Funds For Learning CEO John Harrington Named ‘Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion’

Harrington recognized at annual CoSN conference for his work in E-rate, volunteerism in the education community

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John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning, received CoSN’s Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion Award for his work helping schools and districts access the E-rate program. Every year, this award highlights those in the private sector who are making important contributions to CoSN and education technology. Harrington received the award this week during CoSN’s annual conference.

“John has been a tireless advocate for E-rate, working to meet the needs of school districts and helping them to utilize this valuable program,” said Tom Ryan, CoSN16 conference chair and the new CoSN chair elect, before presenting the award. “He shines a light on ways that E-rate funds can improve digital learning. While the recent reforms have taken great strides to improve the E-rate program, there is still work to be done to ensure every student is receiving equitable access to Internet – and John is working to make this a reality.”

To qualify for the Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion Award, the honoree must go beyond what is required of his or her job description and provide high-quality and strategic value to CoSN and the education community. The award program began in 2000 and has recognized leaders from education and technology companies – and beyond.

CoSN acknowledged Harrington for his advocacy of the E-rate program and his work to ensure every student receives equitable access to the Internet. Harrington has been an integral member of CoSN and has dedicated countless hours to helping the community understand the need for the E-rate program and the impact of its changes.

“This award comes as a complete surprise to me, and is truly an honor,” Harrington said. “Knowing I was considered among some of the most forward-thinking, selfless people in the CoSN and education technology space is very humbling. I share this honor with all of those who continue working to make Internet access available for every child.”

Funds For Learning began in 1997 and provides high-quality consulting and support services to schools and libraries seeking connectivity. Driven to help clients understand and maintain compliance with E-rate rules and regulations, Funds For Learning guides participants through the regulatory process by successfully managing and preparing their E-rate paperwork.

To learn more about the Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion Award, visit

About Funds For Learning
Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student Internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. For more information, visit http://www.FundsForLearning.comor phone 405-341-4140.

SIIA Announces Education Finalists for 2016 CODiE Awards
160 education technology and service products recognized in peer-reviewed awards program

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announces the 160 finalists in education categories for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards. These finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.

This year’s program features 29 education technology categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a virtual CODiE Award Winner Ceremony on May 18. There will also be an all new CODiE Award Celebration Dinner and Party on July 26 at the Education Industry Symposium in Denver. A la carte tickets are now available.

For the full news release and list of finalists, click here.

Primary Concepts’ HourGlass Classroom Timer and Noise Controller Wins Educational Dealer’s Eddy Award at EDexpo 2016


Berkeley, CA – April 4, 2016 – The HourGlass classroom timer and noise controller from early learning curriculum developer Primary Concepts has won an Eddy Award sponsored by Educational Dealer magazine. The Eddy Awards recognize the industry’s best new educational products chosen by attendees at the Education Market Association’s EDexpo 2016 which was held March 9-11, 2016, in Las Vegas.


HourGlass is a dual function classroom management system that can be used as a timer or a noise detector.  The large hourglass-shaped tool can sit on a desk or be mounted on a wall. The display is large enough to be easily seen by everyone in the classroom or even in an auditorium


“We designed HourGlass to be a companion for teachers to make it easier for them to do their jobs,” said Jim Whitney, president of Primary Concepts. “HourGlass is easy to use and presents a simple, dynamic, visual display that students immediately react to. We are excited that voters at the EDexpo saw what a great product this is and we are honored to be recipients of an Eddy Award.”


When used in “timer mode,” HourGlass offers a fun, visual way to time games, tests and other events. Green LED lights replicate grains of sand falling from the upper part of the hourglass timer to the bottom. As the time limit approaches, the lights turn red and a one-minute warning tone sounds.  When the time is up the display flashes and a sound plays to signal the end.


When used in “noise mode” HourGlass helps teachers manage classroom noise. The teacher uses the dial on HourGlass to set a “trigger point” volume level for the classroom. HourGlass monitors the noise level in the room and the rows of green lights rise and fall based on the volume of sound.  When the levels are loud enough to reach the trigger point, the lights turn red and a warning sound plays, alerting the class to quiet down. To view a video describing how HourGlass works, visit or click here.


HourGlass is operated using four C-batteries or by purchasing an optional AC adapter. HourGlass can be purchased for $99.95 at The AC adapter is $14.95.


About Primary Concepts

At Primary Concepts, we believe the early years are a unique part of a child’s development.  We focus on the essentials of the preschool and primary curriculum, emphasizing engaging, motivational, hands-on learning to build a foundation for academic success.  We translate the most current educational research and best practices, as recommended by the Common Core State Standards initiative, the International Literacy Association, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, into developmentally appropriate learning materials that offer ease of use for teachers and effective outcomes for your children.



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