PRODUCTS, SERVICES & EVENTS

DECEMBER 5, 2016

Boxlight Wins Two High-Profile Industry Award Programs, Secures Finalist Nod In A Third

 

Boxlight takes home Tech & Learning Award of Excellence and District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Award, and is also named a finalist in the BETT 2017 Program, with winners being announced at January’s Annual Conference in London.

 

Lawrenceville, GA – Dec. 1, 2016 – Boxlight, a global leader in digital teaching technologies, is being honored for its outstanding classroom creations. Its MimioTeach™ portable interactive whiteboard was named “best upgraded product” in the 34th annual Awards of Excellence program sponsored by Tech & Learning magazine. Additionally, the company’s groundbreaking MimioMobile™ collaboration and assessment app with MimioStudio™ classroom software made District Administration magazine’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 program, and have also been named a finalist in the 2017 BETT program—the industry’s largest global conference, which will be held in London in late January.

 

The acclaimed MimioTeach portable bar is extremely popular for its ability to easily turn any whiteboard interactive in under a minute. Used with a classroom computer and projector, it makes engaging and collaborative learning not only affordable, but almost instantaneous as well. As part of a complete interactive solution that includes MimioStudio classroom software, the MimioTeach interactive whiteboard allows teachers to create dynamic lessons and activities, as well as perform formative and summative assessments.

The MimioMobile application fosters unrivaled student collaboration and engagement by linking mobile devices in classrooms. Once equipped with the app, users can access learning events and assessments on almost any device—including Chromebooks and Apple or Android products.

 

“For more than 20 years, our company has set the industry standard for high-quality, affordable, flexible, and innovative digital technology solutions,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “Being recognized for the tradition of developing and delivering best-in-class digital products that support teachers and students with a better way to learn is an incredible honor.”

 

“This year’s 34th Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence program honored new and upgraded software, hardware, network, and Web products,” said Kevin Hogan, editorial director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group. “A panel of more than 30 educators tested over 120 entries and chose the winners. Among the high-quality offerings being honored are resources addressing management, safety, communication, differentiated learning, assessment, and other key areas in education. These companies can be proud that our team of judges granted them their seal of approval.”

 

The District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction.This year’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products—compiled from 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers—has been announced online and will appear in the December 2016 issue of District Administration.

 

About Boxlight

The merging of Mimio and Boxlight has resulted in an expansive selection of premier digital classroom technology solutions designed for every K-12 classroom. The company is integrating Boxlight’s manufacturing of patented, award-winning interactive classroom technology and Mimio’s advanced line of classroom hardware and software solutions to create the most complete line of progressive, integrated classroom technologies available on the market today.

 

For more information about the extensive product offerings of the companies, please visitwww.boxlight.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @boxlightinc or Like us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/boxlightusa.

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itslearning Webinar Alert:

Fostering Skills for Successful Learning in a Blended Environment

 

WHAT: A no cost webinar sponsored by itslearning and hosted by Tech & Learning magazine for K-12 educators and administrators who want to gain a greater understanding of blended learning and how best to foster the skills necessary for deep, student-centered learning.

 

PRESENTERS: Tim Wilhelmus, Innovation, Curriculum and Technology Specialist at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Indiana and Beth Holland, a respected education leader, researcher and speaker who leads professional development workshops and who is a regular contributor to Edutopia and Education Week.

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 6th, 1 PM EST

 

REGISTER: http://ow.ly/4nVH306FP0l

 

Boston, MA – Nov. 30, 2016 — What are the essential student skills necessary for fostering deep, student-centered learning and learner agency in a blended learning environment? What skills and practices need to follow teachers and students as they move between digital and physical/analog settings? How can blended professional development foster student-centered learning?

 

If these questions are creating anxiety for you and other members of your administrative and teaching staff, then consider joining in the discussion as two blended learning experts tackle these and more during a 1-hour, free webinar hosted by Tech & Learning magazine.

 

Scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 at 1PM EST, guest speakers will include Beth Holland, a respected education leader, researcher and speaker and Tim Wilhelmus, the Innovation, Curriculum and Technology Specialist at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Indiana. Interested educators can also join the synchronous Twitter discussion using the hashtag #rethinklearning16.

 

“Our goal for hosting this webinar is to ensure that educators will gain a deeper understanding of blended learning; learn how to foster skills necessary for deep, student-centered learning and learner agency in a blended environment and hear how one district is realizing success with blended learning, with student instruction as well as professional development,” said Tom Shoemaker, chief marketing officer for itslearning.

 

There is no cost to join the webinar, but registration is required. For more information go to:http://ow.ly/4nVH306FP0l

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Boxlight Will Host “Boxlight STEM Day” on December 9,

Supporting STEM Learning in Schools in U.S. and Latin America

 

Schools participating in collaborative learning event will receive

portable Labdisc data loggers for STEM activities

 

Lawrenceville, GA – Dec. 1, 2016 – One of the mandates behind the national push for STEM learning opportunities is to ensure that students’ socioeconomic status has no effect on their STEM fluency. Boxlight is contributing to this goal with its new initiative, Boxlight STEM Day (#BLSTEM), which will take place on December 9. A select number of low-income elementary and high schools in the United States and Latin America will work with the company in a hands-own, inquiry-based learning event designed to help students learn critical STEM skills and understand how STEM disciplines apply to the world around them.

 

“The Boxlight STEM Day is about raising awareness of inquiry-based learning and the benefits of STEM education among local schools and industries, particularly those that may not have had the resources to fully explore such opportunities,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “Students need to develop the critical skills that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom, enabling them to be tomorrow’s engineers and innovators. Their socioeconomic status should not be allowed to limit their opportunities.”

 

Prior to the event, each of the participating schools will receive a free wireless Labdisc portable STEM lab The students will use these tools to perform simultaneous experiments and share their respective resulting data in an activity called “A Walk Through the City.” The purpose will be to study the relationship between temperature and humidity in several locations inside and outside their school, in both urban and green spaces.  Using the built-in GPS sensor, the students will be able to plot the experiment data as a layer on Google Maps.

 

Using the Labdisc data logger, students will start taking measurements from their classroom door, moving toward a nearby green area and then an asphalted area. They will record their observations and the exact locations, download and analyze the data, extrapolate, question and present possible explanations for the observed phenomena, and make suggestions for improving their school facilities based on their conclusions.

 

 

Boxlight had its partners identify and reach out to underprivileged schools in their local areas for the event. The schools participating in Boxlight STEM Day are:

 

  • Andy Tolson Elementary in Tucson, Ariz.
  • East Coweta High School in Coweta County, Georgia
  • Bernalillo Elementary School in New Mexico
  • Technical High School 101 in Jalisco, Mexico
  • Antigua International School in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

 

“We made a decision to focus on a select number of schools so that the inter-school collaboration and sharing of data would provide both a thought-provoking, as well as meaningful, learning experience for all participants,” said Elliott. “But the collaborative learning between these schools and students won’t stop on December 9. They will continue to build upon their relationships and continue to participate in joint experiments throughout the remainder of the school year.”

 

 

About Boxlight Corp.

The merging of Mimio and Boxlight Corp. has resulted in an expansive selection of premier digital classroom technology solutions designed for every K-12 classroom. The company is integrating Boxlight’s manufacturing of patented, award-winning interactive classroom technology and Mimio’s advanced line of classroom hardware and software solutions to create the most complete line of progressive, integrated classroom technologies available on the market today.

 

For more information about the extensive product offerings of the companies, please visit www.boxlight.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @boxlightinc or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boxlightusa.

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Colorado Digital BOCES Partners with Fuel EducationTM to Expand Students’

Career Technical Education and Elective Offerings

 

Students at Rocky Mountain Digital Academy and Mountain View Virtual have access to

Fuel Education’s Online Courses and Career Readiness Pathways

 

Herndon, Virginia, December 2, 2016 — When school leaders rethink what new, innovative schools should look like, it is important they implement models that not only fit their vision, but also support students’ academic needs. To help guide schools through this process, the Colorado Department of Education approved the formation of Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Education Service (CD BOCES) to act as an online and blended learning expert. Under CD BOCES’ guidance and management, Rocky Mountain Digital Academy (RMDA) and Mountain View Virtual (MVV) are now using best practices vetted by the BOCES including the Fontan Relational Education (FRE) model, Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) Online Courses, and Career Readiness Pathways™.

 

“Our goal as a BOCES is to promote quality in blended and online learning,” said Kim McClelland, Executive Director of CD BOCES. “I came across the FRE model while visiting a school in Colombia and saw firsthand how the model helped students get an individualized education and find meaning in their own education. I felt it would be beneficial for students in Colorado to use this model and FuelEd has become a huge partner in making this possible.”

 

FRE is a student-centered learning model that helps students develop 21st century skills, as well as learn autonomy and goal setting in order to prepare for the complexity of life and work environments. Under the FRE learning model, each student’s learning plan is personalized for their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their interests – making it essential that each school offer a wide range of both core and elective courses. Using FuelEd Online Courses, students at RMDA and MVV can take world languages, fine art, music appreciation, and other high-interest, engaging courses.

 

Students can also choose to take courses available through FuelEd’s Career Technical Education solution, Career Readiness Pathways™. Students can enter one of four Career Clusters® – business management and administration, health science, information technology, and manufacturing. Each pathway helps students learn skills and prepare for industry-recognized certification exams. Career Readiness Pathways also helps students complete career exploration, develop business skills and more.

 

Although both schools use FuelEd’s online curriculum, they use it to meet different school missions. RMDA encourages qualifying students to enter its concurrent enrollment program in order to earn credit toward their high school diploma and college degree simultaneously. MVV encourages students to explore their interests through a STEM and work-based learning model so many students take FuelEd Online Courses as electives and courses in Career Readiness Pathways to prepare them for a professional certification and a future career.

 

As part of its consulting services, CD BOCES is using grant money to help local districts like Lewis-Palmer School District #38 in Monument, Colo., to implement FuelEd Online Courses. The BOCES presented to district staff various online and blended learning techniques, evaluated the district’s needs, and offered to help them implement the online courses from FuelEd. Students at the district are currently taking various math courses such as algebra and geometry, science courses like forensic science and biology, as well as world language courses through FuelEd.

 

“CD BOCES opened under a unique vision and mission,” said McClelland. “We identify best practices in online and blended learning and then share them with districts, similar to quality assurance. Our hope is that other districts and multi-district online schools will look at our model recommendations, including our use of FuelEd, and use them because they are effective.”

 

About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

 

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, PEAK, and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2, 2016

myON Named a “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product” by District Administration Readers

Nominations from top K12 leaders led to the selection of products that enhance learning across the country

 (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) December 1, 2016 — myON, leading provider of personalized literacy solutions, has been recognized for making a positive difference in education by K12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2016.”

The winners were compiled from 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year. The Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products has been announced online and in the December 2016 issue of District Administration.

myON’s personalized literacy environment provides students unlimited access to more than 11,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit that empowers teachers to provide students with personalized literacy instruction. The literacy ecosystem utilizes the Lexile® Framework for Reading and embedded metrics so educators are able to measure reading with reading. 

“We are thrilled DA readers choose myON as a top product in this years Top 100 for the fifth year in a row,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “As a Readers’ Choice award, it is an honor to be validated by the readers and myON users we work hard to support and represent.”

The District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction.

“Learning about all the products being used to help districts succeed is inspiring,” says JD Solomon, District Administration’s editorial director. “Our winners cover a wide spectrum. All of our 2016 honorees should be very proud of this achievement.”

About District Administration

District Administration provides K12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management, through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits. For more information, visit www.DistrictAdministration.com.

About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone, has created a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 11,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit that enhances the myON literacy ecosystem. 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 and writing growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction to propel them to new and unlimited learning opportunities. To learn more, visit myON.com.

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Edthena Does It Again

 

Video-based classroom observation platform wins industry-leading education awards

 

SAN FRANCISCO (December 1, 2016) – Edthena recently won two industry-leading education awards for its innovative video-based classroom observation platform for teacher development. It was chosen by K-12 district leaders as a 2016 District Administration “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products” and named a winner of Tech & Learning’s 2016 Awards of Excellence.

 

“Video is a powerful tool that helps educators at all levels – from pre-service to veteran teachers – engage in meaningful, reflective professional learning,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “Winning these top awards reinforces the impact of our technology on the professional development process and in helping educators succeed.”

 

Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in more than 30 states are using the Edthena platform. It helps these organizations make video observation an integral part of teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.

 

District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards program informs K-12 superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, including technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. Winners were chosen based on 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year. Edthena was also chosen as a winner in 2015.

 

Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence, now in its 34th year, is a leading educational awards program that recognizes innovative products that break new ground, as well as those that have received significant enhancements. The winners, including Edthena, were chosen by a panel of Tech & Learning advisors who tested hundreds of entries.

 

With the Edthena platform, teachers quickly and easily upload videos of their classroom instruction from any video camera and then share those videos with coaches and colleagues who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. The platform enables teachers and coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning cycles. Reports and graphs, linked to the school’s or district’s associated professional standards, help identify teaching trends, determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices, and provide a basis for ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices.

 

In addition to the Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products and Tech & Learning Award of Excellence, this year Edthena won an SIIA CODiE Award in the Best Professional Learning Solution for K-20 Faculty and Administrative Staff category and an EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award in the Professional Development Learning Solution category. Geller was also a contributor to SETDA’s recently-released “The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning” report.

 

To learn more about Edthena, visit www.edthena.com.

 

About Edthena
Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos to share with colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video-based professional learning. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and EdTech Digest. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.

 

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New Report: Student Journalism Under Fire

 

On December 1, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the College Media Association (CMA), the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) will release a report, Threats to the Independence of Student Media, shining a light on threats to student media and reaffirming and expanding upon basic principles of a free student press.

 

The report cites multiple cases in which college and university administrations exerted pressure in attempts to control, edit, or censor student journalistic content. This pressure has been reported in every segment of higher education and every institutional type: public and private, four-year and two-year, religious and secular. The report finds that administrative efforts to subordinate campus journalism to public relations concerns are inconsistent with the mission of higher education to foster intellectual exploration and debate. And while journalism that discusses students’ dissatisfaction with the perceived shortcomings of their institutions can be uncomfortable, it fulfills an important civic function.

 

The embargoed, draft report can be found at http://bit.ly/2g9Idmq and the final report will be posted at www.aaup.org/student-media.

 

Henry Reichman, first vice president of the AAUP, said, “Academic freedom extends to advisers of student media who support the critical work of student journalists. It’s important to draw attention to these threats to student media and to work towards solutions.”

 

Joan Bertin, NCAC executive director, said, “This report exposes restrictions on press and speech freedoms on campus and exhorts college and university administrators to educate students in the operation of our constitutional system by allowing students to engage in its most critical functions: seeking information, becoming engaged and informed, and speaking out on matters of importance.”

 

Frank D. LoMonte, executive director of SPLC, said, “It is hypocritical for colleges to claim they support civic engagement while defunding student news organizations, removing well-qualified faculty advisers, and otherwise intimidating journalists into compliance. Colleges are more obsessed with promoting a favorable public image than ever before, but a college that retaliates against students and faculty for unflattering journalism doesn’t just look bad—it is bad. We need a top-level commitment from the presidents of America’s colleges and universities to support editorially independent student-run news coverage, including secure funding and retaliation protection for students and their advisers.”

 

Kelley Lash, president of CMA, said, “This issue impacts millions of educators and students. College Media Association emphatically supports the First Amendment freedoms of all student media at all institutions, both public and private, and agrees that these media must be free from all forms of external interference designed to influence content. Student media participants, and their advisers, should not be threatened or punished due to the content of the student media. Their rights of free speech and free press must always be guaranteed.”

 

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The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) champions academic freedom; advances shared governance; and promotes economic security for all who teach and research in higher education. Since 1915, the AAUP has shaped American higher education by developing standards that uphold quality education and ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.

 

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Online Music Platform Soundtrap Receives “Startup Team of the Year” at Sweden’s Prestigious Startup Gala 2016 in Stockholm

Palo Alto, Calif., and Stockholm, Sweden –  November 29 2016 — Soundtrap, the first easy-to-use, cloud-based music making platform enabling collaboration between people from anywhere in the world on a multitude of devices, was named “Startup Team of the Year” by SUP46, one of Europe’s leading startup hubs.

Soundtrap was honored with the “Startup Team of the Year” award on Nov. 24 at SUP46’s annual Swedish Startup Gala at the SUP46 startup hub in Stockholm.  It was one of  only three startups recognized at SUP46 Startup Gala 2016. Sebastian Knutsson, co-founder of King.com and designer of such online games as Candy Crush Saga, was inducted into the “Swedish Startup Hall of Fame;” and Dooer, a Stockholm software developer, was named “Startup Launch of the Year.”

Since its launch in June 2015, Soundtrap has seen exponential growth and has been organically adding multiple thousands of new users per day. The cloud-based music and podcast platform works across iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac and Windows platforms, and expects to reach a million users before the year’s end.  It is also very popular in the education sector, attracting more than 200 new schools every week around the globe, primarily from US, Europe and Australia.

“It’s such an honor to be named the winner of this highly selective competition,” said Soundtrap CEO Per Emanuelsson. “Our team worked so hard, and has achieved so much, in the time leading up to and following our product launch in 2015. At its core, music making is a collaborative form of human expression, and it is exciting that SUP46 recognized our team for collaborating to bring music and audio making to a broader audience of users.”

SUP46 is a hub of approximately 60 selected startups, ranging from seed stage to post-Series A, whose memberships give them access to a world-class ecosystem of investors, partners and advisors. Fewer than 10 percent of the startups that apply for SUP46 membership are accepted into the hub.

“Soundtrap is a great inspiration for the startups in Sweden and we are grateful for the many contributions the company makes to our startup ecosystem.” said Jessica Stark, CEO and co-founder, SUP46.  “Since its inception, the Soundtrap team has relentlessly pushed forward and promoted its solution online, through ambassadors and in schools worldwide.  It is a team to be admired.”

About Soundtrap

Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform to work across all operating systems, enabling users to co-create music anywhere in the world. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company also has an office in Silicon Valley. Soundtrap provides an easy-to-use music and audio creation platform for all levels of musical interest and abilities, and is being used by the K-12 through higher-education markets. For more information, visit: www.soundtrap.com

About SUP46

Startup Hub SUP46 was founded in 2013 to gather the startup community. Through the world-class ecosystem of investors, advisors and partners, members are offered a competitive advantage. Located in the heart of Stockholm, it is home to more than 50 startups and a natural meeting place for the startup community. Only the most exciting and innovative companies, mainly within Internet, mobile, media, IoT and gaming, are accepted as members. For more information, visit: www.sup46.com

Resources 

Soundtrap video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57WNwqgFKZQ

and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57WNwqgFKZQ

Soundtrap Education video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ViLQD_2RK4

Soundtrap photos: Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97627992@N07/sets/72157654452327362

Pricing information: www.soundtrap.com/pricing.

 

Soundtrap Partners with EdTechTeam to Showcase

 Online Music and Podcast Platform at Google for Education Summits

Fully Integrated into Google Classroom, Multi-Platform Soundtrap 

Helps Innovative Schools Make Shift To Music Educational Technology

 

Palo Alto, California – November 30, 2016Soundtrap is joining forces with EdTechTeam to introduce its first-of-a-kind online music and podcast recording studio to educators at EdTechTeam summits around the U.S.  These fast-paced, high-energy global summits organized by EdTechTeam showcase new technologies and other learning tools that help teachers, administrators and technical support staff redesign the K-12 educational experience and enhance student learning.

“Music helps power the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) movement that is so vital to education,” said Soundtrap CEO Per Emanuelsson. “Music and podcast making is, in its essence, a collaborative form of human expression, and as schools introduce new technologies that engage students in creative, collaborative new ways, Soundtrap is becoming a preferred educational tool in the classroom.”

Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform that enables people around the world to work across devices to share in the composing, playing, and editing of songs, recordings and podcasts. Since its launch in June 2015, Soundtrap is quickly adding multiple thousands of new users per day. The company rolled out an education version of its product at the start of 2016. Since then, more than 200 new schools each week around the globe, with a predominant focus in the US, Europe and Australia, are using Soundtrap in their classrooms.

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SchoolMint Wins a 2016 District Administration “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products” Award

 

Cloud-based student enrollment and school choice system recognized by three industry-leading awards in 2016

 

SAN FRANCISCO, December 1, 2016 – SchoolMint, the leading provider of cloud-based student enrollment and school choice systems for PreK-12 district, charter, and independent schools, was recently named a winner of District Administration’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2016.” The awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, including technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. Winners were chosen based on 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year.

 

“SchoolMint’s automated, user-friendly system is helping districts and schools nationwide streamline the enrollment process and school choice management for both staff and families,” said Jinal Jhaveri, SchoolMint Founder and CEO. “Being nominated by school district leaders for this award is an honor and a true testament to the impact our system is having on transforming the student enrollment experience for families and for staff.”

 

SchoolMint’s comprehensive system makes the end-to-end enrollment experience easier to manage for both school staff and parents. Its four primary tools include Application and Lottery Management, Registration Management, Digital Forms and Documents, and School Choice and Unified Enrollment. Collectively, these solutions improve operational efficiency, lower costs, and provide reporting and analytic tools for schools, and they empower parents with a mobile and user-friendly option to navigate the enrollment process.

 

“We chose SchoolMint to manage our school choice programs. No other system could support our complex lottery needs,” said Mandele Davis, School Choice Project Manager of Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, TX. “Moreover, the powerful data visualization tools provided within the SchoolMint platform enable me to monitor and adjust our marketing and family support initiatives.”

 

In addition to District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products, SchoolMint was recently named a winner of The ComputED Gazette’s 21st Annual Education Software Review (EDDIE) Awards in the Cloud-Based District Enrollment System category. Earlier this year, the company won a Silver Stevie® Award in the New Product or Service of the Year – Education – K-12 Enterprise Solution category of the 2016 American Business AwardsSM.

 

“These three industry awards validate our efforts to transform the student enrollment and school choice experience in independent, charter, and district schools nationwide,” said Jhaveri.

 

To learn more about SchoolMint, visit http://www.schoolmint.com.

 

About SchoolMint

SchoolMint provides a cloud-based student enrollment and school choice platform to PreK-12 independent, charter, and district schools. Since its founding in 2013, more than 3,000 schools worldwide have chosen SchoolMint to streamline student registration and re-enrollment, application and lottery management, universal enrollment and school choice, and digital forms and document uploads. Available online and on mobile devices, SchoolMint’s seamless data integration with leading student information systems and its user-friendly design transform the end-to-end enrollment experience for district staff and parents. Visit www.SchoolMint.com to learn more.

 

Credo Commits to Learning Community with edX Partnership

BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2016 — Credo – the industry leader for information literacy, critical thinking, and research solutions –announced it is contributing features and enhancements to the open edX initiative, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. EdX offers interactive online courses and MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s best universities and institutions.

 

Mike Sweet, Credo’s Chief Executive Officer, said his company has been making significant investments in research and development in edX’s enhanced capabilities, specifically in reporting, learning outcomes tracking and analysis.

 

“We are honored to give back to the higher education learning community,” Sweet said. “And we are appreciative of the opportunity to work with edX as it offers the highest quality courses from institutions who share a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.”

 

The edX platform is an open source course management system, and is used all over the world. EdX’s LMS is the tool learners use to access course content, including videos, textbooks, and problems, and to check their progress in the course.

 

Sweet said one of the most significant benefits from Credo’s contributions to edX is the ability to tag questions in edX Studio, its open tool where users build their courses. Tagging questions allows tracking information across courses, such as whether students can successfully meet a learning outcome. This information is available to view in edX’s Analytics reports, and can be used to understand student comprehension and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional materials.

 

Boston-based Credo has partnered with more than 2,500 libraries over the last 16 years to drive more effective and efficient student research activities. Credo has also been developing instructional content in partnership with librarians and faculty to improve student research outcomes.

 

For more information about Credo, visit www.corp.credoreference.com.

 

 

About Credo | www.corp.credoreference.com

Credo is an information skills solutions provider that serves educational institutions worldwide. It enables the flexible configuration of content, technology and services for the purpose of connecting learners, faculty and teachers, librarians and publishers. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives. Founded in the U.K. under the name of Xrefer, Credo has helped colleges, universities and public libraries successfully educate students and patrons since 1999. Credo is headquartered in Boston, Mass., and maintains an office in the U.K.

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PublicSchoolWORKS Recognized by Three Industry Awards for Quality of Products and Customer Service

Recent awards include the District Administration Reader’s Choice Top 100 Products, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Tech & Learning Stellar Service Awards

Cincinnati, OH (December 1, 2016) — PublicSchoolWORKS, the provider of the only comprehensive risk reduction and school safety program for K-12 districts, has won  three industry awards: the 2016 District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Awards, the 2016 Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the 2016 Tech & Learning Stellar Service Awards.

The company’s EmployeeSafe Suite won a 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Award from District Administration,marking the product’s eighth consecutive Readers’ Choice Award. The award program highlights leading hardware, software and other tools districts have used to excel. EmployeeSafe helps districts reduce risk and drive down the associated cost of staff injuries and other risk issues. Districts use EmployeeSafe to implement risk management programs that automate the deployment, tracking and completion of online staff training, compliance tasks, employee accident management initiatives and more.

One of EmployeeSafe’s automated modules, the Staff Training System, was awarded its first Gold Stevie® in the Safety Training Category in the 2016 Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The awards program recognizes the best employers, HR professionals and teams, as well as the HR-related products that help create great places to work. Using the Staff Training System, PublicSchoolWORKS customers easily train faculty and staff on a wide range of safety topics, thus making schools safer while also helping districts meet state and federal training mandates.

PublicSchoolWORKS’ Client Services and Research & Development teams won a 2016 Tech & Learning Stellar Service Award for “Frequent Buyer Smiles: Best Perks and Extras.” The awards program, now in its second year, recognizes edtech companies for providing excellent customer service. PublicSchoolWORKS’ Client Service and Research & Development teams make safety and compliance effortless for districts. Client Services creates districts’ customized risk reduction and school safety programs based on their needs. Research & Development tracks legislation and creates or updates content to address mandates so districts stay safe and compliant.

“We assess the needs and goals of each of our districts, and then create a custom plan for them so their administrators can put more time and energy back into other initiatives,” said Tom Strasburger, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PublicSchoolWORKS. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without a great product and a strong customer service team. We hear praise from customers regularly, but getting recognized by a number of different industry awards further proves that PublicSchoolWORKS is on the right track.”

About PublicSchoolWORKS
Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS has helped districts implement comprehensive safety programs to reduce risk, and the associated costs, and help make schools a safe place for staff and students.  PublicSchoolWORKS and its automated, online suites provide districts the technology, content and expert resources needed to create a culture of safety while easily meeting state and federal safety mandates. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS impacts school safety and improves district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or sales@publicschoolworks.com.

NOVEMBER 29, 2016

SIIA Education Business Forum Offers Interactive Strategies for Increased Profitability 
Premier educational technology event to take place Dec. 8-9 in New York
 
WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 29, 2016) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA will host its annual Education Business Forum (EBF) on Dec. 8-9 at The Princeton Club of New York. EBF, the premier NYC event for education business leadership and the investor community, welcomes attendees to engage in interactive sessions, gain insight from peer-reviewed product showcases and participate in one-on-one networking events.
EBF attracts senior management teams of education software companies and platform technology firms, as well as financial analysts, solution providers and distributors, publishers, private equity firms and venture capitalists. This year’s conference boasts a powerful line up of sessions and speakers who will focus on a breadth and depth of topics, including new paths to revenue, capital and profit; industry trends; leveraging ESSA; new markets and more.
For the full news release, click here. View the complete list of sessions and speakers here.

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The Learning Counsel Honors 12 Districts for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies

 

The annual National Gathering was an occasion to celebrate success and connect ed-tech leaders facing similar challenges

(Orlando, FL) November 29, 2016 At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, twelve leading districts were recognized for their vision and innovation in integrating digital curriculum and technology into their teaching and learning process. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss how innovation, technology, and school and classroom remodeling is pushing the education envelope—all in the name of better outcomes for our youth.

The Learning Counsel is helping education leaders chart a course that includes actionable data and current trends,” said Janell McClure, the Director of Digital & Multimedia Learning from Cobb County School District. “These awards share incredible examples of innovative thinking. The knowledge we’ve gained at this Gathering event will guide our work as we continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning through digital platforms, tools, and practices.”

The national awards were made possible through sponsorship from Ruckus Wireless. As schools like these go truly digital, they need resilient WiFi. With so many types of mobile devices integrated into a student’s learning process, schools need a WiFi network that can handle a high density of devices with speed and reliability.

 

LeiLani Cauthen, the CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel, shared when she spoke at the Gathering that, while on the road this year visiting 29 different cities she observed more schools running “smack into the issue of digital curriculum coverage models,” and “face-planting into the issue of classroom implementation.” She said that every city had Superintendents and other school administration staff worried about how to get every teacher transitioned more fully, taking digital learning objects “out of the shadows” and into core curriculum use.

 

While it is common to find districts with decently established infrastructure and devices, 1-to-1 (one device for every student) or BYOD (bring your own device), what is happening with teachers is far from well executed with regards to software oversight. “By survey, teachers are spending upwards of twenty-five percent of their time just trying to find content to fit the additional changes in standards and testing. In the meantime, technology and digital content collections continue to grow into realms that individual teachers and even IT Departments can’t hope to keep up with,” stated Cauthen.

 

“With our Special Reports and the discussions we hold in every city and at the national Gathering, we help define and guide leaders, have all attendees discuss their best practices, share solutions, and make sure to appropriately laud superlative districts for their hard work. At the end of every event we have everyone thank each other for what they have been doing – because we find that these executives rarely get that pat on the back from their own peers in other schools and districts who know exactly what leaders go through in K12 education. At the Gathering we especially make a big deal with a lot of glitz and glam for the best-of-the-best who fly in from across the U.S. It’s our great honor to do that for these hard-working schools.”

 

Photo Gallery from the 2016 National Gathering

The recipients of the Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Award for 2016 included:

Broward County Public Schools (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): Awarded due to their work to develop specific grade-level content (in the lower grades) and courses with appropriate full scope and sequence (in the higher grades) that ensure a high-quality, rigorous, standards-based curriculum for any teacher, in any classroom, at any of their schools. The district is also working to personalize learning with open educational resources and innovative publishers by curating and procuring adaptive curriculum that can identify levels of student capability and prescribe pathways for learning that meet the unique needs of each student. This approach is showing great gains in learning for Broward students.

Buckeye Union High School District (Buckeye, AZ): Awarded for their district-wide Get Connected initiative aimed at transforming teaching and learning. Get Connected is about “connecting” stakeholders to create a dynamic learning experience for today’s 21st-century learner. In the second year of the initiative, teachers can more effectively facilitate instruction and personalize learning in real time, manage curriculum and assessments, gather and evaluate valid and reliable data, collaborate with their peers both locally and across the nation, deepen and enhance the learning process, and engage Buckeye’s digitally connected students.

Cobb County Public Schools (Marietta, GA): Cobb County was awarded for their “Cobb Commitment to Student Success,” initiative which promises that teaching and learning will include the Cobb Teaching and Learning Standards, balanced instructional practices, student progress monitoring, and learning engagement strategies. In support of the Commitment, the district redesigned the content acquisition process, formerly known as “textbook adoption,” to allow for more flexibility in selecting core and supplemental resources including Open Educational Resources (OER), customized publisher packages, and locally developed resources. The achievements of their students are a living example of the initiative’s success.

Forsyth County Public Schools (Cumming, GA): Awarded for their Bring Your Own Technology Program. This initiative has led to new thinking about the tools students use. Forsyth County Public Schools has seen dramatic increases in engagement and outcomes by allowing students to choose the tools they want and need to direct their own learning. Hardware and software tools chosen by students in this way is like how many commercial organizations now operate, which means that Forsyth students are being prepped to arrive with the job skill of adapting how they are individually using technology in a greater environment saturated with tech.

Katy Independent School District (Katy, TX): Awarded for their advanced work in creating a single sign-on portal that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device. Students access interactive content for consumption and rich media tools for contribution, creativity, and problem-solving. Katy ISD fosters an environment that inspires students to have a voice in their own learning through online collaboration, technology focus groups, and real-time digital feedback through blogs and virtual classrooms.

North Dakota Center for Distance Education (Fargo, ND): NDCDE was awarded for their work to ensure that all K-12 students in North Dakota are provided equal access to high-quality education. This is characterized by choice of courses, content currency, personalized learning, pedagogy reflecting the latest science, and assessment that seeks to measure mastery (competency). The result of this work is students consistently prepared for careers, continued education, and lifelong learning.

Rowan-Salisbury Schools (Salisbury, NC): Awarded for their outstanding work in a low-income district to provide all 17,000 3rd-12th -grade students with MacBook Airs or iPads for take home usage through its instructional transformation initiative. This initiative has allowed for the introduction and implementation of a comprehensive literacy framework, digital curricula, tech books, K-12 online digital citizenship curriculum, teacher-made instructional tools, and virtual professional development offerings. Through their instructional shift, driven by a strong strategic plan, Rowan-Salisbury Schools was recently removed from North Carolina’s Low Performing School District listing.

Seminole County Public Schools (Sanford, FL): Awarded for their commitment and passion to providing 24/7/365 equitable access to rigorous instructional content. Because of their thoughtful efforts, Seminole County students, teachers, and parents enjoy a robust suite of digital curriculum offerings anchored by a single sign-on portal, including blended and fully online courses in a learning management system, and access to dynamic web-based content from anywhere in the world. The result of this commitment to transformation are students with increasingly bettered competency and outcomes on assessments.

Tampa Preparatory School (Tampa, FL): Awarded for their vision to create a flexible learning environment. Every classroom is equipped with innovative technologies and ergonomic furniture with the mobility of bumper cars, which gets students out of their seats and learning in new, creative ways. These “Active Learning Environments” (ALEs) reflect our changing world and are in line with what the Learning Counsel says is the end-point of the transformation with “Expositional Centers of Learning”, where teachers and textbook content are no longer the sole sources of learning – the environment is a sort of learning mechanism itself. With multiple touch-enabled projectors in each ALE, walls are transformed into interactive presentation spaces.

Union County Public Schools (Monroe, NC): Awarded for having the largest 1:1 digital learning program in the state of North Carolina. With the expansion of 1:1 into grades 3 through 5, there are now more than 34,000 Chromebooks in the hands of students from grades 3 through 12. Their transformative initiative has also focused on the professional development of teachers to provide students with a personalized learning experience to increase student motivation. They refer to this as the “My Size Fits Me” learning culture. In the last school year, the district had one of North Carolina’s highest cohort graduation rates, exceeding 93%.

USD 331 Kingman-Norwich (Kingman, KS): Awarded for their District Strategic Success Plan. Eight years ago, the district proposed a goal that all students would have access to current technology, with always up-to-date, high-quality digital resources that are actively being utilized. This goal was the vital component of the District Strategic Success Plan and drives district expenditures on technology. The district is advancing on its goal spectacularly and proving that its investment is paying off for its learners and instructors.

Vancouver Public Schools (Vancouver, WA): Awarded for Vancouver’s digital curriculum integration strategy, which is grounded in its instructional framework, the “5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning,” from the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership. From this foundation, digital curriculum integration decisions serve the VPS Vision for Learning, promoting student ownership of learning through communicating, creating, collaborating, and critical thinking. Teachers at VPS serve as designers of engaging and rigorous student learning experiences.

About the Learning Counsel

The Learning Counsel is a mission-based news media and events organization focused on helping education professionals in the K-12 sector gain research and context on the shift to digital curriculum. Serving as an intermediary between schools, curriculum publishers, and high tech companies, the Learning Counsel provides perspective and organizational tools on the transition to digital for school systems across the country. For more information, please visit TheLearningCounsel.com.

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Boxlight Introduces State-of-the-Art ProColor Interactive Flat Panel Displays

 

Newly released high-definition and ultra-high definition LCD Android displays brings touch-enabled collaborative learning to the front of the classroom.

 

Lawrenceville, GA – Nov. 28, 2016 Boxlight, a leading innovator in delivering best-in-class digital classroom solutions, today unveiled the ProColor Series 1 interactive flat panel displays. These displays further differentiate Boxlight with an included Android OS that offers an instant digital whiteboard plus integrated browser, bringing a whole new level of ease of use to the classroom while engaging students in a more collaborative learning experience.

 

“We design our products to meet the current and future needs of students, educators, and school IT administrators,” said Stevan Vigneaux, VP of Product Management for Boxlight. “The ProColor interactive HD and UHD/4K displays promote a high degree of interactivity and reveal details to boost readability.Students need sharp, bright, displays large enough that they can read text from anywhere in the classroom, and teachers want the technology to be a tool instead of a burden. These new displays deliver both brilliantly and will become a must-have technology for modern classrooms.”

 

The New ProColor Interactive Flat Panels:

  • Available in a range of sizes – HD 55” 65”, 70”, and 65”, 75”, and 84” UHD 4K models.
  • Up to ten single-point touch users or five dual-touch and gestures users that work simultaneously with Touch 360° interactivity, driving collaborative learning.
  • Access to a wealth of applications in Google Classroom via Android OS built-in browser.
  • Built-in stereo speakers, eliminating the need for a separate audio system.
  • LED backlighting, which provides long-term reliability and contributes to low energy consumption.

 

Boxlight’s newest interactive flat panel displays include the award-winning MimioStudio™ classroom software to easily create and deliver engaging lessons. The software also offers complete integration with the other Boxlight Mimio products, including the first-of-its-kind MimioMobile™ collaboration and assessment app.

Vigneaux continued, “These new interactive flat panel displays uphold the Boxlight and Mimio tradition of delivering technological advances paired with instructional benefits. Large, bright, sharp displays in sizes to meet the needs of students in any classroom; Android PC functionality to make the technology even faster; and easy-to-use software that opens most IWB activities—enabling educators to use the interactive content they already have. Our goal is to make the digital classroom better and easier for both educators and students.”

 

For more information visit www.mimio.boxlight.com/procolor or call 866-972-1549.

 

About Boxlight

The merging of Mimio and Boxlight Corporation has resulted in an expansive selection of premier digital classroom technology solutions designed for every K-12 classroom. The company is integrating Boxlight’s manufacturing of patented, award-winning interactive classroom technology and Mimio’s advanced line of classroom hardware and software solutions to create the most complete line of progressive, integrated classroom technologies available on the market today.

 

For more information about the extensive product offerings of the companies, please visit www.boxlight.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @boxlightinc or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boxlightusa.

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Florida School Saves Administrators Time by Implementing Twine
Learning management system (LMS) built for private schools diminishes time administration needs to spend on report cards
 

Pensacola, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2016) — In a growing school system, educators must find innovative solutions to streamline everyday instructional and administrative tasks. To simplify their report card process and other school communications, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy recently rolled out Twine, an integrated LMS designed specifically for K-12 private schools.

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy is located in Florida and caters to an expanding student population. Prior to adopting Twine, Pam Miller, principal of the College Prep campus, spent on average 18 hours per quarter creating report cards by hand.

For the full release, click here.

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

ISTE seeks public comment on first draft of refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers

 

Newly released toolkit includes facilitator’s guide, surveys, presentation slides for participating

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) announced today that it is seeking public comment on the first draft of the refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers. More than 600 individuals from around the world provided insight into the contents of this initial draft and, by the time the second draft is released in early 2017, ISTE anticipates that thousands more will have participated in the process.

 

HOW:  Similar to the recent refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students, the refresh process for the ISTE Standards for Teachers is open and inclusive, soliciting input from educators around the world at every step. To help educators participate in the process, ISTE today released a free toolkit for facilitating a public forum, Twitter chat, or conference session with colleagues to provide feedback to the process.  The toolkit includes a facilitator’s guide, surveys for gathering feedback and annotated presentation slides.  For more information, visit http://www.iste.org/TeacherRefresh

 

WHERE: The first draft of the refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers is available for comment athttp://bit.ly/2eU05Rl

 

WHEN: The refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers are slated for release in June 2017 at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio. At that time, ISTE will kick off the refresh process for the ISTE Standards for Administrators.

 

WHAT: The ISTE Standards provide a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology. These digital age standards are not “technology standards,” but, rather, are a road map for educators worldwide as they navigate decisions about curriculum, instruction, professional learning and how to transform pedagogy with technology.

 

 

 

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®is the premier nonprofit membership 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.

 

Innovative offerings include the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age–as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo–the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

 

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Statement from ExcelinEd Chairman Jeb Bush on Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

 

Tallahassee, Fla – Today, Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released the following statement.

“Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education.

“She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children’s success. Her allegiance is to families, particularly those struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder, not to an outdated public education model that has failed them from one generation to the next.

“I cannot think of a more effective and passionate change agent to press for a new education vision, one in which students, rather than adults and bureaucracies, become the priority in our nation’s classrooms.

“I congratulate Betsy and look forward to her bold leadership at the U.S. Department of Education.”

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Hour of Code Week Lets Students Talk with Coding Professionals Through Live, Virtual Chats via Nepris

Interactive and Online, Students Can Meet STEM and Coding Experts Dec. 5-9 Using Nepris

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 — Hour of Code Week on Nepris offers eight sessions with professionals from AT&T, JoyLabz (Makey Makey), Sphero, and Pearson with more Topics covered include robotics, SEO, computer science, marketing, and career explorations. Teachers may pick one or many or view archived sessions from last year’s Hour of Code Week.

Hour of Code Week December 5-9 on Nepris brings a list of eight (and growing) live, interactive sessions with industry professionals engaging with students around coding and programming. Sessions already scheduled feature coding experts from AT&T, JoyLabz (Makey Makey), Sphero, and Pearson with more companies signing up each day. Topics covered include robotics, SEO, computer science, marketing, and career explorations.

Nepris virtually connects industry professionals with classrooms via online, interactive sessions that bring relevance and real-world application to lesson plans. Students get to ask questions and learn about topics and connect classroom learning to the world at work. Nepris offers a scalable way for schools to help students develop a path to careers in technical fields after graduation or be better prepared to enter college.

Teachers with premium Nepris access can sign up for any or all of the Hour of Code sessions. Teachers wishing to explore can set up a free account to engage with one live virtual session with their students and they may access unlimited pre-recorded sessions, including those from last year’s Hour of Code.

Current sessions:

Sample: Nepris session When I ask you to think about pizza…

Facts: December 5-9 is Computer Science Week

Tags: #HourofCode

Tweet: #HourofCode virtual sessions w/ #STEM pros via @NeprisApp Dec 5-9 https://nepris.com/go/hourofcode

Summary: Teachers can sign up for Hour of Code sessions December 5-9 at https://nepris.com/go/hourofcode One session free or unlimited archived sessions from last year. Brings coding alive for students with interactive chats.

About Nepris

Austin-based Nepris provides an online platform to connect companies, professionals, and experts to expand education outreach to classrooms, while providing teachers a way to reach out to and connect with professionals around the world. Over 75,000 students in 2,200 classrooms have been inspired through Nepris, which brings classroom learning to life in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the Arts. The finding, connecting, and meeting occurs online through the Nepris community. Sessions include interactive Q&As with working professionals, virtual field trips, project mentorships, and even live Shark Tanks. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com/webinar or sign-up as a teacher or professional at Nepris.com.

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Digital E-Learning Program Allows Innovative Kentucky School District to Open Doors to World Language for Its Students

 

Boone County Schools expands its digital world language program to 10,500 students this fall

 

ARLINGTON, VA (November 28, 2016) – Boone County School District, known as one of the most innovative districts in northern Kentucky, is offering digital language learning to 10,500 students—half of its student population. With help from Rosetta Stone’s language learning solutions, Boone County Schools is providing students with access to programs that will enhance college and career readiness and global competence.

 

Following the district’s successful pilot in 2013 for 1,700 students at two elementary schools, the program is expanding to 14 elementary schools and five middle schools in the 2016-2017 academic year.  Three hundred kindergarten and first grade ELL students and 10,200 WL students in grades 2-8 have access to the digital learning program. The use of Rosetta Stone in the classroom is a new initiative being funded by a county-approved tax levy.

 

“Like many public schools districts encounter, it often can be difficult for us to find and, more importantly, afford certified world language educators,” said Linda Black, Director of Elementary Education for Boone County Schools. “The Rosetta Stone language learning program affords a strong supplement to our teachers’ blended learning curriculum, while also providing an excellent resource for our classrooms that do not have teachers with experience in a particular language. It’s a win-win situation for our students.”

 

Teachers began working with Rosetta Stone in May 2016 to familiarize themselves with the programs and decide how they’d be integrating the program into their lesson plans.  Each school in the district has its own language learning goals and implementation plans tailored to its needs. The program is being used in classrooms, both supplementing teacher instruction when an accredited teacher is present, as well as providing an online resource for students.

 

“School districts don’t need big budgets to think innovatively and provide access to 21st-century skills for its students; Boone County is living proof,” said Matt Hall, Vice President, Enterprise & Education, Rosetta Stone. “I’m excited to see how Boone is preparing its students for success in college, in their careers and beyond.”

 

Rosetta Stone has worked with more than 22,000 educational institutions around the world to implement language learning programs for students.  Additional information on Rosetta Stone language learning solutions for educators can be found online at www.rosettastone.com/education.

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About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.

 

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the company’s Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.

 

Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, visitwww.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

 

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STATEMENT BY CER FOUNDER & CEO JEANNE ALLEN ON SELECTION OF BETSY DEVOS AS US SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

WASHINGTON, DC — Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection last week of Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education:

“Educational choice and a passion for innovation have been the hallmark of Betsy DeVos’ many years at the forefront of the movement to transform elementary and secondary education in Michigan and the nation at large.

“Her selection is a bold statement by the President-elect that he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to make educational choice a centerpiece of his determination to ensure that the children of our nation – all of them – will achieve the American dream.

“The Center for Education Reform will enthusiastically support every effort by the new administration to expand innovation and real educational opportunity to benefit every child in America.

“Whether their futures are best served in traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, or a homeschool environment, our children deserve the very best education we can provide, and we will support Secretary DeVos in her efforts to ensure that innovation and opportunity are at the core of national policy under her leadership.”

 

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

 

NOVEMBER 21 , 2016

NBA AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION TEAM UP TO PROVIDE EDUCATORS NEW DIGITAL RESOURCES TO IMPROVE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN MATH

                                                                                                                               

— NBA Game Footage and Statistics Added to Award-Winning Math Techbook To Bring Concepts to Life for Middle and High School Students —

 

— Initiative Announced with Washington Wizards & Mystics, NBA Legends

During Jr. NBA Clinic at John Hayden Johnson Middle School in Washington, D.C. —

 

NEW YORK & SILVER SPRING, Md. [Nov. 18, 2016] The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today launched a new multi-year partnership that will deepen middle and high school students’ engagement in mathematics nationwide. In this new collaboration, which harnesses students’ interest in professional basketball to help teach important mathematics concepts, interactive math problems derived from NBA and WNBA game footage and statistics such as points, rebounds, assists and more, have been integrated into Discovery Education’s  Math Techbook™. The latest addition to Discovery Education’s award-winning line of digital textbooks, the Math Techbook transforms the way students and teachers experience math through engaging instructional strategies and real-world problems that motivate and excite students with diverse learning styles. More than 3 million students across all 50 states and several Canadian provinces have access to the series.

 

This announcement was made during a Jr. NBA clinic at John Hayden Johnson Middle School in Washington, D.C (District of Columbia Public Schools) with special NBA and WNBA guests including Washington Wizards forward Daniel Ochefu; Washington Mystics point guard Ivory Latta; Washington Wizards legends Phil Chenier and Etan Thomas; Hall of Famer and NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier; NBA legend and NBA Cares Ambassador Felipe Lopez; NBA legend and NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe. The Jr. NBA is the league’s youth basketball participation program for boys and girls ages 6-14 which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game. At today’s event, participating students competed to solve NBA math problems and tested their shooting, passing, and dribbling skills during an oncourt clinic.

 

 

“We are proud to partner with Discovery Education to bring the excitement of the NBA, its teams and players directly to students in classrooms around the country,” said NBA Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Todd Jacobson. “Basketball can be a powerful learning tool and these interactive math problems around the game will engage students in fun, creative ways.”

 

Developed by Discovery Education’s team of expert math educators with the input of teachers and administrators from across the country, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are digital textbooks that support a comprehensive curriculum and are updated regularly at no cost. The Math Techbook engages students with real world problems worth solving, and can be accessed on any device, anywhere, anytime in any instructional setting. In addition to dynamic, standards-aligned content, interactives, videos, and game-like activities that increase students’ motivation to learn math, Math Techbook includes useful student tools such as a graphing calculator, a geometry tool, a whiteboard tool, and a matrix solver.  A Student Dashboard embedded within the Math Techbook helps students track their individual progress and take responsibility for their learning.  Technology enhanced items and formative assessments are woven throughout the entire instructional cycle, and teachers have a data dashboard that helps them monitor student progress.

 

With math naturally prevalent throughout the game of basketball, interactive NBA Apply problems in Discovery Education’s Math Techbook leverage students’ interest in basketball to help teach a wide range of mathematical concepts around their favorite players and teams. The NBA Math Tool allows students to create their own formulas and visualize math concepts through histograms, scatter plots and box plots using NBA and WNBA statistical categories such as points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks. For example, to teach students about variables, equations, and weighted averages, educators can challenge students to predict who will be chosen for the All-NBA Teams by creating formulas based on available statistics.  Other problems ask students to use proportions to predict how many assists a player is on track to have by the end of the season; create probability models to show how likely players are to make 2 point or 3 point shots; or calculate the timing of a slam-dunk takeoff.

 

“The launch event is going to jump-start our students’ enthusiasm for math by making it relevant to their interests,” said John Hayden Johnson Middle School Principal Courtney Taylor. “I’m thrilled to see our students deeply engaged in their learning through the context of basketball with Discovery Education and the NBA!”

 

Discovery Education understands that teacher engagement is critical to implementing successful learning initiatives.  Therefore, all Techbooks include research-based professional development that supports educators as they integrate new digital content and resources into classroom instruction. The Discovery Education Community, a global community of education professionals, further connects teachers and administrators around the world with social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events that inspire innovation and facilitates idea sharing.

 

“We know that sports are a great way to excite and motivate young learners, especially in critical areas such as math and science,” said Discovery Education President and CEO Bill Goodwyn. “We applaud the NBA and WNBA’s leadership in bringing the real world into classrooms and empowering kids to solve problems by building their core STEM competencies.”

 

For more information about the partnership, please visit: DiscoveryEducation.com/NBAMath.

 

About the Jr. NBA

The Jr. NBA is the league’s youth basketball participation program that teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  Through a network of affiliated youth basketball organizations, live events and interactive experiences, the Jr. NBA will reach five million youth ages 6-14 in the U.S. and Canada over a two-year period as part of its expanded efforts launched in October 2015.  The Jr. NBA partnership network is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military installations and longstanding community partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jewish Community Centers of North America, National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Special Olympics, and YMCA of the USA.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Boxlight Launches ‘MimioTeach for Your Time’ Initiative: Administrators Get Free Portable Interactive Whiteboard After Participating in One-Hour Demonstration

 

 

Lawrenceville, GA – Nov. 21, 2016 – Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn better when they are fully engaged and that multisensory, hands-on learning through such tools as interactive whiteboards is one of the best ways to engage them. To put those highly effective collaboration tools in even more classrooms, Boxlight is launching its new“MimioTeach for Your Time program,” also known as the “give us an hour and we’ll give you the award-winning MimioTeach™ portable interactive whiteboard, complete with the MimioStudio™ software program for free” initiative.

“We know the significant impact interactive learning can have on student engagement and student outcomes,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “We also know that the learning children do in school prepares them for the future, and for this reason it is important to incorporate technology into every single classroom. But it’s important to also note that expensive classroom technology solutions don’t always result in effective teaching and learning. Interactive whiteboards can be expensive and complicated, and most must be permanently installed. However, simple solutions like MimioTeach can lead to influential teaching, which can have a clear impact on learning. That’s why we are excited to launch our MimioTeach for Your Time program.”

Here’s how the program works: the one-hour demo must be attended by a school administrator, principal, or other decision-level personnel, and is only available for schools and districts that do not currently have a Mimio product installed. The promotion will run from November 15, 2016 until March 31, 2017. To sign up for the demo, qualified educators should go tohttp://boxlight.com/TFYT. In addition to the free MimioTeach interactive whiteboard, educators will receive a “buy one, get one” voucher, good for 60 days following the demonstration.

For those unfamiliar with the popular MimioTeach portable bar, it quite simply turns any whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard and attaches to the whiteboard surface in literally under a minute. Used with the classroom computer and projector, it makes engaging, collaborative learning not only affordable but instantaneous. As part of a complete interactive solution that includes MimioStudio classroom software, the MimioTeach interactive whiteboard allows teachers to create dynamic lessons, collaborative activities, and perform formative and summative assessments.

“What sets MimioTeach and MimioStudio apart is how they make learning much more student-centered, and it’s giving our teachers a host of engaging features and so many different ways to collaborate with their students as well as their peers. It’s not about replacing the conventional tools my teachers currently use in their daily instruction, but rather adding a new dimension of engagement,” said Kim Taylor, MimioTeach user and principal of Charlotte Dunning Elementary School, Framingham, Mass.

 

About Boxlight Corp.

The merging of Mimio and Boxlight Corp. has resulted in an expansive selection of premier digital classroom technology solutions designed for every K-12 classroom. The company is integrating Boxlight’s manufacturing of patented, award-winning interactive classroom technology and Mimio’s advanced line of classroom hardware and software solutions to create the most complete line of progressive, integrated classroom technologies available on the market today.

 

For more information about the extensive product offerings of the companies, please visit www.boxlight.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @boxlightinc or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boxlightusa.

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The NEA Foundation Funds Girls Thinking Global’s New Data Visualization Tool  

The new tool creates an online global community among organizations serving girls and young women

 

 

(Cambridge, MA) November 17, 2016 – Just in time for International Education Week, and with the support of a grant from The NEA Foundation, Girls Thinking Global (GTG) has launched its GTG Collaborative Visualization Tool, an online community of practice.

 

The GTG Visualization Tool is an interactive global data mapping of hundreds of organizations that support the education, health, well-being, and success of young women and girls globally. Users can select a country or service area and see a list of organizations serving that geographic location, as well as the services they provide and their websites. Currently, the Visualization Tool includes information for 286 organizations.

 

“The GTG Visualization Tool fills a much-needed information gap by harnessing the power of technology to create a global online community to connect non-profits serving girls and young women,” said Kathy Hurley, the CEO of GTG. “GTG is grateful to the NEA Foundation for providing much-needed assistance to create this online community, which will be invaluable to leaders who want to make connections with organizations that share the goal of empowering and educating young women and adolescent girls around the world.”

 

“Girls Thinking Global’s new visualization tool speaks directly to the NEA Foundation’s goals of sharing knowledge and building partnerships,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.
You can find the GTG Collaborative Visualization Tool here.

 

About Girls Thinking Global

 

Based in Newton, MA, Girls Thinking Global (GTG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating a global community of organizations serving girls and young women by leveraging technology to create a collaborative space that connects best practices, knowledge, and expertise among non-profits. To learn more about GTG and how you can join the GTG Collaborative, please visit GirlsThinkingGlobal.org.

 

About The NEA Foundation

 

The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators’ dues, corporate sponsors, foundations, and others who support public education initiatives. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning.  For more information, visit NEAFoundation.org.

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itslearning Certified by IMS Global Learning for OneRoster

 

Leading LMS Provider Ensures Districts Have Secure, Streamlined and

Standards-Based Ways to Perform Administrative and Instructional Tasks

 

Boston, Nov. 21, 2016itslearning, a leading learning management system provider, today announced that it has achieved IMS Global Conformance Certification for the OneRoster standard certification.

With itslearning adoption of the OneRoster standard, a turnkey integration can exist with any student information system (SIS) that implements the standard. This means educators will no longer need to manually access and enter this data from itslearning to their SIS, but instead will have a consistently connected platform enabling a more streamlined teaching process and increased accuracy between platforms.

 

“itslearning is a proud member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium,” said Tom Shoemaker, CMO, itslearning. “And this seal of approval signifies our commitment to effective ‘plug and play’ integration with other IMS Global certified vendors which in turn will make our solution as easy and accessible as possible to our partner schools and districts.”

 

itslearning is the only comprehensive learning platform designed by educators specifically for the way today’s K-12 students learn and interact.  As a single end-to-end teaching and learning platform, itslearning is trusted by millions of teachers, students, and parents worldwide to provide a secure, streamlined, and user-friendly learning environment. By consolidating siloed systems and content resources, itslearning ensures technology becomes an essential educational asset.

 

Shoemaker concluded, “The heart of what we do is to help our customers streamline a great deal of their work, saving them valuable time by markedly cutting back on repetitive administrative efforts. With this time saved, teachers can instead put their efforts back into teaching and doing what matters most: helping students excel.”

 

About itslearning

Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Boston, MA and Bergen, Norway. With seven million global users, and a passion for improving teaching and learning through technology, itslearning lives at the heart of education.  For more information, visithttps://itslearning.com

 

 

NOV 17, 2016

Impero Software and the Educator’s School Safety Network Partner to Help Schools Detect Issues Related to Weapons and Violence 

 

Partners will create a keyword library to help schools detect potential school violence online

 

Simi Valley, CA – Nov. 17, 2016 – Shootings, bomb threats and other types of school violence are all too common in the United States, requiring schools to constantly seek new ways to ensure student safety. To support this work, Impero Software and the Educator’s School Safety Network have partnered to help schools detect and address potential incidents of school violence.

 

Impero Software, a leading remote monitoring and management software provider for K12 districts, and the Educator’s School Safety Network, a nonprofit organization that provides safety training and resources to schools, are partnering to enhance Impero’s library of keywords relating to weapons, bombs and violence. The keyword library, coupled with Impero Education Pro Internet monitoring software, allows educators to receive alerts if students use the keywords or phrases while on the school network. Educators are then able to view the students’ comments or Internet searches in context to determine the appropriate next steps.

 

“In situations of school violence, the perpetrator often leaves a trail of online clues or warning signs leading up to the incident such as social media posts or online searches on bombs or guns,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “Sadly, however, these clues are so often only found after a serious event is investigated. Our goal is to help schools keep students safe by monitoring for these events ahead of time and in turn empowering the school to have a dialogue with that student early on. By partnering with the Educator’s School Safety Network we are creating a rich library of keywords that can help schools unearth these clues and intervene before a tragedy occurs.”

 

The updated keyword library will include new terms dealing with weapons, bomb threats and violence. It will include slang terms that students may use, but that might be unfamiliar to adults.

 

The Educator’s School Safety Network advocates school safety training, violence prevention and threat assessment management. It provides safety resources and training to schools and also offers policy reviews, crisis plan assessments, security audits, crime and discipline analysis, site and facilities inspections, among other services.

 

“The Educator’s School Safety Network partners with organizations and companies that are creating effective tools that help educators keep kids safe and we chose to partner with Impero because the great work they are doing fits exactly within our mission – empowering educators to do the work of school safety,” said Amanda Klinger, Esq., Director of Operations for the Educator’s School Safety Network. “Impero understands that you can’t simply stick a tool into the hand of an educator and call it a success – our educators need training in how to utilize the tool, understanding what the tool can help them accomplish, and how the tool fits into the overall safety mission of a school.”

 

The partnership is part of Impero’s ongoing work to support schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. Impero launched a $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program on Nov. 1, 2016 to help schools gain access to this state-of-the-art technology. The company also released a white paper, co-authored with the Digital Citizenship Institute, on Oct. 28, 2016, at the Digital Citizenship Summit in San Francisco, that offers insight and best practices when teaching digital citizenship in schools.

 

Impero’s software monitors students’ online activity on the school network and uses algorithms to alert educators if students use keywords that could indicate issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, self-harm, or a range of other issues.  Impero also offers classroom management tools that teachers can use to take back full control of their classroom while allowing students to benefit fully from the use of technology. For example, teachers can share their screens, send and share files with students, take over or lock students’ computers, create exams and tests, assign tasks, send direct messages to students, or draw students’ attention back to the teacher. Schools can also use Impero Software for a wide array of administrative IT tasks such as controlling passwords, managing the use of printers, or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.

 

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Epson BrightLink 595Wi Interactive Projectors Help Empower

Successful Learning at Des Moines Public Schools

 

District Installed 2,000+ Touch-Enabled Interactive Projectors

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Nov. 16, 2016 – Both educators and administrators at Des Moines Public Schools agreed students could benefit from technology-infused, student-centered learning. To enable teachers and their students to fully embrace digital content and to learn through collaboration, the district installed BrightLink® 595Wi interactive projectors from Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world. In approximately one year, Des Moines Public Schools successfully installed more than 2,100 units across its 65 schools.

 

“When we decided to upgrade our presentation solution, we mapped critical success factors and focused on a technology that integrated better with both the curriculum and our other technology,” said Dan Warren, Director of Technology Operations, Central Stores, and Printing Services at Des Moines Public Schools. “We looked at flat panels, but we chose the Epson BrightLink 595Wi because it was a clean, easy-to-use solution that both worked with our teaching and learning environment and with our infrastructure.”

 

BrightLinks Become Integral Part of New Classroom Design

The Epson BrightLink was an integral part of Hoover High School’s initiative to create new learning environments that challenged traditional classroom design after the school was awarded grant funds from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The funds were used to create three classrooms – a “redesigned learning environment” or RLE, an updated Project Lead the Way classroom, and a math classroom – that challenged traditional design and allowed the district to test the new designs for learning. These classrooms incorporated the BrightLink as part of the redesign.

 

The renovated classrooms reinforce the use of collaboration and technology. The RLE classroom offers multiple work spaces. Teachers and students can wirelessly project content from their devices to the BrightLink 595Wi and then use their fingers or interactive pens to annotate on that content – directly on the wall. The Project Lead the Way classroom is now a STEM “maker” space with computers, group desks, a 3D printer, and the BrightLink 595Wi. The instructor projects students’ designs through the interactive projector and annotates feedback and design improvements. In the updated math classroom, students use mobile desks for group work and the BrightLink 595Wi to learn new math concepts.
After using the BrightLink 595Wi in Hoover High School’s renovated rooms for a year, Des Moines Public Schools installed BrightLink 595Wi units throughout the entire high school. The following year, every classroom in the district had a BrightLink 595Wi. In addition, Des Moines Public Schools is planning to replicate Hoover High School’s highly-collaborative rooms in other schools.

“We are in the midst of an extensive renovation project,” said Warren. “In the last seven to eight years, we have touched every building in the district. When I look into classrooms, I see the projectors being used all day long and our teachers love that the BrightLinks are compatible with the interactive software they were already using. As new classrooms are added, we will continue to outfit them with Epson BrightLink projectors in order to give every student and teacher the best collaborative technology experience”
More about the BrightLink 595Wi

The Epson BrightLink 595Wi is the world’s first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projector. The ultra-short throw BrightLink 595Wi delivers 3,300 lumens of color brightness and 3,300 lumens of white brightness1 and features advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, interactivity over the network, and more.

 

The BrightLink 595Wi is equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard enabling finger touch control and annotations. It supports gestures2, up to six fingers at the same time, and dual-pen support. The BrightLink 595Wi projector also gives teachers more control with the built-in Moderator device management software, allowing up to 50 computers, tablets and other handheld devices to be connected via the network for ultimate classroom collaboration.

 

More about Epson’s Projectors

Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times brighter colors than leading competitive projectors3. With the BrightLink 595Wi, convenient and advanced features for educators include:

 

–       BYOD Classrooms: Wirelessly share4 and compare students’ work from multiple devices, simultaneously, with Moderator device management software5

 

–       Epson iProjection™: Wirelessly project from an array of devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ tablets and smartphones using the free Epson iProjection app4

 

–       Extended Lamp Life: Lamps have extended life in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time; replacement lamps cost $49 through the Brighter Futures program, reducing total cost of ownership

 

–       3LCD Technology: Features the latest 3-chip 3LCD technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology also provides an energy-efficient light engine using available lamp light to create stunning images, and in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness6.

 

As a leader in innovation and partnership, 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 a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

 

Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced interactive display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson projectors make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson’s unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that high quality, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.

 

Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The 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 http://www.colorlightoutput.com.

 

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

 

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 91 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

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: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

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1 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light

output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.

2 With Windows 7/8 or Mac OS X only.

3 Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. The projectors used by a third-party lab for measuring color brightness were leading Epson 3LCD business and education projectors and leading 1-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD sales data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research sales data for Q1 through Q3 2013.

4 For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specifications for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wireless connection. Not all Epson projectors are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See www.epson.com for details.

5 Moderator feature is part of EasyMP Multi-PC Projection software.

6 Data source: ProjectorCentral.com, Feb. 2015. Average of 1,420 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 six brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per lumen in each of the six segments.

 

Note: EPSON is a registered trademark, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures and BrightLink 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.

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World’s Largest K-12 Reading Survey Identifies Trends, Highlights Best Practices

Annual Renaissance What Kids Are Reading report shares insights on popular texts, by grade and gender, and provides an analysis of reading data from 9.9 million students

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Nov. 17, 2016) – Tapping into data collected from nearly 10 million K-12 students who read 346 million books and nonfiction articles last school year, Renaissance® releases its ninth annual What Kids Are Readingreport. Researchers at the K-12 learning analytics company produce the report, which provides the comprehensive review of students’ reading habits and achievement. What Kids Are Reading: And How They Grow, 2017 includes most read fiction and nonfiction books by grade level, nonfiction selections by gender, and a sampling of popular reading across the curriculum. The report is an important annual reflection on reading trends in U.S. schools.

By analyzing the data and reading habits from Renaissance’s Accelerated Reader 360® platform, researchers compiled national and state reading trends, reading habits by age and gender, and best practices for student growth.

To read the full release, please click here. To view the full report, please click here.

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Tennessee School District Opens World Language Doors to Student Body and Diverse International Community

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System makes world languages available to military and ELL families through digital access program

 

ARLINGTON, VA (November 16, 2016) – Tennessee’s Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) is on a mission to bring language learning resources to its diverse community and student body of more than 33,500. As CMCSS also serves military families stationed at nearby Fort Campbell, many students have brought world language experience gained while overseas to the classroom, contributing to the more than 40 languages now being spoken in the district and the need for a comprehensive single solution to meet CMCSS’ diverse language learning needs.

 

To improve and broaden language learning resources for its students and community, CMCSS today announced it has partnered with Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) to extend its world language program to military families and adult learners, in addition to supplementing traditional language learning instruction to its middle and high school students and English-language learners.

 

“Because so many different languages are spoken in our school district, it is critical that the language needs of our highly diverse community are effectively addressed through a proven standardized program,” said Dr. Kimi Sucharski, District Accountability and Data Analyst, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. “We are proud to be able to offer these languages and resources to our students, especially for our international and English-language learners, from such a trusted and reputable partner. Our students are so comfortable working in an online environment – this just made sense.”

 

The digital program assesses the language proficiency of newly arrived students and provides a learning resource for previously internationally-based students to continue their studies when no certified teachers are available in a student’s target language. Middle and high school students and adult learners also have access to the program outside of the classroom to study at their own pace. Rosetta Stone is being made available to middle school students looking to get early exposure to a new language, and eighth-graders can access the program for high school credit. The district also leverages Rosetta Stone as part of their credit recovery program for Spanish, French and English. This enables at risk students to work through the Rosetta Stone program to augment or supplement the classroom instruction, giving the student an opportunity for recovery of credits in their target language.

 

As a close neighbor to the second-largest military base in the U.S., Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grants and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Mission help support the district’s commitment to enhance learning opportunities for students of military families. The most common languages studied include Spanish, French, Latin and English. Through Rosetta Stone, CMCSS has expanded its language offering to feature several new languages, including Arabic, Korean and Chinese, which are frequently used by students to finish credits begun overseas. English-language learners are able to complement their traditional language instruction with certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. Students of all languages are taking advantage of the supplementary materials provided by Rosetta Stone. Additionally, CMCSS now offers Rosetta Stone to adult learners through its GED program, allowing adults to rapidly develop English skills.

“CMCSS is diligently working to prepare a uniquely diverse community and student body to contribute to an increasingly connected world,” said Matt Hall, Vice President, Enterprise & Education, Rosetta Stone. “We are pleased to be able to support CMCSS in preparing our nation’s students to navigate a global economy.”

 

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About Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

CMCSS is located in Clarksville, TN between Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Nashville. There are 39 schools in the district: one K-5 Magnet School, 23 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 7 high schools, and one Middle College, which is located on the campus of Austin Peay State University. CMCSS also offers seven specialized, interest-driven college and career preparatory schools within their high schools.

 

With a graduation rate of 96.5% in 2015, the school system exceeds both state and national averages and receives strong community support for education, with an emphasis on 100% graduation for every student. In May 2015, 1,997 CMCSS graduates earned $37 million in college scholarships.

 

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.

 

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the company’s Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.

 

Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, visitwww.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

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Skyward Unveils Qmlativ Education Management System
The technology firm’s next-generation K-12 administrative solution delivers a better experience to district clients

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Nov. 17, 2016) ­– Skyward, a leading provider of administrative solutions, introduces its Qmlativ Education Management System, the next evolution of the company’s SIS and ERP technology. The SQL-based platform features a revolutionary user experience, preemptive support measures, and a focus on the growth and development of every user.

“Qmlativ is truly the epitome of a better SIS and ERP experience,” said Skyward CEO Cliff King. “We are excited to deliver this next-generation, user-focused technology to support the ever-changing needs of our clients and emerging trends in education.”

To read the full news release, visit skyward.com.

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Insight ADVANCE Names Dynamic Educational Leaders to its Inaugural Advisory Board
Members will bring expertise in ed tech, school leadership, entrepreneurship, and educational law 

(ENCINO, CA) November 15, 2016 — Insight ADVANCE today announced the formation of its first Advisory Board. The four inaugural members of the board are accomplished education and business experts who will provide strategic direction, guide quality improvement and assess the effectiveness of the organization.

Dr. Michael Moody, CEO and co-founder of Insight ADVANCE said, “When choosing our first Advisory Board, we sought out individuals with a cross-section of both experience and opinions. We are driven by a mission of ensuring that educators get the feedback and coaching they need—and want—to improve, and our Board was created to provide Insight ADVANCE with the feedback and guidance necessary to build a company that will transform educator growth.”

 

The members of the Advisory Board are the following:

Jim Mylen is the president of Amplify. He works closely with the senior leadership of large city school districts across the country in helping them achieve their goals of improving student literacy and in closing the achievement gap with disadvantaged children. Previously, Jim held sales executive positions with various K-12 educational technology companies. He began his career at DataGuide Systems, which developed the first PC-based, norm-referenced, test-scoring software and was acquired by McGraw-Hill.

Dr. Shaun Nelms is the superintendent of the East Educational Partnership Organization (EPO), a new position created by the partnership between the New York State Education Department, the Rochester City School District, and the University of Rochester. A renowned speaker on cultural competence, differentiation, and administrative leadership, Dr. Nelms is also an associate professor for the University of Rochester, where he teaches Human Resources and Urban Leadership programs.

Victor Reinoso is COO of Independent Sector, the nation’s leading voice for the social sector, and founder of Hopscotch Ventures, a mission-driven investment, advisory, and management firm focused on technology and real estate. Previously, Reinoso was an elected school board member and was later appointed D.C.’s first deputy mayor for education. As Deputy Mayor, he led the mayor’s takeover of the District of Columbia Public Schools and oversaw the city’s $1-plus-billion education budget.

Lisa T. Scruggs is a partner with the law firm of Duane Morris, LLP, where she provides litigation and counseling services to innovators in education. She advises public and private schools and school networks, school reform organizations, and other education industry clients. Her work includes a range of litigation, transactions and policy matters relating to new school development, teacher evaluation, credentialing and certification reforms, public/private education ventures, competency-based and personalized learning, and parent and student civil rights. Scruggs was the inaugural General Counsel for the Illinois State Charter School Commission, Senior Policy Advisor to the Chicago Public Schools CEO, and a member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Model Law Advisory Board.

All members of the Insight ADVANCE Advisory Board will serve two-year terms.

Dr. Nelms said, “As an educational leader, I have seen first-hand that gathering, analyzing, and acting on feedback from a variety of sources is absolutely instrumental to constant improvement. I am pleased to see Insight ADVANCE put this philosophy into action, and I look forward to creating a virtuous cycle where the Board supports the growth of the company so that the company can better support the growth of teachers and school leaders.”

About Insight ADVANCE

Based on years of on-the-ground experience in states, districts, and schools across the country, Insight ADVANCE is passionate about changing the status quo on how educator feedback and collaboration are done in our schools today. The company provides a suite of products that support educator observation, coaching and calibration—through the power of video and in-person—to permanently impact how all educators involved in teacher growth are supported. For more information, visit insightadvance.com.

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THE Journal Readers Choose Lightspeed Technologies as the Best Classroom Audio Provider

The distinguished ed tech magazine’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards laud the company for its innovative products that amplify teaching and learning  

 

(TUALATIN, Oregon) – November 15, 2016 – Lightspeed Technologies, the trusted provider of classroom audio systems, today announced that it has been named “Best Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System Maker” by the 2016 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards. The winners were chosen by more than 1,000 voters from the education community, 39% of whom were teachers who use ed tech products daily.

 

Introducing Lightspeed Technologies as a winner for its “multimedia hub for amplifying audio,” THE Journal’s Dian Schaffhauser wrote, “Few would question the need for audio technology in a college classroom. So we’re a bit boggled by how few K-12 classrooms provide the same gear. After all, audio and sound enhancement products can help the teacher preserve his or her voice when classroom interactivity is at its loudest (and most rewarding) level.”

 

David Solomon, the executive vice president and general manager of Lightspeed Technologies, said, “It’s especially gratifying to be recognized as the best in our field by the educators that we serve,” adding, “From our no-installation Redcat Access to our ceiling-mounted Topcat to our Flexcat small-group collaboration solution, we don’t just provide microphones and speakers; we give teachers and students the tools they need to truly connect.”

 

The complete list of 2016 Reader’s Choice Award winners is available at THEJournal.com/ReadersChoice.

 

About Lightspeed Technologies

Established in 1990, Lightspeed Technologies is the trusted provider in classroom audio solutions. Our passion is to improve the listening and learning environment for every child. We believe strengthening the connection between teachers and students is at the heart of learning.

 

Lightspeed classroom audio systems allow teachers to speak in normal conversational tones while being assured that every child has an equal opportunity to hear all of the instruction. The no-installation, easy-to-use Redcat provides clear, low-volume, highly intelligible sound that is evenly distributed throughout the classroom so every child hears every word. The company’s audio system for small group instruction, Flexcat, gives teachers the ability to gain insights into small group interactions and learning. The Topcat has become the premier solution for new construction and renovations due to its ease of installation, wireless connectivity, and remarkable audio quality. For more information about Lightspeed classroom audio products, visit Lightspeed-tek.com.

 

About THE Journal

THE Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, technologists, and tech-savvy educators within districts, schools, and classrooms to improve and advance the learning process through the use of technology. Launched in 1972, THE Journal was the first magazine to cover education technology.

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PowerMyLearning Awarded a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Grant to Expand Implementation of Personalized Learning in Under-Served Schools


The grant will help the non-profit expand its school programs in the Bay Area tenfold by 2020 

(San Jose, CA) November 15, 2016 — The national education non-profit PowerMyLearning today announced that it has been awarded a four-year grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. This grant will allow PowerMyLearning to dramatically expand its personalized learning and family support initiatives, focused on supporting San Francisco Bay Area public schools in under-served communities.

For 17 years, PowerMyLearning has used its approach to help teachers and families team up to support students as they meet the challenges of high academic standards and develop ownership of their learning. PowerMyLearning’s approach leverages technology to facilitate deeper learning, providing support to educators, students, and families to ensure each has the tools necessary to effectively engage in the learning process.

PowerMyLearning’s partnerships with under-served public schools foster growth in teachers as instructional leaders, helping them better understand and implement technology in their classrooms, while also providing a clear role for parents to meaningfully engage in their children’s learning through their multilingual (English/Spanish) family engagement programming. Building the capacity of both teachers and families promotes overall student growth by creating stronger learning environments in the classroom and at home.

“What makes our approach to personalized learning unique is the focus on student empowerment,” said PowerMyLearning’s California Executive Director Neil Spears. “Rather than viewing students as passive learners who are guided by technology, we help them actively drive the learning process, so they can discern which strategies work for them and which do not.”

With the additional funds from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, PowerMyLearning in the San Francisco Bay Area will have the ability to expand its presence tenfold by 2020, serving a projected 40 schools and more than 10,000 students. The organization will add staff and offer new programs to serve more teachers, students, and families at schools in low-income and under-served Bay Area communities.

“The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s mission is to advance human potential and promote equality,” said Jon Deane, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Deputy Director of Education. “To do this, we seek out the strongest and most innovative leaders in a variety of fields and we provide them the support and funding they need to further their great work. One of the most powerful elements of the work being done by PowerMyLearning is their ability to connect students, teachers, and families, while also providing meaningful support and capacity-building to public schools as they work to implement personalized learning and technology in the classroom.” 

About PowerMyLearning in the San Francisco Bay Area

PowerMyLearning is a national non-profit that leverages technology to strengthen the learning relationships among students, teachers, and families so that all students can succeed. We partner with schools, districts, and after-school hubs in under-served communities to provide teachers with coaching and students and parents with devices and training. A powerful element of our work is our free web platform, PowerMyLearning Connect, already in use in more than 40% of school communities nationwide. We have demonstrated impact on students’ achievement and love of learning, teacher instructional practices, and parental confidence. To learn more, please visit PowerMyLearning.org.

 

About Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity. In 2015, Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to focus on scientific research, education and building strong communities. To learn more, please visit www.ChanZuckerberg.com.

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Reading Horizons Webcast Will Help Educators Identify and Support Students with Dyslexia


Dyslexia expert Donell Pons, M.Ed., MAT, will share best practices and resources that address the most common learning disability

 

(Salt Lake City, UT) November 14, 2016 — Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, today announced its upcoming webcast, Dyslexia: What Every Educator Should Know.

 

The webcast will take place on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Donell Pons, M.Ed., MAT. Pons is currently the Literacy Coordinator at American International School of Utah, sits on the board of Decoding Dyslexia Utah, and is a tutor at the University of Utah Reading Clinic. She became a dyslexia expert and advocate after her husband and two of her four children were diagnosed with the learning disability.

 

“Dyslexia is the number one learning disability, yet many educators don’t recognize it in their students,” said Pons. “My mission is to support efforts to identify, screen, and remediate every student who struggles with reading and engage every K-12 teacher in the reading process.”

 

In the webcast, Pons will address the key signs of dyslexia and how educators can effectively identify them in their students. She will also offer information on the resources available for accommodating students with dyslexia, and will share best practices for highlighting student strengths and improving reading outcomes.

“Research has found that students with dyslexia can find reading success,” said Tyson Smith, the President and CEO of Reading Horizons. “They need targeted instruction that helps them build brain connections that allow them to make sense of the English language. The first step toward this success is a support system of educators who understand their unique learning needs.”

Educators interested in taking part in the webcast can register at readinghorizons.com/webcast to receive updates and the link to access the free presentation.

This is the second webcast in a professional learning series for educators offered by Reading Horizons. The first webcast, Teaching Reading: The Number One Job of Every Educator, can be accessed here.

About Reading Horizons

 

For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has been dedicated to perfecting a reading method that has proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. Reading Horizons products are research-based and use a multisensory system that provides explicit, systematic, and sequential decoding instruction. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.