edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announce an online community on character development, “Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice”

PRINCETON, NJ, January 14, 2014 – The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) has undertaken a broad range of education Initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents. The Medal of Honor has a powerful history. Most Recipients are ordinary Americans who have performed incredible acts of valor under extraordinary circumstances, and at the risk of their own lives. Only 77 individuals are living to tell their tale of bravery, courage and good citizenship, and to use their words to inspire a new generation of heroes.

One of the major initiatives of the CMOHF is the Medal of Honor Character Development Program, a free teacher resource for middle and high school students.  The program provides more than 50 lesson plans, over 100 video vignettes of the Medal of Honor Recipients themselves, as well as videos of hometown heroes selected by the Medal of Honor Recipients as “Citizen Heroes.”

edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation have created an online professional learning community that will help teachers use this free, valuable and inspiring resource with their students.  The community is free and will host webinars and online discussions on the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship. The webinars will provide an opportunity for Medal of Honor Recipients to discuss the importance of character and speak directly with teachers and students on their experiences.  The webinars will be facilitated by an educator from the Medal of Honor Foundation and will include demonstrations on how to use the curriculum in the classroom.

The community provides a forum for collaboration and discussion with experts and peers about why character is important for us all-but especially for today’s students who are tomorrow’s leaders. Character is best taught by example…and there are no greater examples than our nation’s true heroes.

An introductory webinar, “Lessons on Courage, Integrity, and Good Citizenship: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program” will be presented on Thursday, January 30th at 4pm Eastern Time.Register here.

Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, is a leading advocate for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program.  He says, “I wish these [Medal of Honor recipients] were the stars of baseball cards in this country… I wish kids grew up knowing these Recipients’ stats. We’re trying to spread the word about what kind of citizens these are; we’re trying to spread the word that these qualities will help you in many ways.  So we had this theory… that you could use these Recipients as a teaching tool.”
Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “This is a very special honor to host an online community where Recipients of the Medal of Honor can speak directly to teachers and students about their experiences and the values of bravery, commitment, and self-sacrifice. We are thrilled to provide a way for more teachers to learn about this program.”
If you are an educator, join the free learning community, Lessons on Bravery and Self-Sacrifice: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program, to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.
The Medal of Honor Character Development Program is free and available online and on DVD.  Learn more at http://cmohfoundation.org/educational-outreach/erie-project.
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Calcasieu Parish Teacher Named LACUE State

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Lightspeed Technologies Congratulates Fourth Grade Teacher, Ashleigh Schulz

 

TUALATIN, Ore. (Jan. 14, 2014)—Lightspeed Technologies, the trusted provider of classroom audio, congratulates Ashleigh Schulz, a fourth grade teacher at Moss Bluff Elementary, on being named LACUE State Elementary Teacher of the Year.

The LACUE Awards honor Louisiana teachers using the power of technology to achieve significant improvement in the education of their students. Winners were chosen by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.

Schulz has been a teacher for 11 years in Calcasieu Parish. She is an ELA teacher in grade 4 and has a huge passion for technology.  Schulz has written numerous grants to secure cutting edge technology and is a feature presenter at local, state, and national conferences.  She currently serves as a mentor to other teachers and has an open door policy in her classroom, welcoming anyone to observe the creative lessons her students create.

“Being recognized as LACUE State Elementary Teacher of the Year is an achievement that I am honored to receive,” Schulz said. “Such a recognition is a reflection of my amazing students and colleagues who make each day an extraordinary experience.”

Schulz said she believes in the power of technology, and the FLEXCAT system from Lightspeed Technologies has helped her become the teacher she has always wanted to be. She feels that she is now a more effective teacher as the system allows her to identify precious learning moments as she differentiates instruction for all students.

“Ashleigh is an inspiration to her students, to me, and to every teacher in the state of Louisiana. She brings enormous energy, enthusiasm and optimism to teaching — a career that has never been more vital to our future,” said Dr. Sheryl Abshire, CPSB’s Chief Technology Officer. “She’s the perfect choice for this tremendous honor as she continues to inspire and guide our students to greatness.”

For more information about Calcasieu Parish Schools, please visit: http://www.cpsb.org

 

About Lightspeed

Lightspeed Technologies has been serving schools since 1990. Our basic assumption is that hearing (listening) is critical to learning. Our passion is to improve the listening and learning environment for every child. We believe this will strengthen the connection between teachers and students.

For more information about Lightspeed and their education solutions please visit www.lightspeed-tek.com.

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Andover Public Schools Looking at Data Differently with Geovisual Technology 

A rapidly growing district with a reputation for excellence embraces a breakthrough solution from GuideK12

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN) January 14, 2014 – Andover Public Schools, the second-fastest growing district in the state of Kansas, recently implemented GuideK12 geovisual analytic software to accelerate and support data-driven decisions. District leaders sought an application that would save time and resources to support their district’s current and future planning needs.

With more than 5,300 students today, Andover saw immediate potential in using GuideK12 to monitor attendance boundaries. As the district continues to grow, attendance areas will evolve to meet the needs of families and manage facility capacity.   GuideK12 allows administrators to create scenarios on an interactive map and instantly understand the impact of each proposal.

“Choosing GuideK12 was easy for us, and it will be an integral part of our continuous improvement tool set.  There is so much this web-based software can do; we haven’t even begun to tap its full potential,” said Rob Dickson, Andover’s director of technology. “We are excited to look at data differently with visual analytics and see patterns, trends and test scores on an interactive map.  It will allow us to make more effective, efficient decisions and serve the community better.”

Because Kansas has a significant number of tornados each year, the district also appreciated GuideK12’s ability to manage disaster recovery and emergency preparedness. The software allows the district to layer storm data over the attendance boundary maps, assess which buildings and families were affected and quickly begin communicating with accurate information.

“We are excited that Andover Public Schools has selected GuideK12. Rob Dickson’s a visionary leader who continues to tap smart technology to support Andover’s needs,” said Chuck Amos, CEO of GuideK12. “Our technology will provide the right data to the right decision makers at the right time. When making those decisions, access to real-time data with geographic context benefits the entire community.”

Rob will be hosting a session called “Look at your Data Differently” at the upcoming Mid-America Association for Computers in Education (MACE) conference on Friday March 7 around these issues, if you will be attending you can register for the session here.

For more information about Andover Public Schools, visit them on the web at: http://www.usd385.org/

For more about GuideK12, visit them here: www.guidek12.com

About GuideK12:

Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information.   By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster.  Named one of SIIA’s 2012 10 most innovative education technology products, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United States. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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CALIFONE NEW ONLINE CATALOG

Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, has released its 2014 product catalog. The catalog highlights 15 new products focused on supporting Common Core State Standards and mobile learning initiatives, including the PA-MBiOS speaker, the first speaker from Califone designed specifically for iPads and iPhones.

As Common Core continues to roll out nationwide, it is important for schools to invest in equipment that helps educators achieve the learning goals outlined in the standards. Califone headsets, speakers and other devices are designed to support many Common Core standards, including the speaking and listening skills defined as critical components of the English Language Arts (ELA) portion.

Please contact me if you wish to speak with a Califone representative about the new products, and how Califone technology helps educators build Common Core-related skills.

To view the interactive catalog online, visit: http://www.califone.com/catalog/catalog2014.php.

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New Autism App Gives Kids Ability to Learn and Educators/Parents Means to Track Progress
With Scientifically Proven Methods

WHAT:  
For many children with autism, going to camp may never happen because of the challenges having autism can bring, including learning. But now, going to camp has a whole new meaning …

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), one of the world’s largest providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, has created Camp Discovery an app with unique features to increase the learning of children with autism spectrum disorder. The Camp Discovery app teaches over 50 common household and community objects to children through a series of various levels. Children will match identical objects, similar objects, and comprehend object names. For correct responses, players receive both visual and auditory reinforcement to keep them motivated and engaged. If a player responds incorrectly, Camp Discovery’s unique prompting system guides the player to answer correctly. Although Camp Discovery was designed for children with autism, all children can benefit from this app. Camp Discovery can be used on tablets with iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPad.

Camp Discovery is the only autism app on the market that provides the following benefits:

·      Every learning trial begins with a preference assessment – rewards for correct responses are personalized for each player based on the results of the preference assessment. Keeping with best teaching practices, the preference assessment is administered regularly to keep the game reinforcing as each player is unique and his or her preferences will change.

·      Fun mini games motivate learning – mini games serve as both a break from learning and an exciting reward for completing rounds.

·      Track the child’s progress by allowing users to track the child’s progress across games and generates graphs to show you how much your child is learning.

·      Parents are in control by using multiple settings, which can be manipulated by parents in order to personalize the player’s learning experience.

WHY: 
According to a recent study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, young children with autism appear to be delayed in their ability to categorize objects and, in particular, to distinguish between living and nonliving things.The study was published in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 88 children in America is diagnosed with autism, making it more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer and pediatric AIDS combined.
WHERE:
Download Camp Discovery for FREE from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camp-discovery-objects/id585678823?mt=8
WHO: (Available for immediate interviews)
Dennis Dixon, PhD, Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Marlena Smith, MA, BCBA, Center for Autism and Related Disorders
BACKGROUNDER:
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at its 26 treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of over 1,000 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit www.centerforautism.com.

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Vernier Kicks Off Its Spring 2014 Data-Collection Workshop Series

Science and STEM educators learn how to integrate new technologies into their curriculum during free, hands-on trainings

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 14, 2014 – This spring, Vernier Software & Technology will host more than 30 free workshops across the nation to help science and STEM educators integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum. Each four-hour workshop will provide educators with hands-on training using Vernier’s award-winning technology including Vernier’s new Go WirelessTM Temp, the first in a line of wireless sensors for use with iPad®and compatible mobile devices.

“For students, understanding how to collect data using technology, to analyze those data, and then to draw conclusions based on evidence are important practices detailed in NGSS,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “Our workshops help teachers learn how to incorporate these practices using sensor technology to collect and analyze data. The workshops are free, and teachers have a lot of fun. They get a chance to explore and experiment with probeware and then take those skills back to the classroom to incorporate into their curriculum.”

During the workshops, knowledgeable training specialists provide attendees with guidance as they explore classroom-ready labs they can use in their physics, biology, chemistry, environmental, and K-8 science classes.

Attendees have the option of earning two (quarter) Graduate Science credit hours through the Portland State University Center for Science Education. Each workshop also includes a light meal and an electronic copy of Vernier’s Workshop Training Manual, which includes ready-to-use lab handouts for all science disciplines.

Interested educators can select dates from the schedule below.

February Workshop Dates and Locations

February 22: Miami, FL February 24: Tampa, FL
February 25: Orlando, FL February 27: Jacksonville, FL

March Workshop Dates and Locations

March 6: Nashville, TN March 11: Knoxville, TN
March 11: Charlotte, NC March 12: Chattanooga, TN
March 12: Winston-Salem, NC March 13: Atlanta, GA
March 13: Raleigh/Durham, NC March 15: Atlanta, GA
March 20: Fairfax County, VA March 22: Baltimore, MD
March 24: Wilmington, DE March 25: Philadelphia, PA

April Workshop Dates and Locations

April 12: Rapid City, SD April 14: Memphis, TN
April 14: Ft. Collins, CO April 15: Little Rock, AR
April 15: Denver, CO April 16: Jackson, MS
April 16: Colorado Springs, CO April 17: Birmingham, AL
April 22: Hartford, CT April 23: White Plains, NY
April 24: Newark, NJ April 26: Princeton, NJ
April 26: Phoenix, AZ April 28: San Bernardino, CA
April 29: Irvine, CA

May Workshop Dates and Locations

May 7: San Jose, CA May 8: Oakland, CA

To register for a Vernier probeware workshop near you, visit http://www.vernier.com/training/workshops.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 33 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier’s technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit www.vernier.com.

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More Kansas Schools Selecting Lexia Reading Core5 to Improve Reading

Outcomes as Part of Kansas Reading Initiative

 

 Elementary Schools Have Confidence in Technology-based Reading Instruction

 

BOSTON —Jan. 14, 2014 — “We are seeing gains!” Just four months after the State of Kansas launched a two-year grant program for improving reading outcomes using Lexia Reading Core5™, Principal Kenneth McWhirter, of Marmaton Valley Elementary School, is reporting better student outcomes using the program. McWhirter’s students join more than 20,000 in 61 districts across the state, including those in Lansing, Galena, Stafford County, and Barber County that have opted-in to the Kansas Reading Initiative. The program provides elementary school students access to personalized reading instruction that is proven to accelerate the development of foundational reading skills and comprehension.

“I’ve been in education for more than 30 years and this is an exceptional program,” said McWhirter.  “It instantly gets down to such a micro level. For example, we noticed our students struggling with rhyming.  Lexia Reading Core5 was able to pinpoint the problem and give the students the exact instruction they needed to learn the skill. We were the first school in the state to apply for the reading grant—based on what I’m witnessing in the program—I know that other schools considering the program would be as impressed as we are.”

Lexia Reading Core5 is a technology-based reading program with printed instructional materials that provides students of all abilities the explicit instruction needed to accelerate mastery of skills. Students work independently in 18 unique levels of engaging, self-paced activities that take them on adventures around the world. Using an iPad® or web browser, students interact with complex text as they develop critical literacy, listening and reading comprehension skills. If a student struggles with the task, he or she receives skill-specific, explicit instruction in the online program. If the student continues to struggle, the program notifies the teacher and provides structured lesson materials for direct instruction. Lexia’s research-proven approach to skill development enables at-risk students to close the gap more quickly, and helps on-level or advanced students to continue to progress with limited support from their teacher. The program provides real-time assessment data that teachers can use for planning small group instruction, and enables teachers, principals and district-level administrators to monitor student, class, grade level, and school progress.

For Vickie Kelly, principal at Lansing Elementary in Unified School District 469, the decision to implement Lexia Reading Core5 through the Kansas Reading Initiative was simple.  “We previously used Lexia Reading however, the new program is even better.  First, it looks at student progress with the Common Core and is aligned to the Standards.  Second, it is student-centered and student-friendly. Lexia Reading Core5 pulls students in, and without them really noticing has them fully engaged in independent practice.  Third, it is research-based and evidence-proven and our teachers can use the data with confidence — not just for our struggling students but Lexia Reading Core5 works to help all students in all areas of reading instruction — from phonics to vocabulary to comprehension.”

Kelly and McWhirter also noted the importance of the program’s unique embedded assessment system, Assessment Without Testing®, which provides educators with the kind of information typically gathered via a traditional paper and pencil test about what a student knows and where the student needs additional instruction – all without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

“Assessment Without Testing gives us one more way to customize a student’s education,” said Kelly.  “It identifies and prioritizes our students for small group or individual instruction, provides our teachers and intervention specialists with recommended targeted instructional strategies and structured lessons, and most importantly, it includes the suggested number of minutes-per-week of software usage each student needs in order to meet expectations on grade-level assessments. This is real-time teaching and real-time learning so students can learn what they need, when they need it.”

Lexia’s instructional approach has been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcome studies published in scientific journals such as The Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal. These published reports serve as third-party validation of Lexia’s efficacy research. The program is also a five-time winner of the District Administration magazine Reader’s Choice Top 100 Products Award.

Kelly concluded.  “At the end of the day, we are all accountable for student success – and with this program everyone reaps the benefits.  Our district administrators have at their fingertips a comprehensive look at student data from each classroom in each school in real time.  Our teachers get a look at much of the same data on an individual student level that is so essential to drive improved and highly effective instruction.  Our students, who have access to the program at school and at home, are better equipped to advance their skills in order to become better readers and better students. That is personalized learning at its best.”

For schools interested in participating in the Kansas Reading Initiative, they should contact representatives from Educational Design Solutions (EDS) at 913-484-5889 or 785-554-3505.  Online application forms are available on the EDS website: www.educationaldesignsolutions.com.  For all other interested educators, please visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

About Lexia Learning

Established with a promise to improve student literacy through the use of technology, today more than one million students are currently improving their reading proficiency with Lexia. A Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, Lexia has been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcome studies published in scientific journals such as The Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

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