Pitsco Education wants your lesson plans

Elementary contest to award shopping sprees at pitsco.com

PITTSBURG, KS (February 16, 2015) – How valuable are your lesson plans? At Pitsco Education, they could be worth $100 in Pitsco products.

If you can write a lesson plan, then our Elementary Lesson Plan Contest is for you. Submit an original lesson plan – applicable for Grades K-5 – using one of the approved Pitsco products, and you could win one or more $100 shopping sprees at www.pitsco.com.

“We want to encourage elementary teachers to use STEM products in their classrooms,” explained Pitsco Elementary Curriculum Specialist Tammy Pankey. “We hope this contest will help build a repository of elementary lessons that will get students excited and engaged in learning.”

Entries will be accepted from February 16, 2015 through midnight April 30, 2015. There’s no limit to the number of times you can enter and win, so visitwww.pitsco.com/LessonPlanContest today to get all the details you need to start writing – and winning!


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.



Generation Z and Mobile Learning: itslearning Shares Infographic Insights


Boston – Feb. 17, 2015 —itslearning (www.itslearning.net), maker of the personalized learning management platform of the same name, has gathered statistics from sources like the “Harvard Gazette,” Ambient Insight and PBS regarding the effect of mobile devices on the education of Generation Z, the cohort of U.S. students now starting to fill middle school classrooms.


The findings, summarized in an infographic titled “Generation Z: Growing and Learning with Mobile,” (http://www.itslearning.net/gen-z-growing-and-learning-with-mobile-infographic) reveal that incorporating middle school students’ mobile habits into classroom instruction can have a profoundly positive influence on their learning.


The findings highlighted in the newly released infographic include the following:


–      The small screens of mobile phones allow dyslexic students to read faster without sacrificing comprehension.


–      Studies show standardized test scores are higher in courses where students use mobile devices than in offline classrooms.


–      In 2013, 35 percent of teachers used a tablet or e-reader in class, up from 20 percent just one earlier.


–      Of the middle school students using mobile devices, 78 percent use the devices for checking grades, 69 percent use them for taking notes and 64 percent for writing papers.


“First, we had digital natives and now we have mobile natives,” said Gayle Nixon, chief marketing officer of itslearning. “Educators are having to quickly adapt to the technological needs and mores of each new generation of learners, but our research shows that it does indeed make much more sense to harness that technological power than to resist it. It’s one of the reasons that itslearning recently created a mobile app for iPhones and Android phones. We’re dedicated to helping educators keep up with the changes in student needs.”


Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, itslearning is a leading, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that enables teachers to more effectively engage today’s “digitally wired” students anytime, anywhere and on any device. The platform enables student voice and choice, facilitating collaboration and self-reflection through blogs, individualized learning plans, communities and ePortfolios. The platform also fosters student content creation and peer analysis, extending the role of the student far beyond that of a traditional “consumer.”


More than 4 million educators, students, and parents worldwide currently use itslearning. The media-rich learning platform’s user-friendly interface and seamless integration with existing school and district systems give teachers an easy way to share instructional resources, assignments and activities, and assessments with students and parents via personalized dashboards. At the same time, students have the power to decide how they learn as the solution automatically adapts to support learning styles that offer the best opportunities for success. A proprietary ”standards mastery and recommendation engine” facilitates remediation, acceleration and review by automating the recommendation of resources and activities based upon standards mastery assessments. The recommendations are also tailored specifically to the individual learning styles of each student – regardless of age, ability level, interests, learning pace, or special requirements.


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 percent 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. For more information, visithttp://www.itslearning.net.