Follett Forges ebook Partnership with Carolina Biological Supply

Real-world, next-generation high school biology and

chemistry curricula help drive student engagement

CHICAGO, March 11, 2015 – Follett today announced an ebook partnership with Carolina Biological Supply, a leading supplier of science labs, materials, and investigations to support biology and chemistry teachers for more than 80 years. Both companies will be exhibitors at this week’s NSTA Conference, which starts Thursday at McCormick Place West.

With the launch of Carolina Biological Supply’s real-world curriculum, Titlewave – Follett’s powerful collection development, search and ordering tool – now provides access to more than 300,000 ebook titles for schools nationwide.

“We are very pleased to be working with Carolina Biological Supply, a leader in STEM content and services in the K-12 market,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions for Follett. “We sought out Carolina due to its reputation for credibility, engaging content and commitment to creating the very best science curriculum.”

According to Carolina Biological Supply’s Bruce Wilcox, both “Biology: Concepts and Practices” and “Chemistry: Concepts and Practices” challenge students to gather information and evidence from hands-on inquiry and real-world texts, while helping them understand disciplinary core ideas mandated by state and national standards. Wilcox added the biology and chemistry courses were developed by the Education Development Center (EDC) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“Our relationship with Follett allows us to quickly expand access to both our ‘Concepts and Practices’ courses in biology and chemistry to teachers throughout Follett’s ecosystem of services,” said Wilcox, vice president. “These programs are introductory courses in high school biology and chemistry that use real-world events – ongoing changes in our ecosystems, Hindenburg disaster, Anthrax scare – to drive student engagement and interest.”

With books increasingly moving to digital formats, Follett has been at the forefront of the transition with tools and solutions that help customers access and integrate the new forms of content within schools. Follett customers are able to seamlessly search and access all print and digital content within the convenience of Destiny® Library ManagerTM, the leading school library management solution.  Destiny features Universal Search, an innovative tool that gives students the ability to access content they need from one system with a consistent user experience.  Follett customers without the Destiny platform use Follett Shelf TM, the company’s free eContent management platform.  Currently, more than 30 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use ebooks provided by Follett.

Both companies will both be exhibiting at this week’s NSTA Conference: Follett at booth #558, Carolina Biological Supply at booth #1131.

To learn more about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com; to learn more about Carolina Biological Supply, visitwww.carolina.com.

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About Carolina Biological Supply | carolina.com

From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company has grown to become a leading supplier of science teaching materials. Today, from its headquarters in Burlington, N.C., it serves customers worldwide, including teachers, professors, home-school educators, and professionals in health and science-related fields. To learn more about Carolina Biological, visit www.carolina.com.

About Follett’s PreK-12 Business | follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation| follett.com

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.

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Tennessee Adopts Triumph Learning’s Waggle and Coach Series

Waggle and Coach suite available for Tennessee grades 6–8 in mathematics.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 12, 2015

The state of Tennessee has adopted instructional material by Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools. The following instruction has been approved for grades 6–8 for mathematics: Tennessee CC Coach, Tennessee Support Coach, Performance Coach, and Waggle.

The Coach suite, founded in research and built from the ground up, provides instruction, practice, and targeted support to meet the needs of all students. TheTennessee CC Coach Mathematics series serves as the main instructional base throughout the school year. Developed for teachers whose students need additional support with more rigorous content, Tennessee Support Coach helps identify gaps in student understanding and supports key foundational skills with scaffold instruction. Performance Coach gives students rigorous and purposeful review and practice around the types of items they can expect to see on test day.

Waggle generates an online, smart practice environment to help students build critical thinking and prepare for assessments. This digital tool champions productive struggle by creating a safe and engaging space for students to explore, build confidence and accelerate learning. Waggle also offers teachers a differentiated instructional tool set so that they can easily group students and deliver recommended practice or instruction from Coach resources to groups or individual students to meet students where they are.

“We are pleased to provide the Coach suite and Waggle to districts across Tennessee for mathematics,” said Aoife Dempsey, chief technology officer for Triumph Learning. “Our Waggle and Coach solutions work together as a seamless blended learning solution to help students in Tennessee achieve success beyond the test.”

Implementation guides integrate Coach resources and Waggle with a day-by-day plan that saves teachers time.

More information is available at http://www.triumphlearning.com/tnadoption.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs, serving more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach and Waggle. For more information, visit

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Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA Calls for 2015 Vision K-20 Survey Participants

For Immediate Release: 
SIIA Communications Contact: Allison Bostrom, 202.289.7442, abostrom@siia.net
PR Contact: Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608.216.7300, lauren@cblohm.com

Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA Calls for 2015 Vision K-20 Survey Participants
Newly Launched 2015 Vision K-20 Survey measures classroom, school, campus, district and state progress toward achieving the ETIN-SIIA Vision for K-20 Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2015) –– The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces the launch of its seventh annual Vision K-20 Survey. The Vision K-20 Survey gives educators, administrators and faculty members from K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions the opportunity to evaluate their current technology use and compare it to prior results in a short online survey.

“The ETIN-SIIA Vision K-20 project is designed to provide educators and educational institutions annual data about where they are in using technology. This helps ensure all students have access to learning environments that prepare them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the ETIN-SIIA. “This year, for the first time, we will ask educators to identify how they are using student data in addition to reporting progress over the last seven years.”

The 2014 survey asked key questions about the educational use of mobile devices in the classroom and educational institutions’ readiness for online, summative assessments. Both K-12 and postsecondary respondents reported an increasing usage of mobile devices and the use of mobile devices primarily for students to access or research digital content online. Almost 60 percent of K-12 respondents reported that they did not feel “highly prepared” with adequate bandwidth or with adequate devices and hardware for online assessments.

“We are delighted to begin our fifth year supporting SIIA and the K-20 Vision Survey,” said Susan Meell, CEO, MMS Education. “We believe this survey provides educators with a unique opportunity to assess the level of technology integration in their institution and then compare the results year over year, as well as compare themselves with others throughout the nation. We are very excited about the new questions added this year that address the effective use of student data because it is so important to educators and education technology companies.”

For more information on Vision K-20 2015, and to take the survey, visit the www.siia.net/visionk20. The survey will remain open through May 8, and results will be released at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) 2015 conference in June.

ETIN-SIIA values the support of its partners and their commitment to improving students’ preparedness for an innovative and global economy. If you are interested in partnering with ETIN-SIIA to help get the word out to educators regarding the Vision K-20 survey, please contact dblubaugh@siia.net.

About ETIN
The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

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Aegis Identity Software Launches EduZone, the first Education Community Platform enabling technology for Digital Citizens in K12

Denver, CO (March 12, 2015) – Aegis Identity Software, Inc. a leading provider of Identity and Access Management solutions for the Education marketplace has created a revolutionary educational community platform that enables student achievement and enhances teacher effectiveness while creating a place for educators, students, parents, and administrators to securely discover and access district approved educational resources to meet their educational needs.  The online presence of these members and district partners represent the Digital Citizens that make up the Educational Community today and into the future.

Aegis Identity’s new EduZone Education Community Platform is designed specifically for K12 and benefits it’s Digital Citizens by:

  • Protecting students by only allowing access to student information for district approved educational purposes by approved people within approved systems,
  • Advancing student achievement by managing the authoritative access and use of information for enabling personalized learning for each student along their unique learning progression,
  • Enabling Single Sign On (SSO) and increasing teacher effectiveness by allowing educators to focus their time on instruction and not gathering data from multiple systems with independent logins,
  • Providing teacher access to tools they need by creating market efficiency, flexibility and allowing teachers to discover and choose the right educational tools for their classrooms; elimination of vendor lock-in, and
  • Increasing resources for instruction by reducing integration and implementation costs of educational applications and allowing these savings to be put toward instructional goals.

 

“Aegis Identity’s new EduZone solution is the first Education Community Platform to allow districts to protect and utilize student data while they rapidly adopt, standardize and share learning applications with students, parents and educators. ” said Jat Pannu, Chief Strategy Officer of Aegis Identity Software, Inc.

 

“Aegis Identity’s EduZone Platform,” added Pannu, “delivers Digital Citizenship for Education and provides members such as students, teachers, parents, administrators and the public to utilize district controlled applications and data for advancing student outcomes and enhancing the educational journey of all.

“At the core of everything we do at Aegis Identity Software, Inc. is the belief that technology can empower every leader to lead, parents to participate and transform how students learn and teachers teach,” said Bob Lamvik, President of Aegis Identity Software. “EduZone’s enterprise-class software platform was designed to manage digital identities as well as resolve all of the digital citizen issues that education faces today.  We are proud to be at the forefront of creating technology environments that increase students success.”

For more information about Aegis Identity Software, Inc., please visit http://aegisidentity.com/identity-software

About Aegis Identity Software, Inc.

Aegis Identity Software is based in Denver, CO and has built a sophisticated enterprise-class software platform to serve the needs of cyber-security, digital identity management and access management. In just over 3 1/2 years, Aegis Identity Software has taken the education market by storm by gaining product adoption in both the Higher Education and K-12 markets. Aegis Identity has brought contemporary, open systems, technology to this market replacing higher-cost, legacy, and proprietary solutions increasing security and decreasing operational costs at these prestigious institutions and its rapidly growing customer base. Learn more at www.aegisidentity.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Vernier and NSTA Announce Winners of the 2015 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

Seven STEM educators awarded prizes valued at $5,500 each for their innovative use of data-collection technology in the classroom

 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, March 12, 2015 – Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced the winners of their annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The seven science and STEM educators—one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator—were chosen by a panel of NSTA-appointed experts for their innovative use of data-collection technology with a computer, graphing calculator or other handheld device in the science classroom.

 

Each winner will be formally recognized at the 2015 NSTA National Conference in Chicago, IL on March 13, 2015 and will receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the conference.

 

“The use of data collection in science and STEM classrooms can truly transform the teaching and learning processes,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “From investigating lichen growth to the analysis of water samples from a nearby watershed, this year’s Vernier/NSTA Technology Award winners show how the use of data collection provides engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation and discovery.”

 

This year’s Vernier/NSTA Technology Award winners include:

 

Category: Elementary School

Amy Atkinson, Hominy Valley Elementary School, Candler, NC

Amy Atkinson created a project that focuses on healthy lifestyle choices in diet, exercise and relaxation and culminates with a fourth grade health and wellness fair. As part of the project, students work with local health professionals to explore different facets of healthy living and use Vernier sensors to measure and collect real-time heart rate, blood pressure and respiration data.

 

Category: Middle School

Susan Brown, Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, AZ

To help students in grades 6–12 explore how climate change effects lichen growth and diversity, Susan Brown created a long-term research project in partnership with a local arboretum and Northern Arizona University. Her project utilizes gardens along an elevation gradient, as well as an on-site garden at the school. Students used Vernier sensors to collect weather-related data from the gardens and then make their own observations and draw their own inferences about climate change and its effects.

 

Dennis Pevey, Jr., eSTEM Public Charter School, Little Rock, AR

Dennis Pevey engages his students in science education by infusing STEM concepts into projects that focus on the environmental issues impacting central Arkansas. In one particular project, students will create biofiltration units for the school’s parking garage to help prevent the leaching of chemicals into the Arkansas River. They will use Ion-Selective Electrodes and SpectroVis spectrophotometers from Vernier to monitor and analyze the water samples over a three-month period.

 

Category: High School

Kristy Bibbey, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO

During a project that introduces the physics of sound, Kristy Bibbey’s physics students—as well as a local musician—bring in an instrument that they play and use the Vernier Microphone to record various wavelengths using the various instruments. The data are shown in real time on the classroom’s whiteboard so that students can analyze the data, recognize the properties of a wavelength and understand the inverse relationship between period and frequency.

 

Karlheinz Haas, The Pine School, Hobe Sound, FL

To help make kinematics and dynamics more accessible and relatable to students, Karlheinz Haas adapted a series of commonly used physics labs to incorporate the use of the TI-Nspire CX handheld in combination with Vernier sensors and DataQuest software. These labs include a marble activity that teaches students about horizontal velocity and an investigation involving echoes that teach students about the speed of sound.

 

Ann Shioji, William C. Overfelt High School, San Jose, CA

In Ann Shioji’s “Beauty and the Yeast” unit, students explore how chemicals affect their daily lives. At the beginning of the unit, students conduct preliminary research on the gestation period and respiration rates of yeast and then conduct a class investigation using a CO2 Gas Sensor to determine the rate of respiration of glucose by Saccharomyces to monitor a closed population of yeast. Then, students are provided the opportunity to design their own inquiry-based experiments to test the effects of chemicals on living yeast cells.

 

Category: College

Lois Zook-Gerdau, Muskingum University, New Concord, OH

Muskingum University partnered with the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District to assess the water quality in the nearby Salt Creek Watershed. They used Vernier sensors and spectrometers, which were instrumental in helping research students conduct a variety of analyses on these water samples. Through this partnership, students worked with local environmental professionals, and the community won a grant for conservation efforts based on the water quality assessments.

 

To learn more about the Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards and to find details for the 2016 application, visithttp://www.vernier.com/grants/nsta/.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 34 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier’s technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.

 

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