Technology Literacy Assessment for 2015 Now Available to Texas Districts

Continued partnership between TCEA and Learning.com provides 8th grade technology literacy assessment at no cost to districts.

Portland, Ore. and Austin, Texas (Jan. 6, 2015) – For the fifth straight year, Texas districts will have free access to a technology literacy assessment for eighth grade students through the continuation of a partnership between the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and Learning.com. More than 166,000 assessments were delivered by 291 districts during the 2013-14 school year.

For districts who have not already registered, they can request participation by completing an online request form at: www.tcea.org/assessment. The deadline to register is Feb. 12, 2015 and the last day the assessment will be available is June 12, 2015.

The online assessment is based on the Technology Applications TEKS (TA-TEKS) and includes a blend of interactive, performance-based, multiple-choice and knowledge-based questions to measure and report technology skills for middle school students.

“It’s imperative that today’s students have digital literacy skills and are able to apply technology to their learning,” said Keith Oelrich, Learning.com CEO. “The assessment provides Texas educators with data to help them better understand student skill gaps so they can provide targeted instruction to ensure their 8th grade students are prepared for high school.”

“This assessment helps educators provide the best possible instruction for their students, which is TCEA’s foremost mission,” Executive Director Lori Gracey commented. “By extending our partnership with Learning.com, TCEA can support even more teachers, administrators, and students who are using technology for teaching and learning.”

About Learning.com
Learning.com helps districts implement digital learning initiatives with award-winning content, tools and services. By incorporating Learning.com’s curriculum and assessments into core instruction, educators help their students develop 21st century skills. With Learning.com’s digital content management solution, districts can seamlessly access, organize and share digital content to meet their instructional goals. Learning.com also offers industry-leading professional development services to support educators as they integrate technology into the classroom. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts to help prepare their students for success in college and future career opportunities.

About TCEA
TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-12 environment and providing our members with state-of-the-art information through conferences, workshops, newsletters, the Internet, and collaborations with higher education and business. For more information, visit http://www.tcea.org.


eSchool Media, TCEA Team Up to Offer Ed Tech Professionals One-Day ‘Marketing Boot Camp’

Feb. 3 workshop in Austin, TX designed to help marketers

learn latest K-12 marketing tactics, content strategies


AUSTIN, TexasJan. 5, 2015 – eSchool Media and TCEA are teaming up to offer a “Marketing Boot Camp,” to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Hilton Austin Hotel. Held in conjunction with the TCEA 2015 Convention & Exposition, the boot camp is specifically designed for professionals in the education industry who seek to improve their marketing return and response rates, and will focus on social media, online campaigns, metrics, brand awareness, measurement, and tactics.

Participants will learn what online approaches work best for education, how to improve ROI through social media, how to measure SEO and social media marketing effectiveness, how to gain new insight into data analytics and content syndication, and how to find the right customers online.

Five renowned speakers will ensure a fast-paced day of learning:

  • Bart Cleveland, Bart Cleveland Creative and Job Propulsion Lab (@BartCleveland)

“Lead Generation Without Branding: The Lie You Cannot Afford to Believe”


  • Lisa Peyton, Digital Marketing Strategist and Social Media ‘Gun for Hire’, Peyton Media Management, (@LisaPeyton)

“Be a Social Media Super Hero! How to Engage, Build Relationships and Succeed Using Social Media”


“Hidden in Plain Sight: Five Newly Discovered Market Opportunities for 2015 and Beyond”

  • Michael King, Founder and Digital Marketing Consultant, iPullRank(@iPullRank)

“Metrics and Automation Demystified”

  • Marty Weintraub, Founder and Evangelist, @aimClear (@aimClear)

“Bootstrapping Social Media Sales! B2B, B2C, Reality & Revenue”
Individual registration fees are $175 for TCEA exhibitors, and $225 for non-exhibitors.


To register for the Marketing Boot Camp, or for more information, visit eschoolmedia.com/marketingbootcamp/.



New Mobile App from itslearning Keeps Students Updated on

School Work and Teacher Feedback, Makes Teachers Lives Easier


Bergen – Jan. 6, 2015 — In order to help students be better prepared for learning and improve teacher-student communication, itslearning (www.itslearning.net) has created a mobile app for iPhones and Android phones. Available for free download from the Apple App Store [Apple Link to App] and Google Play [Google Play Link to App],the itslearning app gives students a quick and easy overview of their upcoming tasks and events and also lets them send and receive messages.


“Previously, students had to log on to the itslearning platform in order to see their homework assignments, events and other school related tasks. Some of them would procrastinate or simply forget,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning. “Now they no longer have to actively log on to see what they have to do because they’ll be getting instant updates on the device they look at the most — their smartphones. It’s generally accepted that well-prepared students tend to learn better and are more engaged, and this app keeps them connected to their individual assignments, deadlines and whatever else their teachers want to communicate to them.”


Once the app is installed on their smartphones, students automatically receive notifications of upcoming events and tasks, such as homework and tests, as soon as their teacher posts the information within the itslearning platform. If teachers make a change to tasks posted within the platform, the app once again alerts students, and it also sends them reminders when a task is due. Additionally, users can sync their itslearning account calendar with their phone calendar so that school or class events are displayed on their phones.


The app automatically notifies students when teachers post grades, assessments, comments or other feedback in the itslearning platform. The immediacy gives students more time to make any suggested changes for an assignment or simply allows them to absorb feedback while the relevant task is still fresh in their minds.


Users can customize their notification alerts, selecting whether they will get a sound alert, push notification on their lock screen or just a badge notification icon. To see the full task, event or feedback, the student simply clicks the notification’s link, activating their phone’s web browser.


Additionally, the itslearning app alerts students when teachers or schoolmates send them messages and enables them to read the messages on their smartphones. Users can also send messages to teachers, individual students or groups via the app instead of logging on to the platform. This makes communication more reliable and immediate, particularly when users need to send a quick and relatively urgent message, such as letting others know of a classroom change.


Teachers benefit from the enhanced communication without having to change anything about how they teach or how they use the highly regarded itslearning platform. The app allows them to send messages to students’ phones without making their own phone numbers known, and they don’t even have to download the app themselves to send messages.


To further enhance its user-friendliness, the app gives users quick and simple access to the full itslearning interface through their smartphone while ensuring their privacy. The app’s login screen has been designed to be extremely easy to use, and each user has to choose a four-digit PIN for login so no one else can access that user’s account and see confidential information.


“This app ties in with our expanding mobile strategy, which is centered on giving users the best possible experience on any screen size or device, ” Bergby said. “Our vision has always been to be a learning platform for all teachers and students, regardless of the hardware or software they use.”


About itslearning

Designed for teachers and how they want to teach, itslearning is a cloud-based learning platform used by millions of teachers, students, administration staff and parents around the world. It can be found at all levels of education, from primary schools to universities, helping teachers make education more inspiring and valuable for today’s students. At itslearning, we pride ourselves on understanding the needs of education. More than 20% of our employees have worked as teachers, and we can often be found in the classroom, learning from teachers. We provide a full range of services, from simple training sessions to full-scale implementation projects. Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and has offices in multiple locations around the world.



Digital Learning in Singapore – CoSN Leads K-12 Delegation
Nine-Day Visit Builds On Organization’s Global Dialogue Efforts
Washington, DC (January 6, 2015) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) is leading a senior-level delegation to Singapore from January 9-17 for a strategic discussion on technology in schools.

Educators will meet with Singaporean dignitaries and educators to discover up-close the innovative educational uses and impact of information and communications technology (ICT) in the Southeast Asian country.
“Our exploration of Singapore’s pioneering education system will strengthen CoSN’s longstanding commitment to build bridges from successful endeavors across the globe back to America. There isn’t a better system from which we can learn,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Over nine days, Singapore will share with us the practices, programs and policies that have transformed their learning models. We look forward to bringing our observations and lessons learned back to U.S. schools.”
During extensive meetings and school site visits, the delegation will focus on the following three components of Singapore’s ICT implementation:
  • Achievement – Understanding how Singapore’s students score at the top of both Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests.
  • Investment – Hearing how the government remains dedicated to investing in ICT.
  • Vision – Learning about Singapore’s vision as articulated in its three “Masterplans” for ICT in education, “teach less, learn more.”
The delegation will summarize its findings and experience in a report later this year.For live updates, the U.S. education community can visit the delegation’s blog at,cosninsingapore.wordpress.com, or follow #CoSNsingapore on Twitter.This marks CoSN’s eighth delegation, following trips to Portugal (2013), London and Paris (2011), South America (2011), Scotland and the Netherlands (2009), Scandinavia (2007), Australia (2004), and Europe (2002). Lightspeed Systems and Pearson provided sponsorship for the delegation. In addition, The Kids + Creativity Fund for Learning Innovation, managed by The Sprout Fund, offered support.

CoSN also organizes an International Symposium at its Annual Conference. This year’s event, held March 16 in Atlanta, will cover “Leveraging Technology in Education to Empower Girls and Women.” For more, visit: cosnconference.org/international-symposium.

To learn about CoSN’s Global Leadership initiative, please visit: cosn.org/international.

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.