Whats-New

What's New

We continue investing in our solutions to provide you with innovative tools, solid program planning, and ongoing support, to redefine your classroom. Click here for more detailed release notes.

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Plato Courseware

  • Enhanced Graphic Learner Progress

    The enhanced Graphic Learner Progress feature reflects an accurate picture of learner progress for educators and learners by including all assignments in the percentage-of-progress status. This measure provides an accurate view of learning pace that is key to providing educators with the opportunity to intervene in all learning environments. With this update, Edmentum's Plato Courseware now allows educators to see a regular measure of objectives mastered and also graphs learner progress. In turn, this enables them to quickly and effectively intervene when students need extra instruction. Essentially, this enhancement provides the best of both worlds to learners and educators.

  • Voice Recorder

    Voice recorder is a tool for educators and learners who use Edmentum's Plato Courseware’s world language and English language arts courses. Since this tool has so many uses we’ve made it available in all courses. Edmentum’s voice recorder provides the opportunity to grade or submit assignments with recorded audio of spoken or world language. Educators can also assess content standards using this digital audio. The voice recorder can be used in teacher graded activities, for supplemental use to enhance current assignments as well as to address student accommodations.

  • Teacher Graded Activities

    Edmentum’s Teacher Graded Activities, a tool to facilitate effective communication, allows students to submit work for review and feedback prior to finalization. This gives educators the opportunity to read questions or comments from learners and, at the same time, review their work in progress to provide them with feedback. Teachers can communicate directly with students within the actual graded activity, and a record of all comments made back and forth is available.

  • Over 100 Career and Technical Education Courses

    Ensure that your students are college and career ready with Plato Courseware's Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Edmentum provides an extensive CTE library with over 100 courses in all 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters®. Customizable content provides educators with the ability to personalize learning for each learner's interests. In addition, Edmentum will continue its CTE catalog expansion this fall with the addition of three new courses: Intro to Mobile App Development, Intro to Cybersecurity, and Advanced Computer Science.

  • Refreshed Interface

    With the new school year, we are bringing a new look to the Study Island interface! None of your functionality or navigation has changed, and you will still be able to access all of the great features of the program in the same way. We've simply given your student and educator interfaces a nice refresh.

  • Power User Program

    Our new Power User Program, designed to quickly get you up and running, includes brief video lessons and activities that will walk you through specific features and functionality. The goal is to earn a Blue Ribbon for each topic just like your students. To get started, simply click “Power User Program” in the left-hand navigation bar.

  • Content Updates

    To maintain a tight alignment with changing state and national standards, Study Island is releasing several updates to our standards mastery content this summer. Upon release this content will be automatically available to all customers who own the corresponding content.

    • Oklahoma: math and ELA, grades 2- high school
    • Mississippi: math and ELA, grades 2- high school
    • Louisiana: math and ELA, grades 2- high school
    • Massachusetts: science grades 3-high school
    • Virginia: social studies, grades 3-high school
    • ACT: math, reading, English/Writing, and science practice content; includes 3 practice assessments
    • SAT: math, reading, and writing/language practice content; includes 3 practice assessments
  • New Games

    As an organization committed to delivering high-quality tools that engage students int their learning, we at Edmentum are very excited to announce the release of two new games, Sushi Toss and Balloon Pilot.

  • Edmentum Sensei for Study Island

    Edmentum Sensei will be released to all Study Island teacher accounts to give them a clear visualization of their students’ progress towards standards mastery. From the dashboard, they will be able to see a summary of both whole class and individual student progress for all subjects, and even directly assign content when students need additional practice.
  • New and Updated Benchmarks

    Edmentum's benchmark assessments are aligned to the most up-to-date national assessment consortiums and state-specific assessments. We have released new and updated benchmark assessments that reflect the newest standards.

    • Indiana: ELA (grades 3-11), math (grades 3-8), algebra I & II, and geometry
    • Ohio: Biology EOC
    • North Carolina: math I, biology, and English II EOC
    • Texas: STAAR math Ed 2 (grade 3-8), algebra I & II, and geometry

EducationCity

  • PlayLive Arena

    The PlayLive arena just got a little more exciting! Both spelling and math PlayLive games now include new animation and music, and they allow students to select from a new set of animated racers to be part of the action. With this refresh, both PlayLive games are now fully mobile-optimized.

  • Social Studies MyCity

    Did you know that EducationCity includes cross-curricular resources? Our core subject content can also reinforce important social studies concepts. Preview the new Social Studies MyCity to view examples and identify content you may want to weave into your next lesson. You can manipulate, add, or delete content and save your own version without ever losing your original example MyCity.

  • Teacher & Administrator Avatar Select

    Lesson planning doesn't always have to be a drag—we believe you should have a little fun along the way! With that in mind, avatars are now available for teachers and administrators too. Get a few giggles while navigating through any of our new flying, spotted, or hairy monster characters to pick your favorite.

  • Florida Standards Map

    For our Florida customers, we've aligned all content across our core subjects to your state standards. Now, during lesson planning, you can quickly navigate to the Standards Map to see Lesson Ideas, Activities, Learn Screens, and more content aligned to the specific Florida standard you're covering in class.

  • SuccessTracker Updates

    EducationCity individualizes learning following the administration of a test by automatically generating a Revision Journal of activities to bring students up to mastery. Now, there is a new Revision Journal preview area within SuccessTracker that offers a snapshot of student progress and performance through the pathway of activities. SuccessTracker also now includes a new saving feature that remembers your reporting preferences and allows you to build meaningful reports with fewer clicks.

  • Times Table Songs Content Type

    In Math, grades 3–6, Times Table Songs are now available as their very own self-contained piece of content. Infuse a little fun in your classroom and keep students engaged in learning by using these fun, animated music videos!

Edmentum Assessments

  • Flex Assignment Updates

    This spring we made several usability enhancements to the Flex Assignments application located on the Edmentum Assessments platform, including: the ability to access quick reports directly from the Flex Assignments application, the ability to edit progress for individual learners from the Flex Assignments application, and the ability to archive Flex Classes in the administration center.

  • New and Enhanced Edmentum Test Packs

    To align with changing standards and state assessments, Edmentum released new National Social Studies assessments and several new and updated national and state-specific assessments through Edmentum Test Packs, including:

    • Indiana: ELA (grades 3-11), math (3-8) algebra I & II, and geometry
    • Ohio: Biology EOC
    • North Carolina: Math I & II, biology, and English II EOC
    • Texas: STAAR math (grades 3-8), algebra I & II, and geometry

EdOptions Academy

  • Voice Recorder

    Voice recorder is a tool for educators and learners who use Edmentum's Plato Courseware’s world language and English language arts courses. Since this tool has so many uses we’ve made it available in all courses. Edmentum’s voice recorder provides the opportunity to grade or submit assignments with recorded audio of spoken or world language. Educators can also assess content standards using this digital audio. The voice recorder can be used in teacher graded activities, for supplemental use to enhance current assignments as well as to address student accommodations.

  • Enhanced Graphic Learner Progress

    The enhanced Graphic Learner Progress feature reflects an accurate picture of learner progress for educators and learners by including all assignments in the percentage-of-progress status. This measure provides an accurate view of learning pace that is key to providing educators with the opportunity to intervene in all learning environments. With this update, Edmentum's Plato Courseware now allows educators to see a regular measure of objectives mastered and also graphs learner progress. In turn, this enables them to quickly and effectively intervene when students need extra instruction. Essentially, this enhancement provides the best of both worlds to learners and educators.

  • ISTE Seal of Alignment for Readiness

    EdOptions Academy receives the ISTE Seal of Alignment for Readiness. This approval recognizes EdOptions Academy as a highly effective resource for successfully acquiring knowledge and skills that are foundational to the globally recognized ISTE Standards. The Readiness seal of recognition is for resources that focus on learning to use technology and that help build the foundational technology skills needed to support the ISTE Standards. The ISTE Seal of Alignment program rigorously reviews and recognizes resources for their alignment to the ISTE Standards:  Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Digital Citizenship, and Technology Operations and Concepts.

  • Teacher Dashboard

    The educator dashboard received a new look and feel! A recent interface refresh simplifies the main navigation, facilitates quicker access to key areas, and keeps you in the know about any new happenings in the product. The dashboard continues to offer access to all of the same areas of Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress you currently use, but with thoughtful additions to improve your experience.

  • Mobile-optimized Learner Experience

    The Reading Eggs platform is now fully mobile-optimized following a recent HTML5 upgrade. With this enhancement, students will now receive a consistent learning experience as they move from one device in a computer lab, to another in their classroom, and even when they log on from home.

  • Updated Student Interface

    The Reading Eggs learner interface just received a refresh! When accessed from a computer, you will now notice a revised look and feel to the Reading Eggs world. With this shift, eggs-plorers can begin (or continue) their learning journey with even fewer clicks.

  • Simplified Navigation

    Reading Eggs navigation has been enhanced to provide a cleaner user experience. Students now move throughout the program by clicking on a single golden egg, which launches a full screen of simplified learning choices into view.

Northstar Workforce Readiness

  • GED® Test Review in Northstar Workforce Readiness

    The Edmentum’s new GED® Test Review for Northstar Workforce Readiness includes technology-enhanced items to prepare for the 2014 online GED® test.

Edmentum Adult + Higher Ed

  • Enhanced Graphic Learner Progress

    The enhanced Graphic Learner Progress feature reflects an accurate picture of learner progress for educators and learners by including all assignments in the percentage-of-progress status. This measure provides an accurate view of learning pace that is key to providing educators with the opportunity to intervene in all learning environments. With this update, Edmentum's Plato Courseware now allows educators to see a regular measure of objectives mastered and also graphs learner progress. In turn, this enables them to quickly and effectively intervene when students need extra instruction. Essentially, this enhancement provides the best of both worlds to learners and educators.

  • Over 100 Career and Technical Education Courses

    Ensure that your students are college and career ready with Plato Courseware's Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Edmentum provides an extensive CTE library with over 100 courses in all 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters®. Customizable content provides educators with the ability to personalize learning for each learner's interests. In addition, Edmentum will continue its CTE catalog expansion this fall with the addition of three new courses: Intro to Mobile App Development, Intro to Cybersecurity, and Advanced Computer Science.

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