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Get more out of NI’s myDAQ tool 
with Pitsco Action Packs


(July 23, 2014) – Getting quantitative data from classroom activities proves difficult, but three packs designed to work with National Instruments’ myDAQ data acquisition tool help educators do just that.


While Pitsco Education’s Action Packs offer an eye-opening look at earthquakes, energy, and heat, the myDAQ is both a powerful and affordable tool for the classroom or technology lab.


“The data acquisition is displayed in real time, allowing students to manipulate one variable at a time and actually see the change happening,” Pitsco Representative Alan Kirby said of the myDAQ.


Pitsco’s three Action Packs are:

  • Understand Structures & Earthquakes — Delivering real data of model structures being tested for stresses similar to those in an earthquake myQuake MiniSystem– thanks to the included myQuake miniSystem — provides students with an analysis and understanding that they cannot get from the typical earthquake-testing activity.
  • Explore Power & Energy — Energy consumption becomes clear with the simulated electric smart grid in this pack. Using it, students learn how a power grid works and then solve an energy challenge.Discover Heat Transfer Action Pack
  • Discover Heat Transfer — By measuring and gathering data about heat and how ittransfers through different materials, students learn about thermal conduction, insulation, and more with the myTemp miniSystem used in this pack.

Each action pack includes lesson plans with relevant standards, the required miniSystem, equipment, and software. Requires the use of NI myDAQ hardware, sold separately. The packs come in sizes for 3, 25, or 60 students.


To learn more about the Pitsco Action Packs, visit http://www.pitsco.comor call 800-835-0686.



Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Tech & Learning Announces Nervanix Among Winners in Its First Annual ISTE Best of Show Awards 
Pioneering EdTech Product Chosen by a Panel of Educators during the Country’s Largest K-12 Ed Tech Trade Show




NEW YORK, NY – July 22, 2014 – Tech & Learning, a leading publication for K-12 education technology leaders, last week named Nervanix among 34 product winners in its inaugural ISTE Best of Show Awards. The innovator in “Attention Adaptivity” was chosen by an anonymous panel of educator judges who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta.


Winning products ranged from student engagement software and Chromebooks, to charging carts and emergency alert systems. Over 70 products were submitted by exhibitors at the annual conference, which took place June 29-July 1. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology, then met to decide on which technologies could have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show. View the whole list of winners here.


“We are so very honored to be recognized as one of the top products featured at ISTE,” said Adam L. Hall, founder of Nervanix. “Not only is ISTE one of the most widely known conferences in our industry, but Tech & Learning is one of the leading publications as well. This is a testament to our product, our team and our vision. We believe that every student deserves to be taught in a manner that best suits that individual, and Nervanix Clarity is paving the way toward that reality.”


“The most asked question at every ISTE is, ‘Did you see anything cool?’,” says Kevin Hogan, Content Director for Tech & Learning Media Group. “We took this question to some of our most trusted advisors and they ran with it. They tromped the show floor to find the latest and greatest for all of our readers who couldn’t be in Atlanta.”

Please join us in congratulating the winners. They will be featured in the August issue of Tech & Learning.


Visit to learn more about their award-winning product and look for them in the August issue of Tech & Learning where they will be featured.


About Nervanix

Nervanix is an exciting new company in the educational technology sector that applies recent groundbreaking advances in the field of neuroscience to instructional and learning models with the intent of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of instruction through optimized student engagement. To learn more about Nervanix, visit


About Tech & Learning
For 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit


About NewBay Media
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries—Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at




myON named to Tech & Learning’s Inaugural ISTE Best of Show Awards 
Reading Platform Listed Among 34 Products Chosen by a Panel of Educators during the Country’s Largest K-12 Ed Tech Trade Show

(MINNEAPOLIS) July 22, 2014 – Tech & Learning, a leading publication for K-12 EdTech leaders, has named myON among the 34 product winners in its inaugural ISTE Best of Show Awards. The online, personalized literacy platform was chosen by an anonymous panel of educators who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta.


Products were submitted by exhibitors at the annual conference, which took place June 29-July 1. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology, then met to decide on which technologies could have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show. Winning products ranged from student engagement software and Chromebooks, to charging carts and emergency alert systems. View the whole list of winners at


“It is a tremendous honor to see myON recognized as one of Tech & Learning’s standout products at ISTE,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “Over the years, our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to deliver the most engaging, personalized literacy platform available to schools. We are proud of the work we do and to be recognized among the many other amazing ed-tech innovations on display at the conference is a testament to myON’s unique ability to impact the manner in which children learn.”


“The most asked question at every ISTE is, ‘Did you see anything cool?’” says Kevin Hogan, Content Director for Tech & Learning Media Group. “We took this question to some of our most trusted advisors and they ran with it. They tromped the show floor to find the latest and greatest for all of our readers who couldn’t be in Atlanta.”


About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction.


For more information, please visit


About Tech & Learning
For 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology.


For more information, visit


About NewBay Media
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries—Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities.


Find out more at


Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Named NASBE 2014 Policy Leader of the Year


Arlington, Va. — Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s highly-regarded commissioner of education, has been named the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The honor is given annually to a national or state policymaker in recognition of his or her contributions to education.

“Commissioner Holliday’s dedication to improving public education and his achievements are renowned in Kentucky and nationwide,” said NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson. “His work in cooperation with the Kentucky State Board of Education has made the state a national leader.”

When Holliday assumed the role of Kentucky Education Commissioner in 2009, he already had a deep appreciation for the state’s long history of comprehensive education reform initiatives, though he vowed to push the envelope even further. With Holliday leading the charge, Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards, and recently, the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, under Holliday’s leadership, Kentucky has implemented a new assessment and accountability system, among many other initiatives; a new educator evaluation system goes statewide this fall. Critical to Kentucky’s progress is Holliday’s keen ability to engage educators, policymakers, and community leaders on important education issues, such as preparing students for success in college and career.

Since 2010, Holliday has served on the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) board of directors and is currently its president. He also serves on the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and co-chaired the Commission on the Accreditation of Educator Preparation task force that developed new educator preparation standards.  Holliday is a participant in the Global Education Leaders Program and has received numerous awards for his work in education. While he was superintendent, the 20,000-student Iredell-Statesville School District in North Carolina received the 2008 Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award. Holliday was also named 2009 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, received the 2009 Grayson Medal for Innovation in Quality from the American Productivity Quality Council, and is an Alumni Examiner for the Baldrige Quality Award.

As commissioner of education, Holliday serves on the board of Kentucky Educational Television, Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board, and Council on Postsecondary Education. He has testified before Congress on the effectiveness of No Child Left Behind waivers, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, and is sought after by national policymakers and stakeholders on topics such as accountability, educator evaluation systems, and state flexibility. Holliday is also co-author of the book Running All the Red Lights: A Journey of System-Wide Educational Reform.

“Terry Holliday is an exceptional leader who has made a tremendous difference for the state’s students and their ability to graduate college- and career-ready,” says Kentucky State Board of Education Chair Roger L. Marcum. “He keeps the state board focused on what is best for students and ways to support educator and administrator effectiveness.”

Previous winners of NASBE’s Policy Leader of the Year Award include Gen. Colin Powell, former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt, former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, South Carolina Gov. and Education Secretary Richard Riley, New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, former First Lady Barbara Bush, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Holliday is scheduled to accept his award at NASBE’s national conference October 17, in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about the conference.

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. NASBE exists to strengthen State Boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for citizens and students. For more, visit




More Publishers Are Tagging Their Resources with Metadata,

Says New Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Survey


Most Educators Want Publishers to Tag Their Resources


Philadelphia, PA, July 22, 2014 – Nearly 6 in 10 learning resource providers (58%) are now tagging their resources with metadata, according to a new survey published by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The LRMI Survey Report: July 2014 Update details findings of two separate online surveys targeting educational publishers and educators.


The publishers’ survey targeted traditional commercial publishers, online educational content providers, and organizations that provide open educational resources. Results will help inform the LRMI as it continues to promote the use of metadata tagging in order to improve the discoverability of educational resources and online content. Key findings from the publisher survey include:

  • More than four out of five publishers surveyed (82.5%) were aware of metadata tagging initiatives, and 71.9% were specifically aware of the LRMI.
  • Of those publishers who currently tag resources, 31% use tagging for external purposes, 8% use it for internal purposes, and 61% use it for both internal and external purposes.
  • Nearly half of the publishers who are already familiar with the LRMI (46%) predict that all or most of their resources will be tagged with LRMI metadata by the end of 2014; 54% believe that some of their resources will be tagged by then.

Notable results from the educators’ survey include:


  • Five out of six educators (84%) believe filtering of search results would improve their level of satisfaction with online searches.
  • Nearly two out of three educators (66%) think learning resource providers should tag their materials with metadata.

Although the surveys targeted different groups, opinions overlapped on several significant points. Both educators and publishers view content/subject area and grade level as the most useful search criteria for finding educational resources online. Alignment to specific standards and intended user are other key criteria cited by both groups. Moreover, both groups cited faster, more productive searches and access to resources educators might otherwise not have known about as top advantages of more precise search and filtering methods.


Additionally, telephone interviews were conducted with seven district-level leaders across the U.S. to collect qualitative comments regarding opinions, ideas, and experiences with online educational resource search. Interviewees were probed on their level of familiarity with metadata tagging, their impressions of the LRMI, and more.


When asked what the benefits of improved online search would be, an assistant superintendent of curriculum in Tennessee stated: “Number one is time. … I would say quality. I would say alignment.” A computer technology director in Texas added: “We’re just flooded with so many results…. It has always been an initiative in education to make sure that people can get to resources quickly and efficiently.”


For the full list of quotes, along with the detailed survey report, click here.


Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, the LRMI is working to make it easier to publish and discover quality educational content and products online. In April 2013,, a consortium of search engines Microsoft Bing, Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex that is working to establish common metadata tagging across the Internet, adopted the LRMI schema. This means that the LRMI properties can now be indexed as part of the structured metadata that major search engines crawl in their searches.


To learn more about the LRMI, visit Receive project updates directly by signing up for the free monthly LRMI newsletter, LRMI Update, here.


About The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative
The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) aims to make the educational resource search experience richer for educators and learners and improve the discoverability of resources for content creators. TheAssociation of Educational Publishers—the 501(c)(3) arm of the Association of American Publishers—and Creative Commons have co-led the project since its founding in 2011.


************************** Appoints Brian Rose as Vice President of Business Development

Rose brings proven record of creating strategic partnerships and driving revenue growth at companies in the education market.

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Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) July 21, 2014, a leader in helping districts implement digital learning initiatives, announces its selection of Brian Rose as Vice President of Business Development. Rose, who has extensive experience negotiating new business deals in the education market, will identify and drive new revenue opportunities for His appointment takes effect today.

“Brian is incredibly successful at finding potential partners, structuring creative win-win relationships and accelerating revenue growth,” said Keith Oelrich, CEO. “He’s an engineer by training and a salesperson at heart. I’m thrilled Brian is joining our team, and I’m confident he’ll make a significant difference in identifying growth opportunities for”

Rose’s prior experience includes senior-level positions with Charter Schools Capital, Inc., Ignite Education Group, Pinnacle Education and Insight Schools. A graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Rose got his start in the early days of the eCommerce industry. His passion for improving the teaching and learning experience later drew Rose to a career in the education market.

“ leads the way in developing solutions that help districts prepare students for college and career success,” said Rose. “I’m excited to join a dynamic, creative team that’s dedicated to supporting educators and students.”

About helps districts implement digital learning initiatives with award-winning content, tools and services. By incorporating’s curriculum and assessments into core instruction, educators help their students develop 21st century skills. With’s digital content management solution, districts can seamlessly access, organize and share digital content to meet their instructional goals. also offers industry-leading professional development services to support educators as they integrate technology into the classroom. Founded in 1999, currently partners with more than 2,700 districts to help prepare their students for success in college and future career opportunities. For more information, visit and connect with us at



Glynlyon, Inc. names Beth Te Grotenhuis as new CEO

Te Grotenhuis to continue in her role as president of Odysseyware

(CHANDLER, Ariz.) July 22, 2014 — Glynlyon Incorporated, a leader in providing educational opportunities and online curriculum for a diverse mix of PreK-12 students, has appointed Beth Te Grotenhuis as chief executive officer of Glynlyon and president of wholly owned subsidiary Odysseyware.

Formally Glynlyon’s chief operating officer and president, Ms. Te Grotenhuis has nearly three decades of successful leadership experience in the education and software industries. Under her leadership, Odysseyware has become one of the K-12 education industry’s most comprehensive online & blended learning curriculums.

“It’s with great enthusiasm I turn over the CEO reins to my trusted colleague and good friend, Beth Te Grotenhuis,” said Robert Campbell, founder and out-going CEO of Glynlyon.  “I’m very excited about the energy, thoughtfulness and strategic plan Beth has constructed through collaboration and hard work, and I have the utmost confidence that she will continue to build upon Glynlyon’s tradition of product leadership and excellence.”

Ms. Te Grotenhuis recently led the development and execution of the largest new product release in Odysseyware’s history and was instrumental in the development of Odysseyware’s industry-leading online Career Technical Education courses.

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead such a talented and dedicated group of professionals at Glynlyon,” said Ms. Te Grotenhuis.  “Since joining Glynlyon, I have shared the company’s mission to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and to be the best education partner in the industry. I am more committed than ever to that vision.  With the continued support and efforts of the entire Glynlyon team, I am confident our best years are ahead of us.”

For more about Glynlyon, please visit them online here.

For more about Odysseyware, please visit them online here.

About Glynlyon, Inc.

Glynlyon, Inc. is a leader in providing educational opportunities and curriculum for a diverse mix of PreK-12 students. Through time-tested brands, Glynlyon offers superior academic solutions for every style of learning and type of classroom, so all students can experience a rich and rewarding education.

About Odysseyware

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit or call 877-795-8904.



Triumph Learning Joins Digital Learning Alliance

Collaboration Aims to Fortify Digital Learning in Classrooms across the Country

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As part of the alliance, Triumph Learning will assist in the goal of bettering the nation’s education system by providing input on DLA issue and policy areas for outreach to state legislators.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, announces its entry into the Digital Learning Alliance (DLA). The partnership will advance DLA’s mission of improving the United State’s education system and supporting efforts to drive digital learning that amplifies teacher impact.

“Triumph Learning and Digital Learning Alliance have very similar goals,” said Rick Noble, CEO of Triumph Learning. “We seek to integrate impactful digital resources into the classroom that advance the education and development of all students and teachers. This partnership bolsters the reach of our individual efforts.”

DLA develops and advocates for outcome driven legislation that supports digital learning in education activities. As part of the alliance, Triumph Learning will assist in the goal of bettering the nation’s education system by providing input on DLA issue and policy areas for outreach to state legislators. Triumph Learning’s digital learning materials will also be added to the DLA library for access by legislators and state policymakers.

The partnership follows Triumph Learning’s unveiling of its new digital learning solution, Waggle, at ISTE 2014. The online learning platform generates a smart practice environment to help students in grades 3-8 achieve mastery of the skills and standards and prepare for assessments. The platform offers Common Core and state standards-aligned content in English language arts and math. Powered by Knewton’s adaptive learning engine, it customizes instruction by analyzing what students know and how they best learn.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Its state-customized products increase student achievement and raise scores on high-stakes exams for more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach and Waggle. For more information, visit

About Digital Learning Alliance
The mission of DLA is to help students of every age by providing education research, policy best practices, and initiative templates to solve dozens of educational issues by leveraging proven digital learning technologies, which can multiply the effectiveness of teachers and enable students to achieve their full potential. For more information, visit


ISTE 2014 Breaks Attendance Records, Dominates the Twittersphere


eduCanon Named Most Promising New Startup in 2014 ISTE Pitchfest


WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 21, 2014 - ISTE 2014 was one for the record books.  With 16,288 registered attendees from 67 nations and nearly 540 exhibitors with 1,359 booths, the ISTE Conference & Expo - one of the world’s biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events – dominated the Twittersphere with #ISTE2014 trending number four worldwide.


“From the playgrounds where attendees engaged in hands-on activities and explored interactive technologies to our three stellar keynotes, ISTE 2014 was buzzing with high energy and enthusiasm,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “Coming together as a community dedicated to empowering connected learners in a connected world, we broke all kinds of records from conference registration numbers to international participation to an astonishing 496,000 tweets to our hashtag.”


The conference offered something for all attendees. More than 900 sessions offered opportunities to build knowledge and to connect and collaborate. Powerful, world-class keynotes offered inspiration and insights: from actor and humanitarian, Ashley Judd; author, speaker and agent for social change, Kevin Carroll; and 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau.


eduCanon, an interactive video learning platform for flipped and blended classrooms, was named the most promising ed tech startup in the ISTE 2014 Pitchfest. This two-day event was held in the heart of the Startup Pavilion on the expo floor, where 30 new companies showed off their latest innovations. Pitchfest finalists included Branching Minds, Modular Robotics, News-O-Matic and The Wonderment by Kidnected World.


In addition to a robust program and pulsing expo floor, ISTE 2014 boasted a number of “firsts,” including:


  • Kicking off the new EdTekTalks series, mini-keynotes from five thought leaders from beyond the world of ed tech. Speakers included Dale Dougherty, founder of “Make” magazine, creator of Maker Fair and coiner of the phrase “Web 2.0″; Emily Pilloton founder of Project H; Guy Hoffman, Ph.D., co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab; Phil Hansen, visual artist, creative collaborator and author; and Shaherose Charania, CEO and co-founder of Women 2.0.
  • Hosting the inaugural Lead & Transform ISTE Town Hall, where superintendents, district and school administrators and ed tech leaders engaged in a dialogue about driving change in education.
  • Launching new sessions including Snapshots, 30-minute short-form content-focused discussions and Interactive Lectures, engaging lectures where hands-on exploration or activities are built into the presentation.


ISTE also unveiled three new powerful resources to support digital age learning and teaching: a new ISTE website, designed to facilitate collaboration and learning for the ed tech community; an online content and resource portal, the EdTekHub; and the organization’s new quarterly magazine, entrsekt (available in both print and digital formats. Each of these resources will provide the ISTE community with provocative and thoughtful up-to-date news, information and viewpoints for leveraging education technology to advance learning and teaching. As the organization’s new leading-edge magazine, entrsekt will focus on provocative education topics, profile education change agents and provide new and unique perspectives on education transformation Featured topics in the inaugural issue which debuted at ISTE 2014, include “Learning personalized: Putting the student-centric approach in focus”; “Professional learning’s brave new world: Modern approach is ‘an explosion of sharing’”; and “The core of learning: What Common Core learning means for students.”


ISTE also introduced the Lead & Transform movement, an initiative that will provide a comprehensive roadmap and professional learning opportunities to guide education leaders through the system-wide transition to technology-rich and standards-ready learning environments.


Planning for ISTE 2015, June 28 – July 1 in Philadelphia, is already underway and the call for participation will open on September 3, 2014, at


About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.


ISTE’s innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference &Expo- one of the biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and a robust suite of professional learning resources, including webinars, online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Connect with ISTE via TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.






Rourke Educational Media’s New ‘Amazing Animals’

Fall ’14 Book Series Educates, Engages, Entertains


VERO BEACH, Fla. (July 21, 2014) –Flat-bodied and fierce looking, the Texas horned lizard remains on the endangered list though it is still thriving in parts of the state, according to a recent media report. But thanks to a fascinating new series soon to be released for fall 2014 by Rourke Educational Media, students in grades K-3 will get to know the Texas horned lizard up close and personal.

The eight-title series, “Close-Up on Amazing Animals,” explores the unique adaptations and relationships that help animals survive in the wild. In one of the new series’ books, “Fighting for Survival: Predators and Prey,” the Texas horned lizard is profiled for its unique ability to squirt a stream of blood from the corners of its eyes, as well as its mouth, to confuse attackers.

“Teachers and students alike will love this new series because the books are not only entertaining and engaging, but very educational,” said Luana Mitten, director of instructional services, Rourke Educational Media. “Plus, the rich color photographs and maps assist students with comprehension and vocabulary development.”

Mitten noted the 24-page books are “ahead of the curve” in the quality of writing, and added they are a standout choice for educators implementing Common Core State Standards.

The other seven titles in the series are:

  • “Born in the Wild: Baby Animals”
  • “Finding a Mate: Animal Companions”
  • “Hidden in Plain Sight: Animal Camouflage”
  • “Made in the Wild: Animal Builders”
  • “Masters of Disguise: Animal Mimicry”
  • “On the Move: Animal Migration”
  • “Teaming Up: Animal Partners”

These titles will be available in August in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats.

For more information about all of Rourke Educational Media’s new titles for Fall ’14, call (800) 394-7055, or


About Rourke Educational Media
Rourke Educational Media, based in Vero Beach, Fla., helps to improve student learning through digital content, traditional print publishing, and response-to-intervention learning solutions that support the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and state and national standards. A global leader in educational technology, print, and distribution, Rourke Educational Media promotes literacy/reading, science and math for the preK-12 market, and offers interactive ebooks, assessment tools, print resources and other learning resources for the classroom, library and parental involvement. For more information, visit


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CEV Multimedia Introduces Industry Partners, Online Certification Program

American Meat Science Association, among others, partnering with producer of Career and Technical Education curriculum resources on initiative to improve college and career readiness.

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CEV Multimedia
We are excited about the opportunity to work with nationally recognized associations and corporations on our certification program that enhances college and career planning for students around the country.

(PRWEB) July 21, 2014

CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, today announced the inaugural industry partners supporting its new certification program during a news conference in Austin, Texas. State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair of the House Committee on Public Education and author ofTexas House Bill 5, joined the industry partners at the event in support of CTE initiatives.

CEV Multimedia welcomed Representative Aycock and announced these inaugural certification partners and the corresponding certifications at the event:

  •     American Meat Science Association (AMSA) – Meat Evaluation Certification
  •     American Quarter Horse Association / National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association – Equine Evaluation Certification
  •     National Collegiate Livestock Coaches Association – Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification

“The establishment of the Meat Evaluation Certification program goes hand in hand with AMSA’s mission to continue to foster learning within those interested in the meat industry,” said Brad Morgan, Ph.D., AMSA President. “This certification program is a great way to provide individuals interested in careers within the meat industry the opportunity for ongoing training in specific areas of interest.”

The news conference also highlighted growing interest in CTE programs across the country. Today, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 12 million postsecondary students, and is recognized as an imperative solution to many national economic and workforce problems. Through iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive educational content, students can enhance their career and technical training with certifications from industry partners by completing regular coursework. In addition to the three industry-backed certifications currently available, CEV Multimedia is currently developing 20 additional certifications, some of which will be ready for classroom implementation this fall. The company aims to offer more than 60 industry-backed certifications across seven areas of CTE by spring of 2016.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with nationally recognized associations and corporations on our certification program that enhances college and career planning for students around the country,” said Gordon W. Davis, Chairman and CEO of CEV Multimedia. “The certifications will help students gain essential workforce skills while exploring career paths that meet their interests.”

The news conference comes one month after CEV Multimedia announced a major update to iCEV. The new version of the online learning tool includes a course management system containing pre-built CTE courses with lessons from the platform’s extensive online library, and provides a course set-up that walks educators through the process of choosing and customizing courses to fit the needs of their students. CEV Multimedia is also partnering with Learnosity to deliver interactive assessments and activities for students through iCEV.

The upgrade to iCEV will be available to schools for implementation in August, with pre-orders available now. For more information, visit

To view full news conference online, visit

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years’ experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive, online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. For more information, visit


New, Free K-12 App Provides Simple,Powerful Formative Assessment Tool

 Verso App offers unique visibility on student learning 

Its revolutionary approach recognizes the importance of feedback,student voice and data as key ingredients for personalizing instruction.

BOSTON (July 17, 2014) – Verso Learning this week announced the United States launch of its formative assessment tool, Verso App. Already used by 1,700 K-12 schools in 95 countries, Verso made its U.S. debut at the three-day Building Learning Communities (BLC14) Conference in Boston.


Colin Wood, CEO of the Australian-based company, said the Verso App enhances relationships between and among students and teachers.


“Using Verso App, teachers enter the classroom fully aware of students’ questions, ideas, misconceptions and what they are revealing as their individual learning needs,” Wood said. “Teachers now know what they have to do to support every student in moving forward.”


For students, they have to submit their own independent responses to challenges before being allowed to see all their classmates’ original ideas.


“Since these responses are anonymous, it gives students the confidence to take risks they may not otherwise take,” Wood said.  “As they collaborate and reward quality contributions with ‘likes,’ they are giving and receiving feedback and using that feedback to shape their thinking.”


He noted that peer and teacher feedback, along with access to key data on process and performance, allow students to develop and track their own capacity to critically question, discover, connect, collaborate and contribute.


“Verso App takes questioning and collaboration to the next level,” said Samantha Vella, elementary teacher, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Sydney, Australia.  “Every student in my classroom now has a voice.”


Alan November, founder of November Learning, international leader in education technology and host to the BLC14 Conference, said of the app, “Verso provides the life blood – student questions – in a safe and encouraging way, allowing teachers to personalize instruction.”


Significantly, the Verso App is a powerful formative assessment tool as teachers can group the students by the type and quality of their feedback, which allows for easy identification of those who are comprehending the subject as well as those who may require further personalized attention or are ready to proceed further.


“Teachers tell us that the beauty of the app’s unique features change the dynamics of the classroom,” Wood said. “It not only makes them more effective at engaging and challenging their students, but through their own data on process and performance they quickly are able to determine what’s working and not working.”


The app is free, available through iTunes and Google Play, and works on any mobile device as well as most popular browsers. It was launched seven months ago in Australia.


The Verso team will continue to introduce the app today and Friday at the BLC14 Conference before attending the LoneStar TIA Conference in Texas on Tuesday (July 22) where additional workshops are scheduled.


For more information about the app, visit


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  • Read Verso’s ‘Flip Your Thinking’ Blog
  • View Verso App videos on YouTube
  • Find Verso on Facebook


Ed Table Talk Airs, Standards, Standards, Everywhere: The Technical Side

of Education Standards
Join Ed Table Talk with Michael Jay (sponsored in part by MCH Strategic Data), a monthly show with lively discussion exploring controversial topics in the education industry. Join us Tuesday, July 22nd at11:00am PT–Standards, Standards Everywhere: The technical side of education standards.

Education Table Talk (ETT) has announced that they will be hosting an upcoming segment

focused on how standards impact your sales, marketing, product implementation, business

development, and platform support. Standards, Standards Everywhere, will air Tuesday,

at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. The show will also be available as a podcast at

July 22nd and iTunes.

Ed Table Talk, sponsored in part by MCH Strategic Data, is a fast-paced, interactive monthly

radio show discussing some of the most controversial topics in the education industry.

This upcoming segment is for those who shy away from the technical. This is an opportunity to

unwrap some of the jargon you hear but have been too embarrassed to ask about… xml, HTML5,

APIP, Dublin Core, RDFa all sound familiar but you have no idea what they mean? Stop just

nodding knowingly and learn what you need to know to engage in discussion about how to apply

these standards to make the best products. Three leaders in the Education sector will join Host,

Michael Jay, to further explore the structure behind standards.

The Guests at ‘The Table’ this month:

• Bethann Canada, Director of Education Information Management, Virginia Dept. of


• Jim Goodell, Senior Analyst at Quality Information Partners, Inc.

• Matt Howard, Manager of Digital Experience Strategy at Zaner-Bloser

The guests are leaders in the Education sector who are interested in sharing their knowledge,

multiple perspectives, and expertise with the Education community.

“Whether you’re a pro or a newcomer to the industry, everyone benefits from the deep-dive

forum discussion around hot topics in education,” says founder of eScholar Shawn Bay. “ETT

provides a helpful platform to connect and exchange ideas.”

Ed Table Talk strives to provide a forum where issues critical to education are discussed around

the table in a spirited debate, attempting to present the content in a format that is a contrast to

some of the heavier and more standard web presentation formats.

“ETT provides a light, fun, engaging conversational format to review high-interest topics in

education,” comments Knovation’s Chief Academic Officer Steve Nordmark.

About Educational Systemics, Inc.:

Founded in 2001, Educational Systemics ( is committed through

their work with institutions and corporations to create lasting change in how we learn and

educate. Their diverse expertise includes educational and corporate leadership, market analysis,

development, instructional design, and tested knowledge of all facets of K-12 education. This,

coupled with educational vision, generates success for their clients while advancing their vision

for educational improvement.

About MCH Strategic Data:

MCH Strategic Data ( is a U.S. based compiler of comprehensive K-12

and early childhood marketing databases. MCH provides email, direct mail, telemarketing, on-
line, social media, and geospatial marketing solutions focused on more than five million K-12

educators. The company’s online portal, Infinite Access, gives users 24×7 access to the MCH

K-12 database. The company’s business-to-institution focus includes government agencies,

hospitals, medical practices, schools, school districts, and churches. MCH is headquartered in

Sweet Springs, Missouri, with additional offices in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois,

and Massachusetts.


7/16/14 Adds Audio Functionality in 18 Languages, Introduces Premium Membership

Flashcard customization and text-to-speech functionality designed to facilitate better learning outcomes


LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2014 –, part of the StudyMode network of tools and a free online education resource for students to create, study and share flashcards, today announced the addition of a text-to-speech function that provides audio support for flashcards across 18 languages. Additionally, the site has launched Cram Premium, an ad-free experience that gives users more control and flexibility as they study.


“We’re listening to our users and constantly innovating to deliver the features they want,” said StudyMode co-founder and CEO Blaine Vess. “We’re striving to make the most versatile, flexible and useful flashcard platform in the world, and with Cram Premium and our new text-to-speech function, students will have even more tools to create better learning outcomes.”


Cram Premium

With Cram Premium, users can customize the look and feel of their flashcards, whether they’re working from the 80 million cards already available on the site or building their own set from scratch. Users can create bulleted lists and modify the color, weight and font-size on their flashcards. Key facts can be highlighted with italics, boldface or a bright color.


Cram Premium also provides a distraction-free study environment, with no advertising.


Monthly access to Cram Premium is available for just $5 a month – roughly the cost of a single latte. A semester plan offers a slightly discounted rate and additional pricing plans will be available soon.


Audio Support’s new audio feature, available to all users, lets students hear the words on each flashcard as they work their way through a set. A natural-sounding voice gives precise pronunciations, opening up a new dimension of learning for all users, and giving language learners a valuable tool for mastering pronunciation as well as vocabulary and syntax.


Free and premium users simply click on the audio icon to activate the audio feature. They can also opt to hear the front, back and hint on each card.


Cram Premium and audio support are both available now at, and coming soon for the Cram mobile applications.


About, a part of the StudyMode network of online tools and apps, is a free online resource for parents, students and teachers to create, study and share flashcards. Free apps are available for Android and iOS. also features options to generate competitive games from a user’s study material. hosts more than 80 million flashcards and supports more than 1 million members.

About StudyMode

StudyMode provides a network of practical online learning tools and apps to help students succeed. The flagship site,, allows students to share and review study materials such as research documents, book notes and AP notes. Other sites in the network include, where students can create, share and study flashcards. Founded in 1999, StudyMode’s international network features more than 15 properties and reaches 90 million visitors per month.



7/15/14 - A professional social network for the education community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE to Partner with Frog Street Press for  New Online Professional Learning Community on Early Childhood Learning Solutions

PRINCETON, NJ, July 14, 2014 - and Frog Street Press will partner to help early childhood educators positively impact the future of young children in the classroom by creating a free online professional learning community on Early Childhood Learning Solutions. The announcement was made today by Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of, and Charles Pierson, President of Frog Street Press, a leading provider of educational tools designed to enlighten and enrich the minds of toddlers, pre-K and kindergarten students.

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of, said, “We look forward to working with Frog Street Press to help early childhood educators evaluate and utilize curriculum, educational materials and resources for the classroom. Our goal for this community is to help educators, care givers and administrators provide the necessary developmental building blocks that are so important for school readiness.”

Pierson adds, “We are so pleased to work with edWeb as we strive to fulfill our mission of impacting the lives of young learners by providing quality professional development to early childhood teachers. Frog Street will launch this new professional learning community in conjunction with edWeb at our annual early childhood educational conference, SPLASH 2014July 17-19, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.”

The Early Childhood Learning Solutions community provides free webinars, presented by experts, industry leaders and educators, that will help early childhood teachers enhance their lessons and classrooms to improve their work with young learners. Educators receive a CE Certificate for attending the live webinars or viewing the recording. The community hosts online discussions that make it easy for educators to stay connected over time with fellow educators to share ideas, practices, examples, lesson plans, and resources. The community is a growing resource center with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere.

For over 25 years, Frog Street Press has made it their mission to help teachers and caregivers create a joyful environment with intentionality of instruction that develops early childhood minds. Frog Street will bring its history of dedication to professional development by bringing extensive knowledge, research and resources to the community members via monthly webinars and online discussions.

This collaborative professional learning community will kick off with an opening webinar: Early Childhood Learning: Dr. Jean’s Back to School Strategies for Success! to be held July 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Register here.

Educators can join the community at

For more information, contact: 

Jenifer Morack, Program Director,
609-439-8103 |


Newest Responsive ClassroomÒ Book Helps Adult Meetings Come Alive

Energize Your Meetings! 35 Interactive Learning Structures for Educators


Turners Falls, MA—Just-published by Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), developer of the Responsive Classroom approach, Energize Your Meetings! 35 Interactive Learning Structures for Educators helps school leaders facilitate productive, engaging meetings that adult participants look forward to and leave feeling invigorated. The book offers easy step-by-step directions for interactive structures that are ideal for helping adult learners:

  • get to know new material
  • assess their own comprehension
  • deepen their understanding of content or issues
  • reflect on their learning and develop action steps
  • solve problems collaboratively


“We know that adults as well as children learn best when they can be both active and interactive—when their learning includes some getting up, moving around, and working with others,” says Lora Hodges, Executive Director of NEFC. “The structures in Energize Your Meetings! give group leaders easy ways to make just this kind of adult learning happen.”


Meeting facilitators needn’t be trained presenters to use these structures. Each involves few steps, little to no advance preparation, and few or no materials, and “Learning Structure in Action” examples help group leaders envision how each structure might work in their own setting. In addition, a “Learning Structures at a Glance” chart at the beginning of the book helps users choose the best structure for their purpose and group size.


All of the structures in Energize Your Meetings! are ones used in Responsive Classroom workshops. “Participants often say that Responsive Classroom workshops are the best professional development they’ve ever experienced,” says Hodges. “A big part of that is the power of the interactive learning structures presenters use. We’re delighted to share these structures, and we hope this resource will help many educators lead meetings and PD sessions that harness the full power of active, collaborative learning among their staff.”


Visit the Responsive Classroom website for more information and sample learning structures.



Energize Your Meetings! 35 Interactive Learning Structures for Educators

Spiral-bound, 96 pages, $23

Copyright 2014, Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-892989-62-8




The not-for-profit Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC) was established in 1981 by elementary school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. That way of teaching, called the Responsive Classroom approach, is a research-based elementary education approach associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate.Responsive Classroom practices help educators create classrooms characterized by engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmentally appropriate teaching. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs. NEFC offers Responsive Classroom on-site consulting services to schools and districts; workshops and institutes for educators in locations around the country; and numerous books, videos, andother resources for teachers and administrators.


For more information, visit


Epson Announces New BrightLink Series with

World’s First Touch-Enabled 3LCD Interactive Projector


Industry Leader Expands Interactive Learning Possibilities in the Classroom


ORLANDO, Fla. (FETC, Booth #631) – Jan. 29, 2014 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced its new line of ultra-short throw interactive projectors – the BrightLink® 575Wi, 585Wi and 595Wi. Designed for K-12 and higher education markets, the series delivers advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, interactivity over the network, Moderator software for ultimate collaboration, and up to 3,300 lumens of color brightness and 3,300 lumens of white light brightness2. The line also takes interactive capabilities one step further with the BrightLink 595Wi, the world’s first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projector.


“Epson understands the need for a fresh approach to classroom collaboration, and with the introduction of the BrightLink 595Wi – the very first finger-touch interactive 3LCD projector – students are able to experience a kinesthetic and intuitive approach to learning,” said Tom Piche, product manager, K-12 interactive projectors, Epson America, Inc. “As the classroom landscape continues to evolve, teachers require tools to engage students in the learning process. With functionality to support BYOD initiatives, including Moderator software to control collaboration, the BrightLink series is ideal for creating an immersive learning environment.”


The new BrightLink series delivers WXGA resolution for widescreen performance, as well as brightness and functionality options to accommodate nearly any classroom:



Product Function Color Brightness2 White Brightness2 Education Pricing
BrightLink 575Wi Dual Pen-Based Interactive 2,700 2,700 $1,499
BrightLink 585Wi Dual Pen-Based Interactive 3,300 3,300 $1,599
BrightLink 595Wi Finger-Touch & Dual Pen-Based Interactive 3,300 3,300 $1,799


More about the BrightLink 595Wi

The BrightLink 595Wi is the first touch-enabled interactive 3LCD projector, equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard enabling finger touch control and annotations. The 595Wi supports gestures3, up to six fingers for annotations, as well as dual-pen support with redesigned interactive pens offering a smaller, more compact feel and programmable mouse button for toggling between most frequently used actions, overall enhancing the learning experience and allowing students and teachers to collaborate at a higher level.


More about the BrightLink Series

Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times brighter colors than leading competitive projectors4. By using Epson EasyMP® with Moderator software and Epson iProjection™ app, the new ultra-short throw series is also easy to network and integrate into classrooms adopting BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives. The three models offer PC-free annotation with a range of devices including document cameras, DVD and Blue-ray players as well as tablets and mobile devices, or no source at all. The series also delivers interactivity over the network and two HDMI ports including one with MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) support for connecting multiple digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for enriched high definition viewing capabilities.


The new BrightLink series also gives teachers more control within multi-device classrooms with built-in Moderator functionality, allowing up to 50 computers, tablets and other handheld devices to be connected via the network. Teachers can wirelessly control which personal devices are displayed, with up to four participant screens shown simultaneously, ideal for comparing students’ work and increasing classroom participation.


Furthering Epson’s commitment to interactive engagement, this family of BrightLink models is also compatible with educational curriculum applications including Promethean ActivInspire and SMART Notebook™ 11, allowing educators to foster greater interactivity among students of all ages and disciplines.


The three BrightLink models share additional easy-to-use and versatile features for the classroom, including:


-        Wireless interactivity: Use EasyMP software with a networked BrightLink projector to share and interact with content from your laptop as you move freely about the classroom


-        Large Interactive Area: Up to 100” diagonal – at a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard systems


-        Easy Interactive Tools (EIT) 3.0: Includes a refreshed user interface for increased ease-of-use, hardware control center and editable file format to save lessons and more


-        Epson iProjection: Leveraging the Epson iProjection app, teachers can present to BrightLink from most iOS Apple devices running iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®, and most Android devices running Android 2.3 or later


-        Redesigned Wall Mount: Offers longer arm for mounting to thicker boards and cover extension for hiding cables when installed


-        Speaker and Microphone Input: Dedicated input allows teachers to use a microphone to amplify voice using the internal 16W speaker, saving the teacher’s voice and ensuring all students can hear; volume can be adjusted using projector or remote control buttons


-        Monitor and Control: Epson EasyMP network software for network monitoring, maintenance scheduling, and email alerts to be sent via LAN; schedule function allows projector to run functions without the need to be connected to a network


-        3LCD Technology: Features the latest, 3LCD, 3-chip technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology provides an energy efficient light engine which uses available lamp light to create stunning images; in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness5


-        Dual Interactive Pens: Includes two interactive pens for writing, navigating and controlling interactive functions.


-        Long Life Lamps: The lamp life can last up to 10,000 hours6 in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time; replacement lamps cost $79, providing a lower overall total cost of ownership


Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors.


Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The new color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, teachers and students can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit


Availability and Support

The new Epson BrightLink projectors will be available in mid-April 2014through select pro audio/visual dealers, K-12 and higher education users. Epson’s projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line and a two-year Road Service projector replacement program that includes projector exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, visit


About Epson

Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.


Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit:


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* Estimated street price


1 Based upon Q3 2013 worldwide front projection market share estimates from PMA Research.

2 White and color light output will vary depending on mode selected.  White light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.

3 With Windows 7/8 or Mac OS X only

4 Compared to leading 1-chip DLP business and education projectors based on NPD data, July 2011 through June 2012. Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions.

5 Data source: Jan. 2011. Average of 1,038 shipping models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage per lumen. It was measured for both 3LCD and 1-chip projectors in each of five brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per lumen in each of the five segments.

6 Lamp life for the BrightLink 575Wi is up to 10,000 hours (eco mode) and 5,000 hours (normal); lamp life for the BrightLink 585Wi and 595Wi is up to 6,000 hours (eco mode) and 4,000 hours (normal). Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp Brightness decreases over time.


Note: EPSON and EasyMP are registered trademarks, Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BrightLink, Brighter Futures and PrivateLine are registered trademarks of Epson America, Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.



CoSN Calls FCC E-rate Vote an ‘Important Early Victory’ for
Students, Educators for Wi-Fi Access
Washington, DC (July 11, 2014) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today expressed support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) decision to update and strengthen the E-rate program. Krueger said:
“Today’s vote by the FCC represents an important early victory for students and educators that lack broadband and Wi-Fi access in their classrooms. CoSN’s 2013 E-rate and broadband survey revealed a massive Wi-Fi gap in many classrooms, so we’re very pleased the FCC dedicated meaningful funding for internal connections, while also maintaining a focus on broadband connections to the school door. CoSN also commends the FCC for approving a further notice focused on evaluating the program’s long-term funding needs. School districts cannot meet today’s Wi-Fi and broadband technology needs on a 1997 budget and that will mean our nation must eventually invest more for this critical need.
“We believe the FCC’s action is an important start to modernize the E-rate program and providing a path for sufficient long-term and predictable funding. This act today is a step forward.”
Specifically, CoSN welcomes the FCC’s decision to:
  • Update the E-rate program, including by establishing world-class broadband goals for the nation’s schools and ensuring that resources will be available to begin connecting every classroom to Wi-Fi;
  • Promote greater transparency to helping applicants secure the best prices for cutting-edge services; and
  • Immediately establish a further notice focused on quantifying the program’s long-term funding needs.
CoSN has long advocated for modernizing the E-rate program. On Monday, CoSN joined nine other leading education organizations in sending a joint letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Reilly expressing support for moving forward on Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to begin the process.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areasannual conference and eventsadvocacy and policymembership, and the CETL certification exam.


Wisconsin School Districts Identify Support and Product Value in Selecting Skyward

Neenah, Menasha and Marion School Districts to implement Skyward in 2014 

July 14, 2014

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (July 14, 2014) ­– Three Wisconsin school districts have designatedSkyward, an industry leading K-12 school administrative software provider, to improve business and student operations within their districts. With the addition of Neenah Joint, Menasha Joint and Marion Independent School Districts, Skyward now serves nearly 400 districts in the state. Supporting Wisconsin administrators, educators and staff for more than 30 years, over 80 percent of Wisconsin school districts rely on Skyward to help improve student outcomes and reduce expenses.

Two of the three districts will be implementing Skyward’s School Business Suite, while the third will be deploying the Student Management Suite. Both offer unmatched flexibility and control to help ensure students succeed by providing districts with real-time accurate and reliable information through a web portal for easy access.

Fed up with hand calculating and separate log-ins for every program, Neenah Joint School District switched from an outdated system to Skyward. Creating an integrated and simple system with easy-to-navigate employee profiles, Skyward is an all-encompassing solution for Neenah Joint. The district began training on the School Business Suite in May and will implement the finance and human resources modules in July.

“There are a lot of hidden features that Skyward users may take for granted. For example, the Excel button on every screen that allows users to export data into a spreadsheet,” said Kathy Davis, assistant district administrator of business services at Neenah Joint School District. “Also, there is a wealth of customer support questions if you ever get stuck, and the whole system is user-friendly.”

Encouraged by the customer support and knowledge Skyward provides, Menasha Joint School District has begun training and is implementing the finance and human resources modules of the School Business Suite. The district looks forward to improving employee management through processes such as insurance tracking, salary negotiations and employee reimbursement.

“Skyward will provide transparent vision for our staff through the Employee Access portal, which will empower them to review their own information to create efficiencies,” said Brian Adesso, director of business services at Menasha Joint School District. “With the Skyward School Business Suite in place, we’ll be able to provide a higher level of service to our staff.”

Marion Independent School District chose Skyward for its single platform and customer service. The district has used the Skyward School Business Suite for four years and will implement the Skyward Student Management Suite in fall of 2014. Eager about saving time and ensuring accurate data, the district will retain information in one central location.

“Skyward is going to save a huge amount of time for our secretaries,” said Valerie Brooks, director of special education at Marion Independent School District. “Today when a student experiences an unexcused absence, a secretary calls the parents individually, and when a student’s lunch balance drops below $10, they mail a note to the parents, both of which will be automated through Skylert, a notification system in Skyward.”

Skyward serves more than 5 million students and 1,700 school districts worldwide. In Spring 2015, the company will break ground on a new headquarters that will allow Skyward to continue providing industry-leading school management software to districts in Wisconsin, the United States and around the world. The new headquarters will have a tremendous economic impact locally, statewide, and nationally. With its new headquarters, Skyward plans to add 1,000 jobs over the next 10 years, nearly half of which will be in Wisconsin. The new headquarters is projected to bring more than $20 million in earnings to the region.

The Skyward School Management System empowers administrators, teachers and parents with the information they need to make the greatest impact on improving student achievement and business operations. Many Wisconsin districts already use Skyward, including the Stevens Point Area School District. The district’s success with the software is outlined in this Skyward case study. For more information on Skyward administrative software and IT consulting services for K-12 districts, visit Skyward.

About Skyward
Skyward is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,700 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States. To learn more, visitSkyward.




Califone Launches 901 Wireless Headphone

New Listening Device Connects Multiple Users to Support Common Core Goals

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Teachers have expressed a need for greater student flexibility and range than traditional wired headphones to access learning materials.

San Fernando, Calif. (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Listening devices that help students achieve the goals outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a critical component of today’s classrooms. To meet this need, Califone International, Inc., a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual (AV) and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, announces the release of its 901 Wireless Headphone. The rechargeable headphone and separate 3.5 mm transmitter connect students to listening activities on computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.

“Teachers have expressed a need for greater student flexibility and range than traditional wired headphones to access learning materials,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “The 901 Wireless Headphone allows a 20’ wireless listening range. It also enables multiple users to listen to one device with a single transmitter, giving educators the ability to group students with like abilities for a smaller differentiated learning community with the learning resources they need to succeed.”

The headphone and transmitter charge in 2-3 hours, offer continuous play for 8-10 hours and come with a cord for conventional wired listening. Both components are built with durable ABS plastic to withstand classroom use. The 901 Wireless Headphone can be resized to fit learners of any age. It offers multiple listening options, including FM, wireless transmission and digital audio from a micro SD card. Students using the wireless headphone can share the audio with others by having a traditional wired headphone plug into the wireless 901. Any number of users can listen wirelessly to a single transmitter within the device’s 20-foot range.

Califone is committed to providing products that support the speaking and listening portion of the Common Core English Language Arts anchor standards. For more information on the full line of Califone products, and to view and download the entire Califone catalog, visit

About Califone
Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments.


NASBE Praises FCC’s Push to Ensure E-Rate Funding to Connect Classrooms Across the Country

Arlington, Va. – National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Executive Director Kristen Amundson today praised the FCC for establishing meaningful new broadband goals for the nation’s schools and for ensuring that E-rate funding is available to begin connecting every classroom to WiFi. “Promoting digital equity for students is a high priority for NASBE,” says Amundson. “The FCC’s decision today to establish meaningful new broadband connectivity goals for the nation’s schools and set aside dedicated funding for connecting every learning space to WiFi will have a big impact on teaching and learning.”

NASBE has been a leading national voice calling for greater investments in high capacity broadband and the technology needed to support instruction, and next generation assessment, most recently joining 10 other organizations in calling for a boost in funding for E-Rate. The FCC’s order represents a major step forward, but more work must be done to ensure all students have access to the technologies required to prepare for college and career.


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Silver Spring, MD | July 1, 2014 marked the opening of a new one-year term for the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) Board. Board members assume their new positions against a backdrop of exploding interest in CTE nationwide.


Taking the helm this year is Dean for Career and Technical Education at the Colorado Community College System Scott Stump. President Stump said of the position, “It’s a privilege to lead an organization of this caliber, especially at such an important moment for CTE. We’re seeing a tremendous groundswell of support for our discipline nationwide—I believe we can seize on that momentum in the year ahead and bring about even greater growth for high-quality CTE going forward.”


Officers include:

  • President Scott Stump, Dean for Career and Technical Education at the Colorado Community College System
  • Vice President Rod Duckworth, Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education at the Florida Department of Education
  • Secretary/Treasurer Jo Anne Honeycutt, Director of Career and Technical Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Past President John Fischer, Deputy Secretary at the Vermont Agency of Education

NASDCTEc/NCTEF will continue to build on the momentum of the year to date under its expert leadership. Highlights so far include promoting the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 along with a huge group of stakeholder partnerstracking state policy developments from 2013, examining nationwide college and career readiness standards and promoting exemplary, forward-looking CTE programs to a national audience.

Officers’ biographies can be found here.


The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy.


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