ABC-CLIO Upgrades History Instruction with Multimedia Content at TCEA

Video learning modules, text-to-speech and translation capabilities provide educators new approaches to teaching historical concepts and critical thinking

Santa Barbara, Calif. (PRWEB) February 05, 2015

ABC-CLIO Solutions, an award-winning digital curriculum resource for history and humanities, launches its World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras and World History: The Modern Era video modules at the TCEA Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas. ABC-CLIO also releases its text-to-speech functionality, translation tool, and World Geography & Culture Concepts at the convention to enhance its growing library of history instruction resources.

The World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras and World History: The Modern Era video modules offer more than 500 five-minute videos of award-winning teachers discussing historical topics and provides essential, engaging content that is compatible with flipped or blended learning and instructional scaffolding. Each video module includes an outline of key concepts, essential vocabulary terms, and word-for-word video transcripts to provide well-rounded instruction for history.

The text-to-speech feature meets the diverse learning needs of students by reading aloud text from any of the Solutions and utilizing closed captioning. Texts can also be translated and read in three different languages: Spanish, French, and Chinese. These tools enable English Language Learners, as well as students with special needs, to engage with the complex historical texts and concepts that may otherwise be inaccessible to them.

“Our unparalleled history expertise continues to grow with the addition of these new multimedia assets for ABC-CLIO Solutions,” said Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO President. “Our knowledgeable teams of historians, editors, educators, designers, and engineers have developed resources that make history come alive through engaging videos and creative lessons that utilize the latest technology to meet the learning needs of teachers and students.”

The World Geography Solution has been updated with Geography & Cultures Concepts that follow current curriculum suggestions outlined by the National Geography Standards. The improved entries provide comprehensive information that provides examples from everyday life to engage students. The curriculum was designed by geography teachers to provide a clear instructional path for teachers that incorporates into existing curriculum, and makes geography interesting and relevant for students.

To learn more about the World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras and World History: The Modern Era video learning modules, the text-to-speech functionality, translation tool and World Geography & Cultures Concepts, visit ABC-CLIO at TCEA, or

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


Follett Invests in

Partnership to expand online adaptive learning approach to driving vocabulary proficiency and literacy development


CHICAGO, Feb.4, 2015 – Follett Corporation today announces a strategic investment in, a leading learning platform in the K-12 and consumer space. The investment reflects Follett’s support and development of new technology with the potential to enhance the delivery of education and improve student outcomes. is a global online adaptive learning platform that takes a personalized approach toward driving vocabulary proficiency and literacy development. Launched in 2011, established itself as a leading consumer and K12 learning platform.  Today more than 4 million unique monthly visitors rely on to master words critical to their academic, business and personal success.’s  adaptive learning platform uses a “big data” approach to make intelligent choices about what words a particular user needs to master, what questions to ask about those words, and when to ask the questions.


“ has been designed to expand the vocabulary of every learner, using technology and adaptive tools to make educational improvement an attainable goal for students at every level,” said Mary Lee Schneider, President and CEO of Follett Corporation.  “We are delighted to partner with to improve student success and classroom performance.” With Follett’s wide participation in the K-12 space, and as a long-time partner to schools across the globe, the investment in supports Follett’s desire to improve the literacy skills of all students, a leading indicator of future academic success for students.


“Follett has an unparalleled reputation for integrity and customer service within the K-12 marketplace.” said CEO Michael Freedman. “This relationship gives us a tremendous opportunity to reach K-12 teachers and administrators, a key strategic advantage as we introduce to these customers.” has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Time, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. It was named a top website for 2012 by both Time and PC Magazine, and has earned an Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning magazine.


About Follett Corporation |
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating 940 local campus stores and 1,300 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.


The Follett Knowledge Fund is a venture capital fund for new technologies with the potential to improve and even disrupt the way educational content is delivered and consumed. The fund is co-managed by Atrium Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has been co-managing and advising strategic corporate venture programs for more than two decades.


About | transforms the way that students around the world learn vocabulary, offering truly individualized, lifelong vocabulary instruction at a “big data” scale. Through a combination of a deep understanding of language and modern pedagogical techniques, represents a new type of learning application, one that helps students unlock the door to a deeper, more nuanced understanding of their world, increasing their chances of achieving academic and business success.


Skyward Announces New Test Bank Management Solution

Online assessment creation tool supports teachers, improves student growth

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Feb. 5, 2015) – As school districts prepare students for assessments, administrators are looking for tools that ease teacher prep time, address established curriculum, and encourage schools and districts to share assessment content. Skyward, an industry leading K-12 school administrative software provider, announces its new Test Bank Management Solution that supports in-district test bank management, collaboration among Skyward customers and integration with online test bank providers.

Test banks provide flexibility to create custom assessments at the district, school and classroom level. Educators can easily select questions that most appropriately reflect curriculum, student population and time of year the test is given. Questions created through Skyward’s Test Bank Management Solution align with state and Common Core State Standards for analytical reporting, and allow districts to secure those questions to only be used on summative assessments. Through the new management solution, administrators and educators can better measure student progress and improve individual growth.

“The Skyward Test Bank Management Solution lets educators connect about assessments in an innovative and efficient way,” said Ray Ackerlund, vice president of marketing and product management at Skyward. “Districts will be able to create their own test bank, and safely share assessments with their entire staff, as well as districts across the state and country.”

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Skyward will support integration with multiple test bank providers that support the Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) specification format. The QTI is a standard format for assessment content and results, supporting the exchange of material between authoring and delivery systems. It is designed to facilitate interoperability among systems, allowing assessment materials to be developed and delivered on systems interchangeably.

Skyward will launch its first test bank solution in July 2015. For more information on the new test bank management Skyward will be implementing, visit booth #1317 at the 2015 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) annual conference.

About Skyward

Skyward is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,800 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States. To learn more, visit