eSchool News honors observe4success as a 2014-15 Readers’ Choice Award winner

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Aug. 05, 2014—eSchool News, a publisher of K-12 ed-tech news and information, has named observe4success as a winner of its 2014-15 Readers’ Choice Awards, honoring the best products and services in educational technology as chosen by readers.

observe4success, a powerful, web-based classroom observation and teacher evaluation tool, was one of 50 winners of the prestigious award, chosen from hundreds of submissions.

“It’s always a great surprise to win an award handed out by industry publications or associations, but to win one from the readers of a publication is a tremendous honor,” said Abby Sterensis, Vice President of observe4success. “Being recognized by our users in the K-12 ed-tech community is a testament to the work that goes into our customer service, usability, and consistent innovation. And to win this award two years in a row is an incredible reassurance that our focus on customer needs must always be first and foremost in our work.”

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 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


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.


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New Fall ’14 Book Series Explores

America’s ‘Symbols of Freedom’


VERO BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2014) –While America’s most important landmarks and symbols are readily recognizable to many, a new series of books for fall goes in depth to help young students learn about the history and inspiration behind these iconic images. Rourke Educational Media announced today it is introducing “Symbols of Freedom,” a 10-title series geared for students in grades 3-6.

“While some of our country’s most significant symbols – Statue of Liberty, White House, the American flag – may need no introduction to young people, the books in this series are very effective at revealing behind-the-scenes stories and unique perspectives that educate and entertain,” said Luana Mitten, director of instructional services, Rourke Educational Media.

In “The American Flag” book, author Jeanne Sturm, an elementary school teacher in Florida, explores how some historians believe Francis Hopkinson – not Betsy Ross – may have actually created the first American flag.  “That’s just one example of how these books make young learners think and thirst for more, and provide teachers with a forum to stimulate classroom discussion,” Mitten said.

All books in the series feature an array of historical photographs and educational factoids (“Freedom Facts”), as well as a timeline of key events, a glossary to help build vocabulary skills, and a series of questions to gauge reader comprehension and content mastery.

Here’s a look at all titles in the “Symbols of Freedom” series:


  1. “Liberty Bell”
  2. “Mount Rushmore”
  3. “National Mall”
  4. “Pictures of America”
  5. “St. Louis Gateway Arch”
  6. “Statue of Liberty”
  7. “The Alamo”
  8. “The American Flag”
  9. “The Star Spangled Banner”
  10. “The White House”


All books are currently available 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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Popular math game apps from Hooda Math are free for “Back to School”

Games will be available for free downloads on the App Store until Sept. 1

MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 05, 2014) – To celebrate the start of the 2014-15 school year and ensure math skills are fresh in students’ minds, Hooda Math’s apps will be free for Apple devices until Sept. 1.

Hooda Math’s apps for iPhones and iPads include skills practice like flash cards, fraction circles and fun games. The fraction circles app is a convenient alternative to physical manipulatives, which are often easy to misplace. It is normally the most expensive app Hooda Math offers but will remain free through Sept. 1 for “Back to School” season.

Of course, Hooda Math’s specialty is engaging, creative math games, and there are plenty of free games on the App Store this month as well. One of the most popular games is Ice Cream Truck, where students can use their math and logic skills to run a mobile ice cream truck, budgeting for supplies on a road trip and setting their ice cream prices accordingly.

“We know it can be hard for students to get back into ‘school mode’ after a long summer vacation, especially when you’re trying to remember complicated math facts and equations,” said Michael Edlavitch, the CEO of Hooda Math. “We want to make that transition as fun as possible!”

Students can also access all of Hooda Math’s content for free on Hooda Math’s website.

After Sept. 1, the prices for most of the apps will return to $1.99, and the paid apps will never have ads or in-app purchases. Hooda Math Mobile, an app version of the full mobile website, will continue to be free.

For more information, visit

About Hooda Math

  1. comis a free online math games site accessible on every device, from laptops to tablets to smart phones. Founded by a middle school math teacher, Hooda Math offers more than 500 free math games that are played online by more than 3 million students a month.