MEDIA  ALERT

 

 

What:                   Free, two-part series of online webinars targeted for teachers in grades 3-12:

                                Part 1: “Verso: Activating student voice as a driver for personalized learning”

                                Part 2: “Verso: Activating student voice as a driver for deeper learning”
 
When:                  • Part 1:  8pm EST/5pm PST, Wednesday, Nov. 12
  • Part 2:  8pm EST/5pm PST, Wednesday, Nov. 19

 

Who:                     Phil Stubbs, who has worked globally with teachers and students in elementary, middle and high schools around the practice of using questions to drive understanding, and Tom Whitby, social media guru and noted education author, will lead these two “Edchat Interactive” webinars.

 

Stubbs and Whitby will work with participants on how to activate student voice, both for personalized learning and deeper learning. They will share practical strategies for shifting the ownership of learning from teacher to student, and explain why activating student voice is key to personalizing learning. Participants will gain access to a bank of resources for use in the classroom along with a range of examples from schools.

 

Stubbs also will introduce participants to Verso, a free web-based app designed to establish new learning partnerships between and among students and teachers.

 

To Register:        Registration is required for both free webinars:

  • For Part 1 on Nov. 12, visit this link.
  • For Part 2 on Nov. 19, visit this link.

 

More Info.:         For more on webinars, visit this link.

                                For more on Verso, visit this link.

 

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Triumph Learning Joins Pledge To Protect Student Data Privacy

Company signs K-12 school service providers pledge to safeguard student privacy

Committed to protecting student data privacy and security at Triumph Learning and this pledge helps us achieve and exceed that goal.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 07, 2014

Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 instructional materials and interactive digital tools, signs the student privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). FPF and SIIA introducedthe Pledge to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.

The student privacy Pledge for K-12 school service providers clearly and concisely states a set of expectations that parents and education officials have for the safeguarding of student data. U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (CO) and Luke Messer (IN) convened with school service providers, educator organizations and other stakeholders to develop the Pledge with FPF and SIIA.

“We are committed to protecting student data privacy and security at Triumph Learning and this pledge helps us achieve and exceed that goal,” said Aoife Dempsey, chief technology officer of Triumph Learning. “The Pledge will better inform service providers and the public on the importance of student privacy.”

The commitments of the Pledge are intended to detail ongoing industry practices that meet and go beyond all federal requirements and encourage service providers to more clearly articulate these practices.

The Pledge will hold Triumph Learning accountable to:

  •     Not sell student information
  •     Not behaviorally target advertising
  •     Use data for authorized education purposes only
  •     Not change privacy policies without notice and choice
  •     Enforce strict limits on data retention
  •     Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
  •     Provide comprehensive security standards
  •     Be transparent about collection and use of data.

The Pledge and more information about how to support it are available at http://studentprivacypledge.org/.

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, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.

 

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MimioMobile App with MimioStudio Classroom Software Selected as Best Upgraded Product in Tech & Learning Magazine’s Awards of Excellence Program

 

Cambridge, MA – Nov. 10, 2014 –Mimio, a global leader in interactive teaching technologies, announced today that its MimioMobile™ application with MimioStudio™ 11.3 classroom software has been chosen as ‘best upgraded product’ in Tech & Learning magazine’s 32nd annual Awards of Excellence program. This marks the third year in a row that a Mimio product has been honored by this prestigious award program. Last year, the MimioProjector™ interactive projector was recognized as an innovative new product, while the previous year, MimioStudio™ software was recognized for the significant enhancements Mimio had made to the proven educational software.

 

This year’s Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence program honored new and upgraded software, hardware, network, and Web products. A panel of more than 30 educators tested more than 150 entries and chose the winners.

 

“It’s so gratifying to have this panel of distinguished judges recognize the vision, hard work, and passion that our organization has put into building products that are making engaging and collaborative learning part of students’ everyday learning experiences,” said Dan Winkler, chief technology officer for Mimio. “The award is especially important for us because we know that schools and districts are constantly searching for ways to provide teachers and students with a better way to learn, and that is what we strive to do every day.”

 

The complete MimioClassroom™ suite of interactive technologies is used in over 600,000 classrooms worldwide. The suite includes the MimioTeach™ interactive whiteboard; the new MimioBoard™ touch board, which features six-point Touch 360° interactivity – the highest number of standard touch points available – for best-in-class performance; the MimioDisplay™ LED touch display; the MimioBoard interactive whiteboard; the MimioProjector interactive projector; the MimioVote™ assessment; the MimioMobile app; the MimioView™ document camera; the MimioPad™ wireless pen tablet; and the MimioCapture™ ink recorder. Of course, the power behind all Mimio products is the renowned MimioStudio classroom software, which not only runs Mimio hardware, but also most any interactive device from other manufacturers.

 

About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. A portfolio company of Skyview Capital, Mimio creates award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit www.mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.

 

 

 

About Tech & Learning

For over 30 years, Tech & Learning has been – and continues to be – the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, websites, and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products for their districts and schools. Tech & Learning magazine, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit. www.TechLearning.com.

 

 

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POMONA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES ACCREDITATION AWARD FROM

COUNCIL ON OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION

 

WIN Learning’s Web-Based Career Readiness System is the foundation of district’s career program

 

Kingston, Tenn. – Nov. 10, 2014Pomona Unified School District’s Adult and Career Education Program has secured accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Under the leadership of program director, Dr. Enrique Medina, the Pomona program exceeded the expectation of the COE and received a six-year term, the maximum awarded, in part because of its comprehensive implementation of the WIN Career Readiness System developed by WIN Learning.

The rigorous accreditation process, designed to assure the quality and integrity of established career and technical education programs included a detailed examination of every aspect of the Pomona program. COE commission evaluators conducted a site-visit and evaluated the effectiveness of each standard, procedure, and policy tied to the district’s financial services, human resources, student services, and program completion and placement rates of its career and technical education offerings.

“We work to continually strengthen and improve our career readiness offerings so our students are fully prepared for job demands and/or college entrance requirements upon graduation,” said Dr. Enrique Medina, director, Career Readiness, Pomona Unified School District. “We believe that in securing this prestigious accreditation, we are demonstrating that our district and its incorporation of the WIN Career Readiness System, is a highly effective model for college and career preparation that will deliver positive academic and career outcomes for the students of Pomona for many years to come.”

 

In 2001, Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) made a concerted program shift when it combined its career and college readiness ‘standards’ with a best practices approach, and infused it throughout its high school programs. At that time, the District’s Adult & Career Education Program was awarded a $50,000 grant from the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators to explore, develop and implement a program rich with soft skills-based training, personalized project-based learning, and career exploration.  District administrators selected the web-based WIN Career Readiness System for its comprehensive components of career exploration and planning system, college readiness assessments, and career readiness foundational academic and employability skills support.

 

“The framework of Pomona’s career and technical education program has always been about addressing the achievement gap among student groups and increasing college and career readiness skill sets for all students,” stated John Costilla, vice president of marketing and business development of WIN Learning.  “Whether students choose to enter the workforce directly after graduation, join the military or attend a vocational institution or college, Pomona is providing them with all the preparation they need to be successful. They should be extremely proud of their program – we certainly are pleased to be their partner.”

 

About WIN Learning

Since 1996, WIN has become the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven courseware and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs. For more information, go to www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.

 

ABOUT Pomona Unified School District

Pomona Unified School District is located in the eastern section of Los Angeles County and operates 20 elementary schools, five K-8 schools, five middle schools, eight high schools and five other schools, serving approximately 26,300 students from the cities of Pomona and Diamond Bar. It is the District’s mission to provide a well rounded and challenging educational program of the highest quality, empowering students to lead productive, fulfilling lives as lifelong learners.

 

About COE

For more than 40 years, the Council on Occupational Education has been dedicated to its mission of assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education. Its goal is to offer public assurance that accredited educational institutions provide quality instruction in career and technical education that facilitates learning by students and meeting the needs of the labor market.

 

 

 

 

 

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itslearning Personalized Learning Platform Selected as Best

Upgraded Product in Tech & Learning Magazine’s 2014 Awards of Excellence Program

 

Boston, MA – Nov. 10, 2014 — itslearning (www.itslearning.net), a leading K-12 digital learning management platform, today announced that its solution of the same name, has been chosen as ‘Best Upgraded Product’ in Tech & Learning magazine’s 32nd annual Awards of Excellence program. This marks the second award for the personalized learning platform this year.  Previously, itslearning was honored with a coveted 2014 CODiE award from the Software & Information Industry Association as the Best PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution.  Earlier this year, the American Association of Publishers recognized itslearning as a Revere Award finalist in the innovation category.

 

This year’s Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence program honored new and upgraded software, hardware, network, and Web products. A panel of more than 30 educators tested more than 150 entries and chose the winners.

 

“It’s so gratifying to have this panel of distinguished judges recognize the vision, hard work, and passion that our organization has put into building a learning platform designed with teachers and students in mind that is making engagement, collaboration and personalized learning a reality for students’ everyday learning experiences,” said Travis Willard, itslearning CEO. “The award is especially important for us because we know that schools and districts are constantly searching for ways to provide teachers and students with a better way to learn, and that is what we strive to do every day.”

 

Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, itslearning is a leading, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) with more than 4 million educators, students, and parents worldwide using the personalized learning platform.  itslearning is widely recognized for enabling teachers to more effectively engage today’s “digitally wired” students anytime, anywhere and on any device. The platform enables student voice and choice, facilitating collaboration and self-reflection through blogs, individualized learning plans, communities and ePortfolios. In addition, itslearning fosters student content creation and peer analysis, extending the role of the student far beyond that of a traditional “consumer.”  The media-rich learning platform’s seamless integration with existing school and district systems creates a user-friendly interface that gives teachers a way to share instructional resources, assignments and activities, and assessments with students and parents via personalized dashboards.

 

At the same time, students have the power to decide how they learn as the solution automatically adapts to support learning styles that offer the best opportunities for success. A proprietary ‘standards mastery and recommendation engine’ facilitates remediation, acceleration and review by automating the recommendation of resources and activities based upon standards mastery assessments. The recommendations are also tailored specifically to the individual learning styles of each student – regardless of age, ability level, interests or special requirements.

 

About itslearning, Inc.

Established in 1999, itslearning is a cloud-based K-12 learning management system designed to make teaching easier, learning more engaging, and parent involvement more effective and efficient. Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, itslearning has offices in Boston, Atlanta, London, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris, Mulhouse, Malmo, and Enscheda. For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net.

 

About Tech & Learning

For over 30 years, Tech & Learning has been – and continues to be – the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, websites, and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products for their districts and schools. Tech & Learning magazine, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit. www.TechLearning.com.

 

 

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Institute for Student Achievement Holds Inaugural Superintendents’ Conference

 

Education experts and district leaders meet to share research, practices and solutions for achieving sustainable high school turnaround

 

PRINCETON, New Jersey, November 10, 2014 – The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) is convening education thought leaders and top-flight researchers to collaborate with district superintendents from across the nation during its inaugural Superintendents’ Conference. The two-day event titled, “The Challenge of Underperforming High Schools: News Ways of Thinking and Doing,” will examine the various contexts – international, national, race and culture, and innovation – associated with turning around underperforming high schools and sustaining success once achieved.

 

“Managing high school turnaround is an extremely challenging and complex process, however a necessary one to ensure students are prepared for success in college and their future careers,” said Gerry House, Ed.D., president of ISA. “By bringing together leading experts, researchers and superintendents, we are able to continue to identify and share viable solutions for navigating this process and improving our nation’s underperforming high schools.”

 

During the conference, experts will provide research and discuss cutting-edge practices to help attendees achieve sustainable turnaround in their own districts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in small, collaborative group dialogue during breakout sessions to discuss the issues faced in their own districts, including ways to look at innovation and change in the current environment and find new approaches.

 

In addition to an opening session by Walt McDonald, president and CEO of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), and Dr. House, and facilitated sessions led by T.J. Elliott, vice president and chief learning officer of ETS, the conference will feature presentations by:

 

  • Andreas Schleicher and Tue Halgreen, OECD researchers best known for work on Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Using comparative data from countries that participate in PISA, they will discuss high performing schools from the international context and what accounts for that success. OECD’s  most recent study, “Time for the US to Reskill?” focuses on the assessment of Americans’ basic skills in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving in a technology-driven economy and the impact on social and economic outcomes.

 

  • Jim Shelton, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education. Shelton will offer perspective from the national context, providing insight on initiatives being considered and implemented to prepare all students to be college and career ready. Mr. Shelton will highlight recent changes to the School Improvement Grants program that now permit whole school reform models as one of three new turnaround options.

 

  • Dr. Imani Perry, scholar of law, culture and race and professor at Princeton Center for African American studies. Dr. Perry will address student performance from the context of race and culture. With both a Ph.D. and J.D. from Harvard University, this brilliant young scholar takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Dr. Perry will share insights from her book, “More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States,” as well as her own rich, personal history.

 

  • ETS researchers Steve Robbins and Joanna Gorin and ISA’s Senior Math Specialist Jonathan Katzwill share their cutting-edge work from the context of innovation. Mr. Robbins most recently co-authored a book with Wesley R. Habley and Jennifer Bloom titled, “Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success” (Wiley, 2012). Dr. Gorin oversees a research and development agenda around next-generation educational assessments, specifically exploring the use of games and simulations for formative and summative assessment. And Dr. Katz recently published “Developing Mathematical Thinking: A Guide to Rethinking the Mathematics Classroom” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).

 

ISA is pleased to host a prestigious group of superintendents from across the United States. Attendees include district leaders from New York, Trenton, Houston, Chicago, Nashville, Minneapolis, and more.

 

Attendees and staff will be live Tweeting during the conference being held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 and Friday, November 14, 2014 using the hashtag #ISASups14.

 

To learn more about ISA and its approach to school turnaround, visit http://www.studentachievement.org/.

 

About ISA

The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) partners with schools and districts to transform public high schools so that students who are traditionally underserved and underperforming graduate prepared for success in college. Through thisclose partnership, ISA provides the organizational and professional development supports that schools, principals, and teachers need to succeed, giving students the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve to their fullest potential. To learn more about ISA, visit http://www.studentachievement.org/.

 

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Reaching 20 – CoSN State Chapter Network Hits Milestone
Additions of New Hampshire and Minnesota Strengthen Professional Ed Tech Association’s National Advocacy Presence
Washington, DC (November 7, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today welcomed New Hampshire and Minnesota as the 19th and 20th state chapter members, respectively. The New Hampshire CTO Council and the Minnesota CoSN Chapter expand CoSN’s growth in all major regions across America, amplifying the association’s advocacy efforts at the district level and its collaboration with state organizations to build exceptional education technology leadership.
“The NH CTO Council is so excited to be officially affiliated with CoSN,” said Pam McLeod, New Hampshire CTO Council Chair. “Joining forces with CoSN will allow us to deliver enhanced networking and professional development opportunities, to provide a stronger voice for New Hampshire ed tech leaders, and to distribute technology planning and other high-quality resources to our members.”
“Minnesota is pleased to join the family of CoSN Chapters in the United States,” said Mary Mehsikomer, CETL, Technology Integration Development & Outreach Facilitator, TIES. “We look forward to the professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities that the Minnesota CoSN Chapter will deliver to technology directors, coordinators, and staff in our state. We also are excited to use our chapter to provide a framework to take advantage of CoSN’s invaluable resources for technology leaders.”
As new members, both chapters will take a lead in:
  • Advocating and providing professional development opportunities, research, and best practices for district technology leaders and educators;
  • Establishing a community of practice and personal learning network for state-based education technology coordinators and educators; and
  • Managing and leveraging the capacity of each state’s education technology leaders through professional networking and the building of a cadre of expertise.
“Twenty state chapters is a remarkable milestone and a testament to CoSN’s powerful impact in U.S. districts,” said Jean Tower, CoSN Chair, Director of Technology, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough in Massachusetts. “The local leadership, support, and professional development through our state chapters provide school system leaders with an opportunity to leverage CoSN’s resources and work to empower learning through technology. We proudly welcome New Hampshire and Minnesota, and we look forward to touching school leaders in those states in the weeks and months to come.”
The two states join the following CoSN state members: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
To learn more about CoSN’s state chapters, please visit: cosn.org/about/membership/state-chapters.
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. Visitcosn.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.
Learn about CoSN’s 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, March 16-19, at: cosnconference.org.

 

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Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Finalists for SIIA Innovation Incubator Program

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Ten innovators to be featured at the 2014 Education Business Forum in New York City

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 6, 2014) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry, announces finalists, and an alternate, for its Innovation Incubator Program. The program will be held during the annual Education Business Forum, Dec. 9-10, at the McGraw Hill Conference Center in New York City. The finalists will feature their products during the event, and awards will be presented to the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed based on votes of conference attendees. The Educator’s Choice Award and Faculty Choice Award will also be presented based on votes from K-20 educators and administrators around the world. SIIA will also award prizes from program partners.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

“This year’s Innovation Incubator participants are even more promising products than in previous years, given their tremendous possibilities,” said Karen Billings, vice president for the SIIA Education Division. “Innovative products like these play a pivotal role in keeping our students engaged and enhancing their educational experience.”

Innovation Incubator Program finalists were selected from the applicant pool based on key selection criteria, including:

  • Education focus and end user impact / Market need for the innovation
  • Representation of K-12/Postsecondary market levels
  • Level of originality and innovation

All Innovation Incubator finalists will present during the Business Profiles Presentations on Dec. 9, which is immediately followed by the Innovation Showcase & Networking Reception where they will be available for one-on-one product demonstrations and in-depth discussions.

Innovation Incubator Program participants are:

ApplicantLab, ApplicantLab
The ApplicantLab provides an interactive, affordable, step-by-step program that guides college & graduate school applicants through the essay, letter of recommendation, and interview process

Cogent Education, Interactive Case Studies
Cogent Education’s Interactive Cases allow students to act like scientists and solve real world problems.  Teachers can see in real-time how their students are progressing, identify pain points, and can intervene immediately.

Continuum Education, Apropos Collaborative Learning Activity
Apropos turns the Internet into a collaborative learning space. Seamlessly blending technology into existing classroom lessons, Apropos enables learners to apply 21st Century Skills in problem-based activities that inform assignments, augment lesson plans and simplify online inquiry.

Edukey Education, Class Charts
Class Charts combines seating charts with a point based behavior management system and provides teachers & school administrators with AI driven behavior analytics.

Gradeable, Gradeable Workflow
Teachers upload questions into a Gradeable template, tag them with common core or custom standards, print the QR coded forms, and hand out to students before the completed assessments are scanned back into the platform with the Gradeable mobile app or a printer/scanner. These digital assessments are stored by classroom and graded automatically by Gradeable or efficiently by the teacher on a tablet or computer. Finally the quantitative (grades) and qualitative (comments) feedback is analyzed to empower teachers with targeted insights for precise instruction.

Listen Current, Listen Current
Listen Current brings authentic voices and engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom. We curate the best of public radio to keep teaching connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time.

MathCloud, MathCloud
Each student receives a personalized online learning experience using the world’s first neural adaptive learning platform.  Students can master math topics, get better grades, and grow in confidence, and both teachers and parents can track learning progress, academic growth, and achievement.

Mobile Education Store, Crack The Books
Crack the Books is a digital interactive book series designed to foster reading comprehension and student engagement through adjustable reading levels and hundreds of high interest interactive elements.

Second Avenue Learning, TARGETS
TARGETS includes two games: a physical card game, and a digital augmented reality game that takes chemistry concepts and brings them to life in a 3D world where students can solve authentic science problems.

Teachley, Teachley Analytics
Teachley Analytics offers districts a personalized learning solution to support the needs of each student. We analyze gameplay data from apps to help teachers track performance, differentiate instruction and target intervention.

Alternate:

Triumph Learning, Waggle
Waggle is a seamless, all-in-one solution with Personalized Smart Practice.  With Knewton’s adaptive learning recommendation engine, Waggle provides true personalization, meeting students where they are and promoting productive struggle.

For more information about the Education Business Forum, visit siia.net/ebf/2014/ or contact Christopher Dyer at cdyer@siia.net .

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

 

 

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