WIN Learning Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for
Best Career and Workforce Readiness Solution
WIN Career Readiness System Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 8, 2015) WIN Learning, developers of the WIN Career Readiness System,
today announced that it was named a finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards in the Best Career and Workforce Readiness Solution. This marks the third time in the past year that the solution has been recognized by a major industry awards program. Last year, the WIN Career Readiness System was named a finalist in both the Revere Awards presented by the Association of American Publishers, and it was honored as a finalist in the ‘trendsetter’ category in the 2014 EdTech Digest Awards program.
The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software. This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. The announcement will also be live streamed.
“With the increasing demands for a well-educated and skilled 21st-century workforce, there is little question that all students should graduate from high school fully prepared for college AND careers,” said Teresa Chasteen, CEO of WIN Learning. “It is so gratifying to know that the judges believe, as we do, that our solution is considered one of the best available to prepare students, and inspire them to prepare for life beyond their high school classrooms.”
The WIN Career Readiness System is a web-based solution that provides comprehensive career exploration and planning, college readiness assessments, and career readiness foundational academic and employability skills support. Students begin with myStrategic Compass, a career exploration, planning and guidance tool that includes features such as a class planning tool that maps required high school classes based on career interests; college and degree program profiles to support post-secondary education planning; a resume builder, and sample and practice job applications.
Next, students can access two courseware systems. The WIN Career Readiness Courseware includes instructional content that reinforces the relevance between foundational skills – in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information – and emerging high-demand, high-wage jobs. The other is WIN College Readiness Courseware, a digital test prep curriculum that helps learners achieve foundational college readiness in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading and Writing/English.
Finally, the system includes WIN Soft Skills. With this content, students cultivate the interpersonal, problem-solving and team collaboration skills in demand by employers.
“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network.
Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codies/2015/finalists.asp.
About WIN Learning
Since 1996, WIN has been the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help school districts prepare students for the future, 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 and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs. For more information, go towww.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.
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.
Updated software platform to be on display at CEC 2015 Convention & Expo this week
OVERLAND PARK, KS – (April 8, 2015) – ABPathfinder, Inc., developer of a cloud-based software tool to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of autism therapy, announces major operability enhancements to its award-winning software platform that helps therapists and special education teachers collect data and analyze performance. The cloud-based software will be on display at several conferences throughout April, including the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2015 Convention & Expo.
“We’re excited to announce these enhancements at a time when awareness of autism – and special needs as a whole – is at a high,” said Jeff Blackwood, president and CEO of ABPathfinder. “With improved features and navigation, our software will further empower therapists and educators to maximize their time and effectiveness with every child.”
ABPathfinder captures real-time data and graphs client progress, allowing therapists and educators to efficiently track skills, behaviors and goals. Studies demonstrate that ABPathfinder improves measurable outcomes, with children acquiring skills up to 20 percent faster when the company’s technology is used. ABPathfinder also cuts administration and planning time in half, enabling therapists and educators to focus their attention on individualized strategies and interaction rather than paperwork.
The innovative software will soon feature a new look, complete with a revamped dashboard, updated iconography and enhanced navigation. Therapists and educators will also have access to an improved “Goal Planning” tab, where they can easily manage the progress of skills and targets. In addition, a “System Utilization Summary Report ” will make key backend data – such as the average time spent on patients or students and the number of behaviors tracked per session – readily available. More enhancements to the software will be rolled out over the coming months.
EdTech Digest recently named ABPathfinder as the top special needs solution and a recipient of a 2015 “Cool Tool” Award. Throughout April, the enhanced software will be featured at conferences hosted by the Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis (OHABA), Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA), Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
About ABPathfinder, Inc.
ABPathfinder, Inc. develops cutting-edge healthcare technology to dramatically enrich the lives of students and individuals with autism. The cloud-based platform helps educators and therapists craft lesson plans, as well as collect, graph and analyze performance data. By reducing paperwork and administrative tasks, ABPathfinder maximizes the time and effort invested in each child.
For more information, visit http://www.abpathfinder.com.
Book Creator Passes 10 Million Ebooks Milestone
Users worldwide create millions of titles on a variety of subjects
LONDON (PRWEB) April 08, 2015
More than 10 million ebooks have been created with Book Creator, the simple way for students to make ebooks on their tablets. The number one book app in more than 80 countries around the world, Book Creator brings student work to life by giving them the ability to use text, images, video, music and narration to tell their story.
Book Creator takes a blank-canvas approach to creativity, allowing students to fully realize their ideas without being limited to a strict format. Among the 10 million titles created to date, users have produced children’s books, picture books, photo books, journals and textbooks by authors of all ages. For example, author and Pixar employee Mike Sundy used Book Creator to publish a children’s book for his daughter. By utilizing the international ePub3 standard, ebooks published through the app have a place to live now and in the future.
“Book Creator is the core app when using iPads in my lessons,” said Adam Foster, a primary school teacher in Wolverhampton, UK and author of the Book CreatorTeacher’s Guide. “The app is an important blank canvas, providing tools for students to share their learning and creativity in many ways. This has provided a perfect digital publishing platform, accessible to all and gives students a purpose, voice and audience.”
Its flexible format encourages creativity and collaboration among students and teachers with the ability to annotate work as it is being created. Students can share books and pages via Facebook and Twitter, and work can be imported from and exported to other apps for uninterrupted workflow.
“This milestone is a testament to how Book Creator engages its users,” said Dan Amos, developer of Book Creator. “This app provides a space for students and teachers alike to make their ideas come to life and share their stories with the world.”
About Book Creator
Book Creator is the number one book app in 80 countries. To date, more than 10 million books have been created using the app for Apple and Android devices. In 2015, Book Creator was honored as a BETT Award winner for Best Educational App. By providing easy to use creation tools that demystify ePub creation, Book Creator seeks to open digital publishing to all. For more information about Book Creator, visit http://www.bookcreator.com.
Scenario Learning Launches ‘Exceptional Child’ Professional Development System to Improve Lives of Students with Special Needs
Now administrators, educators and parents have access to high-quality special education training written by leading experts, in one online system Cincinnati, Ohio (April 8, 2015) – With the U.S. special education population having grown by 73 percent in the last three decades, school leaders, teachers and parents are looking for new ways to better support the 6.4 million students who need special education services. Today at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo, Scenario Learning launched its Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System (Exceptional Child). The system provides on-demand, evidencebased special education training for all staff members who support students with disabilities. “Having a son with autism, building the Exceptional Child System has been a labor of love,” said Brian Taylor, CEO of Scenario Learning. “All children, including students with special needs, deserve the opportunity to reach their highest potential. And to do that, everyone from principals, special education directors, teachers, support staff, parents and community members must understand the unique learning needs of the students they support.”
What makes Exceptional Child unique is the highly credentialed team of authors that has written every course. It’s a veritable “Who’s Who” of the nation’s leading special education experts, including Tim Lewis, Carol Gray, Carol Kosnitsky, Andy Bondy, Lori Frost and many others. Now, educators and parents have access to the thought leadership and experience of these experts in one convenient system. Exceptional Child includes a wide variety of rich media courses on important special education topics, including: • Autism Spectrum Disorders Overview by Betty Fry Williams, Ph.D. • Bullying and Students with Special Needs by Scott Poland, Ed.D. • Emotional Behavior Disorders Overview by Doug Cheney, Ph.D. • Dyslexia and Orton-Gillingham by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. • Federal Laws in Special Education by Barbara Bateman, Ph.D., J.D. • Restraint and Seclusion Overview by Reese Peterson, Ph.D. • Transition Services by Gary Greene, Ph.D. New courses are in development and added weekly. Scenario Learning is also developing the Exceptional Child Training Management System that will allow district administrators to assign and track special education training, as well as customize courses in the system to meet their district’s specific needs. The training management system will be available for the 2015-16 school year. And to support parents who are seeking resources for a child with special needs, Exceptional Child will also include courses specifically designed for parents that provide a helpful overview of transition services, bullying, IEP collaboration, ADHD and more.
Exceptional Child makes special education training easier and more accessible for school districts, individual educators and parents by delivering the very best resources, from expert thought leaders, available through any Web-enabled computer or device. When the right training and resources are available to the dedicated adults who support students with special needs, the lives of these children can be greatly improved. For more information about the Exceptional Child System, contact Scenario Learning at 1.800.434.0154 or visit http://www.exceptionalchild.com/. About Scenario Learning Scenario Learning is a leading developer of award-winning safety and compliance solutions that help create safer schools and workplaces. The company’s web-based product portfolio includes solutions for staff and student training, bullying/incident reporting, accident reporting, SDS management and Special Education professional development for the education and business markets. Scenario Learning is experiencing record-setting growth, serving thousands of school districts, colleges, insurance providers and businesses around the world. For more information, visit http://www.scenariolearning.com.
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