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ISTE HIGHLIGHTS: College Chemistry, the Easy Way

Vernier ap chemThe Advanced Placement Chemistry exam is one of the toughest tests any high-schooler will ever encounter, but Vernier has a new lab book to help kids know the difference between pipette and a P-orbital. “Vernier Chemistry Investigations for use with AP Chemistry” has 16 inquiry-based labs that build on classroom work in chemistry and is aligned with the College Board’s “AP Chemistry Lab Manual.” The activities range from investigating how marble dissolves in acid rain to acid-base titrations and are built around Vernier sensors and data logging equipment. The package includes step-by-step instructions on the use of sensors and lab gear for students, while teachers get a series of Word files so they can modify the curriculum to their specific needs. See it at booth 838

ISTE HIGHLIGHTS: The Classroom as Hive

AerohiveAlong with its HiveManager wireless LAN control, monitoring and management program, Aerohive will be showing a new concept in connecting kids and teachers to the information they need to learn and teach. HiveSchool is a new concept in school networking software that can simplify the design, deployment and management of wireless LANS at school so that the IT crew aren’t spending all their time restarting routers or tracking down printer problems. It’s all at booth 1238.



ISTE HIGHLIGHTS: Ready or Not, …

IReadyCloseReading_Forensics Grade 4The latest update to Curriculum Associates i-Ready reading program includes new lessons for third-through-fifth graders. In addition to creating a custom plan of reading samples for each student, the Close Reading program seeks to get kids to read the passages more deeply to be able to absorb more of the material’s details. It’s all common-core coordinated and has short as well as long writing responses built in.  Take a look at booth 2352.


152B_01_03The latest Epson virtual reality googles just might be sturdy and rugged enough for school use. That’s because the Moverio Pro BT-2000 is not only dust and waterproof but has been made to survive being used on the factory floor. The BT-200 looks like a pair of sunglasses but inside is a 5-megapixel 3-D camera, binocular lenses that bring the view in 20-percent closer and a brighter screen than its predecessor.

ISTE HIGHLIGHTS: Chrome for the Desktop

Acer Chromebase Front Facing LeftIf your school has standardized on Chromebooks for kids, teachers and staff, you should go to booth 2018 to see Acer’s Chromebase DC221HQ all-in-one system. It should fit right in for computer labs, library research and public connection kiosks with a self-contained system that has a 21.5-inch full HD display with optional 10-point touch control. The system’s stand can tilt the display or the entire unit can be mounted on a wall with optional hardware.  Inside, it has Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of memory and Nvidia Kepler-based graphics. There’s a built-in HD webcam above the screen and speakers below. The system comes with 16GB of solid state storage for $430, but if you can do without the touch control, it is $100 less, making it one of the best desktop bargains around.


Mac to school logoWhile Mac to School specializes in refurbishing Apple Mac computers and selling them to schools at a big discount, they gave a bunch away recently. As part of the company’s Give Mac Initiative, they donated a classroom’s worth of systems to the Yellow Circle non-profit organization that seeks to close the digital divide between rich and poor schools.  Mac to School is at booth 1610.



Apple watch lexiaAs if having a school full of notebooks, tablets and phones wasn’t enough, Lexia Learning has one of the first educational apps that runs on Apple’s Watch. The free MyLexia software is available at the iTunes App Store and can turn reams of student information into a single cogent screen that summarizes a wide range of student data. The big payoff is that the app can put relevant student data literally at a teacher or administrator’s fingertips in seconds.  See it in action at booth 1110.


ISTE HIGHLIGHTS: Digital Starter Kit

Califone kit high resFew teachers have the luxury of having a complete techno kit in their classrooms on day one of school. But, Califone can help with its Mobile Peripheral Pack, which has everything from a sturdy fold-open tablet stand to headphones and a Bluetooth wirelesskeyboard. You can try it out at booth 2200.


ISTE HIGHLIGHTS: A Window on Book Creator

Book creatorBook Creator for Andorid and iOS takes a big step forward with the first Windows version of the software. The Book Creator for Windows app brings the ability to quickly and simply make and share ebooks to Windows PCs. It comes with 40 fonts, the ability to embed images and video and it uses the ePub file standard for the final creation. The best part is that for a limited period, Book Creator for Windows will be free from the Windows Store. While they don’t have a booth at the show, they have some tips for show-goers in ebook form.



ISTE HIGHLIGHTS: Epson’s Big Board

Epson boardKnown for its classroom projectors, Epson is branching out with a family of interactive boards. The All-in-One Collaborative Whiteboard works with Epson’s BrightLink Pro 1430Wi and 1420 Wi short throw projectors to create an integrated system. Built around DA-Lite’s IDEA high-gain screen surface, the board can be used for projecting images or as a dry-erase board. The All-in-One screen can be ordered in 87- ($1,599) and 100-inch ($2,279) versions that will fit all but the largest classrooms. You can see it at booth 3104.



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