ABC-CLIO Launches Video Learning Modules at NCSS
Multimedia content is developed by experts to promote complex thinking in the classroom

Santa Barbara, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2014) – ABC-CLIO Solutions, an award-winning digital curriculum resource, launches Course Essentials video learning modules for its learning databases at the 94th National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference in Boston, Nov. 21-23. Formulated with the help of leading educators, the modules are designed to make complex concepts more digestible for the benefit of all learners.

ABC-CLIO is one of the first publishers in the education industry to create comprehensive video modules with direct instruction from key faculty. The modules are professionally produced and include supplemental resources to expand students’ understanding of social studies, science and English language arts topics.

Learn more about the video learning modules http://www.abc-clio.com/CourseEssentials and visit ABC-CLIO Solutions during NCSS at booth 809.

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Triumph Learning Named As Educational Publisher To Watch

Market analysis on the role of games in education reveals ten digital solutions by educational publishers to watch

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) November 20, 2014

Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 instructional materials and interactive digital tools, was named to the 10 to Watch list in Outsell Inc’s October 2014 report, The Role of Games in Education. The company was recognized for the gamification elements in its new personalized, smart practice solution, Waggle.

“Games within products like Waggle are increasingly similar to the consumer games to which K-12 students are already accustomed, and that is where they demonstrate real perseverance to achieve their goals,” said Kate Worlock, vice president and lead analyst at Outsell.

Triumph Learning’s approach to gamification in Waggle is to integrate educational games into the personalized, learning pathway for each student. Students get mixed practice in Waggle with games and eleven tech-enhanced item types, such as drag-and-drop, graphing and sorting. Students get credit for all of their activity and effort in Waggle, earning badges for meeting key milestones.

“Games are becoming a critical component of today’s classroom to engage students in their lessons,” said Aoife Dempsey, chief technology officer of Triumph Learning. “We designed Waggle with gaming elements to help students see their learning goals as more than just a grade they earn.”

Outsell, the leading research and advisory firm focused on media, information and technology, conducted desk-based research for this report, looking at blogs and mainstream press, as well as journal articles investigating the impact of games and gamification in education. The report was also formed from primary research in the form of interviews with publishers, hardware producers, games developers and creators of educational games to complement this secondary desk research. To download the full report, please visit Outsell’s online store.

For more information about Triumph Learning and Waggle, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com/waggle.

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.

About Outsell
Outsell, Inc. is the only research and advisory firm focused solely on media, information, and technology. We use a time-tested, quality-proven, top-secret blend of data, brains, community, and pizzazz to produce extraordinary value for our clients. Elite information industry executives from all over the world look to Outsell for trusted advice, bold insights, and confidential access to exclusive intelligence and decision support. Outsell has your back. You’ll stay more focused, save time, grow revenue in a fast-changing digital environment, and sleep better at night. Guaranteed.

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Southwest Airlines Partners with CEV Multimedia on Certification Program

Backed by nation’s largest domestic air carrier, new course and certification ensure students can communicate effectively upon entering the workplace

CEV Multimedia

DALLAS and LUBBOCK, Texas (PRWEB) November 20, 2014

CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announces a major partnership with Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV). The arrangement expands an industry-backed certification program offered through iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive educational content. Southwest Airlines is the latest organization to join a host of notable industry partners offering certifications that support CTE initiatives and programs.

Endorsed by Southwest Airlines and delivered through iCEV, the Professional Communications certification addresses how to communicate effectively in the workplace. The course tackles important topics, such as written and verbal communication, time management, listening skills and managing diversity within a work environment. The Professional Communications certification is designed for all students, regardless of their chosen program of study.

“Southwest Airlines is a perfect partner in this initiative because of the organization’s well established expertise and enthusiasm for practical education programs that prepare students for career success,” said Jeff Lansdell, President of CEV Multimedia. “We are dedicated to providing the best experience for students and educators by partnering with industry leaders like Southwest Airlines that want to help students succeed in an ever-changing national workforce.”

Industry collaborations play an important role in schools’ CTE programs and offer hands-on training as students complete their high school education. Because of iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications while completing regular coursework through a series of pre-built, online curricula.

“As an organization that builds its reputation around its people, we deeply understand the need to provide students with a variety of opportunities to develop their professional and interpersonal communication skills,” said Linda Rutherford, Vice President, Communication & Outreach at Southwest Airlines. “We’re confident this course will challenge students and provide the essential training they need in order to thrive in a career or postsecondary environment.”

In addition to the Professional Communications certification, CEV Multimedia offers opportunities to earn certifications in other CTE areas, such as agricultural science, business and marketing, and family and consumer sciences education. CEV Multimedia is developing 20 additional certifications and aims to offer more than 60 industry-backed certifications across seven areas of CTE by the spring of 2016.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive, online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. For more information, visithttp://www.icevonline.com.

About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 44th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest and wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways operate nearly 3,600 flights a day, serving 93 destinations across the United States and five additional countries. Service to San Jose, Costa Rica, begins in March 2015, subject to government approvals.

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, a majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity while over the United States that enables video-on-demand and a free, live TV offering of 13 channels compliments of DISH. Bags Fly Free® at Southwest Airlines (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply), and there are never change fees, although fare differences might apply. In September 2014, the airline proudly unveiled Heart, a new aircraft livery, airport experience, and logo, showcasing the dedication of Southwest Employees to connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. With 41 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2013 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at Southwest.com/citizenship.

Book Southwest Airlines’ low fares online at Southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

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Boardmaker Student Center App Brings Boardmaker Activities to the iPad

Free app extends Boardmaker ecosystem to make activities even more accessible for educators and students

November 20, 2014 08:24 AM Eastern Standard Time

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Boardmaker, the leading symbol-adapted special education software for assisting individuals with overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges, introduces the Boardmaker Student Center app. Available for use by educators and students with a subscription to Boardmaker Online, the Student Center app is a free tool that allows students to play Boardmaker activities on an iPad, further enhancing accessibility and extending the learning environment beyond the classroom.

“I love the idea of the Boardmaker Student Center app”

With the release of the new Student Center app, Boardmaker Online offers a complete system for delivering personalized instruction and therapy while measuring a student’s progress. Boardmaker Online can now be accessed on an iPad, communication device or anywhere with Internet access, providing an easy-to-use, data-driven solution for creating and managing special education instruction. With the new online tool, special education professionals can easily alter text, visuals, learning prompts and accessibility according to an individual’s needs.

“I love the idea of the Boardmaker Student Center app,” said Anna Newstead, a special needs educator in Australia. “Being able to use Boardmaker on the iPad is fabulous – it’s so much more accessible.”

Using the new app, students can easily access and play activities that have been tailored to their learning needs and assigned by their parent, educator, speech-language pathologist (SLP) or other professional. An individual’s accessibility settings are activated as soon as they log in to the app, making it possible to play their assigned activities on a school or personal iPad. Designed for online and offline operation, the Student Center app collects usage and performance data and sends the information directly to the educator’s Boardmaker Online account whenever the device reconnects to the Internet.

“With the release of the Boardmaker Student Center app, we now make personalized visual supports and symbol-adapted education materials more accessible to Boardmaker Online users,” said Bob Cunningham, chief strategy and clinical officer at Tobii Dynavox. “The app extends instruction beyond the classroom by allowing students, parents and professionals to access assigned activities through the familiar and proven interface of the iPad.”

From parents to therapists to large school districts, Boardmaker Online meets the needs of a diverse range of users by offering Personal, Professional and District subscriptions. This versatile system can be used in multiple learning environments and easily transitions between the classroom and home. Students and instructors can access content from a web browser on both Macs and PCs. A variety of professional development options are available, including free weekly webinars and comprehensive staff training packages. For more information about Boardmaker Online, visitwww.boardmakeronline.com.

Click here to download the Boardmaker Student Center app.

About Boardmaker

Developed by Mayer-Johnson, a Tobii DynaVox company, Boardmaker (@boardmaker) is the go-to solution for providing high-quality, symbol-based learning materials to students with special needs. Over the past 20 years, Boardmaker has been used by over a half million teachers, therapists and parents to support millions of students facing language, literacy, behavior and learning challenges. The system enables these individuals to find, create, organize and deliver Common Core and state-aligned materials to students who need symbols for overcoming speech, language and learning challenges. The Boardmaker Software family supports learning in inclusive or special education classrooms, speech therapy sessions, at home or in the community. The new Boardmaker Online makes this long-trusted solution accessible anytime, anywhere. http://www.boardmakeronline.com

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