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FEBRUARY 18, 2017

California’s Capistrano Unified School District Deepens Partnership with Discovery Education to Launch New Professional Development Initiative Supporting STEM Education

 

-New Collaboration Supports District’s Effort to Reimagine Teaching and Learning-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (February 15, 2017) – California’s Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) announced today an expansion of its partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In this new phase of collaboration, Discovery Education will support CUSD’s efforts to develop district educators’ capacity to build and sustain a culture of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in their school system through the implementation of a multi-year STEM professional development initiative in 11 district elementary schools.

 

The deepening of CUSD’s partnership with Discovery Education also supports the district’s CapoForward initiative.  A reimagining of the educational programs in selected CUSD schools, CapoForward is transforming instruction by introducing a variety of innovative new teaching strategies into the learning environment.  CapoForward also bolsters the district’s mission to prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world and CUSD’s goal of maintaining its position among the state’s top-performing school districts.

 

Since 2014, K-5 classrooms across CUSD have used Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service that supplements instruction across all curricular areas, to create engaging and dynamic learning environments.  Now, educators in the 11 elementary schools included in this initiative will participate in a professional capacity building model that develops and nurtures teachers and administrators as they create a culture of STEM within their school system.  Through a shared leadership model, robust professional development, ongoing coaching, and administrative leadership support, educators participating in this initiative will develop a transdisciplinary curriculum preparing students for success beyond the classroom that can be scaled districtwide.

 

“We want every child engaged in meaningful, challenging, and innovative educational experiences that prepare them for greater opportunity and success after graduation,” said Martha McNicholas, President of the CUSD Board of Trustees. “Discovery Education has been a great partner and we are thrilled to expand our relationship, as it will help us provide our educators additional resources and opportunities to evolve their classroom instruction and meet our district’s goals.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting CUSD educators as they transform students’ learning experiences with 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 excited to support the Capistrano Unified School District in their quest to reinvent instruction and build STEM-focused teaching experiences that truly engage students in learning,” said Dana Dodge, Education Partnerships Manager at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education looks forward to partnering with Superintendent Vital and her talented team of administrators and teachers on this new endeavor.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Professional Development Services, Discovery Education Streaming Plus, or other initiatives from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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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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Follett Announces Key Updates to

Its Market-Leading Destiny Solution

Destiny 14.5 features improved reporting, Destiny Discover homepage customizations

 

McHENRY, Ill., Feb. 14, 2017 –With the addition of key reporting capabilities and new homepage customization options,Follett’s Destiny 14.5 is giving users a more efficient, streamlined experience from start to finish. The updates encompass the company’s market-leading products for Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Resource Manager, and Destiny Discover.

“We’re listening as our customers share their needs and challenges,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “Destiny 14.5 gives educators features and capabilities that not only will save them time, but also help them better manage digital resources and make smart decisions on behalf of their students.”

Destiny’s basic reporting features have been improved across the board, explained Don Rokusek, Program Director for Follett Destiny Library Manager. New district reports, for example, give users an at-a-glance view into each school’s resources, and while another improved report allows users to see prices of overdue materials in Destiny Resource Manager.

“These latest updates make it easier to complete a variety of tasks – such as printing labels and exporting data to Excel – as well as gathering valuable data on usage and circulation, which can be used to support funding and curriculum decisions,” Rokusek said. “Customers can spend less time searching for the data they need to create reports and more time with students.”

Additional Destiny 14.5 improvements include:

  • Usage reporting for Follett Lightbox titles;
  • The ability to manage the ordering and visibility of collection ribbons on the Destiny Discover homepage, and easilyfeature preferred digital resources in a new “links” ribbon;
  • New renewals functionality has been added to Destiny Resource Manager;  and
  • Account information for access to Follett eBooks and audiobooks is automatically maintained with changes to patron information in Destiny.

To fully introduce Destiny 14.5, Follett recently hosted a free webinar. The recording can be accessed on Follett Community, using this link.

To update to the latest version of Destiny, customers must be on Destiny version 12.0 or later.

For more information about Follett Destiny, visit FollettLearning.com/library-manager. For more information about Follett, visit FollettLearning.com.

About

About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

 

About Follett Corporation | follett.com

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves more than half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.

 

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Free 82-Lesson Phonics Curriculum Now Available for Download

 

Can you turn “damp” into “dump,” then “dump” into “bump,” then “bump” into “jump?” FREEPhonics introduces young students to the building blocks of reading

 

Berkeley, CA – February 15 2016 – Primary Concepts, producer of PreK-3 products and curriculum, has released FREEPhonics, a new, comprehensive word building curriculum. Distributed in the form of an eBook, the curriculum is free for teachers to download at www.primaryconcepts.com. It offers 82 step-by-step lessons, beginning with the simplest CVC words and progressing sequentially through blends, digraphs, diphthongs, consonant and vowel pairs, and r-controlled vowels. The program introduces the building blocks of reading with sequential lessons that are fun, hands-on, and designed to ensure success.

 

FREEPhonics lessons introduce phonics patterns one-by-one, then contrast each new pattern with similar patterns. Children enjoy the multisensory word building as they construct words by physically adding, switching, and removing letters, and tend to easily retain their understandings of how letters go together to make words. Phonemic awareness skills are an intrinsic part of the word building, because children must listen carefully for the differences in words in order to build new words from previously-built words.

 

Phonemic awareness refers to a child’s ability to hear, understand and manipulate the smallest sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. Research has shown that children begin developing these skills as preschoolers. As described in Threads of Reading, published by ASCD, the two best predictors of how well children will learn to read during the first two years of formal reading instruction are the level of phonemic awareness that they possess and their knowledge of letters.

 

The program also includes:

 

  • Built-in printable assessments for each unit of instruction to document progress.
  • Reproducible letter tiles, sorting mats, and sorting journals.
  • A free teacher app for projecting and demonstrating the lessons to groups.

 

“FREEPhonics lets children experience success while building phonemic awareness skills,” said Jim Whitney, president of Primary Concepts. “Students have fun listening to different sounds in words and figuring out which letters to change to make new words. The free teacher app and printable assessments help to provide a comprehensive, engaging curriculum.”

FREEPhonics is perfect for intervention, small group, or whole class work. FREEPhonics may be downloaded at www.primaryconcepts.com.

 

About Primary Concepts

At Primary Concepts, we believe the early years are a unique part of a child’s development.  We focus on the essentials of the preschool and primary curriculum, emphasizing engaging, motivational, hands-on learning to build a foundation for academic success.  We translate the most current educational research and best practices, as recommended by state standards, the International Literacy Association, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, into developmentally appropriate learning materials that offer ease of use for teachers and effective outcomes for your children.

 

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New Guide From Boxlight Helps Educators Select and Implement

Whole-Class Interactive Technology

 

“A Helpful Guide to Interactive Solutions in the Classroom” helps readers make the right choice for classrooms, curriculum, teaching styles, and students.

 

Lawrenceville, GA – Feb. 17, 2017 – Educators now face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing interactive solutions for their classes, but all that choice leaves many in a quandary. How does technology for student collaboration and small-group work complement or influence the choice of front-of-classroom technology? How do you decide between one technology and another? To help schools and districts answer these questions and more, Boxlight has published A Helpful Guide to Interactive Solutions in the Classroom, which can be downloaded at no charge from http://news.mimio.boxlight.com/whole-class-guide.

 

The 14-page eBook provides guidance for selecting interactive learning solutions. For example, educators will learn the top things to consider when preparing to select front-of-classroom technology for their schools. Readers will find an in-depth overview of a variety of solutions with pros and cons to help select the tech that best aligns with their needs and learning goals.

 

The guide covers the following topics:

 

  • Top 8 factors to consider in order to buy the right interactive tools.
  • How to figure out which interactive solution will suit a particular school’s students, teachers, curriculum, and budget.
  • A list of resources to help teachers make the best use of interactive technologies such as lessons, tips, activities, training, and Boxlight’s online educator community.
  • An infographic that illustrates the size of interactive area in relation to cost and class size.

 

The solution overview section provides the pros and cons of different interactive whole-class solutions such as flat panels, projectors, touch boards, and portable whiteboards. It contains specifications for each solution, as well as testimonials from different educators on how a particular solution enhanced instruction and learning at their school.

 

“Whole-class tools put students at the center of the educational environment, so those kids will be more engaged, more collaborative, more motivated, and more prepared for their college and career experiences to come,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “But while all the solutions have something to offer, students and teachers won’t reap the full benefits unless they have the solution that’s the right match for their purposes, classroom configurations, instructional delivery style, and learning needs. This guide will help schools and districts overcome many of the hurdles involved in finding that match.”

 

About Boxlight Corp.

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

 

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

 

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Vernier to Host 29 Free Data-Collection Workshops this Spring 

Workshops provide valuable PD for science and STEM educators as they learn new ways to integrate data-collection technologies into their lessons

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 17, 2017 — Vernier Software & Technology will host 29 free, hands-on workshops this spring to help science and STEM educators learn how to use and integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum. Kicking off this month, each four-hour workshop will be led by a Vernier training specialist who will guide attendees through classroom-ready experiments using Vernier award-winning hardware, software, and mobile technologies for physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, Earth science, and middle school science.

“Throughout the years, our hands-on workshops have provided thousands of science and STEM educators — from those new to data-collection technology to seasoned veterans — with a valuable professional development opportunity,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “During the workshops, educators gain deeper understanding of data logging as they practice instructional ideas and hear technology tips that they can incorporate into their curriculum and use to engage students in meaningful scientific discovery.”

Each workshop also includes a light meal and an electronic copy of the Vernier Workshop Training Manual, which includes ready-to-use experiment handouts for all science disciplines. Interested educators can select dates from the schedule below.

February 2017 Workshop Dates and Locations

February 22: Orlando, FL

February 23: Tampa, FL

February 27: Birmingham, AL

February 28: Atlanta, GA

March 2017 Workshop Dates and Locations

March 1: Marietta, GA

March 2: Knoxville, TN

March 4: Nashville, TN

March 6: Charleston, SC

March 8: Charlotte, NC

March 9: Greensboro, NC

April 2017 Workshop Dates and Locations

April 22: Hartford, CT

April 24: Phoenix, AZ

April 24: Westchester Co., NY

April 25: Newark, NJ

April 25: Benton/Washington Co., AR

April 26: Riverside, CA

April 26: Princeton, NJ

April 26: Little Rock, AR

April 27: Pasadena, CA

April 27: Memphis, TN

April 29: New Orleans, LA

May 2017 Workshop Dates and Locations

May 4: Philadelphia, PA

May 6: Wilmington, DE

May 8: Fresno, CA

May 8: Baltimore, MD

May 9: Stockton, CA

May 9: Arlington, VA

May 10: Sacramento, CA

May 10: Richmond, VA

To learn more and register for a Vernier data-collection workshop near you, visit http://www.vernier.com/training/workshops.

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.

FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Michigan’s Flint Community Schools Announce New Partnership with Discovery Education to Increase Student Performance and Engagement in Science

 

New Digital Textbook and Professional Development Initiative Empowers the District to Create Authentic Learning Environments and Build Educators’ Capacity to Support Transition to Digital Learning-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (February 14, 2017) – Michigan’s Flint Community Schools (FCS) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

 

Through this new collaboration, FCS educators teaching grades K-8 districtwide can now accelerate the creation of authentic digital classrooms by integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™, an innovative digital textbook, into classroom instruction. In addition, educators at two district schools will also take part in STEMFormation.  A comprehensive, three-year system of professional development, STEMFormation helps school systems build and sustain a culture of STEM — the inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning encompassing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

 

FCS’s central mission is to develop a community of learners who are prepared to live, work, and contribute to an ever-changing society. To deliver on their mission, the school system offers a range of academic programs and services to the community, from pre-school to adult education.  In addition, through a new Community Education Initiative, in collaboration with Crim Fitness Foundation, FCS is helping to create a regional system of support for all area students and families. A collaborative of organizations working together to establish schools in the Flint Community Schools district as neighborhood hubs, the Community Education Initiative is helping to create stronger families, healthier neighborhoods, higher performing schools and higher rates of student academic achievement and success.

 

This new partnership supports the Community Education Initiative’s efforts to increase student performance and engagemAent in science and math through the introduction of new and innovative digital textbooks and STEM-focused teaching techniques that expand students’ learning opportunities. In addition, this collaboration will strengthen the district’s efforts to achieve its mission to develop a community of learners prepared for success beyond graduation.

 

Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks were developed by a dedicated team of expert science educators with the input of teachers and administrators from around the nation.  The Techbook’s rich, standards-aligned content includes video, audio, text and interactives with hands-on activities, as well as virtual labs that help classroom teachers differentiate instruction and create rich and engaging learning experiences for all students. Techbooks are also a substantially less expensive option per student at nearly half the cost of a traditional textbook, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs.

 

The Science Techbook™ also includes valuable STEM resources. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources helps students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”  Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are included in each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device and can be implemented in any instructional setting.

Embracing a philosophy of three-dimensional learning, Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks help educators integrate digital resources into their classroom practice.  The Model Lessons within the Science Techbooks reflect the interconnectedness of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and illustrate what these mean in practice for educators.

 

“Flint Community Schools has faced a series of challenges over the years. However, our commitment to serving our community and preparing our students for success beyond the classroom has never wavered”, said Bilal Tawwab, Superintendent of the Flint Community Schools. “We are excited to partner with Discovery Education to help our students learn to read, write, and think like scientists.”

 

To support educators as they create a STEM-focused culture of teaching and learning, educators at two FCS will participate in Discovery Education’s STEMFormation. A comprehensive, three-year system for building a culture of STEM at individual school sites, STEMformation guides educators as they master STEM instructional strategies.  With a focus on developing high-quality STEM lessons, creating transdisciplinary lessons and units, and vertically aligning STEM education school-wide, STEMformation provides the robust professional development, job-embedded coaching, and administrative leadership to create a center of STEM excellence.

 

“Discovery Education is proud to be a part of Flint Community Schools’ efforts to write a new story about their work to support the success of all learners,” said Kevin Quinlan, Education Partnership Manager at Discovery Education. “We look forward to helping Flint’s teachers create the rich learning experiences that will open students’ eyes and minds to new ideas, concepts, and opportunities.”

The Discovery Education Community will also support FCS educators as they transform students’ learning experiences with 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.

For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series, STEMFormation, or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit: www.discoveryeducation.com.

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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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3M AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER

YOUNG SCIENTIST VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

 

Students Will Be Introduced to Top Scientists and Technologies at 3M’s World of Innovation; Co-Hosts includeMythBusters: The Search’s Kyle Hill and 2015 Young Scientist Challenge Winner Hannah Herbst

 

“I think kids are going to geek out on seeing the 3M Innovation Center and meeting real 3M scientists at this Virtual Field Trip as much as I did when I first came here. The energy is infectious!”

― Hannah Herbst

 

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 13, 2017) – Today,  Discovery Education and 3M announced the launch of the first Young Scientist Global Virtual Field Trip for kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms with exclusive access to 3M Headquarters’ ‘World of Innovation’ in St. Paul, Minn.   Broadcast live on February 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST, classrooms can register to attend this unique event by visiting https://www.youngscientistlab.com/vft.  This Virtual Field Trip is part of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier competition recognizing scientific thinking and imagination in curious students in grades 5-8. This year, the Young Scientist Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary.

 

During the 40-minute no-cost experience, students will be introduced to 3M scientists and engineers who are applying science to everyday life. 3M’s Vice President, New Platforms – Growth & Commercialization, Dr. Gayle Schueller, will kick off the event and introduce 3M scientists who will answer students’ questions live about STEM careers, scientific processes, and more.

 

Plus, the materials and scientific thinking behind various innovations will be highlighted ― from ion batteries that power smartphones to solar panel technologies.  Students will see material that helps protect computers in a fire and learn how smart phones stay brighter, last longer and stay in one piece when you drop it.  In addition, a number of hands-on experiments will be conducted, such as dunking a tablet in a special engineered liquid that can clean electronic components, douse fires and still allow you to still take a selfie.

 

Co-hosting the event is Kyle Hill, host of The Science Channel’s MythBusters: The Search, science editor at Nerdist.com, and host of YouTube’s Because Science.  Joining him is 16-year-old Hannah Herbst, the 2015 Young Scientist Challenge winner.  Herbst was also a 2016 White House Science Fair Presenter, a United Nations Guest Speaker, and was recently profiled inWired Magazine.

 

“The 3M World of Innovation is a dynamic backdrop that highlights how 3M science helps improve lives,” said Dr. Schueller. “This Virtual Field Trip is a natural extension of our partnership with Discovery Education, allowing 3M scientists to bring their excitement and passion for science directly into classrooms to inspire the next generation of inventors.”

 

“Virtual Field Trips like this help me introduce my class to locations and people we might otherwise not ever get the chance to meet,” said Jessica Donaldson, a teacher at Cane Bay Middle School (Moncks Corner, SC), in the Berkeley County School District.  “I look forward to participating in this free event and explaining to my students how science really is a part of their everyday lives.”

 

“We’re thrilled to take students across the country on a virtual journey to explore 3M Headquarters’ ‘World of Innovation,’” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Discovery Education. “3M continues to be a leader in bringing innovative experiences to classrooms that make science relevant to young people and, through our partnership, this live event will introduce thousands of students to interesting and unique STEM careers and demonstrate how to think like a scientist working in a lab — applying science, critical-thinking and creativity to solve real-world problems.”

 

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge offers young inventors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by a 3M Scientist, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”   For more information, and to learn about submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules, seehttps://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge.

 

And for more information about other virtual field trips and initiatives from Discovery Education, visitwww.discoveryeducation.com

 

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 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 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 atwww.discoveryeducation.com.

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Education Technology Industry Network Appoints Bridget Foster as Senior VP and Managing Director

WASHINGTON (February 13, 2017) –– The Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA announces the appointment of Bridget Foster as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ETIN. Foster began her career as a high school science and math teacher and brings 17 years of industry experience to SIIA.
“I am delighted to welcome Bridget Foster to the SIIA team,” said Ken Wasch, President of SIIA. “Her leadership experience in the ed tech industry will serve current and future ETIN members well.”

To read the full news release, click here.
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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Ideas Community Supports and Connects Teachers Using i-Ready

New forum allows teachers to access–and share their own–best practices and resources for engaging students with i-Ready

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 13, 2017—Curriculum Associates recently launched i-Ready® Ideas to provide teachers with an online, community-driven forum where they can view and share best-practice tips and resources for using i-Ready, the award-winning online assessment and instruction program. This new forum will include images, videos, and downloadable resources to help teachers engage students, explore the use of data, and use i-Ready with greater fidelity in their Reading and Mathematics classrooms.

 

“We wanted a way for our large and growing community of educators to easily share the ways they are using i-Ready to drive student gains,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “With i-Ready Ideas, we’ve provided a forum for curating these great ideas, helping teachers learn from and inspire one another.”

 

Teachers can explore a wide range of topics in i-Ready Ideas, from ways to celebrate student success, share i-Ready data to facilitate conversations with students about goal setting, and to promoting the growth mindset. All the resources are tagged by keyword, grade level, and roles for easy searching and filtering by the user. In addition to teacher-submitted resources, i-Ready Ideas includes a curated collection of resources compiled by Curriculum Associates. The forum is designed to allow educators to easily share all of the resources via their social media channels.

 

To visit i-Ready Ideas and submit resources, educators can access the portal via www.i-readycentral.com/ideas or through www.i-ReadyCentral.com/Ideas. Educators are also encouraged to share their i-Ready resources and best practices via social media using #MyiReady.

 

About i-Ready

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready helps students make real gains. i-Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identifies areas where a student is struggling, measures growth across a student’s career, supports teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provides a personalized instructional path within a single online solution.

i-Ready is currently being used this school year by approximately 10 percent of all K–8 students nationwide, serving more than 4.2 million students across all 50 states. Additionally, more than 1 million students use the program every school day.
To learn more about i-Ready, visit www.i-Ready.com.

 

About Curriculum Associates

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

 

FEBRUARY 13, 2017

STUDENTS NATIONWIDE CALLED TO COMPLETE KIND ACTS IN CELEBRATION OF 17thANNUAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK

 

New Kindness Generator Launches to Serve as Online Resource for Students, Educators and Families to Track and Inspire Kindness Worldwide

 

DENVER, February 9, 2017 – High tech meets high touch, as the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation enhances 2017 Random Acts of Kindness Week #RAKWeek2017 by launching an online Kindness Generator, which will serve as an online rally point for activities worldwide this year. With the Kindness Generator, classrooms everywhere can find inspiration for kind acts to perform during RAK Week and create weeklong challenges for their schools, communities or even themselves. Additional kindness-focused lesson plans and classroom activities are also available through the companion Discover Kindness in the Classroom initiative, in partnership with Discovery Education.

 

RAK Week, which will be observed Feb. 12-18, 2017, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. Since inception, RAK estimates that millions of schools, celebrities, businesses, and partners have participated in these weeklong celebrations.

 

The new Kindness Generator also will serve as a central repository of challenges from RAK partner organizations and a newsroom, which will tally acts of kindness in real time and call out how many people globally are participating in challenges. The Kindness Generator will allow users to even track challenges by location. RAK anticipates at least 50,000 people will launch challenges through the Kindness Generator in recognition of the 17th annual RAK Week, including top name celebrities and entertainers.

 

To accompany the Kindness Generator, classrooms can also utilize resources available through, ‘Discover Kindness in the Classroom,’ a recently launched initiative by RAK and Discovery Education that offers standards-aligned resources for grades K-8 that teach important social and emotional learning skills. Available at no cost, these materials are designed to stimulate thoughtful conversations between educators and students about the importance of kindness in their daily lives, and include lesson plans and activities that highlight concepts such as compassion, respect, and fairness.

 

“The ‘Discover Kindness in the Classroom’ program makes it easy for educators to model kindness for students,” said Kristen Davis, first grade teacher in Santa Rosa County, Florida. “I am incorporating this program in my classroom every day. My students have become so much more aware of how kindness affects others because of the lessons we have done in our classroom. Their inspiration has rubbed off on other students through their positive outlook and change in mindset.”

 

WHAT:            17th Annual Random Acts of Kindness Week

 

WHEN:            Sunday, Feb. 12, – Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, with National Random Acts of Kindness Day designated as Feb. 17, 2017, in the United States

 

WHERE:           Random Acts of Kindness Week is observed worldwide.

 

HOW:              Commit to participating in 2017 RAK Week by signing up atwww.randomactsof.us and either add a challenge to the Kindness Generator or pledge to take part in a kindness challenge established by another person, educator or organization. Use #RAKWeek2017 on social networks to spread the word.

 

About Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

An international nonprofit, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, believes that kindness is key to making the world a better place. This nonpolitical, nonreligious organization leads the way by reminding people that they have a choice to be kind and provides them with free tools to make kindness common in their everyday lives. Learn more at randomactsofkindness.org.

 

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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Impero Software and SafeBAE Partner to Help Schools Detect Issues Related to Sexting and Cyberbullying

 

Partners will create keyword libraries to help schools detect both sexting issues and bullying after sexual assault

 

Simi Valley, CA, Feb 10, 2017 – Both malicious acts related to sexting and the cyberbullying of sexual assault victims are all-too-common occurrences among students. To help schools detect these issues, Impero Software, provider of network administration, classroom management and internet safety software, has partnered with SafeBAE (Safe Before Anyone Else), which raises awareness of sexual assault and dating violence among high school and middle school students.

SafeBAE will enhance Impero’s library of sexting-related keywords and will help Impero create a new keyword library of terms related to the bullying of sexual assault victims. Impero’s software creates an alert if students use any of the keywords or phrases while using devices on the school network. Educators are then able to view the students’ comments or internet searches in context to determine the appropriate next steps.

Sexting, or sending another person suggestive or explicit digital images or videos of oneself is not uncommon among students who are interested in each other or who are dating. However, too often – whether it’s out of revenge from a bad break-up, an attempt at a joke, or due to peer pressure – one person shares those images with a wider audience without the other’s consent leading to devastating consequences for the victim. This type of malicious sexting, and the cyberbullying which can follow, frequently occurs or escalates when students see each other at school. The keyword libraries developed by Impero and SafeBAE can help schools detect these situations early enough to intervene before the situation gets out of control.

“Malicious sexting is an epidemic in today’s schools. Too often in these situations, and in cases of sexual assault, the victim is also unfairly harassed and re-victimized through cyberbullying – sometimes with tragic consequences,” said Shael Norris, Executive Director of SafeBAE. “Our partnership with Impero will help schools be proactive in addressing these incidents by providing a means for early detection of potential problems.”

SafeBAE provides resources and organizes speaking events at schools to raise awareness among students about sexual assault and dating violence. Sexual assault survivors Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon and Jada Smith, who appeared in the NETFLIX documentary Audrie & Daisy, are among SafeBAE’s co-founders and speakers.

Impero’s software monitors students’ online activity on a school’s network and uses algorithms to alert educators if students use keywords that could indicate issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, self-harm, or a range of other issues.

“At Impero, our goal is to help schools keep students safe. In instances of sexting or cyberbullying, students often engage in this online activity while at school,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero. “Our partnership with SafeBAE will help us provide additional resources for schools to detect and address these situations early and will hopefully prevent potential tragedies.”

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

In addition to the monitoring software, Impero Software also provides classroom management tools that teachers can use to take back full control of their classroom while allowing students to benefit fully from the use of technology. For example, teachers can share their screens, send and share files with students, take over or lock students’ computers, create exams and tests, assign tasks, send direct messages to students, or draw students’ attention back to the teacher. Schools can also use Impero Software for a wide array of administrative IT tasks such as controlling passwords, managing the use of printers, or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.

 

 

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is accessed via one million computers in over 70 countries. In the UK it has a 40 percent market share of UK high schools and is used by over 500 U.S. districts.

 

Impero’s cutting edge 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. Its online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.

 

For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com

 

About SafeBAE

SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven campaign whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault in middle and high schools and student’s rights under Title IX. SafeBAE will focus on preventing dating violence and sexual assault by giving students the tools to change peer culture, end harassing re-victimization, and advocate for consent and safe relationship education.

 

 

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FLGI identifies forward-looking companies committed to support flipped learning educators worldwide

EducationHQ News Team

By EducationHQ News Team
Published February 10, 2017

Today, the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders introduced its inaugural cadre of enterprise mission partners.

CHICAGO, Feb 9 – The companies presented have agreed to support the latest research-based standards, and evolving global best practices in flipped learning.

Enterprise mission partners have also signed on to closely collaborate with FLGI Research Fellows, FLGI Master Teachers and the broader flipped learning global community to accelerate the adoption of flipped learning around the world.

The companies include professional development partners: MT Groupo in Spain, IWBNET in Australia, TES in the United Kingdom and Udemy and Project Tomorrow in the United states.The group also includes Certified Technology Mission Partners: Klounge, iSchool, InfoMentor, SigongMedia, and BenQ who have passed a 17-point evaluation confirming their suitability for flipped learning.

In January, FLGI launched a global program to help protect flipped learning educators from bad technology decisions.

The program launched with a free training course called, How to Avoid the 17 Deadly Sins of Flipped Learning Technology Selection.

Flipped Learning Technology Certification is the second pillar of the program.

“We are excited to introduce this visionary group of companies to the international flipped learning community,” flipped learning pioneer, Jon Bergmann says.

“Some businesses just want to sell stuff to educators. There are others who have demonstrated a commitment to work intimately, learn, and grow with the flipped learning educators.

“FLGI enterprise mission partners are the latter and we welcome them. They deserve our trust and support.”

FLGI enterprise mission partners are innovative companies that are committed to be active community members and leaders in flipped learning.

The companies have been selected as FLGI preferred providers in their respective categories.

“All around the globe there are teachers, administrators, professors and education leaders who are putting their careers and credibility on the line to introduce flipped learning into their education systems,” Errol St.Clair Smith, director of Global Development says.

“When you’re doing pioneering work, it’s typical to find companies that will energetically support your work once everyone else has.

“The companies who have the vision and courage to do pioneering work shoulder-to-shoulder with us occupy a unique place in the community. These are truly special companies.”

About the Flipped Learning Global Initiative

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative, (FLGI), was created to support the rapidly expanding adoption of flipped learning all over the world in countries such as China, Taiwan, Spain, UAE, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Korea, Argentina, Iceland, Sweden, India and the United States.

FLGI aims to fill the growing global need for collaboration across borders in three domains: evolving best practices in flipped learning, research curation and distribution, and technology selection and implementation.

For more information contact: Errol St.Clair Smith, Director of Global Development at 949-677-7381, 145720@email4pr.com or go to www.flglobal.org or http://flglobal.org/mission-partners/

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Baker & Taylor ‘PawPrints’ Transitioning

to ‘FollettBound’

B&T, Follett to Offer Top Prebind Titles for School, Public Library Markets

 

 

MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 10, 2017 —Baker & Taylor’s PawPrints prebinds, available to both the public library and school markets, will have a new look starting next week when the books begin transitioning to the FollettBound brand. The move joins together the top prebind brands for customers in both markets.

George Coe, Group President of Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions, said the transition has been in the works since Follett acquired Baker & Taylor in April 2016.

“This is bringing together the best of breed in the book binding business,” Coe said. “We are taking the great features of both prebinds to bring a superior product to the market. Our joint prebind offering is another example of how Follett and Baker & Taylor are offering leading services to our customers.”

Coe outlined the many benefits of the transition, especially those realized by Baker & Taylor’s public library customers. “Because of the depth of the FollettBound collection, we will ultimately be able to offer a greater number of titles that are already in stock. We can also offer faster turnaround times and enhanced ordering options.”

PawPrints customers, Coe assured, will discover what FollettBound customers have long been attracted to: quality, affordability and unconditional guarantees. Top FollettBound specific features include:

  • Extended shelf life and unmatched durability;
  • Photo-quality color covers;
  • Acid-free polyester end sheets;
  • Polyester-laminated covers; and
  • Colorful, square-back spines

Moving forward, PawPrints’ school customers will be able to order prebinds from Titlewave,Follett’s premier collection development and order platform for K-12 schools. Public library customers will still be able to order from Baker & Taylor’s TitleSource 360 (TS 360), the company’s state-of-the-art ordering system.

For more information about Baker & Taylor visit www.baker-taylor.com.

 

 

 

About Baker & Taylor| www.baker-taylor.com

Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to over 20,000 customers in 120 countries. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions.

 

About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

 

 

WE’RE BACK……FEB 9, 2017

7 Mindsets Taps Lupita Knittel as President, Announces New Product Roadmap

New President to expand 7 Mindsets Academy, the social emotional learning framework that integrates youth empowerment, relationship-based teaching, PBIS, and character education

 

(Roswell, GA) February 8, 2017 — Lupita Knittel has joined 7 Mindsets, the national leader in mindsets-based social and emotional learning. She will oversee the company’s international expansion and product roadmap for its flagship offering, 7 Mindsets Academy.

Knittel joins 7 Mindsets after more than 17 years of pioneering leadership in the K-12 education marketplace, most recently with PlanetHS and Promethean, where she was a core member of the leadership team that built Promethean from its early start into a market-leading platform. Prior to working at Promethean, she led strategic initiatives for Apple and Electronic Data Systems. Knittel began as a school teacher in her native Mexico, where she also founded and operated her own marketing research company.

The 7 Mindsets are based on an extensive three-year study that assessed the happiest and most successful people in history to learn what mindsets they all had in common. This research was combined into 7 Mindsets, or ways one thinks about yourself, your surroundings, and the future. Some examples of these mindsets include “Everything is Possible,” “100% Accountable,” and “Live to Give.” Following an additional five years of in-school research programs and pilot implementations, 7 Mindsets Academy was formally launched in 2011. Today, 7 Mindsets Academy operates in 22 states, with adaptations in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom.

 

A Framework for Social Emotional Learning

 

7 Mindsets Academy starts with intense, immersive professional development for teachers that explores how to teach the mindsets and apply them in everyday life. Each new school is paired with a partner school that helps with leadership application, instructional integration, and overall resource sharing. Ongoing coaching and training is then provided on how to use 7 Mindsets Academy’s lessons and online content portal with students in classrooms.

 

School administrators are also trained on best practices for implementation, with a unique focus on structural integration of the 7 Mindsets into day-to-day campus activities, applying the 7 Mindsets as a “language” that aligns teachers, students, staff, and parents. Each course contains 30 lessons that focus on the underlying, non-cognitive skills that young people need to live fulfilling, successful lives.

 

Lesson themes include foundational concepts for raising expectations, developing meaningful relationships, embracing accountability, practicing gratitude, managing setbacks, and learning from mistakes. Lessons feature thought-provoking videos, educational games, and personalized activities intended to drive positive student conversations and empower educators to consistently impact students’ lives. Lessons are designed to be taught in 30 to 60 minutes in a normal classroom setting, once or twice a week, but are flexible to meet unique scheduling needs.

 

 

“We’re committed to igniting a social movement that places mindsets-based education in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country,” said Knittel. “The most exciting aspect of working with the 7 Mindsets in schools across the country is watching the results pour in. Not only do disciplinary referrals and suspensions reduce by as much 97%, but attendance gets better, school culture improves, and whole communities are impacted by each student’s personal transformation.”

 

About 7 Mindsets Academy

Combining elements of relationship-based teaching and social emotional learning, the 7 Mindsets Academy distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools that provide a new language and operating system for schools and classrooms. With multiple courses of flexible, age-appropriate online curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school, 7 Mindsets Academy is an easy-to-implement, transformational program that has been established in 17 U.S. states. For more information, please visit 7mindsets.com.

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Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education to Accelerate Transition to Student-Centered Learning Environments

 

-Digital Social Studies and Science Textbooks to Support District’s Efforts to Continuously Improve Instruction 

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Feb. 6, 2017) – Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School District (RPSD) announced today an expansion of their ongoing partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In this new stage of the collaboration, educators in more than 20 district schools will now be empowered to support RPSD’s transition to student-centered learning environments with Discovery Education’s digital social studies and science textbooks.

 

RPSD’s expanded partnership with Discovery Education advances the district’s efforts to continuously improve instruction across the school system so that every child receives an excellent education that nurtures the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in any professional career they choose. This goal will be achieved through the application of the district’s Framework for Effective Schools, which calls for the alignment of district resources to support the implementation of high-quality instructional practices in every classroom.

 

The district’s endeavor to create student-centered learning environments began in 2011, when RPSD replaced science textbooks in eight elementary schools with Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™.  The district’s effort to create dynamic classrooms that provide students greater control, ownership, and accountability over their education will continue as K-12 educators districtwide integrate Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbooks™ and Science Techbooks™ into instruction.

 

“Every individual at the Rapides Parish Schools is committed to providing our students exceptional educational experiences that will help them to succeed beyond graduation,” said Kim Bennet, Executive Assistant Superintendent of Rapides Parish Schools District. “We are excited to move forward in partnership with Discovery Education and continue our transition to student-centered learning, as it is creating modern classrooms that capture the attention of our students, ignite their creativity, and improve their academic achievement.”

 

Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost.  The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.

 

The Social Studies Techbook series 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, a multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, the Science Techbook, through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists. Currently, Discovery Education Techbooks are used by more than 3 million students in all 50 U.S. states and several Canadian provinces.

 

To ensure each RPSD teacher is fully supported as they continue their digital transition, Discovery Education makes available to district educators high-quality professional development that supports the integration of the digital textbook into classroom practice.

 

Additionally, the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting RPSD’s educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with 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.

 

“Discovery Education is honored to be a part of Rapides Parish School Districts’ efforts to create digital learning environments that engage all students,” said Dr. Felicia Bustle, Partnerships Manager at Discovery Education. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Assistant Superintendent Bennett and the committed faculty at RPSD on our joint mission to support the academic success of all students.”

 

For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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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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Follett Partners with New Zealand’s Wendy Pye Publishing

Revival of Sunshine Classics brings back ‘gold standard in leveled, guided reading’

 

MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 7, 2017 — Follett announced today it has formed a partnership with New Zealand-based Wendy Pye Publishing to provide more than 300 fiction and nonfiction print titles for K-2 classrooms. Pye’s company introduced Sunshine Classics in the USA in the 1980s, and the popular reading program has been revived with updated print options for learners and educators.

The features that made Sunshine Classics popular – timeless titles that draw on children’s experience and view of the world, loveable characters and engaging stories, leveled and constructed to specifically support to K-2 readers – all have returned. The titles have been edited and modernized to reflect current topics and interests to today’s young students, as well as to provide question stems that help teachers correlate them to state standards.

In addition, nonfiction texts have been added to the K-2 set, which provide important language skills based around scientific vocabulary and range in topics from outer space to animals to science and technology. The content is designed to engender new interests in young readers.

Dame Wendy Pye, CEO and publisher of Sunshine, said she is looking forward to working with Follett’s team to bring Sunshine Classics, featuring authors such as Joy Cowley and Margaret Mahy, to elementary classrooms throughout the country.

“This partnership brings together the best of Sunshine resources and the marketing vision and expertise of Follett,” said Pye, who has earned many awards and accolades for helping to improve learning outcomes in literacy through ongoing partnerships. “We are very excited to bring back the gold standard in leveled and guided reading. Whether educators are looking for solutions for guided reading, shared reading, and take-home books or to support ELL/DLL students, students at risk of reading failure, or intervention, Sunshine Classics supports instruction with a systematic, authentic reading approach.”

Pye added Sunshine Classics’ authors are skilled at writing stories for beginning readers by providing just the right amount of support and challenge. Each story in a series has been leveled and constructed to support early learners from the introduction, repetition of high frequency words to the illustration and text matching sentence construction and line breaks.  Moreover, question stems, guided reading teacher notes and high frequency words are embedded in each book, while skill charts are provided to ensure teachers are supported with the scope and sequence of the program.

“Follett is thrilled to play a key role in the revival of Sunshine Classics,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “We look forward to working with Dame Wendy Pye and her team to engage young readers throughout the U.S. and help continue her inspiring dream of teaching the world to read.”

For more information about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.

 

About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

 

About Follett Corporation follett.com

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett’s reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.

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Dremel Partners with 3DPrinterOS™ to Provide Cloud Connected 3D Printer Platform
For simplicity and ease of use, Dremel licenses 3DPrinterOS™ software to drive its line of cloud-connected 3D printers

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. [Feb. 7, 2017] – The evolving landscape of 3D printing technology demands flexibility in everyday classrooms and businesses. To expand capabilities for printing and modeling across devices, Dremel has adopted the digital manufacturing system company 3DPrinterOS™ to enable complete, cloud-based connectivity for the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printers.

Access to the 3DPrinterOS™ software system will allow users of Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer to prepare models and monitor print progress anytime with any device — without the need to download software. These cloud capabilities add another dimension to the 3D printing ecosystem for small businesses and classrooms, allowing the management of unlimited fleets of printers and users without additional overhead.

To learn more about cloud capabilities for the Dremel Idea Builder, read the full news release here
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C8 Sciences Expands Reach in K-12 Education with New 1,000-Student Contract
Universal Academy in Dallas gains access to cognitive training tools through partnership  


DALLAS (February 7, 2017) — Faced with persisting achievement gaps, education leaders are searching for resources to help students meet their full learning potential. One solution that has yielded positive results for schools is cognitive training tools. C8 Sciences, distributor of a sophisticated brain training program used to help students improve thinking skills announces a new partnership with Universal Academy, located in the Dallas area.

With C8 Sciences’ ACTIVATE program in place, Universal Academy students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds will have access to both physical and online cognitive exercises to improve thinking and learning skills. Committed to across-the-board student improvement, C8 Sciences and Universal Academy will collaborate to enable students of both low- and high-income families to experience the benefits of the robust ACTIVATE platform.

For the full release, click here.

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Denton Independent School District Invents Custom Charging Solution with LocknCharge 

Texas district introduces custom-made mobile device charging stations for up to 20,000 devices as it restructures its classrooms to make them future ready

MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 7, 2017) – As Denton Independent School District (ISD) prepares for future ready classrooms with technology and builds new schools, the Texas district is partnering with LocknCharge to create a new mobile device charging cabinet – the Carrier 15 Charging Station.

“There were no solutions designed to fit the unique needs of Denton ISD,” said Judy Bush technology manager. “LocknCharge stepped in and constructed a new charging station to fit the vision of the curriculum and technology team to incorporate Chromebooks into classrooms.”

This customized solution will store, charge and deploy up to 20,000 devices in the school district.

To read the full news release, please click here.

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Urban Teacher Residency Partnership Program Expands its Use of Video Coaching with Edthena

 

Video-based classroom observation platform helps teacher residents easily upload and share videos to receive feedback on their teaching practices

 

SAN FRANCISCO (February 7, 2017) – The award-winning Urban Teacher Residency Partnership Program (UTRPP), a collaboration between the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County Public Schools, has expanded its use of video coaching with teacher residents through the implementation of the Edthena platform. The UTRPP is using the video-based classroom observation platform to streamline – and enhance – the way teacher residents are uploading, storing, sharing, and receiving feedback on videos of their classroom practice as part of their ongoing professional learning process.

 

The UTRPP integrates both coursework and fieldwork, giving its teacher residents more than 2,000 hours of mentoring in K-5 classrooms in Hillsborough County Public Schools. In partnership with the district, the UTRPP received an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) federal grant in 2014 to support the evaluation of this innovative model of teacher preparation. As a recipient of this grant, the residency is seen as a national model for what is possible in teacher preparation.

 

“A signature pedagogy in our clinically-rich program has been our use of video as part of our content coaching cycles with our residents,” said Dr. Sarah van Ingen, co-director of the UTRPP. “The use of video was really powerful, however, we kept running into technical issues around recording, uploading, storing, transferring, and tagging the videos. The implementation of Edthena solved these issues for us and saved us valuable time so that we could expand our use of video exponentially.”

 

With the Edthena platform, teacher residents can quickly and easily upload videos of their classroom instruction from any video camera and then share those videos with mentor coaches who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. The platform enables the residents and coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning cycles, as well as store and organize videos throughout each semester.

 

“With Edthena, our residents reflect on their teaching and share evidence of their teaching practices with their mentors and coaches,” said Dr. van Ingen. “For us, innovative teacher preparation is not just about having our residents teach more hours than the average student teacher, it’s about providing the residents with the timely feedback they need to increase their effectiveness in the classroom. Edthena helps us provide this feedback.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

February 2, 2017

myON 3.7 Arrives Just in Time for TCEA 2017

Updated version of the personalized literacy solution gives educators a clearer view of what their students are reading and how their skills are developing

(Minneapolis, MN) February 2, 2017 — myON, a business unit of Capstone and leading provider of personalized literacy solutions in the K-12 marketplace, today announced the release of myON version 3.7. Made available to the public on December 22, 2016, myON 3.7 provides a variety of updated features aimed to give educators a clear view of what their students are reading and how their skills are developing.

With these changes to myON, standard alignments to titles on myON have been updated, and students can select the read-aloud speed of any book in the myON collection. In addition, the faculty reports have been re-envisioned to more quickly share the most important results, making the data in myON even more actionable by educators and administrators.

“We made these upgrades to help educators customize the monitoring tools they rely on to evaluate their student’s improvements and needs,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “We want to empower teachers and administrators with the information they need to instill a love of reading in their students.”

 

Major new features of myON include the following:

 

  • More Beginning Reader Support: Additional native benchmark items that use pictures and simple sentences track changes in students’ reading scores over time.
  • Alignments to Standards:When creating reading tasks, educators in faculty and administrator roles can use book alignments to state and national standards to connect titles to support curriculum goals.
  • Read-Aloud Speed: myON now includes the ability for students to select a read-aloud speed.
  • Report Refresh: New and improved educator reports include more details and highlight areas to monitor.

 

To get a hands-on look at myON at TCEA, you can visit booth 1347 or make an appointment for the PR with Panache! Storytelling Suite.

 

About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone, developed a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to a collection of more than 13,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction. For more information, please visit myON.com.

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Discovery Education Announces 2017 Dates for No-Cost Professional Development Events Supporting School Leaders

 

–The Powerful Practices Series Returns with Two Events Exploring New Instructional Leadership Practices that Make a Difference in Teaching and Learning–

 

Silver Spring, Md. (February 1, 2017) — Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, again invites superintendents and educators nationwide to participate in Powerful Practices: The Instructional Leadership Experience.  These two, no-cost, one day, interactive professional development events taking place in San Francisco, CA, on February 24 th, and Seattle, WA, on March 10th, will engage participants in conversations with renowned education experts and explore innovative instructional leadership practices that make a significant difference in teaching and learning.

 

Discovery Education has designed these exclusive professional development events to provide multiple opportunities for educators to participate in hands-on activities throughout the day, explore digital resources that build student engagement, and connect, network, and collaborate with their peers. Powerful Practices is designed specifically for public and private school leaders interested in improving their students’ academic achievement through the thoughtful application of innovative teaching and learning practices. Attendees will leave this experience with cost-neutral, actionable strategies that can be implemented and scaled in any K-12 setting.

 

“Discovery Education’s Powerful Practice events are rapidly becoming one of education’s ‘must attend’ professional learning opportunities,” said Kathleen McCreery, Executive Director, California ASCD. “I am looking forward to connecting with my colleagues in education from across the region to explore new ideas and strategies for supporting the success of all learners.”

 

The Powerful Practices event in San Francisco, CA on February 24th will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and the March 10th event in Seattle, WA will be held at the Hyatt at Olive 8. George Couros, a distinguished Canadian education leader and expert on the innovator’s mindset, will keynote both events. An internationally renowned educator, Couros has worked with all K-12 levels as a teacher, technology facilitator, and administrator, and is the author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.

 

During his keynote, Couros will discuss how to impact student achievement by leading with an innovator’s mindset. Then, participants will join colleagues from across the country to discuss best practices in personalized learning, literacy, culturally responsive teaching, and student engagement. They also will explore how digital resources can be used to enrich inquiry-based learning experiences for all students, and how this approach can be particularly effective when differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students with special needs and English-language learners. For more details or to register for either of the Powerful Practicesevents, visit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Events/powerful-practices/index.cfm

 

“Discovery Education is pleased to once again present Powerful Practices,” said Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “Educators nationwide are seeking new strategies to maximize student achievement effectively.  Professional learning events such as these provide valuable opportunities for educators to gather and discuss new ways to improve teaching and learning.”

 

For more information about other Discovery Education initiatives, resources, and services, visithttp://www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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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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Epson Wins Two 2016 New Product of the Year Awards

 

School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management Recognized the Epson DC-21 Document Camera and BrightLink Pro All-in-One Interactive Display

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 1, 2017 – Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world, and two of its products were recognized in the School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management 2016 New Product of the Year Awards. The Epson DC-21 document camera and the BrightLink® Pro All-in-One Interactive Display each won a Platinum-level award in the A/V Category from the magazines. The award programs honor the outstanding product development achievements of manufacturers and suppliers whose products or services are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to enhance the learning environment.

 

An independent panel of judges from the industry selected 15 Platinum and 26 Gold winners this year. The winners were featured online and in the December 2016 issue of School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines. To view the list of this year’s winners, click here.

 

The DC-21 document camera helps educators bring life to the classroom using multimedia objects such as books, pictures, 3D objects, and more. Its advanced features – HD 1080p resolution, large imaging sensor, 12x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, microscope adapter, and audio and video recording capabilities – give teachers the flexibility to explore more during their lessons while providing students with high-quality images and audio.

 

The Epson BrightLink Pro All-in-One Interactive Display bundle brings together the best in projection, mount and screen technology to create a complete interactive display system large enough for everyone in a classroom to read. The bundle consists of a 100-inch Da-Lite IDEA screen and a BrightLink Pro 1430Wi interactive presentation display. The 100-inch diagonal image and the screen’s 2.5 gain create optimized readability and superior image quality. Using the presentation display’s interactive features, students and teachers can write on the display in real time, with no PC required. The Whiteboard Sharing Tool allows up to 15 participants to join a whiteboarding session directly from any mobile device with a web browser or from another BrightLink Pro – without using software or an app.

 

“Epson’s document camera and presentation display solutions are specifically designed to meet the needs of teachers and students,” said Jason Meyer, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Winning these two awards further underscores that Epson understands the vastly different A/V needs of the K-12 and higher education classrooms.”

 

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 73,000 employees in 91 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

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Allovue Launches a New Budgeting Product for School Districts

Allovue’s software platform transforms the way districts build budgets and track spending

(Baltimore, MD) February 2, 2017 — Allovue, a pioneering education finance technology company, today announced the addition of a long-awaited budgeting product to its signature software platform, BalanceBalance Budget was built to simplify the time-consuming process of creating and managing district budgets across central office departments and schools.

“We heard from district finance offices of every shape and size that budgeting is their biggest challenge, and nothing on the market was meeting their needs,” said Allovue’s Chief Executive Officer and founder Jess Gartner.

Allovue recruited the Executive Director of Budget and Finance from Denver Public Schools, Kate Kotaska, to help design the product. “While in Denver, I couldn’t find a solution that met all of my needs, so I returned the funds approved for a budgeting tool,” said Kotaska. “If Allovue’s budgeting product had been available back then, the search would have been over.”

With Balance Budget, budget directors can allocate resources to decision-makers throughout the district without having to manage many custom, static spreadsheets. Title I grant managers, teaching and learning departments, and school principals can now all manage their allocations to budget staff and other resources that are aligned to district goals.

Balance Budget’s real-time data updates will keep budget directors informed and involved as the whole district community engages in a thoughtful budgeting process, making reporting to the board and other executive staff members easy and accurate at all times. Late-stage changes to salary and benefits packages can be updated across dozens or hundreds of budgets with a few keystrokes.

Balance Budget is now available and several of Allovue’s current partners, including Indianapolis Public Schools, will be using it to streamline their budget process this year.

About Allovue

Allovue is a pioneering education finance technology company that empowers educators to strategically and equitably allocate resources to best support the needs of students. Their signature software platform, Balance, helps educators budget, manage, and evaluate spending. Allovue also supports district financial strategy through research, training, and equity analysis. To learn more about Balance Budget, please visit allovue.com/products/balance/budget.

 

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Impero Software Wins 2017 Bett Awards EdTech Exporter of the Year

Impero Software wins for its incredible growth in the U.S. market 

Simi Valley, CA, Jan. 31, 2017 – Impero Software was named EdTech Exporter of the Year at the 19th annual Bett Awards. The prestigious ceremony, which is produced in association with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and coincides with the Bett Show, took place on January 25, 2017 in London. Hosted by comedian Jenny Eclair, the evening saw shortlisted companies come together to celebrate the best in education technology.

 

Considered the most prestigious accolade in the English EdTech industry, the Bett Awards program encourages, recognizes and rewards outstanding sector resources, learning solutions and companies. Judged by a panel of experienced educational professionals, including teachers, consultants, advisers, and high profile journalists, the two-stage judging process determined the finalists of each category, which were announced in November 2016. Finalists were then invited to attend the Jan. 25th ceremony where highly commended and winning entries were awarded.

 

Impero’s customer-centric U.S. strategy, which focuses on meeting the needs of the U.S. education sector, secured the award. In response to the rise of Chromebook sales in U.S. education, Impero has focused development efforts around Chrome OS functionality to ensure that the classroom management and online safety features of Impero’s flagship product, Impero Education Pro, were compatible with this device type. With this added functionality, customers can simultaneously use Impero’s software across all major platforms.

 

A targeted marketing plan for the U.S. announced the production of a comprehensive research paper detailing the online safety requirements specific to each state; newly formed partnerships with relevant charities and specialist organizations (including Hey Ugly, ikeepsafe, Anad, and the Institute of Digital Citizenship) to inform Impero Education Pro’s keyword detection libraries; the creation of a U.S. specific website with localized SEO, Google AdWords, weekly blogging and social media activity; and new content, including videos, whitepapers, and case studies to support integrated campaigns.

 

Impero also established dedicated U.S. support, sales, and account management teams operating from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

 

Impero Software’s CEO, Sam Pemberton said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the prestigious EdTech Exporter of the Year at the Bett Awards 2017 and to have celebrated with such an impressive and inspiring line-up of companies, which are making huge contributions to the EdTech sector. Impero is dedicated to the sector, to helping teachers teach, to providing class-leading tools to IT managers, and to safeguarding young people. Understanding the changing needs of U.S. school districts and providing compelling solutions is a top priority for our business. We are proud that our products are now used not only by 40 percent of UK schools, but in over 70 countries around the globe to enhance learning and keep students safe.”

 

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is accessed via one million computers in over 70 countries. In the UK it has a 40 percent market share of UK high schools and is used by over 500 U.S. districts. Impero’s cutting edge 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. Its online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.

For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com

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Coweta County School System Pilots Boxlight

Labdisc Portable STEM Labs

 

Select schools investigating opportunities for using data loggers to introduce inquiry-based STEM learning in a real-world framework

 

Lawrenceville, GA – Jan. 31, 2017 – As part of its efforts to prepare for Georgia’s new science standards and usher in a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to its classrooms, the Coweta County School System (GA) is piloting the Labdisc portable STEM lab from Boxlight. A group of science teachers, selected by the district to serve as “science ambassadors,” are evaluating the Labdiscs to see how the data loggers can be incorporated into the new-standards-related district lesson plans that the ambassadors are developing.

 

“The new standards focus on student performance in science so there’ll be a lot of emphasis on students’ generating data to use as evidence to support the hypotheses that they are making,” said Dr. Donald White, the district’s science content specialist. “So we’re moving away from a worksheet-driven classroom to one where we’re expecting the students to really do science.”

 

The district has procured seven Labdiscs, purchasing two and five from its vendor, PowerUp EDU, a Georgia-based company offering professional development and edtech solutions. Three Coweta County high schools, two middle schools and two elementary schools are each piloting a Labdisc.

 

White also tapped Regina Ahmann, a zoology and AP environmental science teacher at East Coweta High School, to receive a free Labdisc as part of Boxlight STEM Day on December 9. Ahmann’s students used the portable STEM lab to study the relationship between temperature and humidity in several locations around their school, in both urban and green spaces. The students will soon share their data with other schools that participated in the event from New Mexico, Arizona, as well as schools in Mexico and Guatamala.

 

“What I loved about this product is that it’s collecting data every second. There’s no possible way my kids could have done that with a thermometer,” Ahmann said after the event. “It’s all recorded and it makes gorgeous graphs. And you can get your big core concept across to students in a real-world framework.”

 

Dr. White echoed Ahmann’s enthusiasm about the real-world framework. “What we’re trying to do with the Labdisc is replicate what our students are more than likely going to see when they go out into the job market,” he said. “They’re going to be working with technology that obviously we can’t always afford to bring into the classroom, but this takes us many steps closer to actually replicating the real world in the classroom.”

 

Dr. White also extolled the Labdisc’s 15 built-in sensors as a cost-effective benefit for the district. “From the administrative side, I think about the number of kits that I would have to buy in order to provide Regina all the probes that one Labdisc will cover,” he said. “Regina doesn’t have to have stacks of plastic shoeboxes to put all of her thermometers because she’s got that in one device. She doesn’t have to have a box to keep all the pH meters and buffers in; it’s all right there in one place.”

 

“The Labdisc portable lab opens the door to inquiry-based learning in a variety of science fields, including biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and geography,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “We’re excited to see how our technology helps Coweta County Schools develop a new version of STEM curriculum for students at different grade levels.”

 

 

About Boxlight Corp.

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

 

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

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The Virtual High School AP® Student Pass Rates Surpass the National Average:

Newest Survey Highlights Rigor and Quality of VHS Online Courses

 

Boston — Jan. 31, 2017 — Online classrooms are effective tools for delivering rigorous instruction, complex ideas and even organizing student lab work. That’s the finding of the latest survey of schools working with The Virtual High School(VHS, Inc.), a nonprofit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs. The VHS online learning model has proven so successful that 66 percent of VHS students sitting for AP® exams passed with a score of 3 or higherin 2016, exceeding the national average of 60.4 percent.

One noteworthy example is AP® Environmental Science, which involves an independent research project as well as the use of laboratory materials and equipment. VHS students’ pass rate (a score of 3 or higher) for the related AP® exam was 76.3 percent while the national average was 46 percent. Another example is AP® European History, which includes activities such as debates and role-playing through student audio recordings as well as participation in research groups using Web 2.0 information tools. That course had a pass rate of 73.7 percent compared to the national average of 54 percent. But the most significant pass gate was in AP® English Literature and Composition, which involves an independent summer assignment and had a pass rate of 90.9 percent, well above the national average of 45 percent.    

“AP® Environmental Science employs a hands on lab kit, as well as the same digital tools and data sets that scientists use, to engage students in meaningful lab experiences, supporting the development of key science practices,” said Kim Spangenberg, Associate Dean of STEM at The Virtual High School. “Students follow instructions in thoughtfully-designed investigations and work independently to successfully complete their labwork, and our AP® exam results show that this approach works. “

VHS is home to one of the largest catalogs of online AP® courses, with 23 AP® offerings. Students taking VHS AP®courses connect with other students across the country and around the world in a collaborative learning environment. Throughout their studies, students from diverse backgrounds share their thoughts, experiences and opinions with peers. In addition to the hands-on lab work for science courses, VHS AP® courses offer a variety of resources for students to explore including vibrant class discussions and intriguing projects.

 The VHS course catalog consists of more than 200 unique online courses. The 2016 survey of VHS participants also found a 97 percent retention rate of VHS members in the 2015-16 school year (up from 93 percent in the previous year), indicating strong educator and student satisfaction with the quality of instruction being delivered.

 “One of the many benefits of our courses is that they provide a classroom experience that reflects the world that students will know beyond high school,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS. “In addition to critical thinking and analytical skills, our students develop respect for different ideas, cultures and opinions because they are learning in a global classroom environment. Our online classrooms contain students from a variety of backgrounds who learn with, and from, one another and their teachers. This approach has proven results and offers students a comprehensive education that prepares them to be successful in a global society.”

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides middle and high school online courses for students and professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning.  The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Associations (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visitwww.VHSlearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.

 

JANUARY 31, 2017

SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCE NEW ‘SIEMENS STEM DAY’ ONLINE PROGRAM TO SPARK STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH 

–Educators Invited to Enter “The Possibility Grant Sweepstakes” for a Chance to Win $10,000 to fund a STEM Initiative at Their School–

SILVER SPRING, Md. (January 30, 2017) – Today, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched  Siemens STEM Day ― a refreshed and expanded version of the beloved Siemens Science Day website that includes a new K-12 online STEM experience. In addition to more than 130 elementary and middle school activities, the Siemens STEM Day site now offers high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. To celebrate the initiative’s launch, Siemens STEM Day is also hosting The Possibility Grant Sweepstakes, which offers schools the chance to win up to $10,000 to go toward STEM education.

Available at no cost, Siemens STEM Day materials emphasize the importance of STEM through standards-aligned, fun and engaging hands-on classroom activities and videos designed to support the development of students’ ability to investigate, question and understand how the world works within STEM principles. Interactive student activities can be filtered by grade level, category or career path, and explore topics spanning healthcare, engineering, IT, science, math, technology, energy and manufacturing. Siemens STEM Day also offers a Teacher Support Center that provides educators 5-minute prep videos, live demonstrations of activities and downloadable one-sheets for best practice and how-to guides.

“For years, I’ve used the lessons and activities from the Siemens Science Day website to help build exciting digital STEM learning environments in my classroom,” said Patti Grammens, Coding and Science Teacher at Forsyth County Schools’ Lakeside Middle School in Georgia. “The engaging resources the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education make available captivate my students’ attention and inspire them. I look forward to integrating these new tools into my classroom instruction.”

In addition to the formal launch of the new Siemens Science Day website, today marks the opening of the program’s “Possibility Grant Sweepstakes,” which awards one grand prize winning school $10,000, which could be used by school leaders to purchase STEM-related equipment, supplies or technology or to refurbish existing science labs. K-12 educators in the United States are eligible to enter their school once daily untilApril 28, 2017.

“Igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers is our mission and the Siemens STEM Days platform gets to the heart of that,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “With the extension of these standards-aligned, hands-on modules to educators at the high school level—in addition to the elementary and high school educators already using the platform—we couldn’t be more excited!  This is about connecting students to science, technology, engineering and math and to great careers that have those disciplines at their core.”

The mission of the Siemens STEM Day program is to provide classroom materials that will help students nationwide across all ages develop the knowledge, skills and self-confidence needed to succeed in STEM and in the workforce. The program emphasizes the importance of STEM through fun and engaging hands-on activities. And, coming this spring, Siemens STEM Day will host its first-ever National Day of STEM with the release of new video-based career profiles and additional high school content.

To learn more about Siemens STEM Day and download the program’s free resources, visit: http://siemensstemday.com.

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 closing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’sscientists and engineers. For further information, visit http://www.siemens-foundation.org/  or follow @sfoundation.

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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Tales2go Introduces Library License

School librarians can now purchase an introductory subscription to Tales2go that includes 25 licenses to lend to students to use on mobile devices

 

Bethesda, MD – February 31, 2017 – Tales2go Inc. announces today a new introductory subscription offering for its award-winning service. Different from a building license, which provides a take-home license for every student, a Tales2go library license provides up to 10 licenses for use in the library/media center and 25 lendable licenses that can be shared with individual students on mobile devices.

 

Tales2go supports the development of literacy skills during a student’s most critical early childhood and elementary school years. Repeated exposure to sophisticated words, spoken fluently and in context, drives vocabulary acquisition and retention, which is a key component of reading proficiency.  Reading proficiency, in turn, is critical to academic success. Yet most students lack such an exposure and have a limited vocabulary. The Tales2go service easily adds a listening component to classroom reading instruction and is used in some of the largest and most progressive districts in the U.S., including Los Angeles Unified School District (California), Broward County Schools (Florida), Berkeley Unified School District (California) and Heartland Area Education Agency (Iowa).

 

“We’re excited to make this introductory version of Tales2go available to school librarians,” said Tales2go Co-Founder and CEO, William Weil.  “While our building license remains a valuable and cost-effective resource for many schools and districts, particularly those with high free and reduced lunch populations, some school librarians have expressed a desire for an introductory offering. We wanted to be responsive to that group.”

 

Tales2go works with leading audio book publishers ranging from Recorded Books, Scholastic, Weston Woods Studios, Blackstone Audio, Oxford University Press and Oasis Audio, as well as established storytellers such as Bill Harley, Willy Claflin, Regi Carpenter and Odds Bodkin.

 

For more information on Tales2go, please visit: www.tales2go.com

For more information on Tales2go library license, please go to: https://www.tales2go.com/libpreorder/

 

 

About Tales2go:
Tales2go believes children must be good listeners before they can become great readers. Repeated exposure to spoken sophisticated words drives vocabulary acquisition and retention, which is a key component of reading proficiency. Reading proficiency, in turn, is critical to academic success. Tales2go is your partner in the fight for better literacy, making it easier and more cost-effective to add a listening component to reading instruction. We stream over six thousand audio book titles from leading publishers to desktops, laptops and mobile devices in the classroom and beyond. Tales2go is used in a growing number of schools and districts across the U.S., including Los Angeles USD, Broward County Schools, Berkeley USD and Heartland AEA. More information at www.tales2go.com.

 

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Shannon McClintock Miller Named a Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians, Project Connect

Library Industry Leader Looks to Further Empower Librarians, Teachers

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. and MCHENRY, IL, Jan. 30, 2017 — Shannon McClintock Miller, a recognized and respected K-12 library leader, is the new spokesperson for Future Ready Schools ®Librarians and Project Connect. Miller previously served as the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for eight years, and currently is an international speaker and author of an award-winning blog.

Followed widely on social media by librarians and education advocates, Miller has long been dedicated to Future Ready Schools initiatives that underscore the expertise of the librarian and the importance of including library staff in all curriculum and teaching decisions as districts make the transition to digital learning.

“It’s an honor for me to start this new chapter in my career, along with a dynamic group of people who share my passion for libraries, learning, and the children we serve,” Miller said. “Teacher librarians have the power to create incredible and essential change by being leaders, teachers, advocates, connectors, collaborators and so much more for the children, teachers and communities they serve.”

Last summer, Future Ready Schools (FRS) – led by the Alliance for Excellent Education – formed Future Ready Librarians (FRL), an expansion of the FRS initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. Project Connect was formed by Follett to advocate for librarians to serve as leaders in their district and schools.

“In today’s digital world, the school library has evolved from a place to merely check out books to one that offers opportunities for collaboration, project-based learning, and online access,” said Bob Wise, president, Alliance for Excellent Education. “Similarly, librarians are now playing central roles in school leadership and working daily with students, teachers, and administrators. Through her work with Future Ready Librarians, Shannon will help school librarians be better equipped to support teachers in their transition to a digital learning environment while helping librarians themselves become more future ready.”

In her new role, Miller joins Mark Ray as spokespersons for Follett’s Project Connect. Nationally recognized for transforming the role of the school librarian into a technological innovator in schools, Ray is chief digital officer for Vancouver (Wash.) Public Schools and a past Washington State Teacher of the Year.

“With such passionate and respected spokespersons in Mark and now Shannon, we will be able to raise our profile even more,” said Britten Follett, director of Project Connect. “Through Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect, we can continue to impact the role libraries play in a bright future for every learner.”

In February, Miller and Ray will be introducing the “Future Ready Librarians Webinar Series,” a bimonthly program designed to introduce the FRL initiative and how information and technology professionals can support FRS. The first webinar – “Future Ready Librarians: What’s Not to Love?” – is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and will feature Miller, Ray and Sara Trettin from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, as panelists. To register, visit all4ed.org/webinar-event/feb-14-2017. The webinar series is sponsored by FRS and Project Connect.

Miller is the author of the blog, The Library Voice, and has more than 50,000 Twitter followers. She is currently writing two children’s books series with Cantata Learning. In 2014, she was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker,” and in 2016 was named the winner of the “Making It Happen” award by ISTE.

“As I look to the future,” Miller said, “I can’t help but think of all the ways we can empower Future Ready librarians and teachers around the world to build programs and schools that truly make a difference today and in years to come.”

 

Future Ready Schools (FRS) | www.FutureReady.org

Future Ready Schools is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. FRS provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. FRS is led by the Alliance for Excellent Education alongside a vast coalition of organizations. Find FRS on Facebook and follow on Twitter (twitter.com/FutureReady).

 

Project Connect | www.2.follettlearning.com/projectconnect/

Follett formed Project Connect to advocate for librarians as district leaders so that students can learn digital literacy, modern research techniques and cutting-edge skills that apply across all subject areas. Project Connect helps librarians transform their library spaces into vibrant hubs of digital learning by giving them ideas and resources to become future ready. It recently launched Professional Development courses for librarians; these online Microcredential courses help librarians and other educators develop a vision and plan to promote digital learning in their library.

 

About The Alliance for Excellent Education| www.all4ed.org/

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, a career, and citizenship.