myCore from Insight named 2014 EdTech Digest Best Professional Learning Solution
The Common Core lesson planning and sharing platform also named a 2014 CODiE finalist in same category
(ENCINO, CA) April 7, 2014 — Insight Education Group is thrilled to announce that its flagship cloud-based lesson planning and coaching platform, myCore, has earned top honors in this year’s EdTech Digest awards, being named the best professional learning solution in education for 2014. In addition to earning this top honor, myCore has also been named a finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE awards in the same category.
Built on Strategic Design for Student Achievement, a backward lesson design methodology, myCore offers teachers on-demand support in creating and customizing rigorous, engaging, standards-aligned units and lessons. In addition to providing coaching and support, myCore offers educators access to a rich library of hundreds of Common Core-aligned lessons —with the ability for users to pull the lessons into their myCore dashboards and customize them for their classrooms.
myCore gives teachers and administrators the ability to track and manage what standards have been planned and taught. With permission from teachers, the platform also provides administrators and coaches access to their lesson plans for observations and feedback to further support teachers’ growth and effectiveness.
“We believe teachers are the ultimate instructional designers as they know what their students need to achieve. myCore provides teachers the support they need to design units and lessons to meet the rigors of the Common Core in their instruction,” commented Insight’s CEO Dr. Michael Moody. “To see myCore named the best professional learning solution in 2014 by EdTech Digest and be recognized as a finalist by SIIA’s CODiE Awards is very exciting for us at Insight.”
A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year’s evaluation proceedings for EdTech Digest. “There is a lot of talent and quality out there, and we’re excited to recognize these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest.
The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.
“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 119 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “I look forward to honouring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”
“Educators deserve timely, relevant and actionable feedback and support so that they can grow and perform their best. This is at the heart of everything we do at Insight. We’re honored to have our work acknowledged by these two prestigious organizations, EdTech Digest and SIIA,” stated Moody.
A full list of this year’s EdTech Digest award winners can be found at http://www.edtechdigest.com.
Details about each of the SIIA CODiE finalists are listed at: http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp
About the EdTech Digest Awards Program
Recognizing cool tools, trendsetters and leaders in the education and technology sector, the mission of the annual awards program is to get workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of with the purpose of reshaping the education culture and creating a new and better future for students. Over the years, the best products and brightest minds have been featured helping millions of students, teachers, parents, administrators and others in and around education.
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.
About Insight Education Group
Insight Education Group is an educational consulting firm that supports the growth of teachers and school leaders. Since 2000, we have partnered with schools, districts, charters, states, and education organizations across the country to understand their challenges and provide matching solutions that get results. Our ultimate goal is to ensure all students get a great education. Learn more at: http://www.insighteducationgroup.com/
New California Charter School Saves $245,000 on Refurbished Apple Products
(SONOMA, Calif.) April 7, 2014 – Opening a new school can be costly, especially when you’re equipping students with the latest technology. But students at one new California charter school have access to the best EdTech devices on the market, and school leadership has room in the budget to spare.
“We searched everywhere for the highest quality technology available within our budget, and Mac to School was a perfect fit,” said Sean McManus, CEO of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. “Each time we’ve ordered from them, their customer service team has worked with us to make sure we get exactly what we need.”
While the district could have paid more than $350,000 to buy new technology directly from Apple, Mac to School was able to save them $245,000 on purchasing refurbished technology.
“We want every school system to be able to afford the best technology, no matter what size their budget is,” said Robert Baker, Mac to School’s co-founder and president. “We love helping new schools like the Academy of Arts and Sciences set their students up for success.”
In addition to providing school districts with an option for purchasing refurbished computers, Mac to School also offers to purchase Apple products from districts that are looking to upgrade or make room in their budget for new computers.
To learn more about Mac to School and the Apple products currently in stock, visit them online at www.mactoschool.com
To learn more about the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a leading network of California charter schools, got to www.aascalifornia.org for additional information. And while your there check out their free summer school and enrichment programs.
About Mac to School:
Mac to School buys, sells and refurbishes 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.