x2VOL by intelliVOL Named Finalist for REVERE Awards in Education from Association of American Publishers
Tracking and reporting platform for student service hours recognized as a top resource for character education
DALLAS, Texas—May 11, 2015—x2VOL by intelliVOL has been named a finalist for the 2015 REVERE Awards, an annual awards program from the Association of American Publishers’ PreK-12 Learning Group. Click to Tweet.
x2VOL simplifies the management, verification and reporting of student service programs. As a finalist for the highly respected REVERE Awards, x2VOL was recognized as one of the five best Supplemental Resources for Social-Emotional and Character Education in 2015. (Click here to learn how x2VOL helped spur community service for one Texas high school.)
The REVERE Awards, which stands for Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources, identify and honor excellence in high-quality products that support teaching and learning. The program’s rigorous evaluation process includes both educator analysis and feedback from product developers in the learning resource community. All entries go through a meticulous judging process in which experienced educators and business leaders provide useful feedback to determine the finalists and winners.
“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by the AAP as one of the top supplemental resources for character education,” said Michele Pitman, CEO of intelliVOL. “The REVERE Awards are one of the education industry’s premier awards programs, in part because of the thoroughness of the selection process. Being named a finalist for these awards means our innovative solution to the challenge of managing school-based community service programs is well regarded by both educators and industry professionals.”
x2VOL tracks the hours students give to community service, eliminating paperwork and automating the tracking and reporting process. School administrators can quickly manage activities, post opportunities and track and approve their students’ volunteer hours and service learning projects. Students benefit from a single, online, mobile source to manage and record the volunteering hours they give, and nonprofits can publish opportunities for students through the secure x2VOL database.
x2VOL by intelliVOL is an award-winning tracking and reporting platform for student service hours used by private and public schools and districts nationwide to customize service goals, centralize service hours, and provide diverse service opportunities. x2VOL provides students with an online and mobile way to track and report service hours specific to the goals of their school, while engaging them with local nonprofit organizations. Service records are authenticated and verified for each student and can be attached to their college applications, scholarship applications, or resumes. Learn more at intelliVOL.com or email info@intelliVOL.com.
Quick Key Integrates With PowerSchool From Pearson to Create Real-Time Data Flow
Mobile grading app joins forces with student information system, enabling teachers and administrators to take action based on real-time achievement data
BOSTON (May 12, 2015) – Quick Key, the mobile assessment software that improves student performance and eliminates hand grading, today announced a collaboration with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, through an independent software vendor (ISV) partnership agreement that enables educators to quickly score assessments using Quick Key’s mobile scanner app and instantly upload results to the PowerSchool student information system. “Quick Key and PowerSchool are a perfect match,” said Kyle Hansen, PowerSchool Administrator at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, Utah. “When I found Quick Key last year, I loved it. Now that class rosters and assessment results are automatically synced between the two platforms, tracking and analyzing student assessment data has become truly effortless. That feature alone made me a Quick Key customer for life, not to mention the amazing tech support team.”
The integration enables educators and administrators to take action based on real-time data, to identify which students need help and which lessons need to be re-taught. Hours previously spent hand-grading assignments can now be spent focusing on how to best meet individual students’ needs. “Integrating Quick Key with PowerSchool is a testament to our belief in service, collaboration and quality tools that truly work well in classrooms,” said Walter O. Duncan, 15-year veteran teacher and co-founder of Quick Key Mobile. “This collaboration puts the power of teaching back into the capable hands of teachers.” PowerSchool, the most widely used Web-based student information system, supports more than 13 million students globally. PowerSchool enables today’s educators to make timely decisions that impact student performance while creating a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students to work together in preparing 21st century learners for the future. “We are pleased to welcome Quick Key to the PowerSchool ISV Partner program,” said Oliver Wreford, vice president of product and marketing at Pearson School Systems. “Quick Key’s integration with PowerSchool provides a solution that puts formative assessment results into the hands of educators in near real-time, enabling them to immediately analyze student performance and make informed decisions about ongoing student instruction.” MORE PowerSchool users will be able to access their Quick Key Dashboard from within the PowerSchool dashboard, and vice versa.
Data, including class rosters and student assessment scores, can be easily transferred from one platform to the other. Districts can implement Quick Key without upgrades and the mobile app can be used without Wi-Fi. Quick Key’s Team Management and Quiz Sharing features allow district and school administrators to deliver standards-aligned assessments to all teachers within their district while ensuring the security of answer keys. Visit http://get.quickkeyapp.com for more information. Join Quick Key creator Walter Duncan for a live online Q&A on the PowerSchool integration and about The Power of the Exit Ticket: http://hubs.ly/y0G8x10 For more information on Pearson’s ISV program, visit http://www.pearsonschoolsystems.com/partners/current.
About Quick Key Developed by a veteran educator, Quick Key is an innovative assessment platform that makes rapid digital assessment accessible to everyone. Quick Key turns any phone or tablet into a mobile scanner to grade paper quizzes and tests in a flash. And Quick Key automatically syncs students and scores with PowerSchool. Quick Key helps teachers personalize learning by improving student performance without teaching to the test. It doesn’t require wi-fi, broadband, or student devices, and it easily integrates into existing software platforms, supercharging the assessments your teachers already do.
To learn more and download the app, visit http://get.quickkeyapp.com.
CINCINNATI PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFERS LANGUAGE-LEARNING TECHNOLOGY TO ALL DISTRICT STUDENTS, PARENTS AND STAFF
Online Language Learning Assistance Helps Bridge Communication and Cultural Barriers in Ohio’s Third Largest School District
ARLINGTON, VA (May 7, 2015)—For the past six months, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) has been reaping the rewards of a comprehensive online language learning partnership designed to bridge linguistic differences, improve academic success and create cultural understanding among the district’s students, employees and community partners.
The partnership with Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST), a world leader in technology-based learning solutions, is a component of Ohio’s Straight A Fund, a competitive grant that funds innovative and cost-effective projects that make an impact and are sustainable over five years. The grant affords access to Rosetta Stone’s English Language Learning (ELL) andWorld Language programs to the district’s 33,000 students and their parents and more than 4,200 CPS employees.
“A direct result of Cincinnati’s growing immigrant population is the proliferation of English language learners (ELL) ─ now comprising more than five percent of our school population ─ and an acute need to address the communications gap in order for our students to succeed,” said Mireika “Marie” Kobayashi, ESL/Foreign Language Manager of CPS. “For a large number of our students, English is not the primary language spoken at home, so we view this partnership as playing a significant role in our mission towards advancing the CPS community.”
In addition to incorporating Rosetta Stone into its English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum, CPS is making the program available to all ESL parents, who have the choice of attending one-on-one-training sessions with a Technologist-in-Residence at designated venues, while those who are more computer-savvy can access the software directly at a CPS family-friendly website. According to Jack Aylsworth, Technology Coordinator for Ohio’s Straight A Fund, 445 parents have either accessed the program or have attended these sessions thus far, which are held weekly with the assistance from interpreters.
Access to 29 additional languages will be available at all schools throughout the district. Since the program’s implementation in September 2014, 800 CPS educators and staff have accessed Rosetta Stone’s language solutions for professional or personal use. Both ESL and foreign language teachers can use the software to supplement their lesson plans or for their own professional development. Ongoing training for CPS staff & ESL/FL teachers is provided after school on alternative Tech Tuesdays and Wired Wednesdays.
“We are thrilled to be able to assist CPS in this district-wide implementation and to see the potential of how language acquisition can affect the lives of tens of thousands – be it a first grader learning Arabic or a Spanish-speaking parent being exposed to English for the very first time,” said Judy Verses, President of Rosetta Stone’s Enterprise & Education Division.
Additional information on Rosetta Stone’s language solutions for educators can be found online at www.rosettastone.com/K12
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About Cincinnati Public Schools
Serving about 33,000 students in 55 schools spread across a 91-square-mile district in southwest Ohio, Cincinnati Public Schools is Greater Cincinnati’s largest school district and Ohio’s third largest, offering families high-quality school choices and academic programs.
The district’s innovative approach to education, its investment in effective and caring teachers, and vast array of collaborative partnerships have accelerated school performance to the highest level in decades – ensuring that students in preschool to 12th grade thrive and graduate prepared for successful lives in the 21st century.
Three CPS high schools — Walnut Hills High School, Withrow University High School and Clark Montessori High School — are ranked among the top 1,000 public high schools in the United States, according to national magazines. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School a National Blue Ribbon for excellence.
About Rosetta Stone Inc.
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company’s innovative technology-driven language, reading and brain fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning.
Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). In 2013, Rosetta Stone expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha, Lexia Learning, Vivity Labs, and Tell Me More. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.
“Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.