myON Celebrates 4th Birthday with more than 5 Million Readers Worldwide

 

Multiple Milestones Include Expanded Partner Publisher Program and Launch of New Literacy Toolkit

 

Minneapolis, Minn. Feb. 2, 2015 – Do you remember how you celebrated your 4th birthday?  It would be hard to forget if you were blowing out your candles with more than 5 Million readers across the world!  Today is a day to celebrate literacy and fostering a life long love of reading in the world’s youth. myON, a business unit of Capstone, is pleased to announce that its personalized literacy environment has surpassed the 5 million-reader milestone.

 

Over the past four years, myON has worked hard with their school and district partners to promote literacy and build a true culture of reading within every classroom they touch.  In addition to eclipsing 5 million readers at the onset of 2015, myON has seen nearly 26 million books read and nearly 5 million hours of reading in more than 7,000 schools in 900+ districts in the US as well as readers in South Korea, Turkey, Sweden and many other nations across the globe.

 

“This is a proud moment for readers everywhere, the past four years has been an incredible journey.  Supporting so many young minds in finding their love of reading has been an incredible thing to be a part of. The entire team at myON has worked tirelessly to provide a unique, personalized literacy environment that truly transforms the learning process for each student that logs on,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “The level of engagement we are seeing is staggering and extremely exciting, a true testament to all of our hard work.”

 

Through its Partner Publisher Program, myON currently boasts more than 8,000 digitally enhanced books from over 60 publishers, such as Disney, Little Brown, National Geographic Kids and DK Publishing. The ever-expanding library has a consistent ratio of 70% nonfiction and 30% fiction across all grade levels, with 10% of the overall collection comprised of either Spanish or dual-language titles.

 

Many of myON’s prestigious partnerships have helped extend its literacy reach, including thousands of students that are part of the Indiana DOE’s Migrant Education Program, members of the International Reading Society and members of the National Summer Reading Association.  In 2012, myON partnered with Hillsborough County Schools to create the first of its kind Community Reading Model, a model that is currently being replicated in communities across the country.

 

About myON™
myON, a business unit of Capstone, has developed a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 8,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction.  To learn more about myON visit www.myON.com.

 

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TCEA and Lightspeed Technologies partner to equip annual conference with audio systems

 AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 2, 2015)­­ — To give presenters at its annual conference access to the best audio technology on the market, TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) has once again partnered with Lightspeed Technologies.

At TCEA 2015, more than 800 of the conference’s 914 sessions will be equipped with Lightspeed’s Redcat classroom audio systems. By wearing a small microphone around their necks, presenters’ voices will be evenly projected around the room through the Redcat speaker that provides audibility with superior speech intelligibility. The Redcat exciter technology provides even sound distribution that fills the room with the presenter’s natural voice and enables attendees to hear every word no matter where they sit during the presentation.

“At TCEA, we try to model what we believe to be the best way to teach and learn, which is through interactivity. When a presenter isn’t tied to standing at a lectern or holding a microphone, it allows them to interact in a deeper way with the audience,” said Alexis Cline, TCEA’s communications director. “Speakers want to focus on their content delivery and with the Redcat they never have to worry about the technology that will deliver their content. We know that our presenters feel confident with the easy-to-use Redcat system. The Redcat also changes the way the audience responds to a presenter’s message, and we’re proud to work with Lightspeed to make our sessions as engaging as possible.”

This will be the fifth year that Lightspeed Technologies and TCEA have partnered to provide presenters with audio technology. Lightspeed is once again pleased to be one of the premier equipment sponsors for the 2015 conference.

“It’s an honor to partner with an organization as respected in the education industry as TCEA,” said David Solomon, the executive vice president of sales and marketing for Lightspeed Technologies. “This conference is one of the most prominent industry gatherings of the year and draws attendees from Austin to Australia. We’re thrilled that TCEA has chosen the Redcat for its audio solutions at the conference.”

While TCEA 2015 will be held at the Austin Convention Center from Feb. 2-6, the organization also recently outfitted its own new conference center with Redcats.

“We wanted everything in the new building to be cutting-edge and had the pick of any technology we wanted to use,” said Cline. “I think it speaks volumes about our experience with Lightspeed that we chose the Redcat system to ensure that we were offering only the best technology to our members. When we built our own home, we wanted Lightspeed to be a part of it.”

For more information about TCEA’s annual convention, visit http://www.tceaconvention.org. For more information about the Redcat system, visit http://www.lightspeed-tek.com.

About TCEA

TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to supporting technology integration 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.

About Lightspeed Technologies

Established in 1990, Lightspeed Technologies is the trusted provider in classroom audio solutions. Our passion is to improve the listening and learning environment for every child. We believe strengthening the connection between teachers and students is at the heart of learning.

Lightspeed classroom audio systems allow teachers to speak in normal conversational tones while being assured every child has an equal opportunity to hear all of the instruction. The no installation, easy-to-use Redcat provides clear, low-volume, highly intelligible sound that is evenly distributed throughout the classroom so every child hears every word. The company’s audio system for small group instruction, Flexcat, gives teachers the ability to gain insights into small group interactions and learning. The Topcat has become the premier solution for new construction and renovations due to its ease of installation, wireless connectivity and remarkable audio quality. For more information about Lightspeed classroom audio products, visit Lightspeed’s website, www.lightspeed-tek.com.

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2015 Teacher Advisory Group ready to roll

Twenty-member group poised to advise

Pitsco on all things education

 

PITTSBURG, KS (January 30, 2015) — Pitsco Education, an industry leader in hands-on STEM products and curriculum for more than 40 years, is ready to listen to — and learn from — its 2015 Teacher Advisory Group (TAG).

 

Twenty educators hailing from schools across the United States have been chosen to work with Pitsco to provide feedback on classroom activities, products, and innovative concepts in education.

 

Pitsco’s Marketing Events Coordinator and TAG facilitator Ashlee RicksPitsco TAG logo

is excited to see what these educators have to offer. “Being Pitsco Education’s TAG coordinator is very rewarding,” says Ricks. “Not only do I have the opportunity to work with some of the best educators in the field, but I am also the liaison who gathers information for product and curriculum improvements from this elite group. TAG members help us improve student and educator success on a regular basis.”

Twitter was abuzz with excitement about the news as well. “So excited to be a part of this amazing group of educators!” tweeted one new member. “Honored and thrilled to be selected to the 2015 @PitscoEd Teacher Advisory Group,” said another.

 

The 2015 Pitsco TAG members include: Nicole Penn, Kiser Middle School, Greensboro, NC; Jill Brockmier, Jefferson Elementary School, Pullman, WA; Laura Spence, Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL; Sheryl Sotelo, McNeil Canyon Elementary School, Homer, AK; Rena Mincks, Jefferson Elementary School, Pullman, WA; Karn Gustafson, Volcano Vista High School, Albuquerque, NM; Lilly Jensby, Christie Elementary, Plano, TX; Jessica Malloy, Christie Elementary, Plano, TX; Jerry Peterson, Plaza Middle School, Kansas City, MO; Todd Rathier, Leominster High School, Leominster, MA; Greg Reiva, Streamwood High School, Streamwood, IL; Kimberly Forbes, Ferndale Middle School, High Point, NC; Trudi Lawless, Lakeside Junior High School, Orange Park, FL; Eileen Malick, Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, VA; Holly Neill, Life Christian School, Aloha, OR; Jared Bitting, Fleetwood Area Middle School, Fleetwood, PA; Cindy Williams, Craven County Schools, New Bern, NC; Cliff Powers, Jackson Academy, Jackson, MS; Sirena Buchholz, Hochberg Preparatory School, North Miami Beach, FL; and Jewel Ausberry, Youth Technology Learning Center, Roswell, GA.

Are you TAG material?

TAG, made up of educators who fill a wide variety of educational niches, provides Pitsco with feedback and ideas on improving success in classrooms across the nation. Additionally, TAG members have the opportunity to participate in an annual TAG summit, where they discuss current and future hands-on STEM products as well as brainstorm about classroom solutions.

While our 2015 TAG team is set, we will be accepting applications for the 2016 team beginning October 2015. If you would like to help Pitsco “lead educational change that positively affects learners,” be sure to apply for our 2016 team!

 

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Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.
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