Follett to Offer HarperCollins eBooks to PreK-12 Students Nationwide

New agreement supports Follett’s continuing effort to drive literacy;

available titles to include Harper Lee’s anticipated ‘Go Set a Watchman’

 

MCHENRY, Ill., May 27, 2015 – Follett today announced it has launched a robust collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers.

 

Among the beloved HarperCollins classics that will be available are, “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In addition, students and educators will have access to Lee’s newly discovered novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” which will be published July 14, by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. The much-anticipated novel is set during the 1950s and features characters from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

 

“HarperCollins has an impressive roster of titles and authors, and we’re pleased to work with them to expand our ebook collection to the millions of students and educators across the country who use the Titlewave platform,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions for Follett. “With this agreement, we’ll continue to provide the largest and highest quality collection of ebooks in the K-12 space, supporting a love of reading among students.”

 

As books increasingly move to digital formats, Follett is at the forefront of the transition providing solutions that help educators and students access, integrate and increase the utility of digital content within schools.  ebooks provided by Follett.  Users of Follett’s Destiny® Library Managerplatform, which featuresUniversal Search, can access their ebook content alongside their other investments as part of one user experience. This, along with features that encourage student collaboration and teacher involvement, help drive the use of ebooks in schools.

 

To learn more, visit www.titlewave.com or www.hc.com.

 

About Follett’s PreK-12 Business follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation Follett.com

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.

 

 

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About Follett’s PreK-12 Business | follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation| follett.com

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.

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Cricket Media Joins myON Publisher Program

 

Partnership will provide content to supplement middle and high school curriculums

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. & Washington D.C May 27, 2015 Cricket Media, an education media publisher, and myON, a business unit of Capstone, announce today that a wide array of content from Cricket’s portfolio of acclaimed children’s books and magazines will now be available to the millions of students reading on myON.  With the additional content from Cricket, myON now offers more than 8,000 titles from nearly 70 publishers through their publisher program.

 

The addition of Cricket Media content to myON’s personalized literacy environment continues the tradition of the myON publisher program, bringing together companies that share the same vision of providing high quality, engaging and fun content to students in order to foster a lifelong love of reading. Cricket Media’s content greatly enhances myON’s collection of high-quality, short-form passages increasingly sought after by educators.  Cricket, a market leader in developing enriching, educational content for students, will provide literary and informational texts from its award-winning digital library, including content from its beloved children’s publications, Cobblestone and Odyssey. Earlier this year, The Parents’ Choice Foundation selected each of Cricket’s 13 magazines as 2015 Parents’ Choice Awards winners.

 

myON, a personalized literacy platform provides online access to more than 5.5 million students world side. Students can access myON at school or home on laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile devices for an online or offline reading experience. myON creates a collaborative reading environment where students, educators and parents work together to support student reading performance by leveraging reading supports –embedded dictionary, naturally recorded audio, highlighting, digital literacy tools and metrics. Students also have access to a safe social network where they can read, rate, review, and recommend books to classmates.

 

“We’re thrilled to add even more engaging content to our personalized literacy environment. We started our Publisher Program with the vision the kids reading on myON would have access to highly engaging content, the addition of award winning content from Cricket Media, continues to bring that vision to fruition,” said Todd Brekhus, president, myON. “By incorporating Cricket’s rich educational articles and texts, teachers and students alike have more choices than ever before once logged in to myON.”

 

Once implemented, school districts benefit from unlimited and concurrent access to all digital books within the literacy environment, accessible on laptops, computers, and mobile devices for both on and offline reading. It’s more important than ever before that our students have access to information texts. Students reading on myON now have unparalleled access to a wide array of these from Cricket.

 

“We are excited to know that selections from our rich digital library are now available to the millions of kids reading on myON,” said Katya Andresen, CEO, Cricket Media. “Our award winning literary and informational texts are fantastic sources of authentic content for educators seeking enlightening and entertaining passages that meet state and national standards as well as increase reading comprehension.”

 

About myOn

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 8,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction to propel them to new and unlimited opportunities. www.myon.com www.thefutureinreading.com

 

About Cricket Media 

Cricket Media (TSXV: CKT) is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world.  Cricket Media’s 11 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug, Ladybug, Cricket® and Cobblestone®.  The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools for school and home include the ePals community and virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as In2Books®, a Common Core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  Cricket Media serves approximately one million classrooms and millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide.  For more information, please visit www.Cricketmag.comwww.ePals.com.

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CEO Henry Ryan busy promotingrole of social ventures in education

Ryan’s Learning Bird key part of launch group at today’s SVX Quebec event

 

MONTREAL,May 27, 2015 –Henry Ryan, CEO of Montreal-based Learning Bird, an award-winning education technology company, has been promoting the important role of social ventures in education. Today, Ryan and Learning Bird are part of the launch group for Social Venture Connexion (SVX) Québec, a new full-service, non-profit platform for social enterprises and impact investors, held at the Montreal (Stock) Exchange.

SVX connects impact ventures and funds with investors looking to make investments that can demonstrate impact and provide financial return, including key education projects such as Learning Bird. The SVX-Learning Bird connection gives Ryan’s company the opportunity to connect with accredited investors looking to make investments with demonstrable social and/or environmental impact and the potential for financial return.Over the past year, SVX has supported more than 28 ventures, helping them to raise $3.5 million.

On Tuesday (May 26), Ryan presented Learning Bird as part of the social business stream at the prestigious three-day C2 Montréal Conference’s “Big Top.”  The conference, which continues through Thursday, takes place within a custom-designed “Innovation Village” built exclusively for the event by C2 (Commerce + Creativity) Montreal.  The conference features international business leaders gathering to help bring creative and visionary thinking to commercial problems.

Ryan returns to the C2 Conference on Thursday (May 28) to participate on a panel focusing on catalyzing impact in social ventures.

Ryan started his busy week in Toronto on Monday (May 25) to attend the second annual ImpactOntario conference, hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, which focused on several industries including education. Ryan presented on behalf of Learning Bird to impact investors.

While Ryan has been busy this week focused on social ventures, his expertise in the education industry runs deep.  At the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA in early May in San Francisco, Ryan was invited to sit on a panel titled, “Overarching Trends in K-20 LMS Markets.” The discussion explored how the LMS market is changing — from the terminology to the features to the how the products are being used and sold – as well as the type of opportunities the new market trends create.

Ryan founded Learning Bird in 2011.  A differentiated learning application, Learning Bird empowers students to solve their own homework problems by using a proprietary algorithm that recommends crowd-sourced, teacher-generated lessons specific to students’ individual needs and aligned to their local curriculum standards. Learning Bird’s library of digital lessons features resources in a broad range of subjects, spanning grades kindergarten to 12.

For more information, visit www.learningbird.com.

About Learning Bird |www.learningbird.com

Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades K-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “a-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.

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edWeb.net - A professional social network for the education community

edWeb and Kaplan Early Learning launch classroom management community

PRINCETON, NJ, May 27, 2015 – edWeb.net, a professional learning and social network for the education community, has partnered with Kaplan Early Learning Company, a leader in the field of early care and education, to present Classroom Management for Early Learning, to help early childhood educators enhance the classroom environment to improve young children’s learning.

Classroom Management for Early Learning provides free webinars, presented by experts, industry leaders and educators, that will help early childhood teachers enhance their classrooms and lessons to improve their work with young learners. Educators receive a CE Certificate for attending the live webinars or viewing the recording.

The community hosts online discussions that make it easy for educators to stay connected over time with fellow educators to share ideas, practices, examples, lesson plans, and resources. The community is a growing resource center with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere.

Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Rachel Wagner Sperry, MSW, presented the first webinar to the learning community, “4 Steps to FLIP a Challenging Moment into a Learning Opportunity for Young Children.” Over 440 live attendees participated in the one-hour session that explored ways to teach young children how to become emotionally aware problem-solvers that can use healthy coping strategies in difficult moments. Rachel introduced an easy to use strategy that is applicable in a variety of challenging situations.

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, said, “Classroom management is an area where teachers need so much support. With Kaplan Early Learning, we have found the perfect partner to launch a community that will help early childhood educators create a positive early learning environment for students, schools and families.”

“Many early childhood professionals struggle with implementing effective classroom management strategies,” says Chelsi Brown, Marketing Director at Kaplan Early Learning Company. “It is an honor to partner with edWeb.net to bring valued learning opportunities on this topic to educators around the world.”

Educators are invited to join Classroom Management for Early Learning on edWeb.net to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in online discussions, and gain access to valuable resources.

For more information, contact: 

Erin Pettus, Communications Manager, edWeb.net
800-575-6015 x 104 | erin@edweb.net

Anna Wilmoth | Marketing Director, Gryphon House
336-712-3286| annawilmoth@kaplanco.com

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to collaborate, share innovative ideas, and improve teaching and learning. We provide the support and training educators need to advance their own practice, build better schools, and prepare students for life-long learning and career success. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need — edWeb.net fills that gap. Learn more atwww.edweb.net or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

About Kaplan Early Learning Company

Kaplan Early Learning Company is a leading international provider of educational products and services that enhance children’s learning. Kaplan provides innovative curricula, cutting-edge assessments, teacher resource materials and valuable professional development opportunities to early childhood and elementary school educators, caregivers and parents around the world.
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U.S. Students Complete Over One Billion Math Problems on Think Through Math System

 

 

Students embrace classroom program, complete millions of complex problems daily during 2014-14 school year

 

Pittsburgh, PA – May 26, 2015 —Think Through Learning, creators of Think Through Math, a web-based math instructional system for grades 3 and above, announced today that students using the program across the U.S. have surpassed one billion math problems in the 2014-15 school year. More than 2.9 million students across 13,000 schools across the country are enrolled in TTM as part of their math curriculum. Students solved an average of 8 to 10 million math problems per day in order to reach this milestone.

“This is a major achievement for us, but more importantly for the teachers and students who have embraced Think Through Math to deepen their understanding and improve learning outcomes,” said Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Math. “What’s even more significant is the fact that many TTM lessons include multi-step, complex problems that require higher order thinking – our students’ ability to achieve this level of math proficiency can be a game changer for them in their academic and professional lives.”

The one billion problems solved this year represents an increase of 300% since 2012.  In addition to the number of problems solved, Think Through Math students have also received millions of real-time on-line teaching sessions from Think Through Math’s certified math teachers, which is an integral part of the program.

As the industry’s most respected supplemental math curriculum, Think Through Math provides rigorous adaptive lessons built upon each state’s learning standards, and is supported by the unique functionality of on-line math teachers to assist struggling students in real-time. Available to students from school and home, the system’s embedded incentive program increases engagement, builds self-esteem and fosters deep conceptual understanding for sustainable improvements in outcomes. In addition, a charitable giving feature allows students to convert their points into donations to select charities. Think Through Math has received numerous awards since its introduction.

About Think Through Learning & Think Through Math

Think Through Learning is a company of passionate and committed U.S. math teachers, software engineers, and educational innovators whose mission is to help kids learn how to think mathematically.  At Think Through Learning, we know that success in mathematics transforms how students perform in school and beyond.  Our vision of effective education: a motivating blend of adaptive instruction on higher order thinking skills and on-demand online “instant 1-to-1 interventions” from LIVE, state-certified U.S. math teachers wherever a student is—school, home, or elsewhere—at the precise moment that they need assistance.  The 2014 and 2012 recipient of the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution, Think Through Math is recognized as the industry’s fastest-growing supplemental math curriculum.  Since its launch in 2012, Think Through Math has become a critical part of the RTI, STEM, and 1-to-1 strategies of thousands of districts and schools across the country, including several state departments of education and some of the largest districts in the United States.

 

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