New Resource Portal and Test Prep Workbook from Learningpod ® Provides Go-To Resources for AP Class Teachers and Students
Free online service provides over 50,000 high-quality practice questions to prepare students for AP classes and exams
New York, NY, Nov. 12, 2014—Learningpod®, the fast-growing site that offers free test practice question content from publishers such as Kaplan and OpenStax College, today announced a new resource especially designed for teachers of advanced placement (AP®) courses.
Learningpod’s AP Questions & Answers, and its new theme-based digital workbook for the AP® U.S. History class and exam, provide AP course teachers with a wealth of easy-to-use, go-to online questions they can mix and match to create their own question sets for their students.
Learningpod’s Q & A resource organizes extensive AP® practice content and information in a dozen subjects, from biology and world history to psychology and economics. Each digital workbook is divided into “pods”, which focus on diagnostic tests and categories within the specific subject, such as “The Structure of Government” and “Policymaking” for the U.S. Government and Politics workbook.
“We know AP® teachers and students are looking for good questions. That’s why we’ve curated our digital resources from trusted sources,” says Learningpod® CEO Jean Seok. “Practicing questions is one of the most effective ways to learn and Learningpod® is an excellent way for teachers and students to prepare.”
When students visit Learningpod®, they can browse through the thousands of sets of pods—multiple-choice questions organized by test type (SAT, GRE, ACT) and subject matter. Students can get an explanation of the content related to the question, instant feedback after each answer, and see what percentage of people answered the same way they did.
With Learningpod®, teachers can share or embed quizzes or assignments on their personal webpages or print them out for students. Each pod has its own URL that can be sent to students via email or posted on a classroom blog. Students, and even parents, also have access to the site for free to review tens of thousands of practice questions on a wide variety of topics.
Learningpod’s AP® U.S. History workbook includes original questions developed by Greg Feldmeth, a respected AP® U.S. History teacher and author of several AP® U.S. History study guides. The workbook’s questions, short passages and images align with the recently revised 2015 exam. According to College Board figures, the AP® U.S. History exam is one of the most popular AP® tests with nearly 450,000 students taking it in 2013.
When teachers sign up for Learningpod®, they can receive a free download of the AP U.S. History workbook.
Teachers can also search for Common Core- and state standard-aligned pods that are ready to use in the classroom. All of the materials on the site are designed to work on tablets and mobile devices as well as computers.
Learningpod® makes learning accessible and efficient through the power of questions. The company is dedicated to making it easy for educators to deliver practice questions online and give students instant access to the extra practice they need. For more information visit www.Learningpod.com and follow @Learningpod.
CIEE COMMITS $20 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS; 10,000 PASSPORTS TO DOUBLE NUMBER OF U.S. STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD
IIE’s “Generation Study Abroad Initiative” prepares global citizens for the new workplace; tackles barriers that keep students from studying abroad.
(PORTLAND, ME — Nov. 12, 2014) – CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange today announced a commitment to tackle the major barriers that keep students from studying abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture – with a centerpiece pledge of $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students through the Generation Study Abroad™ initiative. CIEE will also sponsor passports for 10,000 students to enable participation, and make an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.
“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise. Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders. CIEE’s greatly expanded outreach and scholarship offerings will make a significant contribution to expanding and diversifying the population of students who have the opportunity to study abroad,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman.
Data shows that fewer than 300,000 U.S. students per year study abroad, which means that less than 10 percent of all U.S. college students experience international education before they graduate. The Generation Study Abroad initiative was launched earlier in 2014 and challenges institutions of higher education, governments, and associations to support study abroad and to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of this decade.
“Faculty and students alike consistently report their study abroad experiences are full of life changing, ah-ha moments,” James Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “Part of that change includes the realization that people in different countries, with different cultures and customs, are in many ways very similar to themselves. They are striving for a better life, for healthier children, for a more a peaceful world. This revelation helps students broaden their worldview and become more effective leaders of business, education, healthcare, politics and government.”
CIEE will announce complete details of its commitment to Generation Study Abroad at the CIEE Annual Conference, November 19-22 in Baltimore. With its theme, “Breaking Barriers: Cost, Curriculum, Culture,” this year’s conference is dedicated to gathering industry leaders and professionals to explore and generate new strategies that will help more students of all backgrounds benefit from study abroad.
“CIEE is ideally positioned to help Generation Study Abroad achieve its critical goal. We began more than 65 years ago with a mission to help faculty and students to gain an understanding, acquire knowledge and develop the skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” said David F. Fougere, chief operating officer, CIEE Study Abroad. “The ability to move comfortably among cultures makes a difference between college graduates landing a job and finding a path to lifelong career satisfaction. The Generation Study Abroad initiative takes on real and perceived beliefs surrounding cost, curriculum, and culture that are keeping students from studying abroad.”
About CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year in more than 40 countries and 60 locations around the world. CIEE operates 60 study centers in 40 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit www.ciee.org.
About Institute of International Education
Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. Visit www.iie.org.
About Generation Study Abroad
Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing study abroad programs
GLSEN Releases 29 State Snapshots from Most Recent National School Climate Survey on America’s Middle and High Schools
Benchmark Survey Reveals LGBT Youth Regularly Hear Anti-LGBT Remarks and Are Harassed
NEW YORK (Nov. 13, 2014) – GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) today released state-level data from its biennial National School Climate Survey report for 29 states that show that schools remain unsafe for the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.
The latest edition of GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, which first began in 1999 and remains one of the few studies to examine the middle and high school experiences of LGBT youth nationally, includes four major findings: schools nationwide are hostile environments for a distressing number of LGBT students; a hostile school climate affects students’ academic success and mental health; students with LGBT-related resources and supports report better school experiences and academic success; and school climate for LGBT students has improved somewhat over the years, but remains quite hostile for many.
“The large number of students who reported hearing anti-LGBT language and who continue to experience verbal and physical harassment in schools in these states is unacceptable,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “GLSEN calls on everyone in these states and across the country to join us in ensuring students and educators are given the resources and supports to create safe and affirming school environments. All members of the school community need to feel empowered to intervene when others are undermining these efforts.”
The 29 states with snapshots are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Snapshots were created for states that had enough LGBT student respondents to allow for the analysis of the local findings.
Each state snapshot shows the percentage of students who regularly hear anti-LGBT remarks, the percentage who are victimized at school and whether the incidents were reported, and the availability of in-school resources and supports such as school staff, a comprehensive anti-bullying policy and Gay-Straight Alliances.
“Our research tells us that policymakers and education leaders in these 29 states must do more to create safer and more affirming schools for LGBT students,” said Dr. Joseph G. Kosciw, GLSEN’s Chief Research & Strategy Officer. “Training and empowering educators to create supportive environments, supporting Gay-Straight Alliances and increasing access to accurate and positive information about LGBT people, history and events and inclusive policies can improve school climate for all students.”
State snapshots for 29 states can be found at www.glsen.org/statesnapshots. To access a summary video, infographic and both the executive summary and complete GLSEN National School Climate Survey report, visitwww.glsen.org/nscs.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.
Odysseyware wins Tech & Learning magazine’s 32nd annual Award of Excellence
Updates to Student Experience honored with “Best Upgrade” award
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Nov. 13, 2014) – Odysseyware’s updated Student Experience was recently honored with Tech & Learning magazine’s Award of Excellence. The prestigious 32-year-old program recognizes the best new and updated products in edtech.
“Once again this year our judges had the pleasurable duty to evaluate more than 150 edtech products,” said Tech & Learning Content Director Kevin Hogan. “Each is put through the proverbial wringer: How well does it work in the classroom environment? How easy is it for students and teacher to use? And, most importantly, how effective is it in improving learning? Not a simple task. Congratulations to all of the winners.”
The “Best Upgrade” Award of Excellence is given to products that have made significant enhancements since the previous version of the same product and evolved with the changing technology to continue to offer the highest quality experiences for educators and students.
“We are thrilled that Tech & Learning selected us for this award,” said Beth Te Grotenhuis, the president of Odysseyware and CEO of its parent company, Glynlyon. “Our team is constantly working to make the Student Experience as intuitive and feature-driven as possible. An award as highly respected in the industry as this one is evidence that our continuous investment in improving the student learning experiences is being recognized.”
Over the past year, Odysseyware completely redesigned its Student Experience, adding a “notes” tool for student/teacher communication, day-planning functions to boost productivity and enhanced flexibility and customization to suit different learning styles. The platform also launched new resources for test prep, CTE and blended learning.
A detailed description of Odysseyware’s Student Experience and judges’ comments about why it was selected for the award will be included in the December 2014 Awards issue of Tech & Learning.
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visithttp://odysseyware.com/ or call 877-795-8904.
About Tech & Learning
For over 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, Web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, 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.