Watch the Living Flag at Fort McHenry Live on EarthCam
WHAT: Today, over 7,000 school students donning red, white and blue will create the Star Spangled Banner Living Flag at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD. The Living Flag is part of the 200thanniversary celebrations of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Starting at 10:30am EDT, watch the living flag being formed with live views and real-time audio from EarthCam’s webcam located on the monument grounds. EarthCam partnered with the National Park Service to deliver these exclusive views to people around the world.
WHY: Special events and programs are scheduled until September 16th, all designed to honor the legacy of two of America’s greatest symbols – the American flag and the National Anthem. Events include fireworks, living history, ranger-led programs, tall ships and an air show featuring the Blue Angels.
HOW: Join EarthCam for the Living Flag experience at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland with live webcam views atwww.earthcam.com/usa/maryland/baltimore/fortmchenry/.
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The Webby Award winning company hosts many highly trafficked tourism cams, which offer views of popular locations and landmarks such as Times Square, Miami Beach, Abbey Road Crossing in London, Petra in Jordan and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
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Naiku, Inc. Releases Adaptive Learning Resources for Personalized Learning & Instruction
Latest update adds learning resources to next gen student assessment platform to further aid teachers in personalizing & individualizing instruction
(EDINA, MN) September 9, 2014 – Naiku, provider of award winning, next generation classroom assessment software, announced today the addition of adaptive learning resources to its cloud-based classroom assessment platform. These new tools are designed to help teachers to accelerate and further personalize student learning through better assessment.
Naiku‘s cloud-based software is used by schools and districts to quickly measure and track each student’s proficiency of standards in any subject and grade, and is used by individual teachers as well as by groups of teachers in PLCs or across a school or district with common assessments. Using metacognitive tools of confidence, justification/journaling, and reflection, Naiku uniquely provides teachers with a ready means of enabling teacher-student interactive feedback as part of everyday assessment to help drive student achievement.
Teachers can use data from existing assessments, share items and assessments with other teachers, create new assessments using Naiku’s item bank, or create their own items and assessments using the platform’s complete test generator. In each case, question items can be aligned to one or more learning targets. Coupled with automatic scoring and live reporting, the cloud-based platform allows teachers to immediately see student performance and where they may need additional support.
“We’re excited about the addition of learning resources as another tool to help teachers inform and personalize their instruction” said Greg Wright, CEO of Naiku. “The addition of automatically supplied learning resources, chosen by the teacher, furthers the deep engagement in learning that Naiku offers with confidence, journaling, and student reflection.”
With these new resources, teachers have the ability to attach instructional resources to learning standards that aid in personalizing instruction. Resources selected by the teacher are automatically recommended to students based on individual proficiency achieved and criteria previously set by the teacher.
To learn more about Naiku visit www.naiku.com.
Naiku is devoted to improving K-12 learning by providing next generation classroom assessment solutions on an open, SaaS based platform. Naiku provides educators the ability to readily measure and monitor student progress using any web enabled device and engage students more deeply through unique teacher-student interactive feedback tools. Naiku allows educators to create, share, import and deliver standards aligned quizzes and tests in any subject area. With automated scoring and built-in reports, teachers can inform and differentiate their instruction and data can be shared across the school and district to enhance best practices. With Naiku, Better Assessment leads to Better Learning. For more information, visit www.naiku.net/.
AZ District Successfully Makes Changes Affecting Nearly 50% of Students
Sunnyside Unified School District realigns boundaries, closes two buildings and moves sixth grade back to elementary using GuideK12™
Eagan, MN September 9, 2014 – After a recent override election for funding was not passed; Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD or Sunnyside) officials faced a difficult decision last school year. Enrollments were steady, but due to required budget cuts and a decision to make long-awaited configuration changes to the elementary schools by adding back sixth grades, administrators determined that they were going to close one elementary campus and one middle school campus, realign boundaries and change feeder patterns. These changes could have been extremely disruptive, affecting more than 10,000 students in some manner and directly reassigning more than 2,700.
Determined to make the transition go as smoothly as possible, administrators chose the geovisual analytics software from GuideK12™ to strategically analyze and compare all of the potential change scenarios. The software provided the data that allowed SUSD to be transparent and strategic throughout the process, painting a clear picture of the affects of any potential change. GuideK12 proved to be a helpful tool in effectively communicating the logistics and overall plan to all stakeholders, both internal and within the community, leading to very little community opposition.
GuideK12™ is a web-based platform that assists school and district leaders in solving critical educational challenges by visualizing data on an interactive map. Having the ability to link student information with household information, a district can save time and money while increasing transparency for everything from boundary planning, to resource placement and to student performance analysis. School district administrators can run “what if” scenarios with real-time data that is more efficient, and accurate.
“GuideK12™ was an instrumental part of getting all stakeholders on board throughout what could have been an incredibly difficult process,” said Mary Veres, the director of public information for SUSD. “The innovative platform gave us the ability to show real-time maps of the potential scenarios within our district to increase all stakeholders’ understanding, help answer questions and gain their support by effectively translating data.”
“We knew the changes were going to be disruptive. We always keep families’ and students’ needs front and center during the process of making these kinds of decisions,” said Pam Betten, Sunnyside’s executive director of 1:1 and director of middle schools. “We did a significant amount of research and scenario planning to find the best solution for all involved. One particular point of focus was on communicating why we were making the changes, the benefits of said changes, the logic and strategy behind them and exactly what the plans were to all affected parties: students, parents, faculty, administrators, transportation officials and even members of the school board.”
Among the few things communicated about these changes clearly up front, was the reassurance to the parents that class size would not be increased, and promising the teachers that they would still have a job within the district’s other schools.
“We learned a lot through the process and felt it went extremely well overall, especially now that school is underway without a hitch,” said Betten. “We attribute much of the success to the strategic planning at the district office, the priority we put on transparency, the choice to use GuideK12™ and putting the best interest of our students and their families first. These are not easy changes for any district to go through, but Sunnyside has emerged stronger.”
Serving more than 18,000 students just outside of Tucson, Arizona, Sunnyside began discussions about these changes in January and used GuideK12™ to quickly move through the processes and effectively communicate to every student and family by mid-May.
For more information about Sunnyside USD, visit them online at: www.susd12.org
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
edWeb’s Emerging Tech community hosts 50th webinar thanks to Follett’s ongoing support
Emerging Tech is a professional learning community (PLC) where school librarians can explore all the ways to integrate technology and 21st century learning into school library programs. The community launched in July 2010 with host and presenter Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Canaan High School in CT. Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, got the idea of integrating webinars into online community while attending a presentation by Michelle at a CoSNconference in March of 2010. Since then, the Emerging Tech community has grown to over 7,000 school librarians.
Lisa Schmucki commented, “Michelle Luhtala and I worked together to develop Emerging Techcommunity and webinar series, and we received a lot of help from the first school librarians who joined the program. It was a truly collaborative effort. The model we created for free online professional learning has spawned more than 35 other programs on edWeb.net and has been recognized in a growing number of publications. The story of how we developed the program is included in the book, Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. We could not have done this without the support of Follett who supported the idea from the beginning.”
Michelle Luhtala added, “I am honored to facilitate this kind of professional learning. The Emerging Tech community helps me grow as a teacher, a librarian, and a technology integrationist. I am deeply grateful to Lisa and Follett for making this community possible.”
School librarians and media specialists are invited to join the community atwww.edweb.net/emergingtech.
The next webinar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time RU Ready 2 Trust ’em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials.
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edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to connect and collaborate, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts online professional learning communities for educators to connect with peers and experts all around the country and the world on the most innovative and progressive areas in education. edWeb professional learning programs offer free webinars, online chats and discussions, archived resources, and CE certificates. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need – edWeb fills that gap. Learn more at www.edweb.net or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.
Nominations Now Open for the 30th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards
Total of 14 New and Updated Awards Reflect Dramatic Growth in the Industry
Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2014) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and information industries, today opened nominations for the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards. The 2015 CODiE Awards feature 14 new and updated categories, reflecting the dramatic changes in technology and business models impacting the software and information industries. The CODiE Awards have been the premier award for the software and information industries for 29 years. The awards program has three tracks organized by industry focus: Content, Education and Software.
Content: The SIIA Content CODiE Awards showcase the information industry’s finest products, technology and services created by, or for, media, publishers and information services providers.
Education: The SIIA Education CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.
Software: The SIIA Software CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services that are developed by independent software vendors (ISVs) for use in business, government, academic, or other organizational settings.
“For the past 29 years innovators in the software, education and content industries have showcased what excellence looks like,” said SIIA President Ken Wasch. “We are truly excited to see what they bring to the judges this year.”
Winners will be announced in May and June and celebrated during a special event for each category segment. More information on these events will be posted on the CODiE Awards website as it becomes available.
For more information about the SIIA CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies. To see how some recent CODiE Award winners describe their achievement, watch the Attributions to Success Video Series.
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.
About the CODiE™ Awards
The CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.
CINCINNATI, OH – September 8, 2014 – With districts across the country transitioning to digital learning resources, administrators and educators are looking for content that will align to Common Core and state standards while advancing their district’s overall digital strategy. Knovation, the leader in advanced personalized learning solutions, releases results of its 2014 National Digital Content & Curriculum Survey, which outlines the attributes of a K-12 digital curriculum strategy that are most important to educators.
The National Digital Content & Curriculum Survey, which compiled insights from 141 educators and administrators across 31 states, features information for districts on the selection, quality and rigor, organization and most important attributes of digital learning resources. Key implications for districts include:
- Selection: A school district’s priorities should drive the selection of digital resources. Educators want to provide content that directly aligns with district initiatives, curriculum and state and Common Core standards.
- Quality and Rigor: Ease of use is a top priority as districts select digital resources. If teachers cannot access and use a product easily and on a daily basis, the effectiveness of the digital resource is diminished.
- Organization: Districts need to implement products that provide high-quality digital resources that are aligned to the standards and curriculum documents they are using. This personalized learning approach tailors the content to meet the different learning needs of students.
- Attributes of Learning Objects: Digital content must provide both remediation and enrichment opportunities for students by embedding formative assessment within the learning resources. This assists teachers in implementing resources in classroom settings and matching them to the individual needs of each learner.
“Priorities and initiatives vary from district to district, but all place a strong reliance on state and Common Core standards when selecting digital resources for their curriculum,” said Joe Grieshop, president and managing officer at Knovation. “It’s important to partner with an organization that has strong correlations between standards and digital resources. More important is finding a partner that can customize the alignments to district-specific curriculum so teachers can easily implement the digital resources in their daily classroom instruction.”
All participants that completed the survey were involved in selecting and implementing digital resources within their district and/or developing their district’s curriculum strategy. To view the complete survey results, visitwww.knovationlearning.com/digital-curriculum-survey.
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 hundreds of thousands of educator-curated, state and Common Core standards aligned learning-ready digital resources; and icurio, the learning engagement solution for 21st century blended learning that helps districts implement their digital conversions. These two solutions are backed by a fully curated learning resource library built from tens of millions of online resources that pass a rigorous 127-point process. Knovation provides professional learning and consulting services, resource management and delivery services, and a curriculum service solution that aligns digital content to each district’s curriculum. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 27 million students and over 1 million teachers in schools nationwide. For more information, visit www.knovationlearning.com.
The Future is Now in Classrooms Around the Country With the Ultimate Immersive Learning Experience
More Than 10,000 Students Will Learn With zSpace 200 Next Generation Virtual Reality Solution
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sept. 3, 2014 — In classrooms around the country this school year, students will have the ultimate immersive learning experience, dissecting human hearts, diving into volcanos and testing physics outcomes in Jupiter’s gravity. And they won’t have to worry about limited supplies or student safety when they learn with zSpace 200. The next generation of immersive virtual technology developed by Silicon Valley company zSpace, Inc. delivers a futuristic hardware and software system that brings abstract concepts to life.
“Last year, middle school students at Los Altos School District (LASD) in California piloted zSpace with extraordinary results. Students were engaged with learning science concepts at a much deeper level, collaborating in teams and using critical thinking skills to solve complex challenges,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace. “That collaboration between students, teachers and our software developers informed the development of zSpace 200, the next generation of our technology, which will make the virtual reality learning experience even more compelling and realistic.”
As excitement for zSpace grows around the country, here are six of the new districts that will kick off the 2014-2015 school year with zSpace STEM labs.
- Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District in New York use zSpace across the district for health career preparation, middle school science enrichment and in its engineering courses.
- Ross School District in California will implement zSpace in K-8 science classrooms.
- In Texas, Houston Independent School District will deploy zSpace in four schools, and students at eight schools in the Brownsville Independent School District will learn with zSpace.
- At Woodside Elementary School District in California, all science classrooms will have a zSpace lab.
- Rochester City School District in New York will introduce zSpace at two schools.
“We are excited to be incorporating zSpace STEM stations into our science classrooms,” said Beth Polito, superintendent of Woodside Elementary School District. “We believe this is just the beginning of a fundamental change to how students learn.”
A zSpace STEM lab consists of a set of student virtual reality stations and a teacher station, each outfitted with a custom stylus as well as a wide variety of educational software. The system tracks head movements to provide the user with a personal and immersive virtual reality experience. Virtual holographic images can be “lifted” from the screen and manipulated with the stylus. Some applications provide multi-sensory feedback; for example, students working with a virtual heart can see the blood moving through it as well as feel it beating.
With zSpace 200, students will experience a 500 percent brighter display, plus a faster display response and stylus tracking. zSpace 200 also features an expanded software library, including:
- zSpace Gallery, a curated set of more than 500 3D models covering a wide range of subjects from architecture and history to engineering and zoology.
- zSpace Studio, an application that allows students to create a virtual world as they compare, analyze and explore rich models from the zSpace Gallery or models they create themselves in modeling software. Students can add labels to models, make annotations and take measurements. In addition, they can integrate multiple models to build a multidimensional scene and create video tours of their creations to share.
- Additional software built by zSpace partner developers in education, medicine and design.
zSpace is a leading-edge technology provider that delivers a new way of learning with its flagship product, zSpace®. Focused on the learning market, specifically, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, medical instruction, corporate training and research, zSpace inspires and accelerates understanding through immersive exploration. zSpace is a privately held, venture backed company located in Sunnyvale, CA, and has filed more than 30 patents for its innovative technologies. For more information, visit http://www.zspace.com, or follow on Twitter @zspace.
Industry Leaders Join Forces to Celebrate Game-Based Learning
Operation Play from Filament Games Brings Together Educators, Developers for Weeklong Event
Madison, WI (PRWEB) September 08, 2014
Commencing Operation Play! The mission: to unite educators and learning game developers by celebrating game-based learning in the classroom. Educators’ interest in game-based learning is at an all-time high, and research shows that these games help students succeed. Filament Games, award-winning developer of digital teaching games, is hosting the weeklong initiative from Sept. 15-19, 2014.
Filament Games is partnering with leaders across the education industry to promote the event, including BrainPOP, GlassLab Games, MIT’s Education Arcade, Institute of Play, iCivics, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and GamesandLearning.org, WorkingExamples.org, the Gaming in Ed Conference of LearningRevolution.com and edWeb.net. Together the partners will compile resources for educators on implementing and supporting game-based learning in the classroom.
The initiative will kick off on Sept. 15 with the grand opening of the Operation Play Resource Center. Educators interested in game-based learning can visit the page for inspiration to implement game-based learning in their own classrooms by exploring research, articles, case studies, video series, and of course, readily available games and curriculum.
“Game-based learning is an effective strategy that expands a teacher’s toolkit, and allows students to learn in a way that other teaching resources may not be able to provide,” said Lee Wilson, CEO of Filament Games. “The goal behind Operation Play is to increase awareness about the benefits of game-based learning nationwide and encourage educators to use games in their classrooms.”
Additional Operation Play activities include podcasts featuring educators’ experiences with implementing games in their own classrooms, free sessions available for educators, researchers and game developers at the Gaming in Edconference, pre-recorded webinars, giveaways via Filament Games’ social media channels and a special Education Talk Radio interview with Wilson.
About Filament Games
Filament Games is a production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Common Core requirements and specific learning objectives. For more information, visit http://www.FilamentGames.com.
Three Critical Intervention and Prevention Strategies to
Help Increase Third Grade Reading Proficiency
WHAT: A free webinar for teachers and administrators entitled “Three Critical Intervention and Prevention Strategies to Help Increase Third Grade Reading Proficiency”
WHO: Liz Brooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Vice President of Education and Research, Lexia Learning
WHEN: Thursday, September 18. 3:00–4:00 PM EST
BOSTON – Sept. 8, 2014 – Closing the achievement gap for students two or more years behind grade level can be challenging. Research has shown that an effective prevention plan in grades K-2 can help increase third grade reading proficiency rates as well as prevent failure at upper grades.
On Thursday, September 18, Elizabeth Brooke, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Research for Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) company, will introduce and demonstrate three critical, research-proven strategies for successful intervention and prevention models including:
- How to establish systems to help support students before they fail
- Utilizing the appropriate assessments to identify which students may need help, and
- Structuring effective intervention to target individual student needs
Ready, Set, Enter! Only One More Chance for Teachers to Win Classroom Supplies through Office Depot and The Education Center
‘Gotta Get It!’ Sweepstakes Offers Educators Free Curriculum, Educational Materials and the Chance to Win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax Gift Card This Back-to-School Season
Boca Raton, Fla. September 09, 2014
Time is running out for teachers to enter the ‘Gotta Get It!’ Teacher Awards Sweepstakes* from Office Depot, Inc., a leading global provider of school supplies, office products, services and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax. Through September, teachers can download free back-to-school curriculum and educational materials such as teacher-tested ideas on organizing the classroom and school-related paperwork while entering for a chance to win a $500 gift card for school supplies. These are just some of the benefits available to teachers as a result of Office Depot’s partnership with The Education Center, LLC, publisher of The Mailbox® books and magazines.
The sweepstakes will award one lucky teacher with a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax grand prize gift card, and six runners-up will each win a $100 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. The contest deadline is Sept. 30, 2014. ‘Gotta Get It!’ winners will be notified in October.
“With a huge back-to-school must-have list, I jumped at the chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card,” said kindergarten teacher Heather Graley of Blacklick, Ohio. “I was surprised at how easy it was to visit the website and enter.”
Graley is among thousands of teachers from across the country who have entered the sweepstakes, downloaded resources and taken advantage of special discounts available during teacher appreciation events held at various Office Depot and OfficeMax stores throughout the summer. The overwhelming response demonstrates how teachers often dig deep into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their students.
“I also could not believe all of the bonus materials available to me on the website, including great timesaving tips to help me get organized and save money and fun videos with creative back-to-school tips,” said Graley. “The best part? I was able to share these resources with my colleagues, getting bonus entries for myself each time I did.”
To access all of the educational materials and enter the sweepstakes, visit themailbox.com/teacherrewards. While on the website, teachers can also learn more about Office Depot Rewards® and MaxPerks® Teacher Rewards. These programs are free to join and provide teachers with savings on essential items, including ink, toner, paper, and copy and print products and services. Teachers can sign up for these special discounts at any time. To join, visitofficedepot.com/rewards or maxperks.com.
- NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Starts 6/16/14 and ends 11:59 p.m. EDT on 9/30/2014. Open to current legal residents of the US/DC who, at time of entry, are age 21+, employed full-time or part-time as classroom teachers in preschool through grade 12, and are located in the United States. Residents of Rhode Island are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Visit http://www.themailbox.com/teacherrewards for rules. Administrator: The Education Center LLC, 3515 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27403.
About The Education Center, LLC
The Education Center was founded in 1973 by Marge and Jake Michel who, like many other educators, were frustrated by the lack of practical, ready-to-use materials for the classroom. So they created several products in their spare time, and the company grew from there.
Today hundreds of thousands of teachers across the country depend on The Education Center’s products to enrich their lesson plans, to speed up their planning time, and to leave them more time to do what they love best—teach. Learn more about The Education Center at TheMailbox.com.