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DECEMBER 14, 2017

3M and Discovery Education Host Second Installation of the Young Scientist Lab

Virtual Field Trip Series

— New ‘How Nature Inspires 3M Science’ Virtual Field Trip Takes Students on a Journey to Explore How

3M Scientists Are Using Nature to Improve and Invent New Technologies —

 

Silver Spring, Maryland (Wednesday, December 13, 2017) – To extend the impact of their joint Young Scientist Labprogram, 3M and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will broadcast How Nature Inspires 3M Science – a new Virtual Field Trip on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT.

 

The How Nature Inspires 3M Science Virtual Field Trip will take classrooms on a scientific journey to explore how biomimicry, an approach to innovation that mirrors nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies to find sustainable solutions to human challenges, plays a role in 3M innovation. During the field trip, viewers will learn how 3M scientists are using features designed by nature like gecko’s feet, spider legs, goose feathers and fireflies, to develop new products for everything ranging from adhesives to food safety.

“In the Young Scientist Lab spirit, Discovery Education is proud to provide students with another way to explore the world of scientific innovations and opportunities,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘How Nature Inspires 3M Science’ Virtual Field Trip will help students nationwide identify connections between nature and science, all while hearing from 3M scientists who are in some of the most exciting research jobs in the world.”

Following the success of the Young Scientist Challenge, the Virtual Field Trip hosted by Anne-Lise Emig, best known for her role as a chemistry assistant on Science Channel’s Street Science, will inspire students to explore innovations in science, cutting-edge technology and career possibilities in STEM. Students will also hear from a variety of 3M scientists, including Dr. Vasav Sahni, Senior Research Engineer in Biomimicry at 3M, whose job earned a spot in Fortune’s Coolest Jobs in the Fortune 500 list this year.

“This Virtual Field Trip will be a great addition to our science class’ curriculum,” said Francie Snyder, Manatee County elementary school educator. “My colleagues and I can already foresee a spark of interest in our students after they realize that incredible technologies and careers that exist in the field of science.”

Launched in 2008, the mission of the Young Scientist Lab is to foster a new generation of scientists who are inspired to improve the world with science. For teachers, students and parents seeking a place to explore the world of scientific innovations and opportunities, 3M and Discovery Education developed the initiative, and purposed to engage young scientists with standards-aligned teaching tools to help bring science lessons to life for youth. Young Scientist Lab is anchored by its most prominent program, the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge, which recently launched it’s2018 Challenge on December 12, 2017. The competition’s 2017 winner was Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old who developed a water lead contamination detector.

For more information on Young Scientist Lab or to access the online resources, visit youngscientistlab.com. Join the conversation around the How Nature Inspires 3M Virtual Field Trip on Twitter @3M and @DiscoveryEd using the hashtag #YoungScientistVFT.

The How Nature Inspires 3M Science Virtual Field Trip is also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visitdiscoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

 

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, 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 discoveryeducation.com.

ALSO FROM DISCOVERY

 

Texas’ Spring Branch Independent School District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting Five-Year Strategic Teaching and Learning Plan

Award-Winning Social Studies Techbook Added to Complement of Digital Textbooks Powering District Classrooms –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (December 14, 2017) – Texas’ Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) today announced an expansion of their ongoing partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In the newest phase of this collaboration, Middle School and High School social studies teachers will begin creating immersive World History and Civics and Government lessons with Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook.

This Fall, SBISD educators districtwide began integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook into classroom activities. At the same time, SBISD math teachers in grades 6-12 began using the Math Techbook for teaching and learning, and middle school social studies teachers began using the Social Studies Techbook for instruction. The district’s ongoing transition to dynamic digital content as a core instructional resource directly supports Spring Branch T-2-4, which commits the district to the goal of doubling the number of students who complete a technical certificate or military training through a two or four-year degree. This ambitious goal will be reached through the school system’s strategic plan, The Learner’s Journey, which builds on some of SBISD’s strongest assets, such as the area’s supportive community and people, and is undergirded by the district’s core values of Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity, and Moral Compass.

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that support a comprehensive curriculum, are aligned to rigorous standards, and are updated regularly at no cost. The Techbook series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. In addition, the Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips.

The Social Studies Techbook uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.

“The talented team at Spring Branch ISD is dedicated to increasing student achievement and developing a culture of high expectations for all students,” said Dr. Scott Muri, Superintendent, SBISD. “The continuation of our partnership with Discovery Education helps us meet these goals and helps prepare our students for career and citizenship success.”

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting SBISD’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

“We are honored to deepen our partnership with Spring Branch ISD,” said Phillip Mikula, Discovery Education’s Director of Educational Partnerships. “Together with Dr. Muri and his talented team, we are creating modern digital learning environments that ignite students’ natural curiosity and support the success of all learners.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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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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NEW NATIONAL REPORT: STATES’ SENSE OF URGENCY TO IMPROVE OUTDATED TEACHER POLICIES GRINDS TO A HALT
Washington, DC–Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its biannual 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Yearbook), which finds that the rapid progress made by states over the last decade to modernize their teacher policies has largely slowed. Since the last edition of the Yearbook in 2015, few states have initiated any new actions to improve their teacher policies guiding how teachers are selected, prepared, evaluated, and retained.

Florida and Louisiana are this year’s top performing states, each earning a B+. Overall, however, the 2017 Yearbook finds that state grades have mostly stagnated, with more state grades decreasing than at any other time in the Yearbook’s 10-year history. No state has ever earned an A.

From 2007, when NCTQ began tracking state progress, until 2015, many states took aggressive action to improve their teacher policies, including raising the bar for entry into the teaching profession, overhauling teacher evaluation policies, implementing tenure reform, and requiring that districts consider teacher effectiveness when making personnel decisions.

“Our review indicates that a pressing need still exists to tackle anachronistic and counterproductive teacher policies, perhaps because policymakers are paying attention to where the political winds are blowing at the expense of improving teacher quality,” commented Elizabeth Ross, Managing Director of State Policy at NCTQ. “Notably, many of these policies are noncontroversial – for example, whether teachers can transfer a teaching license across state lines without unnecessary barriers and whether states are ensuring that special education teachers know how to teach struggling readers. Adopting and implementing new, more effective policies would benefit school districts, teachers and, most importantly, students.”

Some specific areas merit full attention by states:

  • Invest in data systems to address issues relating to teacher shortages and surpluses. Despite the alarming talk of teacher shortages, few states are collecting and connecting the full set of high-quality data necessary to support their districts in making fact-based decisions regarding targeted, local solutions to address teacher supply and demand issues, and no state has established clear parameters that govern the number of teachers trained in each major certification area.
  • Increase transparency regarding educator equity to ensure that vulnerable student groups are not systemically underserved by ineffective teachers.Fewer than one third of all states collect and publicly report all necessary data to identify where traditionally underserved students do not have equitable access to effective teachers.
  • Expand diversity in the teaching workforce. Fewer than half of all states are taking any concrete action to increase teacher diversity under a specific initiative, incentive program, or system of supports.
  • Increase oversight of teacher preparation programs. Fewer than half of all states articulate minimum standards of performance for teacher preparation programs, and among states that do maintain minimum performance standards, even fewer have articulated consequences for programs that do not meet such standards.
  • Improve the preparation of special education teachers. Only nine states require teacher candidates in elementary special education to possess basic content knowledge before they can earn a license, and only 12 states measure special education candidates’ knowledge of how to teach reading, even though reading difficulties are the most common reason for special education referrals.
  • Fully utilize teacher evaluation systems. Only 10 states explicitly require that evaluation results inform teacher compensation in some manner, and only 11 states explicitly require teacher leadership opportunities to be reserved only for highly rated teachers.
Information regarding whether each state meets the above policies is available here.

Despite significant room for improvement, some bright spots exist within the 2017 data. For example, many states have in place commendable policies to help ensure that 1) student teaching requirements are appropriately targeted to the grades and subjects the teachers will be teaching; 2) teachers are evaluated across more than two rating categories; and, 3) principals are rated, in part, on the effectiveness of their teachers and on their instructional leadership of the school.

“States’ teacher policies have an enormous impact on the quality of education in the state,” said Ross. “By highlighting opportunities for improvement, as well as strong policies, this Yearbook is designed to catalyze state action. We have seen the progress states are capable of making and urge them to attend to suboptimal policies that decrease the health of the teaching profession. Teachers and students deserve nothing less.”

The 2017 Yearbook evaluates states against nine policy goals, including, for the first time, information to reflect teacher diversity initiatives, principal evaluation and support systems, and state support for teacher leadership opportunities. For each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, NCTQ produces a customized summary that provides state policy strengths and opportunities for improvement.

The 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook is available here, with comprehensive information regarding each state’s teacher policies available in NCTQ’s State Teacher Policy Database.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Elizabeth Ross, please contact Eric Duncan at eduncan@nctq.org.

 

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About the National Council on Teacher Quality: 
The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group, committed to modernizing the teaching profession and based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. We recognize that it is not teachers who bear responsibility for their profession’s many challenges, but the institutions with the greatest authority and influence over teachers. More information about NCTQ can be found on our website, www.nctq.org.

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WEBINAR ALERT:

Strategies to Improve Adolescent Reading Proficiency:

How to Identify and Address Why They Struggle

 

WHAT: No-cost webinar on identifying and addressing the diverse causes of non-proficient reading in adolescents and what educators can do to close the achievement gap and accelerate literacy gains.

WHO: Dr. Suzanne Carreker, CALT-QI, Principal Educational Content Lead, Lexia Learning

WHEN: Wednesday, January 10, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/2BdCAlt

BOSTON (Dec. 13, 2017) – Research suggests that 66 percent of eighth-grade students in the United States cannot read proficiently. To help schools and districts address this crisis and help close the achievement gap for low-performing students in grades six and above, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) Company, will host a webinar on January 10 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Leading the conversation will be Dr. Suzanne Carreker, CALT-QI, the principal educational content lead at Lexia Learning who will use the Simple View of Reading to explain why identifying and addressing the diverse needs of non-proficiency can be complex, but is not impossible with the right tools.

Webinar attendees will learn about:

·       The diverse and complex causes of non-proficient adolescent literacy

·       Adolescent learner profiles and how assessment informs their instruction

·       Solutions for helping non-proficient adolescent readers prepare for college and career

Dr. Carreker spearheaded the curriculum design of Lexia’s soon-to-be released reading program for adolescents. Before joining Lexia in 2015, Dr. Carreker worked for 28 years at Neuhaus Education Center, a nonprofit organization offering professional development in evidence-based reading methods to more than 60,000 teachers.

There is no cost to join the webinar, but registration is required. For more information, please go to http://bit.ly/2BdCAlt.Registrants will receive an on-demand recording of the webinar after the event.

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Illuminate Education Acquires eduCLIMBER, Improves Data Analysis for Teachers and Districts
eduCLIMBER extends Illuminate Education’s ability to provide efficient and accurate data, saving teachers’ time and informing district decisions

Irvine, Calif. (December 14, 2017) —  Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through educational intelligence solutions, has joined forces with eduCLIMBER, a unique cloud-based data system that increases efficiency and accuracy of data analysis to improve student outcomes. eduCLIMBER is based in Evansville, Wis. and currently serves hundreds of school districts.

The dynamic combination will add eduCLIMBER’s data capabilities, which focus on the visualization of both academic and behavioral data, to Illuminate Education’s established Education Intelligence Platform. The companies’ aligned missions and complementary technologies will allow them to provide increasingly more useful and user-friendly data to K-12 districts through a strengthened set of product offerings.

For the full release, click here.

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Vernier Software & Technology Wins Two Tech & Learning Stellar Service Awards

Vernier recognized for its free, hands-on workshops that help science educators integrate data-collection technology into their curricula

BEAVERTON, Oregon, December 14, 2017 — Vernier Software & Technology recently won two 2017 Tech & Learning Stellar Service Awards, which honor great achievements in customer care and satisfaction in the edtech industry. Vernier was recognized for its free, hands-on workshops in the “Best Excuse To Leave The Classroom (Best In-Person Training Program)” and “Frequent Buyer Smiles (Best Perks & Extras)” categories.

“Vernier workshops provide science educators with a great opportunity to learn new and innovative ways to incorporate data-collection technology into their curricula,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “We are honored to be selected by Tech & Learning’s readers and our customers for this service award, which further reinforces our commitment to supporting science teaching. We know teachers are busy, and we take pride in making sure that these hands-on workshops are engaging, meaningful, and relevant to their student instruction.”

Vernier offers more than 70 free, hands-on workshops nationwide each year. Led by experienced classroom teachers, the workshops offer novice and seasoned science and STEM instructors alike various ways to integrate data-collection technology into their curricula. During each four-hour workshop, educators explore classroom experiments using award-winning Vernier technology. Educators also receive an electronic copy of ready-to-use lab handouts and a free meal.

In addition to its workshops, Vernier offers educators a collection of free teaching resources, including innovative experiment ideas, data-collection apps, white papers on probeware research, a grant-writing guide, webinars, online video tutorials, and more.

 

Learn more about Vernier workshops at http://www.vernier.com/workshops

 

About Tech & Learning

For over 37 years, Tech & Learning has been—and continues to be—the leading resource for K–12 leaders. Its publications, websites, and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach with technology. For more information, visit www.TechLearning.com.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.

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DECEMBER 7,2017

CEV Multimedia Sets Goal of Awarding 10,000 Industry-Backed Certifications

CTE curriculum provider offers educators opportunity to provide certifications to students

LUBBOCK, Texas (Dec. 6, 2017) – By 2018, the U.S. is projected to have 14 million job openings, and there won’t be enough college graduates to fill them. That’s why Career and Technical Education (CTE) is evolving to incorporate industry-backed certifications that enable students to make the step from K-12 to career. To expose students to career-specific skills, and meet the needs of today’s economy, CEV Multimedia, the leading producer of CTE curriculum, is committing to a goal of awarding 10,000 industry-backed certifications to students by June 2018.

The industry-backed certifications are offered through iCEV, an online learning platform for CTE. CEV Multimedia currently provides 12 certifications which are endorsed and developed in collaboration with companies and organizations such as Southwest Airlines, Bayer CropScience, Elanco and others. During the 2016-17 school year, CEV Multimedia awarded 5,000 certifications to students across 23 states. The continued growth and increased demand of these certifications signals the future of CTE.

To read the full news release, please click here.

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Apperson Launches DataLink ACT/SAT to Help Students Prepare for High-Stakes Tests

                                                                       

DataLink ACT/SAT works with Apperson scanners to help schools and test-prep centers easily grade and analyze practice test data

 

Charlotte N.C. – Dec. 5, 2017 – Education company Apperson has launched a new software solution to help schools and test-prep centers better prepare students for the ACT and SAT tests.  DataLink ACT/SAT allows educators and test-prep instructors to quickly scan in and grade the practice test answer sheets, and analyze the results so they can help students prepare for these high-stakes tests.

The software works with Apperson’s DataLink 1200 scanners and its ACT and SAT practice test forms. After administering the practice test, users simply scan in the answer sheets. DataLink ACT/SAT immediately converts the answers into powerful data that schools can use to maximize student outcomes. DataLink ACT/SAT can be purchased by itself or as part of a bundle with the scanner and practice test forms. For more information, visit: http://www.apperson.com/scanners/datalink-actsat

“The number of students taking the ACT and SAT tests is growing,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. ”Most colleges and universities require students take these tests and the Every Student Succeeds Act allows them to be used as end-of-year exams in high school. In order to best help students prepare, schools and test centers need immediate access to the test data so they can best help students. We introduced DataLink ACT/SAT to support schools and test centers that are working to help students improve their chances of success on these high-stakes tests.”

The creation of DataLink ACT/SAT is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to provide services and solutions to assess performance and measure success in K-12 and higher education.

About Apperson

Apperson’s testing and assessment solutions combine the proven reliability of scanning technology with powerful reporting and analytical software to measure and drive student success.  Apperson provides testing products for all schools’ needs, from kindergarten to higher education. The company’s assessment solutions change lives for the better, saving educators’ time by aiding with the grading and learning process. Apperson’s solutions help to marry technology to raw data, resulting in informed decision-making for educators that improve student performance and success. For more information, visit Apperson.com.

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Schools and Universities Continue to Choose Extreme Networks to Support BYOD, Virtual Reality and 1:1 Learning Initiatives

End-to-End Networking Portfolio Helps New K-12 and Higher Education Customers Reduce Costs While Improving Student Experience



SAN JOSE, Calif.Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) today announced that its complete, end-to-end wired and wireless networking portfolio is supporting a growing number of new education customers in both higher education and K-12, closing out the 2017 calendar year strong. New wins include Le Jardin Academy, McMinn County School System, San Diego Community College and Nazareth College. Customers are choosing Extreme over other vendors to solve 1:1 online learning initiatives, AI/VR use, BYOD, shared resources and on-campus surveillance that require a reliable yet cost-effective wireless connection – all in an effort to support a collaborative digital learning environment in today’s classrooms.

The momentum within the education vertical comes at the time when Extreme has positioned itself as the third largest enterprise networking company in the industry by completing its third in a series of acquisitions this past year, including Brocade’s data center business, Avaya networking and Zebra’s WLAN business. The newly acquired technology offers customers an enhanced portfolio and allows Extreme to expand its reach to new universities and schools in 2018. At the same time, Extreme will be able to continually deliver solutions from the data center to the wireless edge that satisfy customers’ immediate connectivity needs while supporting their future endeavors in embracing emerging education technology trends.

Customer Highlights

  • Le Jardin Academy: By deploying a cloud-managed networking solution, the academy was able to save time and money in managing the network while also increasing bandwidth to support BYOD and 1:1 Chromebook programs. The schools’ network now has a 99 percent uptime, significantly improving Internet connections for a nearly unlimited number of devices throughout each building.
  • McMinn County School System: McMinn decided to go all purple, deploying a completely new end-to-end networking solution and in turn, improving wireless network performance by 97 percent. Using ExtremeManagement™ and ExtremeAnalytics™, McMinn can track and support more users per access point and identify which applications need better connections. Additionally, by achieving seamless AP-to-AP roaming, the school has increased throughput and Wi-Fi access to about 70 percent.
  • San Diego Community College: The installation of ExtremeWireless™ and over 600 Wi-Fi access points across three campuses has allowed San Diego to provide seamless indoor and outdoor wireless coverage to over 30,000 students at any given time on each campus. The college can now support BYOD and real-time video streaming while also looking to future investments in video surveillance and virtual reality.
  • Nazareth CollegeWith an entirely new, unified network – including Extreme’s core switching and routing, edge switching and wireless – Nazareth’s network is more predictable and resilient. Access has increased in many areas of campus to 40G and the network is now able to handle a large amount of multicast and IPV6 traffic generated by connected devices, therefore creating a seamless and positive end user experience for faculty and students.

Executive Perspectives

Bob Nilsson, Director of Solutions Marketing, Extreme Networks, Inc.
“Connectivity has become a utility for our K-12 and higher education customers in that it’s required to support BYOD, 1:1, live-streaming and now augmented and virtual reality on today’s campuses. Our continued success in winning new business is a testament to the quality and design of our solutions and forward-thinking approach to getting ahead of edtech trends. Now with our recent acquisitions, we’re armed with an even more robust end-to-end networking portfolio to meet our customers’ needs.”

Melissa Handy, Director of Education Technology, Le Jardin Academy
“When looking to upgrade our infrastructure, we were concerned about spending too many resources on infrastructure and not enough on education technology. Extreme provided us with a reliable network that allowed us to save money by moving from an on-premise solution to a cloud-managed network. As a result, we’ve been able to manage network activity efficiently while spending more money and precious time in the classroom on education technology.”

Jill Pierce, Chief Technology Officer, McMinn County School System
“In just one month of installing Extreme’s full solution, we saw immediate improvement in connections, accessibility and reliability. Not only have we reduced Wi-Fi connectivity issues, we’ve increased throughput. This has allowed us to provide a reliable network that increases student and teacher productivity while minimizing network downtime. We’re now able to support over 48 1:1 digital learning initiatives across our school system, therefore putting more of our focus on the students versus the bottlenecks.”

Donald Bertram, Director of Information Technology, San Diego Community College
“We consider Extreme more than just a vendor – they are an integral part of our community. With their help in deploying a completely new wireless infrastructure including a centralized management dashboard, our small IT staff is able to manage and cover the sheer mass of end users across three different campuses with ease.”

Vince Anderson, Director of Enterprise and Network Solutions, Nazareth College
“Having a homogenous environment made up of Extreme’s full suite of solutions has made supporting the environment much easier. Connectivity is no longer an issue and we have nearly ousted delays or surprises on the network. This is due to the single pane of glass interface in addition to the superior services and support the Extreme team has provided us during the installation process and beyond.”

Additional Resources

About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) delivers software-driven networking solutions that help IT departments everywhere deliver the ultimate business outcome: stronger connections with customers, partners and employees. Wired to wireless, desktop to data center, on premise or through the cloud, we go to extreme measures for our customers in more than 80 countries, delivering 100% insourced call-in technical support to organizations large and small, including some of the world’s leading names in business, hospitality, retail, transportation and logistics, education, government, healthcare and manufacturing. Founded in 1996, Extreme is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, visit Extreme’s website or call 1-888-257-3000.

Extreme Networks, ExtremeWireless, ExtremeManagement, ExtremeAnalytics, ExtremeControl, ExtremeSwitching, ExtremeCloud and the Extreme Networks logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.  Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements
Except for the historical information contained herein, the statements in this release, including those concerning Extreme’s momentum within the education sector, customers wins, relationships with Le Jardin Academy, McMinn County School System, San Diego Community College and Nazareth College, recent acquisitions and education solutions are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Actual results or events could differ materially from those anticipated in those forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including: our ability to successfully integrate the Brocade networking business into the current Extreme business; failure to achieve targeted revenues and forecasted demand from end customers; a highly competitive business environment for network switching equipment; the possibility that we might experience delays in the development or introduction of new technology and products; customer response to our new technology and products; and a dependency on third parties for certain components and for the manufacturing of our products.

More information about potential factors that could affect Extreme’s business and financial results is included in Extreme’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, under the captions: “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and “Risk Factors.”  Except as required under the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Extreme Networks disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, developments, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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Ohio School District Expands

World Language Program to Elementary School Students

Youngstown City leverages technology to bring Spanish language lessons

to learners as early as kindergarten

ARLINGTON, VA (December 6, 2017) – Located in northeast Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, Youngstown City School District (YCSD) is fulfilling its commitment to prepare students to be productive, responsible citizens of a global society by leveraging technology in its classrooms. Now, the school district’s world language program is expanding to offer Spanish language learning to students as young as five years old through a new partnership with Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST), giving more than 3,100 students access to the trusted and recognized digital language learning program.

YCSD began implementation of Rosetta Stone Spanish to students in grades K-8 at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year in an effort to introduce world languages to students as early as possible in their academic career.  The ten schools participating in the program include Harding Elementary, Kirkmere Elementary, Martin Luther King Elementary, Paul C. Bunn Elementary, Rayen Early College, Taft Elementary, Volney Elementary, McGuffey Elementary, Williamson Elementary and Wilson Elementary. Previously, world language was offered beginning in the third grade; the new program with Rosetta Stone allows for more additional young learners than ever before to gain exposure to a new language.

“Following the success of our world language program for students in grades 3-12, we felt it was extremely important that all students, no matter their age, have the option to explore a new language,” said Youngstown CEO, Krish Mohip. “It’s critical that our kids are armed with the tools they need to compete in today’s global workforce, and partnering with Rosetta Stone affords our youngest learners a head start and get them excited about future language learning courses.”

Students have access to Rosetta Stone in the classroom on a weekly basis as part of their “specials” rotation, much like they do music or physical education. While in their language rotation, students receive guided instruction from a language teacher in a blended environment, or a teacher who has been trained using the Rosetta Stone program. Students in grades K-2 access the program via iPad, while students in grades 3-8 use Chromebooks.

“There are countless benefits to learning a new language early in life – from heightened academic achievement to improved cognitive abilities,” said Matt Hulett, President of Language at Rosetta Stone. “We applaud Youngstown for their commitment to ensuring their students are prepared for college and career in the 21st century by equipping them with foreign language skills starting in their very first days in a classroom.”

The school district is also offering Rosetta Stone English to elementary English language learners (ELLs) to assist in their language acquisition. Youngstown hopes to expand the digital language learning program to other languages such as French, Italian or German in the coming years.  For more information regarding Youngstown City School District and other school districts’ learning implementations, please visitwww.rosettastone.com/education.

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About Youngstown City School District

The Youngstown City School District, in partnership with parents and the community, is a beacon of hope, committed to academic excellence and preparing all learners to become productive, responsible citizens of a global society.

The YCSD will be a source of pride for the entire Mahoning Valley, with its buildings functioning as hubs of academic and community activities throughout the year. Employing state-of-the-art technology, research-based educational practices, and partnerships with parents and the community, all learners will meet and surpass state standards, and the YCSD will be a model of success as an academic and community resource.

 

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 digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.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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CDI Launches “Holiday Wishes” Contest for Schools

CDI will grant three technology wishes for schools/districts in the U.S. and Canada

Chicago IL – Dec. 5, 2017 – As part of its ongoing effort to support technology initiatives in schools, CDI Computer Dealers is launching a “Holiday Wishes” contest starting Dec. 5, 2017 and running through Dec. 24, 2017. Schools can share their technology wishes with CDI by filling out an online form at https://goo.gl/18GaXg. The contest is open to schools in the United States and Canada. CDI will select three schools in Canada and three schools in the U.S. to grant their technology wishes. Awarded prizes will be valued at up to $1,000 each.  The deadline to enter is Dec. 24, 2017. Winners will be notified by December 30, 2017.

“CDI has partnered with school districts throughout North America to provide technology solutions that fit their needs and their budgets,” said Saar Pikar, CEO. “This holiday season we wanted to give back to the education industry by offering a fun contest to provide needed products and resources to three schools, to help them fulfill their technology wishes. Whether they want to acquire devices or charging carts to support their 1:1 initiatives, need to update their network or servers, or are seeking new accessories to use in the classroom, we want to help them reach their technology goals.”

To apply, school or district employees should go to https://goo.gl/18GaXg and fill out the online form. They will be asked to describe their technology wishes in 250-words or less. CDI will then review the submissions and select three schools in the U.S. and three schools in Canada as winners. Each winner will receive one CDI prize valued at no more than $1,000.. The contest is limited to one entry per person.

CDI has deployed devices to more than 10,000 schools serving 2.6 million students. CDI offers new and recertified equipment, mobile charging carts and cabinets, classroom accessories, and server and networking solutions. CDI is a Google Education Partner. It supports schools with Chromebook installations and app bundles, needs assessments, RFP assistance, and professional development.

About CDI

CDI is the leading provider of technology-based solutions to the North American education market and has worked with over 10,000 schools and colleges. CDI delivers a powerful value proposition to budget-conscious institutions by providing new and recertified I.T. products and services at a significant discount along with the longest warranties in the industry. CDI’s product line includes PCs, Notebooks, Chromebooks, Tablets, Servers and Networking Equipment, 3D printers and classroom accessories. The company holds ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications, and processes more than one million I.T. assets annually. Learn more at https://cdicomputers.com/education/.

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Jolynn Shuler Named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Fuel Education

 

Shuler brings deep industry experience partnering with school districts to drive innovation

 

Herndon, Virginia, December 4, 2017 — Education technology veteran Jolynn Shuler has joined Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ), a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K–12, as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Having spent her entire career in education technology, Shuler has extensive experience working with schools across the country to implement online learning platforms, intervention tools, personalized learning programs, formative assessment solutions, core curriculum programs, and supporting professional services.

In this position, Shuler will oversee FuelEd’s national sales team as it coordinates partnerships with schools and districts to help transform teaching and learning using education technology advancements. Shuler will also lead the inside sales team and drive marketing priorities.

“Jolynn is practical, high-energy, and fearless,” said Sean Ryan, General Manager of FuelEd. “She has a track record of leading her teams to forge valuable district-level partnerships while managing a variety of sales-related functions, including professional learning, inside sales, and product marketing. Jolynn will be an excellent addition to the FuelEd team.”

Prior to her new role at FuelEd, Shuler spent four plus years at McGraw-Hill Education where she was a District Manager, the National Director of Platform Sales, and most recently the Vice President of Specialized Markets. Shuler has also served in sales and product management roles at Scantron, Campus Management Corporation, and Learning Labs, Inc.

About Fuel Education

Fuel Educationâ 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 serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

©2017 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.

 

DECEMBER 6, 2017

 

Willamette Education Service District in Oregon Partners with Aperture Education to Offer SEL Assessments to Districts

Aperture Education’s Assessment and Intervention System provides data to help Oregon school districts personalize their approach to SEL

 

Charlotte N.C. (Dec. 6, 2017) — The Willamette Educational Service District in Oregon has partnered with social and emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education to provide data-driven SEL assessments to Oregon school districts, including the 21 school districts and 84,000 students Willamette ESD directly serves.

The partnership will provide Willamette ESD clients and districts across Oregon with discounted access to Aperture’s Evo Social/Emotional assessment and intervention system, which includes the widely-used Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to measure students’ competencies in areas such as personal responsibility, self-management, building relationships and healthy decision-making. Willamette ESD selected Aperture as its SEL assessment provider because it wanted to offer an assessment that both complemented the curricula that its clients were using and that was also practical for teachers to administer. Teachers and student support personnel can use the DESSA-mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence to screen students in less than a minute each. They can then follow up and administer the full DESSA as needed, as well as access the system’s SEL interventions for skill-building.

“It was important that our SEL solution had a strong measurement component so our clients could truly understand their students’ SEL needs and monitor progress along the way,” said Keith Ussery, Deputy Superintendent at Willamette ESD. “Aperture’s Evo Social/Emotional provides a strengths-based measure of SEL competencies that gives our clients the data they need. Crucially, Aperture also worked with us to automatically push SEL data into our widely-used data warehouse so our districts can start looking at the relationship between SEL and other important indicators like test scores and attendance.”

Willamette ESD will use Evo Social/Emotional to help its districts create a personalized approach to SEL and measure the outcomes of their programs. Aperture’s team also trained Willamette ESD’s staff and lead teachers from schools implementing Evo Social/Emotional on administering the assessment via Aperture’s “Train the Trainer” professional development program.

“As the birthplace of PBIS, Oregon has always been a leader in focusing on positive student behavior and we are thrilled to see Willamette ESD build upon that legacy by partnering with us to help Oregon districts go beyond behavior management by also building their students’ social and emotional skills – skills these kids will need to be successful in school, their careers and their personal life.” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education.

Partnering with organizations like Willamette ESD is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools or programs. It also provides SEL information and resources for parents and organizations, and offers a scholarship program for students.

 

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.

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Maryland and New York Students Capture $100,000 Scholarship Prizes in 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology

Andrew Komo (Bethesda, MD) Wins $100,000 Top Individual Prize;
Jillian Parker, Jiachen Lee (Dix Hills, NY) and Arooba Ahmed (Melville, NY) Win $100,000 Team Prize

 

Washington, DC (Tuesday, December 5, 2017) – Four high school students, one from Bethesda, MD, and a team from Dix Hills and Melville, NY, were awarded grand prizes of $100,000 scholarships for their significant accomplishments in scientific research in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The Competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. For more information go to: www.siemens-foundation.org

 

Andrew Komo, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, won the $100,000 grand prize in the Individual category for developing a coded system that protects online auctions from threats, such as cheating and fraud.

 

Jillian Parker, a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School West, and Arooba Ahmed and Jiachen Lee, both juniors at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, NY, shared the $100,000 grand prize in the Team category for their project which identified a protein that was not previously known to play a role in cell division but could potentially play a role in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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“This year we changed our finalist award structure: first place — $100,000, second place – $50,000, with all other finalists receiving $25,000,” explained David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Seeing the caliber of projects this year, it was clearly the right decision – reflecting an extraordinarily high level across the board from all our students.”

 

The 2017 Siemens Competition awards were presented at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, host of this year’s national finals event. Twenty-one high school competitors – winnowed down from an original pool of more than 2,000 – were judged on their research in topics that addressed issues ranging from better cancer diagnosis to better understanding black holes, and from cybersecurity to preventing deadly hospital infections. More than 1,800 projects were submitted for the competition this year in areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, materials science, mathematics and physics.

 

The Siemens Competition, launched in 1999 by the Siemens Foundation, increases access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research, and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens. The competition, administered by Discovery Education, develops a pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

 

“All of the competitors’ depth of knowledge and ability to grasp complex concepts gives us hope for the next generation of scientists,” said Emilia Entcheva, Ph.D., Lead Judge and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The George Washington University and a pioneer in the field of cardiac optogenetics.

 

The Winning Individual 

Andrew Komo, a senior from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, won the individual category and a $100,000 scholarship for his project entitled, “Cryptographically Secure Proxy Bidding in Ascending Clock Auctions.”

 

Andrew developed a cryptographic protocol designed to protect online auctions from threats including collusion and fraud by ensuring privacy. Bidders’ bids are completely private from all other parties until the close of the auction. Despite this, auctioneers can be certain that these hidden bids are valid and know when to draw the auction to a close. The protocol is constructed in such a way that bidders can ensure an auction has run correctly once cryptographic information is revealed at the close of the auction, guaranteeing them an honest purchase price.

 

“Andrew applied a great combination of mathematics and computer science with a practical application in mind,” said William Gasarch, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. “People have long thought about this problem but no one has really come up with a clean, fast, user-friendly way of solving it. But Andrew did just that.  He has applied techniques of cryptography to the problem of making sure all parties in an online auction are honest and he has implemented it in a way that could be applied soon.”

 

Andrew’s system could be used for large-scale auction sites that manage billions of dollars of transactions, often run by governments. Each year, for example, the FCC auctions off bands of the electromagnetic spectrum to communications and media companies, which need access to this resource for communications such as cell phone, radio, and television broadcasts. With Andrew’s system in place, such large-scale auctions could be carried out with more transparency, fairness, and security.

 

Andrew is passionate about research and aspires to design new algorithms and protocols that make the world safer and more efficient. Outside of his research, Andrew is the captain of his school’s computer team and economics club and is an avid tennis player. He was a finalist in the 2017 Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, a national team-based math modeling competition, and came in third in the 2016 High School Forensics Challenge, one of the largest high school cybersecurity events.

Andrew’s mentor is Lawrence Ausubel, Ph.D., an economist at the University of Maryland.

The Winning Team

Jillian Parker, Arooba Ahmed and Jiachen Lee won the team category and will share a $100,000 scholarship for their project entitled, “The Cilium and Centrosome Associated Protein CCDC11 is Required for Cytokinesis via Midbody Recruitment of the ESCRT-III Membrane Scission Complex.”

 

Jillian, Arooba and Jiachen found that when the presence of a specific protein (CCDC11) is decreased in a cell, the division of cells that produces new cells cannot be carried out properly. This finding has implications in understanding the genetic basis of many diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Huntington’s disease.

 

While many proteins are known to be involved in successful cell division, this is the first time that CCDC11 has been shown to be part of this process. CCDC11 is also known to be involved in early development to ensure that organs develop on the correct side of the body. Previous judging noted how this could help us understand how different diseases stem from the same genetic mutation, and alert us to the fact that people who present with one disease or problem might have other seemingly unrelated problems.

 

“Because of their extensive background research and well-executed set of experiments, Arooba, Jiachen and Jillian found a new function of the protein CCDC11 that could help us better understand complex genetic mutations that affect patients with a number of health issues, including cancer, neurological, and viral diseases,” explained competition judge Chadwick Hales, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, GA. “I have no doubt that we will see great things from these young scientists in the future.”

 

Jillian is a junior who is a member of her school’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Club, which she joined because of the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields and the encouragement and opportunities the club offers to young women. Jillian hopes through her exploration of the STEM field, she can become a role model to other young girls and encourage them to take interests in science or math as well. She also dances competitively, golfs, and does community service.

 

Arooba is a junior and is working towards becoming a cardiologist or researcher. Her interest in science was sparked through visits to museums as a child and she quickly became a consumer of National Geographic and non-fiction literature. She is a cross country runner and participates in her school’s speech and debate club. She was an octo-finalist in the New York State Debate Tournament.

 

Jiachen, also a junior, is fascinated by science with a particular interest in molecular biology and the role of vital molecules in life and disease. She runs track, participates in martial arts, and plays cello in her school orchestra.

 

The team’s mentor is Ken-Ichi Takemaru, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University.

 

National Finalists

Six individuals and six teams competed at the 2017 Siemens Competition National Finals. The remaining national finalists were awarded the following scholarships:

Individuals:

  • $50,000 scholarship – Franklyn Wang, senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA residing in Falls Church
  • $25,000 scholarship – Brian Huang, senior at Hunter College High School in New York, NY residing in Fresh Meadows
  • $25,000 scholarship – Kenneth Jiao, senior at Indian Springs School in Indian Springs Village, AL residing in Birmingham
  • $25,000 scholarship – Sriharshita Musunuri, senior at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, WA residing in Mill Creek
  • $25,000 scholarship — Neil Wary, senior at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, IL residing in Elmhurst

 

Teams:

  • $50,000 scholarship – Chelsea Wang, senior at Fossil Ridge High school in Fort Collins, CO residing in Fort Collins, Rachel Li, junior at Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie, NY residing in Poughkeepsie and Jainil Sutaria, senior at Ardsley High School in Ardsley, NY residing in Ardsley
  • $25,000 scholarship – Gabrielle Liu, junior from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, TN residing in Nashville and Allen Liu, senior at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN residing in Chattanooga.
  • $25,000 scholarship – Katherine Tian, junior at The Harker School, San Jose, CA residing in Cupertino and Swapnil Garg, senior at The Harker School residing in Sunnyvale
  • $25,000 scholarship – Anlin Zhang, senior at Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA, Rachana Madhukara, sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA, and Kevin Ren, senior at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, CA, all residing in San Diego
  • $25,000 scholarship – Brandon Zhu and Daniel Zhang, both seniors at Herbert Henry Dow High School, Midland, MI residing in Midland

 

For up-to-date news and announcements about the Regional Competitions and the National Finals, follow us on Twitter @SFoundation and Instagram @SiemensFdn (#siemenscomp) and like us on Facebook at SiemensFoundation.

 

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About the Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $100 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Siemens Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research, and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are helping close the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce andtomorrow’s scientists and engineers. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org or follow us on Twitter @sfoundation or Instagram @SiemensFdn.

 

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. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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DECEMBER 5, 2017

Apperson Launches DataLink ACT/SAT to Help Students Prepare for High-Stakes Tests

                                                                       

DataLink ACT/SAT works with Apperson scanners to help schools and test-prep centers easily grade and analyze practice test data

 

Charlotte N.C. – Dec. 5, 2017 – Education company Apperson has launched a new software solution to help schools and test-prep centers better prepare students for the ACT and SAT tests.  DataLink ACT/SAT allows educators and test-prep instructors to quickly scan in and grade the practice test answer sheets, and analyze the results so they can help students prepare for these high-stakes tests.

The software works with Apperson’s DataLink 1200 scanners and its ACT and SAT practice test forms. After administering the practice test, users simply scan in the answer sheets. DataLink ACT/SAT immediately converts the answers into powerful data that schools can use to maximize student outcomes. DataLink ACT/SAT can be purchased by itself or as part of a bundle with the scanner and practice test forms. For more information, visit: http://www.apperson.com/scanners/datalink-actsat

“The number of students taking the ACT and SAT tests is growing,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. ”Most colleges and universities require students take these tests and the Every Student Succeeds Act allows them to be used as end-of-year exams in high school. In order to best help students prepare, schools and test centers need immediate access to the test data so they can best help students. We introduced DataLink ACT/SAT to support schools and test centers that are working to help students improve their chances of success on these high-stakes tests.”

The creation of DataLink ACT/SAT is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to provide services and solutions to assess performance and measure success in K-12 and higher education.

About Apperson

Apperson’s testing and assessment solutions combine the proven reliability of scanning technology with powerful reporting and analytical software to measure and drive student success.  Apperson provides testing products for all schools’ needs, from kindergarten to higher education. The company’s assessment solutions change lives for the better, saving educators’ time by aiding with the grading and learning process. Apperson’s solutions help to marry technology to raw data, resulting in informed decision-making for educators that improve student performance and success. For more information, visit Apperson.com.

 

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Benchmark Education Helps Teachers Accelerate Students’ Spanish Language Learning with New Fonética y gramática Program

 

Comprehensive print and digital resources for grades K–2 support dual language and bilingual classes combining authentic new Spanish texts and online activities with traditional Spanish phonics sequence

 

NEW ROCHELLE, NY, Dec. 4, 2017 – Literacy and language publisher Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Fonética y gramática, a new early elementary program that helps students quickly learn to read and write in Spanish. Through the use of engaging instruction, enjoyable reading materials, and meaningful hands-on practice, students can thoroughly master Spanish literacy. Designed for Spanish, dual language, and bilingual classes, Foneìtica y gramaìtica for grades K–2provides the right resources to engage students and teach initial Spanish literacy skills. Authentic Spanish poems, stories, and nonfiction are linked to instructional materials and support. Flexible purchase options allow customers to purchase the program either as print only or print with online access. The combination of print with online access provides teachers with Spanish literacy resources in digital format to extend student learning outside of the classroom.

 

The program’s systematic, explicit instruction is organized into three levels, ¡Comienza! (Kindergarten), ¡Sigue! (Grade 1), and ¡Avanza! (Grade 2). Each level includes 10 three-week units and utilizes instructional resources, manipulatives, and authentic texts, including posters, teacher lap books, and decodable readers. Explicit, systematic instruction matches the traditional Spanish phonics instructional sequence. Students progress to learning and working with essential types of words and grammar lessons that enable them to read and write complete sentences.

 

“It is important for educators to have early elementary solutions that support students’ Spanish literacy,” said Tom Reycraft, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark Education. “As the leading publisher of literacy and language solutions, Benchmark Education’s Fonética y gramaìtica provides the foundational materials educators need to achieve Spanish literacy goals. We are pleased to provide this solution to educators of K–2 students.”

 

This innovative program builds on foundational Spanish literacy skills with students moving through three levels. In ¡Comienza!, students are introduced to the phonetic elements and authentic Spanish literature through engaging posters and decodable readers. In ¡Sigue!, the decodable readers build upon that introduction by enabling students to engage with richer texts, providing meaningful contexts for practicing phonics skills. The decodable readers are used to reinforce the skills taught with other components of the program and link stimulating visuals with written text through the process of presenting, demonstrating, and practicing.

 

In ¡Avanza!, decodables are replaced with an anthology of passages called “Mis lecturas.” In this resource, students access longer text for meaningful practice with language and grammar in context. Associated lessons become increasingly complex as the students transition from phonics to grammar. Writing analysis activities allow teachers to gauge their students’ understanding of the transfer from oral to written language.

 

Sound-Spelling Cards, Frieze Cards, Picture Cards, Syllable Cards, Letter Cards, and Work Mats are also available to provide meaningful, hands-on practice and instruction. The Sound-Spelling Cards, in addition to the Frieze Cards, Picture Cards, Syllable Cards, and Letter Cards, reinforce students’ familiarity and automaticity with phonetic elements as they apply their learning to the authentic texts in this program.

 

Activity and Assessment Books provide additional language practice opportunities and ways for teachers to monitor student progress. The program’s detailed Teacher’s Resource System is an invaluable tool for educators, providing explicit instruction at each grade for the optimal use of the components, as well as lesson plans, skills overviews, tips, and suggestions for each unit.

 

Every component of Fonética y gramaìtica is available in digital format, which provides an enhanced interactive learning experience for both teachers and students. Students can engage with the materials again and again and play games to reinforce what they are learning. A digital ePocket Chart enables teachers to demonstrate how to combine letters and syllables to form words and sentences on whiteboards and other devices.

 

Availability

Foneìtica y gramaìtica is a complete grades K–2 system available as print only or print with online access. The suggested price for the full set grades K–2, print only is $5,095 and print plus online is $5,995. For information about Foneìtica y gramaìtica or to purchase this and other Benchmark Education products, visit www.BenchmarkEducation.com or call 877-236-2465.

Benchmark Education Company
Headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, Benchmark Education Company is a leading publisher of PreK–12 core, supplemental, and intervention literacy resources in English and Spanish. These resources are supported by instructional technology solutions as well as onsite and online customized professional development training for teachers and administrators. Benchmark Education’s print and online resources are research-based and differentiated to support all learners in a wide variety of instructional settings. In addition to extensive educational use in the USA, Benchmark Education resources are also used in schools and training centers in the Middle East, Canada, South America, and Asia.

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Jolynn Shuler Named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Fuel Education

 

Shuler brings deep industry experience partnering with school districts to drive innovation

 

Herndon, Virginia, December 4, 2017 — Education technology veteran Jolynn Shuler has joined Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ), a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K–12, as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Having spent her entire career in education technology, Shuler has extensive experience working with schools across the country to implement online learning platforms, intervention tools, personalized learning programs, formative assessment solutions, core curriculum programs, and supporting professional services.

In this position, Shuler will oversee FuelEd’s national sales team as it coordinates partnerships with schools and districts to help transform teaching and learning using education technology advancements. Shuler will also lead the inside sales team and drive marketing priorities.

“Jolynn is practical, high-energy, and fearless,” said Sean Ryan, General Manager of FuelEd. “She has a track record of leading her teams to forge valuable district-level partnerships while managing a variety of sales-related functions, including professional learning, inside sales, and product marketing. Jolynn will be an excellent addition to the FuelEd team.”

Prior to her new role at FuelEd, Shuler spent four plus years at McGraw-Hill Education where she was a District Manager, the National Director of Platform Sales, and most recently the Vice President of Specialized Markets. Shuler has also served in sales and product management roles at Scantron, Campus Management Corporation, and Learning Labs, Inc.

About Fuel Education

Fuel Educationâ 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 serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

©2017 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.

 

 

 

 

WELCOME TO DECEMBER…DECEMBER 1, 2017

New Book Provides Concrete Strategies to Help Schools Accelerate Teacher Growth with Video Coaching

 

“Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning” is authored by Adam Geller and Annie Lewis O’Donnell, with afterword by Jim Knight

 

SAN FRANCISCO (December 1, 2017) – A new book aims to help educators successfully make and implement a plan for using video-based learning as part of the classroom observation and professional development process.

Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning” offers 12 strategies for video coaching – including Video Learning Communities (VLCs), Virtual Walk-through, and Online Lesson Study – that readers can implement in their own districts, schools, or classrooms.

“This book fills a sorely needed gap in professional practice literature when it comes to best practices for video coaching, and it answers the important questions any educator might have when using video to improve teaching in the classroom,” said Cary Goldweber, executive producer of digital products at ASCD. “It is a nice balance between theory, practice, and application.”

“Evidence of Practice” draws from researcher and practitioner advice to provide a practical and implementation-focused guide immediately useful to educators. Authored by Edthena founder Adam Geller along with Annie Lewis O’Donnell, the book also includes an afterword by professional development author and instructional coaching expert Jim Knight.

“Teachers, coaches, and administrators often believe video observation and video coaching can be a high-impact tool for accelerating teacher growth, but the gap between a good idea and execution can feel large,” said Geller. “The new playbook bridges this gap by providing educators with practical, concrete steps to implement and use video coaching with fidelity.”

The book also covers the research basis for putting video evidence at the center of professional learning, focusing techniques for analyzing video of classrooms, and tactical guidance about recording and sharing teaching videos.

“Educators will appreciate that the authors tackle the issue of trust building while at the same time providing best practice and practical examples that promote successful implementation,” said Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward. “This book is an important tool that belongs in every school’s professional library.”

Geller and Knight’s collective expertise earned them an invitation as featured speakers at the Learning Forward 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., this December. Their presentation, “Using Video for High-Impact Instruction,” directly explores how schools and districts can take action to implement video within their professional learning programs.

“Evidence of Practice” is available for purchase in print and eBook formats for $27.99. To learn more, visit www.evidenceofpractice.com.

About the Authors

Adam Geller is the founder of Edthena. He started his career in education as a science teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2011, Adam has overseen the evolution of Edthena from a paper-based prototype into a research-informed and patented platform used by schools, districts, teacher training programs, and professional development providers. Adam has written on education technology topics for various publications including Education Week, Forbes, and edSurge, and he has been an invited speaker about education technology and teacher training for conferences at home and abroad.

Annie Lewis O’Donnell is an independent educational consultant. She works with intentionally diverse school communities that strive to serve all children equitably and with organizations that train and develop teachers. O’Donnell began her career in education as a second-grade teacher at a public school in Baltimore, Maryland. For more than twelve years, she led national design teams at Teach For America, overseeing pre-service teacher preparation and ongoing in-service support.

Jim Knight is a research associate at University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, senior partner of the Instructional Coaching Group, and president of Impact Research Lab. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic.

NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Discover Financial Services and Discovery Education Unite to Empower High School Students to Take Control of Their Financial Futures

 

— Exciting ‘Pathway to Financial Success in Schools’ program provides classrooms nationwide with extensive resources to cultivate more financially literate students of tomorrow —

 

Silver Spring, Maryland (November 29, 2017) – In an effort to bring financial education into more classrooms and promote fiscal responsibility among high school students, Discover Financial Services, a recognized leader in the financial education space, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced their collaboration to launch Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, a standards-aligned suite of materials to provide students, educators, and their families with tools and expertise to make intelligent financial decisions and achieve their personal goals.

 

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools aims to increase financial literacy for high school students through interactive instruction and practice exercises. The free, multi-year program offers a comprehensive curriculum of resources to families and classrooms nationwide. Providing unique e-learning experiences, organized into eight financial literacy themes – each crafted for flexible use as single-class learning experiences or thematic lessons –Pathway to Financial Success in Schools teaches financial education to students from 9–12 in a fun and engaging way.

“Collaborating with Discovery Education to bring free financial education to high school classrooms across the country continues our commitment to providing students and their parents with the personal finance skills they need to help them achieve a brighter financial future,” said David Nelms, Chairman and CEO of Discover. “We hope that by completing this important program in high schools, students will gain meaningful experiences and useful knowledge that they will hold onto for the rest of their lives.”

Helping people achieve brighter financial futures is at the core of Discover’s mission. One way Discover has delivered on this mission is through Pathway to Financial Success, a five-year program launched in 2012 that brought financial education curriculum to more than 1,900 highs schools and more than one million students through $13 million in grants provided to the schools.

Discover is continuing its commitment to financial education through Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, a new and exciting financial education program developed by Discovery Education in consultation with Discover. Discovery Education’s established network of schools, teachers and guidance counselors will enable Discover to continue to deliver free financial education, reaching additional schools and students. The development of a 21stcentury curriculum that incorporates parental involvement will help teachers across the country give both students and families the tools they need to make good financial decisions.

“Discovery Education salutes Discover Financial Services’ commitment to teaching our country’s youth such vital life skills,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Pathway to Financial Success in Schools encourages students to make informed money decisions, and provides educators and families with resources that can be used both in the classroom and at home. We hope this program helps to break the cycle of financial illiteracy, creating a lasting impact on generations to come.”

Pathway to Financial Success in School content themes, include:

Unit 1: Being Financial Responsible

Being Financial Responsible resources will help to provide a strong foundation for building a financially responsible future.

 

Unit 2: Using Financial Services

Using Financial Services resources will help to provide students with insights into the growing financial landscape, assisting them with the efficient planning of future financial goals.

 

Unit 3: Financing Your Future

Financing Your Future resources will help students map out their financial journey and higher education financing options.

 

Unit 4: Getting Paid

Getting Paid resources will help provide students with the tools they need to navigate the working world – both before and after they have landed a desired career.

Additional program elements, scheduled to launch in 2018, will include classroom and family extension activities for each module and an educator guide to accompany in-class instruction.

“Through Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, Discovery Education and Discover Financial Services are providing students nationwide with engaging tools that make it simple to understand how to make smart financial choices in every aspect of their lives,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “Fifty two percent of teens say they want to learn more about how to manage their money. It’s exciting for educators to be empowered to teach students financial literacy and healthy money management habits.”

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools resources are available at PathwayinSchools.com and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram andPinterest.

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About Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, 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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New #AskAbout AI Campaign Encourages Educators to Prepare Students for the Future Use of Artificial Intelligence

Getting Smart and eduInnovation unveil new campaign with multi-media resources exploring the implications of AI on the future generations.

November 30, 2017 — Powered by Getting Smart and sponsored by eduInnovation, the Ask About AI: The Future of Work and Learning campaign is the result of a multi year research project investigating the implications and influence artificial intelligence (AI) will have on the lives and livelihoods of young people over the next several decades. The #AskAboutAIcampaign includes a plethora of multi-media resources including blog posts, articles, podcasts, videos, and a white paper.

While AI will help address our most pressing problems, such as helping cure disease, unlocking clean energy, and creating valuable and affordable services, it has the potential to exacerbate gaps in society and pose existential threats. The Ask About AI campaign dives deep into three main topic areas.

  1. Employment: The content describes future labor market impacts and required competencies.
  2. Ethics and Impacts: Ask about AI identifies the social and civic implications of exponential technology—particularly the emerging issues that educators, parents and policymakers should begin addressing.
  3. Education: Experts provide advice to educators, parents, and policymakers on knowledge, skills, and dispositions likely to be important in the automation economy.

In 2017, Tom Vander Ark, the Getting Smart team and eduInnovation partnered with a number of organizations, including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, MIT Media Lab, MIT Teaching Systems Lab, Donnell Kay Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Morgridge Family Foundation and The Grable Foundation, to bring together a wide variety of professionals, investors, and educators to discuss the future impact of AI and what steps  we can take to educate today’s children for jobs that don’t exist yet.

“A year ago there was almost no discussion of AI in K-12 education. Given the likely benefits and potential problems, we think it is a good time to Ask About AI,” said Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart CEO. “We spent the year traveling the world talking with professionals about the future of AI and have concluded it will have a significant impact on employment, learning, ethical issues, and more. We need to start a conversation around how we can shape a future that works for everyone.”

Getting Smart has compiled the research and feedback to create a white paper that defines the current AI capabilities and addresses what it means for the future of our students. The paper details eight clear recommendations on how the industry can prepare for the future with AI.

To join the conversation, use the hashtag #AskAboutAI on social channels. To access the free resources and white paper, visit Gettingsmart.com/futureofwork/.

About Getting Smart
As a mission-driven organization, Getting Smart® is passionate about accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning. Getting Smart Solutions designs customized partnerships to amplify and extend the work of those dedicated to impacting the way the world learns. Through our advocacy, advisory and coaching services, we work with impact-oriented partners to invent the future of learning.Our innovations in learning blog, GettingSmart.com, is a community of learners and contributors that cover important events, trends, products and publications across K-12, early, post-secondary education and lifelong learning opportunities.

About eduInnovation
eduInnovation is a global nonprofit committed to advancing the future of work and learning. We are a diverse group of educators, researchers and investors who have a shared mission to create positive social impact through our work. Our campaigns can be found on our media partner site GettingSmart.com.

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Vermont State Board of Education Adopts Updated ISTE Standards for Students

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Nov. 30, 2017 — Earlier this month, the Vermont State Board of Education unanimously adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students. The adoption of this framework is aligned with the state’s Education Quality Standards (EQS).

 

The ISTE Standards are a framework for rethinking education and empowering learners. ISTE updated the ISTE Standards for Students and released them in the summer of 2016. These standards are a road map for educators worldwide to navigate decisions about curriculum, instruction and professional learning that are focused on the learner-driven application of technology. Vermont has long been committed to providing its students with the most current innovations in technology and practices regarding classroom and school level technology use.

 

With the adoption of the newest Student Standards, educators in Vermont will help empower their students’ voices and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. The Student Standards focus on areas that will help prepare today’s learners for the evolving technological landscape including becoming a responsible digital citizen, understanding how to be a computational thinker and using digital tools to collaborate with others locally and globally.

 

Schools across the state understand how the broader concepts around the ISTE Student Standards can be taught in the classroom and the real-world implications that help prepare students. In light of the recent natural disasters and the refugee crisis, Brattleboro Area Middle School students worked with a local architecture and engineering firm on a project that challenged students to consider how they would design safe and sustainable shelters for displaced families to live. Students used the design thinking process to imagine, plan and create their projects to address issues such as flooding, access to safe drinking water, excessive heat and safety. In completing this project these students were mastering one of ISTE Standards called “Innovative Designer,” which focuses on using a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.

 

“Our schools have been working hard to ensure all our students have access not just to technology, but to how technology is used in careers and post-secondary education. Success in the 21st century will require our students to negotiate not just the physical world, but a digital world. The ISTE Standards provide a road map our educators can use to prepare our children for that world,” said Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. “This is particularly important in some of our more rural areas, where the future of our communities may depend on digital access to support economic development.”

 

“We are so pleased to see Vermont leading the way by adopting the ISTE Student Standards,” said ISTE Senior Director Carolyn Sykora. “More and more we are understanding how to embrace technology as a vehicle to transform learning and teaching and accelerate innovation. At their core, the ISTE Standards are about pedagogy, not tools. We look forward to seeing students in Vermont supported as they become future-focused and adaptable.”

 

Vermont is one of several states and school districts to formalize use of the ISTE Standards including the states of Connecticut and Texas, and Los Angeles Unified School District. Many others are currently working on adoption and are expected to endorse or adopt the ISTE Standards in the coming months.

 

Media contact: Stacey Finkel, media@iste.org703.304.1377

 

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About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

 

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtechevents. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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CDI Supports 1:1 with 17,000 Mobile Charging Carts Deployed in Schools

CDI’s mobiLAB® charging carts by eduGear® are exclusively designed for education

Chicago IL – Nov. 29, 2017 – CDI Computer Dealers has deployed more than 17,000 mobile charging carts to schools throughout North America as part of its comprehensive work to support schools as they add mobile technology to classrooms and move to 1:1 programs.

CDI’s mobiLAB charging carts by eduGear® help schools securely store, charge and transport multiple classroom devices at once and come at a variety of price points and features to fit schools’ budgets and needs. The carts also include a lifetime warranty on parts and a limited 3-year warranty on electrical components.

“Any school or district seeking to add technology or move to a 1:1 initiative also needs to think about how they can easily transport charge and securely store their new devices,” said Glenn Collins, vice president of mobile computing at CDI. “CDI has deployed more than one million devices to schools, so we understand their needs when it comes to mobile charging solutions. Our versatile, affordable charging carts from eduGear help schools get the most out of their technology program while keeping their assets safe.”

CDI’s charging solutions include:

  • mobiLAB Charging Cabinet CC14 – Starting at $399, it holds up to 14 Chromebooks and tablets up to 14 inches in size. It features a stackable design, a hands-free cable management system and power outlets that are set at a 45-degree angle to accommodate various A/C adapters. The CC14 has a 3-point door locking system and comes with the option of adding wheels for easy transport or a bracket to secure it to the wall. Schools can also add an external charging box and stack the cabinets together to hold up to 28 devices.

  • mobiLAB Economy Charge Cart EC32S – Starting at $749, this cart holds up to 32 devices. It is designed for Chromebooks and Notebooks, but it can accommodate almost any 15-inch mobile device. It includes four power strips with outlets that are spaced and designed to be compatible with almost any A/C adapter, as well as enclosures to store power bricks if needed. It has 5-inch swivel caster wheels to allow for easy transport even in crowded hallways.

  • mobiLAB Smart Charge Cart SC33 – This is the newest cart from mobiLAB. It starts at $969 and can hold up to 33 14-inch devices. It is designed for Chromebooks and Notebooks. It features slide-out shelves to make placing and removing devices easier and safer. Its 90-degree mounted power outlets accommodate various adapters. It also has wheels for easy transportation.

CDI’s carts are UL certified and feature a compact design to save space in the classroom and excellent cable management systems. The EC32S and SC33 include smart charge technology to provide the maximum available charge to devices without overloading the classroom circuits.

“We purchased the mobiLAB EC32S and I’m impressed,” said Glen Stewart, district technology coordinator for the Upper Township School District in New Jersey. “It’s well built and for a good price. There may be more of these in our future.”

For details on CDI’s charging carts, please visit: https://cdicomputers.com/education/mobile-charging-storage/. CDI also provides pre-wiring services for the carts and cabinets for an additional fee.

To learn more about CDI Computer Dealers please visit: http://cdicomputers.com/

About CDI

CDI is the leading provider of technology-based solutions to the North American education market and has worked with over 10,000 schools and colleges. CDI delivers a powerful value proposition to budget-conscious institutions by providing new and recertified I.T. products and services at a significant discount along with the longest warranties in the industry. CDI’s product line includes PCs, Notebooks, Chromebooks, Tablets, Servers and Networking Equipment, 3D printers and classroom accessories. The company holds ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications, and processes more than one million I.T. assets annually. Learn more at https://cdicomputers.com/education/.

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K-12 Educator Survey Results: Rising Need for English Learner Instruction Will Require More Resources and Professional Development

According to a new survey by McGraw-Hill Education, educators see EL enrollment increasing steadily in their schools or districts, particularly in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern regions versus the West

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the demand for English Learner (EL) instruction grows across the United States, the vast majority of K-12 educators (80 percent) believe EL instruction is a priority for their school or district, according to the results of the 2017 EL Education Report, a new survey conducted by learning science company McGraw-Hill Education. Educators also indicate that more professional development and different types of learning materials are needed to meet the needs of EL students.

According to the survey results, educators see EL enrollment increasing steadily in their schools or districts, with more rapid growth in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern regions compared to the West. Of the languages spoken by EL students in the classroom, educators report that Spanish continues to be the most common. Educators also report that they have EL students who speak Arabic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Russian among many others, indicating ongoing demand for EL instruction that accommodates a diverse group of students and languages spoken in the classroom. To download and read the full report, visit mheducation.com/ELreport.

“EL students make up one of the fastest-growing student populations in the United States, and educators and school leaders have to think differently about how to meet their needs,” said Heath Morrison, President of McGraw-Hill Education’s School Group. “With the diverse demographics of today’s student population, it is imperative that educators have access to ongoing professional development and training, as well as a robust array of resources to accommodate the diverse needs of EL students and to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

More Room for Professional Development to Support EL Student Success

Professional development is widely recognized as being critical for supporting the success of EL educators and students, and most EL educators would like to see more of it.

  • Ninety-nine percent of respondents believe professional development for teachers and staff members is essential for effective EL instruction. However, only 55 percent of respondents believe that their school or district provides sufficient, ongoing professional development to support EL student success.
  • Only 39 percent of teachers and administrators strongly agree they have received sufficient EL training and professional development, and 82 percent of all respondents indicate that they are spending their own personal time and effort to develop their skills to meet their EL students’ needs.
  • Newer EL educators (those who have worked in EL education for less than two years) are significantly less confident than more experienced educators in their EL training and development, with only 36 percent of new respondents feeling they have received enough professional development compared to 70 percent of more experienced educators.

Digital and Adaptive Learning Tools Viewed as Most Effective for EL Instruction

With diverse language, cultural and educational backgrounds of EL students, teachers continue to use curated and customized learning materials, which can be more time-consuming and challenging to develop.

  • A large percentage of respondents believe that digital materials, including video and audio resources, and adaptive learning technologies are among the most effective for EL instruction (92 percent and 87 percent of respondents, respectively), compared to printed workbooks and textbooks (67 percent and 61 percent of respondents, respectively).
  • Free online educational resources are among the most common instructional resources used for EL instruction (used by 63 percent of educators), followed by video and audio (59 percent) and textbooks (59 percent).
  • Despite the perceived higher efficacy of adaptive learning tools, fewer than half of the respondents currently use adaptive learning technologies (44 percent).

Parental Engagement and Family Support Rank among Most Important Factors for EL Success

Strong family engagement is believed to have a huge impact on EL students’ academic success, particularly in the areas of motivation and commitment.

  • Ninety-nine percent of respondents rank family support and engagement as being extremely or very important to EL students’ success.
  • However, less than 50 percent of educators feel that EL students have parental support in learning English, and 74 percent of respondents believe that the parents of the majority of EL students in their schools are learning English themselves.
  • In addition, only 30 percent of respondents agree that students have access to EL materials at home.

The survey also shows that while the majority of respondents believe that EL instruction helps students become more proficient in English (93 percent), they are less likely to agree that EL instruction is helping students become career or college ready (84 percent and 79 percent respectively).

“Nearly 90 percent of the respondents in our survey are optimistic about the continued improvement in EL students’ academic performance,” added Morrison. “At the same time, we see opportunities to provide stronger support to teachers and students, while also finding new ways to help schools engage parents and families at home.”

About the 2017 EL Education Report

McGraw-Hill Education’s 2017 EL Education Report was administered by Hanover Research to more than 1300 teachers and administrators across the United States to examine the opinions of teachers and administrators in K-12 schools regarding English Learner (EL) instruction. Seventy-six percent of the respondents indicated that EL instruction is a core responsibility. The study assesses EL instructional approaches and material preferences, as well as perceptions, challenges and opportunities. In this press release, results are for all respondents (teachers and administrators), unless specifically indicated as from teachers.

About McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals drive results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. Visit us at mheducation.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

NOVEMBER 29,2017

California and West Virginia Join 13 States Nationwide in Approving Discovery Education Techbooks for Classroom Use Statewide

-California’s Adoption of the Social Studies Techbook and West Virginia’s Adoption of the Math Techbook Continue Trend of Nationwide Approval of Award-Winning Digital Textbooks for Classroom Use-

Silver Spring, Md. (November 28, 2017) – California and West Virginia have become the latest states to adopt Discovery Education’s award-winning digital textbook series for classroom use.  Following a thorough review process, the California Board of Education, as recommended by the California Instructional Quality Commission, authorized the adoption of the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™, while West Virginia’s Board of Education approved the Discovery Education Math Techbook™ for statewide use on the recommendation of the state’s Instructional Materials Review Committee.

Earlier this month, Florida’s Commissioner of Education approved the adoption of the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™ and Tennessee’s Board of Education approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook™ for statewide.  To date, 15 states across the country have approved Discovery Education’s Techbook for statewide use.

California’s Board of Education approved the Social Studies Techbook’s United States History, Medieval and Early Modern World History, and Ancient World History courses while West Virginia’s Board of Education adopted all middle and high school Discovery Education Math Techbook courses, including the Grades 6, 7, and 8 Math, Math I, II and III, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II courses. Through their action, California and West Virginia’s Boards of Education have empowered their states’ school systems to purchase and integrate these Techbooks into teaching and learning.

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that support a comprehensive curriculum, are aligned to rigorous standards, and are updated regularly at no cost. The Techbook series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. In addition, the Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips.

The Social Studies Techbook series adopted in California uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.

The Math Techbook series adopted in West Virginia connects students to math through real-world problems worth solving, combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.  Earlier this year, Math Techbook was independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

“Discovery Education thanks the California and West Virginia Boards of Education for their careful review and ultimate approval of the Discovery Education Techbooks,” said Coni Rechner, Discovery Education Senior Vice President of National Partnerships.  “Their rigorous review of these resources ensures educators in both states will have the opportunity to integrate the highest quality social studies and math content available into classroom instruction and create the dynamic digital classrooms that will engage students and improve student outcomes.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series, Professional Development initiatives, and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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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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Alive Studios Launches Augmented Reality My Letters alive Journal

This new book and free mobile app allow children to learn letters and letter sounds with 
mind-boggling 3D animals

 

(ATLANTA, Georgia) November 28, 2017 — Just in time for the holidays, Alive Studios,

leading provider of augmented reality for early education, has launched the My Letters alive Journal and free mobile app. The new program uses the interactive wonder of augmented reality to bring learning the ABC’s to life, at a price that can’t be beat. For only $9.95, any parent or teacher with access to a smartphone or mobile tablet can give their early learner an immersive, 3D letter-learning experience.

“Early literacy can be difficult to teach because of how foreign it is to young and ELL learners,” said Cynthia Kaye, CEO and Chief Zookeeper of Alive Studios. “Without context or anything for children to engage with, flat symbols on a page do little to inspire understanding. The power of AR can turn the entire process into an extraordinary experience.”

With the simple-to-follow book and free mobile app, young learners have access to mind-boggling, 3D animals to help them learn all 26 letters and their represented sounds, proper letter formation, and even creative writing. My Letters alive Journal is designed for both at-home and classroom use. The Journals alive app keeps families or classrooms engaged with the Zoo Crew Alphabet music video, and empowers kids to take photos and go anywhere with the Letters alive animals. The journals can be purchased individually, and also in 20-packs for whole classes. My Letters alive Journal comes in pre-K and kindergarten versions to appeal to any young learner between the ages of 2 and 8, including at-risk, ELL, and special needs students.

“We are continually amazed by how augmented reality helps children improve by leaps and bounds in early learning,” said Kaye. “We wanted to find a way to offer that experience to as many young learners as possible. My Letters alive Journal is an immersive, affordable introduction to the alphabet using augmented reality; a perfect gift for the holidays!”

To see a video demo of the journal in action, visit the My Letters alive Journal page. The free app is now available on the Google Play Store and iTunes for download at any time.

About Alive Studios
Alive Studios is on a mission to help early learners become proficient in reading and math by 3rd grade using augmented reality. Their software is the first of its kind to incorporate this 3D technology into a supplemental, full-year curriculum. This emerging technology allows three-dimensional computer animations to be added to real life objects without the need for special glasses.

Alive Studios’ reading and math learning kits for classrooms are presented within a theme filled with animals, which ties science into every lesson. Each learning kit is filled with brain-based activities that utilize multiple teaching modalities for engaging all learners from ages 2–8, and are especially effective with English language learners, at-risk students, and those with special needs. To learn more, please visit AliveStudiosCo.com.

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Impero Named a Winner in the 2017 Tech & Learning Awards

 

Impero Education Pro wins in the Best Upgraded Product category

 

 

Simi Valley, CA, Nov. 21, 2017 – Impero Software has been named a winner in the 2017 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence for its flagship product, Impero Education Pro. The product won in the “Best Upgraded Products category.” The winners are featured on Tech & Learning online (https://goo.gl/iZyWxd) and will also be included in the magazine’s December print issue.

“We are honored to receive this award from Tech & Learning Magazine,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “As technology becomes more accessible to students during the school day through BYOD or 1:1 programs, it is essential for educators and administrators to have a way to make sure students are using the technology in a manner that is responsible and safe. Impero Education Pro is a powerful tool that has supported schools in safeguarding thousands of students by monitoring their use of this technology. We are proud to be recognized for this work.”

The Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence recognizes outstanding edtech products that help educators in the business of teaching, training and managing with technology. Hundreds of products were tested and judged by educators on their quality and effectiveness, ease of use, creative use of technology, and suitability for use in an educational environment.

“Our readers should feel confident that these technologies will enable them in the classroom, in the front office, and even off campus,” stated Tech & Learning Content Director Kevin Hogan on Tech & Learning’s web site.

Impero Education Pro combines classroom management, network administration, and internet safety features to support networks, empower teachers, and keep students safe online. The company works with organizations to develop keyword libraries relating to issues such as bullying, eating disorders, suicide, and more. The Education Pro software can detect if students type or view any of the keywords while using devices connected to a school network. It alerts the appropriate individuals at the school or district so they can determine next steps.

Impero Education Pro also includes classroom management functions that allow teachers to view student devices in real-time, share their screens, send or share files, take over or lock devices, create exams, assign tasks, and send messages to students. Schools can control passwords, manage inventory and licenses, control devices remotely or set computers to power on or off.

Impero Education Pro was updated this year to include:

  • Impero Insight – a cloud-based, cross-server reporting and analytics tool. It creates visually-rich, interactive reports of a school or district’s Education Pro data in a single, centralized view.
  • A new managed policy system that enables automated updates of keyword libraries and enhances the notification functionality of captured keywords.
  • Chrome OS functionality allowing Education Pro to be used across all major platforms.

Offering Impero Education Pro software is just one way Impero supports schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. The company has partnered with advocacy organizations to produce white papers at the 2017 and 2016Digital Citizenship Summits. It also released an Online Safety Handbook this year which provides resources and best practices for schools that are using Impero Education Pro. It also released a video earlier this month highlighting the dangers of bullying and sexting, and how online monitoring software can help schools detect problems before they escalate.

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 500 U.S. districts.

Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.

For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com

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The Learning Counsel Awards and Honors 11 School Districts for their Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies

The annual gathering celebrated innovation in teaching and learning and brought together ed-tech executives to set new goals for 2018

(Henderson, NV) November 29, 2017 – At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, 11 innovative schools and districts were recognized for their work to not only transform the way they teach, but for their management-level restructuring for digital delivery. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss the latest systems, strategies, and tools to build a new model for K-12 education.

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“The Learning Counsel National Gathering provided a unique opportunity to learn and network with outstanding educational technology leaders and industry experts,” said Dr. Karla Burkholder, Director of Instructional Technology at Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD. “The connections made and information shared will be invaluable to my staff and me on our journey to digital transformation. The timely presentations about cyber security, machine learning, personalized teacher professional development, the national industry view, and tools that are available to support teaching and learning will provide guidance for us in this seemingly ever-changing educational technology landscape.”

LeiLani Cauthen, the CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel, shared that, while on the road this year visiting with school leaders in districts of every size across the country, she observed that all were in the midst of various aspects of software systems-level restructuring. Confusions over devices and buying technology were mostly over. Administrations were deep into finding better solutions to support teachers with full digital curriculum implementations and more sophisticated teacher professional development.

“While it was common to find districts with decently established infrastructure and computing devices, what is happening with teachers is far from well-executed with regards to software oversight,” said Cauthen. “By survey, teachers are still spending upwards of 25 percent of their time finding content and building custom lessons. In the meantime, technology and digital content collections continue to grow into realms that individual teachers and even school technology departments can’t keep up with—and the oversight to vet this content is questionable at best, in most cases. Luckily, I am finding most districts, such as our award winners here at the gathering, are beginning to get a handle on many of these challenges.”

The annual gathering was a chance for many school leaders and teams to be appropriately lauded for doing superlative work. The recipients of the Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Awards for 2017 included:

St. Vrain Valley Schools (Longmont, CO): The district with a systematized personal learning environment. Awarded for their work in preparing students for a complex, globalized economy, they emphasize a systems approach where technology and other digital resources are integrated into every level of learning across their PK-14 environment. Their students receive a highly rigorous education that leverages technology to build personalized learning environments for student advancement and growth. Through their strong leadership and dedicated teachers and staff, their Learning Technology Plan and digital curriculum integration programs have been nationally recognized for the infrastructure that allows for long-term sustainability in an uncertain funding environment. Their robust professional development programs give teachers the tools they need to effectively implement a 21st-century classroom, and their community of parents and students champion St. Vrain’s model of digital citizenship and academic excellence. Receiving the award were Executive Director of Curriculum Kahle Charles; Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Dr. Tori Teague; and Director of IT Patrick Mount.

Pickerington Local School District (Pickerington, OH): The district with traditional-digital.  Awarded for major strides towards implementing their version of blended learning called “Tradigital Learning,” in which teachers blend the best teaching practices of a traditional classroom with those of a digital classroom. In recent years, Pickerington Schools have ceased purchasing textbooks and worked in partnership with the technology and teaching and learning departments to incorporate high-level digital content into the curriculum. This modern digital content has allowed their students and teachers to have access to updated content and material that enhances instruction through engagement, interaction, differentiation, and personalized learning. In combination with this change in pedagogy and additional modern-day resources, Pickerington is also the largest school district in Ohio to go completely 1:1 (one computer for each one student). Receiving the award was Director of Instructional Technology Brian Seymour.

Lammersville Unified School District (Mountain House, CA): The district “changing time and space” in terms of schedule and use of classrooms, they were awarded for additionally facilitating student success with 21st-century skills of collaboration, creativity, communication, citizenship, and critical thinking. LUSD has a fully digital high school, 1:1 Chromebooks for students grades 3-12, 3:1 in grades TK-2, a combination of print and digital K-8 curriculum, and a uniform classroom technology standard for teacher devices. Key to their success is intentional planning to support teachers with the skills and knowledge to design and facilitate powerful instruction using technology at the center of every implementation. Their journey is punctuated with challenges around vetting the technical aspects of any roll-out for integration and requisite IT support. Receiving the award were Mountain House High School Principal Ben Fobert; IT Program Manager Shawn Yohannan; Assistant Superintendent Heather Sherburn; and Instruction, Assessment, and Technology Coordinator Katrina Borncamp.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Virginia Beach, VA): This district creates a unique path for students and allows remote or temporarily sick students to attend via robots. They were awarded for their creation of Compass-to-2020, their school division’s strategic plan. This plan includes developing multiple pathways for all students and a program of personalized learning using appropriate digital resources and tools. To this end, the department of teaching and learning developed a readiness guide for schools to self-assess themselves in the dispositions of students, teachers, leadership, community, and learning environment. To support these efforts the division has moved towards utilizing digital resources and tools whenever possible as well as moving towards a 1:1 adoption of Chromebooks in grades 1-12. Receiving the award was Director of Instructional Technology Bill Johnsen.

Logan City School District (Logan, UT): The district taking their transition all the way up to a changed personal learning dynamic across the institution’s structure using digital enhancement at every level. Awarded for their self-paced blended learning program, for online classes to free up student schedules for other activities, for credit recovery, and for blended learning in traditional classes. Their initiative, “Innovations Logan High School” is a self-paced blended learning program, offering students the opportunity to work through subject matter as needed for individual learning styles. All schools in the district are using digital curriculum in their growing one-to-one environment. Receiving the award were Educational and Technical Services Director David Long, Mount Logan High School Vice Principal Paul Wagner, Board of Education Vice President Lisa Hopkins, Board of Education President Kristie Cooley, and Business Administrator Jeff Barben.

Emerson Public Schools (Emerson, NJ): The district aligning with community and student-consumer needs. Awarded for their diligent work to make the effective use of technology a core component of the district approach to teaching and learning. This has been accomplished through the incorporation of a 4-12 1:1 laptop initiative, in-classroom technology from K-2, and a consistent and clear professional development model that has been done with, and not to, their dedicated teaching staff. As a result, the transition, supported with both fiscal resources and the participation of the Emerson Board of Education, has been successful and a point of district pride.

St. Dominic Academy, Diocese of Maine (Portland, ME): Awarded for their incorporation of a blended learning model that achieves a “just right” learning level for each student. With the support of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning and many other stakeholders, Saint Dominic Academy has begun to shift from the traditional format of teacher centered to student centered learning which has allowed their students to flourish. This summer they held a first ever, blended learning Summer “Bookend” Enrichment Program which allowed students to complete four weeks of “face-to-face” and four weeks of online/blended instruction during the summer months. They are transforming Catholic education in Maine through their digital curriculum strategies. Receiving the award was teacher and Distance Learning Manager Peter Servidio.

Denton Independent School District (Denton, TX): The district who asked what everyone really wanted. Awarded for their ongoing team approach consisting of curriculum and technology experts that together create digital solutions for its 30,000 students. The D-TEK (Denton- Technology Engages Kids) team conducted hundreds of taped interviews of students, teachers, and principals, to provide guidance for professional learning, development of digital curriculum, summer programs such as Raspberry Pi camps, and personalized instructional coaching. A leader in instructional technology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Denton ISD has hosted the Technology in Action conference for the past eight years, impacting the digital practices of over 1700 teachers each year. Receiving the award were Director of Instructional Technology Dwight Goodwin and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Staff Development Dr. Mike Mattingly.

Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA): The district thriving on digital.  Awarded to the nation’s second-largest school district, serving a total of 618,970 students, for their Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI), which provides instructional technology support district-wide. In 2014, ITI led a task force of more than 50 members, which included parents, students, teachers, community leaders, and district personnel, to develop the mission and vision that would shape the way ITI serves school leaders. The task force’s efforts resulted in developing a mission and vision that ITI continues to adhere to today: Always lead with instruction and not the tool. For example, in 2016, ITI helped pioneer the District’s adoption of an interdisciplinary framework called the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Student Standards—the first school district in the country to do so. Designing programs of support founded on the ISTE Standards ensures that ITI provides rigorous professional development to all LAUSD school leaders to address living, working, and thriving in a growing digital world. Receiving the award were ITI Coordinator Sophia Mendoza and High Tech Los Angeles Principal Mathew McClenahan.

Highline Public Schools (Burien, WA): With a promise to know every student by name, strength, and need, Highline was awarded for their drive to engage students in personalized digital learning across all grade levels. Efforts included 1:1 devices, small group instructional practices, STEAM-integrated courses, expanded computer science course offerings, technology-infused career and technical education courses, and online curriculum. Students are provided with opportunities to build expertise in computer science and digital skills through internships with local businesses. Educators design and develop curriculum and courses aligned with Universal Design for Learning standards. Highline has created tools and resources to support students with specific special needs, such as English language learners, students with IEP or 504 plans, and other classroom situations where digital learning is the predominant delivery method. They continually develop digital courseware supporting standard accessibility practices and techniques preparing every student for college, career and citizenship.

Super Hero Award: Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, FL): The district who thought of it all and executed flawless plans at scale. Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) received the coveted Super Hero trophy this year. Awarded for their LaunchED Digital Learning Program, which is now in its fourth year of implementation. Annually OCPS deploys approximately 100,000 digital devices to staff and students at all twenty high schools, eleven middle schools, and six elementary schools. The digital transformation at these schools is led by digital curriculum teacher leaders at each site whom attend monthly professional development provided by district staff. Professional development focuses on how the seven key instructional systems can be leveraged to support personalized learning. Over the course of four years, professional development supported the transition of classrooms from traditional instruction to transformative learning. To date, there are one hundred and eleven digital curriculum teacher leaders at LaunchED sites. This year, classroom teachers also have the ability to receive monthly direct instruction through the LaunchED courses housed in the Canvas learning management system. Receiving the award was Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Digital Learning Rob Bixler.

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. 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 visitTheLearningCounsel.com.

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Epson Wins Four Readers’ Choice Awards from Campus Technology and THE Journal

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Nov. 27, 2017 – Epson®, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, was honored by the Campus Technology and THE Journal 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Both programs ask readers to nominate and vote for their favorite educational tools and technology for the higher education and K-12 classrooms respectively. This year, Epson won four Readers’ Choice Awards, two from each publication. Campus Technology and THE Journal both awarded Epson a Platinum Readers’ Choice Award, the highest honor, for its Favorite Projector category.

Campus Technology readers also awarded Epson a Gold Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Interactive Whiteboard, Display, and Flat Panel for Epson’s line of BrightLink® interactive ultra short-throw presentation displays. Epson launched the BrightLink 685Wi695Wi696Ui, and 697Ui in January. These enhanced displays enable individualized instruction with wireless content sharing1 and deliver a bright, readable, interactive image up to 100-inches. In June, Epson launched the world’s first 3LCD ultra-short throw interactive laser display, the BrightLink 710Ui. This newest BrightLink delivers a large, bright, 100-inch image, laser technology providing up to 20,000 hours2 of virtually maintenance-free operation, and Instant Off® technology.

THE Journal readers also awarded Epson a Gold Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Document Camera. The Epson DC-21high-definition document camera delivers astounding clarity and color with HD 1080p resolution and a large imaging sensor, and extraordinary close-up detail with 12x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. The DC-21 also offers HDMI® connectivity for high-definition video, a microscope adapter for sharing magnified images, and a built-in microphone, and the camera rotates 90 degrees vertically and horizontally so educators can use it as a webcam to record lessons. Educators can also use the Split Screen function to display live and captured images side-by-side. In August, Epson announced the expansion of their document camera line to include two new portable document cameras – the DC-07 and the DC-13.

“Epson understands both K-12 and higher education classrooms are changing, and we’re committed to creating innovative hardware and collaboration tools that meet educators and students’ changing needs,” said Jason Meyer, education product manager, Epson America, Inc. “Recognition from these two Readers’ Choice Awards programs reinforces our strong belief that presentation displays and document cameras will remain an integral part of classroom instruction.”

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.

 

About Epson Education Products

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.

 

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 80,000 employees in 86 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).

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.

2 20,000 hours is the estimated projector life when used in Normal Mode. Actual hours may vary depending on mode and usage environment. The BrightLink 710Ui comes with a three-year limited warranty.

Note: EPSON and Instant Off are registered trademarks, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BrightLink and Brighter Futures are registered trademarks of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2017 Epson America, Inc.

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Support of Student Privacy and Security of Student Data Leads Raytown Quality Schools to Select itslearning as its LMS Platform

 

District Has Earned the Trusted Learning Environment Seal; Essential to Have Learning System that

Meets High Data Standards of Trust and Transparency

Boston, Nov. 28, 2017 – Raytown Quality Schools, one of just seven districts in the nation to receive the Consortium for School Networking (COSN) Trusted Learning Environment Seal, has chosen itslearning as its new learning management system (LMS) after a rigorous search for a partner that could support the district’s commitment to student data privacy.

The state of Missouri had originally moved forward with another LMS for a state-wide contract. However, Raytown Director of Instructional Technology Melissa Tabbenkamp, CETL, realized that the other provider didn’t meet the Trusted Learning Environment standards. So she searched for a different LMS, one that would support her district’s commitment to this 21st century educational challenge of student data privacy and security.

“We are responsible for safeguarding our student’s data privacy in a digital terrain, and we needed the framework that itslearning readily offers to not only assure but demonstrate to parents that we are committed to protecting student data,” said Tebbenkamp.

Designed specifically for the K-12 market, itslearning helps improve education in and out of the classroom. The intuitive LMS features effectively connect teachers, parents and students to create differentiated learning solutions for every student. Moreover, the acclaimed itslearning platform continues to evolve to meet the 21st century learning initiatives of school districts.  Key areas of recent focus include:

  • Unique integrations to content providers like Infinite Campus and Knovation as well as cloud apps like G-suite and Microsoft Office
  • Streamlined workflows for common daily tasks such as creating assignments and assessments, providing feedback to students and grading
  • Rich messaging and fully mobile apps

“Many school systems in Europe are already going the extra mile to protect student data,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning. “So we are already prepared to assist schools and districts in the United States. If you are taking the measurable step to guarantee digital privacy and security, measures are in place.”

About itslearning

We build the world’s most connected learning platform for education. Our solution saves time for teachers. One login connects them to all the content and tools they need to speed common tasks like creating and grading assignments. It improves outcomes for students because it links teaching activities to learning goals. And, it increases engagement of everyone because it connects parents, teachers, and students with each other. Born in 1999, we help over 7 million people worldwide. We dwell in Boston, MA and Bergen, Norway, but we live at the heart of education. Visit us at https://itslearning.com