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In the marketplace: Gaming gains ground, new interactive digital resources, and more

Don't miss this recap of the latest technology product news, reports, and research

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.
Toolwire, a provider of high quality, low-cost digital courseware for education, has released results from its fall 2016 implementations of the Toolwire Business Simulation Games. In terms of both scale and outcomes, this study breaks new ground supporting the efficacy of digital simulations and games for post-secondary and secondary education. In 2016, Toolwire launched 20 digital role-based simulation modules for gateway post-secondary business courses and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Read more.

NovoEd, creator of the online platform for the modern learner, announced the new release of its NovoEd Learning Platform. This latest release offers an elegant new UI and mobile-first experience with enhanced learning capabilities. Learners can easily stay on track with the new consolidated dashboard, which centralizes tasks and activities across all courses. Participants have access to the full functionality of the platform from their mobile device and can submit video assignments directly. In addition, they can collaborate with peers and join community discussions anytime, anywhere. Read more.
Gale, a Cengage company, has launched Gale Interactive: Chemistry and Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy for the academic market. Through innovative technology, these new digital resources combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned research content with interactive 3D models from partner VIVED to help students understand science topics. With these new resources, users can engage with the content using tools to zoom, rotate and explore models. Read more.
The University of Florida (UF)  and Promethean, a global education technology company, announced collaboration on a novel, peer-coaching program to provide leadership development training to educators of Priority Improvement/Turnaround schools in Colorado. Promethean and the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, the research-and-development incubator for the university’s College of Education, were approved by the Colorado Department of Education as one of six providers in the state as part of the School Turnaround Leaders Development grant program. Read more.
A generation of strivers are being priced out of the most affordable rung of the higher education ladder, suggests a new report from the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. The report examines the fraying of the community college safety net, and calls for states to address these challenges more directly. Read more.
Burning Glass Technologies announces the launch of Program Insight, a real-time labor data tool that allows educators and learning providers to ensure that academic program development matches up with the realities of the job market. Both traditional higher education and nontraditional training providers are under increasing pressure to ensure that their programs put students on a path to employment—a crucial factor for students making enrollment decisions; educators justifying programs to funders, accreditors, and trustees; and graduates who need to pay off their loans. Read more.

Laura Ascione