Insight Education Group Wins New Outstanding Education Technology Product Award From Tech & Learning
ADVANCEfeedback™ was honored in the magazine’s 33rd annual Awards of Excellence
(ENCINO, CA) October 20, 2015 – Insight Education Group announces today that its cloud-based human capital management system, ADVANCEfeedback™, has been recognized as a new outstanding educational technology tool by Tech & Learning Magazine’s 33rd Annual Awards of Excellence.
The prestigious recognition program judges on quality, effectiveness, ease of use, creative application of technology, and suitability for an educational environment. A panel of experienced educators and the Tech & Learning editorial team selected winners after several rounds of testing and scoring.
As a recognized leader in standards-based instruction and educator effectiveness, Insight supports the implementation of large-scale initiatives through innovative approaches to school and district improvement, strategic planning, professional growth, and ed tech.
“It’s truly an honor to see ADVANCEfeedback™ recognized as a new outstanding education technology solution this year, and I want to thank Tech & Learning for all they do to promote innovation in education,” said Dr. Michael Moody, the co-founder and CEO of Insight. “I am incredibly proud of the hard work from our entire team that has helped Insight earn such recognition.”
Using ADVANCEfeedback™, observers or Insight’s content-expert coaches can provide teachers with the kind of actionable and specific feedback that inspires real professional growth and increases student achievement. With its innovative video-based observation option, the platform promotes greater acceptance of feedback and deeper self-reflection. ADVANCEfeedback™ also serves as a central location for all evaluation components and tools, including in-progress and cumulative reports, unit and lesson plans, evidence/artifacts, and schedules.
According to Kevin Hogan, editorial director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group, “Once again this year, the Tech & Learning judges examined hundreds of entries to select the winners of 2015’s Awards of Excellence. This wasn’t just checking off spec sheets and surfing other people’s reviews. Each product was handled and scored individually. These companies can be proud that their products were selected as winners by this prestigious team of judges.”
The New Product winners will be featured in the December 2015 awards issue of Tech & Learning Magazine.
About Insight Education Group
Insight Education Group is a national educational consulting and ed tech company that supports the growth of teachers and school leaders. Since 2000, they have specialized in developing deep partnerships with school leaders to understand their unique challenges and work together to design and implement large-scale educator effectiveness solutions that drive lasting change. For more information, visit http://www.insighteducationgroup.com.
About the Awards of Excellence by Tech & Learning Program
Tech & Learning‘s Awards of Excellence (AOE) program has been recognizing outstanding ed tech products for more than 30 years. With a solid reputation in the industry as a long-standing, high-quality program, the AOE recognizes both creative new offerings and significantly updated products that help educators in the business of teaching, training, and managing with technology. All entries are given a rigorous test-driving by qualified educators in several rounds of judging. Products are also carefully screened by the T&L editorial team. For more information, visit http://www.techlearning.com/section/awardsofexcellence.
About Tech & Learning
For more than three decades, Tech & Learning has remained the premier publication and leading resource for education technology professionals responsible for implementing and purchasing technology products in K-12 districts and schools. Our team of award-winning editors and an advisory board of top industry experts provide an inside look at issues, trends, products, and strategies pertinent to the role of all educators—including state-level education decision-makers, superintendents, principals, technology coordinators, and lead teachers.
edWeb.net and Nureva launch new digital portfolio professional learning community
PRINCETON, NJ, October 21, 2015 – edWeb.net and Nureva Inc. have partnered to present Digital Portfolios for K-12, a free professional learning community (PLC) for educators to share ideas and best practices around the meaningful integration of digital portfolios to empower students to take ownership of their learning.
The new Digital Portfolios for K-12 community provides educators with helpful tips for a successful implementation and ideas for using digital portfolios throughout the school year. Digital portfolios enable students to document evidence of their learning, reflect on their work, and receive feedback on their progress from teachers, parents, and classmates. The community also hosts free webinars and live chats that are highly engaging and interactive.
“Educators get so excited when they learn how to use technology to have a meaningful impact on student learning. Digital portfolios have that impact and encourage student ownership of their work,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net. “We are delighted to collaborate on this new community with Nureva.”
Digital Portfolios for K-12 is a growing professional development hub with webinar archives, a discussion forum, and resource materials that can be accessed at anytime and anywhere. The new PLC offers educators a place to post questions, share practical tips, and get feedback from experts and peers on utilizing digital portfolios in the classroom. Webinar participants receive a CE certificate for attending a live webinar or for viewing a recording.
“Learning from students and educators is key for us, and equally important is being able to share knowledge and resources that inspire lifelong learning in all of us,” said Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO. “That is our goal for the digital portfolio community, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with edWeb on this.”
The first webinar, “Increasing Student Ownership of Learning Using Digital Portfolios,” was presented by Rachel Langenhorst, K-12 Technology Integrationist and Instructional Coach at Rock Valley Community Schools in Rock Valley, Iowa. Ms. Langenhorst noted that effective learning takes place when students review their own work and reflect on their academic development. She shared some of the best online tools and apps to meet the needs of all grade levels. Educators can watch therecording.
To stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on online discussions, and gain access to valuable resources, educators are invited join the free Digital Portfolios for K-12 PLC on edWeb.net atwww.edweb.net/digitalportfolios.
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. edWeb.net provides 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 at www.edweb.net or follow edWeb.net on Twitter @edwebnet.
Idaho School District Embraces Innovative Data Visualization Software to Steer Strategic Planning
Cassia County School District is the first in the state to implement geovisual analytics software GuideK12
(Eagan, MN) October 20, 2015 – Exciting times are ahead for Cassia County School’s 5,000 students, thanks to the passing of a $36 million bond in March 2015. To support and guide the planning, passing, and implementation of the bond, Cassia School District administrators chose the geovisual analytics platform from GuideK12 to drive the data-driven scenario planning they used to communicate widespread change within the district.
Cassia County Schools, a primarily rural district covering a geographic area larger than the state of Delaware, has seen steady growth as new industry has moved into the area. The newly passed bond will fund construction of a new elementary school as well as 13 additional renovation projects in the district’s 17 schools. In addition to construction and renovation, grade reconfiguration will convert four of the elementary schools into K-6 neighborhood schools. Community support has been strong to reduce and minimize the number of building transitions for elementary students from the K-3 and 4-6 models to the K-6 model.
Chris James, the fiscal manager of Cassia Schools, and the administrative team saw the immediate impact that GuideK12 would have on their strategic planning, allowing them to inform stakeholders in real time using digital “scenario” maps.
James said, “The ability to understand and display things like voter locations and property values was invaluable to our district, allowing us to concentrate limited resources that led to greater success and transparency. GuideK12 was helpful to show population concentrations on a digital, interactive map throughout the bond process to gain understanding and support.”
GuideK12 is web-based software designed to assist district administrators with analyzing complex data in an easy-to-use, interactive format focusing on hot-button topics like school boundaries, grade reconfiguration, emergency planning, and resource placement.
“Technology like GuideK12 has a wide variety of applications in a district,” James said. “Our after-school education program wanted to do an after-school snack program, but to qualify for proper funding they needed to be able to demonstrate that the selected locations were where the need was the highest. GuideK12 makes showing something like that easy.”
With the passage of this bond, Cassia will begin to examine boundaries for populating the new elementary building, as well as the best way to temporarily shift students during renovations and construction. The new site provides the space the district needs to keep classroom sizes small and to eliminate the use of portable classrooms. Aside from construction, the next few years will see a grade shift to K-6 community schools.
“Without GuideK12, it would have been cumbersome, difficult, and time consuming to make these changes. The ability to understand the effects of each change at the student level allows us to consider the unique needs of our student population, and ensure each is in the right building with the right support programs, such as ESL or for special needs. You don’t get the same insights from looking at a static spreadsheet,” said James.
Chuck Amos, the CEO of GuideK12, added “We are ecstatic to be working with the team at Cassia School County district. GuideK12 ensures those making important decisions have access to all of the information they need. As is the case with Cassia County Schools, our software makes the right data accessible, actionable, and transparent.”
Minnesota-based GuideK12™ is the leading provider of web-based geovisual analytic tools that enable education decision-makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to student and community information. With spatial visualization of information, decisions on everything from boundary analysis to policy changes to resource planning and referendum planning can be faster and more insightful. GuideK12 translates data into actionable information so administrators can visualize, analyze, and predict. GuideK12 has received numerous education technology industry awards and nominations, including NSBA technology showcase, EdTech Digest Cool Tool Awards, SIIA Codie, and DA Top 100 products award. GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban, and rural school districts throughout the United States. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more about GuideK12™, please visit www.guidek12.com.
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