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5/20/16

Schoology Wins CODiE Award for Best K12 Course/Learning Management Solution
SIIA named Schoology a CODiE winner for fourth consecutive year and seventh time overall

NEW YORK – May 18, 2016 — Today, Schoology, the education technology company that puts collaboration at the heart of the learning experience, won Best K-12 Course/Learning Management Solution in the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards, which is the pinnacle of awards programs in the edtech industry. Education technology solutions compete in the CODiEs for recognition as being leading technology products in their respective categories. Schoology has won the Best K-12 Course/Learning Management Solution now for three consecutive years, winning in 2016, 2015, and 2014. Schoology has won a CODiE award every year since 2013, for a total of seven wins in four years. Click to Tweet.

“Winning the top award in the CODiEs is a great honor, and it provides continued validation that Schoology is making a difference and helping to educate millions of people worldwide,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology.

Schoology puts collaboration at the heart of the learning experience by connecting people, content and systems in powerful, meaningful ways. Schoology is widely used around the world in K-12 classrooms where teachers enliven their classrooms with shared content and make connections to other teachers and their students who might be right next door or on the other side of the globe. Schoology connects applications and tools into a platform that simplifies educators’ lives.

In higher ed, Schoology has been selected by campuses like Wheaton College andCSU-Global Campus where – in buildings or online – professors manage their courses and interact and engage with students. Schoology is the communications and course management platform tying instructors and higher education students together.

See all the CODiE 2016 winners: http://www.siia.net/codie/2016-Winners

 

About Schoology
Schoology is the education technology company putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience. Schoology’s education cloud connects the people, content, and systems that fuel education, and provides all the tools needed to personalize education and improve student outcomes. More than 12 million people from 60,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world use Schoology to transform how they teach and learn.  Find us online, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

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AASA Expands Women in School Leadership Awards to
Recognize and Support Aspiring Female Leaders

Alexandria, Va. – May 19, 2016 – According to AASA’s The Study of the American Superintendent: 2015 Mid-Decade Update, there has only been a modest increase in the leadership positions held by women in our nation’s school districts over the last decade. For years, The School Superintendents Association has been working to increase the number of females in leadership roles and celebrating their achievements with the Women in School Leadership Awards.

The awards continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring exceptional female superintendents, district level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary. AASA is pleased to announce that this year’s awards have been expanded to include a new category for aspiring female leaders in public education.

This new category—the School Based Award—expands the depth of the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards program and provides a pathway for AASA to support more women educators in developing leadership skills and advancing their careers. With this new awards category, AASA can now recognize the leadership skills of talented teachers, coaches and other school-based employees seeking leadership positions.

“There are scores of talented women educators across the country making a positive difference in their communities on behalf of the students they serve,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We are pleased to partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create opportunities for these outstanding female school system leaders and those who wish to climb career ladders as we work to strengthen public education.”

The AASA Women in School Leadership Awards program is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female leaders who are making a difference in the lives of students every day.

Each candidate is judged on the following criteria:

  • Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in her school or district.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

Any female superintendent, central office staff, school principal, classroom teacher or school-based specialist may be nominated or apply for the Women in School Leadership Awards online at http://womensleadership.aasa.org/. The application deadline is June 15, 2016.

The AASA Women in School Leadership Awards are made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The awards are presented annually at the AASA National Conference on Education. AASA’s next national conference will be held in New Orleans, March 2-4, 2017.

To nominate an exceptional leader or apply for the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards, visit the AASA website.

For additional information about AASA’s awards program, contact Bernadine Futrell, director, awards and collaborations, at bfutrell@aasa.org.

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

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Edthena Takes Teacher PD Triple Crown, Wins CODiE Award for Best Professional Learning Solution

 

SAN FRANCISCO (May 19, 2016) – On Wednesday, Edthena, a video classroom observation platform for teacher development, was named the best Professional Learning Solution for K-20 Faculty and Administrative Staff as part of the 2016 CODiE Awards, organized by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). 

 

This comes on the heels of recognition as Top Product by District Administration magazine and Best Professional Development Learning Solution 2016 by EdTech Digest.

 

“It’s exciting to win awards that mirror teachers’ own enthusiasm for Edthena as a tool that supports their professional learning,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “It’s a true honor to receive recognition from our peers in the education industry as a CODiE winner.”

 

Teachers using Edthena can analyze teaching videos online using collaboration and commenting tools. They upload videos of classroom instruction and share with colleagues who provide timestamped comments.

 

Launched in 2011, Edthena works with schools, districts, and teacher education programs in more than 30 states; their footprint stretches from Washington state to Washington, D.C. Organizations use Edthena to implement video observation in many scenarios including teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.

 

“We’ve been working really hard to tackle even bigger technical challenges while still keeping a focus on strong design and good usability. I think these new product offerings make us an even more complete professional development solution,” said Geller.

 

Since the start of the academic year, Edthena has released an iOS app for mobile uploading, interactive dashboards for tracking teacher growth against professional standards, an integration with the Gates Foundation METX Video Library, web-based video trimming, a portfolio building tool, and organization-level activity reporting.

 

An SIIA CODiE Award win is a prestigious honor, as each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and their votes were combined with the scores from the industry experts’ to select this year’s CODiE Awards winners.

 

“SIIA’s 2016 Education Technology CODiE Award winners were phenomenal this year, and showed how supportive and impactful these technologies are for students, faculty and administration.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA. “Each honoree deserves accolades and we are pleased to add our congratulations to all of this year’s CODiE Award winners.”

 

The winner announcement was made by the SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, to an audience of over 300 education, software, information and business technology leaders. The Best Professional Learning Solution award was one among the 29 total awards for products and services deployed specifically for education and learning professionals.

 

This is the second nomination and first CODiE win for Edthena.

 

 

About Edthena
Edthena
is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos and share to colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video learning. For more information, visitwww.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.

 

About the SIIA CODiE Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

 

About ETIN
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.

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ETIN of SIIA to Host Symposium on Learning Ecosystems July 25-27, 2016
Conference to address challenges of aligning next gen content, assessments, analytics and management systems

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2016) – The Education Industry Symposium (EIS), hosted by the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), will be held July 25-27 at The Marriott Hotel City Center in Denver, Colorado. This conference will bring together 250-300 representatives from ed tech companies, publishers, start-ups, the financial community, professional associations, K-20 education institutions and the federal and state governments. It will also bring together member companies from ETIN and the former Education Industry Association (EIA).

The conference theme is “Building the Next Gen Learning Ecosystem.” The Ecosystem sessions will focus on the key components of content, data, analytics and management systems, addressing the challenges and solutions in three formats:

·       Insight Panels, to explore the current landscape through the expertise and points of view from both industry and education
·       Trendsetters with Traction, selected companies to present products that solve a problem within the learning ecosystem schools are building
·       Critical Conversations, to address key questions and challenges within facilitated working groups and discuss best practices in product development and implementation

View the full details here.

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Wins 2016 SIIA CODiE Award

Online reading and mathematics program for grades K–12 takes top honor in the Best Student Assessment Solution category

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 19, 2016—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction beat out eight other finalists to be named the winner of the 2016 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries, in the Best Student Assessment Solution category. An earlier version of this online reading and mathematics program for K–12 won an SIIA CODiE Award in this category in 2013 and was also named a finalist in 2015.

 

i-Ready helps drive learning outcomes for students across the nation,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Being recognized by this industry-leading award now for the third time is a true testament to the power of our program as part of the teaching and learning process.”

 

For the last 30 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards have recognized product excellence in the areas of content, education, and software. Each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts, whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and their votes were combined with the scores from the industry experts to select this year’s CODiE Awards winners. This year’s education winners—including
i-Ready—were announced yesterday during a special webinar hosted by SIIA.

 

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready is proven to help students make real gains. It combines a valid and reliable measure and personalized instruction into a single online product. The adaptive diagnostic for grades K–12 pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level and generates a combination of online instruction for grades K–8 and downloadable teacher-led lessons that are unique to each student’s diagnostic result, in addition to providing targeted skill instruction support through mobile apps. These individualized instructional plans are easy to understand, differentiate instruction, and support a blended learning solution.

 

i-Ready also provides Growth Monitoring which gives educators monthly opportunities to monitor student growth using several data points, making it possible to project end-of-year performance and growth for each student. Growth Monitoring can provide a gauge on the effectiveness of instruction and help teachers keep moving an instructional plan forward, tweak lessons, or change course as needed.

 

i-Ready is one of the few programs on the market that can provide districts with a single solution and standard measure to monitor growth and progress, in addition to providing personalized instruction throughout a student’s K–12 experience.

 

To learn more about i-Ready, visit www.i-Ready.com.

 

About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.

 

5/19/16

edWeb.net Wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
PRINCETON, NJ, May 19, 2016 — It was announced yesterday that edWeb.net, a professional learning and social network for educators, is the winner of the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators. This is the second year in a row that edWeb.net has won this prestigious industry award.

edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that is a highly engaged community of educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at K-12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support. Educators are creating their own communities on edWeb, and also participating in edWeb’s professional learning communities and webinar programs. edWeb’s growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve learning for all students.

The winner announcement was made by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, to an audience of over 300 education, software, information and business technology leaders. 29 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for education and learning professionals. Details about the winning products can be found at http://www.siia.net/codie/2016-Winners.

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. The judges provided feedback on how edWeb met the criteria for this award including the comment that edWeb is “A robust, learning community that exceeds all of the criteria for this category. Extensive foot print across the educational landscape.”

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO commented, “We thank all of our members, our presenters, and our partners who make edWeb truly collaborative, and free for educators. We are honored by this wonderful recognition, and thankful to SIIA for helping us grow since our founding in 2008.”


About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that is a highly engaged community of connected educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb’s growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve teaching and learning. Learn more at www.edweb.net. Follow edWeb.net on Twitter @edwebnet.
About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About ETIN
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.
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itslearning WEBINAR ALERT: Shedding Light on District Efficiency

 

WHAT: A no-cost webinar for K-12 educators and administrators interested in learning about the factors that affect a district’s level of efficiency.

 

CO-PRESENTERS: Kevin Hogan, Content Director, Tech & Learning Magazine and Elvira Salazar, Sr. Manager, Design, Media & Online Learning Houston (TX) Independent School District.

 

WHEN:  May 24th11 am EDT

 

REGISTER: http://info.itslearning.net/district-efficiency-webinar.html

 

Newton, MA – May 18, 2016— Today, many school districts around the nation are being asked to do more with less. School budgets are tighter than ever and human resources are sparse, yet each is being asked to continually improve student performance, follow dozens of different standards, and support a more personalized, customized learning experience across all grade levels.

 

Achieving balance in this evolving environment is difficult when a district has myriad disparate teaching systems that require multiple different log-ins, a lack of consistent vision, high teacher turnover, and letter grades that don’t provide students with enough feedback or motivation to improve.

 

On Tuesday, May 24th at 11am EDT, Kevin Hogan, content director at Tech & Learning magazine and Elvira Salazar, Sr. Manager, Design, Media & Online Learning Houston (TX) Independent School District will share some of the factors that affect a district’s level of efficiency including:

 

  • What tools and processes are in place for developing and managing curriculum?
  • How effectively are pedagogical principles like Universal Design for Learning and Personalized Learning being implemented?
  • How accessible and efficient are the methods of delivering Professional Development?

 

The webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information go to:http://info.itslearning.net/district-efficiency-webinar.html

 

About itslearning

Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and has offices in Boston, Atlanta and multiple locations around the world. For more information, visithttp://www.itslearning.net.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA — ASCD Executive Director and CEO Deb Delisle announced today that she has named Cameron Brenchley as ASCD’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Brenchley joins the ASCD team in a newly-expanded position that has been vacant since 2015.

In his new role, Brenchley will oversee ASCD’s communications and social media strategies to enhance the nonprofit organization’s mission to serve the whole child. Brenchley will lead critical initiatives to not only engage ASCD members, but all educators across the globe who are committed to enhancing learning systems and advancing student achievement.

Prior to joining ASCD, Brenchley was Vice President at Collaborative Communications Group, an education-focused communications firm in Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2015, he held several positions in the Obama Administration, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications at the U.S. Department of Education. Brenchley was also the U.S. Department of Education’s first Director of Digital Strategy, and served as a Senior Digital Strategist in the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy in 2014.

“Cameron brings extensive knowledge on how to deliver powerful stories using the communication tools that matter to educators,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Deb Delisle. “As ASCD continues to expand its impact and reach, it is critical that we continue to adapt to the changing media landscape to reach the global education community. Cameron is a pioneer in the education community for finding new ways to engage audiences, and is poised to help ASCD continue its dedication to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading.”

Brenchley’s previous positions also include Press Secretary and New Media Specialist in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as six years in the U.S. Air Force, serving four of the six years overseas. Brenchley received a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, and bachelor’s degree in history from Valdosta State University.


ASCD is a global community advancing student achievement by supporting the whole child. ASCD supports learning, teaching, and leading across the global education community, with 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates—from more than 138 countries. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators, visit www.ascd.org.

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SIIA Announces CODiE™ Award Winners for Education Technology Industry

Twenty-nine awards given for education industry innovation and excellence 

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016)— The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today announced the winners of the 2016 CODiE Awards in education technology. The winner announcement was made to an audience of over 300 attendees, and 29 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for the education technology market. An overall Education Technology CODiE Award winner will be named during a special CODiE Award Celebration party at the Education Industry Symposium onJuly 26 in Denver, CO.

To view the full list of winners, click here

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National Coalition on School Diversity Urges Policies to Mitigate Racial and
Socioeconomic Segregation in Schools Confirmed by GAO Report

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2016 – Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report confirming increased racial and socioeconomic segregation in our nation’s public schools. Two years ago, the GAO was asked to examine changes in student racial isolation or integration in schools over time, why and how selected school districts have implemented actions to increase student diversity, and the extent to which the U.S. Departments of Education (DOE) and Justice (DOJ) have addressed issues related to racial discrimination in schools. The GAO concluded that DOE data shows that the percentage of K-12 public schools with students who are both mostly poor and mostly Black or Hispanic is growing. In 2013-14, 16 percent of our nation’s K-12 public schools served student populations comprised of 75 percent or more Black and Hispanic students and 75 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced lunch (FRL) (up from nine percent in 2000-01).

The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) is a network of civil rights organizations, academics and advocates committed to policies that promote racially diverse and integrated learning environments.  Unfortunately, over 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, our increasingly diverse nation continues to struggle with disparities in educational opportunity and outcomes along racial and class lines. As a result, NCSD continues to push for policies that promote student achievement, racial and socioeconomic diversity, engagement and equity in schools. For instance, NCSD support’s the President’s proposed “Stronger Together” program, which seeks to provide $120 million in funding to support school districts’ voluntary pursuit of diverse learning environments. As the GAO report makes clear, housing segregation continues to contribute to school segregation and exacerbate educational inequities. The GAO report also documents the prevalence of disparities in disciplinary actions and access to academic courses in schools that are highly isolated by race and poverty.

The NCSD is convening a public briefing on Thursday, May 19 on “School Diversity:  An Answer to Racial and Economic Segregation.”  Panelists will include Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA), Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Associate Professor Jennifer Holme of the University of Texas-Austin and Brenda Shum, director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The briefing will take place at 210 Cannon House Office Building from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EDT. All are welcome to attend and hear what the federal government, states, and local school districts are doing to combat racial isolation and what more must be done.

Concentrated poverty and racial isolation detrimentally affect student learning and life outcomes. However, the GAO report reinforced that in jurisdictions where education officials took steps to improve racial and socioeconomic integration, outcomes improved for all students. Research shows that racially and economically diverse schools benefit students’ academic and life outcomes, and that students who attend diverse schools are more likely to achieve higher test scores, and better grades, to graduate from high school and attend college.

The NCSD agrees with the GAO recommendations that DOE utilize its civil rights data to identify and address educational disparities in segregated schools. The NCSD also supports federal policies and legislation which would incentivize states and local school districts to reduce racial and socioeconomic isolation in public K-12 schools, such as magnet school programs and innovative and constitutionally permissible school assignment plans.

These conclusions are consistent with a recently released study by Sean Reardon, Demetra Kalogrides and Kenneth Shores of Stanford University, which reveals large academic gaps in places that have a high level of segregation in public schools. Some of the largest gaps between the achievement of white children and their peers of color exist in some of the wealthiest communities such as Berkeley, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Evanston, Illinois. The Stanford study shows the extent to which race and class are inextricably linked, and how that connection is exacerbated in school settings which may offer fewer high-level courses and have fewer skilled teachers. More significantly, even in districts where white students and their minority classmates had similar socioeconomic backgrounds, academic gaps persisted, highlighting the importance of addressing both racial and socioeconomic isolation.

“As we reflect upon the promise of Brown, it is true that there is much to celebrate and yet there is much still to be done,” observed Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Progress cannot mask the great inequalities which continue to exist and which are reflected in our nation’s schools. As the challenge of persisting racial segregation becomes more urgent, we must offer real solutions and take positive steps to promote racially and socioeconomically integrated schools. We urge our policy makers to use the findings and recommendations in this GAO report to support innovative strategies to mitigate the racial and socioeconomic segregation in our schools and to ensure educational equity for all students.”

Dennis Parker, director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union, states, “Our failure to achieve the equal educational opportunity which was the goal of Brown v. Board of Education is a national disgrace which will continue to impose societal costs long into the future. We must end racial and ethnic segregation and poverty concentration in our schools if we hope to achieve equity and truly effective education for all.”

“We have known for many years that low income children do better in schools that are racially and economically integrated,” noted Phil Tegeler, executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. “But instead of learning from this, the GAO report shows that we are steering more and more low-income children, especially children of color, into high poverty, segregated schools. We can and must do better.”

About the National Coalition on School Diversity
The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) is a network of civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to expand support for government policies that promote school diversity and reduce racial isolation.  NCSD also supports the efforts of state and local school diversity practitioners.  Our work is informed by an advisory panel of scholars and academic researchers whose work relates to issues of equity, diversity, and desegregation/integration.  For more information about NCSD, visit www.school-diversity.org

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Sunburst Digital establishes itself as the K12 Leader in offering Integrated Technology Solutions spanning all grades with their successful school launch of Wonder Workshop

 

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL — May 17, 2016 – Introducing coding and computer science into every classroom is the new American “moonshot”. From President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address to the new curriculum mandates in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City, educators are placing a high priority on exposing students to these important 21st century skills.

 

Sunburst believes it’s important to establish age appropriate, hands-on STEM, coding, programming and critical thinking routines at all grade levels. The key when looking at new programs is to make sure that Sunburst doesn’t just “react” to the call for 21st century skills, but it effectively introduces the new disciplines fully into the academic schedule.

 

There is only one coding and robotics solution developmentally appropriate for early childhood audiences, Wonder Workshop. Dash & Dot are designed as an instructionally sound solution suitable for early learning. Sunburst customers are adopting the lovable robots at a breakneck speed. The program touches key social, emotional and cognitive learning principles proven vital for every young learner’s success. Sunburst is grateful to have become Wonder Workshop’s leading distributor.

 

“Sunburst Digital is a natural partner to help us with our mission of enhancing coding education in schools,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop. “We’ve designed an easy-to-use, hands-on solution that directly supports the teacher’s everyday work rather than making it more difficult. Their team dove right in, and listened to our own passion for helping kids and teachers.”  As part of the company’s mission to bring coding education into every classroom, Wonder Workshop launched its 2nd annual“Wonder League” this month. The competition begins this fall (with registration taking place now). The League is the first network of elementary code clubs inspiring students to learn code through immersive robot challenges.

 

Wonder Workshop is available from Sunburst at http://wonderworkshop.sunburst.com

 

About Sunburst: Sunburst has connected educators with technology and digital content solutions for three decades. We sell, support, and provide curriculum services directly to schools. Our solutions are found in more than 95% of US school districts. We selectively work with educational development companies launching products by helping schools and partners take risk out of innovation. We believe implementing instructionally sound digital content solutions enhances teaching and raises outcomes. www.sunburst.com


About Wonder Workshop
: Wonder Workshop launched Dash & Dot in 2014 and within its first month, delivered more than $3.5M in robots to 37 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, European countries, India, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Today, Dash & Dot are in more than 2,000 elementary classrooms. Based in San Mateo, CA, Wonder Workshop was founded in 2012 by Vikas Gupta, Saurabh Gupta and Mikal Greaves, inventors, designers, programmers and parents with the mission to make coding a new creative tool that is accessible for children from age five and beyond.

5/17/16

YMCA Discusses How Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs Can Close the Achievement Gap during June 16, 2016 Webinar

 

Free webinar by Apperson offers SEL strategies and examples of national efforts to help high-needs students succeed

 

Charlotte N.C. – May 17, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson will host a free webinar at 2 p.m. EST, June 16, 2016 to showcase the work being done by the YMCA of the USA to improve social and emotional skills among its highest needs students.

 

The “Effective Use of SEL Assessment: A National Effort” webinar will feature Maria Guzman, Program Evaluation Specialist for Afterschool Programs at the YMCA of the USA, and representatives from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.

 

To register for the webinar, visit http://goo.gl/Ezn0Ez or click here.

 

To help address one of the biggest challenges high-needs students face, the achievement gap, the YMCA of the USA has implemented an after-school program through its local branches that aims to improve the academic performance of high-needs students by helping them develop social and emotional skills. Webinar participants will learn more about this work on a local and national level.

 

In addition to Guzman, the webinar will feature representatives from Devereux and Apperson who will share how the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (the DESSA), is used to measure, improve and develop students’ social and emotional skills. The DESSA is a strengths-based assessment system designed to screen students for social and emotional competencies.Apperson offers an online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional, which features the DESSA to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and provide strategies for instruction and intervention.

 

The webinar is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time organizations in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their organizations. Webinar attendees will receive a free 60-day trial of Apperson’s Evo SEL featuring the DESSA.

 

 

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-16 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping educators turn assessment data into actionable information.  For more information, visit Apperson.com.

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Readability Study Finds that more than Half of Students Unable to Read Content Displayed on 70-inch Flat Panel

Research Findings Align with InfoComm DISCAS Draft Standard on Optimal Display Size and Relative Viewing Position

 

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 17, 2016Epson today announced new findings from a recent study conducted by Radius Global Market Research that evaluated the readability of content displayed on a 70-inch flat panel in an average-sized classroom. According to the new research, 58 percent of students in an average classroom can’t read content displayed on a 70-inch flat panel.

 

The study was conducted with 106 students ages 12-to-22 in groups of approximately 30 at a time. Students were asked to read typical education content including charts and text-based information displayed on a top-selling 70-inch flat panel in a traditional 30-foot-by-30-foot classroom, and then write down six short items of information from what they saw. The students sat in five rows 22-feet wide (six seats per row) with the first row approximately eight feet from the display, and the last row about 27 feet from the display.

 

The overall results indicated that, on average, 17 out of 30 students per classroom were not able to read the content on the 70-inch flat panel, defined as writing down at least one item incorrectly.

 

“The majority of students evaluated in the study clearly had difficulty reading the content displayed on the 70-inch flat panel,” said Shira Horn, vice president, Radius Global Market Research.

 

The research findings support the 4/6/8 Rule for display size recommendations. The 4/6/8 Rule is a long-standing guideline commonly used by AV integrators and installers for determining the appropriate sized displays for different environments including classrooms, conference rooms and large venues.

 

Further, the results of the study are also consistent with the InfoComm DISCASdraft standard published by InfoComm International, the trade association representing the professional audio/visual and information communications industries worldwide. Using the DISCAS draft standard to calculate the Farthest Viewing Distance for Basic Decision Making –a 70-inch display would not be recommended for viewing text based educational content at distances of approximately 18 feet and beyond.

 

“Display size in the typical classroom has a direct impact on a student’s ability to read and comprehend the information presented – no matter where they are in the room,” said Jason Meyer, education product manager, Epson America. “This research shows that if the classroom display image size is too small, student comprehension is at risk. With the ability to display bright, high-quality images much larger than 70”, projectors continue to be the best and most affordable display technology for schools today.”

 

“When we decided to upgrade all of our 6,100 classrooms with new projection technology, we did our research and found that interactive flat panels tended to cost much more than interactive projectors for the same viewing space. We also looked at non-interactive flat panels, however we felt it was important to have finger-touch interactivity to allow students to interact with the projected content,” said Timothy Dunn, Director of Operational Information Technology Program Management at Fulton County Schools. “We chose the Epson BrightLink® 595Wi interactive projector because it met our needs for brightness, image size, interactivity, compatibility with popular software and price.”

 

For additional information about the research findings, visit www.epson.com/classroomdisplaysize.

 

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. For additional information about Epson education projection solutions, visit www.epson.com/education.

 

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 67,000 employees in 90 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

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Considering a Universal Design for Learning Approach With Your Students? A New Playbook from itslearning Provides Tips for School Districts to Facilitate Personalized Learning

 

New guide explains benefits of UDL as a framework for creating learning-driven

environments and how districts can successfully put theory into practice

 

BOSTON — May 17, 2016 — The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for K-12 education specifically endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of principles that require teachers and students to shift roles as they collaborate around student-driven learning paths. It’s a significant departure from the traditional classroom approach, and transforming a learning environment doesn’t happen overnight.

 

To help schools navigate the sea of change to more personalized learning, itslearning, developer of the award-winning itslearning learning management system, has published a new guide titled “How To Make Personalized Learning a Reality in Your District.”  The 18-page PDF explains the stages and steps to creating a learner-driven environment powered by the UDL approach, how technology can support the integration, and questions to ask when considering which learning platform to choose. It likewise includes examples and tips from school districts that have successfully implemented a comprehensive plan to transition to student-driven learning.

 

“How To Make Personalized Learning a Reality in Your District” begins by explaining the distinction between “personalized” and “individualized” learning, and the benefits of encouraging students to be co-designers of their own learning paths and curriculum. It discusses the ULD model of “access, engage, express,” and provides educators with a framework for understanding how to create curricula that meet the needs of all learners. Finally, it provides tips to transition UDL from theory to practice, and examples of how learning management systems such as itslearning can be used to provide a streamlined, user-friendly learning environment that simplifies student-centered learning.

 

“We started our journey with universal design for learning because we felt it provided the best possible way for us to reach our students to improve their performance as well as make sure they were engaged in their learning,” said Mike Jamerson, director of technology at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana. “With itslearning, we saw a platform where we could truly implement the three principles of UDL. It helps ensure all teaching objects across our district are aligned, which enables teachers to accurately measure and compare student progress and performance. As a result, they can personalize their teaching by selecting resources that cater to their students’ differing needs.”

 

A complimentary copy of “How To Make Personalized Learning a Reality in Your District” can be downloaded at http://info.itslearning.net/US-1604-UDL-eBook.html

 

About itslearning

Designed for teachers and how they want to teach, itslearning is a cloud-based learning platform used by millions of teachers, students, administration staff and parents around the world. It can be found at all levels of education, from primary schools to universities, helping teachers make education more inspiring and valuable for today’s students. Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and has offices in Boston, Atlanta and multiple locations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net.                  

 

5/16/16

New Jersey Education Innovation Summit for K-12 Educators Coming to

Monmouth University on May 20th

(West Long Branch, NJ) May 16, 2016 – On May 20th the New Jersey Education Innovation Summit will be held at Monmouth University. The annual event is sponsored by the state’s InnovateNJ office and is hosted by the Learning Counsel, a national K-12 research, events and news media organization.

Attendance is free to educators but they must register through the Learning Counsel website registration page. A statewide event, the New Jersey Department of Education welcomes all educators to take part in the day’s activities.

The day-long event, starting at 8am and ending at 5pm, will be opened by Kimberly Harrington, the Chief Academic Officer of the New Jersey Department of Education. The Keynote will be delivered by LeiLani Cauthen the CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel. Host for the day is Dr. David Kafitz, the Senior Vice President of the Learning Counsel.

Attendees will hear from a host of education leaders and peers on their successful innovation programs as well as take part in break-out sessions to hear about the latest tools, software and practice to improve teaching and learning.

A 2015 national Learning Counsel survey of 540 education leaders on digital curriculum showed that 77% of America’s K-12 Students have access to a digital computing device for a significant portion, if not all, of the school day. We are at a tipping point. Instructors are increasingly bothered by the complexity of the curriculum software evolution, while fascinated by the possibilities.

This event is an opportunity to innovate New Jersey in ways that will dramatically alter the future trajectory of our students. This is a time to get together and collaborate on how to do this and see what’s working.

Time and Location:

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016,  8 am to 5 pm

Location:         Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
The Mac Building
(Multipurpose Activity Center)
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

 

About The Learning Counsel:

The Learning Counsel is a research institute and news media hub, focused on providing context for the shift in education to digital curriculum. Our membership is comprised of over 150,000 executive rank educators and thousands of publishers. We are also the home of Knowstory.com, the first special-interest-free and grass-roots social media hub for education with functions for students, teachers, schools and publishers. Visit them online at www.thelearningcounsel.com

5/14/16

Idaho School District Wins 2016 Fuel Education™ Transformation Award

 

Bonneville Joint School District recognized for innovative use of online learning  to address students’ individual needs

 

Herndon, Virginia, May 13, 2016 – Not all students excel in a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Whether a student is home or hospital-bound because of a chronic illness, has behavioral or learning challenges, or has other unique needs, they still need access to high-quality education. The Bonneville Online School, in Idaho’s Bonneville Joint School District, uses the power of online learning to address the needs of its students outside of the traditional education environment.

 

Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has named Bonneville Online School (BOS) its 2016 Transformation Award winner. Schools and districts using FuelEd solutions were encouraged to submit success stories to demonstrate how they have used innovative online or blended learning programs to transform education for their students. Bonneville was selected from dozens of entries for providing K–8 students with a flexible school structure that enables them to have a successful academic experience from home.

 

“We are very pleased to honor Bonneville Online School as an outstanding example of how school districts can use online and blended learning to help students overcome education barriers,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “Fuel Educations primary goal is to help our school and district partners to personalize learning for each student—regardless of their personal circumstance—so they can achieve their academic goals.”

 

When 9-year-old Gabe enrolled at BOS in fall 2015, he had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, and had been exhibiting behavioral issues with his principal and teacher at his previous brick-and-mortar school. Gabe started working on his FuelEd courses at grade level, but his learning coach—his mother—immediately realized his skill levels were well below grade level. With the support of his teacher, a modifiable curriculum, and his learning coach, Gabe is now a dramatically different student. He is confident and enthusiastic about school and puts in the extra effort needed to stay on track, even working on some Saturday mornings and school vacation days. Gabe has pride in his accomplishments and sees himself as an online, at-home learner until he graduates.

 

Gabe is just one of the more than 100 students enrolled in BOS. BOS was founded in 2010 at the request of a group of local parents who wanted an in-district online school that offered a curriculum approved by the superintendent. Students have the flexibility to complete FuelEd courses at their own pace with guidance from a learning coach and one of BOS’ three teachers. BOS takes an innovative approach to the mastery of content. If students score between 70-79 percent on an end-of-lesson test, students review missed questions with their learning coach to prove they know the material instead of retaking the test. For instructional support, teachers and students connect via phone, email, text, Class Connects and Google Hangouts for one-to-one or group instruction. Every Thursday, students can attend an optional face-to-face session with their teachers and peers.

 

BOS measures student success based on their participation in Thursday sessions, the level of direct communication with teachers, and growth and proficiency assessments. Nearly 60 percent of students attend the optional Thursday sessions. Students and their learning coaches are in almost constant communication with teachers.

 

The 2016 FuelEd Transformation Award submissions represented districts with diverse demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds and identified specific challenges such as increasing graduation rates, providing flexible scheduling, and differentiating instruction for at-risk students. Despite their different backgrounds and goals, each district was able to use FuelEd’s digital curriculum to effectively address these challenges.

 

To read more about BOS and their program, as well as past FuelEd Transformation Award winners, visit www.getfueled.com/resources-results/transformation-awards.

 

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 the industry’s largest catalog 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 and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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KidWind Hosts National KidWind Challenge in New Orleans

 

Student teams compete for the national title with their hand-crafted wind turbines at the AWEA WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition

(New Orleans, LA) May 13, 2016 – To celebrate students’ interest in harnessing the power of wind energy, KidWind, the international leader of wind energy education, is hosting its annual National KidWind Challenge, where high school and middle school teams from around the country who have competed regionally and online come together to compete for top honors. The event will take place at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Ernest N. MorialConvention Center in New Orleans. The student teams will showcase and test their hand-crafted wind turbines in front of wind energy industry experts.

 

“We expect this year’s competitors in New Orleans to raise the bar again because the students just keep getting more innovative and creative,” said Michael Arquin, Founder of KidWind. “The KidWind Challenge nurtures critical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills through hands-on exploration of clean energy.”

 

This year’s National KidWind Challenge was made possible through the leadership and generous contributions from GE Renewable Energy and AWEA. Regional KidWind Challenges and other local supporting events were sponsored by Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Dominion, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Siemens and Vernier Software & Technology.

 

KidWind experienced a record number of teams competing in the regional and online challenges in 2015 and expects an even bigger turn-out at the National Challenge. The student teams will test the design and energy output of their wind turbines in the KidWind Wind Tunnel and present their design and building process to a panel of wind energy industry experts. The teams from both the middle school and high school divisions with the highest energy output, the most innovative design, and the greatest demonstrated knowledge about wind power will be named the 2016 National KidWind Challenge Champions.

 

The National KidWind Challenge Champions will receive a grand prize of $1,500 in cash and lab equipment from Vernier Software & Technology for their school. Judges will also be awarding cash and prizes to teams for Best Design, Best Teamwork and Creativity in Solving Instant Challenges.

 

For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit: kidwindchallenge.org.

 

About AWEA
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry, with over 800 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in New Orleans, May 23-26, 2016. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA website. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.

About the KidWind Challenge

The KidWind Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience. Students discover the promise and limitations of wind energy technology while designing, building, and testing a functional wind turbine and competing with their peers in a supportive environment. The KidWind Challenge was developed in 2009 by the KidWind Project, an international leader in wind energy education, and has been embraced and supported by leading energy industry companies since its start. For information on how to get involved, go to kidwindchallenge.org.

 

 

FRIDAY THE 13TH of May, 2016

2016 DimensionU Department of Defense Math Games a Hit!

Student Teams Representing Navy, Air Force, and Army Compete in STEM Video Game Event

 

Richmond, Virginia – May 12, 2016 – Award-winning, educational video game developer, DimensionU, Inc. hosted the 3rd Annual Department of Defense Math Games Tournament this week at four military research laboratories around the country. Middle school students from four states competed in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade level teams.   Each location represented a branch of the military and their respective STEM Outreach offices. Grade level teams from each location participated in five multiplayer rounds of mathematics-based video game play using DimensionU’s gaming platform.  Similar to other DimensionU competitive educational gaming events, the tournament took place in a virtual, first-person action video game world, where students compete and interact as teams solving mathematics problems.  The tournament was augmented with live video communication across the four states, allowing students to see their respective challengers.

 

“Our Department of Defense Math Games Competition exemplifies the engagement power of using video games in the classroom as an inclusive way to support instruction for all students,” said Steven Hoy, CEO of DimensionU, Inc.  “Enabling diverse, multi-grade level groups of students to collaborate and compete in a virtual, math-based video game environment from around the country is not only exciting, but scalable throughout the entire education system. We congratulate all participating students, teachers and schools and greatly appreciate the opportunity to make this available through the STEM Outreach efforts of military installations.  We look forward to the continued expansion of these efforts, “ added Hoy.

 

In South Carolina, SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic (U.S. Navy) sponsored school teams from Dorchester Two school district in the North Charleston, SC area.   In New York, the Griffiss Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored students from Rome City Schools in Rome, NY.  In Illinois, the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) sponsored students from the Urbana 116 School District in Champaign, IL.   In New Jersey, the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, sponsored students from the Diocese of Paterson Catholic Schools, in Parsippany, NJ.

 

Results of the event were as follows:  For the 6th Grade Competition, Gregg Middle School (Navy-SC) took first place, Staley Upper Elementary School (Air Force-NY) took second and Urbana Middle School (Army-IL) placed third.  For the 7th Grade Competition, Gregg Middle School (Navy-SC) placed first, All Saints Academy (Army-NJ) placed second and Urbana Middle School (Army-IL) placed third.  For the Mixed Grade Level-A Competition, Alston Middle School (Navy-SC) took first, Staley Upper Elementary School (Air Force-NY) placed second and Urbana Middle School (Army-IL) placed third.  In the Mixed Grade Level B Competition, Dubose Middle School (Navy-SC) placed first, Staley Upper Elementary School (Air Force-NY) took second and All Saints Academy (Army-NJ) took third.

 

Visit DimensionU”s Facebook page to see pictures: http://bit.ly/2016DODMathGames.

For more information on DimensionU, please visit www.dimensionU.com .

 

About DimensionU, Inc.

Since 2007, DimensionU, Inc. has set a new course in the development of innovative multiplayer educational video games. Through its collaborative, content-rich, immersive learning environments, DimensionU offers a highly engaging, research-based, instructional enrichment tool in mathematics and literacy for elementary, middle and high school students in the U.S. and Canada.

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CodeMonkey partners with Sunburst Digital

to bring its proven coding curriculum to U.S. classrooms

 

NEW YORK, NY & HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL — May 12, 2016 – In President Obama’s “Computer Science for All Initiative” (announced in the 2016 State of the Union) he states we should offer“every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.”

 

Software programming and critical thinking are the new building blocks for our children to compete within a 21st century global workplace. Teaching coding effectively requires an equal understanding of the technology discipline and sound classroom instruction. Successful programs must be tested and proven in real-world, everyday school environments.

 

CodeMonkey teaches programming basics in a language known as “CoffeeScript” through game-based learning. CodeMonkey is endorsed by Israel’s Ministry of Education and provides instruction to 253,000 students in Israel. Their proven approach emphasizes learning a useful, real programming language through an intuitive and highly engaging online game. The solution includes companion lesson plans, assessments and online professional development, allowing any teacher to make a positive impact in the classroom. Israel, often referred to as “The Startup Nation”, has more scientists and technicians per capita than the U.S. CodeMonkey students go on to work at innovative high-tech companies that Israel’s economy relies on to help propel them in this global economy. Now, CodeMonkey is offering that proven methodology with Sunburst Digital for U.S. classrooms.

 

“CodeMonkey emphasizes learning the syntax associated with coding, similar to how the best language arts programs expand upon a student’s grammar and comprehension to foster great writing,” says Joe DeSario, GM of Sunburst.  In the game, users control a monkey to catch bananas by writing lines of code, ensuring all students are learning and engaged at the same time. “The students have really enjoyed CodeMonkey,” says Roger Coy, Director at Three Rivers Charter School. “They treat it like a game, especially the self-created challenges section.”

 

No prior coding experience is necessary in order to teach with CodeMonkey. CodeMonkey is now available from Sunburst at http://codemonkey.sunburst.com

 

About Sunburst: Sunburst has connected educators with technology and digital content solutions for three decades. We sell, support, and provide curriculum services directly to schools. Our solutions are found in more than 95% of US school districts. We selectively work with educational development companies launching products by helping schools and partners take risk out of innovation. We believe implementing instructionally sound digital content solutions enhances teaching and raises outcomes.

 

About CodeMonkey Studios: CodeMonkey Studios was founded in 2014 based on Jonathan Schor’s successful experiences in teaching young children to code through playful activities. CodeMonkey Studios is a team of experts in technology, gaming and pedagogy who together solve the equation of learning to code. Today, CodeMonkey is bringing fun, knowledge and opportunity into the lives of millions of learners around the world.

 

5/12/16

Turnitin Opens Nominations for 2016 Global Innovation Awards

Award program recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in supporting student learning, and students who show commitment to writing improvement and academic integrity

OAKLAND, Calif. – May 11, 2016 – Turnitin has opened nominations for the 2016 Global Innovation Awards program, which recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in promoting academic integrity, student engagement and the innovative use of Turnitin to support learning in their schools, colleges and institutions. The Global Innovation Awards includes a category recognizing students demonstrating excellence in writing, improvement of their own skills or those of their peers, and the promotion of academic integrity at their school or institution. Click to Tweet.

For more information or to nominate candidates visit: http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/global-innovation-awards.

Educators and administrators can nominate themselves or their peers, and students. The nomination process gives educators an opportunity to share lessons, classroom examples, instructional screenshots and videos. Award finalists and winners will receive recognition among the 1.6 million Turnitin educators, 30 million student users, and hundreds of thousands of followers of Turnitin.

“To be honored with a Turnitin Global Innovation Award has validated both my research and teaching practice,” said Dr. Zeenath Khan, assistant professor, University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE, a 2015 winner. “Motivating students to write and revise their work, and to understand the value of academic integrity, will help them throughout their academic and professional lives.”

Nominations for educators will be accepted until August 8, 2016 in three categories:overall innovation, academic integrity and student engagement. Winners and finalists in seven regions (Africa & Middle East, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean, United Kingdom, United States & Canada) will be selected after an interview and evaluation by an international panel of academic experts. Students will be evaluated on writing improvement and commitment to academic integrity. Winners will be announced in October 2016.

“Over the last two years, over 1,000 nominations from over 50 countries have been submitted to the Turnitin Global Innovation Awards,” said Gill Rowell, chair of the Global Innovation Awards Program at Turnitin. “Each year it’s an inspiration to read all of the extraordinary stories from educators about how they help students improve their writing and respect the tenets of honesty and integrity.”

Nominate an educator or student, and see last year’s winners at:http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/global-innovation-awards.

About Turnitin

Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin’s applications are used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia.

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Ed Tech Publishing Icon Wendy LaDuke Launches New Company to Further Innovation in Education
Tahoe Strategies will focus on supporting small companies seeking rounds of initial investment

(TUSTIN, CA) May 11, 2016 — Education technology publishing icon Wendy LaDuke today announced the launch of a new company, Tahoe Strategies, which will focus on supporting innovative ed tech startups looking to build revenue trails, secure initial funding, and build dynamic go-to-market strategies.

LaDuke has been involved in publishing for more than 30 years, beginning in 1985 when she started working for her father, Edward Warnshuis, the founder of THE Journal. Most recently, she served as chief revenue officer for 1105 Media’s Public Sector Media Group and as Group Publisher for eSchool Media. Her tenure in education publishing has afforded her the opportunity to meet exciting people from around the globe who share her mission of innovating in education. Her retirement from publishing now allows her time to pursue her passion of providing meaningful support to these startups on a full-time basis.

“In my travels the past couple of years I have seen a void in two areas: 1) consumer companies that want to get into the education or b-to-b space, as well as b-to-b companies that want to get into the consumer space,” said LaDuke. “I have been very fortunate to find partners on each side that fill these gaps and form an effective bridge between the two. My nickname over the past year has become ‘The Education Yenta’. I see how things fit together and am able to connect the dots as I bring parties together, foster the relationships, and build effective go-to-market strategies—something I have been passionate about since joining my father, a true ed tech pioneer, in the 1980s.”

Tahoe Strategies’ mission is to bring to education the companies that can have a profound impact for all students, while helping young, passionate entrepreneurs who have a vision and need guidance on how to execute and position themselves with the right partners.

“My true passion is working with start-ups that require smaller rounds of initial investment,” said LaDuke. “They are well under the $5 million threshold of most investors, and often need coaching on how to build successful pipelines for revenue trails within our marketplace. If you have no revenue trail, there is no proof of concept for the business. I have been working with companies this past year implementing this approach, and we have been very successful.”

In addition to launching Tahoe Strategies, LaDuke has become a leader in the movement to address the imbalance between men and women in education leadership. With Girls Thinking Global and LRP Conferences, LLC, she has co-founded the inaugural Women Leaders in Education Conference, an event designed for K-12 education professionals to share strategies, learn from experts, and connect with colleagues. This first-of-its-kind event, which will take place July 31–August 1 in Boston, empowers women within education to grow personally and professionally.

About Tahoe Strategies:

Tahoe Strategies’ mission is to bring to education the companies that can have a profound impact for all students, while helping young, passionate entrepreneurs who have a vision and need guidance on how to execute and position themselves with the right partners.

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SchoolMint Wins 2016 Silver Stevie® Award

 

PreK-12 Online Enrollment Platform Honored in the New Product or Service of the Year – Education – K-12 Enterprise Solution Category

 

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2016 – SchoolMint, the leading provider of mobile and online enrollment and school choice systems for PreK-12 district, charter, and independent schools, was recently named a Silver Stevie® Awards winner in the 2016 American Business AwardsSM. It was recognized in the New Product or Service of the Year – Education – K-12 Enterprise Solution category.

 

“We strive to provide schools with the most cost-effective and comprehensive program to manage – and streamline – their enrollment processes,” said Jinal Jhaveri, SchoolMint CEO. “It is a great honor to win this award and to be recognized for the positive impact SchoolMint has on staff, families, students, and school systems as a whole.”

 

SchoolMint’s four primary solutions include Application and Lottery Management, Registration and Re-enrollment, Digital Forms and Documents, and School Choice and Unified Enrollment. Currently used by more than 2,000 schools in 70 cities in 30 states and four countries, the comprehensive system makes the end-to-end enrollment experience easier to manage for both school staff and parents. It allows for year-round parent-school communication; streamlines fee collection; works across all native web browsers; offers both Android and iOS apps; integrates easily with SISs; and, provides real-time insights and predictive analytics.

 

Judges were impressed with the design and functionality of the program, as well as its ability to help school systems operate. One judge stated that the “functions of the software are clear and seem that they would help schools manage enrollments,” while another said the program was a “great idea.”

 

The American Business Awards is the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20. Tickets are now on sale.

 

Additional details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie Awards winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

 

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.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 2500 schools worldwide have chosen SchoolMint to streamline all aspects of student enrollment and registration, school choice, lottery management, fee collection, and year-round parent-school communication. Available online and on mobile devices, SchoolMint’s user friendly design transforms the end-to-end enrollment experience for district staff and parents. Visit www.SchoolMint.com to learn more.

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EvoText Founder and Ogment Creator is “On the Rise” and Flush with Product Wins for Education Technology

Ogment enables teachers to create multimedia lessons and curriculum and is on a roll with awards recognition in the BESSIEs, SIIA CODiE Awards and AAP REVERE Awards

BURLINGTON, Mass. — May 11, 2016 — Johanna Wetmore is having a very good spring. In April, her company’s product, Ogment, won three BESSIE Awards for education technology teacher tools. Ogment was also named finalist in two categories of the SIIA CODiE Awards, and named finalist as an innovative supplementary resource in the Association of American Publishers’ REVERE Awards. Ms. Wetmore was also named to the exclusive AAP list of promising education professionals who are “On the Rise” and demonstrate remarkable leadership and innovation in the education resource industry.Click to Tweet

Ogment was developed by Ms. Wetmore’s company, EvoText, to help educators quickly and seamlessly integrate web content with teacher-created material to build multimedia lessons and curriculum. Teachers can take any content from the web including articles, videos, and images, and with one click pull it into Ogment where it is formatted and cited with Lexile® measures and other helpful teaching information. See Ogment in action.

“We are honored that Ogment is being recognized with so many awards, and I think this is happening because Ogment addresses a true need in education,” said Ms. Wetmore. “Ogment offers a process that makes it faster and easier for educators to build dynamic, real-world lessons, courses and even whole curriculum.”

Details about the awards Ogment has won or been nominated for:

BESSIE: Ogment wins in three categories including educator’s online resources, online teacher productivity tools, and online multimedia tools.

REVERE: Ogment named finalist in the category of supplemental education resources for innovation.

CODiE: Ogment named finalist in two education technology categories including best cross-curricular solution and best instructional solution in other curriculum areas.

About Ogment
Teachers use Ogment to make lesson planning and development easier. With Ogment, teachers in K12 plan and build lessons from web content, map courses, create assessments, and monitor progress. Ogment “eduneers” are educators, engineers and designers who have been at the forefront of educational technology for the past two decades. Ogment is a subsidiary of EvoText, LLC headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit GetOgment.com.

About EvoText
EvoText is an educational software development house that develops custom eLearning solutions. EvoText’s experts have developed several of the most well-known, award-winning eLearning products for basal and supplemental publishers, schools and teachers. EvoText is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit EvoText.com.

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Wonder Workshop Launches Wonder League Robotics Clubs to Inspire Future Inventors
$10,000 grant will be awarded to district with highest percentage of participating schools

San Mateo, Calif. (May 10, 2016) – Wonder Workshop, creators of robots that teach students foundational skills in computer coding, invites schools to participate in the newly announced Wonder League Robotics Clubs, the first network of clubs in elementary schools for coding and robotics. The school district that gets the highest percentage of schools participating by July 10, 2016 will receive a $10,000 grant in Wonder Store credit to help fund their clubs.

“Robotics is the new team sport for our youngest learners,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop. “We want to extend a worldwide community of Wonder League clubs to inspire the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding. Launching a club helps students develop problem solving and creativity skills, build meaningful relationships with their peers and have fun as they explore STEM.”

To read the full news release, click here. Let me know if you have questions about the Wonder League Robotics Clubs or Wonder Workshop.

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Dremel Expands Access to 3D Printing in Classrooms With Mobile App
Dremel 3D mobile app for iOS and Android enables educators and students to select, build and monitor 3D models remotely

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (May 11, 2016) – As schools expand “making” beyond traditional interactive technologies, Dremel, the trusted manufacturer of tools for life and learning, introduces the Dremel 3D mobile application. The app equips students with anytime, anywhere modeling and printing as a part of the classroom makerspace toolkit.

Compatible with the newly launched Dremel Idea Builder 3D40, the Dremel 3D mobile app provides constant communication with the next-generation printer. Students and educators can access a library of 3D models, queue printing of multiple models and monitor printing status remotely from their mobile devices.

For the full news release and video, click here. Please let me know if you have any questions about Dremel 3D.


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