Follett Names New Senior VP of Sales and Customer Service
David Schroeter joins company from Gale Cengage Learning
McHENRY, Ill., Jan. 19, 2016 –Follett has announced the hiring of David Schroeter as its new Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Service. Schroeter joins Follett after spending the past 12 years with Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. He most recently served Gale as Senior Vice President of Sales.
Schroeter originally joined Cengage (then Thomson Learning) in 2003 as Regional Sales Director for Gale’s School Division. He was promoted to his most recent position one year ago. Throughout his tenure with the company, he was promoted to other sales and management positions within Cengage. Schroeter also has held sales positions with Siebel Systems, BigChalk.com, and ProQuest Information and Learning.
“I’ve worked with and known Dave for many years, and he will be a perfect addition to our team at the right time,” said Nader Qaimari, Executive Vice President for Follett Corporation and General Manager for Follett School Solutions. “He brings the energy and expertise we’re looking for as we forge ahead with exciting new customer service goals.” Qaimari joined Follett in 2014, also from Cengage Learning, where he was Gale’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
A native of Fostoria, Ohio, Schroeter graduated with a master’s degree in student personnel from Eastern Michigan University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Toledo. Schroeter and his wife, Melissa, have three sons, Sam (17), Joey (15), and Charlie (12).
For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com.
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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
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.
EDTHENA LAUNCHES iOS APP FOR ONLINE VIDEO COACHING PLATFORM
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2016 – Edthena, a leading video coaching platform for classroom observation, is launching an iOS app at this week’s Future Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Fla. With this release, teachers can now upload video of classroom instruction directly from mobile devices.
“Our new app now makes it possible to have a video uploaded before the class period is finished,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena.
Teachers using Edthena analyze their instructional practice through recorded video and online collaboration tools. They upload videos of classroom instruction and share with colleagues who provide time-synced comments.
Launched in 2011, the Edthena platform helps schools and districts implement video observation in many scenarios including teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.
Edthena has long offered a desktop video tool to aid the process of video compression and video upload. The mobile app, which was in development for nearly six months, will make the process even easier by automatically uploading the video immediately after the recording stops.
“A key aspect of any video coaching process is a reliable and easy way to get videos online,” said Geller.
“Our mobile app provides an option for an on-the-go upload that remains reliable and easy to use.”
Diane Lauer, executive director of professional development in St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado, an Edthena partner, believes the addition of an iOS app was the next logical step in Edthena’s evolution.
“We are a 1:1 district, so having our teachers use their iPad minis really will change the pace of the observation and the feedback process which, in turn, will accelerate the enhancements teachers can implement to improve their craft,” said Lauer.
Recently named one of District Administration magazine’s Readers’ Choice Top Products for 2015, Edthena partners with schools, districts, university training programs, and even entire states like South Dakota, which uses Edthena to power a virtual coaching network for secondary math teachers.
Edthena is the leading video coaching platform for teacher professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos and share to colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video learning. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.
Lightspeed Technologies Will Introduce Three New Classroom Audio Solutions at Bett Show 2016
The new products include a component-based system, a link to add wireless microphones to existing classroom audio, and a two-way communication solution for small-group instruction
(PORTLAND, Oregon) January 19, 2016 — As a returning sponsor at Bett Show 2016, Lightspeed Technologies is proud to introduce a new line of classroom audio solutions featuring Access Technology, designed for the full-access, collaborative classroom. This groundbreaking audio platform ensures clear, dynamic communication among teachers and students, with easy connectivity to multimedia throughout the primary and secondary classrooms.
Distance, background noise, and cases of undetected mild hearing loss among students can combine to mask the intelligibility of the teacher’s voice. As classrooms adopt small-group learning, multiple conversations and activities happen in different places, all at once. Lightspeed’s three new classroom audio solutions conquer distance and noise, deliver speech clarity to the whole class, and provide two-way communications between teachers and students.
The 955 Access component-based system has all the features necessary for whole-room instruction, while delivering clarity and even distribution of sound of all audio, including multimedia. It is flexible enough for any room size.
Access Link lets teachers add wireless microphones to virtually any amplifier and speaker system. Powered by Lightspeed’s Access Technology, Access Link works in any classroom configuration and at long distances. Just as importantly, it operates on a bandwidth that virtually eliminates interference with other technology.
Lightspeed’s innovative Flexcat is a two-way audio communication system designed for small-group instruction. It consists of a wireless microphone and earpiece for the teacher and multiple two-way audio pods equipped with a microphone and a speaker for each small student group. Teachers can address and listen to each group individually, allowing them to monitor small groups, redirect off-task behavior, and encourage collaboration. Teachers can now take charge of managing the system with a new app available for iOS.
“As new instructional methods change the ways teachers and students use the classroom, Access Technology audio systems have the flexibility to interact with the entire class, small groups, individuals, and even students in the hallway,” said David Solomon, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Learning Technologies. “Schools can start with whole-group instruction using Topcat or Redcat Access systems, and then easily add the Flexcat group-learning pods in the same classroom. Wireless multimedia integration enhances other instructional technologies without costly installation. It all works seamlessly, with no impact to a school’s wireless network.”
At Bett Show from January 21–24, 2016, Lightspeed Technologies will offer live demonstrations and consultations with our classroom communications solutions team. Visit us at Excel London Stand E379.
About Lightspeed Technologies
Established in 1990, Lightspeed Technologies is the trusted provider in classroom audio solutions. Our passion is to improve the listening and learning environment for every child. We believe strengthening the connection between teachers and students is at the heart of learning.
Lightspeed classroom audio systems allow teachers to speak in normal conversational tones while being assured that every child has an equal opportunity to hear all of the instruction. The no-installation Redcat provides clear, low-volume, highly intelligible sound that is evenly distributed throughout the classroom so every child hears every word. The company’s audio system for small group instruction, Redcat, gives teachers the ability to gain insights into small group interactions and learning. The Topcat has become the premier solution for new construction and renovations due to its ease of installation, wireless connectivity, and remarkable audio quality. For more information about Lightspeed classroom audio products, visit Lightspeed-tek.com.
DimensionU Games Expands across 40 Broward County After School Sites
Broward County Before and After School Child Care supports student learning through Ed-Gaming
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jan 12, 2016 – Award-winning, educational video-game developer DimensionU, Inc., in partnership with Broward County Public Schools’ Before and After School Child Care Program, (BASCC), announces the expansion of it’s DimensionU educational video games platform for mathematics and literacy across 40 elementary and middle school after care sites in Broward County.
The DimensionU expansion kicked-off in October 2015 and came about after two-years of pilot programs across 11 after care and summer school sites. Based on demonstrated high levels of student engagement, and extended focused-reinforcement on mathematics and literacy curriculum, administrative leadership at each location made the choice to participate in the expansion. DimensionU’s ed-gaming platform provides for differentiation of curriculum among users within a competitive and collaborative social environment that is compelling to students, because it looks and feels mainstream.
“Our company is honored to be an interactive, instructional support partner with BASCC and to have the opportunity to work with this and other district-sponsored after-school programs in Florida and around the country,” said DimensionU CEO, Steven Hoy. The academic impact and inspiration that these centers provide is significant for the students and the communities they serve,” added Hoy.
The BASCC department oversees 70 School Board Operated (SBO) programs providing before and after care services to Broward County Public Schools students. “Our before and after care program supervisors and facilitators are excited to partner with DimensionU in providing this relevant, educational gaming product to students,” said BASCC Director, Dr. Deborah Gavilan.
About DimensionU, Inc.
Since 2007, DimensionU, Inc. has set a new course in the development of innovative multiplayer educational video games. Through its collaborative, content-rich, immersive learning environments, DimensionU offers a highly engaging, research-based, instructional enrichment tool in mathematics and literacy for elementary, middle and high school students in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit http://www.dimensionu.com.
Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) and DimensionU Partner on New Online Course for K-12 Teachers
Focuses on increasing student achievement through engagement with game-based learning.
Miami, FL – January 19, 2016 – The ever-increasing omnipresence of digital media in student’s lives can be challenging for teachers as they compete for kid’s attention in and out of the classroom. With this in mind, Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) and DimensionU have teamed up to create a robust Online Professional Development course that supports teachers’ instruction in mathematics and language arts through gamification, quickly and easily.
Included for K-12 educators who enroll in the course by February 15, 2016, is a freeDimensionU Class License (for up to 30 students), through the remainder of this school year.
The online professional development course focuses on helping teachers incorporate educational video games and applying game-based learning techniques in the classroom. The DimensionU portfolio of educational games creates high student engagement and offers a solid foundation with demonstrated improvement in students’ achievement results. In regards to the online course, TKL’s instructional methodology, guarantees teachers immediate implementation in the classroom, individualized support and well structured, easy-to-use examples for applying the newly acquired techniques.
When asked about the place of video games and other new technologies in education, Steven Hoy, CEO of DimensionU responded: “The horizon for student learning and public education has never been more poised for positive digital innovation and disruption. It is our responsibility and intent to create tools that will engage students in their own learning, anywhere and anytime; our partnership with TKL strives to support teachers in that process, with state-of-the-art professional development and easy to implement classroom techniques.”
Reviews and feedback from initial participants attribute high marks to the new course, entitled Learning Through Engagement – DimensionU. “TKL is excited about our partnership with DimensionU and about bringing this new course to fruition,” said Jodi Slonaker of TKL. “We take our responsibility of facilitating instructional development for teachers very seriously. We offer individualized and effective coaching, so teachers can hit the ground running even before finishing the entire course,” added Slonaker.
New Product from Turnitin Launched: Revision Assistant Helps Improve Student Writing, Extends Teachers’ Reach
Pilot studies show students write and revise more often using instant feedback generated by Revision Assistant
OAKLAND, Calif. — January 20, 2016 — Today, Turnitin introduced Revision Assistant, a formative writing tool giving students immediate, actionable feedback on all aspects of student writing. Turnitin Revision Assistant, for grades 6-12 and developmental writing in higher education, extends teachers’ reach by giving students immediate formative feedback during the writing process. Click to Tweet
“Writing is the one subject critical to academic and career success yet is almost entirely unsupported by existing educational technology. Of the hundreds of reading and math applications to support instruction, very few provide meaningful feedback on writing beyond grammar and spell-checking,” said Chris Caren, CEO of Turnitin. “Revision Assistant gives students holistic, specific feedback on their writing in a way that encourages them to revise multiple times.”
Revision Assistant’s feedback is multifaceted and unique. As students write with Revision Assistant, they can request a ‘Signal Check’ which provides a student-friendly visualization of how they are performing on writing traits such as focus, use of evidence, or organization, among many others. Actionable comments appear in the margins of students’ compositions and are tied to sentences highlighted in the text. This feedback emphasizes areas of strength, as well as suggestions for sentence-level improvements. The combination of positive and constructive comments encourages students to continue revising, and in the process, their writing improves. Students can revise and get feedback as many times as they would like before sharing their work with their teacher.
“With Revision Assistant students get the immediate feedback they need to improve their writing.” said Susan Van Doren, an English teacher from George Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove, Nev. “They write more and they revise more. Having that instant feedback of the signal bars challenges them to improve. With Revision Assistant, students submitted the best essays I got out of that class all year.”
In a 2015 study of Revision Assistant with 18 middle and high schools, 164 educators and 3,439 students:
- Ninety-four percent of pilot students revised their work at least once when writing with Turnitin Revision Assistant; middle school students revised, on average, ten times, while high school students revised six times.
- Middle schoolers doubled the length of their essays across revisions when using the system, while high school papers increased by 70 percent.
Turnitin Revision Assistant is currently being used in school districts across the country, including Irvine USD, Corona-Norco USD, Washoe County, San Dieguito Union High School District and Covina-Valley USD.
Turnitin Revision Assistant is available on a per-student, annual subscription basis.
Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by more than 26 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia. @Turnitin
The Education Market Association (EDmarket) is celebrating 100 years of service
EDmarket Celebrates Centennial Year (Silver Spring, MD) — The Education Market Association (EDmarket) is celebrating 100 years of service to the educational products industry with year-long tributes to its remarkable history. In addition to the 100th anniversary logo in use during 2016, a digital timeline has been launched on the website that categorizes the key accomplishments and major milestones of the association by decade. 100th Anniversary Parties are being held at both annual trade events produced by the association: EDexpo (March 10 in Las Vegas) and EDspaces (November 4 in Cincinnati).
Both of these events will feature celebratory toasts, themed music, photo booths with historical costumes, and a Memory Lane slide show highlighting photos of our members networking, learning, and forging lifelong friendships. EDmarket members have been supporting the centennial efforts with generous contributions to the Century Club. Donors are recognized on the website, in the digital timeline, with special ads, and with Century Club pins distributed at EDexpo and EDspaces. The Association’s publications including Essentials Magazine and the 2016 EDmarket Membership Directory will include special features, photos and memories.
“For the last 100 years your association has been at the center of bringing together the industry’s most innovative manufacturers and publishers with the best dealers and distributors to impact every student’s education experience, both physically and mentally, and we are looking forward to the next century of serving the marketplace.” says Jim McGarry, President/CEO of EDmarket. The Education Market Association (EDmarket) provides events, opportunities, resources, and leadership that improve student outcomes by advancing the educational products marketplace. Visit http://www.edexpo.com for information on EDexpo, the industry event for classroom resources and teaching tools and http://www.ed-spaces.com for information on EDspaces, the conference and expo for innovative learning environments.