K-12 Tech Leaders to Discover Innovative Leadership at 
Nov. 7-8 CTO Clinic in St. Louis
Washington, DC (October 31, 2013) – On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-8, 2013, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Missouri Education Technology Leaders (METL) will hold a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Clinic on innovative school district leadership at the Graphic Arts Banquet & Conference Center in Maryland Heights, Mo.
CoSN’s final 2013 CTO Clinic held in conjunction with state chapters nationwide, the clinic will feature keynote remarks by academic thought-leaders and provide attendees with the opportunity to discover new technology trends and network with peers across education technology. The two-day event will conclude with a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)™ Certification Exam on Friday, Nov. 8; priorregistration is required.

WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 7
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT
Friday, Nov. 8
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT; 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT*
*(CETL™ Certification Exam; prior registration is required)
WHERE:
Graphic Arts Banquet & Conference Center
105 Progress Parkway
Maryland Heights, Mo. 63043
WHO: 
Remarks by:
  • Dr. Paul Sims, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Concordia University Chicago
  • Ronald F. Ferguson, Ph.D., Faculty Member, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
FORMAT:
Click here for the full agenda.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, on-site registration will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. The event will commence promptly at 8:00 a.m. with opening remarks by Dr. Sims on leadership styles and a panel discussion, titled “The Importance of Technology Included in District Decision Making.” The afternoon will include vendor presentations, remarks by Dr. Ferguson on technology leadership to support closing the gap, and a look at the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition and CoSN’s accompanying toolkit.
On Friday, Nov. 8, clinic activities will resume at 8:00 a.m. with a teambuilding session followed by two separate sessions exploring smarter balanced assessments and Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action. The CETL™ Certification Exam will begin at 1:30 p.m.
REGISTRATION: 
Clinic registration is free. To register for the clinic and / or CETL™ Exam, please click here.
For additional information, please visit www.cosn.org/events/2013-missouri-cto-clinic, or contact Mindy Halpert at mhalpert@cosn.org.
Interested press should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org or Jennifer Cummings atjcummings@cosn.org.  
The Missouri CTO Clinic’s Tier I sponsors are Brocade Communications, iBoss Security, Lightspeed Systems and Safari Montage. Tier II sponsors are Adobe, CDW-G, Fidelity Communications, Gartner, Learning.com, Lenovo, Steelcase and Unite Private Network.
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visitwww.cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areasannual conference and events,  advocacy and policymembership and the CETL certification exam.

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Tales2Go Releases Android Version of its Award-Winning Service

An Android version of Tales2Go, the leading provider of streaming audio books for K-8 schools, is now available in the Google Play app store.   

 

October 31, 2013, Washington, D.C. – Tales2Go Inc., a leading provider of audio books for the K-8 school market has just released an Android version of its award-winning app.  Tales2Go is a Netflix-like subscription service that streams thousands of name-brand audio book titles from leading publishers to desktops, laptops and mobile devices in the classroom and beyond.

Adding a listening component to reading instruction raises reading scores, which is why audio books have been used in classrooms for decades. Proficient reading is the product of listening comprehension (i.e. fluency and vocabulary) and decoding skills. In fact, the Common Core Standards put special emphasis on developing listening skills within K-5 literacy and established reading methods such as The Daily 5 use audio books as part of their program.

Tales2Go CEO William Weil comments, “We’re excited to make Tales2Go available in the Google Play Store.  With more and more mobile devices in students’ hands, either issued by schools or on a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) basis, it was important for us to open up Tales2Go to the large and growing Android audience.”  He goes on, “We’re also delighted to finally be able to respond to the numerous requests we’ve gotten to make Tales2Go available on Android devices.”

Tales2Go breaks new ground on both the delivery and business model of giving educators and students’ instant access to audio books on desktops, laptops and mobile devices.  For example, with Tales2Go, thousands of students can independently listen to the same book simultaneously.  And some students may want to check out the physical book from the school or public library and follow along as they listen.  Tales2Go is used differently depending on the grade, but ranges from individual to group use, with and without physical books in hand.

For more information on Tales2Go, please visit: www.tales2go.com

For details about The Education Technology Start-Up Collaborative summit, please visit: http://edtechcollaborative.org

About Tales2Go:

Tales2Go is an award-winning mobile audiobook service that streams thousands of name-brand titles from leading publishers and storytellers to play on desktops, laptops and mobile devices in the classroom and beyond.  Unlike other audio book services, thousands of students can independently listen to the same book simultaneously.  Tales2Go offers piloting opportunities as well as monthly and annual subscription plans, including bulk sales for schools.

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Think Through Math’s ‘THINK Nation’ Students Generously Donate To

The American Red Cross Colorado Flood Relief Fund

Check Presentation to Take Place November 6, 2013 at the Red Cross Mile High Regional Headquarters; Local donation brings total to more than $48,000 to featured charities in past year

 

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 31, 2013) — Think Through Math (TTM), the award-winning, web-based, supplemental math program that provides comprehensive instruction and practice for students grades 3-Algebra I, announced today the students of its THINK Nation donated nearly $1,500.00 to The American Red Cross Colorado Flood Relief Fund, bringing the total amount of program donations to more than $48,000 in the past year.  The check presentation will take place at The Red Cross Mile High Regional Headquarters in Denver on November 6, 2013 at 1:00p.m.

 

Think Through Math’s one-of-kind motivational program provides students with opportunities to make donations to featured charities with their THINK points. TTM donates one dollar for every 5,000 points to select charities.  In the past year, TTM students have contributed more than $48,000 to several charities including The American Red Cross, Wounded Warrior Project, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and Make-A-Wish.

The American Red Cross Colorado Flood Relief Fund was established on September 18, 2013 to support Colorado residents after devastating flooding severely affected the state.  Almost immediately, students of THINK Nation jumped in and pledged their support by donating their THINK points to the charity. Over a four-week period, students donated nearly $1,500.00 the American Red Cross Colorado Relief Fund.

“We’re constantly amazed by the numbers of students who are committed to donating their points,” said Kevin McAliley, CEO, Think Through Math. “We believe that giving students the option to donate their hard-earned THINK points to charity instead of earning rewards for themselves develops lifelong decision-making and citizenship skills.”

Created by teachers and technologists, TTM provides supplemental math instruction and practice to help students in grades 3 through Algebra I prepare for the rigors of the Common Core State Standards and next generation assessments.  Within one year of its launch in summer 2012, TTM grew to support more than two million students in 43 states.

TTM supports blended learning by providing highly personalized, adaptive lesson pathways with direct instruction. As students work in the system, they receive immediate corrective feedback and have instant access to certified, U.S. math teachers, including bilingual teachers, for 90 hours a week.

In addition to using THINK points to make charitable donations or earn rewards, TTM also features dynamic motivational tools including game mechanics and opportunities for students to participate in multi-state contests.

About Think Through Math

At Think Through Math, we believe that success in mathematics transforms the way students perform in school and beyond. We are driven to motivate students in unprecedented ways. We have a vision of effective education: a powerful blend of Web-based, adaptive instruction and on-demand, LIVE, state-certified teachers.

For more information, visit www.thinkthroughmath.com.

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