Lightspeed Technologies Unveils Three New Features of Flexcat for ISTE 2016
The classroom audio system now has expanded coverage, Whisper Coaching, and a new iOS app, making it a powerful tool for teachers and their mentors
TUALATIN, Oregon (June 21, 2016) — At ISTE 2016, classroom audio provider Lightspeed Technologies will introduce three new features of its Flexcat system. The only classroom audio system designed for small-group learning, Flexcat consists of a wearable microphone for the teacher, a speaker for whole-group instruction, and a set of two-way audio pods that allow teachers to listen and speak to small groups from anywhere in the classroom so they can reinforce, respond, and challenge students in their moment of need.
Lightspeed’s new mobile app, launching in July, turns teachers’ iOS device into a Flexcat remote control. This allows them to switch among the two-way audio pods directly from their device, making the Flexcat an even simpler and more seamless tool for gathering critical learning insights. The new app unlocks some additional new features of the system.
With the app, the new Flexcat includes expanded coverage for up to 12 audio pods, making it a powerful tool for large classrooms, small-group instruction, team teaching, and professional development events.
Flexcat now also supports Whisper Coaching, a variation on informative assessment. Through a small earpiece worn by teachers and their mentors, mentors can listen in to ongoing conversations between teachers and student groups. Whisper Coaching also allows teachers and mentors to have private conversations between their earpieces for real-time coaching and highlighting teachable moments.
“The Flexcat has transformed my classroom,” said kindergarten teacher Susan Meyer. “Not only do I know that every student will always hear every word I say, but small-group learning is much more valuable for my students and more powerful when I can check in with each group individually to help them stay on track, clarify, and answer questions.”
“The latest updates give the Flexcat new capabilities for the classroom, but also make it an ideal solution for professional development,” said David Solomon, the executive vice president and general manager of Lightspeed Technologies. “Schools that want flexible technology can now use classroom tools for PD as well.”
Educators attending ISTE can experience live product demos of Flexcat and other audio systems, and can enter to win a Lightspeed audio system at booth #1931. Solomon will be available for interviews in the PR with Panache! Storytelling Suite at The Corner Office.
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, easy-to-use 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, Flexcat, 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.
Lifeliqe Creator Empowers Teachers to Create and Publish Their Own Interactive 3D Content at ISTE 2016
VR-enabled STEM models immerse students in a trip to space, a walk with a dinosaur, and a voyage through the inside of a shark
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) June 21, 2016 – Lifeliqe, a learning and productivity platform for interactive 3D, VR, and AR, today launched Lifeliqe Creator, a feature giving educators the power to create and publish interactive presentations and ebooks that integrate 3D models instead of 2D images.
Lifeliqe users can explore objects with interactive 3D views, zoom deep into the structure of the objects, experience augmented reality, view supplementary text on a subject, and change the language for a bilingual view in English and Spanish. With the Lifeliqe Creator feature, any of the 1,000 interactive 3D models can be dragged and dropped right into a presentation, ebook or lesson plan, so teachers can provide students with full, interactive 3D experiences.
“Lifeliqe Creator pushes the boundaries of publishing,” said Lifeliqe’s co-founder and CEO Ondrej Homola. “Embedding a real-time, interactive 3D model directly into a text document or a presentation takes it to another level. This enables teachers and students to create resources they have never been able to before, using 3D models instead of images.”
After spending three years creating an entire library of breathtaking virtual content for schools, Lifeliqe is transforming publishing from a flat world to a universe of interactive 3D models. Featuring content from its sister company Corinth, Lifeliqe offers K-12 educators more than 1,000 interactive, lifelike 3D models accessible on tablets, PCs or interactive whiteboards—and now in VR. Additionally, Lifeliqe integrates with Keynote and Powerpoint.
Lifeliqe’s models are focused on STEM subjects including human biology, plant biology, animal biology, geology, paleontology, physics, geometry, and chemistry. More than 15,000 teachers, students, and parents in more than 100 countries are already using Lifeliqe’s digital content, and the content library is growing every day.
In fact, recent studies show students learn and retain information better when they use 3D learning materials. All Lifeliqe content is scientifically accurate and approved by professionals in respected universities such as Stanford University and the University of California.
TechCrunch recently named Lifeliqe a top product at the 2016 Augmented World Expo.
Lifeliqe is a learning and productivity platform company for the creation, sharing, and deployment of interactive 3D objects into mobile, virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D printable media. Lifeliqe’s platform exclusively presents Corinth Classroom, a visual learning tool with 1,000 interactive 3D objects proven to increase engagement and learning in students. Education is the first industry launching on the Lifeliqe platform, with more to follow. For more information on Lifeliqe and Lifeliqe Creator, visit Lifeliqe.com.
Voyager Sopris Learning’s LANGUAGE! Live Earns
Prestigious REVERE Award
Innovative ELA program recognized for
helping struggling readers succeed
DALLAS, June 21, 2016–Voyager Sopris Learning’s LANGUAGE! Live program has been selected a winner of the 2016 Association of American Publishers (AAP) REVERE Awards. LANGUAGE! Live, a comprehensive English language arts curriculum for struggling adolescent readers and writers, earned the honor in the “Classroom Supplemental Resources for Learners with Additional Educational Needs” category.
“LANGUAGE! Live is designed to give students the edge they need to be successful, and we’re honored it has been singled out by the AAP,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, President, Voyager Sopris Learning. “To be recognized for helping struggling readers achieve success validates our mission and inspires us to work even harder toward a day when all students can be proficient readers and writers.”
Celebrating its 50th program year, the REVERE (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) Awards identify outstanding educational products that engage today’s teachers and students. The AAP PreK–12 Learning Group produces the prestigious awards program unique to the educational industry in recognizing learning resources in all media, for all ages, and in a wide variety of educational subject areas and learning environments.
Created after nearly two decades of research and developed by a internationally renowned literacy experts, LANGUAGE! Live offers a blended learning model that leverages a combination of technology and teacher-guided instruction to empower struggling learners in grades 5-12. The comprehension, fluency, and spelling gains educators and students experience after implementing LANGUAGE! Live recently inspired Elk Grove Unified School District – northern California’s largest K-12 district– to adopt Voyager Sopris Learning’s curriculum solution.
About the Association of American Publishers
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. The Association represents the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find the AAP online atwww.publishers.org or on Twitter at @AmericanPublish. Read more about the REVERE Awards program at REVEREawards.org or on Twitter at @REVEREawards.
About Voyager Sopris Learning
Voyager Sopris Learning™ is an education partner committed to unlocking the full potential of every teacher and every student. We believe that the best way to meet and exceed standards in education is to address the underlying systems of teaching and learning, and to nurture those systems at their most fundamental levels. Our suite of instructional and service solutions is based not only in research but also in real classroom evidence, ensuring that every solution is as easy-to-implement and teacher-friendly as it is effective. We offer a variety of digital and blended instructional tools and assessments, as well as professional development and school improvement services, all of which are designed to help every teacher deliver nothing short of the highest-quality instruction to every student. Voyager Sopris Learning is a business unit of Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD), based in Dallas, Texas.
Follett, Biblionasium Partner to Engage Young Readers
Integration Will Connect Library Resource Information,
Allow for Seamless Single Sign-On Between Platforms
McHENRY, Ill. and NEW YORK, June 21, 2016 –Follett and Biblionasium announced today they are joining forces in an exclusive partnership with the goal of supporting the independent reading activities of students, ages 6 to 13. In August Follett’s market-leading Destiny Library Manager will be seamlessly integrated with Biblionaisum’s award-winning digital platform that connects young readers with their friends, teachers, librarians and parents in a safe and private space.
“Our integrated platform will immediately extend the reach of school libraries’ resources into the classroom and to the most important consumer of the resources – the students,” said Marjan Ghara, Founder and CEO of Biblionasium. “This integration was mainly driven by our mutual user communities, who wanted to connect the existing resources in their Destiny-managed school libraries to Biblionasium’s student-centric engaging digital platform.”
The chief benefits of the Follett-Biblionasium integration include:
1) Single sign-on between the two platforms;
2) Real-time information and access of library resources through Destiny;
3) Actionable data for educators to guide and monitor effective student reading programs;
4) Facilitate and promote the discovery of existing school library resources for students; and
5) Real-time reports and data on student reading preferences and reading habits for school librarians to help with their collection planning.
For Follett, the partnership represents another step in its ongoing commitment to an “open approach to education,” helping to ensure teachers and students have access to resources where they need them and when they need them.
“This integration is a positive, powerful and safe way to engage young readers, plus help connect libraries and librarians with students and parents,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “We’re honored to partner with Marjan Ghara and her team at Biblionasium, as they are passionate and committed to their mission of helping kids fall in love with reading.”
Biblionasium is an AASL-awarded “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning” and a COPPA-compliant digital platform that allows young readers to connect all their key constituents as well as to rate, review and recommend books within their trusted community. Biblionasium provides tools and resources to advance children’s literacy and foster their love of reading, Ghara said.
“Our goal is to instill the habit of reading and to raise a generation of passionate readers,” she stressed. “Many have labeled us as the ‘Goodreads for Kids’, but we go beyond the social, cataloging and recommendation aspects of Goodreads. We have added reading challenges, virtual rewards, online reading logs, and we also provide invaluable data and reports to educators and parents to support the children’s reading. We are very excited about our partnership with Follett because it will considerably enhance the way we assist librarians, teachers and the children we support.”
For more information about Follett, visit FollettLearning.com. Attendees at the 2016 ALA (American Library Association) Conference in Orlando, June 23-28, can find Follett on the exhibit floor at booth 1021. Attendees at the 2016 ISTE Conference in Denver, June 27-29, can find Follett on the exhibit floor at booth 2903.
For more information about Biblionasium, visit Biblionasium.com.
About Biblionasium| biblionasium.com
Biblionasium is the largest and fastest growing digital platform that supports and promotes independent reading for K-8 students. The multiple award-winning COPPA compliant site is the tool of choice for Librarians and Teachers to motivate, manage and measure students’ reading, to reach their goals and achieve success. Among its many features are virtual bookshelves, reading challenges, virtual awards, online logs, real-time reports and an interactive book discovery tool. Fun for Kids and powerful for Educators and Parents, Biblionasium supports literacy by fostering the love of reading.
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 more than 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 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.
Permission Click Launches ‘District Click’ Platform to Help Districts Take Control of Forms and Approval Processes
New features include customized workflows, pre-populated district templates, and reporting
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) June 21, 2016 — Three years after launching its flagship platform that delivers digital permission slips and forms for K-12 schools, Permission Click today announced a major new release aimed at districts.
District Click powers centralized curation of parent-facing and internal form templates, dissemination of these templates to schools via the Permission Click platform, customized workflows for approvals, multi-site management, and reporting.
“It’s clear that making it easier to collect permission slips and forms from parents at a school level is only part of the story,” said Chris Johnson, the co-founder and CEO of Permission Click. “Districts often have fancy policies and approval processes they’ve spent years crafting centrally, but that fall flat at the school level in the wild.”
District Click was inspired by customers’ practical needs, Johnson said. “We realized how much time we spend with district administration shedding light on the processes their school staff actually used day to day, and to be candid, they are commonly shocked to learn how differently waivers and forms are used from one school to the next.”
Iain Riffel, the assistant superintendent of programs at Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg, is amongst the first group of districts to implement the platform. “We have robust policies and processes in our division for things like Student Activities and Permissions, and administering these policies across dozens of schools is a sizeable effort,” Riffel said. “District Click automates the process of sharing forms and policies, approval workflows, and visibility of active events consistently across our schools. We’re looking forward to rolling this out across our division in September.”
Johnson pointed out that day-to-day use of Permission Click by the company’s existing user base will remain largely unchanged, adding that, “School staff in districts rolling out District Click will notice incremental features including pre-populated district templates, automated workflow for approvals, and more, while parents enjoy the same trusted experience.”
ISTE attendees can experience a live demo of District Click at the Start-up Pavilion booth #1311.
About Permission Click
Permission Click is an award-winning Canadian education technology company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The company was founded in 2013, currently employs 15 people, and has thousands of users in most states and provinces in Canada and the United States. Permission Click recently closed a $1.75-million seed capital round led by Real Ventures and Friesens Corporation to continue to expand its position as the leading platform for districts’ management of student permissions and activities. For more information, please visit PermissionClick.com or call (844) PERMISSION (737-6477).
IO Education Merges with EADMS to Expand Online Formative Assessment Capabilities
With the addition of a market leading formative assessment solution, IO Education continues to build out its platform aimed at improving educational outcomes
ATLANTA, GA. (June 21, 2016) – IO Education today announces the merger with Educator’s Assessment Data Management System (EADMS), a leading provider of K-12 assessment and data management software. With EADMS’ fully integrated assessment and data management capabilities, IO Education will continue to strengthen its ability to utilize all student data to drive educator insight and improve educational outcomes. These highly complementary solutions will give educators an integrated solution across assessment, analytics and reporting, talent management, professional development and classroom management.
EADMS offers a comprehensive formative assessment and data management solution that provides educators at all levels immediate results to measure student performance, and is optimized for online and paper-based assessment. EADMS enables K-12 districts to personalize instruction by providing the tools to identify performance gaps that prevent students from achieving standards mastery.
To read the full news release, click here. For more information about IO Education, please contact me.