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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Current Site and App of the Week - eSchool News August 13, 2014

Current Site of the Week  

"CDW-G, a provider of technology solutions to education, government, and healthcare, and, a professional learning and social network for the education community, have partnered on a free professional learning community around educational funding." continues eSchool News.

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The professional learning community will provide a place for educators to engage with peers on successes, challenges, and best practices associated with educational funding. Additionally, community members will collaborate with each other to expand innovative programs, prepare students for the increasingly complex skills they’ll need to participate in tomorrow’s workforce, and help close the equity gap in educating students from all backgrounds and circumstances.
This collaborative community is free for educators, thanks to the support of CDW-G. The multifaceted program will host interactive webinars and provide an online community where members can learn from each other 24/7 through a discussion forum, resource library, and other web 2.0 tools. The program is an extension of CDW-G’s website, a free and fresh grant-finding resource, which hosts a collection of more than 2,000 active grants and awards. Dedicated to helping educators identify the financial backing that’s needed to take learning to higher level, this 2013 AEP Beacon Award-winning site was designed for K-12 and higher education institutions, and delivers access to more than $2.1 billion in educational funding opportunities.

“CDW-G is dedicated to providing the best possible resources to our customers,” said Joe Simone, director of K-12, CDW-G. “GetEdFunding is very much an extension of that philosophy – designed for K-12 and higher education professionals and institutions to find grant opportunities to augment their budgets, expand critical programs and provide additional resources to their students.


Apps of the Week

Different art and drawing modes put users in control

Name: Drawing Desk 

What is it? With more than 1,000,000 users worldwide, Drawing Desk is bundled with 4 different drawing modes named as Kids Desk, Doodle Desk, Sketch Desk and Photo Desk, each dedicated to give unique experiences.

Best for: Students and teachers
Price: Free; in-app purchases available
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

  • 3D brushes, full color pallet, undo and redo functions, and smooth erasing functions are also added similar to the Kids Desk
  • A collection of stamps and stickers are included
  • Users have the ability to import images from Facebook, instagram and other networks directly to canvas
  • Photo Desk helps users to edit their images within a moment by tapping the screen
  • A collection of stamps and stickers, magic brush stroke effects, vibrant frames, and live brushes are included in Photo Desk
  • Drawing on the web will allow users to import photos from Facebook, Instagram, flickr and Picasa to the drawing canvas and export their drawings to popular social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter using a single touch
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps 

Source: eSchool News