Tech & Learning Announces Nervanix Among Winners in Its First Annual ISTE Best of Show Awards
Pioneering EdTech Product Chosen by a Panel of Educators during the Country’s Largest K-12 Ed Tech Trade Show
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NEW YORK, NY – July 22, 2014 – Tech & Learning, a leading publication for K-12 education technology leaders, last week named Nervanix among 34 product winners in its inaugural ISTE Best of Show Awards. The innovator in “Attention Adaptivity” was chosen by an anonymous panel of educator judges who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta.
Winning products ranged from student engagement software and Chromebooks, to charging carts and emergency alert systems. Over 70 products were submitted by exhibitors at the annual conference, which took place June 29-July 1. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology, then met to decide on which technologies could have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show. View the whole list of winners here.
“We are so very honored to be recognized as one of the top products featured at ISTE,” said Adam L. Hall, founder of Nervanix. “Not only is ISTE one of the most widely known conferences in our industry, but Tech & Learning is one of the leading publications as well. This is a testament to our product, our team and our vision. We believe that every student deserves to be taught in a manner that best suits that individual, and Nervanix Clarity is paving the way toward that reality.”
“The most asked question at every ISTE is, ‘Did you see anything cool?’,” says Kevin Hogan, Content Director for Tech & Learning Media Group. “We took this question to some of our most trusted advisors and they ran with it. They tromped the show floor to find the latest and greatest for all of our readers who couldn’t be in Atlanta.”
Please join us in congratulating the winners. They will be featured in the August issue of Tech & Learning.
Nervanix is an exciting new company in the educational technology sector that applies recent groundbreaking advances in the field of neuroscience to instructional and learning models with the intent of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of instruction through optimized student engagement. To learn more about Nervanix, visit http://www.nervanix.com/
About Tech & Learning
For 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit www.TechLearning.com
About NewBay Media
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries—Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com
myON named to Tech & Learning’s Inaugural ISTE Best of Show Awards
Reading Platform Listed Among 34 Products Chosen by a Panel of Educators during the Country’s Largest K-12 Ed Tech Trade Show
(MINNEAPOLIS) July 22, 2014 – Tech & Learning, a leading publication for K-12 EdTech leaders, has named myON among the 34 product winners in its inaugural ISTE Best of Show Awards. The online, personalized literacy platform was chosen by an anonymous panel of educators who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta.
Products were submitted by exhibitors at the annual conference, which took place June 29-July 1. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology, then met to decide on which technologies could have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show. Winning products ranged from student engagement software and Chromebooks, to charging carts and emergency alert systems. View the whole list of winners at techlearning.com.
“It is a tremendous honor to see myON recognized as one of Tech & Learning’s standout products at ISTE,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “Over the years, our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to deliver the most engaging, personalized literacy platform available to schools. We are proud of the work we do and to be recognized among the many other amazing ed-tech innovations on display at the conference is a testament to myON’s unique ability to impact the manner in which children learn.”
“The most asked question at every ISTE is, ‘Did you see anything cool?’” says Kevin Hogan, Content Director for Tech & Learning Media Group. “We took this question to some of our most trusted advisors and they ran with it. They tromped the show floor to find the latest and greatest for all of our readers who couldn’t be in Atlanta.”
myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction.
For more information, please visit www.myON.com.
About Tech & Learning
For 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology.
For more information, visit www.TechLearning.com.
About NewBay Media
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries—Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities.
Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Named NASBE 2014 Policy Leader of the Year
Arlington, Va. — Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s highly-regarded commissioner of education, has been named the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The honor is given annually to a national or state policymaker in recognition of his or her contributions to education.
“Commissioner Holliday’s dedication to improving public education and his achievements are renowned in Kentucky and nationwide,” said NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson. “His work in cooperation with the Kentucky State Board of Education has made the state a national leader.”
When Holliday assumed the role of Kentucky Education Commissioner in 2009, he already had a deep appreciation for the state’s long history of comprehensive education reform initiatives, though he vowed to push the envelope even further. With Holliday leading the charge, Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards, and recently, the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, under Holliday’s leadership, Kentucky has implemented a new assessment and accountability system, among many other initiatives; a new educator evaluation system goes statewide this fall. Critical to Kentucky’s progress is Holliday’s keen ability to engage educators, policymakers, and community leaders on important education issues, such as preparing students for success in college and career.
Since 2010, Holliday has served on the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) board of directors and is currently its president. He also serves on the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and co-chaired the Commission on the Accreditation of Educator Preparation task force that developed new educator preparation standards. Holliday is a participant in the Global Education Leaders Program and has received numerous awards for his work in education. While he was superintendent, the 20,000-student Iredell-Statesville School District in North Carolina received the 2008 Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award. Holliday was also named 2009 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, received the 2009 Grayson Medal for Innovation in Quality from the American Productivity Quality Council, and is an Alumni Examiner for the Baldrige Quality Award.
As commissioner of education, Holliday serves on the board of Kentucky Educational Television, Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board, and Council on Postsecondary Education. He has testified before Congress on the effectiveness of No Child Left Behind waivers, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, and is sought after by national policymakers and stakeholders on topics such as accountability, educator evaluation systems, and state flexibility. Holliday is also co-author of the book Running All the Red Lights: A Journey of System-Wide Educational Reform.
“Terry Holliday is an exceptional leader who has made a tremendous difference for the state’s students and their ability to graduate college- and career-ready,” says Kentucky State Board of Education Chair Roger L. Marcum. “He keeps the state board focused on what is best for students and ways to support educator and administrator effectiveness.”
Previous winners of NASBE’s Policy Leader of the Year Award include Gen. Colin Powell, former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt, former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, South Carolina Gov. and Education Secretary Richard Riley, New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, former First Lady Barbara Bush, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson.
Holliday is scheduled to accept his award at NASBE’s national conference October 17, in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about the conference.
The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. NASBE exists to strengthen State Boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for citizens and students. For more, visit www.nasbe.org.
More Publishers Are Tagging Their Resources with Metadata,
Says New Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Survey
Most Educators Want Publishers to Tag Their Resources
Philadelphia, PA, July 22, 2014 – Nearly 6 in 10 learning resource providers (58%) are now tagging their resources with metadata, according to a new survey published by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The LRMI Survey Report: July 2014 Update details findings of two separate online surveys targeting educational publishers and educators.
The publishers’ survey targeted traditional commercial publishers, online educational content providers, and organizations that provide open educational resources. Results will help inform the LRMI as it continues to promote the use of metadata tagging in order to improve the discoverability of educational resources and online content. Key findings from the publisher survey include:
- More than four out of five publishers surveyed (82.5%) were aware of metadata tagging initiatives, and 71.9% were specifically aware of the LRMI.
- Of those publishers who currently tag resources, 31% use tagging for external purposes, 8% use it for internal purposes, and 61% use it for both internal and external purposes.
- Nearly half of the publishers who are already familiar with the LRMI (46%) predict that all or most of their resources will be tagged with LRMI metadata by the end of 2014; 54% believe that some of their resources will be tagged by then.
Notable results from the educators’ survey include:
- Five out of six educators (84%) believe filtering of search results would improve their level of satisfaction with online searches.
- Nearly two out of three educators (66%) think learning resource providers should tag their materials with metadata.
Although the surveys targeted different groups, opinions overlapped on several significant points. Both educators and publishers view content/subject area and grade level as the most useful search criteria for finding educational resources online. Alignment to specific standards and intended user are other key criteria cited by both groups. Moreover, both groups cited faster, more productive searches and access to resources educators might otherwise not have known about as top advantages of more precise search and filtering methods.
Additionally, telephone interviews were conducted with seven district-level leaders across the U.S. to collect qualitative comments regarding opinions, ideas, and experiences with online educational resource search. Interviewees were probed on their level of familiarity with metadata tagging, their impressions of the LRMI, and more.
When asked what the benefits of improved online search would be, an assistant superintendent of curriculum in Tennessee stated: “Number one is time. … I would say quality. I would say alignment.” A computer technology director in Texas added: “We’re just flooded with so many results…. It has always been an initiative in education to make sure that people can get to resources quickly and efficiently.”
For the full list of quotes, along with the detailed survey report, click here.
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, the LRMI is working to make it easier to publish and discover quality educational content and products online. In April 2013, Schema.org, a consortium of search engines Microsoft Bing, Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex that is working to establish common metadata tagging across the Internet, adopted the LRMI schema. This means that the LRMI properties can now be indexed as part of the structured metadata that major search engines crawl in their searches.
About The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative
The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) aims to make the educational resource search experience richer for educators and learners and improve the discoverability of resources for content creators. TheAssociation of Educational Publishers—the 501(c)(3) arm of the Association of American Publishers—and Creative Commons have co-led the project since its founding in 2011.
Learning.com Appoints Brian Rose as Vice President of Business Development
Rose brings proven record of creating strategic partnerships and driving revenue growth at companies in the education market.
Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) July 21, 2014
Learning.com, a leader in helping districts implement digital learning initiatives, announces its selection of Brian Rose as Vice President of Business Development. Rose, who has extensive experience negotiating new business deals in the education market, will identify and drive new revenue opportunities for Learning.com. His appointment takes effect today.
“Brian is incredibly successful at finding potential partners, structuring creative win-win relationships and accelerating revenue growth,” said Keith Oelrich, Learning.com CEO. “He’s an engineer by training and a salesperson at heart. I’m thrilled Brian is joining our team, and I’m confident he’ll make a significant difference in identifying growth opportunities for Learning.com.”
Rose’s prior experience includes senior-level positions with Charter Schools Capital, Inc., Ignite Education Group, Pinnacle Education and Insight Schools. A graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Rose got his start in the early days of the eCommerce industry. His passion for improving the teaching and learning experience later drew Rose to a career in the education market.
“Learning.com leads the way in developing solutions that help districts prepare students for college and career success,” said Rose. “I’m excited to join a dynamic, creative team that’s dedicated to supporting educators and students.”
Learning.com helps districts implement digital learning initiatives with award-winning content, tools and services. By incorporating Learning.com’s curriculum and assessments into core instruction, educators help their students develop 21st century skills. With Learning.com’s digital content management solution, districts can seamlessly access, organize and share digital content to meet their instructional goals. Learning.com also offers industry-leading professional development services to support educators as they integrate technology into the classroom. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts to help prepare their students for success in college and future career opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.learning.com and connect with us at http://www.twitter.com/learningdotcom.
Glynlyon, Inc. names Beth Te Grotenhuis as new CEO
Te Grotenhuis to continue in her role as president of Odysseyware
(CHANDLER, Ariz.) July 22, 2014 — Glynlyon Incorporated, a leader in providing educational opportunities and online curriculum for a diverse mix of PreK-12 students, has appointed Beth Te Grotenhuis as chief executive officer of Glynlyon and president of wholly owned subsidiary Odysseyware.
Formally Glynlyon’s chief operating officer and president, Ms. Te Grotenhuis has nearly three decades of successful leadership experience in the education and software industries. Under her leadership, Odysseyware has become one of the K-12 education industry’s most comprehensive online & blended learning curriculums.
“It’s with great enthusiasm I turn over the CEO reins to my trusted colleague and good friend, Beth Te Grotenhuis,” said Robert Campbell, founder and out-going CEO of Glynlyon. “I’m very excited about the energy, thoughtfulness and strategic plan Beth has constructed through collaboration and hard work, and I have the utmost confidence that she will continue to build upon Glynlyon’s tradition of product leadership and excellence.”
Ms. Te Grotenhuis recently led the development and execution of the largest new product release in Odysseyware’s history and was instrumental in the development of Odysseyware’s industry-leading online Career Technical Education courses.
“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead such a talented and dedicated group of professionals at Glynlyon,” said Ms. Te Grotenhuis. “Since joining Glynlyon, I have shared the company’s mission to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and to be the best education partner in the industry. I am more committed than ever to that vision. With the continued support and efforts of the entire Glynlyon team, I am confident our best years are ahead of us.”
For more about Glynlyon, please visit them online here.
For more about Odysseyware, please visit them online here.
About Glynlyon, Inc.
Glynlyon, Inc. is a leader in providing educational opportunities and curriculum for a diverse mix of PreK-12 students. Through time-tested brands, Glynlyon offers superior academic solutions for every style of learning and type of classroom, so all students can experience a rich and rewarding education.
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit http://odysseyware.com/ or call 877-795-8904.
Triumph Learning Joins Digital Learning Alliance
Collaboration Aims to Fortify Digital Learning in Classrooms across the Country
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 21, 2014
Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, announces its entry into the Digital Learning Alliance (DLA). The partnership will advance DLA’s mission of improving the United State’s education system and supporting efforts to drive digital learning that amplifies teacher impact.
“Triumph Learning and Digital Learning Alliance have very similar goals,” said Rick Noble, CEO of Triumph Learning. “We seek to integrate impactful digital resources into the classroom that advance the education and development of all students and teachers. This partnership bolsters the reach of our individual efforts.”
DLA develops and advocates for outcome driven legislation that supports digital learning in education activities. As part of the alliance, Triumph Learning will assist in the goal of bettering the nation’s education system by providing input on DLA issue and policy areas for outreach to state legislators. Triumph Learning’s digital learning materials will also be added to the DLA library for access by legislators and state policymakers.
The partnership follows Triumph Learning’s unveiling of its new digital learning solution, Waggle, at ISTE 2014. The online learning platform generates a smart practice environment to help students in grades 3-8 achieve mastery of the skills and standards and prepare for assessments. The platform offers Common Core and state standards-aligned content in English language arts and math. Powered by Knewton’s adaptive learning engine, it customizes instruction by analyzing what students know and how they best learn.
About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Its state-customized products increase student achievement and raise scores on high-stakes exams for more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach and Waggle. For more information, visithttp://www.triumphlearning.com.
About Digital Learning Alliance
The mission of DLA is to help students of every age by providing education research, policy best practices, and initiative templates to solve dozens of educational issues by leveraging proven digital learning technologies, which can multiply the effectiveness of teachers and enable students to achieve their full potential. For more information, visit http://www.digitallearningalliance.org/.