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7/3/15

Fox River Grove Memorial Library

Helping Students to Beat ‘Summer Slide’

Library Partners with Learning Bird to Offer Free Summer Learning Program

 

FOX RIVER GROVE, Ill., July 2, 2015 – The Fox River Grove Memorial Library has partnered with Learning Bird, a differentiated learning application, to help students in Fox River Grove School Districts 3 and 155 to avoid the “Summer Slide”.  Otherwise known as the period when young people experience learning losses by not engaging in educational activities, the Summer Slide can be averted with interesting teaching and learning resources.

The library, which maintains close contact with the local school boards  to encourage community learning services and activities, is providing free access to Learning Bird. With offices in Canada and Illinois, Learning Bird offers teacher-created digital lessons tailored specifically to students’ individual needs and aligned to their local curriculum standards. The homework-help lessons span a broad range of subjects targeted for students in grade 6 through 12th grade.

“It’s no secret children lose a lot of knowledge from the start of summer to the beginning of the next school year,” said Linda Stoppenbach, library director, Fox River Grove Memorial Library. “It’s important parents know there are options out there to help beat the summer slide.”

Learning Bird can be easily accessed from any home device, and Stoppenbach said students can also use the public library’s computers at 407 Lincoln Ave. in Fox River Grove. She added the partnership with Learning Bird will extend into the 2015-16 school year.

Stoppenbach said interested parents should call the library at (847) 639-2274 to obtain the program’s login code and gain more information.

About Learning Bird | www.learningbird.com

Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for 6-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades 6-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “a-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.

 

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FollettNow Exclusive Distributor ofPlayaway Launchpad

 

McHENRY, Ill. (June 25, 2015) –Findaway and Follett School Solutions today announced Follett is the exclusive PreK-12 distributor of Playaway Launchpad, the pre-loaded and secure children’s learning tablet designed specifically for circulation.

 

Introduced by Findaway in March 2015, Playaway Launchpad delivers high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. It provides schools with a secure tablet that serves the PreK-12 market and directly addresses the common pain points of retail tablets.

 

“With Playaway Launchpad we’re able to deliver a turnkey tablet solution that is easy-to-use and promotes the use of interactive learning tools in the classroom,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president content solutions & services at Follett. “With this tablet, educators can trust that children are receiving a focused and engaging learning experience because all of the app content was selected specifically for them.”

 

Every Launchpad is secure, durable enough to move from one student to the next, and custom curated with apps selected to address the learning needs of students from Pre-K through 5th grade. The content collection spans the six fundamental learning areas, including English Language Arts, math, science, language learning, critical thinking, and creativity.

 

A custom-designed user interface gives children the opportunity to make every Launchpad experience their own by creating a personal avatar, plus an informational console gives parents and educators feedback about time spent on the tablet. Additionally, a simple one-touch reset feature erases previous user data and requires no staff maintenance, ensuring Launchpad is always shelf-ready.

 

“We’re proud to extend our long-standing relationship with Follett and offer a supplemental learning tool that increases engagement in and out of the classroom,” said Jennifer Leombruno, VP of the Playaway Products group at Findaway. “From Playaway audiobooks to Launchpad, educators are able to purchase a full spectrum of quality learning tools from a single, trusted source.”

Launchpad is powered by an Android operating system and features a 7-inch high-definition touch screen, external speaker, universal audio jack and a durable, protective bumper. The tablet is free of Wi-Fi and camera capabilities, ensuring a controlled user experience. Launchpad comes with everything needed to easily build a classroom collection including a shelf-ready circulating case and a USB/AC power adaptor. Additional accessories are sold separately.

 

Playaway Launchpad tablets are now available on Follett Titlewave. To learn more about Playaway Launchpad, please visit www.playaway.com/launchpad.

 

 

About Findaway

Findaway is a global leader in digital content delivery. With the invention of Playaway Pre-loaded Products, they transformed theway that audiobooks, eBooks, videos and learning tools are circulated in 40,000 libraries, schools, and military installations.

 

Playaway, Playaway View, Playaway Bookpacks, Playaway Lock and Playaway Launchpad feature custom-curated content from the industry’s top publishers, studios and app providers.

 

Findaway also revolutionized digital audiobook delivery with AudioEngine, the industry’s largest B2B audiobook delivery platform that enables brands to deliver one of the world’s largest collections of digital audiobooks within their own experience.

 

To learn more about Findaway and the Findawayers who make it all happen, visit www.findaway.com.

 

About Follett School Solutions
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.

 

For more information, visit www.follettlearning.com.

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Updated Data Highlights Whole Child Success in All 50 U.S. States

Alexandria, VA (6/24/2015)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has released updated Whole Child Snapshots for each of the 50 U.S. states to display the progress our nation has made in supporting the whole child as well as the areas where negative trends have continued. The snapshots encompass various stages of a child’s development, from prekindergarten through postsecondary education; provide a picture of child success and well-being that extends beyond academic performance; and reflect the collaboration and shared responsibility of families, schools, communities, and policymakers in supporting the whole child.

“The Whole Child Snapshots are intended to highlight how well children are faring, both in and out of school, in each state,” said David Griffith, ASCD director of public policy. “The nation has mixed results, with some encouraging signs of progress alongside some persistent challenges. We want to work with educators and the public to put in the place the strategies to best meet the comprehensive needs of children.”

The snapshots do not rank or grade states but instead provide data points aligned with each of the five whole child tenets―which contend that each student must be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged―so that each state can measure its individual progress and compare its successes and challenges to the other states and to the nation as a whole. A sampling of the national data shows that

  • The nation’s 81 percent high school graduation rate is the highest it’s ever been.
  • 40 percent of the nation’s children have a parent or caregiver with at least two years of college education—a 2 percent point increase compared to the previous year.
  • 22 percent of the nation’s children live in poverty, which is defined as an annual income below $23,624 for a family of four.
  • 30 percent of high school students are overweight or obese.
  • The national student-to-counselor ratio increased from 471 to 1 in 2010–11 to 482 to 1 in 2012–13. Only three states meet or surpass the recommended ratio of 250 to 1.

The snapshots do not end with the data, however, and include action steps for state leaders and citizens to improve the well-being and educational achievement of their students. The next steps provide suggestions related to each of the five whole child tenets and include ideas such as regularly assessing school climate, supporting parent education and family literacy programs, and establishing multimetric accountability systems.

“Each snapshot includes recommendations for supporting the ASCD Whole Child approach because it is essential that we think clearly about the practical applications of this important data and don’t hesitate to take decisive action,” said Griffith. “We encourage educators, families, and the public to use the included suggestions as first steps toward improving their community’s approach to whole child education.”

To view the full Whole Child Snapshots for all 50 states, visit www.ascd.org/wholechildsnapshots. The 2014 snapshots are also accessible to show the performance of the nation and each state over time. For more information on ASCD’s 2015 public policy priorities and legislative agenda, visitwww.ascd.org/policy. You can also find out more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships at www.ascd.org.

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West Herts College Selects itslearning

 

Milton Keynes, UK – June 29, 2015 — West Herts College in the United Kingdom is a Further Education College spread over three campus locations catering for over 12,000 students aged 16+ in Hertfordshire, England offering a wide range of vocational and non-vocational courses. West Herts College is the latest in a growing network of further education institutions around the globe choosing itslearning (http://www.itslearning.co.uk) as a partner. West Herts College is thrilled to have signed a five-year agreement with itslearning and see the partnership as a key part of their e-learning strategy.

 

“We are delighted that West Herts College has chosen itslearning, during the process that the College embarked upon to choose a new learning partner, it became clear that there were many synergies between what the college wants to achieve and what itslearning can offer.” said Arne Bergby, itslearning CEO.”

 

“We are developing a strong partnership with itslearning. We were very impressed with their professional approach at all stages of the selection process and their deep understanding of what we want to achieve,” said West Herts Principal, Gill Worgan.

 

Designed specifically for the school and further education sector, itslearning is a leading, cloud-based learning environment that enables teachers to more effectively engage todays students anytime, anywhere and on any device. Student’s expectations of technology have changed rapidly in recent years. They now demand the best technology experience not only in their personal lives, but during their education as well. The solution also fosters student content creation and peer analysis, extending the role of the student.

 

For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.co.uk

 

About itslearning, Inc.

Established in 1999, itslearning is a cloud-based virtual learning environment (VLE) designed to make teaching easier, learning more engaging, and parent involvement more effective and efficient. At itslearning, we pride ourselves on understanding the needs of education. More than 20% of our employees have worked as teachers, and we can often be found in the classroom, learning from teachers. Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, itslearning has offices in Boston, Milton Keynes, Berlin, Paris, Mulhouse, Malmo, Copenhagen, and Enschede. For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.eu       

 

 

7/2/15 We are back from ISTE

ISTE 2015 Draws More Than 20,000

 

Mathspace Named Winner of the Third Annual ISTE Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest, Seven Educators Receive a Making IT Happen Award

 

 

PHILADELPHIA – July 1, 2015 — The International Society for Technology (ISTE®) in Education today wraps up another stellar annual conference with more than 20,000 registered attendees and industry representatives from 76 nations, 550 exhibitors and 1,357 booths and over a 1,000 learning opportunities. Over the course of the conference, ISTE attendees tweeted and retweeted 111,124 times using the 2015 hashtag, uploaded 3,545 #iste2015 photos to Instagram and all social media content using #ISTE2015 reach more than 32 million people worldwide.

 

Tuesday, Mathspace was named the winner of the ISTE 2015 Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest, recognized as both the most innovative and the most likely to succeed ed tech startup company at ISTE 2015. The finalists in this year’s competition were Education Framework Inc., Cogent Education and Zyrobotics. The competition was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and supporting partners were the Education Technology Industry Network of the Software & Information Industry Association and eInstruction by Turning Technologies.

 

On Monday, seven educators were presented with a 2015 Making It Happen Award, for their commitment to transforming education through innovative technology integration. Since this award began in 1995, more than 500 educators from around the world have received this recognition.

 

The 2015 award Making IT Happen recipients are:

 

  • Chris Lehman is the founding principal of Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia. Lehman and his school have received numerous accolades, including being named one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the United States by Ladies Home Journal, and the 2014 McGraw Price in Education Award.

 

  • Doug Johnson is the director of media and technology, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools in Minnesota. Johnson has worked with more than 130 organizations around the world and has held countless leadership positions, including serving on the ISTE board from 2004 to 2008. Johnson is an advocate of school librarians championing the integration of technology.

 

  • Laurie Conzemius, an ISTE Board Member, has been a teacher, media specialist, district curriculum integration specialist and a university adjunct professor. She was the president of Minnesota Educational Media Organization, an ISTE affiliate. She’s been a pillar of the ISTE Librarians Network for years.

 

  • Jan Zanetis, an ISTE Board Member, is the director of the nonprofit Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. A former teacher, university administrator, corporate innovator, and leader of a global non-profit organization, Zanetis generously shares her expertise about how to use video in the K-12 classroom through many platforms.

 

  • Joe Kmoch is a tireless champion for coding and computational thinking in education. Kmoch helped develop the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators and has served on many boards of national computer science-related organizations.

 

  • Paula Don has been an educator for over 30 years. She’s an active member of PAECT, the ISTE Pennsylvania affiliate, has served as the Regional Workshop Chair for the ISTE conference, and continually advocates for ISTE in her local community. Don has also been instrumental in refreshing the ISTE Standards.

 

  • Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, an ISTE Board Member, is the CEO of Powerful Learning Practice. She’s been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and a digital learning consultant. Her work has transformed individual practitioners into highly skilled and confident ed tech teachers and administrators.

 

About ISTE

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

 

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

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WANT TO HELP A SUPER KID

STEM Real-World Skills In Action in Kids CoLab

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, are of absolute importance to the future of our economy, the future of education, and the future of today’s students. The world of tomorrow is predicted to be one full of technology and digital devices, so student interest in STEM related subjects should be heavily emphasized by education.

Kids CoLab, a collaborative design group of kids and Pearson product team members, works to co-design innovative technology that better meets the needs of learners and is helping facilitate an interest in STEM for several of its young team members. One member, Matt Mularoni, is the type of student that the STEM fields need today for a digital tomorrow. Matt is very passionate about technology and has the dream of building his very own computer at home.

1MATT-BLOG-PICTURE-2015-Kids-CoLab-280x300It all began when Matt was around five and his dad built a model RC airplane. After he learned how to build and fly planes with his dad, Matt’s interest went on to bigger, more technical things like 3D printers and laser cutters. When he learned how to 3D print a character from one of his favorite video games, Matt realized that there was much more to technology than model RC planes. After talking with a friend who shared a similar interest in building a computer, Matt got inspired to set off and research on how to build to his own. Online videos have shown him the components that go into building a computer, how to install software and more to get him started.

So far, the hardest part of building a computer was asking his parents for funding. They helped him to realize that he couldn’t just build a computer over night whenever he wanted to. He needed to figure things out like cost, where he would get the money for parts, the purpose of actually building his computer and more. Instead of giving up, though, Matt went back to his drawing board, did some more research, and then presented to his parents his plan of action.

Matt knows his goal his big for his age, but he is determined to see his computer building project through till the end. To help with costs he is saving his own money, looking for jobs around his house, and has also recently set up his ownGoFundMe page that anyone can make donations towards. As he and his project continue to grow, his passion and excitement for technology will hopefully grow with it. Matt’s enthusiasm for technology can inspire children just like to him explore a STEM field that they might not have looked into before.  From model airplanes to 3D printers, students like Matt just may be building the flying cars of the future.

Want to help Matt achieve his dreams? You can make a donation to his computer project through his GoFundMe page here.

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FollettNow Exclusive Distributor ofPlayaway Launchpad

 

McHENRY, Ill. (June 25, 2015) –Findaway and Follett School Solutions today announced Follett is the exclusive PreK-12 distributor of Playaway Launchpad, the pre-loaded and secure children’s learning tablet designed specifically for circulation.

 

Introduced by Findaway in March 2015, Playaway Launchpad delivers high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. It provides schools with a secure tablet that serves the PreK-12 market and directly addresses the common pain points of retail tablets.

 

“With Playaway Launchpad we’re able to deliver a turnkey tablet solution that is easy-to-use and promotes the use of interactive learning tools in the classroom,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president content solutions & services at Follett. “With this tablet, educators can trust that children are receiving a focused and engaging learning experience because all of the app content was selected specifically for them.”

 

Every Launchpad is secure, durable enough to move from one student to the next, and custom curated with apps selected to address the learning needs of students from Pre-K through 5th grade. The content collection spans the six fundamental learning areas, including English Language Arts, math, science, language learning, critical thinking, and creativity.

 

A custom-designed user interface gives children the opportunity to make every Launchpad experience their own by creating a personal avatar, plus an informational console gives parents and educators feedback about time spent on the tablet. Additionally, a simple one-touch reset feature erases previous user data and requires no staff maintenance, ensuring Launchpad is always shelf-ready.

 

“We’re proud to extend our long-standing relationship with Follett and offer a supplemental learning tool that increases engagement in and out of the classroom,” said Jennifer Leombruno, VP of the Playaway Products group at Findaway. “From Playaway audiobooks to Launchpad, educators are able to purchase a full spectrum of quality learning tools from a single, trusted source.”

Launchpad is powered by an Android operating system and features a 7-inch high-definition touch screen, external speaker, universal audio jack and a durable, protective bumper. The tablet is free of Wi-Fi and camera capabilities, ensuring a controlled user experience. Launchpad comes with everything needed to easily build a classroom collection including a shelf-ready circulating case and a USB/AC power adaptor. Additional accessories are sold separately.

 

Playaway Launchpad tablets are now available on Follett Titlewave. To learn more about Playaway Launchpad, please visit www.playaway.com/launchpad.

 

 

About Findaway

Findaway is a global leader in digital content delivery. With the invention of Playaway Pre-loaded Products, they transformed theway that audiobooks, eBooks, videos and learning tools are circulated in 40,000 libraries, schools, and military installations.

 

Playaway, Playaway View, Playaway Bookpacks, Playaway Lock and Playaway Launchpad feature custom-curated content from the industry’s top publishers, studios and app providers.

 

Findaway also revolutionized digital audiobook delivery with AudioEngine, the industry’s largest B2B audiobook delivery platform that enables brands to deliver one of the world’s largest collections of digital audiobooks within their own experience.

 

To learn more about Findaway and the Findawayers who make it all happen, visit www.findaway.com.

 

About Follett School Solutions
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.

 

For more information, visit www.follettlearning.com.

 

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myON Adds Acclaimed Content From Candlewick Press

Elementary and Middle School digital packages available for 2015-16 school year  

 

MINNEAPOLIS (June 26, 2015) — myON, a business unit of Capstone, is pleased to announce the addition of Candlewick Press digital content to its personalized literacy environment. With the addition of elementary and middle school titles from Candlewick Press, myON continues to expand its digital collection that encourages reading at all grade levels.

 

Through its Publisher Program, myON incorporates titles from leading publishers, and provides access to their content through its cloud-based literacy environment.  Digital book packages from Candlewick Press include kid-favorites such as the Judy Moody and Stink series by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds as well as titles by Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Winerip and Newbery Medalist, National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature, and NYT best-selling author Kate DiCamillo.  These two new Candlewick packages, which will be available to myON users this fall, provide books that kids will read over and over.

 

Since launching in 2011, myON has been committed to providing the most engaging titles through its personalized literacy environment. It currently curates the world’s largest online library, and is consistently adding new content to further engage and excite readers.

 

“We pride ourselves on quality content and are thrilled to add wildly popular and critically acclaimed options from Candlewick Press to our unique reading experience. It is top priority to provide our readers with books that pull them into the story and hold their interest to the last page,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON.  “Adding these top Candlewick titles to our library supports myON’s mission to provide students with a unique reading experience that resonates with their interests, further supporting them in becoming self-assured, lifelong readers and learners.”

 

The myON Publisher Program was launched in 2012 and provides a unique opportunity for publishers to add their content to the myON Platform.  Since its inception, nearly 70 publishers have joined the program, offering school districts over 9,000 enhanced digital books across a range of subject areas, genres, and reading levels to enhance and encompass a personalized reading environment for students.

 

For a full list of the titles that will be available from Candlewick Press, visit http://thefutureinreading.myon.com/book-publisher/candlewick-press

 

About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 8,000 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 to propel them to new and unlimited opportunities

 

ABOUT CANDLEWICK PRESS
Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.

 

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Triumph Learning’s Waggle Surpasses 5 Million Personalized Recommendations

Personalized smart practice solution reaches milestone, showcased at ISTE

Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 curriculum and interactive digital tools, announces at the 2015 ISTE Conference and Expo that Waggle has surpassed 5 million personalized student recommendations. The online learning platform that generates a smart practice environment to help students in grades 3-8 build skills and prepare for assessments, recommends what a student should study next, creating a personalized learning path.

“Waggle’s personalized recommendations provide an online, differentiated instructional tool set,” said Dr. Rhonda Richetta, principal at City Springs Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland. “The program not only gives our students freedom of learning at their own pace, but also gives us a real-time snapshot of students’ performance so we can pinpoint strengths and weaknesses moving forward.”

Waggle integrates Knewton adaptive learning technology, which analyzes what students know and how they learn best to provide students with tailored recommendations for what to study next. Through custom feedback and tailored instruction, Waggle supports the needs of each individual student, whether they are on-level, struggling or excelling, to help them practice intelligently for assessments. Instructions and hints are continuously customized to help students develop proficiency and comfort with assigned skills.

“Knewton helps ensure every student using Waggle gets a more personal learning experience,” said Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton. “We are excited to reach this milestone with Triumph Learning, and to continue working with them to help more students across the country benefit from more tailored learning materials.”

With content in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the state standards and Common Core State Standards, Waggle champions productive struggle by creating a safe and engaging environment for students. The platform’s intuitive reporting gives teachers the support they need in planning, predicting and adjusting instruction for each student. Plain language insights help educators identify students who are struggling or excelling in certain content areas and take immediate steps to remediate or accelerate as necessary.

“Waggle meets a student where they are and stretches them out of their comfort zone just enough,” said Aoife Dempsey, chief technology officer at Triumph Learning and developer of Waggle. “Reaching 5 million personalized recommendations means that students are spending time and effort to move along their personalized pathways to conquer skills and goals.”

To learn more about Waggle’s personalized recommendations, visit Triumph Learning at ISTE in Philadelphia at booth #203.

For more information about Triumph Learning and Waggle, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com/waggle.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Its state-customized products increased student achievement and raise scores on high-stakes exams for more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013 and 2014. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach and Waggle. For more information, visithttp://www.triumphlearning.com.

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ISTE 2015: Mimio Unveils MimioMobile for Web Browsers and Gives Educators First Public Demos of the Touch-enabled MimioProjector 280T

 

Cambridge, MA June 29, 2015 – In order to expand teachers’ ability to create unsurpassed collaborative learning environments, Mimiois introducing two major updates to its MimioClassroom™ family of interactive teaching technologies at ISTE 2015: the MimioProjector™280T touch projector, and expanded device compatibility for the MimioMobile™ application.

 

MimioMobile’s Expanded Compatibility

The MimioMobile app will now be compatible with any device with a supported Web browser, so educators and students can access and use the application’s assessment and collaboration features from nearly any device, including Chromebooks and Windows surface tablets.

 

“Our newest version of the MimioMobile application makes real-time collaborative learning and ongoing formative assessment easier than ever to implement,” said Christopher Leonardo, Director of Research and Development at Mimio.

 

The app allows for an easy transition from full-classroom instruction to small-group learning, and it enables teachers to develop assessments with short-answer, short-essay, numeric, and multiple-choice student responses. These features support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that call for creating a stronger collaborative learning environment for students, while providing teachers with an in-depth understanding of their students’ progress and comprehension.

 

MimioProjector 280T

Mimio will also be conducting its first public demonstration of the MimioProjector 280T touch projector at ISTE 2015. This exhibition will give attendees an in-depth look at the projector’s interactive touch capabilities.

 

The MimioProjector 280T is a touch-enabled projector that turns conventional dry erase boards into touch boards. The 280T provides one of the largest interactive areas available today – as large as 100 inches diagonal – and it allows up to 10 students to work together simultaneously. Users can work directly with their fingers or with the included styli. The 280T technology utilizes Mimio’s easy to set up Laser Curtain module, which is powered directly from the projector. The MimioProjector 280T is a full-featured solution that includes MimioStudio™ classroom software for lesson creation, assessment, and collaboration.

 

“At Mimio, our objective is to anticipate what technology-driven resources educators need to actively engage their students and increase learning,” Leonardo noted. “Our goal is to help educators create the type of learning environments that meet their needs, today and into the future.”

 

About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. A portfolio company of Skyview Capital, Mimio creates award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit www.mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology

 

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SunGard K-12 Education’s eSchoolPLUS 4.0
Named Best of Show at ISTE 2015 by Tech & Learning

Judges Call Next-Generation Student Information System a
Game-Changer for K-12 Education

PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 2, 2015SunGard K-12 Education’s eSchoolPLUS 4.0 was named one of the Best of Show by Tech & Learning at the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo, which was held in Philadelphia, Pa. The next-generation student information system was called a game-changer by a team of experienced educational technology advisers who reviewed new products being released at this respected international conference.

On the first day of ISTE 2015, Tech & Learning advisers, who are professional end users and editors of educational technology, scoured the show floor to investigate the latest and greatest technology solutions for K-12 education. The judges rated their impressions and then selected those technologies that have the potential to have the most impact in the classroom.

The next-generation student information system, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 is a forward-thinking solution for student information management that helps educators directly and positively impact student achievement. This latest version of the solution amplifies SunGard K-12 Education’s award-winning student information system with a smart user interface and a variety of features that promote collaboration.

According to Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 delivers on the vision of bringing a highly elegant solution with user-focused interactivity to schools. “With recent advances and increasing options in technology, today’s educator relies on a broad spectrum of devices and browsers to access their web applications,” says Hames. “eSchoolPLUS 4.0 meets educators where they are by leveraging the latest technology to create a progressive, highly usable, and forward-thinking solution for student achievement.”

With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers the same application and user experience across any browser and choice of PC, Mac®, Chromebook™ notebook computer, and iPad® or other tablet. SunGard K-12 believes eSchoolPLUS 4.0 sets a new standard for usability with features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts, such as tablet-friendly icons and pages and gesture-friendly screens. The result is a very friendly user experience, regardless of which of the multitude of devices and browsers educators and administrators are using to access this web-based application.

This solution also provides advanced tools and at-a-glance insights that promote collaboration between administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Highly customizable smart search functionality throughout the software puts ad-hoc reporting capabilities at the fingertips of educators. And, with SunGard K-12’s hallmark PLUS 360 Notifications, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 mines student data to help increase user efficiency by allowing educational stakeholders to choose to be automatically alerted when certain events occur or criteria are met.

For Hames, these new features, along with eSchoolPLUS 4.0’s well-received standards-based gradebook, create a solution that is very responsive to the needs of today’s educator. “With this transition, we’ve taken a very stable, proven, reliable workhorse of a student information system and transformed it with advances that our customers and others have said will make a real difference in education,” he says. “We’re pleased that the Tech & Learning advisers agree that this next-generation student information system can be a game-changer for K-12 education and support educators in doing the incredibly important work they do for this nation’s children.”

About Tech & Learning
For over three decades, Tech & Learning has remained the premier publication and leading resource for education technology professionals responsible for implementing and purchasing technology products in K-12 districts and schools. A team of award-winning editors and an advisory board of top industry experts provide an inside look at issues, trends, products, and strategies pertinent to the role of all educators—including state-level education decision makers, superintendents, principals, technology coordinators, and lead teachers. For more information, visit www.techlearning.com.

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. PLUS 360 is a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading financial software companies, with annual revenue of $2.8 billion. We provide solutions for financial services, the public sector, and education. Our software is delivered via Software as a Service (“SaaS”), in the cloud and on premises, surrounded by an extensive suite of service offerings. Through the depth and breadth of our solution portfolio, global capabilities, and domain expertise, we are uniquely capable of supporting virtually every type of financial organization, including the largest and most complex institutions in the world. SunGard’s approximately 13,000 employees proudly serve over 15,000 customers in more than 100 countries, bringing fresh ideas and inventive solutions to help our customers adapt and thrive. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, eSchoolPLUS, and PLUS 360 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Mac and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Chromebook is a trademark of Google Inc.

© SunGard K-12 Education 2015. All rights reserved.

 

SunGard K-12 Education Releases eSchoolPLUS 4.0,
the Next-Generation Student Information System

Smart User Interface Offers At-a-Glance Insights,
Action-Oriented Support for Student Achievement

BETHLEHEM, PA – June 29, 2015 – Today, SunGard K-12 Education announced the release ofeSchoolPLUS 4.0. The next-generation student information system, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 is a forward-thinking solution for student information management that helps educators directly and positively impact student achievement. This release amplifies SunGard K-12 Education’s award-winning student information system with a smart user interface and a variety of features that promote collaboration.

According to Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 delivers on the vision of bringing a highly elegant solution with user-focused interactivity to schools. “With recent advances and increasing options in technology, today’s educator relies on a broad spectrum of devices and browsers to access their web applications,” says Hames. “eSchoolPLUS 4.0 meets educators where they are by leveraging the latest technology to create a progressive, highly usable, and forward-thinking solution for student achievement.”

With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers the same application and user experience across any browser and choice of PC, Mac®, Chromebook™ notebook computer, and iPad® or other tablet. eSchoolPLUS 4.0 sets a new standard for usability with features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts, such as tablet-friendly icons and pages and gesture-friendly screens. The result is a very friendly user experience, regardless of which of the multitude of devices and browsers educators and administrators are using to access this web-based application.

This solution also provides advanced tools and at-a-glance insights that promote collaboration between administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Highly customizable smart search functionality throughout the software puts ad-hoc reporting capabilities at the fingertips of educators. And, with SunGard K-12’s hallmark PLUS 360 Notifications, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 mines student data to help increase user efficiency by allowing educational stakeholders to choose to be automatically alerted when certain events occur or criteria are met.

For Hames, these new features, along with eSchoolPLUS’ well-received standards-based gradebook, create a solution that is very responsive to the needs of today’s educator. “With this transition, we’ve taken a very stable, proven, reliable workhorse of a student information system and transformed it with advances that our customers and others have said will make a real difference in education,” he says. “This effort, which has been more than a year in development, is important to us because we believe that it will support educators in doing the incredibly important work they do for this nation’s children.”

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. PLUS 360 is a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading financial software companies, with annual revenue of $2.8 billion. We provide solutions for financial services, the public sector, and education. Our software is delivered via Software as a Service (“SaaS”), in the cloud and on premises, surrounded by an extensive suite of service offerings. Through the depth and breadth of our solution portfolio, global capabilities, and domain expertise, we are uniquely capable of supporting virtually every type of financial organization, including the largest and most complex institutions in the world. SunGard’s approximately 13,000 employees proudly serve over 15,000 customers in more than 100 countries, bringing fresh ideas and inventive solutions to help our customers adapt and thrive. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, eSchoolPLUS, and PLUS 360 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Mac and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Chromebook is a trademark of Google Inc.

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Learning.com Updates Digital Literacy Solutions for Upcoming School Year

Enhancements to EasyTech and 21st Century Skills Assessment help students develop critical digital literacy skills.

Portland, Ore. (June 29, 2015) – Learning.com, a leader in helping educators ensure that all students have digital literacy skills and access to quality digital content, announces key enhancements to its digital literacy solutions. In addition to an improved interface for 21st Century Skills Assessment, the updates will include new EasyTech lessons on spreadsheet and presentation software, Internet research and online communication. All updates and new content will be ready for the 2015-16 school year.

Today’s students need to be able to use technology to solve problems, increase productivity and drive innovation. A report recently released by Change the Equation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition, showed that 58 percent of those currently entering the workforce have low skills in solving problems with technology. This skills gap costs the U.S. economy $1.3 trillion each year, according to estimates from the learning technology company Grovo.

To help meet this need, the updates to EasyTech’s middle school lessons will focus on the skills that are critical for today’s students. New lessons will cover how to effectively search the Web and collaborate online, as well as address real-life applications of spreadsheet, presentation and image editing tools. Many of EasyTech’s grades 3-5 lessons will also be updated to reflect current software interfaces and model current software examples.

The organization of EasyTech and Inquiry’s curricula will also be updated based on customer feedback to make it quicker and easier for educators to find the content they are looking for.

21st Century Skills Assessment will be updated to allow students to seamlessly transition between the desktop and tablet version and will feature a new user interface that reflects current computer operating systems.

“Educators all over the country are recognizing the importance of ensuring their students have appropriate digital literacy skills to succeed on online assessments. But beyond that, it is imperative that students develop these skills to succeed in college and the workforce,” said Learning.com CEO Keith Oelrich. “Our lessons are consistently updated so that students will develop the skills they need today, better preparing them for future success.”

To learn more, please visit the digital literacy solutions page or visit Learning.com in Philadelphia at ISTE 2015 from June 29-July 1 at Booth 1320.

About Learning.com
Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with nearly 15,000 schools, 2,700 districts and serves 5.6 million students. Learning.com provides K-12 solutions to help students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts equip their students with the technology and 21st century skills needed for success on online assessments, college, and the workforce using Learning.com’s digital literacy solutions. Learning.com’s digital content tools help districts build and share custom digital curriculum helping them meet their instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning, and address budget challenges. Through implementation services and professional development, Learning.com serves educators as they integrate technology and digital content into instruction.

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BRIGHTBYTES PARTNERS WITH MCREL INTERNATIONAL TO RELEASE LEADERSHIP MODULE AT ANNUAL ISTE CONFERENCE

 Module improves school leader practices and behaviors that research links to student achievement

Philadelphia, PA, June 28, 2015 – BrightBytes, an award-winning educational research and analysis organization, is pleased to announce the addition of a Leadership module to its Clarity platform. Created in partnership with McREL International, a nonprofit education research and development organization, the Leadership module empowers educational organizations to grow and develop exceptional leaders and track the progress of their improvement initiatives.

“Knowing the status of your most important initiatives is critical for every school leader,” said Rob Mancabelli, CEO and co-founder of BrightBytes. “The Leadership Module communicates the impact of your work to all your stakeholders in seconds.”

The Leadership module is based on McREL’s research about the leadership practices that have the largest impact on student outcomes. The module provides personalized, actionable analysis for organizational teams in the areas of purposeful community, managing change, and leadership focus

“The Leadership module gives principals, superintendents, and other administrators ready access to data, insights, and recommendations on leadership practices that improve student achievement and staff success,” said Bryan Goodwin, President and CEO of McREL.

BrightBytes’ Clarity platform has a variety of solutions that help educational leaders make better, data-driven decisions for student learning. Each module on the platform gives schools, districts, and states very specific next steps on how to use their strengths to address gaps, enabling them to prioritize learning initiatives and allocate investments for maximum impact.

About BrightBytes

BrightBytes’ cutting edge analytics platform gathers research from the best experts in the world and creates evidence-based frameworks that help educational leaders make better decisions for students. The company’s flagship platform, Clarity, makes research and analysis simple, fun and actionable. More information about BrightBytes can be found at www.BrightBytes.net.

About McREL

McREL International is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving education for all students through applied research, product development, and professional service to teachers and education leaders. More information about McREL can be found at www.McREL.org.

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Key Accountability Lessons Detailed in ASCD White Paper

Alexandria, VA (6/29/2015)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has released a new white paper on multimetric accountability, detailing the ways in which more comprehensive education systems can be developed to support student success. The report highlights five examples at the state, province, and local levels in the United States and Canada that have successfully put in place accountability models that use multiple measures to determine if they are best serving students. You can read the full report here.

“Any accountability model must begin with a clear vision of student success and select the appropriate measures to support that vision,” said David Griffith, ASCD director of public policy. “Multimetric accountability promotes comprehensive student achievement and well-being by using multiple measures of performance, incorporating a range of subjects, including nonacademic factors, and promoting continuous improvement and support. For the systems highlighted in this paper, next-generation accountability has already arrived, and they have demonstrated that is both achievable and successful. These are proven models for others to emulate.”

The systems discussed in the white paper are as follows:

  • Tacoma Public Schools―This third-largest school district in Washington has a homegrown accountability system that holds schools accountable not only for student performance on tests but also for their broader efforts to support academic achievement, engage families and communities in learning, and maintain safe and healthy learning environments.
  • California CORE Districts―This collaboration of 10 California school districts, representing more than a million students, developed a new accountability approach based on three key principles: facilitating work that educators value and were already doing; promoting a higher level of mutual responsibility; and focusing on equity and eliminating disparity and disproportionality.
  • New Hampshire PACE Pilot―The New Hampshire Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) pilot permits districts to give the Smarter Balanced statewide assessment once during each grade span (elementary, middle, and secondary) instead of requiring it annually in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. For the remaining grades, districts administer locally developed performance assessments in English language arts, math, and science. These local assessments also evaluate students’ work study practices, such as communication skills, creativity, ability to collaborate, and self-direction.
  • Kentucky―In 2011, Kentucky adopted its Unbridled Learning accountability model, which reflects state leaders’ desire for a more balanced approach to accountability and prioritizes performance in subjects beyond English and math. The model has three main components: 1) next-generation learners, 2) next-generation instructional programs and support, and 3) next-generation professionals.
  • Alberta, Canada―Alberta has had one of the most stable and long-running multimetric school accountability systems, dating back to the 2004 introduction of the Renewed Funding Framework (RFF). The RFF includes 16 measures, many of which reflect the perceptions of students, parents, and teachers about the quality of education being provided, based on the province’s extensive surveys.

The five featured examples demonstrate that there are many different ways to build a high-quality multimetric accountability system. They also show that, regardless of the exact mix of measures included, effective multimetric systems have five key lessons in common:

  • Start with the child, not the measure―The foundation of any accountability model should be the students themselves and what’s needed to prepare them for success.
  • Commit to continuous improvement―Communities must make sure the measures they are using align with local priorities, values, and goals, and they must continuously rely on the measures to inform their decision-making processes.
  • Communication is key―The need for communication and public engagement applies at all stages of accountability, from development of the system to its implementation and refinement.
  • Compromise is inevitable―Tough choices have to be made about what measures to include based on availability, capacity, and cost considerations.
  • There’s no finish line―Building and implementing these systems is an ongoing process of analysis, refinement, and continuous improvement.

To download the Multimetric Accountability Systems white paper, visit www.ascd.org/multimetric. For more information on ASCD’s 2015 public policy priorities and legislative agenda, visit www.ascd.org/policy. You can also find out more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships at www.ascd.org.

 

6/22/15

AASA’s Conference Newsletter Receives National Honor

Alexandria, Va. – June 18, 2015AASA’s Conference Daily Online received the top honor in its category at the 35th annual EXCEL Awards, which honor the best in association publishing nationwide.

Association Media & Publishing announced that AASA’s four-day e-newsletter, produced at the 2015 national conference in San Diego, Calif., received the silver medal in the online conference publication category. Conference Daily Online shared the silver with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. No gold medal was awarded.

Gayane Minasyan and Jay P. Goldman served as co-editors of the conference publication, which included daily news stories about conference proceedings, audio and video clips, a conference blog involving four AASA members, a Twitter feed and a photo gallery.

The EXCEL Awards Gala was held June 15 in conjunction with the AM&P conference in Washington, D.C.

With 850 entries submitted this year, the 215 winners, representing a wide array of nonprofit organizations and associations, were chosen for their exemplary work in editorial, design, advertising and marketing, online publishing, mobile applications, digital editions, and electronic newsletter categories.

Award-winning entries will be featured in the July/August issue of Association Media & Publishing’s Signature magazine.

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

 

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Edsby Adds Integration with Google Apps for Education
With a host of new capabilities, K-12 school leaders can create world-class digital learning environments without the pitfalls of tedious data management
 
ONTARIO, Canada (June 18, 2015) — Edsby, an innovative learning management system built for K-12 school districts that engages teachers, parents and students using modern technologies, now offers integration with Google Apps for Education.
Google Apps for Education provides students and teachers with a good way to author, collaborate and submit documents. Combined with Edsby, the platform creates an interactive classroom experience that enables a convenient single sign-on and tight integration between the two cloud-based solutions.
To read the full news release, please visit here.

 

 

6/18/15

Breaking the Barrier Continues Push to Provide the Best Language Learning Resources for Mobile Learners 

Multitouch iBook textbooks provide fast a path to language fluency

Groton, MAJune 10, 2014Breaking the Barrier, Inc., a global leader in print and digital language learning, has announced the release of the 2015 Breaking the Spanish Barrier series of iBook textbooks. The updated Level 1, 2, and 3 editions are the culmination of groundbreaking work by educators, designers, programmers, and voice talent from around the globe. The new releases have been enhanced with more audio, video, and interactive content to engage and motivate learners.

Breaking the Spanish Barrier uses grammar and rich vocabulary in the context of history, popular culture, and current events to build knowledge and language fluency. Extensive use of audio featuring native speakers provides more confidence-building support for learners who listen to and imitate their pronunciation.  The 2015 series continues the company’s unique practice of releasing a new edition of its highly acclaimed language series each year.

“With the 2015 release of our Spanish series, Breaking the Barrier has truly achieved our goal of creating the most fun, relevant, and highly effective way to master a language, ”said John Conner, Breaking the Barrier CEO and Series Editor.

“We have been using Breaking the Barrier for the last decade, but we are really excited to have it now as an iBooks textbook. The immediate feedback the student gets now with the practice exercises and the built-in audio features are invaluable,” said Thayer Academy’s Marc Rando. Forth Worth teacher Bob Booth added, “I’m more convinced than ever that the AP results and accolades that our graduates receive are a direct result of time spent in these Breaking the Barrier products.”

About Breaking the Barrier, Inc.

Founded in 1997 by educators, Breaking the Barrier is a global leader in print and digital language learning. Featuring instruction in Spanish, French, and English, Breaking the Barrier offers students the fastest path to true language fluency. For more information visit www.tobreak.com.

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Mac to School Donates Certified MacBooks to Yellow Circle

Give Mac program donates laptops to support innovative IT instruction program free for all kids

 

San Jose, CA (June 16, 2015) – Mac to School, leading provider of certified Apple devices to the education marketplace, is supporting instruction within various IT fields through a recent donation to Yellow Circle, a non-profit that provides students of all ages free access to courses around Infrastructure Technology, website, app creation and so much more. This donation, awarded through Mac to School’s Give Mac initiative, will be enough to support a full class of students.

 

Mac to School certifies used Apple devices and products with the ultimate goal of keeping each machine in the hands of students for as long as possible. The company donates a portion of the iMacs, MacBooks and iPads to schools and other educational organizations through its Give Mac program. Since its first donation in May of 2014, they have donated refurbished, certified Apple products to initiatives that benefit kids in the United States and abroad.

 

Yellow Circle’s cloud-based platform provides students access to virtual routers, networks, servers, firewalls, and other components of computer systems. Additionally, Yellow Circle’s environment allows students to build and test their own apps in a digital sandbox. The program is fully supported by donors like Mac to School, allowing the organization to offer the program to interested students free of charge.

 

“We’re very grateful to Mac to School for their generous support,” said Yellow Circle Vice President Albert Cisneros. “These laptops meet our needs perfectly. With the help of the Give Mac program we will be able to reach even more students, providing them a way to express their creativity while learning valuable IT skills.”

 

Yellow Circle launched in 2014, within a few months saw their platform supporting more than 1300 users creating over 2000 projects. In addition to students joining virtually, small classes are also held in local libraries and schools. A device and an Internet connection are the only materials required to enroll in their program.

 

Robert Baker, Mac to School CEO and co-founder, expressed his delight in partnering with Yellow Circle. “IT-related skills are more valuable for students today than ever before, and Yellow Circle is doing excellent work filling an ever-widening gap in computer science education. We couldn’t be happier to support them. It has been great to share feedback from their students with our team at Mac to School.  We are committed to putting quality technology in to the hands of as many students as possible, this was an extremely worthy program for Mac to School and Give Mac to support.”

 

To learn more about Mac to School; how to get involved in the Give Mac program as well as Apple products currently in stock, visit www.mactoschool.com

 

To become one of Yellow Circles many generous donors, or for more information please visit them at www.yellowcircle.net/about/donations

 

About Mac to School:

Mac to School buys, sells and recertifies all types of Apple computers and equipment. We serve the public and private education market, working with small schools up to large districts throughout all 50 states. Our mission is to deliver the best value to our customers while providing the highest level of customer service. Our team of Apple Certified Technicians employs customized tools to generate detailed audits and provide quality refurbishment.

 

 

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Experts Discuss Importance of Assessment Tied to Curriculum

 

Community Unit School District 300 in Illinois shares it successes with SEL during June 24thwebinar

 

Charlotte, N.C. – June 17, 2015 – The need for schools to offer students social and emotional learning (SEL) development opportunities is making headlines in both mainstream and education media and organizations have conducted research to determine how SEL strategies can better help students achieve academically. On June 24, 2015, educators and administrators can learn how SEL assessment and instruction helps improve student outcomes and alleviate behavior issues during the free webinar, “Learn from Peers and Experts Why Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum and Assessment Go Hand-in-Hand.”

 

The webinar, being held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM EDT (8:00 AM – 8:45 AM PDT), will feature:

  1. Paul A. LeBuffe, M.A., Director, Devereux Center for Resilient Children
  2. Jacquie Duginske, Coordinator of RtI & PBIS, Elementary at Community Unit School District 300
  3. Jennifer Balogh, Regional Outreach Manager, Committee for Children

 

The webinar will help educators learn how to integrate the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), the gold standard assessment for SEL, with Second Step, a leading researched-based SEL curriculum.  In addition, attendees of the webinar will hear from Community Unit School District 300 about its journey through implementing SEL, success with the program, and reflections on the positive impact SEL has had on its students.

To register for the free webinar, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4766882451712718082

 

Every attendee of the webinar, or those individuals who view the recording of the webinar, will receive a free 60-day trial to Apperson’s Evo Social & Emotional. Apperson Evo cloud-based assessment solutions are designed to make a positive impact on the whole child through comprehensive measurement of academic and social-emotional strengths. Evo SEL is an award-winning assessment system that allows educators and after school providers to measure social and emotional competence, school achievement and lifelong success in order to focus on students’ SEL skills development. The system is based on the DESSA, a strengths-based assessment designed to universally screen students for social and emotional competencies in less than a minute per child. The DESSA also assesses specific SEL strengths and needs and monitors progress towards SEL skill acquisition over time.

 

To learn more about Apperson, visit http://www.apperson.com/.

 

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information.

 

About Committee for Children

Committee for Children is a 35-year-old Seattle-based nonprofit that develops award-winning, research-based social-emotional learning curricula for children from preschool through eighth grade. Their Second Step program is taught in 26,000 schools across the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world.

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AASA Concerned About Federal Spending Proposals in Public Education  

Alexandria, Va. – June 17, 2015 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today regarding the draft fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill.

“The House released an LHHS appropriations bill, detailing proposed funding levels for federal health, education, and labor programs, among others. While this represents the first time in a handful of years that the committee has provided this level of detail in a public manner, we are deeply disappointed in the Committee—and the House in general—for continuing to deeply undermine the work of the nation’s schools by allocating deep, damaging cuts.

“We would normally applaud and welcome the proposed $502 million increase for IDEA (among others) as critical and well past-due. In the context of broader cuts and freezes that run deeper than any IDEA increase can cover, though, this is an appropriations bill focused on cutting funding to our nation’s schools and disinvesting in the future. We understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and have meaningfully engaged in conversations around spending cuts, restraint, revenues and more. There are two sides to responsibility, though, and cuts of this magnitude are deliberate and irresponsible.”

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For specific questions about the LHHS appropriations bill, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, atnellerson@aasa.org.

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

 

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Lexia Learning Introduces ‘From the Wrist’ Progress Monitoring App for Apple Watch

 

Educators Can Oversee Students’ Reading Progress Anytime, Anywhere

Using myLexia App to Access to Real-Time Data from Lexia’s Personalized Learning Program

 

BOSTON —June 16, 2015 — Data-driven instruction is one of the cornerstones of today’s instructional methodologies. However, accessing such data has typically required educators to repeatedly print volumes of progress reports or remain tied to the computer, making the use of real-time data during instruction nearly impossible.

 

Today Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® company and one of the nation’s most highly regarded providers of instructional reading technology,announced that the myLexia® App for Apple Watch is now available for educators. The myLexia app is the educator interface for Lexia Reading® Core5®, which delivers real-time student skills data and norm-referenced performance measures to educators. Also compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the myLexia App includes the innovative Assessment Without Testing® technology, which gives teachers and administrators mobile access to school-wide, classroom, and individual student performance data and actionable lesson plans, without stopping to administer a test.

 

“With this new offering, we believe that we’ve been able to provide a cutting edge technology resource that gives educators even greater access to available data to inform instructional decisions within classrooms and schools,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “Addressing students’ individual skill gaps, helping them reach mastery and improve their overall achievement scores without interrupting the flow of instruction – that’s using technology to drive personalized learning, and that’s what we are dedicated to doing every day.”

 

For teachers, the myLexia App for Apple Watch will make it possible to see at-a-glance which students need help, which students need more time in Lexia, and which students should be celebrated for completing a level in the program.  From there, and with a mere touch of the app, a list of students grouped by specific skills for individual or small group instruction appears. The app also provides a detailed view of each student’s performance, including a prediction of his or her percent chance of reaching their end-of-year, grade-level benchmark. This allows teachers to prioritize the students who are at greatest risk of reading failure. At the school and district level, principals and superintendents viewing the myLexia App for Apple Watch can see—by class or by grade—students’ probability of reaching grade-level benchmarks. With this information on their wrist, administrators can quickly detect performance trends and deploy resources accordingly.

 

“We understand the transformative effect technology can have in classrooms and communities, opening the door to limitless opportunities. We also understand the incredible pressure educators are under to personalize learning for each and every student to help them meet increasingly rigorous standards—and to do it all within a six- to seven-hour school day,” added Gaehde. “We’re pleased to harnesses the advantages for Apple Watch technology in a way that helps make educators’ jobs easier.”

 

The myLexia App for Apple Watch is available on the App Store.

 

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About Lexia Reading Core5

Built on 30 years of educational research, Lexia Reading Core5 is a technology-based reading program for students of all abilities in pre-kindergarten through grade five. Designed to accelerate fundamental literacy skills development, the program provides a personalized learning path for each student with scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Each of the 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities aligns to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly and on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.

 

For more information about Lexia Reading Core5 and the myLexia app for Apple Watch, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

 

About Rosetta Stone

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

 

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

 

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Halton District School Board Chooses Edsby to Enhance Student and Parent Communication

LMS rollout to teachers, students and parents now under way in Ontario school district

ONTARIO, Canada (PRWEB) June 16, 2015

Edsby, an innovative cloud-based education engagement platform that connects K-12 students, teachers and parents using smartphones, tablets and the web, has been selected by Halton District School Board (HDSB) to improve parent communication and give students and teachers electronic access to what they need to know each day at school.

Halton District School Board serves 60,000 public school students west of the city of Toronto in the municipalities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. A handful of schools in the area successfully piloted the software earlier this year. More schools in the district are now using it, and 25 schools are expected to go live with the system in September.

“Edsby gives us a modern, device-independent way to share with students and teachers where they need to be throughout the day, and helps parents see what their children have been doing in school day-to-day,” said HDSB CIO Bruce Smith. “Edsby has enabled us to replace paper agendas, which is more environmentally responsible and cost effective than printing hard copies.”

“The quick adoption of Edsby was made possible by its tight integration with our district’s student information and authentication systems. Teachers didn’t have to learn another username and password or enter their classes, students and parents in Edsby – they were all there the first time they logged in,” said Smith.

Engaging parents was also a priority for HDSB. Edsby helps parents see what’s happening with their kids at school, and helps them play a more active part in their children’s education. In a single application and single login, Edsby shows parents the daily agenda, what’s been covered in class, homework, sports and club events schedules and more, for every one of their children.

Halton users enjoy the system. “Students love the accessibility of Edsby and many of them use their mobile devices to track homework, upcoming events and extracurriculars. Parents are increasingly using Edsby to track their child’s schedules at school,” said Lisa Coffey, Principal of Stewarttown Middle School in Georgetown, Ontario.

HDSB is the second Ontario region to adopt Edsby. In April, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board announced it had selected Edsby for district-wide deployment to its 34,000 students and their parents.

“Tight support for local standards makes Edsby a smart choice in many regions, including Ontario,” said John Myers, President of Edsby. “Every district has unique terminology, reporting requirements and, in some cases, assessment standards. Edsby’s customizability to local educational requirements is one of its unique capabilities.”

To learn more about Edsby, please visit http://edsby.com/.

About Edsby
Edsby is a modern, purpose-built Learning Management System (LMS) for K-12 that enables school districts and private schools to connect their teachers, students and parents using the technologies that have become pervasive in people’s lives. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years using latest technology and standards. Edsby is a registered trademark of CoreFour Inc.

 

6/16/15

EDTRAININGCENTER and observe4success Announce Partnership to Provide Personalized PD

Leading online training and development group joins forces with award winning teacher observation and feedback platform to improve teacher professional development

 

  1. PETERSBURG FL & Tampa FL – June 16, 2015EDTRAININGCENTER,leading provider of online training and professional development to the K-12 industry has teamed up with observe4success, an award winning classroom observation and walkthrough platform, to create a new kind of observation, feedback, and professional development program for administrators, coaches, mentors, and teachers.

 

Through this partnership, educators and administrators have the ability to customize their classroom observations and generate personalized PD recommendations in one, cloud-based, easy to use platform.  Observers are able to immediately recommend or assign a teacher appropriate professional development courses upon completing the observation.

 

“We couldn’t be happier about our partnership with EDTRAININGCENTER.  Their focus on truly personalizing the PD experience for educators fits so well with our mission to be the most flexible, customizable observation platform available. The ability to offer this solution to our customers is really exciting,” said observe4success Vice President, Abby Sterensis. “Moving forward, end-users will still have access to our easy to navigate UI, now with the option to access EDTRAININGCENTER’s extensive library of online, topic specific professional development courses.”

 

Founded in 2002, EDTRAININGCENTER is the nation’s leading provider of online training and professional development to the K-12 industry. The group uses backward curriculum design and best practices in online learning. They believe the trackable, flexible, and targeted learning modules are the best fit for an educator’s busy schedule. Their mission is to leverage technology to bring districts and their learners the most affordable, accessible, and relevant resources possible.

 

“Streamlining the process of administrators, coaches, mentors, and peers observing classroom behaviors, identifying areas in need of improvement, and having the ability to immediately recommend or assign high quality, appropriate professional development modules means less time spent figuring out the technology and more time spent learning and growing. Our combined solution is powerful, meaningful, and most importantly still affordable,” stated Rachel Fisher, CEO at Ed Training Center.

 

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit:

http://observe4success.com/

 

For more about EDTRAINING CENTER please visit:

http://edtrainingcenter.com/

 

About observe4success

observe4success offers a practical, easy-to-use, web based teacher observation platform for administrators, peer observers, coaches, and mentors. With the foundational belief that no two schools’ needs are the same, observe4success affords users the ability to customize forms through a simple user-interface and generate individualized graphic reports to display their data in meaningful ways. The prompt and honest feedback opens lines of communication and creates a common language to discuss teaching strengths and areas in need of improvement resulting in improved teacher performance. Compatible with all web-enabled devices, the tool is used to observe, encourage, enhance, and sustain effective instructional practice and positive school culture.

 

About EDTRAININGCENTER

EDTRAININGCENTER is the leading provider of online training and professional development to the K-12 industry. Our trainings and educational resources provide educators and other school-based employees with the skills they need to help students and schools succeed.

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K-12 TechDecisions Unveils Comprehensive Series on Gaming

Education Industry Leader Mitch Weisburgh Tapped to Write Series on Games in Education

New York – New York (June 16, 2015 K-12 Tech Decisions, leading website provider of cutting-edge education technology information, is pleased to announce that it will host a series on games and gaming in the classroom by education gaming authority Mitch Weisburgh, Co-Founder and Director at Games 4 Ed, a non-profit committed to studying and breaking down the barriers to ubiquitous gaming in the classroom.

“We are delighted that Mitch has agreed to write a series of articles on game-based learning. This is such an important and timely topic. We feel that as more games enter the classroom, this article series will help our readers to be ahead of the curve,” said K-12 TechDecisions Editor, Chrissy Winske.

“Game-based learning has tremendous potential to increase engagement, help teachers assess students while they learn, and allow students to be creative in a low-risk environment,” said Weisburgh. “The use of games in the classroom is on the verge of huge expansion, and I’m pleased to bring the conversation to the K-12 TechDecisions audience.”

Mitch will explore the way games are used in schools today: how schools find games, and how they are incorporated into lessons and curricula. The series will lay out the following:

▪       Research on games for learning
▪       Technical issues that teachers and districts should keep in mind when they consider games
▪       Implementation and integration of games into the curriculum

▪       Student Assessment with games

“More than 60% of teachers use games in the classroom today,” Weisburgh explained.  “To date games are mostly supplemental to instruction, but we have reason to believe that will change soon. The barriers to game use in the classroom need to fall away if we are going to prepare the next generation to fulfill their roles in society.”

The first article is available today through K-12TechDecisions.org.

About K12 TechDecisions

K-12 TechDecisions, launched by EH Publishing, Inc., provides cutting-edge information concerning audio, video, control and automation, and other school-specific technology. It curates high-quality, information-rich articles and opinionated blog content from the leading experts in their fields. It has made a name for itself as the website for those A/V and IT specialists who want to be in the know and not at a loss for pioneering industry content. For more information ,visit  http://www.games4ed.org/

About Games4Ed

Games4Ed was founded by Mitch Weisburgh and Larry Cocco to establish collaborations between educators, researchers, game developers, publishers and policy makers, to further the use of games and other immersive learning strategies in schools, and to help the education sector fulfill the mission of preparing all children to become successful 21st century learners and citizens.

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Education app developer implements online school supply list provider into digital offerings

Wrentham, MASS. (June 15, 2015)­– TeacherLists, the smarter way to manage, share and find school supply lists, announces a partnership with SchoolInfoApp to digitally streamline the age-old school supply lists and ease the stress teachers and parents often experience during the back-to-school season.

SchoolInfoApp has embedded TeacherLists functionality into their services, allowing teachers to get a head start on sharing and parents a head start on finding and using back-to-school supply lists on an easy-access digital platform.

“At SchoolInfoApp, we’re all about helping schools get key information to parents and students in the easiest, most convenient way possible,” said Julie Riggs, president and COO of SchoolInfoApp. “During August and September, countless parents of school-age kids are looking for their child’s back-to-school supply list. By partnering with TeacherLists, we’re able to deliver personalized back-to-school supply lists in an easy-to-use mobile format.”

Launched in 2012, TeacherLists has quickly evolved into the largest database of school supply and teacher wish lists in the United States. TeacherLists.com already hosts more than 600,000 classroom lists from more than 30,000  schools nationwide, allowing teachers to easily and conveniently share back-to-school supply lists digitally with parents.

“Partnering with SchoolInfoApp is the next step in TeacherLists’ overall mission of making the back-to-school process as simple as possible,” said Tim Sullivan, founder of TeacherLists. “The back-to-school season will be here before we know it, and our relationship with SchoolInfoApp will give more teachers and parents the intuitive tools it takes to be proactive about what used to be a stressful seasonal chore.”

With numerous sponsors including Elmer’s Glue, Mead®, Five Star®, EXPO, Mr. Sketch and more, TeacherLists users are also able to take advantage of coupons and discount offers from brands and retailers posted on their website.

About TeacherLists

TeacherLists is the smarter way to manage, find and share school supply lists for teachers and parents, free-of-charge. After uploading a school supply list once, educators can easily update and link the list to a school or personal website. TeacherLists provides parents the freedom of accessing and finding the most updated school supply list, twenty four-seven. For more information about TeacherLists, visit www.teacherlists.com.

About SchoolInfoApp SchoolInfoApp builds great apps for great organizations and has worked with 600+ schools, districts and other organizations throughout the US, UK and Canada to develop and manage highly rated branded mobile apps with features that students, parents and teachers find time-saving, simple and useful.  For more information about SchoolInfoApp, visit www.schoolinfoapp.com.

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Kentucky Literacy Challenge Winners Announced: More than 250 Schools Participated In

Semester-long Contest Using Lexia Reading Core5

Shopville Elementary in Pulaski County Takes Top Prize with 84 Percent of their On Target Students

Reaching End-of-Year Benchmark Levels 

BOSTON (June 15, 2015) – Students at Shopville Elementary School in Somerset, Kentucky ended the school year on a high note, placing first in the Kentucky State Literacy Challenge and taking home the grand prize of $1,000 for their efforts. Using the highly acclaimed fundamental literacy program, Lexia Reading® Core5®, more than 250 elementary schools and nearly 47,000 students participated in the five-month program organized by education consultants, Academic Edge® Inc.

“We are in the midst of building a brighter future for Kentucky students and changing the paradigm of how we approach motivating and teaching them,” said Pulaski County Elementary Supervisor, Amy Polston. “Through this literacy challenge with Academic Edge and our use of the research-based Lexia Reading Core5 program, we have seen great improvements in our students’ reading abilities. At the beginning of the challenge, only two percent of Shopville Elementary students were on target to meet end-of-year benchmark levels; now 65 percent have met benchmark.  The Lexia Reading Core5 program was remarkable in engaging our students, empowering them to work independently, and enabling our teachers to give each student the support he or she needed to be more than simply a child who can read, but rather a child who loves to read and reads well.”

Developed by Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® company, Lexia Reading Core5 is based on 30 years of educational research and designed to provide a personalized learning path for each student, including scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Used by more than 2.2 million students worldwide, the program includes 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities aligned to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly while allowing on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.

To take part in the Challenge, which began in early January 2015, schools were required to register and have at least 150 active students involved. Each month, participating schools’ usage numbers were evaluated. Honors went to those schools that had the highest average percentage of students meeting the recommended usage levels, including minutes-per-week that were needed to improve performance on grade-level assessments.

Each month, Shopville consistently placed among the top five, and at the end of the challenge, Shopville students won the overall top ranking, with peers at Bell Elementary School in Wayne County claiming second place. Pulaski County Elementary School, Cox’s Creek Elementary in Nelson County and H.W. Wilkey Elementary School in Grayson County rounded out the top five champions, respectively.

“Engagement is key to getting students to stick with something that proves challenging to them, like reading,” said Lexia President, Nick Gaehde. “Lexia Reading Core5 is the ideal program for helping students to master reading and literacy concepts because it’s fun and it’s relevant. In addition, the competitive nature of this Challenge certainly was a powerful way to motivate kids to learn.”

For more information about Lexia Reading Core5, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

About Rosetta Stone

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

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

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

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SUNBURST DIGITAL ENTERS INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH STUDIOWEB

 

Hoffman Estates, IL – June 8, 2015 – Sunburst Digital, Inc. today announced that it will supply StudioWeb, a new online educational resource that is designed to assist teachers in the classroom by providing a series of easy to understand video training courses on the key Web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP. The new collaboration will usher Sunburst Digital into a new era dedicated to Computer Literacy and College and Career Readiness.

 

StudioWeb focuses on teaching web development and programming through the use of an online learning environment created for teachers, by teachers. This dynamic Web development resource immerses students in learning with interactive quizzes and coding challenges that reinforce learning and test comprehension.

 

Teachers are able to track student progress through automated quiz and activity reports that includes trending-grade data on real-time student progress. As students master the key Web technologies, they will earn points and badges that build their profile. StudioWeb offers a built-in pre- and post-benchmark assessments and a Web Foundations certification exam that shows real academic progress.

 

Sunburst Digital, Inc. provides appropriate digital classroom resources designed to supplement curriculum software and enhance academic achievement outcomes for the past 30 years, adds StudioWeb to its expanding catalog of renowned and experienced digital classroom partners.  Through this partnership, Sunburst Digital, Inc. significantly enhances its technology curriculum offerings within the digital classroom space.

 

Ken Leonard, chairman and CEO at Sunburst Digital commented, “StudioWeb is a great organization that has created a well-designed resource spanning entry level software development, coding and computer programming skills that builds upon other essential knowledge skills. What is great about StudioWeb is that it can be executed in any classroom in America by any teacher in America”

 

StudioWeb is available form Sunburst Digital, Inc. via http://studioweb.sunburst.com/ or by calling (800)321-7511 for more information.

 

About StudioWeb: Studio Web originated in 2010 and was influenced by the new trends of the day, specifically: the gamification of the online learning experience and the flipped classroom model. After thousands of teacher and student beta testers, StudioWeb became a reality in the classroom. Since 2012, the StudioWeb team has been working with teachers from several schools, to refine and focus StudioWeb.  With every iteration, StudioWeb continues to improve on the tools and resources that are necessary for student success.

 

About Sunburst Digital, Inc.: Sunburst Digital, Inc. has successfully implemented instructional technology and digital content solutions across US campuses for nearly three decades.  Sunburst Digital, Inc. sells, supports, and provides ongoing services for digital curriculum solutions designed to enhance academic achievement outcomes and transform classrooms. Sunburst Digital, Inc. is comprised of brands and professionals recognized as trusted partners to districts and schools around the country. Sunburst Digital, Inc. proprietary and 3rd party products consist of : Type to Learn™, Ignite! Learning®, English Spanish Success: ESS™, Big Universe, EduSmart, Help Math, Rand McNally, StudioWeb, Clay Piggy, Ponder, Key Skills®, Learn About™, Math Pathways®, and Knowledge Adventure School™.

 

To learn more about this partnership, please contact:

Ashley Geary, Sunburst Digital, Inc. (ageary@sunburst.com) or Joe DeSario, Sunburst Digital, Inc. (jdesario@sunburst.com).  

6/11/15

Governor Haslam Approves School Choice for Children with Special Needs
Tennessee to offer Education Savings Accounts

Tallahassee, Fla.  – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Individualized Education Act (IEA), giving parents of students with disabilities unprecedented control in making education and therapy decisions for their children.

“Thanks to the strong leadership of Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee lawmakers, the families of more than 18,000 children will have the freedom and funding to make life-changing decisions,’’ said Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (@ExcelinEd). “One size does not fit all in education, particularly for students who have special needs. Now parents, who know the needs of their child best, will be able to design customized education plans for their children, better ensuring their success in academics and life.’’

The IEA will provide participating parents with an education savings account, which they can use to send their child to the private school of their choice; to educate them at home and cover the cost of curriculum, books and materials; to enroll them in online learning, college courses or individual classes at a public K-12 school or any combination of the above. The funding amount will be based on the cost of sending a child to a traditional public school.

Levesque added, “If vouchers are a rotary telephone, Education Savings Accounts are the smartphones of school choice programs, empowering parents to match the educational services with their child’s learning needs.

“Congratulations to Governor Bill Haslam, as well as Senator Dolores Gresham and Representative Debra Moody, who authored the bill in their respective chambers. They are true champions for parental choice and student success. We also commend our partners in achieving this milestone in school choice: Americans for Prosperity, the Beacon Center of Tennessee, StudentsFirst and the Tennessee Federation for Children.”

Highlights of Tennessee’s IEA include:

  • Provides a customized education for students with special needs, giving parents the flexibility to direct their child’s funding to the schools, courses, programs and services that best fit their children’s needs through an IEA.
  • Provides for the Department of Education to deduct up to four percent from IEA funds to cover the costs of administering the program. Both the state and local school districts are projected to save money under the program.
  • Requires the Department of Education to:
    • Ensure funds are used only for educational purposes.
    • Provide parents with a written explanation of the allowable uses of the money and their responsibilities.
    • Provide for random, quarterly and annual audits.
    • Set up fraud reporting.
    • Suspend or terminate any school or provider that fails to comply with the requirements of the program.
  • Requires participating students to annually take either a nationally norm-referenced exam or a state test in math and English. Results must be reported to the parent.

Tennessee becomes the fifth state in the nation to offer Education Savings Accounts, joining Arizona, Florida, Mississippi and Nevada, which recently approved universal ESAs as the strongest school choice program in America. As a signature policy of ExcelinEd, Education Savings Accounts (also referred to as education scholarship accounts or ESAs) place state dollars designated for a child’s education in a personal account that parents can manage to cover the cost of customized learning. Account funds can cover multiple education options, including private school tuition, online education, tutoring, dual enrollment or therapies.

For more information visit www.ExcelinEd.org.

 

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New Digital World Language Program from Rosetta Stone and Calvert Education Gives High School Students Opportunity to Earn Course Credit

 

 

“Calvert Advantage” Program Delivers Web-Based Spanish and French Courses

 

ARLINGTON, VA (June 11, 2015) — In an effort to further World Language education for students, Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) and Calvert Education Services have entered into a partnership that will give high school students the opportunity to earn course credit through a new virtual world language program. This rigorous offering, Calvert Advantage, pairs Rosetta Stone’s renowned language learning program with the vocabulary, grammar and literature components of Calvert Education’s virtual courses.

 

All courses are built (module/unit/lesson) using Bloom’s Taxonomy and meet the highest national standards, including iNACOL and theAmerican Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students receiving instruction from a certified teacher in an accredited institution are eligible to receive course credits through completion of the program.

 

“It’s critical that we help prepare students to join an increasingly global workforce in which language proficiency will play a key role in their success,” said Judy Verses, President of Rosetta Stone’s Global Enterprise & Education division.  “Our partnership with Calvert is particularly significant because it not only complements our already effective digital language learning solutions, but it provides schools with a new blended learning option to enable students to graduate with foreign language credits.”

 

“Language is a terrific way to tap into the power of virtual and blended learning. We are pleased that Rosetta Stone chose to partner with Calvert in offering this compelling program.” said Steve Gross, CEO of Calvert Education Services.

 

School districts can choose from Spanish I, II and III and French I for the upcoming school year (2015-2016), with the addition of Spanish IV and French II planned for implement-ation in the 2016-2017 school year.  Calvert Advantage will engage students with advanced instruction and practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Three levels of instruction support blended-learning environments, traditional classrooms and stand-alone courses.

 

Additional information about Rosetta Stone’s education offerings can be found online at www.rosettastone.com/k12.

 

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About Rosetta Stone Inc.

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

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

 

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

About Calvert Education

Calvert Education has been the trusted leader in distance learning for over a century. It serves schools and students in all 50 states and over 100 countries. Calvert programs represent complete experiences that blend online and offline learning, offering students the opportunity to acquire global skills. Students learn how to use their knowledge and skills by thinking critically and creatively, reasoning logically, and working cooperatively—skills that are needed in a global society.

 

 

6/10/15

Pennsylvania Schools Adopt Skyward for Faster, More Accurate Information

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Flipped Learning Network Opens Registration for Virtual FlipCon 2015

Registration open for onsite, virtual event designed to support educators of all skill levels as they improve student outcomes through Flipped Learning

Lake Forest, Ill. (PRWEB) June 09, 2015

To enhance the experience for attendees and make flipped learning resources more accessible for educators across the United States and worldwide, the Flipped Learning Network™ will hold its 8th Annual Flipped Conference (FlipCon 2015) virtually July 14-15 and onsite July 13-15 in East Lansing, Michigan. As the conference continues to grow, it will continue to address K-12 topics and incorporate an increased higher education focus.

Designed for both emerging and established flipped educators, Virtual FlipCon 2015 encompasses 10 featured speaker sessions and 14 concurrent sessions. Virtual attendees will have exclusive access to two virtual-only sessions and two conference keynotes. All of the virtual conference sessions and applicable pre-session work will be available to Virtual FlipCon 2015 attendees through December 2015.

Keynote speakers include Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, pioneers of Flipped Learning, and Paul Andersen, 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year and finalist for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. Andersen is currently taking a two-year sabbatical from Bozeman High School in Montana and serves as vice-chair on the Montana Board of Public Education.

Sessions cover topics applicable to educators with a range of experience in flipping their classroom, including:

  •     New to Flipped Learning
  •     Tools & Skills of the Trade
  •     Beyond the Flipped Classroom
  •     Leadership, Professional Development, Workplace Training
  •     Flipped in Higher Education and Teacher Education
  •     Research on Flipped Learning

Registration fees for Virtual FlipCon 2015 vary, and generous group rates are available. Members of the media are invited to attend the virtual or onsite events at no cost. For information and to register for the event, visithttp://www.flippedlearning.org/flipcon15.

About Flipped Learning Network
The mission of the Flipped Learning Network™ (FLN) is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning. The goals of FLN are to 1) Serve as the hub connecting educators engaged in Flipped Learning; 2) Facilitate and collaborate on research relevant to Flipped Learning; and 3) Provide access to professional learning opportunities on Flipped Learning. To learn more, visithttp://www.flippedlearning.org.

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EDSBY ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION WITH MICROSOFT OFFICE 365

– New capabilities enable single sign on and more for K-12 schools and districts using the popular Edsby and Microsoft cloud-based solutions –

ONTARIO, Canada (June 9, 2015) – Edsby®, developers of an innovative learning management system built for K-12 school districts that engages teachers, parents and students using modern technologies, now integrates with Microsoft Office 365.

“Using Microsoft Office in the classroom provides students with the tried and tested tools they need to help be successful today and in the future,” said Marc Seaman, VP of Education with Microsoft Canada. “This is just one example of Microsoft’s commitment to helping our youth and educators do more and achieve more.”

One aspect of the integration is in the area of single sign-on support. Edsby users can now authenticate via Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory and the OAuth2 protocol. This enables a convenient one-click login for Edsby users already authenticated with Office 365.

“Many of our K-12 education customers are moving to the cloud for more and more of their operations and are using Microsoft Azure and Office 365-based platforms as a strategic part of this move,” said John Myers, President of Edsby. “We’re delighted to have Edsby closely integrated with these key Microsoft technologies and the exciting benefits this brings to the educators and students at organizations using Edsby.”

In addition, this new integration enables Edsby users to select documents from their Microsoft OneDrive file store as teachers and students collaborate within Edsby classes and groups and as students submit work digitally to teachers for assessment.

For more information on Edsby, visit http://edsby.com/.

About Edsby
Edsby is a modern, purpose-built Learning Management System (LMS) for K-12 that enables school districts and private schools to connect their teachers, students and parents using the technologies that have become pervasive in people’s lives. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years using latest technology and standards. Edsby is a registered trademark of CoreFour Inc.


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