Naiku Announces First Round of Innovative Educator Grant Recipients

Next-generation assessment provider to award grants valued at $250,000 to support innovation in learner-centric strategies by individual educators and schools


(EDINA, Minn.) March 30, 2015 – Now more than ever it is imperative that innovation in education is recognized and shared across the industry. Naiku, a leading provider of next-generation student assessment solutions, is thrilled to award its first two Teacher Team School Grants to educators at West Gate Elementary School in Prince William County in Virginia and Pine City High School in Pine City Public Schools located in Minnesota. Naiku awarded grants to these teams to further the innovative work they are doing around differentiated instruction and personalized learning.

Mr. Patrick Heath, instructional technology coach at West Gate Elementary commented: “We are extremely fortunate to receive this grant from Naiku. We feel that the use of learner-centric assessment will benefit our students and teachers in our effort to increase achievement scores for all students, with an emphasis on our ELL and disabled student populations. Historically, these groups of students have not scored as well on state assessments. With the support of Naiku’s Innovative Teacher Team Grant, we will see improvement in our assessment results and long term positive benefits for our students.”

Naiku began accepting and reviewing applications for the school-wide team grants earlier this year and will continue doing so through April 30, 2015. Each grant awarded will support the individual or team of educators through June 2016.

With 28 school-wide team grants remaining, and approximately 10 individual educator grants awarded continuously every month, plenty of opportunity remains for qualified educators.  Educators can find more information, including application requirements, at

Pine City High School Tech Integration Specialist Dihanna Fedder said: “I think Naiku is amazing and am so pleased to have won an Innovative Teacher Team Grant! Our students and staff will benefit from seeing progress on standards, the support and flexibility of the software, and the opportunity to use assessment artifacts that are already prepared and available through our curriculum. We look forward to being able to align our assessments and provide students the opportunity for remediation and feedback throughout the assessment process.”

“Each of our Innovative Educator Grants are geared towards supporting a team or teams within a school in the practice of forward-thinking strategies around differentiation, personalized learning and creating learner-centric classrooms,” stated Naiku CEO Greg Wright. “We believe that the combination of award-winning software tools and expert psychometrician-led professional development provides the schools the necessary support to enable the innovation that they are seeking to achieve. We are excited about both of our first school grant winners and are looking forward to supporting their success in the classroom.”

For more information about Naiku visit

About Naiku:

Naiku is devoted to improving K-12 learning by providing next generation classroom assessment solutions on an open, SaaS based platform. Naiku provides educators the ability to readily measure and monitor student progress using any web enabled device and engage students more deeply through unique teacher-student interactive feedback tools. Naiku allows educators to create, share, import and deliver standards aligned quizzes and tests in any subject area. With automated scoring and built-in reports, teachers can inform and differentiate their instruction and data can be shared across the school and district to enhance best practices. With Naiku, Better Assessment leads to Better Learning. For more information, visit




Kingston, Tenn. — March 30, 2015 — Research shows that connecting students’ classes to their future and to real-world careers inspires them to work harder in school. Yet, when it comes to math, many schools struggle with how to best provide these connections for students. To help educators make learning relevant in a subject that students often question as irrelevant, WIN Learning today announces the publication of a new white paper titled, “Mathematic Rigor and Relevant Career Experiences.”

The paper explores today’s changing workplace, where the skills expected for many entry-level jobs are at a higher level than the current academic skills required for a high school education. It also examines the types of knowledge, skills and abilities needed by business and industry, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas, and what it means to be a career- and college-ready student.

With this paper, educators can gain insight into how to add more academic rigor and relevance to their instruction to create career- and college-ready classrooms. It describes how using career clusters and pathways can help students discover and pursue their interests. It also outlines how career-infused math instruction and project-based learning can support self-directed, engaged learning.

“To boost students’ understanding of — and appreciation for — math, they need to see how the concepts relate to the workplace and to the larger society in which they will live and work. Yet, too many classrooms still focus on the rote learning of facts, rather than how math actually fits into day-to-day jobs,” said Dr. Teresa Chasteen, CEO of WIN Learning. “Exposing middle and high school students to math in a real-life career context helps them better grasp the concepts they’re learning and recognize the benefits of their course work. With rigorous, relevant instruction and tools such as WIN Math, we can show students how and why math matters.”


WIN Math is a career-based, middle and high school mathematics curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards and local state objectives. With personalized instruction through a project-based framework, students apply concepts tied to real-life scenarios and lessons in the context of relevant career opportunities. Each learning module aligns curriculum standards and projects to 16 different career clusters, with special emphasis on high-demand careers. This bridge between standards and real-world projects makes learning math concepts relevant to each student’s life.

For a free copy of the white paper, visit

About WIN Learning

WIN Learning is the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military, or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven courseware, education intervention initiatives, and career-readiness certification programs. For more information, go to or call 888-717-9461.


SIIA Announces Education Finalists for 2015 CODiE Awards
157 Education Technology and Service Products Recognized in Peer-Reviewed Awards Program

Best Arts & Creativity Solution

– Middle School Art, Pearson Education
– Virtual Music Tools powered by Connections Education, Pearson Education
Best Career and Workforce Readiness Solution
– iCEV, CEV Multimedia
– Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success, LearningExpress, LLC
– Odysseyware, Odysseyware
– uCertify LEARN, uCertify
– WIN Career Readiness System, WIN Learning
Best Classroom Management Solution
– ClassLink LaunchPad Suite, ClassLink, Inc.
– Edsby, Edsby
– SRA FLEX Literacy™ /, McGraw-Hill School Education
– Metria Master Teacher Edition, Metria Teaching and Learning Technologies, Inc.
– PowerSchool, Pearson Education
Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
– Professional Learning Platform (PLP), Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc.
– Global PD, Solution Tree
Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution
– Adobe Captivate 8, Adobe Systems, Inc.
– Storyline 2, Articulate
– Edvance360 LMS-SN, Edvance360
– Harvard ManageMentor(r), Harvard Business Publishing
– Litmos, Litmos by CallidusCloud
– uCertify LEARN, uCertify
Best Cross-Curricular Solution
–, Cengage Learning
– Discovery Education Streaming Plus, Discovery Education
– LearningExpress Library, LearningExpress, LLC
– Odysseyware, Odysseyware
– SharpSchool K-12 Website and Mobile Solution, SharpSchool
– SMART amp, SMART Technologies ULC
Best Education Cloud-based Solution
– ClassLink LaunchPad Suite, ClassLink, Inc.
– SpringBoard Digital, College Board (SpringBoard), The
– Edmodo Snapshot, Edmodo
– Gaggle, Gaggle
– Learnosity Toolkit, Learnosity
– SPARKvue 2.1 , PASCO Scientific
– PowerSchool, Pearson Education
– ClassFlow, Promethean Inc. (USA)
Best Educational App for a Mobile Device
– Achieve3000, Achieve3000
– ClassLink LaunchPad™ Mobile , ClassLink, Inc.
– Apropos, Continuum Education
– Istation ISIP Advanced Reading, Istation
– Istation Reading, Istation
– Istation’s ISIP Early Reading, Istation
–, myON, A Business Unit of Capstone
– MatchGraph, PASCO Scientific
– PASCO Spectrometry App , PASCO Scientific
– Shutterfly Photo Story, Shutterfly
– Matific, Slate Science Inc.
Best ELL/World Language Acquisition Instructional Solution
–, Learning A-Z
– Learnosity World Languages, Learnosity
– Super ELL, Mawi Learning
– Practice Spanish: Study Abroad, McGraw Hill Education
Best Game-based Curriculum Solution
–, DreamBox Learning
– Filament Learning Games, Filament Games, LLC
– Solar Skate, Florida Virtual School- Global Services Division
– Change Management Simulation: Power and Influence V2, Harvard Business School Publishing
– Practice Spanish: Study Abroad, McGraw Hill Education
– ST Math:Middle School Supplement, MIND Research Institute
– Matific, Slate Science Inc.
Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas
– Apperson S.E.L.+ , Apperson
– MINDTAP COLLEGE SUCCESS for Ellis’s BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, 15th Edition, Cengage Learning
– uCertify COURSE, uCertify
Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution
– Apperson DataLink Evo, Apperson
– Hybridge, CompassLearning
– Plato Courseware, Edmentum
– Litmos, Litmos by CallidusCloud
– Odysseyware, Odysseyware
– Schoology, Schoology, Inc
Best K-12 Enterprise Solution
– BrightBytes CASE Module –, BrightBytes
– Instant Login, Clever
– onTRAC Longitudinal Data System (LDS), Interactive Achievement
– Learnosity Toolkit, Learnosity
– The MyLearningPlan Enterprise Solution, My Learning Plan Inc.
– Truancy & Dropout Prevention System (TDPS), RaaWee, Inc.
– SharpSchool K-12 Website and Mobile Solution, SharpSchool
Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution
– Achieve3000, Achieve3000
– Citelighter Class, Citelighter Inc
– Curiosityville, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
– SmartBook, McGraw Hill Education
– Thrive powered by Time to Know (T2K), McGraw-Hill Education
Best Mathematics Instructional Solution
– SpringBoard Digital, College Board (SpringBoard), The
– Hybridge, CompassLearning
–, DreamBox Learning
–, Educloud Inc.
– LearnBop , Fuel Education
– KnowRe, KnowRe
– ST Math:Middle School Supplement, MIND Research Institute
– Reasoning Mind, Reasoning Mind
– TenMarks Math, TenMarks Education, Inc.
Best PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution
–, DreamBox Learning
–, Fishtree
– itslearning, itslearning, Inc.
– Junyo Streams, Junyo
– McGraw-Hill Education Professional Development , McGraw-Hill School Education
– SRA FLEX Literacy™, McGraw-Hill School Education
– ClassFlow, Promethean Inc. (USA)
– Redbird Mathematics, Redbird Advanced Learning
Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution
– EAB Student Success Collaborative, Education Advisory Board
–, EvaluationKIT
– CrisisManager, SchoolDude
Best Postsecondary Learning Management Solution
– MindTap for Comprehensive Medical Assisting Administrative and Clinical Competencies, Cengage Learning
– Edvance360 LMS-SN, Edvance360
– Schoology, Schoology, Inc
– uCertify LEARN, uCertify
Best Postsecondary Learning Solution
– Adobe Captivate 8, Adobe Systems, Inc.
– Atomic Integrate Plus Training Solution, Atomic Learning
– Pharma College, Chamberlain College of Nursing
– Pearson Writer, Pearson Education
– uCertify COURSE, uCertify
– Portales, Vista Higher Learning
Best Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution
–, Fishtree
– McGraw-Hill Connect, McGraw Hill Education
– Practice Spanish: Study Abroad, McGraw Hill Education
– LearnSmart Achieve: Adaptive Test Preparation for the 2014 GED® Test, HiSET® exam, and TASC™ test, McGraw-Hill School Education
Best Professional Learning Solution for Education
– Atomic Integrate Training Solution, Atomic Learning
– Edthena, Edthena
– Professional Learning Platform (PLP), Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc.
Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution
– Interactive e-Book Leveled Library, Benchmark Education Company
– SpringBoard Digital, College Board (SpringBoard), The
– Edgenuity English Language Arts, Edgenuity Inc.
– Headsprout, Learning A-Z
– StudySync (, McGraw-Hill School Education
– WriteToLearn, Pearson Education
– ProQuest Research Companion, ProQuest
– eWriteSteps, WriteSteps
Best Science Instructional Solution
– Accelerate Learning, Accelerate Learning Inc.
– National Geographic Exploring Science, Cengage Learning
– ExploreLearning Gizmos,
– ScienceFlix, Scholastic Library Publishing
– Science Bits, Science Bits
Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution
–, Awesome Stories
– MindTap for US History, Cengage Learning
– The Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook series�, Discovery Education
– ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher, ProQuest
– Econ Alive! The Power to Choose, TCI
Best Solution for Special Needs Students
– Adobe Presenter 10, Adobe Systems, Inc.
– Headsprout, Learning A-Z
–, Learning A-Z
– Unique Learning System, n2y
– LANGUAGE! Live, Voyager Sopris Learning
Best Source for Reference or Education Resources
– Classroom in Context (CLiC), Cengage Learning
– Issues & Controversies, Infobase Company
– PBS LearningMedia, PBS
– ProQuest Research Companion, ProQuest
Best Student Assessment Solution
– Pathblazer�, CompassLearning
– i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction, Curriculum Associates, Inc.
– Study Island, Edmentum
– Acuity College and Career Readiness, McGraw Hill Education
– PEG Writing, Measurement Inc.
– IMPROVE powered by Blender™, SRG Technology, LLC
– uCertify TEST, uCertify
Best Virtual Learning Solution
– Adobe Captivate 8, Adobe Systems, Inc.
– Atomic Integrate Plus Training Solution, Atomic Learning
– Redbird Mathematics, Redbird Advanced Learning
– uCertify LAB, uCertify
– Varsity Tutors Online Tutoring Platform, Varsity Tutors
– Portales, Vista Higher Learning
– UPSTART, Waterford Institute


New K-12 Education Report Goes 3D in the Classroom
CoSN’s Latest EdTechNext Issue: ‘Dimensions in Learning: Visualizing, Designing and Making in 3D’ 

Washington, DC (March 27, 2015) – In schools nationwide, attractive new technologies are taking the shape of 3D – and their benefits are real. CoSN’s (Consortium for School Networking’s) newest report out today explores this transformation and how modern 3D technologies are opening new dimensions in learning.
The exploration is CoSN’s latest EdTechNext report – a periodic publication about forward-looking issues and emerging technologies in K-12.
“3D is capturing the attention of leaders in educational circles, and that focus needs to be on the ‘why’ – not the ‘wow,’” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Educators should consider the real value of 3D for our students toward improving academic results, expanding scientific discovery, and enhancing both spatial thinking and task performance. These are just some of the advantages as the digital revolution gains further momentum from these technologies.”
Dimensions in Learning: Visualizing, Designing and Making in 3D explains the 3D learning families (visualizing, designing and making) across learning applications, in hardware / software and through current examples. Sony SmartEyeglass, for example, is an augmented reality concept that uses eyewear to present user-controlled notifications and information, such as text messages.
The report also provides key “3D definitions” and explains the processes of how the 3D learning families (i.e., cost, time and professional development resources) are being introduced in classrooms.
CoSN’s EdTechNext reports are supported by Amplify, BestBuy, CDW.G, Cisco, Comcast, Dell, ENA, Filewave, Google, HP, iBoss Security, iDentityAutomation, Ipswitich, itslearning, JAMF Software, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Lightspeed Systems, McGraw Hill, Microsoft, Pearson, Presidio, Promethean, Qualcomm, SchoolDude, Sprint and Verizon.
The publications are only available to CoSN members.
For media interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the latest issue, please contact Michael Kaplun at
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.