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Teacher Advisory Group reviews Pitsco products, shares ideas for today’s students
Pittsburg, KS (July 31, 2014) — The inaugural Pitsco EducationTAG logoTeacher Advisory Group (TAG) Summit brought together the wisdom of 12 leading STEM educators from across the US and the engagement and educational challenge of Pitsco’s products.   The Summit was held July 23-25, 2014, on the Pitsco campus in Pittsburg, Kansas. Company officials, product developers, andTAG members inspecting TETRIX robotscurriculum specialists met with the K-12 teachers to discuss current and future STEM products such as the new TETRIX® PRIME Building System for robotics, 3-D printing curriculum, and myDAQ miniSystems.   “We wanted to give teachers a hands-on experience with a variety of our newer products and activities so we could get their valuable feedback and ideas for our Product Development and Product Innovation teams,” said TAG Coordinator Ashlee Ricks.   Hands-on learning has been a hallmark of Pitsco products throughout the company’s 43 years in business, and the educators took full advantage of the opportunity to build and experiment with robots, a 3-D printer, and various other Pitsco products such as air-powered cars, a roller coaster, solar vehicles, and a rolling trebuchet.   Todd Rathier, a high school teacher from Leominster, Massachusetts, said he was looking for ideas to share with his coworkers, and he ended up getting even more.   “What can we do to supplement what we’re already doing and create a STEM academy? I’m really looking for solutions along those lines,” Rathier said. “One thing I can say about Pitsco, over the other companies I’ve looked at, they have a lot of product and they support it.”   Jewel Ausberry, who operates an afterschool STEM business near Atlanta, Georgia, was particularly fascinated with the new PRIME Building System for robotics. “I think it’s more appealing to middle school and up, so that’s great. We have classes and offerings for kids ages 3 to 16. But getting older kids in there, middle school and up, is very difficult. PRIME will be more interesting to them. It’s more dynamic. You can put those pieces together in a variety of ways, and students can experiment and take it to the next level. When I saw it, I was pulled in.”   2014 TAG Summit attendees included: Jewel R. Ausberry, Johns2014 TAG TeamCreek, GA; Teresa Barton, Princeton, WV; Carol Denham, Cherokee, KS; Kim Forbes, High Point, NC; Karn Gustafson, Albuquerque, NM; Trudi Lawless, Orange Park, FL; Eileen Malick, Mechanicsville, VA; Sandra Martinie, Cherokee, KS; Sandra Melendez, Killeen, TX; Rena Mincks, Pullman, WA; Holly Neill, Aloha, OR; and Todd Rathier, Leominster, MA.

Pitsco is accepting applications for its 2015 TAG Team. To become a member, begin by filling out the online application (http://tinyurl.com/mevmxuj) before November 3, 2014. All applications will be reviewed, and semifinalists will be contacted by email with instructions on how to participate in the final selection. The new TAG members will be announced in December 2014. Highlights/Multimedia:

Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.


WonderGrove Learn Offers Educators Free Access to Back-To-School Lessons

12 animations modeling appropriate classroom behavior for Pre-K-2nd students free for 30 days

(LOS ANGELES) Aug. 4, 2014 — To give educators a proven tool to kick off the new school year, WonderGrove Learn is offering free access to its Back-to-School instructional animations for 30 days.

whenThe 12 animations address critical challenges that educators face when students transition into the first few weeks of a new school year. Each animation models appropriate behavior for students in Pre-K through 2nd grade, including listening in class, using polite words and raising your hand. All animations include printable extension lessons that align with the Common Core State Standards.

“Research shows young children model their behavior after animated characters they feel emotionally connected to, so we’ve designed relatable characters who reinforce positive behavior,” said Terry Thoren, the founder of WonderGrove Learn and former CEO of popular Nickelodeon content creator Klasky Csupo, Inc. “We produced these free lessons to help make the transition back to school a little easier for students and educators alike.”

The back-to-school lessons will be available to any interested educator for free for 30 days on WonderGrove Learn’s website, www.WonderGroveLearn.com. You must sign up for this free offer by Sept. 12, 2014. After that date, the lessons will return to the full subscription model, $98/year for access to all 150 of WonderGrove Learn’s instructional videos.

About WonderGrove Learn

WonderGrove Learn was founded by former Rugrats CEO Terry Thoren and famed software producer Rudy Verbeeck. WonderGrove Learn works with various organizations to develop strategies and animated content aiming to affect children in a positive manner. They have also created their own education website, WonderGroveLearn.com, which inspires children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, First grade and Second grade to realize their full potential. WonderGrove Learn provides parents and teachers with a well-rounded selection of instructional animations to help children prepare for the daily challenges of life both inside and outside of school. WonderGroveKids.com uses engaging animated characters immersed in fun stories to target eight crucial areas of growth essential for every child’s success. These areas include Social Skills, Life Skills, Health & Science, Safety, Nutrition, Fitness, Creative Play, and Academics.  For more information, please visit www.WonderGroveLearn.com




eSchool News honors myON as a 2014-15 Readers’ Choice Award winner MINNEAPOLIS – Aug. 04, 2014—


eSchool News, a publisher of K-12 ed-tech news and information, has named myON as a winner of its 2014-15 Readers’ Choice Awards, honoring the best products and services in educational technology as chosen by readers. myON, a top personalized literacy product for the K-12 market, was one of 50 winners of the prestigious award, chosen from hundreds of submissions. “We were extremely excited to hear the news that we won an award submitted and handed out by the readers of a well established publication such as eSchool News,” said Todd Brekhus, President of myON. “We’ve always had a passion for improving literacy, and we’d like to think that our product is proving that getting kids access to more books will make them better readers and more engaged in their learning. This recognition by readers only makes us more motivated to continually strive to develop the most innovative literacy products for readers.” More than 1,300 educators and administrators from K-12 schools and districts across North America nominated their favorite ed-tech products or services this past spring; to maintain the integrity of the program, nominations from vendors were not accepted. When submitting nominations, educators were asked to describe how they were using each product to improve teaching, learning, or school administration—and to what effect. The result “is a list of ed-tech products and services that have proven to be effective,” said Editorial Director Dennis Pierce. “We hope readers will find this information valuable as they consider what technologies they should use in their own schools.” The winners and honorable mentions are recognized in a special feature published in the August 2014 edition of eSchool News, as well as on eSchoolNews.com. This special feature highlights the winning products and services and includes comments from readers about why each entry deserves the award.   To read more about this year’s 50 award winners and the 30 ed-tech products recognized with “Honorable Mention” status, go to http://www.eschoolnews.com/rca.



About eSchool Media eSchool Media Inc. is a news and information organization delivering print, online, email, and video communications to more than half a million K-20 decision makers and influencers throughout North America and around the world. Its information networks help educators successfully use technology to transform education and achieve their goals. eSchool News is the flagship publication of eSchool Media Inc., which also includes eCampus News, serving higher education, and eClassroom News, an electronic publication network for teachers.



About myON   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.



EDexpo Reengineered to Help Increase Channel Awareness & Sales
(Silver Spring, MD) – The Education Market Association (EDmarket) is pleased to announce several
important enhancements to EDexpo in Atlanta, February 22-24, 2015. The EDmarket Executive
Committee and EDexpo Planning Committee have spent many hours developing new strategies towards
their overall goal of helping drive more sales through the dealer/reseller channel.
“The guiding principle that we kept coming back to is that we have to focus on pulling more sales
through our channel of dealer-resellers” says Tom Green, EDmarket Chairman of the Board. “Each
major enhancement to the show reflects this principle.”
New for this year and in honor of EDmarket’s 99th anniversary, dealers who register for EDexpo by the
end of September will have the opportunity to stay three nights in the Marriott Marquis (headquarters
hotel) next to the convention center for $99 per night, a savings of $60 per night. This change was made
to reduce the travels costs for more dealers and to help increase industry networking by allowing
everyone to stay under one roof throughout the event.
Also new this year is the opportunity to bring school customers to the show. EDmarket will be awarding
housing and transportation grants for dealers to bring their customers with high purchasing authority. By
bringing their customers to EDexpo, dealers will be able to share the new products with their top
customers, guiding them through a 3D catalog of products in the exhibit hall, and getting first-hand
feedback on what will sell well in their stores, catalogs or websites.
EDmarket will also be inviting bloggers, key purchasing influencers, local principals and curriculum
coordinators to EDexpo to raise awareness and demand for the innovative products sold through the
dealer channel. In addition, new areas on the exhibit floor will feature Maker Spaces and digital
resources that can be packaged with the hands-on products children need to make learning fun.
EDexpo is the premier event for education products covering every facet of preK-12 learning from
instruction materials to toys and games. The show also provides networking opportunities for buyers and
sellers as well as education and training to help dealers increase their sales. EDexpo is co-located with
CAMEX, the campus market expo. Together these events form the world’s largest selection of products
for students and teachers from PreK thru Higher Ed. For more information, visit http://www.edexpo.com.



Odysseyware’s top 60 online courses released on HTML5 for mobile compatibility

Most popular courses now accessible on tablets, touchscreens and handheld devices (CHANDLER, Ariz.) Aug. 04, 2014 


As part of Odysseyware’s continuous effort to meet the changing needs of schools, the online blended learning company has converted its 60 most popular online courses to HTML5. This conversion from Flash to HTML5 will make Odysseyware’s top courses compatible with all tablets, touchscreens and handheld devices, as well as easier to access on standard computers. “More schools are shifting to 1:1 and BYOD programs, and we want students and teachers to be able to access our courses no matter what device they are using,” said Beth Te Grotenhuis, president of Odysseyware and CEO of its parent company, Glynlyon. “This switch from Flash to HTML5 is just another way we are constantly evolving to keep up with the latest trends in educational technology.” Unlike programs that run on Flash, HTML5 is native to all modern web browsers and does not require special browsers or plugins. HTML5 also requires less bandwidth, power consumption and video processing than Flash. Odysseyware has also created its new virtual labs on the HTML5 platform. The interactive online labs let students experience traditional labs like frog dissections and light wave experiments in a safe, engaging way. Over the coming months, Odysseyware’s developers will continue to convert the blended learning platform’s remaining courses to HTML5. For more information, visit http://odysseyware.com.


About Odysseyware 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.




Follett’s Destiny Library Manager Named Winner in Ed-Tech Publication’s Readers’ Choice Competition

Aspen IMS, Follett Shelf Earn Honorable Mentions   MCHENRY, Ill., Aug. 1, 2014 –

Three Follett products nominated by K-12 educators and administrators from around the country have earned recognition in the eSchool News’ Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014-15.  Follett’s market-leading Destiny Library Manager has been named one of the winning products and services, while Aspen Instructional Management System (IMS) and Follett Shelf each received honorable mention status. Of the 1,300 nominations received, 80 were singled out as either winners or honorable mentions in the competition, among the most prestigious in the education technology industry. “We are especially honored to receive awards of this nature because the nominations directly come from educators and administrators,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “Ultimately, readers can discover invaluable information about what is working for their peers, and why.” In her nomination of Destiny Library Manager, Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Canaan High School, wrote the Connecticut school uses the management solution as a library catalog for print books, websites, ebooks, databases, student book reviews, student ratings, and student-created book trailers. “The value of having all of these services accessible to students through a single log-in in one portal has been incalculable in terms of streamlining ‘how-to’ instruction and empowering the library program to focus on higher-order thinking problems – all of which support Common Core learning and overall student achievement,” Luhtala wrote. Jim Monti, director of educational reform, compliance for West Warwick (R.I.) Public Schools, submitted a nomination for Follett’sAspen IMS. “It is a comprehensive instructional management system that unified our district’s ability to house all of our student, staff and curriculum data under one application,” Monti wrote. “Aspen allows us to connect all of our data from student to teacher to curriculum to make the best decisions about the students and employees in our care.” In her nomination, Rachel Schemelin, digital learning coordinator for West Allis-West Milwaukee, noted the Wisconsin school district adopted Follett Shelf for its ebook collection to support personalization in the district’s Next-Generation Communities. “Management is easy as Follett ebooks integrate seamlessly with Follett’s Destiny Library Manager solution,” Schemelin wrote. “Students are excited by the availability of the ebooks from home or school, and even download them to their iPads to read offline. We are continuing to build both our print and ebook libraries through Follett products.” The 2014-15 Readers’ Choice Award winners are recognized in eSchool News’ August issue, as well as on the publication’s website (www.eschoolnews.com/rca). For more information on Destiny Library Manager, Aspen IMS, Follett Shelf, or any of Follett’s PreK-12 solutions, visitwww.FollettLearning.com.


# # # About Follett’s PreK-12 Business | follettlearning.com Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.


About Follett Corporation| follett.com Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.