ABC-CLIO Innovation Grant Supports Educators in Elevating Student Thinking

New program raises the bar for utilizing technology to enhance everyday instruction
Santa Barbara, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2014) – ABC-CLIO Solutions, an award-winning digital curriculum resource for history and humanities, presents the 2015 “Think Out Loud” Innovation Grant. The program supports the authentic thinking skills needed for college, career, and civic life through the use of ABC-CLIO Solutions 15 online curriculum collections. Educators are encouraged to infuse technology into their instruction and increase collaboration with other educators to collectively boost student achievement. The goal is to develop effective methods to assess students’ abilities to:

  • Find, examine, and understand multiple points-of-view.
  • Synthesize disparate resources in a meaningful way.
  • Form and present their own conclusions.

“ABC-CLIO is committed to enriching education through the development of innovative, content-rich instructional resources that engage students in higher-level learning,” said Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO President. “The ‘Think Out Loud’ Innovation Grant motivates educators to discover exciting new ways to approach their instruction and deliver content to students.”

Grant recipients will have access to ABC-CLIO Solutions’ comprehensive library of digital content to integrate into daily instruction with other technology tools. During the course of the grant, recipients will:

  • Attend a 30-60 minute introductory webinar.
  • Complete a brief survey at the beginning, mid-point, and conclusion of the grant.
  • Provide a two-minute video summary of the innovative practices that occurred, and the impact that they had on student thinking and learning, as a result of the grant.

At the conclusion of the grant, ABC-CLIO will publish all findings to expand the education community’s repertoire of innovative practices. Practicing teachers in grades 6-12 can apply at by Jan. 9, 2015. Winners will be announced on Jan. 16, 2015.

About ABC-CLIO Solutions

ABC-CLIO Solutions is an online resource that offers authoritative, up-to-date coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects. Created specifically for students in middle and high school, higher education, and public library settings, the suite of 15 online databases provides comprehensive, authoritative reference content, gives students a deeper understanding of coursework, and offers critical thinking explorations of more than 500 scholarly dilemmas that challenge students to think critically and reach their own conclusions. Learn more at



Promethean Enhances Classroom Collaboration With New ActivPanel Displays

–Multi-touch interactive display creates opportunities for students to

engage and solve problems together–

(ATLANTA – Dec. 18, 2014) – Promethean, a leading global provider of educational technology solutions, continues to foster collaborative learning in K-12 classrooms with the expansion of its ActivPanel line. With peer collaboration recognized as an important skill for high-performing students, the ActivPanel transforms front-of-the-classroom instructional displays into interactive, digital spaces for both whole-class instruction and small team engagement.

“Studies show that collaboration is one of the most important skills graduates need to succeed in today’s workforce,” said Promethean Chief Marketing and Products Officer Scott Cary. “As we prepare students for their future, encouraging collaboration with peers is crucial for building skills in critical thinking, verbal and written communication, and group problem solving. One of the ways we can enhance and facilitate opportunities to build these skills is by designing technologies to convert traditional classroom spaces into digital, interactive centers for group collaboration.”

Optimized for educational settings, the ActivPanel simultaneously enables up to 10 unique touches for whole-class, individual, one-to-one, and small-team learning. Fast, precise interaction supports the flow of a lesson without interruption, and with functionality similar to today’s mobile tablets, operation is simple and intuitive for learners and teachers. With the growing use of multimedia content in the classroom, the ActivPanel includes built-in stereo speakers to enhance the delivery of lessons and group activities that include video and audio.

Promethean’s award-winning ActivInspire Professional software is included with the ActivPanel, providing teachers with the tools they need to create interactive lessons. ClassFlow, Promethean’s all-in-one teaching platform, presents another option for teachers to create interactive lessons and also synchronize the material across their front-of-the-class display and students’ devices. Teachers can access cloud-based ClassFlow through their Internet-connected ActivPanel. Additionally, educators can access more than 90,000 lesson resources for their interactive flat-panel displays on the Promethean Planet community.

The ActivPanel is available in four sizes to suit the needs of each classroom, including 55-inch, 65-inch and 70-inch high-definition displays as well as an ultra-high-definition 84-inch model. The ActivPanel line supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux and Chromebook OS for plug-and-play operation in almost any school’s technology environment.

“The learner has been, and always will be, the most critical figure in our efforts to significantly improve the quality and level of education. We believe that technology such as the ActivPanel can have a transformative effect in the classroom and help create a dynamic environment that motivates students to learn,” said Cary.

For more information on the ActivPanel, visit

About Promethean

Promethean (LSE: PRW) is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating and implementing innovative 21st century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered and successful. Headquartered in the UK, with a US office in Atlanta, Georgia, Promethean World Plc is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. More information about Promethean is available at



Industry Leaders Forecast Market Trends at SIIA Education Business Forum

The Education Division of the SIIA brought together education technology leaders for the 2014 Education Business Forum in New York City this month. The multi-national contingent included senior management teams from education software companies, platform technology firms, solution providers and distributors, publishers, financial analysts, private equity firms, and venture capitalists.

This year’s Forum was filled with lively sessions and discussions about the bright future of the education technology market. We welcomed a record number of attendees this year, which is testament to the ever-increasing interest in our sector.

New to the Forum this year, “Game-Changing Market Opportunity” sessions provided context, market information, and a guided discussion to help participants get up to speed on the most pressing education technology marketing trends. Session topics included “Trends in the Higher Ed Spaces,” “Leveraging Social Media to Stay Competitive,” and “Leveraging the Special Ed Market with Products You Already Have.”

These new sessions were extremely well received, most had standing room only. Participants appreciated the opportunity to engage in conversations, ask questions, and hear directly from experts in the field.

The SIIA Education Division also named winners of its Innovation Incubator program during the Forum. Winners were honored during a special ceremony and chosen from more than 50 applicants by industry leaders and educators.See the full list of winners here.

Billings and John Richards, founder and president of Consulting Services for Education, Inc., briefed media on a new report, Behind the Data: Testing and Assessment – A PreK-12 U.S. Education Technology Market Report. Richards also discussed preliminary results from the forthcoming PreK-12 Market Survey Report.

To see a full summary of the 2014 SIIA Education Business Forum, visit Stay up-to-date with the conversation on Twitter by following the event #2014EBF. To view photos, storify, press releases and media coverage, visit the conference Media Center.

Karen Billings Karen Billings is Vice President for the Education Division at SIIA. Follow the SIIA Education Team on Twitter  at @SIIAEducation