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edWeb.net to Partner with Frog Street Press for  New Online Professional Learning Community on Early Childhood Learning Solutions

PRINCETON, NJ, July 14, 2014 – edWeb.net and Frog Street Press will partner to help early childhood educators positively impact the future of young children in the classroom by creating a free online professional learning community on Early Childhood Learning Solutions. The announcement was made today by Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, and Charles Pierson, President of Frog Street Press, a leading provider of educational tools designed to enlighten and enrich the minds of toddlers, pre-K and kindergarten students.

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, said, “We look forward to working with Frog Street Press to help early childhood educators evaluate and utilize curriculum, educational materials and resources for the classroom. Our goal for this community is to help educators, care givers and administrators provide the necessary developmental building blocks that are so important for school readiness.”

Pierson adds, “We are so pleased to work with edWeb as we strive to fulfill our mission of impacting the lives of young learners by providing quality professional development to early childhood teachers. Frog Street will launch this new professional learning community in conjunction with edWeb at our annual early childhood educational conference, SPLASH 2014July 17-19, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.”

The Early Childhood Learning Solutions community provides free webinars, presented by experts, industry leaders and educators, that will help early childhood teachers enhance their lessons and classrooms to improve their work with young learners. Educators receive a CE Certificate for attending the live webinars or viewing the recording. The community hosts online discussions that make it easy for educators to stay connected over time with fellow educators to share ideas, practices, examples, lesson plans, and resources. The community is a growing resource center with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere.

For over 25 years, Frog Street Press has made it their mission to help teachers and caregivers create a joyful environment with intentionality of instruction that develops early childhood minds. Frog Street will bring its history of dedication to professional development by bringing extensive knowledge, research and resources to the edWeb.net community members via monthly webinars and online discussions.

This collaborative professional learning community will kick off with an opening webinar: Early Childhood Learning: Dr. Jean’s Back to School Strategies for Success! to be held July 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Register here.

Educators can join the community at www.edweb.net/earlychildhood.

For more information, contact: 

Jenifer Morack, Program Director, edWeb.net
609-439-8103 | jenifer@edweb.net


Newest Responsive ClassroomÒ Book Helps Adult Meetings Come Alive

Energize Your Meetings! 35 Interactive Learning Structures for Educators


Turners Falls, MA—Just-published by Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), developer of the Responsive Classroom approach, Energize Your Meetings! 35 Interactive Learning Structures for Educators helps school leaders facilitate productive, engaging meetings that adult participants look forward to and leave feeling invigorated. The book offers easy step-by-step directions for interactive structures that are ideal for helping adult learners:

  • get to know new material
  • assess their own comprehension
  • deepen their understanding of content or issues
  • reflect on their learning and develop action steps
  • solve problems collaboratively


“We know that adults as well as children learn best when they can be both active and interactive—when their learning includes some getting up, moving around, and working with others,” says Lora Hodges, Executive Director of NEFC. “The structures in Energize Your Meetings! give group leaders easy ways to make just this kind of adult learning happen.”


Meeting facilitators needn’t be trained presenters to use these structures. Each involves few steps, little to no advance preparation, and few or no materials, and “Learning Structure in Action” examples help group leaders envision how each structure might work in their own setting. In addition, a “Learning Structures at a Glance” chart at the beginning of the book helps users choose the best structure for their purpose and group size.


All of the structures in Energize Your Meetings! are ones used in Responsive Classroom workshops. “Participants often say that Responsive Classroom workshops are the best professional development they’ve ever experienced,” says Hodges. “A big part of that is the power of the interactive learning structures presenters use. We’re delighted to share these structures, and we hope this resource will help many educators lead meetings and PD sessions that harness the full power of active, collaborative learning among their staff.”


Visit the Responsive Classroom website for more information and sample learning structures.



Energize Your Meetings! 35 Interactive Learning Structures for Educators

Spiral-bound, 96 pages, $23

Copyright 2014, Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-892989-62-8




The not-for-profit Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC) was established in 1981 by elementary school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. That way of teaching, called the Responsive Classroom approach, is a research-based elementary education approach associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate.Responsive Classroom practices help educators create classrooms characterized by engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmentally appropriate teaching. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs. NEFC offers Responsive Classroom on-site consulting services to schools and districts; workshops and institutes for educators in locations around the country; and numerous books, videos, andother resources for teachers and administrators.


For more information, visit www.responsiveclassroom.org.


Epson Announces New BrightLink Series with

World’s First Touch-Enabled 3LCD Interactive Projector


Industry Leader Expands Interactive Learning Possibilities in the Classroom


ORLANDO, Fla. (FETC, Booth #631) – Jan. 29, 2014 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced its new line of ultra-short throw interactive projectors – the BrightLink® 575Wi, 585Wi and 595Wi. Designed for K-12 and higher education markets, the series delivers advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, interactivity over the network, Moderator software for ultimate collaboration, and up to 3,300 lumens of color brightness and 3,300 lumens of white light brightness2. The line also takes interactive capabilities one step further with the BrightLink 595Wi, the world’s first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projector.


“Epson understands the need for a fresh approach to classroom collaboration, and with the introduction of the BrightLink 595Wi – the very first finger-touch interactive 3LCD projector – students are able to experience a kinesthetic and intuitive approach to learning,” said Tom Piche, product manager, K-12 interactive projectors, Epson America, Inc. “As the classroom landscape continues to evolve, teachers require tools to engage students in the learning process. With functionality to support BYOD initiatives, including Moderator software to control collaboration, the BrightLink series is ideal for creating an immersive learning environment.”


The new BrightLink series delivers WXGA resolution for widescreen performance, as well as brightness and functionality options to accommodate nearly any classroom:



Product Function Color Brightness2 White Brightness2 Education Pricing
BrightLink 575Wi Dual Pen-Based Interactive 2,700 2,700 $1,499
BrightLink 585Wi Dual Pen-Based Interactive 3,300 3,300 $1,599
BrightLink 595Wi Finger-Touch & Dual Pen-Based Interactive 3,300 3,300 $1,799


More about the BrightLink 595Wi

The BrightLink 595Wi is the first touch-enabled interactive 3LCD projector, equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard enabling finger touch control and annotations. The 595Wi supports gestures3, up to six fingers for annotations, as well as dual-pen support with redesigned interactive pens offering a smaller, more compact feel and programmable mouse button for toggling between most frequently used actions, overall enhancing the learning experience and allowing students and teachers to collaborate at a higher level.


More about the BrightLink Series

Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times brighter colors than leading competitive projectors4. By using Epson EasyMP® with Moderator software and Epson iProjection™ app, the new ultra-short throw series is also easy to network and integrate into classrooms adopting BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives. The three models offer PC-free annotation with a range of devices including document cameras, DVD and Blue-ray players as well as tablets and mobile devices, or no source at all. The series also delivers interactivity over the network and two HDMI ports including one with MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) support for connecting multiple digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for enriched high definition viewing capabilities.


The new BrightLink series also gives teachers more control within multi-device classrooms with built-in Moderator functionality, allowing up to 50 computers, tablets and other handheld devices to be connected via the network. Teachers can wirelessly control which personal devices are displayed, with up to four participant screens shown simultaneously, ideal for comparing students’ work and increasing classroom participation.


Furthering Epson’s commitment to interactive engagement, this family of BrightLink models is also compatible with educational curriculum applications including Promethean ActivInspire and SMART Notebook™ 11, allowing educators to foster greater interactivity among students of all ages and disciplines.


The three BrightLink models share additional easy-to-use and versatile features for the classroom, including:


–        Wireless interactivity: Use EasyMP software with a networked BrightLink projector to share and interact with content from your laptop as you move freely about the classroom


–        Large Interactive Area: Up to 100” diagonal – at a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard systems


–        Easy Interactive Tools (EIT) 3.0: Includes a refreshed user interface for increased ease-of-use, hardware control center and editable file format to save lessons and more


–        Epson iProjection: Leveraging the Epson iProjection app, teachers can present to BrightLink from most iOS Apple devices running iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®, and most Android devices running Android 2.3 or later


–        Redesigned Wall Mount: Offers longer arm for mounting to thicker boards and cover extension for hiding cables when installed


–        Speaker and Microphone Input: Dedicated input allows teachers to use a microphone to amplify voice using the internal 16W speaker, saving the teacher’s voice and ensuring all students can hear; volume can be adjusted using projector or remote control buttons


–        Monitor and Control: Epson EasyMP network software for network monitoring, maintenance scheduling, and email alerts to be sent via LAN; schedule function allows projector to run functions without the need to be connected to a network


–        3LCD Technology: Features the latest, 3LCD, 3-chip technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology provides an energy efficient light engine which uses available lamp light to create stunning images; in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness5


–        Dual Interactive Pens: Includes two interactive pens for writing, navigating and controlling interactive functions.


–        Long Life Lamps: The lamp life can last up to 10,000 hours6 in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time; replacement lamps cost $79, providing a lower overall total cost of ownership


Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors.


Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The new color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, teachers and students can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit www.colorlightoutput.com.


Availability and Support

The new Epson BrightLink projectors will be available in mid-April 2014through select pro audio/visual dealers, K-12 and higher education users. Epson’s projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line and a two-year Road Service projector replacement program that includes projector exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/projectors.


About Epson

Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.


Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.


You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).


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* Estimated street price


1 Based upon Q3 2013 worldwide front projection market share estimates from PMA Research.

2 White and color light output will vary depending on mode selected.  White light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.

3 With Windows 7/8 or Mac OS X only

4 Compared to leading 1-chip DLP business and education projectors based on NPD data, July 2011 through June 2012. Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions.

5 Data source: ProjectorCentral.com Jan. 2011. Average of 1,038 shipping models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage per lumen. It was measured for both 3LCD and 1-chip projectors in each of five brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per lumen in each of the five segments.

6 Lamp life for the BrightLink 575Wi is up to 10,000 hours (eco mode) and 5,000 hours (normal); lamp life for the BrightLink 585Wi and 595Wi is up to 6,000 hours (eco mode) and 4,000 hours (normal). Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp Brightness decreases over time.


Note: EPSON and EasyMP are registered trademarks, Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BrightLink, Brighter Futures and PrivateLine are registered trademarks of Epson America, Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.