EarthCam Time-Lapse Documents National World War II Museum Expansion
WHAT: In anticipation of the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on Thursday, May 8, EarthCam is sharing its newest hand-edited time-lapse movie, highlighting progress for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Watch construction for the Solomon Victory Theater and Campaigns Pavilion from May 2011 to February 2014 with high definition megapixel imagery.
WHY: Since its opening on D-Day, June 6, 2000, the museum has welcomed nearly 2 million visitors. The Solomon Victory Theater and Campaigns Pavilion are part of a $300 million expansion, which will quadruple the size of the campus by the time of its expected completion in 2015.
HOW: Click here to watch EarthCam’s new time-lapse movie for the National World War II Museum.
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EarthCam is the global leader in delivering webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video and time-lapse construction cameras for corporate and government clients in major cities around the world. EarthCam’s revolutionary gigapixel camera systems deliver superior billion pixel clarity for monitoring and archiving the world’s most important projects and events. With EarthCam’s Photography Documentation Services, clients capture jobsite progress photos and upload them directly to site plans that can be shared with colleagues for an indisputable visual record. Most recently, EarthCam launched ConstructionCamTV, a new 24-hour “TV channel” devoted to live construction cameras and educational time-lapse movies. In 2013, EarthCam’s technology documented more than $120,000,000,000 of valued construction work.
Projects documented by EarthCam include: National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Barclays Center, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument Restoration, New NY Bridge, Panama Canal Expansion, Smithsonian Institution Restoration, Brickell CityCentre, Minnesota Vikings Stadium, Disneyland, Los Angeles International Airport, Denver Union Station, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, Levi’s Stadium and National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Thank You, Educators! ASCD Celebrates Teachers and Offers Professional Development Resources
Alexandria, VA (5/6/2014)–ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to offer a lineup of free online professional development resources that support teachers seeking to improve their practices. In addition to the free resources, educators of all levels are invited to take advantage of a special promotion on ASCD Arias™ publications available only during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5–9, 2014.
“On behalf of the entire staff here at ASCD, I want to send a special thank you to the world’s teachers for their dedication in helping students reach their full potential,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. “The work that you do each day for our students as caring, supportive, and dedicated educators is truly remarkable. You are building our future, one child at a time, and there is nothing more important.”
Free Professional Learning with ASCD’s Professional Development Tools
- Webinars – ASCD’s webinars provide free, ongoing learning for educators by bringing in ASCD experts to talk about timely topics, such as the Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning strategies, and closing the achievement gap. Each webinar is archived so educators never have to miss a topic and can access the large catalog of past webinars.
- ASCD Virtual Learning Network (VLN) – Through a series of free webinars, ASCD’s Virtual Learning Network offers professional development training for educators looking to implement curriculum, assessment, and instruction in their content area that align with Common Core State Standards.
- EduCore™ –This free online resource portal has materials to build teachers’ knowledge about the Common Core State Standards. Teachers will find current, relevant, and evidence-based tools and professional development to smooth the transition into a new era of teaching and learning.
- Educational Leadership® (EL) magazine – In June, Educational Leadership (EL) magazine will release its free summer digital-only issue, “Making a Difference.” Teachers will be inspired by personal stories on how educators who are building meaningful relationships, raising academic achievement, designing innovative programs that helped students overcome challenges, and more. Follow ASCD’s social media channels for information about the upcoming issue or sign up to receive a notification when the issue is available.
- Book study guides and sample chapters – ASCD offers free study guides and sample chapters for most professional development publications. Additionally, the ASCD for iPad app enables easy reading of ASCD e-books and lets users explore free electronic versions of member benefits like Educational Leadership, Education Update, and Policy Priorities.
Special Promotion on ASCD Arias Publications
Now through May 9th, ASCD will offer a bundle of the following four ASCD Arias titles focused on classroom management and organization at 25 percent off the list price ($38.96 for print; $20.97 for e-books):
- Time to Teach: How do I get organized and work smarter? by Jenny Edwards
- Affirmative Classroom Management: How do I develop effective rules and consequences in my school? by Richard L. Curwin
- The 5-Minute Teacher: How do I maximize time for learning in my classroom? by Mark Barnes
- Managing 21stt Century Classrooms: How do I avoid ineffective classroom management practices?by Jane Bluestein
To order a bundle of ASCD Arias publications, please visit www.ascd.org/ascdariasbundle.
Join ASCD in the Blogosphere
- ASCD Inservice – As ASCD’s official blog, Inservice stimulates conversation by covering the biggest topics in education today and offering insight, information, and resources that empower educators. Readers will find policy updates, details of conferences, guest posts from education experts, and more.
- ASCD EDge® – Join ASCD’s free social networking tool and connect with friends, colleagues, peers, and mentors. This award-winning platform gives educators opportunities to network with colleagues through groups, join professional learning communities, share photos and videos, and read influential blog posts from other ASCD EDge members.
- Whole Child Blog – The Whole Child Blog helps educators ensure that each child, in each school, and in each community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. New teachers can benefit from the free resources, contributions from experts in education and ASCD staff, examples of what a whole child approach in education looks like, and more.
In addition, teachers can connect with ASCD’s award-winning social media portfolio, via ASCD’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn accounts. ASCD’s social media presence connects ASCD with educators and shares unique content that is dedicated to learning, teaching, and leading.
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.
LEARN ZILLION’S TEACHER DREAM TEAM
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LearnZillion, a curriculum and professional learning platform built from the Common Core, announces its 2014 Dream Team of 200 talented math and English language arts (ELA) teachers. Selected through a highly competitive international application process, Dream Team members represent the best of district, charter and independent educators from 42 states and three countries.
The Dream Team will convene in New Orleans for TeachFest, a unique professional development event from June 4-7, where they will kick-off a rigorous summer-long collaboration to create high-quality formative assessment tools and resources that will support teachers implementing the Common Core across the United States. Following TeachFest, Dream Team members will return to their respective districts and continue to work in facilitated online professional learning communities (PLCs).
“TeachFest was the most amazing professional development that I have ever been a part of,” said returning 2013 Dream Teammember Leah Weimerskirch of Queens Village, N.Y. “Not only did I feel a sense of community, but I really had to challenge myself to be successful in creating lessons. We’ve produced quality material that is truly aligned with the Common Core.”
“We are excited to continue honoring and championing the powerful work of teachers,” said Eric Westendorf, LearnZillion CEO. “With 4,000 applicants and only 200 spots, we truly have a Dream Team of teachers who are hungry for challenging professional development that allows them to scale their impact to help teachers and students around the world.”
The diverse 2014 Dream Team members represent 42 states, three countries (U.S., Singapore and Tunisia) and over 2,300 years of teaching experience, ranging from two to 42 years in the classroom. Click here for a complete list of educator names by state.
LearnZillion champions teachers and provides schools and districts with an effective bridge to the Common Core. LearnZillion Premium’s math curricular resources and close reading/writing program are built by a Dream Team of top educators directly from the standards to unlock the instructional potential of teachers and prepare every student for the rigorous new assessments. A flexible learning platform allows schools and districts to develop teacher leaders as they customize a high-quality curriculum for every building. Over 395,000 teachers now use the LearnZillion platform. Customers include District of Columbia Public Schools, Syracuse City Public Schools, the Delaware Department of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education and various school consortia throughout the United States. Founded in 2011 by two former teachers, LearnZillion is on Fast Company’s World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education. Connect online at @LearnZillionand www.LearnZillion.com.
Jones & Bartlett Learning Selects Smart Sparrow’s Adaptive eLearning Platform
Smart Sparrow’s Solution Built for Educators
San Francisco, May 6th, 2014 – Jones & Bartlett Learning, an Ascend Learning company, and a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets, today announced a partnership with leading adaptive eLearning technology company, Smart Sparrow.
Jones & Bartlett Learning selected Smart Sparrow for its strong educator focus and broad feature set of its adaptive eLearning platform. The unique simulation-based teaching capability that will enable the creation of adaptive ‘learning by doing’ experiences was of particular importance, as well as the rich data analytics capabilities of the platform.
“The education market is in a transformational period, not just in the way content is consumed on the myriad technologies available to users today but in how learners navigate and retain information,” said Ed Moura, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Jones & Bartlett Learning. “There is a growing demand for adaptive learning solutions in our markets and we want to be able to enrich our content for these emerging educational contexts. Smart Sparrow’s platform and services met our criteria, allowing us to add value to our content for students and educators alike.”
After a thorough search, Jones & Bartlett Learning chose Smart Sparrow based on the innovative features designed specifically for the key Jones & Bartlett Learning disciplines. “By implementing the Smart Sparrow platform, Jones & Bartlett Learning is supporting students’ transition from traditional textbook based learning to digital learning, allowing us to reach an ever growing audience of native digital learners while providing a personalized and adaptive learning experience that is unique to each individual student,” said James Homer, President of Jones & Bartlett Learning.
“We are very pleased to have Jones & Bartlett Learning using Smart Sparrow to bring learning outside of the standard textbook,” said Dr. Dror Ben-Naim, CEO of Smart Sparrow. “Online coursework is becoming increasingly popular, but educators are frustrated that they have little ability to adjust content and materials to their particular teaching goals. We have built a solution to help professors teach smarter. Jones & Bartlett Learning shares our mission to empower educators, and we look forward to the partnership.”
About Smart Sparrow
Smart Sparrow is an adaptive eLearning platform that lets anyone create rich, interactive and adaptive learning experiences. Smart Sparrow was founded in 2011 by Dr. Dror Ben-Naim who led a research group in the field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Data Mining at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Smart Sparrow’s mission is to empower teachers to make the world smarter. For more information please visit: www.smartsparrow.com.
About Jones & Bartlett Learning
Jones & Bartlett Learning, a division of Ascend Learning, is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets. Across a broad spectrum of fields ranging from medicine and emergency services to computer information systems, our educational technology applications and instructional assessment and performance-management solutions are revolutionizing how instructors teach and how students and professionals learn. With the most up-to-date, authoritative content available from academia and industry thought-leaders, Jones & Bartlett Learning is leading the way for educators, students and professionals to discover new educational and professional skill-development opportunities – enabling personalized learning, anytime, anywhere. For more information, please visit www.jblearning.com.
New Research Study Release: Students and Educators Agree on the Value of Meaningful Student Assessments
Majority of Educators Never Received Assessment Literacy Training in Teacher Prep Programs
Students, Teachers and District Administrators All See Benefit in Adaptive Technology-Based Tests
WASHINGTON (May 6, 2014) – Classroom teachers, district administrators and students are unified in their belief that student assessments are of real value if the tests and their results are used to support learning, according to a new national study of more than 2,000 educators and students in grades 4-12.
This shared belief in the proper role of assessment is a key finding in Make Assessment Matter: Students and Educators Want Tests that Support Learning. The study is a follow-up to a 2012 study and report, For Every Child, Multiple Measures. Grunwald Associates LLC conducted both studies on behalf of theNorthwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).
Make Assessment Matter highlights for the first time the perceptions of students, 94 percent of whom agree that tests are important for understanding what they are learning, getting into a good college and knowing whether they will move on to the next grade. Like the 2012 study, Make Assessment Mattersurveyed classroom teachers and district administrators. The study presents the findings of surveys of 1,042 students, 1,004 teachers and 200 district administrators.
“Teachers, district administrators and students all want to focus on learning. Assessment is not exempt from that requirement,” said Matt Chapman, president and chief executive officer of NWEA. “As a not-for-profit organization, NWEA strongly shares this belief-voiced by everyone in the survey-that assessments must be student-focused and should be used to improve teaching and learning. We are especially excited to bring the student into the conversation. Who better to help guide us toward a more student-centric educational system?”
“Make Assessment Matter highlights both the highs and lows when it comes to student and educator perceptions of testing and public education,” Grunwald Associates President Peter Grunwald said. “With so much attention placed on student assessments and the proper use of test results, this survey provides a comprehensive look at what students, teachers and district administrators really think about this important topic. The educators and students surveyed are closest to student learning and assessment, and they have spoken loudly and clearly.”
Some key student-centered highlights from Make Assessment Matter include:
- 95 percent of students agree that tests are “very” or “somewhat” important for helping them and their teachers know if they are making progress in their learning during the year and for getting into a college
- More than half of students (55 percent) believe they take state accountability tests to evaluate their schools
- Despite all the attention on assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, 80 percent of students say they have not heard of new state accountability tests
- 58 percent of high school students believe college entrance exams accurately predict college success
- 81 percent of students think student test scores reflect how well teachers teach
The study also found that African-American, Asian and Hispanic students are significantly more likely than white students to believe that classroom and state accountability tests are very important to their futures (getting into the next grade, college or the military). Sixty-four percent of African-American students, 65 percent of Asian students and 61 percent of Hispanic students believe state accountability tests are very important to their futures, compared to just 47 percent of white students.
Additionally, 78 percent of students think that taking tests on computers has a positive impact on their engagement during tests, while most district administrators (95 percent) and teachers (76 percent) agree that adaptive technology-based assessments are “extremely” or “very” valuable for engaging students in learning.
While 80 percent of teachers and 91 percent of district administrators report that they work with their peers to use assessment results to inform instruction, the majority of teachers (55 percent) report that they never took a course in assessment literacy in their teacher preparation (pre-service) programs.
Despite the lack of formal assessment preparation, the 96 percent of teachers who say they use assessment results do so to improve teaching and learning where it counts most-the classroom. Of those teachers who use assessments, 74 percent use results to adjust instructional strategies, 67 percent use them to plan and differentiate instruction for high-, average- and low-performing students, and 58 percent use them to set learning goals for their students.
Based on the findings identified in Make Assessment Matter, NWEA offers five specific recommendations to increase the focus on student learning. These include:
- Engage with students in policy development processes, especially when making testing mandates at the state, district and classroom levels.
- Realign assessment priorities in support of teaching and learning.
- Establish formal learning opportunities on assessment literacy for every teacher, principal and building administrator. Assessment literacy, in teacher preparation and professional development, is a significant area of need, especially since teachers’ communications are most important to students and parents regarding testing.
- Improve student learning by making educator collaboration a priority in every school and district.
- Prioritize technology readiness in every district, focusing on infrastructure and addressing glitches.
“These findings offer important lessons as we work together to improve public schools across the nation,” Chapman said. “It is clear that collaboration empowers educators to interpret and use assessment results, building their capacity to improve outcomes. Students have also spoken loudly that they want to have a voice on assessment and their education. We must engage them in the process.”
NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon. NWEA partners with educational organizations worldwide to provide computer-based assessment suites, professional development and research services. NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) adaptive assessments leverage more than 30 years of research into student growth that informs decision-making at every level, from classrooms to boardrooms. NWEA’s research center, The Kingsbury Center at NWEA, uses the Growth Research DatabaseTM to drive original research with universities, foundations and policymakers. Learn more at nwea.org.
About Grunwald Associates LLC
Grunwald Associates is a full-service research and consulting firm whose research work has informed the debate on a range of national policy issues. Grunwald offers an in-depth understanding of education and innovation, combined with mastery of state-of-the-art research methodologies. The firm specializes in challenging public and proprietary assignments for nonprofit, corporate and government clients. Services include sophisticated quantitative and qualitative research, including pricing simulation and product configuration, social media and community development, and messaging and strategic counsel. Grunwald has a reputation for research integrity and creativity and has garnered the trust of key national education associations, policymakers and educators. Learn more at www.grunwald.com.