ISTE 2014 Breaks Attendance Records, Dominates the Twittersphere


eduCanon Named Most Promising New Startup in 2014 ISTE Pitchfest


WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, 2014 – ISTE 2014 was one for the record books.  With 16,288 registered attendees from 67 nations and nearly 540 exhibitors with 1,359 booths, the ISTE Conference & Expo – one of the world’s biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events – dominated the Twittersphere with #ISTE2014 trending number four worldwide.


“From the playgrounds where attendees engaged in hands-on activities and explored interactive technologies to our three stellar keynotes, ISTE 2014 was buzzing with high energy and enthusiasm,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “Coming together as a community dedicated to empowering connected learners in a connected world, we broke all kinds of records from conference registration numbers to international participation to an astonishing 496,000 tweets to our hashtag.”


The conference offered something for all attendees. More than 900 sessions offered opportunities to build knowledge and to connect and collaborate. Powerful, world-class keynotes offered inspiration and insights: from actor and humanitarian, Ashley Judd; author, speaker and agent for social change, Kevin Carroll; and 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau.


eduCanon, an interactive video learning platform for flipped and blended classrooms, was named the most promising ed tech startup in the ISTE 2014 Pitchfest. This two-day event was held in the heart of the Startup Pavilion on the expo floor, where 30 new companies showed off their latest innovations. Pitchfest finalists included Branching Minds, Modular Robotics, News-O-Matic and The Wonderment by Kidnected World.


In addition to a robust program and pulsing expo floor, ISTE 2014 boasted a number of “firsts,” including:


  • Kicking off the new EdTekTalks series, mini-keynotes from five thought leaders from beyond the world of ed tech. Speakers included Dale Dougherty, founder of “Make” magazine, creator of Maker Fair and coiner of the phrase “Web 2.0”; Emily Pilloton founder of Project H; Guy Hoffman, Ph.D., co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab; Phil Hansen, visual artist, creative collaborator and author; and Shaherose Charania, CEO and co-founder of Women 2.0.
  • Hosting the inaugural Lead & Transform ISTE Town Hall, where superintendents, district and school administrators and ed tech leaders engaged in a dialogue about driving change in education.
  • Launching new sessions including Snapshots, 30-minute short-form content-focused discussions and Interactive Lectures, engaging lectures where hands-on exploration or activities are built into the presentation.


ISTE also unveiled three new powerful resources to support digital age learning and teaching: a new ISTE website, designed to facilitate collaboration and learning for the ed tech community; an online content and resource portal, the EdTekHub; and the organization’s new quarterly magazine, entrsekt (available in both print and digital formats. Each of these resources will provide the ISTE community with provocative and thoughtful up-to-date news, information and viewpoints for leveraging education technology to advance learning and teaching. As the organization’s new leading-edge magazine, entrsekt will focus on provocative education topics, profile education change agents and provide new and unique perspectives on education transformation Featured topics in the inaugural issue which debuted at ISTE 2014, include “Learning personalized: Putting the student-centric approach in focus”; “Professional learning’s brave new world: Modern approach is ‘an explosion of sharing'”; and “The core of learning: What Common Core learning means for students.”


ISTE also introduced the Lead & Transform movement, an initiative that will provide a comprehensive roadmap and professional learning opportunities to guide education leaders through the system-wide transition to technology-rich and standards-ready learning environments.


Planning for ISTE 2015, June 28 – July 1 in Philadelphia, is already underway and the call for participation will open on September 3, 2014, at


About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.


ISTE’s innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference &Expo– one of the biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and a robust suite of professional learning resources, including webinars, online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Connect with ISTE via TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.






Rourke Educational Media’s New ‘Amazing Animals’

Fall ’14 Book Series Educates, Engages, Entertains


VERO BEACH, Fla. (July 21, 2014) –Flat-bodied and fierce looking, the Texas horned lizard remains on the endangered list though it is still thriving in parts of the state, according to a recent media report. But thanks to a fascinating new series soon to be released for fall 2014 by Rourke Educational Media, students in grades K-3 will get to know the Texas horned lizard up close and personal.

The eight-title series, “Close-Up on Amazing Animals,” explores the unique adaptations and relationships that help animals survive in the wild. In one of the new series’ books, “Fighting for Survival: Predators and Prey,” the Texas horned lizard is profiled for its unique ability to squirt a stream of blood from the corners of its eyes, as well as its mouth, to confuse attackers.

“Teachers and students alike will love this new series because the books are not only entertaining and engaging, but very educational,” said Luana Mitten, director of instructional services, Rourke Educational Media. “Plus, the rich color photographs and maps assist students with comprehension and vocabulary development.”

Mitten noted the 24-page books are “ahead of the curve” in the quality of writing, and added they are a standout choice for educators implementing Common Core State Standards.

The other seven titles in the series are:

  • “Born in the Wild: Baby Animals”
  • “Finding a Mate: Animal Companions”
  • “Hidden in Plain Sight: Animal Camouflage”
  • “Made in the Wild: Animal Builders”
  • “Masters of Disguise: Animal Mimicry”
  • “On the Move: Animal Migration”
  • “Teaming Up: Animal Partners”

These titles will be available in August in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats.

For more information about all of Rourke Educational Media’s new titles for Fall ’14, call (800) 394-7055, or


About Rourke Educational Media
Rourke Educational Media, based in Vero Beach, Fla., helps to improve student learning through digital content, traditional print publishing, and response-to-intervention learning solutions that support the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and state and national standards. A global leader in educational technology, print, and distribution, Rourke Educational Media promotes literacy/reading, science and math for the preK-12 market, and offers interactive ebooks, assessment tools, print resources and other learning resources for the classroom, library and parental involvement. For more information, visit


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CEV Multimedia Introduces Industry Partners, Online Certification Program

American Meat Science Association, among others, partnering with producer of Career and Technical Education curriculum resources on initiative to improve college and career readiness.

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We are excited about the opportunity to work with nationally recognized associations and corporations on our certification program that enhances college and career planning for students around the country.

(PRWEB) July 21, 2014

CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, today announced the inaugural industry partners supporting its new certification program during a news conference in Austin, Texas. State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair of the House Committee on Public Education and author ofTexas House Bill 5, joined the industry partners at the event in support of CTE initiatives.

CEV Multimedia welcomed Representative Aycock and announced these inaugural certification partners and the corresponding certifications at the event:

  •     American Meat Science Association (AMSA) – Meat Evaluation Certification
  •     American Quarter Horse Association / National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association – Equine Evaluation Certification
  •     National Collegiate Livestock Coaches Association – Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification

“The establishment of the Meat Evaluation Certification program goes hand in hand with AMSA’s mission to continue to foster learning within those interested in the meat industry,” said Brad Morgan, Ph.D., AMSA President. “This certification program is a great way to provide individuals interested in careers within the meat industry the opportunity for ongoing training in specific areas of interest.”

The news conference also highlighted growing interest in CTE programs across the country. Today, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 12 million postsecondary students, and is recognized as an imperative solution to many national economic and workforce problems. Through iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive educational content, students can enhance their career and technical training with certifications from industry partners by completing regular coursework. In addition to the three industry-backed certifications currently available, CEV Multimedia is currently developing 20 additional certifications, some of which will be ready for classroom implementation this fall. The company aims to offer more than 60 industry-backed certifications across seven areas of CTE by spring of 2016.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with nationally recognized associations and corporations on our certification program that enhances college and career planning for students around the country,” said Gordon W. Davis, Chairman and CEO of CEV Multimedia. “The certifications will help students gain essential workforce skills while exploring career paths that meet their interests.”

The news conference comes one month after CEV Multimedia announced a major update to iCEV. The new version of the online learning tool includes a course management system containing pre-built CTE courses with lessons from the platform’s extensive online library, and provides a course set-up that walks educators through the process of choosing and customizing courses to fit the needs of their students. CEV Multimedia is also partnering with Learnosity to deliver interactive assessments and activities for students through iCEV.

The upgrade to iCEV will be available to schools for implementation in August, with pre-orders available now. For more information, visit

To view full news conference online, visit

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years’ experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive, online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. For more information, visit