Fareed Zakaria Keynotes 2015 Schoology NEXT User Conference
NEXT 2015 moves to chicago, Doubles attendance, content offerings and conference length from last year

 

CHICAGO – May 14, 2015—Schoology today announced that Dr. Fareed Zakaria—global thinker, columnist, author and CNN host—is the keynote speaker for Schoology NEXT in Chicago, July 20-22. In 2015, Schoology’s user conference increases to two and a half days and doubles attendance to welcome over 600 global Schoology users. Over 40 sessions are offered in the conference theme of “Transform What’s Possible,” covering topics in leadership, mobile learning, technology integration, and other hot button issues in education today. Educators are encouraged to register as soon as possible at SchoologyNEXT.com to secure their spot. Click to Tweet.

 

Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor at The Atlantic, and columnist at theWashington Post. He is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. His latest book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, debuted at #6 on The New York Times best sellers list in April 2015.

 

“We are excited to have Fareed Zakaria bring an inspiring, informed perspective to this year’s conference theme of transforming what is possible in education and beyond,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology.

 

Schoology NEXT is a hands-on collaboration between educators, thought leaders and technology experts. Through keynote speeches from leaders in education technology, insightful breakout sessions and interactive discussions, NEXT dives deep into the innovative learning models, technologies and best practices that are transforming education around the world. Tickets are on sale now at SchoologyNEXT.com.

 

About Schoology

New York City-based Schoology—used by nearly ten 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.

 

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Best in Class: Schoology Named Best Overall PK-12 Education Solution and Best LMS in 2015 CODiE Awards

Top Overall Education Solution in 2014 Again Recognized in Two Categories for 2015: Best PK-12 Solution and Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution

NEW YORK – May 12, 2015—For the second year in a row, Schoology took home top honors as the Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution and the overall Best PK-12 Solution in the annual CODiE Awards, the education technology industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. The CODiEs, awarded by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), recognize leading products in the business software, digital content and education technology industries. Click to Tweet.

 

Schoology is an innovative online platform that powers collaboration, communication and resource sharing in schools and colleges. Educator­s can build media-rich learning communities within Schoology where students can share, collaborate and learn together in class and beyond the classroom walls—even from a smartphone.

 

“We are honored to be chosen again by the educators and edtech industry leaders whose rigorous product evaluations determine the CODiE Award winners,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology. “There were many excellent products under consideration, and we welcome this recognition from the education software industry, educators and our peers.”

 

The CODiEs are considered to be the education technology industry’s premier awards, honoring the leading products in K-12 and higher education. “SIIA’s 2015 Education CODiE Award winners are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry.”

 

In addition to industry recognition, Schoology has been selected by thousands of institutions worldwide as their learning management system of choice, including the country of Uruguay’s Plan Ceibal, Colorado State University—Global Campus, and—most recently—the State of Delaware.

 

About Schoology

New York City-based Schoology—used by nearly ten 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.   

 

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. 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.

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From trend to standard, 3-D printing
enters the classroom curriculum

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PITTSBURG, KS (May 13, 2015) — 3-D printing is more than the latest tech trend — it is fast becoming an industry standard, which makes it essential for many classrooms.3-D Design Solutions Book cover

 

Pitsco Education is doing its part by developing 3-D printing curriculum. In 2013, Pitsco released 3-D Printing: Vehicle Engineering to introduce students to the power of 3-D printing without requiring a lot of CADD knowledge. Now, the company has developed another three-week curriculum unit focused on this booming technology: 3-D Printing: Design Solutions. Curriculum Specialist Ray Grissom wrote the unit and says working with 3-D printing engages students more than traditional technologies.

 

“It’s fascinating for kids,” he said. “They can create different things and have them in their hand within an hour or so. If they can draw it, they can print it and hold it.”

 

In 3-D Printing: Design Solutions, students alter an existing part to fit a specific need and then design their own part from scratch. Not only do students learn about design and modification but also about copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Grissom says this is important because of the ease of accessing others’ ideas online.

 

Working on projects isn’t necessarily limited to the classroom. The unit utilizes Autodesk® 123D® Design software that is available online with cloud storage, which enables students to develop and print their projects by connecting an iPad to the cloud.

 

“Once they have their information stored, they can work on it anywhere,” Grissom said.

The curriculum is sold separately or as part of a package that also includes four 3-D printers, filament, and other needed tools and supplies. To learn more about Pitsco’s 3-D printing offerings, visitwww.pitsco.com.

 

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