Edmond, Okla. (June 27, 2016) – As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues modernizing the E-rate program to expand robust networks in the nation’s schools and libraries, Funds For Learning reveals an analysis of the 2016 school E-rate filing window. Key findings include:
· Coming just 21 days after the close of the filing window for schools, this year’s initial funding decisions were the fastest in the history of the E-rate program…
“Internet connections for schools and libraries are essential, and the E-rate program exists to support this important mission,” John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning said.
To read the full news release, click here.
Impero Software’s Keyword Library for U.S. Schools Addresses Online Safety Concerns such as Self-harm and Radicalization
New terms will help schools flag potential instances of bullying, abuse, self-harm or radicalization
Simi Valley, CA – June 27, 2016 – It makes the headlines often: A young man or woman in the U.S. ends his or her own life due to bullying or becomes radicalized and attempts to join ISIS or other hate groups. In both instances, adults in these youth’s lives are often left wondering what they could have done to intervene. In an effort to protect students in this always-on and connected world, Impero Software, the leading remote monitoring and management software provider, has updated its keyword libraries to include a more comprehensive list of U.S. specific terms related to bullying, self-harm, radicalization and more, in order to alert educators so they can help students before a tragedy occurs. Impero will showcase the updated library in their booth #708 during the 2016 ISTE conference June 26-29, 2016 in Denver.
The updated library, combined with Impero Education Pro software, gives educators an edge on internet safety by helping them monitor and analyze student activity on school devices. The software alerts educators when a student uses words or phrases that match a term in the keyword library.
“Students rarely tell adults that they want to join a gang or a terrorist group. They don’t brag about being suicidal or anorexic, or abused. They talk in code, especially when they are discussing something that is dangerous to themselves or others,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “We are already partnered with many respected charities worldwide, including some of the top organizations in the nation such as iKeepSafe, Hey U.G.L.Y and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders in order to crack this ‘code,’ and help educators stop potential problems before they start. This keyword library is a much needed resource for our U.S. customers.”
Impero’s keyword library includes terms such as “gkys” which is text-speak for “go kill yourself;” “biscuit” which is a term to define a gun, “thinspiration,” a term often used by people with eating disorders, and “Yodo,” an acronym for “you only die once,” an extremist phrase used to promote suicide bombings and recruitment to violent extremist groups. The software also allows for adding new keywords or phrases so that educators can incorporate such things as neighborhood-specific gang references or student nicknames. Students can also use the software to anonymously report concerns about themselves or others to trusted, trained adults.
Impero Education Pro works on all school devices using algorithms to detect when a student uses certain keywords or phrases. The system will alert those responsible for “safeguarding” issues within the school such as counselors and capture a screen shot or short video to provide context. This enables those alerted to analyze the activity and determine if it is a true threat or if there is another explanation (such as suicide research for a class assignment on Romeo and Juliet).
Educators can also use Impero Education Pro to block students from accessing the Internet or certain web sites and view screenshots and timelines of student activity. Administrators can create reports and export data on student or class activity, or on trending phrases.
“Before Franklin County Public Schools implemented Impero Education Pro, we had many instances of students searching for inappropriate terms, improper use of email, and questionable student online behavior,” said Jimmy Pack, Chief Information Officer for Franklin County Public Schools in Franklin, Ky. “Today the number of incidents reported has dropped dramatically and there’s been a noticeable shift in the way students conduct themselves online. Keyword monitoring is just one important piece of what makes Impero such a wonderful tool for our schools.”
The updated library of U.S. keywords, including the radicalization terms, is free for existing Impero customers and will come standard for new customers. For more information, visit www.imperosoftware.com.
Impero also offers classroom management tools that teachers can use to share their screens, send and share files with students, take over or lock students’ computers, create exams, assign tasks, send messages to students, or mute the sound to draw students’ attention back to the teacher. Schools can also use Impero Software for administrative tasks such as controlling passwords or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.
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About Impero Software
Impero Software is relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is currently accessed via one million computers in over 70 countries, including by 500 U.S. districts. In the UK it is the market-leading provider of Classroom, Network and Internet Safety Management Software, with a greater than 40 percent market share of UK secondary schools and 24 percent of colleges.
The company provides intelligent school IT management to help teams cut costs and maximize productivity. Its cutting edge software and powerful learning tools assist schools in the day-to-day running of their computer networks, putting teachers back in control of the classroom and enabling them to proactively deal with internet safety concerns on a daily basis.
Women Leaders in Education Conference Features Three Distinguished Superintendents
Founders Dr. Carmella S. Franco, Dr. Darline P. Robles, and Dr. Maria G. Ott will be the primary presenters at this one-of-a-kind event to empower women in education
(TUSTIN, CA) June 17, 2016 — On July 31 and August 1 in Boston, the Women Leaders in Education Conference will gather some of the industry’s top thought leaders to share their insight with attendees. The program for the conference, which is produced by LRP Conferences LLC, is a combination of interactive, collaborative workshops and keynote presentations.
The workshop sessions will be facilitated by the creators of the conference, three former school superintendents: Dr. Carmella Franco, Dr. Maria Ott, and Dr. Darline Robles. Collectively, these three remarkable women have more than 100 years of experience in navigating education professional pathways.
Together they co-authored the 2011 book, A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School: Leadership for Equity. This conference is the outgrowth of the many years they have each served as advisors and mentors to hundreds of women working in a wide variety of school settings.
Dr. Carmella S. Franco is a Search Associate with Hazard, Young & Attea, where she assists with superintendent searches. She recently completed her tenure as interim superintendent for the Compton Unified School District while the search for a permanent superintendent was completed. She was a founding member and a director of the Western region of the Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.
Dr. Darline P. Robles is a professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Her primary responsibility is the development of a new national hybrid Master’s degree program in school leadership. Dr. Robles retired after serving eight years as the first Latina County superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), the nation’s largest regional service agency. As chief of the Salt Lake City School District from 1995–2002, she was recognized for raising student achievement. Prior to her position in Salt Lake City School District, she served as superintendent of the Montebello Unified School District in California.
Dr. Maria G. Ott started a new phase in her distinguished educational career when she joined the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Previously she served more than seven years as superintendent of the Rowland Unified School District, leading the district through major instructional improvement initiatives and modernization of facilities. She is nationally known for establishing partnerships with private foundations in support of Rowland Unified and its strategic plan and efforts to reach high levels of literacy and raise student achievement.
Education industry icons Deb deVries, Kathy Hurley, Wendy LaDuke, and Ann McMullan will co-chair the event. “Helping women develop their individual professional roadmaps is something that I have enjoyed doing for over 40 years, and I am very excited to bring many of these professionals together in July,” said Hurley. “Together we will explore how each individual can expand her leadership and address the latest trends and issues within the industry.”
Keynote speakers will include the following:
- Deborah Delisle, the executive director and CEO of ASCD;
- Suhail Farooqui, the CEO of K12 Insight;
- Sue Gendron, the president of the International Center for Leadership in Education;
- Christine Johns, the superintendent of Utica Community Schools;
- Deborah Quazzo, the founder and managing partner of GSV Advisors;
- Priscilla Shumway, a senior trainer for The Bob Pike Group; and
- Maree Sneed, a litigator and legal advisor to districts and educational associations.
To register for the Women Leaders in Education Conference, click here.
About the Women Leaders in Education Conference
The Women Leaders in Education Conference is designed for K-12 education professionals to share strategies, learn from experts, and connect with colleagues. This one-of-a-kind event empowers women within education to grow personally and professionally—providing the opportunity to engage with women leaders who share similar aspirations and goals, assisting in the development of each individual’s professional roadmap, and exploring the latest trends and issues within the industry. For more information, visit WomenLeadersInEducation.com.
About LRP Conferences, LLC
LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually, including: Campus Technology Conference, Transformational Technology in Higher Education Conference, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, HR Technology Conference, Talent Acquisition Tech Conference, and Recruiting Trends Conference. For more information, visit LRP.com/ed.
Future Ready Schools in School Transformation
Future Ready Librarians Highlights Critical Role Librarians Play in Supporting the
Future-Ready Goals of Schools and Districts
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Future Ready Schools (FRS)—led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education—announced Future Ready Librarians, an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. The Future Ready initiative helps district leaders recognize the potential of digital tools and align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning.
“In today’s digital world, the school library has evolved from a place to merely check out books to one that offers opportunities for collaboration, project-based learning, and online access,” said Alliance for Excellent Education’s President Bob Wise. “Similarly, librarians are now playing central roles in school leadership and working daily with students, teachers, and administrators. Through Future Ready Librarians, school librarians will be better equipped to support teachers in their transition to a digital learning environment while themselves becoming more future ready.”
Follett, the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to Pre-K–12 schools in the United States, will support the development of tools and resources to connect librarians and libraries in support of the Future Ready initiative and enable district leaders to better engage and empower librarians to support their Future Ready vision.
“Follett is thrilled to support the Future Ready Librarians initiative, as it aligns perfectly with our history and our vision for the future of education,” said Nader Qaimari, president of Follett School Solutions. “Through Project Connect and this initiative, we will continue to advocate for strong, empowered school librarians. Now we can be even more effective as we create new resources and services designed to position librarians as leaders in a digital transformation.”
A network of nationally recognized librarians, including Mark Ray, Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools in Washington,will provide input on the development of strategies, tools and resources aligned with the Future Ready Framework. A former high school librarian, Ray has been nationally recognized for transforming the role of the school librarian into a technological innovator in schools.
“Future Ready librarians embrace change and innovation in education,” said Ray. “As teachers, they empower students as creators and digital citizens; as coaches, they collaborate with teachers as curators and guides. Future Ready schools require new kinds of leadership. The Future Ready Librarians initiative will help define what that leadership can be.”
“School librarians lead transformational learning through their instructional leadership in the digital learning landscape,” said Leslie Preddy, president of the American Association of School Librarians, a FRS coalition partner. “They support educators and prepare youth for informed living in a technology- and information-rich society. The expansion of the Future Ready initiative to include Future Ready Librarians re-affirms school librarians as critical to the transition and sustainability of effective digital learning.”
Future Ready Librarians builds on the Alliance’s 2014 report, Leading In and Beyond the Library, which first outlined the Alliance’s belief that school librarians and libraries should play a key role in state- and district-wide efforts to transition to digital learning. The Alliance has also repeatedly stressed the importance of school librarians through Digital Learning Day, which the Alliance first created in 2012 to highlight great teaching practices and demonstrate how technology can improve student outcomes.
Today’s Future Ready Librarians announcement comes during the White House’s National Week of Making (June 17–23). The Maker Movement in schools is designed to provide physical spaces within schools where students can collaborate with their peers to build, create, and tinker. These maker spaces are frequently led by librarians and located within school libraries, which have been reconfigured and redesigned to include workstations where students work on projects involving coding and robots, inquiry-based building, and even 3-D printing.
“With skilled librarians leading the charge, school libraries evolve from quiet reading zones to active, flexible learning spaces for student collaboration and innovation,” said Wise. “Such approaches move students to become designers and creators engaged in real-world applications of their learning who are better prepared for success in college and a career.”
For more information on the Future Ready Librarians program, visitwww.FutureReady.org/Librarians.
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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org
Future Ready Schools (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. FRS provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. FRS is led by the Alliance for Excellent Education alongside a vast coalition of organizations including the U.S. Department of Education.www.FutureReady.org
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. www.FollettLearning.com
Flipped Classroom Gets Fuel from a Worldwide Coalition of Educators, Researchers, and Technologists
Flipped Learning Global Initiative launched to support the effective adoption of the flipped classroom around the world.
Chicago, IL. June 27, 2016 – Today a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders announced the launch of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI). The initiative known as FLGI was created to support the rapidly expanding adoption of flipped learning in countries from China and Taiwan to Spain, Dubai, the UK, Turkey, Italy, Korea, Argentina, Iceland, Sweden, India and the United States. FLGI aims to fill the rapidly growing global need for collaboration across borders in three domains: evolving best practices in flipped learning, research curation and distribution, and technology selection and implementation. FLGI has brought together a global cohort of flipped learning mission partners to support these three domains–all of which are critical to successfully implement flipped learning. FLGI is the first global effort to address the emerging needs of the Flipped Learning Movement.
“For the last 10 years I have traveled the world speaking and training educators in the flipped classroom model, and I’ve seen firsthand the promise, passion, and potential of the flipped classroom,” said Jon Bergmann, flipped learning co-founder, evangelist, and center of a global network of flipped learning early adopters around the world. “I’ve also seen the pitfalls and myriad ways that flipped learning can be compromised by bad practice, inappropriate technology, and poor execution.”
The Flipped Learning Global Initiative launched with 21 mission partners, including MT Groupo in Spain; TES Global in the UK; IWBNet in Australia and New Zealand; iSchool in China and Taiwan, Udemy in the United States; BAM Education Radio Network in the United States and a cadre of some of the world’s leading flipped learning researchers.
FLGI will serve as a global hub for coordinating, orchestrating and scaling the key elements required to successfully expand flipped learning. FLGI’s primary focus is identifying and developing strategic partnerships, initiatives, projects, best-in-class technology, vendors and services to introduce and support flipped learning internationally.
“The global energy and scope of activity going on around flipped learning is breathtaking. The only thing more astounding is that most of the great flipped learning achievements are happening in silos. FLGI was created to be the bridge for worldwide collaboration,” said Errol St.Clair Smith, FLGI, Director of Global Development.
Over the last ten years, flipped learning has become a worldwide movement as countries all around the globe are flipping classrooms, schools, and entire universities. The passion for flipped learning is accelerating, and the flipped learning sector is projected to grow by 34.7% per year through 2020. “The most convincing way I have seen technology utilized in education is with flipped learning,” said, Lord Jim Knight – Former Minister of Education for the United Kingdom and FLGI Mission Partner.
FLGI is an outgrowth of the decades-long work of Jon Bergmann, one of the co-founders and pioneers of the Flipped Classroom Movement. For more information contact: Errol St.Clair Smith at 949-677-7381, email@example.com or go towww.flgobal.org .
Freshly Named a ‘Best Teaching & Learning Website’ by AASL, Bloomz Announces New Features at ISTE 2016
The teacher-parent communication app will be free for schools and introduces student timelines, behavior tracking, and video support
(Denver, CO) June 27, 2016 – Just in time for ISTE 2016, the popular teacher-parent communication app Bloomz is announcing a major award and introducing new features, including offering its basic schoolwide product for free.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recently named Bloomz a Best Website for Teaching & Learning in the Social Networking and Communications category. “Members of the Best Websites committee were very impressed by Bloomz,” said AASL President Leslie Preddy. “The site combines the features of several collaboration and social media platforms in order to optimize communication with parents. Bloomz’s ‘one-stop shop’ opens a window into the classroom that today’s parents expect—while protecting student privacy. One committee member said, ‘Honestly, I wish it had existed when I was a classroom teacher!’”
Bloomz also announced four new updates that will be coming to its mobile and web app in time for the upcoming school year:
· Student Timelines: As teachers share pictures of a students’ work, parents will now see a portfolio or timeline of their child’s creations, and watch them evolve over time. The feature is similar to that of a Facebook timeline view for every student over time, across all activities. This feature is scheduled to launch in August.
· Behavior Tracking: This feature helps teachers send home reports of how students behave in class. Taking a cue from the app’s name and to reinforce positive student behavior, “blooming” flowers will be used to provide parents a pictorial representation of their child’s behavior throughout the school year. Behavior tracking will also be available in August.
· Video support: This feature has been the most requested by Bloomz users. Now, teachers will be able to record moments from the classroom and share them directly on Bloomz, where parents can watch and enjoy them. Video support will be available starting in September.
· Free for schools: Bloomz is also making its current basic schoolwide communication product (currently in beta until the new school year), free for schools moving forward.
“It’s an honor to receive the AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning award. It confirms the impact our app is having with educators and parents and underscores our commitment to quality and value,” said Chaks Appalabattula, the CEO of Bloomz. “With this series of announcements, Bloomz is strongly positioned as the most complete parent communication app for educators out there, providing them with the capabilities they need to create a strong bond with parents, and giving parents a one-stop solution to better participate in their kids’ growth.”
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.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. Learn more at AASL.org.
ISTE and Microsoft collaborate to provide new school planning and
professional learning resources
Multi-project initiative to include first of its kind blueprint for school transformation, leadership courses, school development tools
DENVER–June 26, 2016– At today’s ISTE 2016 opening general session, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and Microsoft Corp. announced they plan to combine and expand a host of their world-class initiatives to ensure educators and school leaders around the world have access to school planning and professional development resources. This collaboration stems from a shared belief that technology has the power to transform learning, and can do so most effectively when it’s embedded in how a school or educator thinks about and drives new learning opportunities.
“This new collaboration between ISTE and Microsoft springs from our shared, genuine commitment to have a real impact on learners around the globe,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “It will leverage our respective strengths and allow our substantive work on student empowerment, digital citizenship, education leadership and professional learning to be multiplied.”
As part of this new multi-project initiative, ISTE and Microsoft will bring together resources from the education and technology fields to inspire educators to design and develop schools where technology is woven into the culture and environment. Three of these resources will include:
- ISTE and Microsoft Blueprint for School Transformation: To support leaders as they pioneer innovation and digital transformation, Microsoft and ISTE will align respective professional development pathways supporting leadership, policy and 21st century pedagogy. Mapping of the ISTE Essential Conditions and Microsoft Transformation Frameworkhas already begun and will provide common language and direction for future shared work.
- Leadership courses designed in accordance with this blueprint: Microsoft has also partnered with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, and top global university innovation and education experts to develop a series of new courses in the areas of change leadership, design thinking, gameful learning, deep learning, and ambitious teaching and learning. They will be developed with the support and guidance of ISTE and Microsoft and will contain renowned curriculum created by leading edX university partners. The first course will be available for enrollment on edx.org starting in September 2016 and is scheduled to begin in December 2016. Additional courses will begin by March 2017. Stay updated about this offering at http://aka.ms/edx/schools.
- Tools to help streamline the development of 21st century schools: Microsoft and ISTE plan to partner with schools around the world to further develop new Microsoft Showcase Schools, a global community of more than 600 schools engaged in digital transformation to improve learning and teaching. This community of schools plans to have additional support to further incorporate the ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and use the organization’s resources such as the ISTE Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool and Microsoft’s Self Reflection Tool. Find out more about theMicrosoft Showcase School program.
“Microsoft’s focus on supporting education transformation has great synergy with the work of ISTE,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “We are proud of the collaboration announced today and the opportunity we have together to empower students, educators and school leaders globally to achieve more.”
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit membership organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.
Innovative offerings include the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age– as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo–the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook andLinkedIn.
Achieve3000 Unveils All-New Updates to Its Blended Learning, Differentiated Instruction Solutions at ISTE 2016
Achieve3000 offers innovative new ways to empower blended learning and accelerate student literacy gains through differentiated instruction in the 2016-2017 school year.
LAKEWOOD, N.J. – June 27, 2016 – At the 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado, Achieve3000® will showcase an array of new and enhanced literacy solutions, all designed to help students and educators make a strong start when they head back to school. The updates include deeply customized state-specific editions for all products; new products for intervention, ELL, and bilingual programs; a new foundational literacy program; new high-stakes state assessment readiness courses; a redesigned Teacher’s Edition homepage; textbook alignment courses; new rostering and data integration options; and an upcoming LevelSet™ Writing assessment.
To support schools and districts across the country and around the world, the company has created state-customized editions of its patented, nonfiction blended learning literacy solutions:
- KidBizPro®, TeenBizPro®, and EmpowerPro® for English language arts, science and social studies in grades two through 12
- KidBizBoost®, TeenBizBoost®, and EmpowerBoost® for Tier 2 and 3 Response to Intervention and special education in grades two through 12
- KidBizAccess®, TeenBizAccess®, and EmpowerAccess® for English language learners in grades two through 12
- KidBizEspañol®, TeenBizEspañol®, and EmpowerEspañol® for Spanish immersion, bilingual, and dual language models in grades two through 12
With more than 65 customized editions – one for every state in the U.S. plus several international editions – Achieve3000 is ensuring both teachers and students have the standards-aligned, grade-appropriate content they need to meet grade-level state standards, perform on high-stakes state assessments, and achieve college and career readiness literacy goals. Using Achieve3000’s patented and proven method of online differentiated instruction, students of all ability levels work with grade-appropriate content delivered at 12 levels in English and 7 levels in Spanish, along with scaffolding precisely tailored for their learning needs. Each solution has embedded interim and formative assessments available in both English and Spanish that measure and monitor students’ reading levels to measure growth and show impact. Achieve3000’sPro, Boost, Access and Español solutions are available within Achieve3000’s family of literacy solutions: KidBiz3000® for grades two through five, TeenBiz3000® for grades six through eight, and Empower3000® for grades nine through 12.
Smarty Ants® Foundational Literacy Program
Smarty Ants is a research-driven solution for students in grades PreK-1 that differentiates instruction in foundational reading skills and accelerates student achievement in a motivating, interactive, online learning environment. The program continuously evaluates each student’s exact skill level, learning temperament and learning pace. Based on this information, the adaptive content system automatically delivers the right level of direct and guided skill instruction and game-based practice to keep emerging readers engaged in systematic, explicit, and spiraled instruction in foundational literacy skills. From letter identification and the alphabetic principle to structural analysis and comprehension skills, Smarty Ants provides the “just right” level of instruction to transform young learners into independent readers.
ELA Test Challenge Courses
Achieve3000 is introducing its brand-new ELA Test Challenge courses that prepare students for the rigor of high-stakes state assessments. Built for each grade level and customized for each high-stakes state assessment, the ELA Test Challenge courses help students develop strength and stamina for reading complex informational texts and practice with technology-enhanced items, including drag-and-drop sequencing, click-to-highlight evidence tasks, multi-part items, and multi-select multiple-choice questions. The Challenge courses, along with all of Achieve3000’s instructional content, are accessible at anywhere and anytime via Achieve3000’s mobile apps, online and offline.
New Teacher’s Edition Homepage
Based on teachers’ feedback from around the world, Achieve3000 is also unveiling an all-new Teacher’s Edition homepage with an improved workflow, easier navigation, enhanced grading options, and improved assessment tools that minimize administrative tasks. Teachers can access lessons via a new lesson carousel that allows them to quickly leaf through assigned instructional content, while lesson cards contain key information such as state standards. A new Key Insights panel displays class progress and performance metrics, so teachers can celebrate students’ successes and find opportunities for new challenges. Additionally, the redesigned homepage allows teachers to develop and strengthen students’ writing skills by quickly and easily providing feedback and assigning grades to Thought Questions at point of use. A new Celebration and Success section promotes student motivation and engagement with at-a-glance access to top daily and weekly student scores, plus contest scoreboards and weekly prizes.
Textbook Alignment Courses
Available for a wide variety of basal textbook programs, Achieve3000’s custom textbook alignment courses ensure students can fully engage with grade-level textbook passages and help them to build the comprehension, vocabulary, and critical-thinking skills they need to meet the state ELA Standards and succeed on high-stakes state assessments. Each Achieve3000 textbook alignment course provides a customized set of lessons designed to reinforce and extend the topics and themes in the most popular basal textbook programs.
Rostering and Data Integration
To support data-driven instruction, Achieve3000 has also improved data integration for rostering and dashboards. The company now offers flexible rostering options, from one-time uploads to automated imports to nightly updates, to meet educators’ specific data needs. The company also offers direct SIS integration through its partnership with the edtech platform company Clever, allowing educators to share their data with all of their applications – all from one place. Single sign-on (SSO) options mean that teachers do not have to log into multiple systems, saving both time and effort.
Upcoming LevelSet Writing Assessments
Finally, coming in 2017, Achieve3000’s LevelSet Writing assessment will feature immediate, automatic scoring of students’ writing on pre-, interim and post-tests. LevelSet Writing will be the first assessment of its kind to measure student writing on the Lexile writing scale, adding another embedded assessment to Achieve3000’s solutions to further inform and differentiate instruction. Interested parties can apply to join the LevelSet Writing pilot during the 2016-2017 school year.
For more information on these updates for the upcoming school year, visithttp://www.achieve3000.com/bts2016. Educators attending the ISTE Conference can find Achieve3000 at Booth 1315 in the Expo Hall. For more information, including in-booth presentations and demos, visit www.achieve3000.com/ISTE16.
About Achieve3000, Inc.
Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving over two million students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains, with many making double to triple the expected gains in a single school year. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s solutions – Smarty Ants (for grades PreK-1), KidBiz3000 (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000 (for grades 6-8), Empower3000 (for grades 9-12), Spark3000 (for adult learners), and eScience3000 (for grades 6-8) – support core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, and special education instructional models as well as 21st-century education initiatives. From learning how to read to workforce readiness, Achieve3000 empowers all learners to develop the college and career literacy skills needed for academic, professional, and personal success. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online atwww.achieve3000.com or by calling 888-968-6822.
Workbench Partners with Parrot to Launch Online Education Community
Partnership will create online workbench for education makers to explore, build, teach, and share with drones
Baltimore, MD – June 27, 2016 – Edtech company Workbench has partnered with Parrot to create the online workbench community, the “Parrot Education Community,” to bring the exciting world of programming and learning with drones and robots to students, teachers and STEM enthusiasts. The Parrot Education Community will allow users to interact with the company and with one another to share programs, videos, lessons and experiences. In addition, the content created in this workbench can be leveraged by educators to drive interactive, hands-on learning in the classroom, helping to meet NGSS standards.
The “Parrot Education Community” built on the Workbench platform features projects that use drones and robots to teach STEM skills such as geometry, science, art, physics and coding. With its fully integrated and custom learning management system, teachers can use it to assign lessons and monitor student progress. To view Parrot’s online community, go to activities.parrot.com.
“Tomorrow’s jobs will use the latest technologies, such as drones, to accomplish new things and Parrot offers some of the best teaching drones on the market today,” said Chis Sleat, Workbench founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to help Parrot galvanize their community by helping educators access and share dynamic lessons that help prepare students for advanced learning. It is truly an exciting time in education.”
The Workbench platform allows partner companies to reach more people in a dynamic way and build long-term relationships with their customers as they expand content on the platform. For students and teachers, the Workbench platform provides a place to find free, engaging online projects that allow students to learn STEM skills while building and creating. To view the Workbench platform, go towww.workbenchplatform.com.
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals.
The company builds on a common technological expertise to innovate and develop in three primary markets:
Civil drones: With recreational quadricopters and solutions for professional use.
Connected objects: With a focus on audio and gardening.
Automotive: With the most extensive range of hands-free communication and infotainment systems for vehicles on the market.
Headquartered in Paris, Parrot currently employs more than 1.000 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas. Parrot has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO) For more information, please visit www.parrot.com
Workbench’s core mission is to partner with maker space companies to create online learning communities called workbenches. These workbenches foster an engaged community where users can interact with the company and with one another to share programs, lessons and experiences in order to drive interactive, hands-on learning in the classroom. In addition, the fully integrated and custom learning management system within Workbench allows teachers to assign lessons and monitor student progress.
Workbench has partnered with some of the preeminent names in the maker space, including Parrot, Sphero and SparkFun. For more information, visit www.workbenchplatform.com.
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- Insights from the Edsby learning management system and other sources
- Identification of at-risk students and improvement areas
- Scalability for large school districts
Age of Learning Launches ABCmouse for Schools, a Scalable Solution for School Districts and School Groups in the U.S. and Globally
High-quality teacher support and implementation services maximize the educational impact of the award-winning ABCmouse curriculum in the classroom and at home
(GLENDALE, CA) June 27, 2016 – Today, leading education technology innovator Age of Learning, Inc. announced the launch of ABCmouse® for Schools, a scalable solution to meet the pre-K through 2nd grade needs of school districts and school groups in the U.S. and internationally. ABCmouse for Schools builds on the success of the company’s award-winning and research-validated ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy, the leading and most comprehensive digital education resource for early learners. Available on computers, tablets, and smartphones, ABCmouse is already used by millions of children at home, in more than 65,000 U.S. classrooms, and in more than one third of all U.S. public libraries.
ABCmouse for Schools offers two solutions for pre-K through 2nd grade: ABCmouse Early Learning Academy, a comprehensive supplemental curriculum that builds a strong foundation for academic success across subject areas required for 3rd grade readiness; and the new ABCmouse English Language Learning Academy, which can be used by teachers as a core program or as a rich supplemental resource to provide a developmentally appropriate English language immersion experience.
ABCmouse for Schools complements these curriculum offerings with student management, professional development, curriculum alignment, and progress reporting tools. Uniquely, these products also offer home access versions that are designed specifically to engage children in learning outside of the classroom while strengthening the school-home connection that has been proven to improve student outcomes.
“ABCmouse is already a trusted early learning program for more than 65,000 classroom teachers,” explained David Samuelson, Age of Learning’s Head of Global Schools. “However, district-level educators have asked for additional features to support implementation of this highly effective supplemental curriculum across all of their early elementary classrooms, with the goal of ensuring that all of their younger students become truly 3rd-grade-ready. To meet this critical need, we spent more than a year developing the suite of ABCmouse for Schools tools and resources, based on feedback from teachers around the country and globally along with guidance from our Curriculum Board and Advisors.”
The ABCmouse Curriculum Board is composed of nationally recognized educators and experts in language development, child development, and early learning and primary grades curriculum and instruction, including 2014 U.S. National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Rebecca Palacios; 2006 U.S. National Teacher of the Year Kimberly Oliver Burnim; Dr. Twila Tardif, professor of psychology and former Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan; and others.
“ABCmouse for Schools helps to equalize access and improve the fidelity of implementation of a proven high-quality early learning resource,” said Dr. Palacios. “What schools and teachers will get is a powerful yet easy-to-use solution that strengthens the important school-home connection while reinforcing classroom learning to improve children’s academic skills.”
About ABCmouse Early Learning Academy
ABCmouse Early Learning Academy provides young learners, their families, and teachers with a comprehensive supplemental curriculum based on widely accepted education standards and early learning practices. Designed to prepare students for 3rd grade, the curriculum includes 830 lessons in 10 levels, with more than 8,500 standards-based learning activities such as books, songs, puzzles, and games that cover all major subjects: reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, health, art, and music. Large-scale research studies assessing the effectiveness of ABCmouse have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills. For more information on our research, please visit ABCmouseforschools.com/research.
About ABCmouse English Language Learning Academy
ABCmouse English Language Learning Academy teaches English in a natural way, beginning with listening and speaking activities that help children to quickly develop vocabulary and conversational skills. Once students have learned to speak and understand simple English, they progress to reading and writing. They will also develop independent learning skills and gain confidence in their own ability to understand and speak English, building a foundation that will help students to be successful throughout their education.
For more information, please visit ABCmouseForSchools.com.
For a live demonstration, visit Age of Learning at ISTE 2016 in Denver from June 27 to 29, 2016, at booth #2519.
About Age of Learning, Inc.
Age of Learning is a leading education technology innovator and producer of the multi-award–winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, serving millions of children. Based in Los Angeles, the company blends education best practices, innovative technology, and insightful creativity to bring learning to life for children across the U.S. and around the world. Age of Learning’s content provides young learners, their families, and teachers with a comprehensive curriculum that includes thousands of highly engaging and effective learning activities that build a strong foundation for academic success. Recognized as the No. 1 digital learning resource for children ages 2–7, ABCmouse is regularly ranked as the leading children’s learning iPad, iPhone, and Android app in both the Kids and Education categories. To date, children have completed more than 1.8 billion ABCmouse learning activities. The company’s Education Access Initiatives reach millions of children by offering the full ABCmouse curriculum at no cost to teachers and community institutions such as libraries, Head Start programs, community centers, public housing authorities, and after-school programs.
Promethean Becomes the Leading Brand of Interactive Flat Panel Displays
in U.S. K12 Schools
-Growth rate for the award-winning ActivPanelTM more than doubles the overall market-
(ATLANTA – June 27, 2016) – According to data from Futuresource Consulting Ltd., an independent global research company that monitors demand for interactive displays, the Promethean ActivPanel is now the most preferred model of interactive flat panel display for K12 classrooms in the United States. The latest report from Futuresource, which reports worldwide shipments quarterly and for the past 12 months, confirms that U.S. K12 school demand for Promethean interactive flat panels grew 235.7 percent, a growth rate of more than double the overall market and represents the highest share of all interactive flat panel providers in the United States.
Many K12 schools around the world have modernized their classrooms with interactive flat panel displays. Futursource reports that worldwide demand for interactive flat panels in K12 classrooms grew 69.5 percent through March 2016. Demand in the United States grew 111.2 percent over the same period. With interactive flat panels displays, K12 schools realize the benefits of lower cost of ownership, higher resolution viewing, lower maintenance, and longer life versus projector-based display technologies. In addition to leading all providers in units shipped into K12 schools the United States, the Promethean ActivPanel is now also the leading brand among K12 schools in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the Caribbean, Middle East, Iceland and Estonia.
“The award-winning ActivPanel is designed to meet the unique needs of educators, students and school IT administrators. The ActivPanel’s range of interactive HD and ultra HD displays promote interactivity and reveal crisp details to boost readability, ensuring the best collaborative learning experience,” said Vincent Young, chief marketing officer at Promethean. “We are very proud that K12 schools around the world have expressed preference for the Promethean ActivPanel as a must-have technology for the modern classroom.”
Last week, Promethean announced plans to introduce a newer version of the ActivPanel later this summer. The latest version of the ActivPanel will be powered by an externally accessible, upgradeable AndroidTM central processing unit (CPU) and will feature wireless and BlueToothTM connectivity, pre-loaded applications for mobile device mirroring, digital whiteboarding, and free collaboration software from ClassFlowTM.
For more information on the Promethean ActivPanel, visit https://www.prometheanworld.com/ActivPanel.
Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. Promethean’s main corporate offices are located in Blackburn, UK, and Atlanta, USA. Promethean is a member of the Net Dragon Websoft, Inc. (HKSE: 0777) group of companies. For more information, please visit PrometheanWorld.com.
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About NetDragon Websoft Inc.
NetDragon Websoft Inc. (HKSE: 0777) is a leading innovator and creative force in China’s mobile Internet industry. Established in 1999, NetDragon is a vertically integrated, cutting-edge R&D powerhouse with a highly successful track record which includes the development of flagship MMORPGs such as Eudemons Online and Conquer Online, China’s number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China’s most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China at the time. Being China’s pioneer in overseas expansion, NetDragon also directly operates a number of game titles in over 10 languages internationally since 2003. In recent years, NetDragon has become a major player in global online and mobile learning space as it works to leverage its mobile Internet technologies and operational know-how to develop a game-changing learning ecosystem. For more information, please visit NetDragon.com.
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itslearning Unveils New Release at ISTE 2016:
Enhanced Platform Personalizes and Improves the User Experience
Interface of Brand New Learning Management Platform is Designed Around Educators’ Most Important and Frequent Tasks for an Easy, Intuitive and Efficient Experience
Boston, MA – June 27, 2016 — ISTE 2016 attendees interested in the Digital Age Teaching and Learning focus area may want to stop by the itslearning booth (#1541) to see how the company’s brand new personalized learning management platform is changing how educators and students work in a learning platform. The new platform will be live in July 1.
“Our main focus with this new platform is enhancing the user experience,” said Arne Bergby, itslearning CEO. “So we’ve done a great deal of research to understand what our users are really trying to do when they use our platform. And we’ve tested and rebuilt the platform so that educators can more easily carry out their core tasks and get support from a system that is truly intuitive and doesn’t complicate their work but rather puts the focus on student learning outcomes.”
The main benefits educators will of the new platform include the following:
- Simplification and modernization of the interface and navigation
- Making the platform feel like an extension of the physical classroom
- Empowering teachers to follow best practices
- Increased compatibility with mobile devices
Simplification and Modernization
The main menu of the new platform has streamlined navigational features that allow educators to easily find and focus on their most important tasks: courses, current groups, students (if the educator is a teacher), a calendar and access to the platform’s library of resources. The groups menu places users’ communities, joint projects and associated dashboards all in one place. New system wizards help users understand how each new feature works.
Extension of the Physical Classroom
When users log in, a personalized start screen helps them immediately get organized and up to date by showing them upcoming events on their calendar, a sidebar list of follow-up tasks, and a stream of updates from courses and groups. Additionally, the bulletin system for course communications has become a simplified, stream-based system that allows teachers to easily embed links and content for students’ review. Students can then comment on that content from their own home pages.
The new instant messaging system better facilitates communication among students and between students and teachers. In addition to enabling live discussions, the new system allows users to share resources and collaborate. Messages sent before the launch of the new itslearning platform will be available to users in an archive.
Empowering Teachers to Follow Best Practices
In the previous platform, teachers had to go to different course pages in order to see relevant student profiles, now they have one-click access to information on all their students. The new Students page, accessible from the main menu, provides a quick overview of students and all their recent activities. Additionally, the page generates profile cards that present more details on each student and allow the teacher to start a conversation directly with the student without having to navigate to another part of the platform.
Teachers now have a larger itslearning library of teacher-created and third-party resources with which to support and enrich instruction including a repository of overmore than 20 million objects and over 5 million in open education resource. These have been revamped to make it easier for educators to access it as well as find and share resources.
Increased Compatibility with Mobile Devices
To accommodate educators accessing the platform via smartphones, the new navigational layout translates elegantly to mobile screens to create a seamless experience on the web. The updated app us optimize for educators’ most common tasks and includes the stream feature.
To smooth the transition to the new platform for all existing customers, the previous itslearning platform will continue to be available for the foreseeable future. That version will keep its existing functionality but will also include the live messaging system, the upgraded library with easy access to learning resources and student profile cards.
For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net.
Rochester, N.Y. (June 27, 2016) – Second Avenue Learning, a leader in the design and development of serious games for education, announces its partnership with BrainPOP®, a creator of award-winning educational animated movies, learning games, playful assessments, interactive quizzes and more. In this partnership, the companies seek to provide engaging content to educators teaching K-12 students about the election process.
Santa Barbara, CA (June 27, 2016) — PD Learning Network (PDLN) (@PDLNTeam) announces a partnership with Dremel (@DremelEdu) to provide badge certified K-12 teacher professional development for the Dremel Idea Builder printer.
“One of our most important responsibilities as an education technology provider is supporting teachers as they learn how to implement new tools in their classrooms,” said George Velez, manager, Dremel 3D education. “Partnering with a reputable professional development organization is emblematic of our mission to ensure 3D printing is applied in a purposeful way that enhances students’ understanding of STEAM principles.”
Access to a PDLN badge certification training course accompanies the purchase of every Dremel Idea Builder 3D40-EDU kit. Courses include videos, articles, lesson plans, school case studies and hands-on learning opportunities that provide a pathway to help educators master implementation of 3D printing in instruction. PDLN’s signature emphasis on effective classroom application ensures teachers can put 3D printing to most effective use to achieve desired student learning outcomes.
For more details, read the full release here.
Renaissance Learning doubles down on commitment to nurture student growth
Company shares vision for creating a unified learning ecosystem designed to reduce
teacher prep time and boost student performance
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (June 27, 2016) – In this era of assessment and accountability, teachers and administrators are exploring every opportunity to support student achievement. Yet, educators too often fall victim to “time drain” and low-value tasks that rob time and energy from purposeful instruction. Renaissance Learning, the leader in K-12 cloud-based assessment and learning analytics, announces its plan to bridge assessment to lesson planning and instruction in a way that liberates teachers from tedious prep work and enables them to focus on student growth.
“The most common refrain we hear from teachers is that they wish they had more time to spend on things that truly make a difference for students,” said Jack Lynch, CEO of Renaissance Learning. “So we’re creating a connected learning ecosystem that helps teachers realize that aspiration and gives them back precious time that they can spend helping students do their best work.”
To read the full release, click here.
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (June 27, 2016) – Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, unveils its redesigned mobile app at ISTE 2016. Four key features included in the updated app are improved menu navigation, home screen widgets, push notifications, and Touch ID for iOS devices – among additional enhancements.
With Skyward’s June 2016 release now live, the app is out of its beta testing stage, and all district clients have access to the new app from a mobile device. Users will first notice the enhanced menu navigation, which allows for the customization of favorites – areas of the app a user frequently views – saving clients valuable time and streamlining user-experience.
To view the full news release, click here.
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics America at ISTE 2016 has debuted a new solution to help improve student reading comprehension. Designed in partnership with Pearson, Samsung Literacy Lab combines Pearson’s iLit software with Samsung Chromebook 3 or Galaxy Tab® E devices to create a digital learning solution focused on improving and advancing vocabulary, comprehension and writing skills. In addition to Samsung Literacy Lab, Samsung will display its full suite of education solutions in booth#2500 at the Colorado Convention Center from June 26-29.
“Beyond transforming teaching and learning, technology can be used to engage students and improve critical literacy skills in struggling readers”
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), just 37 percent of high school seniors were ready for college-level reading, and about20 percent of Americans 15 and older lack basic functional literacy skills, as reported by the United Nations. Today’s learners are digital natives and thrive in technology-driven environments. Molded on the foundation of the three Cs – conversion, curriculum and collaboration – Samsung’s Literacy Lab helps close these gaps and encourage tomorrow’s thinkers and creators to excel.
“Beyond transforming teaching and learning, technology can be used to engage students and improve critical literacy skills in struggling readers,” said Ted Brodheim, vice president of Vertical Business at Samsung Electronics America. “Students who are unable to read at their grade level are at least twice as likely to drop out of school, according to a recent Scholastic report. Samsung is committed to providing solutions that are targeted at closing the gap in reading comprehension and arming teachers with the necessary tools to carry this out.”
Available to students grades 3 to 12, Samsung Literacy Lab is a mobile solution that’s easily transported to reach students in any location. Offered in packages of 10, the solution includes:
- 10 Samsung Chromebook 3 or Galaxy Tab® E devices
- 10 Pearson iLit licenses – iLit 20, iLit 45, iLit 90 or iLit ELL
- One day of professional development to ensure effective implementation
“Since debuting iLit in 2013, we have seen impressive learning outcomes, including improved student literacy skills by more than two grade levels in a single school year,” said Doug McCollum, who runs the Intervention, ELL, Pre-K and Supplemental Solutions businesses at Pearson. “By pairing iLit’s proven instructional model with Samsung’s leading Chromebook and tablet devices, we believe we can help even more schools nationwide see a vast improvement in reading, writing and vocabulary skills with Samsung Literacy Lab.”
Samsung will also bring together educators, technology experts and education providers to discuss virtual reality and literacy in two panel sessions:
- Virtual Reality: Blend This Into Your Learning
Monday, June 27, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. MTBeyond blended learning, virtual reality technology offers exciting opportunities to bring new learning experiences into the classroom, inspiring students with three-dimensional, interactive curriculum. Samsung will join a panel of education technology thought-leaders for an engaging discussion on how virtual reality technology can be integrated into student learning.
- Leveraging Technology to Improve Literacy Rates for Struggling Readers
Tuesday, June 28 from 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. MTBeyond transforming teaching and learning, technology can be used to engage students and improve critical literacy skills in struggling readers. Samsung will join a panel of education technology thought-leaders for an engaging discussion on how digital curriculum and resources are being used to help struggling readers close the gap.
For more information about Samsung K-12 products and solutions, please visit: www.samsung.com/education. Join the conversation on Twitter at @SamsungEDU. Download an infographic detailing the survey findings at: http://www.slideshare.net/SamsungBusinessUSA/.
- Website: http://samsung.com/education
- Blog: http://samsungbusinessblog.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamsungEDU
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/samsung-in-education
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SamsungBizUSA
- Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/SamsungBusinessUSA
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more of the award-winning products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com and for the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow on Twitter@SamsungNewsUS.
Northwest Evaluation Association Hits Industry Milestone with
Ten Instructional Content Partnerships
Integration with MAP Provides Educators Greatest Flexibility for
Instruction Informed by Assessment
Portland, OR (June 27, 2016) – Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) announced its 10th partnership with an instructional content provider, Curriculum Crafter, this month, signifying a new milestone for in-depth content integration in the industry. These partnerships allow educators to select appropriate teaching resources from a range of instructional content options – including open education resources – using a student’s RIT score from NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.
The integration of a breadth of instructional content with reliable, accurate MAP data allows teachers to deepen differentiated instruction through MAP Informed Learning Paths. Teachers can personalize instruction for each student with a customized ILP that optimizes the individual student learning experience.
“NWEA believes that assessment should inform instruction,” said Matt Chapman, CEO of NWEA. “So we are dedicated to giving educators a wide range of high-quality instructional choices, so that they are able to use the resources best suited for their students’ individual needs. This milestone exemplifies our mission, partnering to help all kids learn.”
Resources and tools from these Instructional Content Providers are available to more than 7,800 schools, districts, and educational agencies currently using MAP assessments to measure student academic growth.
- Achieve3000® enables educators to deepen differentiated instruction through MAP Informed Learning Paths, which support and strengthen the skills required for college and career readiness.
- Compass Learning provides a complete solution for teachers’ instructional needs and produces individualized learning paths.
- Curriculum Advantage integrates MAP assessment results to provide interactive, online K-8 math, reading, language arts, and science instruction as well as assessment and productivity tools.
- Curriculum Crafter aligns MAP data with standards-aligned instructional content from a web-based curriculum management platform. Teachers have immediate access to thousands of K-12 resources.
- Edgenuity integrates MAP assessment results with Edgenuity’s online courseware, creating data-driven individualized learning paths for each student.
- Edmentum assimilates MAP assessment results with Study Island® content and instructional materials to create individualized learning paths for each student, and helps K-12 students master the content specified in state and Common Core standards.
- Learning A-Z integrates MAP assessment results with Reading A-Z’s literacy-focused curriculum resources, creating differentiated instructional recommendations for teachers to use with each student or groups of students.
- NoRedInk uses MAP assessment results with NoRedInk’s popular grammar and writing software, creating personalized content recommendations for each student.
- Odysseyware combines MAP assessment results with customized, flexible K–12 core, elective, and CTE curriculum and instructional tools.
- Triumph Learning integrates MAP assessment results to create personalized learning paths for every student.
These partnerships are in addition to a wide range of Open Education Resources (OER) that are also linked to MAP, such as Kahn Academy. More information about NWEA’s Instructional Content Provider program is available online.
About Northwest Evaluation Association
Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim growth assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®); Skills Navigator®, a skills mastery and progress monitoring tool; and as the U.S. provider of the PISA-based OECD Test for Schools assessment. More than 7,800 partners in U.S. schools, school districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer PreK-12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and mastery and inform instruction; professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning; and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation. Educators currently use NWEA assessments with nearly eight million students. Learn more at nwea.org.
Vernier Helps Science and STEM Teachers Prepare for Back-to-School with a Collection of Free Resources
Professional learning and support tools include in-person workshops, webinars, video tutorials, grant opportunities and more.
BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 27, 2016 — To support science and STEM teachers in delivering quality instruction to their students at the start of, and throughout, the school year, Vernier Software & Technology is offering an abundance of free professional learning resources, support tools, grant opportunities and more. This comprehensive collection of offerings provides teachers with the skills and resources needed to effectively use data-collection technology in their classrooms.
“Helping both educators and students succeed in today’s science classrooms is our top priority,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “To support this, we are committed to providing stellar service, teacher-based tech support, and useful professional development year round to meet the needs of our customers.”
Free resources from Vernier include:
- Award and grant opportunities: Among others, these include the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards and Vernier Engineering Contest, both of which award teachers with cash and technology prizes.
- Community Forum: Customers can access the forum to exchange advice, trade used equipment, look at DIY projects and discuss lab ideas with other educators.
- Hands-on workshops: These free educator-led seminars provide teachers with innovative ways to integrate probeware into their curricula.
- Sample experiments: The student version of these classroom-ready investigations can be downloaded directly from the Vernier website. More than 1,000 sample experiments are available.
- Tech Tips Videos: This collection of more than 180 videos provides helpful tutorials on using various Vernier data-collection technologies.
- Technical Information Library (TIL): An extensive collection of technical information, troubleshooting advice, frequently asked questions and more than 1,000 searchable technology tips are available 24/7. The Vernier TIL was honored with a Stellar Service Award from Tech & Learning magazine.
- Warranty and repair program: In addition to an ample five-year warranty, Vernier will attempt to repair most products, many times at no charge.
- Webinars: These personalized, customized webinars provide an effective way for educators and their science departments to learn more about using Vernier technology.
In addition to these resources, Vernier provides award-winning customer service. When educators call the company with questions or for technical support they speak with a former science teacher, a product engineer, or a curriculum developer who is well-versed in the technology. The company also monitors its social media channels to quickly respond to customers when they have questions.
To learn more about Vernier and their free resources for teachers, visitwww.vernier.com.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 35 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and hires educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.