BOSTON (March 4, 2015) – Just one month after upgrading features and announcing a Pro app and a website dashboard, Quick Key Mobile releases an Android version of its teacher-acclaimed mobile scanning app. With a user-friendly interface, the Android app has all the same capabilities as the iOS version. Created by a veteran educator who was bound by restrictions of a paper-based classroom, Quick Key Mobile helps teachers improve student performance without teaching to the test.
“I was very excited when Quick Key became available on Android,” said Keith Vandersluis, educator at Covenant Canadian Reformed School. “It performs beautifully and saves me a ton of time. I’m looking forward to the next new feature, such as an integration with the district’s student information system.”
Quick Key Mobile is constantly developing and growing its features. The new Quick Key Pro and Pro Website apps have expanded student tracking, created custom student IDs, added a new Quiz Builder that lets users write and print quizzes, and created a way to form teams and share quizzes with other Quick Key Mobile users. Soon, Quick Key Mobile will release a 100-question quiz scanner to the iOS and Android mobile apps, as well as standards tagging and the ability to integrate with student information systems (SIS) and learning management systems (LMS).
“With the Android version, we can help every educator who wants to eliminate hand-grading, save time and have easy access to data analysis,” said Isaac Van Wesep, Quick Key Mobile CEO. “Quick Key for Android is available across the world to anybody with access to Google Play.”
The complete Quick Key Mobile solution is free for educators and schools performing occasional assessments. The company also offers a Quick Key Pro subscription option for users who frequently use the app, and a Site license plan for organizations that manage assessments at the institutional level.
About Quick Key Mobile
Developed by a veteran educator, Quick Key is a mobile assessment tool that transforms mobile phone and tablets into optical scanners to grade quizzes, tests and surveys. The app eliminates hand-grading of assignments – even for teachers working in paper-based classrooms without access to computers or Internet. Teachers can easily run analytics on their mobile devices and upload data to their school’s electronic grade book. Quick Key helps teachers improve student performance without teaching to the test. To learn more and download the app, visit http://get.quickkeyapp.com
Library Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence
Two K-12 Positions Available; Deadline April 7
The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current K-12 teachers or library/media specialists for two Teacher-in-Residence positions within its Educational Outreach division during the 2015-16 school year:
- Science Teacher-in-Residence
- Audio-Visual Teacher-in-Residence
The program description and application details for both positions can be found at www.loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/teacher-in-residence/. Applications are due Tuesday, April 7.
The Educational Outreach division develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled collections of primary sources visible, accessible and easy for K-12 teachers to integrate into the classroom.
The Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence program is designed to give the selected educators a unique professional development experience – a year at the Library in Washington, D.C., working side by side with staff, contributing to K-12 education programs and materials, advising on outreach to teachers and helping to uncover and make visible primary sources in the Library’s collections.
The Teacher-in-Residence program has been in place since 2000, but this is the first year the Library has recruited teachers to work specifically with science or audio-visual collections.
In addition to assisting Library of Congress staff, the teachers-in-residence each will undertake a project using Library primary sources to benefit his or her home school, district or institution, to be implemented during the following academic year. This project could be a workshop on teaching with primary sources for fellow teachers, a district-wide social media campaign to promote teaching with the Library’s primary sources, the design of a new collaborative curriculum unit, or some other product or activity.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website at www.loc.gov and its specialized educational resource site at www.loc.gov/teachers/.
VINCI Academy to Open State-of-the-Art Daycare & Pre-K in Century City
Award-winning creator of VINCI Blended Learning Curriculum will open its first U.S. location
in Los Angeles in Summer 2015
Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2015— After years of success educating children worldwide, VINCI Education in partnership with Mass Equity will open its first U.S.-based full-service daycare and Pre-K facility in Century City this summer.
VINCI Academy blends the highly regarded teaching philosophies of Montessori and Reggio Emilia, together with developmentally appropriate technology, to provide a holistic learning environment where children are positioned on the path to academic and life success.
The daycare and Pre-K program, located at 1940 Century Park East in L.A.’s Century City, will accommodate approximately 160 students from 18 months to 5 years old. With more than 10,000 square feet of learning space and an additional 3,500 square feet of play space for students, VINCI Academy offers unparalleled programs for young children.
In addition, the facility will offer an in-home infant care program in which trained, certified, background checked, and insured caregivers will work with infant aged children (3-18 months) in the comfort of their homes to provide brain-stimulating movement-based exercises, improve motor skills, and more.
“We are thrilled to be opening the first of many VINCI preschools in U.S.,” said Matthew Massman, co-founder and CEO of VINCI Academy. “We can’t wait to see our graduates becoming the top students of every school they attend.”
The VINCI Academy program is based on a “whole-child” approach, adopting the latest research results in the brain science, supported by a team of scientists, teachers, engineers and artists at VINCI Education, the award-winning company that has built a bridge between early childhood education and technology with its blended learning approach to learning.
VINCI Academy will offer full daycare, food program, enrichment classes and field trips. Children will be grouped by ages from Infant Care (3-18 months), Toddler Program (18-30 months), Jr.Pre-K (2.5-3.5Years), and Pre-K (3-5 years).
From the classroom layout to the educational activities, VINCI Academy is dedicated to maximizing the growth and potential of each child. Parents will be quick to notice their children’s progress thanks to a combination of hands-on activities and the award-winning VINCI digital lessons, and through a fully cloud-based child skill and progress monitoring system specifically designed for VINCI Academy.
“The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical of their growth and learning development. That’s why at VINCI we’re committed to helping children to discover their limitless potential by offering such a happy and exciting place to learn and explore,” said Dr. Dan Yang, founder of VINCI Education, which has received multiple awards for its innovative game-based curriculum.
About VINCI Education—Winner of CODIE 2014 for Best Game-Based Curriculum, VINCI Education provides blended learning curriculum, assessment tools and data analytics for early childhood education. Incorporating findings from the latest brain science research, and relying on its award-winning blended pedagogy, VINCI supports schools and learning centers around the world to create a ‘Happy Environment’ that maximizes each child’s growth potential. VINCI also operates schools and daycares in Canada and China. For more information, visit www.vincieducation.com.
About VINCI Academy—VINCI Academy is the daycare/Pre-K of choice for parents dedicated to helping their children excel socially and academically. VINCI Academy teaches children to think on their own, with an emphasis on character building, child empowerment, blended learning, hands-on activities, and maximizing technology, all in a socially interactive atmosphere. For more information, visit www.vinciacademy.com.
Contact: Emily Gould, Director, VINCI Academy
Alliance for Excellent Education selects GuideK12 for data visualization
GuideK12 creates an interactive map to showcase districts and schools participating in two major events
Eagan, MN March 4, 2015- The Alliance for Excellent Education wanted an interactive online map to highlight all schools and school districts that are participating in two important programs—Digital Learning Day and Future Ready Schools—when it turned to GuideK12 and its team of experts for its flagship solution.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.
The first initiative, Digital Learning Day, is on March 13. It is a day to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. GuideK12, geo-visual analytics for education partnered with the Alliance to create an interactive map on the Digital Learning Day website, highlighting all the schools across the country that are involved with Digital Learning Day. Users can filter by state and zoom into areas of the map to see all the different type of events the schools are hosting.
The second initiative, Future Ready Schools, is led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission. Future Ready Schools is helping districts quickly move to prepare students for success in college, careers and citizenships. The tools, technology and coaching needed are part of the initiative along with a Future Ready Pledge that over 1,700 school district superintendents have already signed. To support and display which districts have joined this movement, GuideK12 provided Future Ready Schools an interactive map to visualize the location of all the districts that have signed the pledge with the ability to click on each link to learn more.
“GuideK12 was an invaluable partner in helping the Alliance communicate the broad participation and deep engagement we’re seeing from schools and school districts throughout the United States as they work to implement technology plans that engage students and empower teachers,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
“The Alliance is making a great contribution by building these extraordinary events for teachers and school leaders. Given the chance to help support the Alliance, it was an easy decision for us to customize a solution and help highlight the amazing work of districts and educators across the country. GuideK12’s daily mission is to provide powerful tools for school administrators to visualize data for more informed decision making, so providing the Alliance with a solution to help people understand data significantly faster was a natural fit for us, said GuideK12 CEO, Chuck Amos.
GuideK12 is decision support software that supports administrators in making more proactive and effective decisions around student and district needs, program placement, boundary changes, school choice, emergency planning and student performance. This innovative web based software is changing how district administrators see, interact and use their data for better planning results and greater decision support. Through data visualization on an interactive map, GuideK12 facilitates greater transparency and community trust for districts driving strategic change.
Based in MN, GuideK12 LLC is a geovisual analytics software company. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be faster and more effective. GuideK12™ has been the proud recipient of many industry leading awards: Selected as a 2013 finalist for SIIA’s education CODiE awards for Best K-12 Enterprise solution; NSBA Innovative Showcase Company (1 of 6); EdTech Digest “Cool Tool” Winner for Best District Data Solution; and one of the Top Products of 2012 by DA Magazine. GuideK12™ serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more about GuideK12™, please visit: www.guidek12.com
Michael Fullan Joins Edsby Board of Directors
Leading Education Researcher Brings Valued Insight to Modern LMS
Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) March 04, 2015
Renowned educational researcher Dr. Michael Fullan has joined the board of directors of Edsby®, developers of an innovative learning management system built for K-12 school districts that engages teachers, parents and students using modern technologies.
Dr. Michael Fullan is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders around the world. Dr. Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012 “for his achievements in the field of education reform, as a scholar, teacher, writer and adviser to governments in Canada and abroad.” He was the author of Great to Excellent: Launching the Next Stage of Ontario’s Education Agenda, which outlined a new vision for education in the province of Ontario as Special Advisor to the Premier, and holds honorary doctorates from several universities.
“Our focus with Edsby is to provide education organizations with a powerful and unique platform that enables them to achieve tremendous gains in teacher, student and parent engagement,” said John Myers, President of Edsby. “As a leading researcher who writes widely about the importance of coordinated leadership in affecting meaningful educational change, and who works with education organizations around the world, Dr. Fullan will bring valued insights to our team and the evolution of Edsby.”
Edsby is a cloud-based platform that uses latest web and mobile technologies to connect teachers, students and parents in exciting new ways. Among its features are social learning, school news, group collaboration, assessment management, timetables and calendars, course planning, report cards, attendance and more. It enables deep customization to districts’ unique assessment and reporting standards, allowing them to implement educational policies consistently. Edsby also integrates tightly with districts’ existing data and application infrastructure, speeding deployment and easing ongoing administration.
About Michael Fullan
Dr. Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009. Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was awarded the 2009 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward and Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year. Professional Capital was also awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer prize as the thought book of the year for 2015. His current best seller is The Principal: Three Keys for Maximizing Impact.
Edsby is a modern, purpose-built Learning Management System (LMS) for K-12 that enables school districts and private schools to connect their teachers, students and parents using the technologies that have become pervasive in people’s lives. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years using the latest technology and standards. Edsby is a registered trademark of CoreFour Inc. Learn more at http://www.edsby.com.
GreyED Solutions, in partnership with iPadpalooza Launch “Pre-Palooza”
Feedback Forums offered by GreyED Solutions offer iPadpalooza participants yet another unique, innovative learning opportunity at summer festival
Minneapolis, MN & Austin, TX March 3, 2015- Now more than ever it is imperative that vendors are creating and designing solutions that improve and adapt to teaching and learning practices, not the other way around. GreyED Solutions is thrilled to announce their partnership with iPadpalooza, to offer a full day of feedback forums on “Pre-Palooza”. The event will take place prior to the start of iPadpalooza on June 22nd.
“iPadpalooza brings together unique learning opportunities for everyone in education and is really centered around giving educators a voice,” said Carl Hooker, founder of iPadpalooza. “Partnering with GreyED Solutions to bring this “Pre-Palooza” feedback forum is another step in the evolution of what this learning festival is all about. It’s an opportunity for leaders to make their voices heard and provide feedback to a variety of companies involved in education. We’re excited to add this new feature to our already highly interactive event.”
Through their Feedback Forums at Pre-Palooza, GreyED Solutions leadership; Dr. Julie Carter and Rob Dickson, bring their expertise in providing an innovative, productive environment for administrators and vendors to interact, allowing companies invaluable insight into how to shape their products to improve teaching and learning. Each participating company will have the chance to sit down with and receive feedback from forward-thinking education decision makers from all over Texas on how their products could better serve educators and students alike.
“We applaud all the hard work and effort put forth by Mr. Hooker and his team to make iPadpalooza such a valuable event to the education community, we look forward to contributing to its success in June,” stated GreyED Solutions CEO, Dr. Julie Carter. “In today’s fast-paced world, it is more important than ever for companies to gain insight in to what is actually happening within schools and districts, that insight will allow them to develop better, more effective tools that adapt to teaching and learning.”
Drawing from years of experience in technology and administration, GreyED Solutions’ industry expertise provides districts nationwide with technology implementation solutions, designed to empower today’s learners. Through their personalized LEARNing (Listen Engage Analyze Recommend Next Steps) process, GreyED Solutions helps schools and districts achieve their technology goals. By gathering leading national educators and administrators together for Feedback Forums, GreyED Solutions also aims to help organizations within the EdTech industry develop and refine their products and services based on current market needs.
For more information about Pre-Palooza and how to participate, please contact Julie Carter at Julie@greyedsolutions.com
For more information about GreyED Solutions, please visit http://greyedsolutions.com/ or follow them on twitter; @greyedsolutions
About GreyED Solutions:
GreyED Solutions believes every school and organization has its own unique culture and fingerprint. We seek to understand your environment and your needs through careful analysis of people, processes and technology. We believe that the success of products, programs and implementations are driven by a personalized approach to embracing the individual needs of stakeholders. Instructors at heart, and technologists by trade, we at GreyED Solutions work from your level. We recognize that not every district or company possesses equal amounts of technology experience, maturity or leadership, and we design commensurate solutions suitable to your unique needs.