Promethean Inc. (USA) Wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
Promethean Planet Earns Another Prestigious Education Industry Recognition
SAN FRANCISCO – (May 27, 2014) – Promethean Inc. (USA), a leading provider of educational technology solutions, today announced that Promethean Planet (www.prometheanplanet.com) won the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators.
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced Promethean as one of 31 CODiE Award winners in the education technology category from among over 350 submissions. An SIIA CODiE Award win for educational technology companies is an especially prestigious honor, as each award winner has been selected by a combination of educators, who act as initial judges by selecting finalists from among all nominees, and SIIA members-company peers, who vote to select the winners from among the finalists.
Promethean Planet is one of the world’s largest online educator communities for global sharing and support. It connects a growing group of more than 1.9 million members in a collaborative environment. Educators from around the world engage with Promethean Planet to exchange lesson plan content and ideas, learn from peer groups with common interests, and access a wide variety of professional development resources. They can also personalize their experience using the community’s built-in tools.
“We are pleased to provide 21st century educators with a supportive community where they can collaborate with their peers worldwide,” said Jim Marshall, CEO of Promethean. “Our entire team is incredibly honored that Promethean Planet was distinguished with the CODiE Award for the best collaborative social media solution for educators. We are committed to creating resources that further knowledge sharing and working together, and we believe the CODiE Award demonstrates the effectiveness of the Promethean Planet community for teachers.”
“SIIA’s 2014 Education CODiE Award winners’ are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there,” said SIIA Vice President for the Education Division Karen Billings. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry.”
For more information about the CODiE Awards, visit SIIA’s Digital Disclosure blog http://www.siia.net/codies/2014/.
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 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 the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.
Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating and implementing innovative 21st century learning environments that help to make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. The company is headquartered in Blackburn in Lancashire, England, with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, please visit www.prometheanworld.com.
NEWS ABOUT MAGIC BOX: FOR EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHERS
According to an MDR- K-12 report, 60% of curriculum directors in US school districts are expected to replace their print instructional materials with digital material in the next three years. Unlike print publishing, digital publishing entails many more challenges that include: digital content creation, e-commerce, digital rights management (DRM), analytics, etc., and many publishers are not sure how to proceed with this challenge. MagicBox seeks to ease this transition by offering K-12 publishers a cost-effective, mobile distribution solution which allows them to securely create, sell, and distribute interactive, digital content across multiple platforms – both on and offline.
The demand for technology and smart devices in the classroom has been on a significant rise in recent years. Today, 50% of middle and high school students in the United States either own or have access to a smartphone or tablet, a 400% increase since 2007. Additionally, the number of students using digital books has risen by 5% in just one year.
“Publishers are finding it difficult to cope with the demand of bringing their content to all devices,” says Abhinav Chugh, Head of Product Marketing and Business Development for MagicBox. “MagicBox empowers all types of publishers to create media-rich and digital content and get it mobile.”
MagicBox lets teachers capitalize on the number of smartphones and tablets in the classroom to deliver ebooks, assignments, online assessments, feedback and other notifications to students. Since most schools have a controlled digital infrastructure with very restricted or no internet in the classrooms, MagicBox is equipped with the ability to deliver digital books offline, thus allowing students to access content on any device, even without an internet connection. Additionally, the program offers a fully administered social platform where students can share posts, blogs and opinion polls that enhance interactivity and learning.
“The greatest benefit of digital learning in schools is that it allows for deeper personalized learning for students. Our technology allows teachers to easily track, analyze and grade the performance of their students as well as assess problem-areas and offer customized solutions. MagicBox also offers publishers a great platform to receive real time analytics from students,” says Chugh, “The MagicBox team is proud to be a part of the digital revolution that is changing the way the world learns, by creating smart, innovative digital solutions that revolutionize the education sector and empower publishers, schools and teachers.”
MagicBox was launched at the 2013 EdNet Insight Conference. MagicBox, a cloud based digital publishing and mobile distribution solution for publishers. MagicBox delivers interactive, media-rich content to over 1 million students worldwide on their PCs and tablets.
To learn more, please visit http://www.getmagicbox.com
PlattForm Adds Senior Leadership to Academic Program Management Team
LENEXA, Kan. – (May 27, 2014) – PlattForm, a leading enrollment solutions marketing provider in the postsecondary education industry, has announced the expansion of its Academic Program Management (APM) senior leadership team. APM is structured to meet the long-term needs of colleges and universities worldwide through the growth of new and existing online, ground and hybrid programs.
“PlattForm has hired a group of seasoned leaders to support the new APM business offering,” said Steve Fireng, CEO. “I’m excited about the skills and expertise this team brings in developing and launching academic programs within the learning services industry.”
Nirmeen Hasan, SVP of Academic Partnerships
Hasan began her career in higher education 13 years ago at Embanet (now Pearson Embanet), where she was responsible for launching and overseeing operations for over 40 online programs. She has developed a comprehensive understanding of online learning services through her experience in working with academic institutions and managing partner relationships.
Nancy Coleman, VP of Academic Services
Prior to PlattForm, Coleman was the Director of Distance Education at Boston University, where she led the development and delivery of 16 online programs for domestic and international audiences. Under her leadership, BU was the recipient of numerous national awards for quality and best practices in online learning. She also established instructional design and student services best practices designed to support scalability and growth.
Rob Young, Managing Director
Young’s seasoned education background includes supervising partnership accounts, managing academic programs’ lifespan and performing ongoing business analysis. Young started in the education industry as a University Admissions Advisor over 12 years ago, and prior to joining PlattForm, he was a Partnership Director at Deltak.
PlattForm’s senior leadership team will continue to grow as it expands to serve institutions worldwide. APM is currently offered in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia markets.
Since 1989, PlattForm (PlattForm.com) has set the standard of excellence in marketing and enrollment solutions for colleges and universities worldwide. Headquartered in Kansas City, the firm boasts an internal staff of more than 550 industry experts. Forming partnerships with higher education institutions of all types, PlattForm provides optimal marketing performance through AttriBrandTM, a proprietary approach that integrates research, creative and channel-agnostic media planning with multichannel analytics and attribution. PlattForm’s Academic Program Management (APM) suite of services represents a closer collaboration for enhanced student outcomes, spanning the entire educational journey from students’ first awareness of an institution to enrollment through graduation and career planning. PlattForm is a portfolio company of Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based, growth-oriented investment firm with more than $5 billion in assets under management. A global company, PlattForm has offices located throughout the United States and in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.