethean has launched a new version of its ClassFlow platform called ClassFlow Desktop. The platform, which works online and off-line, lets teachers create interactive activities, record audio and video, and deliver quizzes and polls, among other features.

Webinar to discuss myths, resources for OER

Two education experts discuss open-education resources in this free on-demand webcast, moderated by Education Week. Presenters share an overview of the history of OER, common myths, key resources, news on the #GoOpen movement and how an Indiana school district has integrated OER into its digital coursework.

Summer tech camp teaches STEM skills

CodeREV is hosting tech camps in California and New England. Students work on STEM-focused projects, such as robotics, coding and digital art.

Webinar offers tips on reading, blended learning   

Andy Franko, superintendent of the iConnect Zone in Colorado District 49, shares how teachers can use blended learning to improve reading achievement in this free, on-demand webcast sponsored by Reading Horizons. The presentation includes videos of classrooms employing the enriched virtual, rotation and flex model approaches.

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