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CEV Multimedia Adds Career Interest Inventory to Comprehensive CTE Platform

Career cluster tool invites students to explore key education pathways via iCEV


LUBBOCK, Texas (Feb. 3, 2016) ­- Finding the right career fit is a challenge most students face and when asked what they want to do professionally when they graduate, the choices can be overwhelming. As a way to ease the transition for students making strides to their prospective career pathway, CEV Multimedia announces the addition of the Career Cluster Interest Inventory (CCII) tool to its comprehensive iCEV platform.

The CCII provides assistance to students from eighth grade to higher education during the critical steps of education and career planning. A student completes the interest inventory within a 15- to 20-minute time period and receives information on a career cluster that best fits the student’s interests and skills. Career clusters, 16 groupings of related occupations developed by the U.S. Department of Education, provide essential knowledge and skills to guide in developing programs of study to bridge secondary and postsecondary curriculum. The clusters also assist in creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options.

“This is an important addition to the CTE curriculum offered through iCEV that will assist students and educators alike in studying and exploring various career paths by identifying an interest pattern based on responses of career and activity related questions,” said Dusty Moore, iCEV President. “Additionally, schools value survey tools to gain an understanding of the courses they need to offer to meet their students’ needs and career aspirations.”

Upon completing the inventory and being matched with a cluster, students are guided to postsecondary information and specific occupations. CCII complements the current iCEV career curriculum nicely as it allows a student to complete the interest inventory, identify their top cluster choices, then dive into the curriculum to watch videos, listen to industry experts via career interviews and complete projects to provide a better understanding of the clusters. After completing the study, students take a post-evaluation survey to see how their work impacted their original decisions.

“The Career Cluster Interest Inventory enriches what we can offer to iCEV users and better connects them to the best education path leading towards their career choice,” Moore said. “Students are able to look for general information on their career interests, as well as seek specific career titles, the credentials needed and college majors.”

Developed by CEV Multimedia, iCEV offers practical, interactive learning with professional demonstrations to prepare students for postsecondary education and high-skill, high-demand careers. Educators can quickly monitor, track and engage students directly through the platform’s interactive lessons. Through iCEV, students can also enhance their career training with industry-backed certifications.

The CCII tool will be launched in August on the iCEV platform. For more information, please visithttp://www.icevonline.com/.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visitwww.icevonline.com.

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Dremel Creates 3D Printing Ecosystem With Launch of ‘Dremel Dreams’ Program

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Complete with 3D-specific curriculum and design software, program provides multi-dimensional support for integrating advanced STEM technology

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“The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is a plug-and-play tool for my classroom that enables students to test and explore 3D printing as independent thinkers.”

Incorporating new technology is important for demonstrating the applications of STEM education, but limited access to advanced technology and corresponding curriculum can be a barrier for educators. That’s why Dremel, the trusted manufacturer of tools for life and learning, created the Dremel Dreams program, a digital ecosystem that promotes a student-driven learning environment for 3D printing. The program equips educators with a comprehensive toolkit for classroom support, including 3D-specific lesson plans and intuitive design software and hardware.

The Dremel Dreams program integrates 3D printing into the classroom with lesson plans developed by curriculum experts at Florida State University. The lesson plans and resources are designed to nurture the confidence of educators and students as they explore hands-on applications of STEM in the classroom. Ten curriculum-based lesson plans and their corresponding 3D model kits are included with the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printer.

“Using the 3D-specific lesson plans when we study alternative energy gives my students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of abstract concepts,” said Susan Nichol, Project Lead the Way and technology skills teacher at Holmes Junior High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill. “The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is a plug-and-play tool for my classroom that enables students to test and explore 3D printing as independent thinkers.”

To assist educators as they integrate 3D printing into lesson plans, Dremel provides one-on-one customer support and mentorship via phone, Skype, online chat and email. A webinar training program provides tutorials for seamless classroom integration.

As a part of the Dremel Dreams program, Autodesk’s modeling software provides an easy-to-use platform for students to practice design and engineering skills while creating their own 3D models. The Sprout by HP 3D scanning solution is also available as an additional workstation for the Dremel 3D Idea Builder. With 3D object capture, students can grab objects, upload designs and manipulate them on-screen before bringing their object to life in the physical space.

“Partnerships with like-minded organizations, such as Autodesk and HP, enable us to deliver an unparalleled STEM experience for teachers and students,” said George Velez, manager of Dremel 3D Education. “The 3D printing technology is important, but equally important are the resources and support we provide for educators.”

The Dremel Dreams program is made complete with the easy-to-use Dremel 3D Idea Builder, the first 3D printer to receive UL safety certification. The printer features a fully enclosed workspace to ensure safety takes priority in the student-led classroom.

To learn more about the Dremel Dreams program and the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, visit https://3dprinter.dremel.com/3d-dreams.

About Dremel
Founded in 1934, Dremel is the industry standard in leadership and excellence for versatile tools systems. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder expands the brand’s reach from the workshop to the classroom to provide educators and students with cutting-edge technology for STEM education. Built upon the brand’s dedication to empowering makers through creativity, precision and project enjoyment, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder nurtures student confidence by giving them a tool to design and build their own models to understand lessons. With available curriculum to draw connections between 3D printing and instruction, Dremel is providing educators with the support they need to transform classrooms. Learn more about classroom applications and curriculum-based learning at 3dprinter.dremel.com.

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Editor’s Note: Dremel® is a registered brand name and is used as an adjective to describe the products made by the Dremel brand.

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AASA Receives New Grant to
Redesign Professional Development in K-12 Schools

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 3, 2016 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has been awarded a $748,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance teaching and learning excellence in our nation’s classrooms by redesigning professional development systems.

“Superintendent Leadership for PD Redesign,” a two-year initiative, will optimize programs that empower teacher ownership of high-quality PD content linked to high standards.

AASA, founded in 1865, is the premier organization for our nation’s superintendents serving thousands of education leaders. A voice for school district leadership, AASA will leverage this investment to address the systems and structures that superintendents rely on to implement high-quality teacher professional development.

“We are grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for supporting our efforts to engage district leaders in the redesign and advancement of innovative, high-quality teacher professional development that will lead to higher achievement on the part of our students,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director.

A major component of the project will scale up efforts for on-the-ground intervention with four large urban school districts—Fulton County (Ga.) Schools, the Syracuse City (N.Y.) School District, Baltimore County (Md.) Public Schools and the School District of Palm Beach County (Fla.). AASA will provide technical assistance and coaching in these districts to help superintendents and their respective teams analyze, assess and plan for improvements with the goal of increasing teacher effectiveness.

A second component, the “AASA PD Redesign Community of Practice,” focuses on providing superintendents opportunities to learn from each other and share best practices for developing instructional leaders. This Community of Practice, whose members lead more than 1.25 million students, will serve as a cornerstone of AASA’s PD effort and consist of a high-profile working group comprised of superintendents in the following school districts: Palm Beach County and Orange County (Fla.), Fulton County, Clayton County and Clarke County (Ga.), Bettendorf Community (Iowa), Prince George’s County and Baltimore County (Md.), Winston-Salem Forsyth County (N.C.), Syracuse City, Schenectady City and Newburgh Enlarged City (N.Y.), Harrisburg (Penn.), Charleston County (S.C.), Kingsport City (Tenn.), Spring ISD, Austin ISD and Katy ISD (Texas), Richmond, Arlington and Fairfax County (Va.) and Racine Unified (Wis.).

AASA’s Children’s Programs department, which will administer this initiative, works to support school districts by analyzing current practices, identifying ideas for improvement, and implementing policy, practice and programmatic changes to enhance and redesign teacher professional development systems.

Learn more by visiting the AASA website.

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About AASA
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’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

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EDSBY SELECTED BY GREATER ESSEX COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

– Fourth Canadian district in recent months chooses Edsby learning management system –

ONTARIO, Canada (February 3rd, 2016) – Edsby®, an innovative cloud-based learning management system built for K-12 school districts that connects teachers, parents and students using modern technologies, has been chosen as the new parent portal, news source, and teaching and learning collaboration platform of the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB). The district will also be leveraging Edsby’s modern attendance, assessment and learning management tools.

GECDSB spans 71 schools with 35,000 students and 4,500 staff in Windsor and Essex County, Ontario, the southernmost tip of Canada. The district selected Edsby to give students and teachers modern collaborative capabilities in and out of the classroom, as well as real-time communication of academic achievement with students and their parents and guardians.

“Edsby is a modern, world-class learning environment for our students, teacher and parents. And because it works with our existing systems, including staff and student Office 365 accounts, we get the best of both worlds,” said John Howitt, GECDSB Superintendent of Education and Information Technology. “Our stakeholders benefit from Edsby’s rich, compelling capabilities, and we leverage our existing investments and experience with our current systems rather than having to go through the cost and challenges of replacing them.”

Also important to GECDSB was Edsby’s powerful group collaboration features for professional learning communities, school clubs, teams and parent groups that can be used to engage teachers, students and parents/guardians at the school level and district-wide. And it was critical to the district that the winning solution be scalable. In its selection process, the district asked for evidence of large deployments.

“Edsby is one of the only highly customizable learning management systems proven to be able to scale to large implementations,” said John Myers, President of Edsby. “District-wide rollouts in regions as large as Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida, with more than a quarter of a million Edsby users, prove both the ability of Edsby to be highly adapted to local requirements and to scale to support the needs of very large education organizations.”

Greater Essex is the fourth large Ontario region to adopt Edsby recently. District School Board of Niagara announced in October, 2015 that its 36,000 students were moving to Edsby. In June, the 60,000-student Halton District School Board announced it was implementing Edsby. And in April, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board announced it had selected Edsby for deployment to its 34,000 students.

To learn more about Edsby, please visit http://edsby.com/.

About Edsby
Edsby is a modern, purpose-built learning management system (LMS) for K-12 that enables school districts and private schools to connect their teachers, students and parents using the technologies that have become pervasive in people’s lives. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years using latest technology and standards. Edsby is a registered trademark of CoreFour Inc.

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Knovation Simplifies Districts’ Access to Collection of Vetted Online Resources

Posted by Knovation in Knovation Press Releases
Feb 04, 2016 11:53 am
Tagged: content collection integration

Through easy access to reliable, standards-aligned online resources, the Knovation Content Collection alleviates growing pains for districts transitioning to digital

CINCINNATI – Feb. 3, 2016 – As the U.S. Department of Education #GoOpen initiative reaches a critical point in its expansion, educators face the challenge of vetting an exponentially growing pool of digital resources to find content that is accurate, relevant and aligned to standards. Knovation is supporting districts in this endeavor by increasing access to its content collection containing hundreds of thousands of professionally-evaluated online resources that are hand-selected, standards-aligned and tagged by curriculum experts following a rigorous certification process.

Previously, the Knovation Content Collection was only available through the company’s award-winning applications, netTrekker and icurio. The growing need for high-quality, ready-to-use online learning resources led Knovation to simplify access to its collection through integration with other systems and platforms, following a “one-stop shop” concept.

Findings of a recent survey* reveal that teachers spend upwards of five hours a week sifting through all the different content available to them, equivalent to 12.5 percent of their workweek. This percentage highlights the need for simpler, less time-consuming ways to access quality resources that enable personalized learning in a digital environment.

“Increasing access choices to our content collection amplifies the possibilities for personalized learning and eliminates tedious work for teachers,” said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Knovation. “As more districts use digital resources as a textbook replacement, we recognize how important it is to keep the classroom transition as simple as possible.”

The Knovation Content Team, a group of experienced classroom teachers and curriculum experts, continuously evaluates hundreds of thousands of online learning resources for quality and relevancy, and accepted resources are aligned to standards and tagged according to subject, grade level and other relevant criteria.

The Knovation Content Collection can be integrated with Learning Management Systems (LMS), assessment platforms, Library Automation Systems and Learning Object Repositories (LOR).

To learn more about the Knovation Content Collection, visit Knovation at TCEA booth #2236, or visitwww.knovationlearning.com/solutions/content-collection.
About Knovation
Knovation makes it easy to find, organize, and share free digital content for learning.  Knovation’s curriculum experts professionally evaluate, standards-align and continuously maintain a collection of hundreds of thousands of online resources covering all subject areas, all grades and all learning modalities. The Knovation Content Collection can be accessed through the company’s award-winning solutions, netTrekker and icurio, or through custom integration with several instructional systems and assessment platforms. Since 1999, Knovation has delivered on the promise to do something good for kids, every day by helping districts meet the needs of diverse K-12 learners in digital learning environments. For more information, please visit http://www.knovationlearning.com.

*The Learning Counsel – The 71 Characteristics of Digital Curriculum Special Report

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SuperSpeak Adds Powerful Game-Based Learning Mode to Its Next-Generation Augmented and Alternative Communications Tool

SuperSpeak Play helps children who struggle with speech and language learn key vocabulary skills

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More than simply an AAC tool, SuperSpeak is a complete learning and communications platform that empowers children with special needs to succeed.

Superplus, innovator of next-generation augmented and alternative communications (AAC) tools, announces a new Play mode for its app SuperSpeak, which helps children build their vocabulary skills in a fun and engaging way.

Designed to capture and maintain children’s interest, Play is a game-based mode within SuperSpeak AAC where children can grow their vocabulary through a variety of visual lessons. As children associate the correct image with the prompt, they can earn customizable tokens that can be used to purchase items or unlock other engaging elements of the game.

Parents or special-needs providers can set a child’s reward schedule to award tokens continuously, after a set time, or after a fixed number of correct answers, and they can create their own photo-based instructional lessons from within the app’s administrator mode.

“With SuperSpeak Play, we’ve drawn on the latest research in educational gaming to develop rich, powerful learning experiences for the millions of children who struggle with speech and language disabilities every day,” said Katrine Gulstad Pedersen, a special-education teacher who is co-founder and CEO of Superplus. “More than simply an AAC tool, SuperSpeak is a complete learning and communications platform that empowers children with special needs to succeed.”

SuperSpeak is intuitive and easy to use for children, parents and special-needs providers alike. Each child’s user experience is stored in a secure, cloud-based profile, creating a consistent learning environment that is accessible from anywhere. Teachers or special-education providers can add new photos to a child’s profile, depicting vocabulary words the child learned in school or therapy, and parents can access these photos and have their child practice these new words from home or any other environment.

Superplus is demonstrating its SuperSpeak app at the 2016 Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 3-6. Visit Booth 101 to receive a free SuperSpeak subscription, or learn more about the company’s research-based approach to augmented and alternative communication in Session AAC-62, “The Next Generation AAC: What Research and Mobile Technology Offers,” Friday, Feb. 5, from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m. in the Orlando Convention Center, Antigua 4.

About Superplus
Superplus improves the lives of children with special needs through augmented and alternative communications tools. The app SuperSpeak facilitates communication between children with special needs and their parents, caregivers and therapists. The SuperSpeak Play mode enables children to grow their communication skills through visual vocabulary games with personalized rewards. Superplus uses gaming world strategies, clinical research and practical teaching to provide a new way for children with special needs to gain confidence and master their everyday challenges. For more information, visit http://www.superpl.us.

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K-12 School Districts can Take a Load off Knowing Traffic is Managed with ContentKeeper’s New Load Balancing Appliances

 

The ContentKeeper Load Balancing Appliance (CK-LBA) provides districts high-availability, fail-safe networking at an affordable price

 

Austin, TX (February 3, 2016) – BYOD and 1:1 programs, now mainstream in schools, are causing district networks to experience increasing speed and volume demands. To accommodate these demands and to ensure networks are always up and running, districts should install load balancing appliances, however these appliances are often financially out of reach. 

 

ContentKeeper, a leader in Web and mobile filtering and reporting for next-generation learning environments, is now providing a high-quality, affordable solution – the ContentKeeper Load Balancing Appliance (CK-LBA).

 

Ideally, every layer 2 appliance such as a web filter, firewall or intrusion prevention device should be connected to a load balancing appliance to ensure they are constantly operating. The CK-LBA is fully integrated with ContentKeeper Web and ContentKeeper Secure Internet Gateway, however it can also be used with any layer 2 device. The CK-LBA comes in multiple configurations to accommodate different traffic requirements, from 1G to 40G. The appliance allows districts to seamlessly spread multi-gig traffic loads across an array of devices. The CK-LBA also allows districts to build in both high availability and fault tolerance into their network infrastructure. As classrooms continue to use more online resources, districts may triple or quadruple the bandwidth they use today, and the CK-LBA is built to support this growth.

 

“Ensuring that students and teachers have a safe and consistent internet experience is a priority, but the ability to maintain this is going to get more difficult as the demands for bandwidth increase,” said Jim Culbert, Executive Director, Information Technology at Duval County Public Schools. “Because of this, load balancing appliances are a necessity. It’s great to see ContentKeeper work to provide a high quality, affordable product built for school districts.”

 

For more information about ContentKeeper, visit www.contentkeeper.com.

 

About ContentKeeper
ContentKeeper transforms K-12 Web filtering by helping schools address the evolving security challenges in today’s learning environment. The company’s comprehensive security solutions provide SSL encrypted Web services, BYOD/1:1 mobile identification & controls, granular social media controls and proactive malware protection to help IT administrators stay ahead of Web security threats.

 

ContentKeeper’s unique layer 2 bridge design ensures scalability, high performance and reliability. Real-time Web content and threat analysis engines are backed by ContentKeeper’s patented shared intelligence system to guarantee maximum protection, before it’s needed.

 

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