Survey Reveals Two-Thirds of Schools Are Using Digital Resources to Boost Student Performance
Digital Content is Empowering Educators to Provide Differentiated Instruction Tailored to Individual Students
CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2015 – Nearly two-thirds of U.S. and Canadian K-12 school districts are executing digital content plans aimed at helping students succeed in and out of the classroom, according to a recent survey conducted by cloud-based differentiated learning application Learning Bird.
The survey results reveal 65 percent of school districts are transitioning to digital learning environments that align digital content with curricula while also providing teachers with professional development opportunities.
Details of the survey (illustrated in the accompanying infographic) indicate that the digital content purchased by districts is empowering educators to provide differentiated instruction tailored to individual students while simultaneously saving districts time and money by replacing, supplementing, or enriching traditional classroom resources, such as textbooks.
“Ensuring that digital content is available when and where students need it is the key to improving academic outcomes,” said Henry Ryan, CEO, Learning Bird. “The one-size-fits-all education model is rapidly being replaced by the transition to digital learning environments tailored to individual student needs.”
While the survey concludes that nearly two-thirds of schools encourage their own teachers to create digital content so students are exposed to multiple perspectives and specialized content, a handful of districts are extending the virtual classroom even farther by actively seeking out digital content created by educators outside their districts.
“Providing a student in need of individual attention in one district with resources from the best and brightest teachers in other districts is a logical next step in the digital transition,” Ryan said. “The classroom of the future recognizes no borders and must be able to instantly connect innovative teachers with students who need them most. Every student has the right to instruction that suits them best.”
Learning Bird crowd-sources teacher-generated digital lessons aligned with local curricula to deliver on-demand content tailored to individual student needs.
About Learning Bird | www.learningbird.com
Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades K-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “a-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.
Hosted by Educators for Educators, Professional Development Webinar and On-Demand Series Helps Teachers Create Active Engagement Instruction
Cambridge, MA– Feb. 18, 2015 – Mimio, developer of the MimioClassroomTM family of interactive teaching technologies and software, recently announced its live and on-demand third annual professional development webinar series designed to help educators make optimal use of its interactive learning tools. Teachers who are experts with Mimio’s collaborative technologies will host the spring 2015 webinars. The live 30-minute sessions are offered on multiple dates to accommodate educator’s busy schedules. Each will then be made available for on-demand viewing at the conclusion of each webinar series.
“Our common-sense solutions give today’s classroom teachers a stress-free way to infuse the learning day with technology-empowered learning,” said Travis Rink, Mimio training manager. “Our presenters are seasoned professionals that understand the demands of day-to-day instruction and are passionate about sharing their experiences so that others can create improved interactive learning experiences.”
The spring 2015 series includes the following sessions:
Getting More from Your Lesson with Mimio
Effective lesson design encourages student engagement, interactivity, and collaboration and facilitates assessment. Teachers attending this webinar will learn new ways to enhance their existing lessons, or ones found on mimioconnect.com, using Mimio technology. Scheduled for February 26 and March 26 at 4:30 p.m. ET, these webinars will be hosted by Lindy George, instructional technology specialist at Collier County Public Schools in Naples, Fla. She will show attendees a multitude of ways to use Mimio products through mobile devices currently in their classrooms to make lessons more interactive, engaging and collaborative.
MimioConnect’s PLN: Join Our Flagship Community
The vibrant online community – MimioConnect – is a dynamic, informative, and fun personal and professional-learning network (PLN) that brings together educators who share an interest in making the most of classroom technology. On March 10 and April 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET, award-winning high school social studies teacher Paul Gigliotti, located in Cleveland, Ohio, will share how to use the MimioStudioTM classroom software to access and download thousands of teacher-created, yet easily customizable, interactive lessons across nearly every subject area. Attendees will learn how current members of MimioConnect are collaborating with other educators around the world to discuss and share best practices and interactive lessons.
Students must learn collaboration skills to be successful in school and in their lives. In this webinar, Charli Mullen, a third grade teacher at Fredericksburg (Texas) Elementary School, will provide tips and suggestions for encouraging collaboration via the many features of the MimioStudioTM software and the MimioMobileTM app for Apple and Android mobile devices. The webinar, scheduled for April 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET, will also introduce attendees to some of the new collaboration lessons and activities that are available at no charge on mimioconnect.com.
To register for these live webinars or to start an on-demand session, visit http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Events/Tradeshows-Events.aspx or http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/Webinar.aspx.
Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. A portfolio company of Skyview Capital, Mimio creates award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit www.mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.
Leading Mathematics Experts Join Curriculum Associates’ Team of Ready® Authors
Industry-leading scholars and authors Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint to further enhance comprehensive mathematics program
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 19, 2015—Industry-leading scholars and authors in mathematics education, Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint, recently joined Curriculum Associates’ team of Ready® authors. Ellis and Kersaint will use their wealth of research, knowledge, and expertise to further enhance Ready® Mathematics by ensuring the validity and sound instructional design of the comprehensive instruction and practice program.
“Ready Mathematics uses a research-based, proven-effective, gradual-release method to ensure student mastery of the new standards,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Schools have already seen significant increases in outcomes as a result of using the program. With the expertise and guidance of our new authors, both Ready and i-Ready® will continue to be enhanced and expanded upon to further meet—and exceed—the needs of students and teachers.”
Ready Mathematics provides students in grades K–8 with the rigorous instruction and practice needed to prepare them to be college- and career-ready and meet the higher expectations of the new standards in a highly supportive way. The program helps address the emphasis on conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explores the structure of mathematics, while also developing students’ procedural fluency. Both authors will also consult on the continued development and improvement of the K–12 i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction program. The new authors will be instrumental in further developing an already robust student- and teacher-focused content.
Dr. Mark Ellis, a National Board Certified Teacher and currently a professor of education at California State University at Fullerton, where he directs the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative, is a highly regarded scholar, author, and teacher of K–12 mathematics education. Ellis, who also recently completed a three-year term as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, is best known for his work supporting educators with research-based strategies that promote deeper understanding of mathematics and increase motivation and success.
Dr. Gladis Kersaint, who is currently completing her three-year term as a member of NCTM’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, is a professor of mathematics at the University of South Florida and a respected scholar in mathematics education. Kersaint has published books, chapters, and journal articles on factors that influence mathematics teacher education and effective teaching, mathematics teaching and learning of at-risk students as well as the use of technology in teaching and learning.
To learn more about Ready® Mathematics, visit www.readycommoncore.com.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC, designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.
“Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy” through Innovative Business and
Higher Education Partnerships
New call-to-action book from STEMConnector® includes chapter on
community college governance penned by ACCT President
Washington, D.C. Feb. 19, 2015: Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy, a book released today in Phoenix, Arizona and Washington, D.C. by STEMconnector®, focuses on the employer-driven partnerships demanded by 21st century STEM education and workforce development. Amid recent disruption in higher education, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) joins 62 education, business, and non-profit thought leaders who share proven models that support the necessary STEM education and workforce development revolution.
NASDAQ will highlight the book for 15 minutes today in Times Square and showcase the publication across the nation.
Call to Action
As a member of the STEM Higher Education Council, ACCT welcomed the chance to contribute to Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy. “Community and technical colleges have played a significant role in helping Americans find work during the economic recovery,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown, who authored a chapter on the role of community college governing boards in advancing a jobs-driven economy.
“Our call to action is to everyone concerned about our ability to create and sustain career opportunities and develop relevant job skills for millions of students to meet employer needs, and the time to act is now,” stated Rob Denson, chair of STEMconnector®’s Higher Education Council and president of Des Moines Area Community College.
“Closing the large and growing skills gap in the U.S. will provide Americans with innumerable job opportunities, and employers with the talent they so desperately need to have sustained success,” said Gregory W. Cappelli, chief executive officer, Apollo Education Group.
“Businesses know what they need in order to be competitive,” said John R. McKernan, president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “The only way to ensure that we have the workforce to enhance America’s long-term competitiveness is to have partnerships and collaborations between business and our educational institutions. What is needed now is bold leadership and transformational change.”
Collaboration is Critical
“Let us close the achievement gap and get business to help create pipeline programs from high school through graduate school,” emphasized Dr. Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary of Education. “To supply the needs, community colleges and universities must join with business and government to rethink, redesign, provide relevant educational programs and services, and build sustainable relationships.”
Dr. Freeman Hrabowksi, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County underscored the importance of cross-sector collaboration stating, “We need the collaboration. And the stronger the collaboration, the stronger our society and economy will be.”
“Advancing A Jobs-Driven Economy provides the framework to build new relationships with businesses, governments, and foundations to find opportunities for collaboration in building the next generation of STEM professionals,” said Dr. Mitzi Montoya, vice president and university dean of entrepreneurship and innovation at Arizona State University.
Complementing Advancing a Jobs–Driven Economy, the Virtual Community of Practice provides an online platform, allowing our network to continue advancing the dialogues, programs, policies, and partnerships that are critical to an effective STEM education–to–employment system that is emerging in real time. STEMconnector encourages colleges and business to share their effective STEM Higher Education-Industry partnership stories online at book.STEMconnector.org/SHEC.
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The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. For more information, go to www.acct.org. Follow ACCT on Twitter @CCTrustees.
STEMconnector® is a consortium of companies, associations, societies, policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers.
About the STEMconnector® STEM Higher Education Council
STEMconnector®’s STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is a leadership forum of public and private colleges intently focused on STEM education and careers. SHEC envisions being the national catalyst for meeting the education and training needs of the global STEM workforce and educating the scientists, technologists, and innovators needed for a vibrant economy.
Books will be available on Amazon.com and in bookstores nationwide.
Filament Games Makes a Splash in Classrooms with Backyard Engineers
Game that teaches physical science and engineering concepts becomes latest learning game title available on the Filament Learning Store in February release.
MADISON, Wis. (PRWEB) February 19, 2015
Filament Games, award-winning developer of educational games and curriculum, today announced the launch of physical science learning game Backyard Engineers. Designed to align with Benchmarks for Science Literacy, Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core, Backyard Engineers is the first physical science game to be officially released by the developer.
The game challenges players to create the ultimate catapult so they can win a water balloon fight with neighborhood kids. Different mechanical elements of the catapult can be customized by students, manipulating movement, accuracy, range, and damage. Each level of the game is a unique puzzle that challenges students to find the fastest and most efficient way to soak their neighbors.
Backyard Engineers comes with a teacher dashboard for measuring student success and an integrated, standards-based curriculum for educators to use that extends their students’ learning experience. The curriculum includes hands-on activities, labs, challenging end-of-lesson activities and two standards-based assessments that give teachers the tools needed to gauge student understanding and progress.
“We’re excited for the launch of Backyard Engineers, as it marks the first in a series of fun and engaging physical science learning titles to be released this year,” White said.
The game launches on the Filament Learning Store on February 18, 2015, and both educator and student accounts will be priced at $5.99 per account. For more information on the game, visithttp://www.FilamentGames.com.
About Filament Games
Filament Games is a production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core requirements, and specific learning objectives. For more information, visithttp://www.FilamentGames.com.