Teachers Name Triumph Learning’s Coach as Top Classroom Tool

Company receives three Teachers’ Choice Awards from Learning Magazine

Triumph Learning is dedicated to helping students acquire skills and succeed, and we are honored to receive the Teacher’s Choice Awards for Support Coach and Common Core Coach.

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Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, earned three 2015 Teachers’ Choice Awards in the classroom category for its inclusive curriculum programs, Support Coach and Common Core Coach. Presented by Learning Magazine, the annual awards program honors products of exceptional quality and outstanding performance in the classroom and at home.

“For more than 20 years, the Teachers’ Choice Awards have recognized the best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products, said Anne Sumpter, publisher of Learning Magazine. “We are excited to include Triumph Learning on the list of top classroom tools for 2015.”

Every year, a panel of judges from across the county selects the most notable books, classroom supplies, educational games, software and websites in the education industry. Triumph Learning received the Classroom Award for three products in its acclaimed Coach series: Support Coach Foundational Mathematics, Support Coach Target–Reading Comprehension and English Language Arts Common Core Coach.

“Triumph Learning is dedicated to helping students acquire skills and succeed, and we are honored to receive the Teacher’s Choice Awards for Support Coach and Common Core Coach,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “Through our Coach learning programs, teachers are able to adjust content based on each student’s needs.”

Developed for teachers whose students need additional support with Common Core content, Common Core Support Coach helps identify gaps in student understanding and support their areas of need in key foundational skills. Common Core Coach also helps prepare students for assessments by providing direct instruction on key comprehension strategies and Common Core State Standards requirements.

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, serving 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, Buckle Down, and Waggle. For more information, visithttp://www.triumphlearning.com.

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New TETRIX® PRIME system
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Robotics learning continuum spans

middle school through university

 

PITTSBURG, KS (September 29, 2014) — How can two products fill an2014-15 TETRIX Catalog cover

entire catalog? With the TETRIX® PRIME and MAX Building Systems for robotics, it’s no problem at all.

The 40-page 2014-15 Robotics Catalog introduces Pitsco Education’s new TETRIX PRIME Building System, which is designed for ages 12 and up. Simple and intuitive, the system features a quick-rivet fastening system that makes for easy prototyping and building. The Starter Set, Gripper Kit, individual elements, servos, and more are featured in the catalog.

 

Pitsco’s original building system, TETRIX MAX, is the preferred building system for the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) competition and is ideal for large-scale robots. MAX’s full range of sets, metal gears, wheel and tank tread options, tools, storage, and curriculum build on the introductory offerings for PRIME.

 

Best of all, PRIME and MAX can be used together to provide even more flexibility and building options. Both systems offer high-grade aluminum pieces and work out of the box with an R/C controller or can be used with various programming platforms such as LEGO® Education’s NXT and EV3, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi. Both can also be used in national and international robotics competitions such as FTC, SkillsUSA Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue, and World Robot Olympiad.

 

Request a free copy of the 2014-15 Robotics Catalog atwww.pitsco.com/catalogrequest, where you also may download a PDF file of the catalog. Visit the updated www.tetrixrobotics.comwebsite, which features the online TETRIX store as well as competition information, example robot builds, and more.

 

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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.

 

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Girls Thinking Global to Support Empowerment of Girls Globally

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts, (September 29, 2014) – Girls Thinking Global (GTG) announced its official non-profit launch today, an organization connecting global change makers to empower adolescent girls. The non-profit aims to Educate, Empower, Engage and Energize people across the globe to take action for girls worldwide. Girls Thinking Global is embarking on a visionary journey to create a global network serving women and girls, to leverage resources – monetary, in-kind, and communicative – to ensure that every possible dollar and resource is used to improve the quality of life for adolescent girls worldwide.

Girls Thinking Global was founded by Kathy Hurley, a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Deb deVries, a former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Executive, Cassandra Walker and Elizabeth Texeira, recent Harvard Graduate School of Education alumnae in the International Education Policy program. GTG has been working out of Harvard Business School Innovation Laboratory since June 2014, and became incorporated in August of 2014.

“The well-being of adolescent girls is a crucial element to creating better, happier, and healthier societies across the globe,” states Kathy Hurley, Girls Thinking Global Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. “We founded Girls Thinking Global to ensure that women and girls across the globe have access to the resources they need to implement sustainable, community-driven programs that positively impact and create change for adolescent girls globally.”

The team recently closed a Kickstarter campaign and raised an amazing $20,223, all of which will be used to cover the cost of GTG’s first international documentary, one of the non-profit’s primary programmatic components.  This first documentary highlights the work of the Jungle Mamas, an exemplary group that trains indigenous Achuar women and adolescents in the Ecuadorian Amazon to become birthing attendants, reducing maternal and neonatal mortality across the region. You can view more about Jungle Mamas here: http://www.pachamama.org/advocacy/jungle-mamas

“We are proud that Girls Thinking Global will orchestrate advocacy campaigns to build awareness around the opportunities for education and access to health care on a global scale,” Deb deVries, Girls Thinking Global Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors states.

“We will also host an annual summit to highlight the work that these women, girls, and organizations have undertaken across the globe, as they are true exemplars and leaders in the field that can share what is possible when culturally sensitive, sustainable practices are put into place.” As part of the annual summit GTG will host an awards program recognizing individuals and organizations that have brought advancement and opportunities to girls and women worldwide.

In addition to the documentaries and annual summit, GTG has created an interactive, online database of organizations working with adolescent girls that non-profits can use to be matched with mentors and mentees and to find strategic resources. They will also be distributing a bi-monthly newsletter showcasing organizations working to improve the lives of girls and women and are striving to be an advocate for issues facing adolescent girls, sharing relevant stories, events, and advocacy campaigns from around the world, increasing the global discourse around the issues facing girls and women every day.

About Girls Thinking Global:

The Girls Thinking Global’s mission is to connect global change makers to empower adolescent girls. Based in Cambridge, the vision of Girls Thinking Global is to create a global network of organizations that are serving girls and women to leverage resources – monetary, in-kind, and communicative – to ensure that every possible dollar and resource is used to improve the quality of life for adolescent girls worldwide.  Girls Thinking Global has been working out of Harvard Business School Innovation Laboratory since June 2014, and became incorporated in August 2014.

To learn more about Girls Thinking Global, please visit www.girlsthinkingglobal.org

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COPIA ADDS MAJOR PUBLISHERS TO GROWING LIST OF HIGHER-ED CONTENT

Digital platform launched for hundreds of colleges expands its cadre of publishers and content with Pearson, McGraw Hill, Cengage, Wiley and other significant providers to create an ideal digital campus learning experience

New York, NY — September 30, 2014— COPIA Interactive, creator of one of the most robust, independent, full-featured digital content platforms and college digital bookstore sites, today announced relationships with seven additional publishers of higher-education textbooks and content.

COPIA partners with major global publishers to combine their vast content libraries and deliver them to students. The content is personalized to address the needs of each of the countries in which COPIA operates, thus ensuring that the publishers’ content can be best used no matter the language or format.

COPIA’s latest partnerships include material from top-named publishers, including Pearson, McGraw Hill, Macmillan Higher Ed, Cengage, Wiley and Lippincott and Wolters Kluwer Health. COPIA is pleased to share this news at the EDUCAUSE 2014 Conference.

COPIA is the only platform that delivers a complete turnkey solution, providing a single portal for all of a user’s digital content and social class activity, creating an interactive, collaborative and unified teaching and learning experience that is unrivaled in the market. By creating a vehicle for the delivery of everything from required course materials to digital access codes, COPIA’s able to support universities’ efforts to provide students with a single-point of access for all of their coursework needs.

COPIA helps faculty enhance their courses while preserving the unique nature of their curriculum. It also partners with hundreds of college bookstores, helping eliminate the stress associated with getting all materials necessary for their course catalogs. Instead, by harnessing COPIA’s platform, students have access to any content they need or want from the university’s bookstore.

COPIA’s embedded communication tools and assessment capabilities allow students to communicate with classmates and instructors within the context of the course’s content.

“COPIA is the only company that offers such interactivity with content and the rich faculty-student connection,” said Ben Lowinger, Executive Vice President of COPIA Interactive. “Ours is a complete end-to-end solution that combines the latest in digital technology with relevant social components. Plus, our vendor-neutral platform and suite of downloadable apps makes COPIA a one-stop solution: it’s easy to use and accessible from any device, any time and anywhere.”

With COPIA, students can access professors’ pages to access anything from literature readings, sociology course packets, or assignments for philosophy. Professors’ pages provide direct links to all textbooks at the campus bookstore’s COPIA site, and instructors can post links to interactive content for students. COPIA also allows students to watch video as part of the syllabus selected by the professors.

In a class, the library, or a café, students can find professors’ lecture notes in the margins of their assigned texts, and can also share notes with classmates or communicate with professors or project partners. No books or notes are lost because all of the information is stored in the cloud. With its anytime, anywhere accessibility and interactive features, COPIA is an ideal tool for blended learning environments.

“COPIA takes the headaches and hassles out of college course materials and provides a more interactive and on-demand way to study,” said Lowinger. “It delivers the ultimate online college class collaborative experience.”

About COPIA

Since it started in 2010, COPIA Interactive has stayed at the forefront of the changes in technology and multimedia to create a product that is truly driving 21st-Century teaching and learning in the K-20 arena. COPIA is a socially-driven digital content platform that helps educators, publishers and students unlock the power of digital and non-digital educational material through the use of an integrated platform that unifies people and content. COPIA reaches over 900 college campuses world-wide and K-12 schools across the U.S and abroad. Its growing international presence includes the U.S., Brazil, Australia and Spain. COPIA Interactive, LLC is wholly-owned subsidiary of DMC Capital Funding, LLC. For more information, call 212-229-8400 or visit www.copiaedu.com.

 

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CoSN K-12 Privacy Toolkit Now Covers All Major Federal Privacy Laws
 
Updated Toolkit Unveiled Today Addresses COPPA, FERPA, HIPAA and PPRA
Washington, DC (September 29, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today launched an enhanced in-depth, step-by-step privacy toolkit with new sections covering the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Protecting Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). With the additions, the toolkit now addresses all four federal privacy laws applied to K-12 education – including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
In the summer, CoSN issued two free-standing resources to accompany the toolkit: “10 Steps Every District Should Take Today” and “Security Questions to Ask of an Online Service Provider.” Coupled with the toolkit released today, the resources help school system leaders navigate the complex federal laws and related issues.
“When we launched the toolkit last spring, it gave district technology leaders and administrators insight and practices to comply with FERPA and COPPA. But we also knew that to completely inform education leaders, the toolkit needed to address the ‘big four’ privacy laws,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “The additional chapters on PPRA and HIPAA, combined with our new and forthcoming resources, equip school leaders with the full package on how to better understand the complex privacy landscape and take the actions necessary to ensure student protection.”
Developed as part of CoSN’s Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative, the toolkit was produced with support from Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, which is housed in the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The toolkit is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and endorsed by the Association of School Business Officials International.
Organized as a decision tree, the toolkit includes key definitions, overviews on the Directory Information Exception and the School Office Exception, and insight on metadata and de-identification. The guide also provides direction on the increasing use of Click-Wrap Agreements – common to many popular, free online tools and services – and a set of helpful Internet links to privacy-related resources.
Soon this fall, CoSN will publish suggested contract terms as an additional free-standing resource, so school systems can draft contracts that detail how providers must comply with school system security requirements.
To access the toolkit or to learn more about CoSN’s privacy efforts, please visit: cosn.org/privacy.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

Half a Million Teachers Master Common Core Transition with LearnZillion

More than 500,000 educators now use LearnZillion to solve their biggest Common Core need: deep, standards-aligned content to help deliver effective instruction to students, and explain standards to parents

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LearnZillion, a digital curriculum and professional learning platform, has grown nearly 200 percent since September of last year, with more than 500,000 teachers now registered on the site. Created by two former educators, LearnZillion offers effective, multi-media curricular resources for educators seeking to understand and articulate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to students and their parents.

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Teachers can use LearnZillion’s thousands of free resources to support their individual Common Core planning needs. Schools and districts can leverage LearnZillion Premium to unlock the instructional potential of teachers and prepare every student for the rigorous new assessments with rigorous, yet easy-to-implement curriculum and job-embedded professional learning opportunities proven to drive student outcomes.

LearnZillion’s deep curricular resources include short, conceptual videos and rigorous task-based math lessons. A scaffolded close reading and writing program helps all students become confident readers and precise writers. Because the resources are crafted directly from CCSS by LearnZillion’s Dream Team of top educators who work directly with students, they are particularly effective in helping other teachers be successful with the new standards. Designed for use on any Web-connected device, LearnZillion’s offering supports classrooms shifting to digital devices, but can also be used in paper-based settings.

“With LearnZillion, I am a part of a community of educators who are trying to create some inspiration for learning, and that’s the greatest thing in the world,” said Lorenzo Dale Robinson, a 2014 Dream Team teacher and math instructional coach from Fairburn, GA. “I work with teachers who are just trying to figure out one element in a standard, and trying to get a visual representation of it — what does it look like, sound like, feel like. To be able to create something that gives them a jump start on what they want to do – not to take away their thinking and creativity – but to provide a sense for what’s possible – that’s powerful.”

“One of the biggest problems for educators today is the lack of quality and reliable Common Core resources,” said Eric Westendorf, LearnZillion CEO and former principal and teacher. “LearnZillion solves this problem by offering consistent, top-notch resources that give teachers, students and parents the clarity and support they need to foster learning—whether in the classroom, or at the kitchen table.”

To learn more about the LearnZillion story, visit www.learnzillion.com/about.

About LearnZillion
LearnZillion champions teachers and provides schools and districts with an effective bridge to the Common Core. LearnZillion Premium’s math curricular resources and close reading/writing program are built by a Dream Team of top educators directly from the standards to unlock the instructional potential of teachers and prepare every student for the rigorous new assessments. A flexible learning platformallows schools and districts to develop teacher leaders as they customize a high-quality curriculum for every building. Over 500,000 teachers now use the LearnZillion platform. Customers include District of Columbia Public Schools, Syracuse City Public Schools, the Delaware Department of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education and hundreds of individual schools throughout the United States. Founded in 2011 by two former teachers, LearnZillion is on Fast Company‘s World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education and a recipient of eSchool News’ 2014-15 Readers Choice Award. Connect online at @LearnZillion andwww.LearnZillion.com.

 

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COPIA RELEASES NEXT GENERATION OF COPIA CLASS E-LEARNING PLATFORM TO TAKE TEACHING AND LEARNING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

 

Cloud-based, device-friendly system provides a broad range of features and tools in an easy-to-use format

 

New York, NY — September 30, 2014— COPIA Interactive, the innovative company devoted to applying the latest and best tech tools to learning, is once again breaking new ground with the next generation of COPIA CLASS™, an advanced e-learning platform that combines all the features classrooms rely on to make digital teaching and learning simple and effective.

 

Copia Interactive is pleased to share the news of this latest digital platform at the EdNet 2014 Conference. The improved version makes interoperability with media even easier and has expanded its platform support, making it truly device agnostic.

 

“As a technology company we’re constantly working to take advantage of the latest and best features available to provide the most up-to-date, interactive and collaborative learning platform that gives students and teachers boundless access to content,” said Ben Lowinger, Executive Vice President of COPIA Interactive.

 

COPIA CLASS™ works with dozens of publishers to provide teachers unlimited access to books, texts, novels and multimedia. It then elevates what teachers could normally do with a printed text, to an interactive, multimedia learning experience. It is a digital platform with everything in one place. With COPIA CLASS™, teachers can align their instruction to learning standards and increase the rigor of their classrooms. The e-learning platform places content at the center of instruction and enables teachers to capitalize on the power of technology, providing a centralized location for a digitally enhanced classroom.

 

“COPIA CLASS™ is what true 21st-Century learning is intended to be. It’s anytime, anywhere collaborative learning at its best,”  said Lowinger. “With one tool, students have all the content for their classes at their fingertips and can interact with that content, with their classmates and with their teachers, inside and outside of the classroom.”

 

COPIA CLASS™ can hold an array of textbook subjects from multiple publishers, customized to a class, school or district’s needs. Lesson modules allow students to view the lesson objectives. Teachers can add links and images connected to the lesson in the margins of the text to avoid interrupting students’ concentration on the reading. Within the links and images teachers also can pose critical-thinking questions or short quizzes to ensure that students are not only understanding the reading, but are also making connections and inferences.

 

Students can highlight and ask questions about sections of a reading they may be struggling with. They can write notes in the margins, view the selected vocabulary words for the lesson or even have the text read aloud to them. Students also can share links to additional information related to readings with the class and have discussions between their classmates and their teachers based on that information. Students can monitor their own progress over time throughout the class as well as on the short exams embedded in the lessons.

 

“Textbooks are a one-size-fits-all solution,” Lowinger said. “COPIA CLASS™ gives teachers and students a lot of ways to approach a learning challenge.   For many students, COPIA CLASS™ is helping to infuse a new sense of excitement into reading and learning, and a greater sense of confidence.”

 

This next generation COPIA CLASS™ release is scheduled for January 2015, to coincide with the start of the Australian school year. COPIA’s implementation in Australia has rapidly expanded from 10,000 to 40,000 students in its first year of use. COPIA CLASS™ can be used on all devices, including iPad, Chromebooks, and Android Tablets as well as smartphones, Macs and PCs.

 

About COPIA

Since it started in 2010, COPIA Interactive has stayed at the forefront of the changes in technology and multimedia to create a product that is truly driving 21st-Century teaching and learning in the K-20 arena. COPIA is a socially-driven digital content platform that helps educators, publishers and students unlock the power of digital and non-digital educational material through the use of an integrated platform that unifies people and content. COPIA reaches over 900 college campuses world-wide and K-12 schools across the U.S and abroad. Its growing international presence includes the U.S., Brazil, Australia and Spain. Copia Interactive, LLC is wholly-owned subsidiary of DMC Capital Funding, LLC. For more information, call 212-229-8400 or visit www.copiaedu.com.

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