Best Selling Author James Patterson and myON look to Increase
Student Engagement and Summer Reading
MINNEAPOLIS – July 28, 2014 – James Patterson is offering special access to his new book, Treasure Hunters, to all students using myON. The unprecedented partnership between the two literacy advocates looks to increase student engagement and reading over the summer break and beyond.
Patterson, creator of readkiddoread.com, is a long-standing supporter of children’s literacy and the importance of reading in a child’s development. The first in a new series of books, Treasure Hunters, tells the adventures of the Kidd family as they embark on a quest for treasure. The exciting adventure series is jam-packed with action, humor and heart and is recommended for students in grades 3-7.
To further encourage students to read, Patterson filmed a public service announcement, will be featured on Education Talk Radio for a 30-minute segment and will partner with myON in inviting students, teachers and parents to participate in myON’s first national book talk on September 15th. If the readers have questions for the author, they can submit them in the “Write a Review” section after finishing the book. Some of those questions will be shared during the national book talk.
“We are thrilled that our more than 4M readers will now have access to books from James Patterson; it is our highest priority to provide each of them with books that not only challenge but entertain them as well,” said Todd Brekhus, President of myON. “We are honored to partner with Patterson to encourage students and families to read together over the summer.”
Treasure Hunters is just one of more than 7,000 titles kids can enjoy anytime and anywhere on the award-winning digital literacy platform. For more information, please visit www.myON.com.
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.
Warren County District Utilizes Innovative Data Visualization Tool for Realignment
Administrators use GuideK12, geovisual analytics to make informed boundary changes
Bowling Green, KY July 28, 2014- With the potential of adding as many as 200-300 students per year and discussion about moving 6th graders to the middle school due to an increase in pre-school enrollment, Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) in Bowling Green, Kentucky saw a need to change district alignments to effectively accommodate the rise in schools’ student populations. After extensive research, WCPS determined that the geovisual analytics software, GuideK12, would best assist them with the district realignment.
Their plan is to realign and redistribute the grade levels at all the district’s middle schools to include the sixth grade. The GuideK12 platform gives the administrators the ability to make data driven decisions expeditiously. With an importance placed upon capacity and demographics impact, the Student Services department was able to visualize all corresponding statistics to make the most informed decisions for the betterment of their student bodies.
“We looked at many tools, but were impressed by GuideK12’s ease of use and the fact that it is a web- based platform. Two years ago we created boundaries for a new building. I wish we had GuideK12 at that time,” said Pat Stewart, Director of Student Services. “With GuideK12, I can select an area on the district map to create various scenarios in seconds. In the past, we hand drew maps and it took hours to accurately count the kids on each street. With GuideK12 I have a picture of the area and the impact of each proposal instantly.”
One of the more unique abilities of the GuideK12 analytical software is the ability to layer several data sets over one another, creating a richer and more detailed picture to help in the decision making process. The district was even able to add layers showing railroad tracks and the river – both of which flow directly throughout the entire school district and county – allowing administrators the capability to keep student safety a number one priority by being aware of local roadways.
“I can now take the elementary boundaries and layer them over the top of the middle and high school boundaries,” continued Stewart, “to better understand the transportation dynamics of the school feeder patterns.”
Geovisual analytics is new software technology that visualizes student and county data on an interactive map so it is easily actionable. Districts experiencing changes need tools to support data driven planning. GuideK12 helps a district make more proactive, effective and accurate decisions around school choice, boundary changes, resource planning, emergency preparedness and student performance.
“We know the team at Warren County Public Schools has much broader plans for all the applications within the district using GuideK12,” said Chuck Amos, CEO of GuideK12. “And we are thrilled to continue to work with them to achieve their goals.”
Based in MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be faster and more effective. GuideK12 has been the proud recipient of many industry leading awards: Selected as a 2013 finalist for SIIA’s education CODiE awards for Best K-12 Enterprise solution; NSBA Innovative Showcase Company ( 1 of 6); EdTech Digest “Cool Tool”
Winner for Best District Data Solution; and one of the Top Products of 2012 by DA Magazine. GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more about GuideK12, please visit:www.guidek12.com
CINCINNATI, OH – July 28, 2014 – Knovation, the leader in advanced personalized learning solutions, announces a partnership with SAFARI Montage that expands and simplifies educators’ access to curated digital content from a wide range of free content providers. netTrekker and SAFARI Montage users can now access more than 360,000 digital learning resources from Knovation by using a single integrated search. The educator-curated resources are aligned to state and Common Core State Standards (CCSS), tagged and organized so teachers and students can easily access relevant digital resources for use in blended learning classrooms.
“It’s extremely important in today’s classroom to have quick access to quality, learning-ready digital resources that teachers and students alike can trust. As well, administrators must have the confidence that they are providing the most efficient and cost-effective means of covering all subjects, grades and learning modalities,” said Joe Grieshop, president and managing officer at Knovation. “Knovation’s partnership with SAFARI Montage addresses the growing need for interoperability between solution providers, in order to meet the demands of districts making the shift to digital and 1:1 initiatives.”
Additional features of the partnership depend on which SAFARI Montage module subscriptions have been licensed and include the ability to display netTrekker search results within the SAFARI Montage Learning Object Repository (LOR). Users will also be able to save netTrekker search results in SAFARI Montage CreationStation™. Other features include tools for creating and adding content to playlists or lessons.
The resources in Knovation’s digital library go through a 127-point Resource Certification Process featuring three phases: content identification, content contextualization and content maintenance. As a result, they are CCSS-aligned in four core subject areas and many more. Vetted and certified by doctoral-level curriculum experts who curate the resources, Knovation ensures instructional relevance by identifying learning needs, such as grade and reading level, and providing various content formats including video, lessons plans and eBooks.
SAFARI Montage is the latest company to join Knovation’s distinguished list of technology integration partners, including Scantron Achievement Series and Performance Series, Alexandria™ by COMPanion®, Book Systems® Atriuum®, MackinVIA, Tech4Learning® Wixie® and Follett® One Search, among others. Knovation integrates with learning management systems, assessment solutions, library automation systems and other popular platforms to bring valuable digital content to the education market.
About SAFARI Montage
SAFARI Montage provides K-12 school districts with a fully integrated Digital Learning Platform, including a Learning Object Repository, Video Streaming Library, IPTV and Live Media Streaming, designed to handle video efficiently. The solution is IMS Global technology interoperability standards certified, working with virtually all classroom technology, mobile devices and district systems. The full suite of integrated modules provides a single interface for users to access and manage all digital, visual resources from within the school district network or from home. With the introduction of the Digital Curriculum Presenter™ (DCP) module, curriculum departments can elegantly deliver a full digital curriculum. SAFARI Montage servers come preloaded with educational video titles tied to the curriculum from the industry’s leading video publishers, which include Schlessinger Media, PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic, Scholastic, Disney Education, BBC and more. SAFARI Montage is now the only commercial digital distributor of PBS’ library of full-length programs to schools nationwide. In addition, school districts can easily upload and manage their own digital content, and disseminate it to all users throughout the school or district.
Knovation designs and implements advanced personalized learning solutions that reduce barriers to learning and allow districts to realize meaningful outcomes from their technology investment. The company’s portfolio includesnetTrekker, the trusted solution for delivering more than 360,000 educator-curated, digital learning resources; andicurio, the learning engagement solution for 21st century blended learning that helps districts implement their digital conversions. Knovation also provides professional learning and consulting services, a fully curated digital learning resource library and resource management and delivery services. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 27 million students and over 1 million teachers in schools nationwide. For more information, please contact Knovation at 1.855.KNOVATE or visit www.knovationlearning.com.
National Higher-Ed Tech Conference Kicks Off Today in Boston
BOSTON – Higher-education technology professionals from across the country will have an opportunity to explore emergent technologies, cutting-edge programs and a highly innovative ed-tech marketplace when they convene today for the 21st annual Campus Technology (CT) Summer Conference at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
Every year, CT features a variety of general and informative breakout sessions, an Exhibit Hall packed with the latest technology, seminar intensives, keynotes and comprehensive workshops where attendees can dive into the newest digital technology solutions. This year, CT will offer several new features, including quick-fire networking, attendee-approved hot topic sessions and peer-to-peer panels on mobility, security and cloud. Also, Campus Technology magazine’s “Innovator” award winners will share their innovative projects and give insight on how they planned and executed their programs.
“Our goal is for college and university technology administrators to leave the conference with a wealth of knowledge and new technology solutions they can apply on their campuses,” said Patrick Gallagher, Event Director, Education Events at 1105 Media. “CT 2014 promises four eye-opening days jam-packed with the ed-tech information attendees need to enhance technology success on campus.”
The 2014 Exhibit Hall, a dedicated higher-ed tech marketplace, will enable attendees to see, try and purchase the latest innovations from more than 150 companies, including industry powerhouses like Insight Systems Exchange, Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, CDW-G, Bluehost Spoke, Ericsson, Epson and GovConnection. This hands-on, interactive environment allows attendees to access the cutting-edge technologies transforming today’s higher-education landscape.
“CT is all about the full package for attendees and exhibitors alike. From a stacked Exhibit Hall to thought-provoking sessions to the most cutting-edge keynote speakers in the industry, CT truly is the ed-tech conference of the future,” said Gallagher.
Opening keynote speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, will kick off the conference on Tuesday morning. Hrabowski is the University of Maryland, Baltimore County President. He was named one of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Leaders” in 2008, TIME Magazine’s “America’s 10 Best College Presidents” in 2009 and “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.
Other inspiring keynotes this year include Stephen J. Laster, Chief Digital Officer at McGraw-Hill Education; Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX; and David Sengeh, Biomechatronics Researcher at the MIT Media Lab.
For more information on CT 2014, visit www.campustechnology.com/summer. Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@CT_Events) and using and searching the hashtag (#CampusTech). For even more CT updates, “like” Campus Technology Events on Facebook, and join the Campus Technology Events LinkedIn group.
About Campus Technology
Campus Technology is one of higher education’s top information sources, delivering valuable information via a monthly magazine, website, newsletters, webinars, online tools and in-person events. It’s the go-to resource for campus professionals, providing in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation. It provides valuable how-to content, best practices, industry trends, expert advice and insightful articles to help administrators, campus executives, technologists and educators plan, develop and successfully launch effective IT initiatives. Its conferences showcase expert speakers, thought leaders and technology solution experts exchanging ideas on the latest technological innovations in use on campuses worldwide ̶ offering campus technology professionals opportunities to collaborate, network and gain valuable information that helps them succeed.
About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc. provides integrated business-to-business information and media to qualified professionals in the public, academic and private sectors focusing on technology, products, policy, regulation and news delivered through an assortment of media, including print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences, executive summits and trade shows; training and courseware; and Web-based services. The markets served by these offerings include Government, Education, Network & Enterprise Computing, Business Intelligence, Office Equipment, Industrial Health & Safety, Compliance, Security, Environmental Protection, Water & Wastewater and Home Medical Equipment.
1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, Calif., with primary offices throughout the U.S. and more than 350 employees. The company was formed in April 2006 by Nautic Partners LLC, Alta Communications and President and CEO Neal Vitale.
Note: Media representatives interested in attending and covering Campus Technology Summer 2014 must register onsite at the Creative Solutions/Media counter at Registration located in the Marathon Lobby next to the Exhibit Hall entrance. Media representatives are required to register and will not be admitted into any Campus Technology venues without a badge issued by Campus Technology staff. There is no cost for media registration. Visitwww.cteventspress.com for more media information and resources.