Turnitin Opens Nominations for 2016 Global Innovation Awards

Award program recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in supporting student learning, and students who show commitment to writing improvement and academic integrity

OAKLAND, Calif. – May 11, 2016 – Turnitin has opened nominations for the 2016 Global Innovation Awards program, which recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in promoting academic integrity, student engagement and the innovative use of Turnitin to support learning in their schools, colleges and institutions. The Global Innovation Awards includes a category recognizing students demonstrating excellence in writing, improvement of their own skills or those of their peers, and the promotion of academic integrity at their school or institution. Click to Tweet.

For more information or to nominate candidates visit: http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/global-innovation-awards.

Educators and administrators can nominate themselves or their peers, and students. The nomination process gives educators an opportunity to share lessons, classroom examples, instructional screenshots and videos. Award finalists and winners will receive recognition among the 1.6 million Turnitin educators, 30 million student users, and hundreds of thousands of followers of Turnitin.

“To be honored with a Turnitin Global Innovation Award has validated both my research and teaching practice,” said Dr. Zeenath Khan, assistant professor, University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE, a 2015 winner. “Motivating students to write and revise their work, and to understand the value of academic integrity, will help them throughout their academic and professional lives.”

Nominations for educators will be accepted until August 8, 2016 in three categories:overall innovation, academic integrity and student engagement. Winners and finalists in seven regions (Africa & Middle East, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean, United Kingdom, United States & Canada) will be selected after an interview and evaluation by an international panel of academic experts. Students will be evaluated on writing improvement and commitment to academic integrity. Winners will be announced in October 2016.

“Over the last two years, over 1,000 nominations from over 50 countries have been submitted to the Turnitin Global Innovation Awards,” said Gill Rowell, chair of the Global Innovation Awards Program at Turnitin. “Each year it’s an inspiration to read all of the extraordinary stories from educators about how they help students improve their writing and respect the tenets of honesty and integrity.”

Nominate an educator or student, and see last year’s winners at:http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/global-innovation-awards.

About Turnitin

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’s applications are used by more than 30 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.


Ed Tech Publishing Icon Wendy LaDuke Launches New Company to Further Innovation in Education
Tahoe Strategies will focus on supporting small companies seeking rounds of initial investment

(TUSTIN, CA) May 11, 2016 — Education technology publishing icon Wendy LaDuke today announced the launch of a new company, Tahoe Strategies, which will focus on supporting innovative ed tech startups looking to build revenue trails, secure initial funding, and build dynamic go-to-market strategies.

LaDuke has been involved in publishing for more than 30 years, beginning in 1985 when she started working for her father, Edward Warnshuis, the founder of THE Journal. Most recently, she served as chief revenue officer for 1105 Media’s Public Sector Media Group and as Group Publisher for eSchool Media. Her tenure in education publishing has afforded her the opportunity to meet exciting people from around the globe who share her mission of innovating in education. Her retirement from publishing now allows her time to pursue her passion of providing meaningful support to these startups on a full-time basis.

“In my travels the past couple of years I have seen a void in two areas: 1) consumer companies that want to get into the education or b-to-b space, as well as b-to-b companies that want to get into the consumer space,” said LaDuke. “I have been very fortunate to find partners on each side that fill these gaps and form an effective bridge between the two. My nickname over the past year has become ‘The Education Yenta’. I see how things fit together and am able to connect the dots as I bring parties together, foster the relationships, and build effective go-to-market strategies—something I have been passionate about since joining my father, a true ed tech pioneer, in the 1980s.”

Tahoe Strategies’ mission is to bring to education the companies that can have a profound impact for all students, while helping young, passionate entrepreneurs who have a vision and need guidance on how to execute and position themselves with the right partners.

“My true passion is working with start-ups that require smaller rounds of initial investment,” said LaDuke. “They are well under the $5 million threshold of most investors, and often need coaching on how to build successful pipelines for revenue trails within our marketplace. If you have no revenue trail, there is no proof of concept for the business. I have been working with companies this past year implementing this approach, and we have been very successful.”

In addition to launching Tahoe Strategies, LaDuke has become a leader in the movement to address the imbalance between men and women in education leadership. With Girls Thinking Global and LRP Conferences, LLC, she has co-founded the inaugural Women Leaders in Education Conference, an event designed for K-12 education professionals to share strategies, learn from experts, and connect with colleagues. This first-of-its-kind event, which will take place July 31–August 1 in Boston, empowers women within education to grow personally and professionally.

About Tahoe Strategies:

Tahoe Strategies’ mission is to bring to education the companies that can have a profound impact for all students, while helping young, passionate entrepreneurs who have a vision and need guidance on how to execute and position themselves with the right partners.


SchoolMint Wins 2016 Silver Stevie® Award


PreK-12 Online Enrollment Platform Honored in the New Product or Service of the Year – Education – K-12 Enterprise Solution Category


SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2016 – SchoolMint, the leading provider of mobile and online enrollment and school choice systems for PreK-12 district, charter, and independent schools, was recently named a Silver Stevie® Awards winner in the 2016 American Business AwardsSM. It was recognized in the New Product or Service of the Year – Education – K-12 Enterprise Solution category.


“We strive to provide schools with the most cost-effective and comprehensive program to manage – and streamline – their enrollment processes,” said Jinal Jhaveri, SchoolMint CEO. “It is a great honor to win this award and to be recognized for the positive impact SchoolMint has on staff, families, students, and school systems as a whole.”


SchoolMint’s four primary solutions include Application and Lottery Management, Registration and Re-enrollment, Digital Forms and Documents, and School Choice and Unified Enrollment. Currently used by more than 2,000 schools in 70 cities in 30 states and four countries, the comprehensive system makes the end-to-end enrollment experience easier to manage for both school staff and parents. It allows for year-round parent-school communication; streamlines fee collection; works across all native web browsers; offers both Android and iOS apps; integrates easily with SISs; and, provides real-time insights and predictive analytics.


Judges were impressed with the design and functionality of the program, as well as its ability to help school systems operate. One judge stated that the “functions of the software are clear and seem that they would help schools manage enrollments,” while another said the program was a “great idea.”


The American Business Awards is the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20. Tickets are now on sale.


Additional details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie Awards winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.


About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.


About SchoolMint

SchoolMint provides a cloud-based student enrollment and school choice platform to PreK-12 independent, charter, and district schools. Since its founding in 2013, more than 2500 schools worldwide have chosen SchoolMint to streamline all aspects of student enrollment and registration, school choice, lottery management, fee collection, and year-round parent-school communication. Available online and on mobile devices, SchoolMint’s user friendly design transforms the end-to-end enrollment experience for district staff and parents. Visit www.SchoolMint.com to learn more.


EvoText Founder and Ogment Creator is “On the Rise” and Flush with Product Wins for Education Technology

Ogment enables teachers to create multimedia lessons and curriculum and is on a roll with awards recognition in the BESSIEs, SIIA CODiE Awards and AAP REVERE Awards

BURLINGTON, Mass. — May 11, 2016 — Johanna Wetmore is having a very good spring. In April, her company’s product, Ogment, won three BESSIE Awards for education technology teacher tools. Ogment was also named finalist in two categories of the SIIA CODiE Awards, and named finalist as an innovative supplementary resource in the Association of American Publishers’ REVERE Awards. Ms. Wetmore was also named to the exclusive AAP list of promising education professionals who are “On the Rise” and demonstrate remarkable leadership and innovation in the education resource industry.Click to Tweet

Ogment was developed by Ms. Wetmore’s company, EvoText, to help educators quickly and seamlessly integrate web content with teacher-created material to build multimedia lessons and curriculum. Teachers can take any content from the web including articles, videos, and images, and with one click pull it into Ogment where it is formatted and cited with Lexile® measures and other helpful teaching information. See Ogment in action.

“We are honored that Ogment is being recognized with so many awards, and I think this is happening because Ogment addresses a true need in education,” said Ms. Wetmore. “Ogment offers a process that makes it faster and easier for educators to build dynamic, real-world lessons, courses and even whole curriculum.”

Details about the awards Ogment has won or been nominated for:

BESSIE: Ogment wins in three categories including educator’s online resources, online teacher productivity tools, and online multimedia tools.

REVERE: Ogment named finalist in the category of supplemental education resources for innovation.

CODiE: Ogment named finalist in two education technology categories including best cross-curricular solution and best instructional solution in other curriculum areas.

About Ogment
Teachers use Ogment to make lesson planning and development easier. With Ogment, teachers in K12 plan and build lessons from web content, map courses, create assessments, and monitor progress. Ogment “eduneers” are educators, engineers and designers who have been at the forefront of educational technology for the past two decades. Ogment is a subsidiary of EvoText, LLC headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit GetOgment.com.

About EvoText
EvoText is an educational software development house that develops custom eLearning solutions. EvoText’s experts have developed several of the most well-known, award-winning eLearning products for basal and supplemental publishers, schools and teachers. EvoText is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit EvoText.com.


Wonder Workshop Launches Wonder League Robotics Clubs to Inspire Future Inventors
$10,000 grant will be awarded to district with highest percentage of participating schools

San Mateo, Calif. (May 10, 2016) – Wonder Workshop, creators of robots that teach students foundational skills in computer coding, invites schools to participate in the newly announced Wonder League Robotics Clubs, the first network of clubs in elementary schools for coding and robotics. The school district that gets the highest percentage of schools participating by July 10, 2016 will receive a $10,000 grant in Wonder Store credit to help fund their clubs.

“Robotics is the new team sport for our youngest learners,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop. “We want to extend a worldwide community of Wonder League clubs to inspire the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding. Launching a club helps students develop problem solving and creativity skills, build meaningful relationships with their peers and have fun as they explore STEM.”

To read the full news release, click here. Let me know if you have questions about the Wonder League Robotics Clubs or Wonder Workshop.


Dremel Expands Access to 3D Printing in Classrooms With Mobile App
Dremel 3D mobile app for iOS and Android enables educators and students to select, build and monitor 3D models remotely

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (May 11, 2016) – As schools expand “making” beyond traditional interactive technologies, Dremel, the trusted manufacturer of tools for life and learning, introduces the Dremel 3D mobile application. The app equips students with anytime, anywhere modeling and printing as a part of the classroom makerspace toolkit.

Compatible with the newly launched Dremel Idea Builder 3D40, the Dremel 3D mobile app provides constant communication with the next-generation printer. Students and educators can access a library of 3D models, queue printing of multiple models and monitor printing status remotely from their mobile devices.

For the full news release and video, click here. Please let me know if you have any questions about Dremel 3D.