One-Click Audio Wins Award of Excellence

One-Click Audio from Recorded Books Named an Awards of Excellence Winner by Tech & Learning

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Recorded Books’ One-Click Audio has been selected as an Awards of Excellence winner by Tech & Learning magazine. One-Click Audio was recognized by a panel of over 30 educators as a winner in the Best Upgraded Products category.

With One-Click Audio, school libraries can offer teachers and students access to a wide selection of downloadable audiobooks. Users can download audiobooks to a computer and then import the files to an mp3 player, such as an iPod, if they prefer to listen on the go. The upgrades to One-Click Audio include a new download manager, an improved “holds” system, and faster search and download capabilities. Accessible by patrons inside or outside of a subscribing school or library, One-Click Audio serves as a digital alternative to cassette and CD audiobooks.

According to Scott Williams, Recorded Books President, “Audio support is an important element of fluency strategies for struggling readers. We are pleased the judging panel recognized the significance and convenience of a platform like One-Click Audio in providing options for audio support to teachers and students.”

One-Click Audio is available through yearly subscription plans. Its Media Center features an easy-to-use interface with streamlined navigation. Fast downloads, automatic software updates, and support for a wide range of portable devices provide a unique user experience.

“Now that the use of technology in schools is no longer a novelty but a reality, it is no longer about the promise of what a product can do; it is about the proof,” says Kevin Hogan, Editorial Director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group. “This year’s Award of Excellence products were tested by edtech experts from the New York City Department of Education and the University of Michigan, our top T&L advisors, and more. These companies can be proud that their products were selected as winners by this prestigious team of judges.”

For subscription pricing for One-Click Audio, email oneclickaudio-at-recordedbooks-dot-com.To learn more about Recorded Books K-12, go to http://www.recordedbooks.com/oneclickaudiok12.

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What technology tools would populate your ultimate school?

What technology tools would populate your ultimate school? Which of these tools would have the most positive impact on learning? T.H.E. Journal asked this question in the poll for their March issue. The results are very interesting. Here are a few highlights, but do check out the full results.

1. Digital media tools, including video and audio, scored the second highest for impact among students surveys in grades 6-8 (50%) and 9-12 (53%). Teachers, parents, and administrators (25%, 15%, and 34% respectively), felt differently. If students feel these tools are so valuable, why don’t educators and parents?
2. Students in Grades K-2 and 3-5 picked games/virtual simulations and one laptop for each student as being the most potentially impactful.
3. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 picked one laptop for each student and digital media tools (video and audio) as being the most potentially impactful.
4. Teachers chose one laptop for each student, and agreed with administrators choosing communications tools (IM/texting) and school portals (tied in 2nd place for teachers, and 1st and second place for admins), while parents chose communications tools and videoconferencing.

What is the reason for these differences in the “dream classroom” scenario? Should educators be listening more to what students think in these situations? Can what the students think is important and what the teachers think is important work together?

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NCTE and 21st Century Skills

NCTE and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills joined to create a leveled 21st Century Skills Map. It provides outcomes and examples for various skill sets that will help even technologically challenged teachers use these necessary skills in their classroom. And for those of you already using technology, it’s a great framework to prove what you’re doing is working, and will probably give you some valuable new ideas.

What do you think about this collaboration and the skills map? Read David Warlick’s 2¢ worth on the issue.

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