ISTE 2016 Monday Highlights: Monarch to newspapers, Soundtrap teams up with Google, and Google Releases Google Cast


In tech develops from ISTE 2016 Jostens has unveiled that it will be allows students to use their online Adobe InDesign program called Monarch to produce newspapers as well as yearbooks this year.

SoundTrap, an online podcasting and sound recording program also released a new partnership with Google Edu.  Their new partnership will sync existing SoundTrap EDU accounts ($5 per student per year) to Google Classroom to load classes and push assignments.

NewseumED.Org Releases More Online Resources
With a variety of lessons for journalism, social studies and Langauge Arts classes Newseum is working to develop their data base of original source documents for use in all classes.

Flipboard and JEA Continue Best of High School Journalism Digital Magazine
Flipboad and the Journalism Education Association are entering their second year partnered to create a digital magazine of the best high school journalism in the country.  Click here to read more about the magazine and contest.

Amazon released a new completely free edu search engine that lets teachers search for free online resources. Teachers who join Inspire will also be able to upload their own resources to the community, which is based on crowd sourcing model. Amazon hoped to find a way to better organize the free resources on the internet, while also having them organized by standards and grade levels as well.

Press Release

  • Expeditions
    • Since we launched the beta Expeditions Pioneer Program in September of 2015, more than one million students across 11 countries have taken one of our virtual reality trips. Today, we’re making Expeditions available to everyone. To get started, all teachers need to do is download the Expeditions app onto a set of devices. With more than 200 Expeditions to choose from, students can journey far and wide, learning from immersive new experiences. Our content offerings have also grown to include Expeditions made by established educational content providers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Pearson is beginning work on Expeditions content as well. The app is available today for Android and will be available for iPhones and iPads soon.
  • Google Docs
    • Getting feedback early helps students learn and teachers teach. Starting today, Quizzes in Google Forms  will allow teachers to auto-grade multiple choice and checkbox questions — so teachers can spend less time grading and more time teaching.
  • Chromebooks
    • We’re on a mission to discover Chromebook tools that foster skills of the future, including problem-solving, digital literacy, leadership and creativity. We listened to teachers in Chromebook classrooms and collaborated with EdTechTeacher, and we’re excited to announce a collection of creative apps on Chromebooks that schools can purchase as a bundle.
  • Cast
    • Today we’re announcing Google Cast for Education, a free Chrome app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from everywhere in the classroom. Cast for Education carries video and audio across complex school networks, has built-in controls for teachers and works with Google Classroom so its easy to invite your students. And because the app runs on the teacher’s existing computer, it doesn’t require new hardware. Teachers run the Cast for Education app, and students can share their screens with the existing Cast feature in Chrome. Check out the Cast for Education video.

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