EXO U Launches Ormi BYOD Teaching Platform
New solution lets teachers quickly share instructional content in classrooms with any combination of devices and operating systems, with or without Internet access
(AUSTIN, TX) February 3, 2016 — At TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition, EXO U (“EXO U”) (TSXV: EXO) today announced the North American launch of Ormi, its new BYOD teaching platform. Ormi (meaning “momentum” in Greek) was engineered to minimize steps and eliminate common interruptions experienced by teachers when attempting to integrate mobile devices into classroom lessons.
Ormi’s unique design bridges advanced classroom management with simple, easy-to-use instructional tools. Teachers and students (when given permission) can share content to individuals, groups, a central display, or the entire class. Students and teachers can collaborate through group messaging and sharing. Setting up Ormi takes less than two minutes.
The platform works with or without internet access and does not require upgrades to existing network infrastructure. Student devices remain tethered to the classes they are used in, so there is no need to reconnect and lose time at the start of every lesson or day. An activity manager enables teachers and students to immediately return to any class or content from the previous week.
Teachers can also use Ormi to create new lessons or send existing instructional materials (including polls, lessons and quizzes) from any device to any device. Its teaching context algorithm distributes content to the right place, at the right page or point, every time.
“Our solution focuses on the crucial moment of teaching. We understand that if teachers are able to integrate BYOD in their lessons, we had to make it fast and easy,” said Ian Bryan, Vice President of Marketing at EXO U. “Mobile devices are entering schools faster than any other ed tech category, and we want to help teachers forget about the technology and focus on teaching.”
The TCEA launch of Ormi has two parts: a “Listening Day” and a “Launch Day.” Its Listening Day is a global, social-media driven campaign, sponsored by EXO U, to help educators build a roadmap for integrating mobile devices into classroom teaching. On-the-ground activities include roundtable discussions with educators and administrators to explore key questions and share best practices and ideas.
TCEA roundtables will be moderated by Sharon Campbell, a middle school teacher from Napa, CA, who is internationally recognized for building participant-centered, project-based learning models that blend classroom and neighborhood learning. Her students and classroom were used as the model for Project Based Education at the Global Educator’s conference in London and featured in the Taiwan Commonwealth Educators Journal. In 2009, she was named California School Master, the oldest and most prestigious California education award.
CEO Kevin Pawsey stated: “The North American launch of Ormi supports our refined go-to-market strategy, formulated in October, to launch with full distribution capability, early in the BYOD market growth surge, where we see over 40% of school districts issuing policies.”
Launch day will feature demonstrations of Ormi for educators, distributors, and manufacturers at Qomo booth #635 on the trade show floor. Drop-ins are welcome. For those not attending the convention, EXO U is happy to arrange an online demonstration at your convenience. To make an appointment to experience Ormi at TCEA or online, please contact John Butzin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 690-6639.
About EXO U
EXO U’s shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol EXO. EXO U develops an innovative software platform that enables businesses and educational institutions to securely mobilize and manage their mobile workforce and students by delivering engaging experiences spanning desktop and mobile applications. At the core of EXO U’s platform is the smart and agnostic EXO engine that unifies multiple software platforms, allowing devices to interact and communicate seamlessly together. For more information, visit EXOU.com or follow us on Twitter @exo_u.
Knomadix Transforms Static Content into Dynamic Digital Lessons
New learning platform creates dynamic learning experiences, provides instant feedback to students, and saves teachers hours on grading
(Plano, TX) February 2, 2016 – At this week’s TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition, Knomadix introduces a customizable, interactive learning platform that converts static content such as PDFs and videos into fully interactive, dynamic content. This fresh approach to teaching allows educators to transform the way students learn by creating personalized lessons that integrate mobile devices into workflows and maximize the true power of digital devices in today’s classrooms.
Knomadix empowers teachers, curriculum specialists, content developers, and school administrators to create and deliver customized digital content for each student. The comprehensive content and workflow management solution is designed to facilitate an effective transition from an analog (print-based) classroom to a fully digitized and interactive classroom by transforming existing static content into customized activities and lessons.
District-level and school-level Instructional specialists, as well as teachers, can transform static PDF or video resources into engaging dynamic content such as:
- Interactive worksheets with instant feedback, automatic grading, and differentiated instruction;
- Multi-modal, gamified content that captivates students;
- Customized instructional videos with embedded activities and assessments; and
- Virtual interactive manipulatives including number board, geometry toolbox, and multimedia flashcards that deepens student engagement.
“We created Knomadix as the single solution teachers need for every aspect of content delivery and student engagement,” said Ramesh Balan, the CEO and founder of Knomadix. “The paradigm of teaching is shifting from analog to interactive. Our platform makes it easy for educators to transform existing, static lessons into dynamic, interactive lessons that engage students at every level. Our user-friendly platform has saved teachers countless hours in grading assignments and helped them offer more personalized, targeted instruction.”
In addition to simplifying dynamic content authoring and streamlining student-teacher workflow, Knomadix provides fully integrated tools for data gathering, reporting, and delivering insightful analytics. The platform captures student performance data, as well as each student’s intermediate steps, to guide decision-making. While students work through lessons, the system records all student activity. Educators can then selectively watch a video, or an instant replay, of how students have constructed their answers. Knomadix also provides educators with the ability to group students based on their learning preferences and achievement levels, then deliver differentiated instruction based on their skill levels and provide individual feedback that suits every student.
The Knomadix support team builds custom implementation plans for each district to help them launch the platform and help them successfully transition from an analog to a dynamic digital curriculum.
To make an appointment to experience Knomadix in the PR with Panache! Storytelling Suite at TCEA 2016, please contact Kayla Brown at Kayla@prwithpanache.com.
Knomadix builds interactive mobile solutions that transform how educators teach and how students learn. With its fresh approach to creating and delivering customized digital content, Knomadix is a leader in the emerging mobile education market, offering digital tools for students, teachers, curriculum specialists, content developers, and school administrators. Knomadix goes beyond current mobile learning solutions by providing educators with the tools to drive continuous improvement through dynamic, individualized, and interactive digital lessons. Learn more at Knomadix.com.
Bloomz Introduces its Award-Winning Free App to Connect Teachers and Parents
The new app engages today’s mobile and social-media-savvy parents with a single solution to all classroom communication needs
(AUSTIN, TX) February 2, 2016 —At the TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition, Bloomz is introducing its revolutionary mobile and web app that connects teachers with today’s new generation of mobile and social-media-savvy parents. Bloomz saves teachers time by integrating communication, coordination, and community-building tools—all in one easy-to-use, beautifully designed app.
When it comes to communication, Bloomz goes beyond traditional messaging apps. It allows teachers to connect with parents by sharing photos and updates about the day’s activities, and can also send announcements for assignment due dates, reminders of registration deadlines, or alerts for really urgent matters.
Its integrated class calendar gives school communities one place where they can coordinate with parents, whether planning class activities, organizing field trips, or tracking parent-teacher conference signups. Bloomz also empowers parents to collaborate with each other, volunteer, and participate in these school activities.
With Bloomz, parents, teachers, school staff, and PTA leaders can all instantly communicate through private and secure two-way messaging—no more searching for phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Everything created or shared on Bloomz is protected by its strict privacy measures, which give teachers and administrators full control of who accesses the virtual classroom or school community.
“We are thrilled to introduce Bloomz to the ed tech community at TCEA 2016,” said Chaks Appalabattula, the founder and CEO of Bloomz. “Today’s parents do much of their communication through social media, from their mobile devices, and Bloomz allows educators to meet parents on their device of choice. The more parents participate in a sustained way, the more students achieve. Bloomz gives parents one place where they can stay engaged with every aspect of their child’s education.”
In its short life span, Bloomz has already earned a number of awards, including the Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center. It also won a 2015 Award of Excellence for new products from Tech & Learning, and was recently recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising K-12 Technologies by CIO Review magazine.
Teachers in more than 8,000 schools are already using Bloomz to create thriving, engaged communities—and votes from Bloomz fans made it a People’s Choice award winner in the 2015 American Business Awards. One of those users who became a fan is Adam Dufault, the principal at St. Catherine Laboure School in Glenview, Illinois. Dufault said, “Communication is fast and easy—nothing gets lost in backpacks or in e-mail inboxes anymore. Bloomz has allowed us to strengthen the relationships that make a difference in the learning of our students.”
To make an appointment to experience Bloomz at TCEA 2016, please contact Kayla Brown.
Bloomz is the free mobile and web app that connects educators with parents in a secure, social, private environment. In Bloomz, parents feel more connected than they ever have to their children’s world, and teachers have more time than ever before, because they have everything they need in one simple-to-use tool. Learn more at Bloomz.net.
ADVISORY: National Superintendent of the Year to be Announced Feb. 11
at AASA’s National Conference on Education
What: AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will announce the 2016 National Superintendent of the Yearduring the National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Ariz. The National Superintendent of the Year program, co-sponsored by Aramark, VALIC and AASA, now in its 29th year, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents. Hundreds of school system leaders will convene in Phoenix to discuss the most critical issues in public education.
When: The announcement will be made Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, during the Opening General Session from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. (local time).
Who: The four finalists for the 2016 AASA National Superintendent of the Year.
- Pamela Moran, Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, Va.
- Thomas Tucker, Princeton City Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Steven Webb, Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, Wash.
- Freddie Williamson, Hoke County Schools, Raeford, N.C.
Click here to access a list of the AASA 2016 State Superintendents of the Year.
Watch the video: Meet the four finalists for the 2016 AASA National Superintendent of the Year.
Where: The Phoenix Convention Center / 100 N 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004
The conference hashtag is #NCE16. For more information about the 2016 National Conference on Education, visithttp://nce.aasa.org/.
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.
Fuel Education Introduces Career Readiness Pathways,
an Online and Blended Learning Program for Career and Technical Education
New end-to-end program enables schools and districts to offer students courses, tools, and exam and workforce preparation for multiple career pathway certifications necessary to succeed in both college and career
Herndon, Virginia, February 1, 2016 – The new global economy is craving highly skilled workers to fill high-demand jobs. According to theGeorgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020, 65 percent of all U.S. jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. In response, high schools are switching their focus from vocational technology programs to more comprehensive career and technical education (CTE) in order to more effectively prepare students for both college and careers. To help high schools launch comprehensive CTE programs that offer students opportunities to earn a high school diploma and industry certifications, Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has launched Career Readiness Pathways™, an online and blended learning program for CTE.
Online and blended learning models are ideal for high schools looking to transform or expand their CTE offerings quickly, affordably, and thoroughly. Schools can implement Career Readiness Pathways with their own teachers, or they can opt to fully or partially staff their CTE programs with FuelEd’s highly qualified, certified instructors to expand students’ access to different career pathways regardless of teacher shortages. The program offers both a comprehensive four-year program and an accelerated program so students can start a career pathway as late as 11th grade and still be prepared for certification by graduation.
FuelEd’s Career Readiness Pathways is starting with four Career Clusters®: business management and administration, health science, information technology, and manufacturing. Each cluster contains high-quality, rigorous courses for three career pathways allowing schools to offer up to 12 CTE pathways. Each pathway gives students the preparation and skills they need to earn industry-recognized certifications such as A*S*K and Microsoft® Office certifications in business; Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) in health science; CompTIA® and Adobe® certifications in information technology; and NIMS Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Operator Certification and MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification (CPTM) in manufacturing.
Career Readiness Pathways also contains support services to further prepare students for both college and career. Students receive preparation for the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®) and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI®) exams. They can explore their interests and learn more about themselves and potential industries with the career exploration services. In addition, students will learn critical, non-academic skills to help them thrive in the workplace with business skills development services. Additionally, FuelEd will help refer schools to SkillsUSA® to create their own career and technical student organization (CTSO) chapters for networking purposes.
“Giving students choices about their future empowers them to take charge of their education,” said Gregg Levin, Fuel Education’s General Manager. “With Career Readiness Pathways, students who may have never had a clear vision for their future can graduate high school with a diploma and an industry certification – and have the choice to start a career directly out of school or pursue a college education. It’s opening doors for students to have better lives after graduation.”
About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.
©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, FuelEd, and Career Readiness Pathways are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Extending Its Reach: The Virtual High School Appoints Director, Global Programs And Services To Support Needs Of International Students
Boston — Feb. 1, 2016 — In an effort to connect international students to online learning opportunities in the US, the Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), a nonprofit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, announced today that it has selected Xuan You as its new Director, Global Programs and Services.
“Xuan brings a proven background in managing international projects and building strategic partnerships throughout Asia, the US and Europe,” said Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of VHS.
“Her expertise will help expand our virtual learning offerings, both here in the US and globally.”
“Collaboration is the nucleus of VHS’s learning model, and this new position provides me the golden opportunity to take the practice of collaboration to a whole new level,” said You. “I look forward to working in tandem with other organizations, forming partnerships with industry experts and expanding our global footprint where we currently have students working online and virtually.”
The VHS mission is to provide students with access to high-quality online and blended learning experiences, while supporting educators with the professional development and services needed to provide effective 21st century education for every student. VHS partner schools have access to a wide range of core, elective, credit recovery and AP® courses that inspire, ignite, and deepen learning. For students, VHS helps develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credit, and participate in global classrooms.
You joins VHS from Gale International where she managed China operations. Prior to that she worked at MIT where she lectured and led projects, including work with UNICEF. You holds a Master of Science: Water Resource Engineering and Management from Stuttgart University, Germany and a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from Tongji University, China.
About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides middle and high school online courses for students and professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.