Learning.com’s Digital Citizenship App Wins EdTech Digest Award

Acclaimed mobile app teaches middle and high school students about online safety and ethical use of digital resources; CEO Keith Oelrich also recognized as education visionary.

Portland, Ore. (Mar 24, 2015) – Learning.com, a leading provider of solutions that help students, teachers, and schools excel in our digital world, announces that its Digital Citizenship App has earned an EdTech Digest Award in the “Mobile App Solution – Middle and High School” category. The Digital Citizenship App provides students with comprehensive instruction related to online safety, ethical use of digital resources and cyberbullying.

“This honor reinforces the positive response our Digital Citizenship App has received from schools and districts,” said Keith Oelrich, CEO of Learning.com. “We are pleased that, through this extensive evaluation process, EdTech Digest saw the potential of this app to help middle and high school students be successful online.”

EdTech Digest, an online publication serving the education community as a resource for education technology, interviews and trends, sponsors the Cool Tool Awards. The award program is in its fifth year and honors outstanding contributions to people and companies working to transform education for all learners through technology. All entries undergo thorough evaluation from a panel of educators, entrepreneurs, journalists and technology professionals who are leaders in their respective fields.

Available for i0S and Android tablet/mobile devices, the Digital Citizenship App’s content and user experience have been specifically designed for middle and high school students. The app also provides administrators with the reports needed to meet the online safety and cyberbullying instruction requirements for E-Rate funding.

Keith Oelrich, CEO of Learning.com, was also named as a finalist in the “Visionary” category of the EdTech Digest Awards. Oelrich has been a pioneer in the K-12 online education market for the past 14 years. During that time, he has served as CEO of several companies, which have collectively provided K-12 online education programs to thousands of districts, tens of thousands of schools, and millions of students and their families.

For more information visit the Digital Citizenship App page.

About Learning.com
Learning.com helps students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts equip their students with the technology and 21st century skills needed for success on online assessments, college, and the workforce using Learning.com’s digital literacy curriculum and assessments. Learning.com supports districts as they transition to digital content by providing a repository of OER and free digital resources with tools to build and share custom digital curriculum. Through implementation services and professional development, Learning.com serves educators as they integrate technology and digital content into instruction. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts and serves 4.9 million students.


Karen Billings Named 2015 EdTech Digest Visionary

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Karen Billings Named 2015 EdTech Digest Visionary
ETIN of SIIA vice president and managing director wins EdTech Award for her tireless work transforming the education industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 24, 2015) – Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of theSoftware & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has received the 2015 EdTech Digest Leadership Award for the “visionary” category. Each year, the award program recognizes the contributions of leading companies and individuals working to reshape education and create a better future for students.

“Karen is a thought leader, education advocate and industry authority,” said Ken Wasch, SIIA president. “We are honored to have one of the industry’s most respected voices on our team. Karen’s accomplishments and aspirations genuinely embody an education visionary.”

During her time at SIIA, Billings tripled the number of Education Division members and founded the Innovation Incubator and One-to-One Business Profiles programs, which have supported hundreds of education businesses.

“I’m fortunate to work in such an inspirational field,” said Billings. “Learning has transformed so much over the years and is becoming more of a world-wide process, occurring outside of the classroom walls. It’s my privilege to contribute to the vision of education’s future.”

In addition to her work at SIIA, Billings has partnered with ISTE, FETC, SXSWedu, Campus Technology and ASU-GSV to judge startup competitions and has spoken at more than 150 conferences. She has authored four books and has been a trusted resource for UN’s World Bank, trade publications and education associations. In 2012, she earned the educational publishing industry’s highest individual honor by being inducted into the Association of American Publishers Hall of Fame.

Billings received her Doctorate at Columbia University Teachers College, Master’s from the University of Oregon and Bachelor’s from the University of Northern Iowa. With more than 45 years of experience in education technology, Billings taught in the classroom for 12 years and held positions in management, product development, marketing and sales.

To learn more about the EdTech Digest Awards, visit https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/2015-finalists-winners.

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.


Schoology Selected By State of Delaware to Power Blended Learning Initiative

Statewide Purchase of Schoology LMS Drives 21st Century Learning for Delaware Students


DOVER, Del. – March 25, 2015—The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has selected Schoology’sLearning Management System (LMS) to power online and blended learning across the entire state. The contract was awarded following a competitive review. Schoology will help drive innovation in teaching and blended learning for an estimated 40,000 students in the 2015-2016 school year with more districts signing on in subsequent years. Click to Tweet.


Delaware’s goal for deploying an LMS to schools is to shift education from being teacher-driven to student-centered, making active, engaged learners with access to the best, most effective education technology. Schoology will also power professional development, empowering teachers with skills to successfully implement online and blended learning.


The selection of Schoology as the platform of choice was due to a variety of factors including its user interface, ease of use, rich instructional feature set and powerful collaboration tools. Additionally, Schoology has the strongest integration capabilities with existing district systems — including bi-directional integration with Sungard K-12 Education’s eSchoolPLUS — the DDOE’s student information system. As part of the agreement with the DDOE, Truenorthlogic’s Professional Learning Management System will also be integrated.


”As more initiatives seek to personalize learning in a blended environment, they choose easy-to-use technology that engages students and integrates with systems already in place at the school, district and state level,” said Jeremy Friedman, co-founder and CEO of Schoology. “We are excited Schoology will be used throughout the Delaware school system to make their blended learning and professional development initiatives successful.”


Michael Watson, Delaware’s chief academic officer, said the Schoology LMS is highly flexible. “Teachers can decide how to use this powerful piece of technology to expand students’ learning opportunities,” he said.  “This also gives students greater control over when and how they learn.”


Schoology is the fastest growing learning management system in the K-12 market, and with partnerships like the DDOE, Schoology is used by more than eight million students across more than 60,000 institutions worldwide.


Read more about this announcement from Delaware Department of Education here.


About Schoology

New York City-based Schoology—used by 8 million users in over 60,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world—combines dynamic learning management, an easy-to-use collaborative interface and next-generation API integration into one innovative solution. Schoology transforms learning into a media-rich interactive experience where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to raise student achievement worldwide. Available as a free stand-alone product and as a fee-based integrated enterprise-class solution deployed in schools or across districts, Schoology is user-centric and scalable for any blended learning environment. More information at schoology.com or @schoology.