MimioStudio Software Now Available at No Cost for All Boxlight Interactive Display Products Sold from 2009 to Today
Lawrenceville, GA – June 27, 2016 – BOXLIGHT Corporation, which offers the education industry’s most comprehensive lineup of integrated instructional classroom technologies, announced today that it will offer its customers using Boxlight’s array of display products purchase since 2009 the award-winning MimioStudio™ classroom software.
“This is first of many positive outcomes coming from our merger with Mimio,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight Corporation. “We work every day to advance our hardware and software solutions for one reason alone: to help teachers better engage students in the process of learning and improve student achievement.”
Earlier this year, the latest versions of MimioStudio software and the MimioMobile™ mobile application were launched. When integrated with MimioStudio software, the latest version of the MimioMobile app is compatible with any device with a supported Web browser. Educators and students can access and use the application’s assessment and collaboration features from nearly any device, including Chromebooks and Windows Surface tablets. All current customers have the opportunity to upgrade to these versions for free from app stores and at www.mimio.boxlight.com.
With the expanded functionality of MimioStudio software, teachers using Boxlight interactive display products now can choose to have an individual student, a group of students, or an entire class work on the same activity. Teachers now have a far greater ability to highlight, discuss, and share student work with the entire class, and can also pause student sessions or hide a session from view instantly, all on the front-of-the-class display. Interactive display products with MimioStudio software integrate seamlessly with all MimioClassroom™ technology, from the MimioView™ document camera to the MimioPad™ wireless tablet.
In addition, with a single MimioStudio classroom license and the MimioMobile app, any student with an Android or Apple mobile device can participate in collaborative learning and ongoing, real-time formative assessment, including open-response questions. Schools and students benefit from more collaborative group instruction, which encourages participation and idea sharing and a more student-centric learning environment.
For more information on how to retrofit their Boxlight interactive projectors, customers should call visit www.mimio.boxlight.com.
Boxlight and Globisens Debut the New GlobiLab App for Chromebook at ISTE 2016
Newest version of science education software allows more classrooms to work with award-winning scientific measurement and analysis tools
Boston, MA – June 28, 2016 – Boxlight and K-12 science technology pioneer Globisens, unveiled their newest offering, the GlobiLab app for Chromebook laptops, at the 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo in Denver, Colo. STEM educators attending the conference were among the first to experience the newly-launched app in action.
The genesis for the Chromebook app came after the company realized that while the Chromebook has emerged as a unique utility for the education sector in recent years, many users were prohibited by the limited number of available apps for this platform, particularly in science education.
“As part of our tradition of pioneering technologies, we’re offering one of the first science education apps for Chromebook,” said Dov Bruker, Globisens CEO. “We’ve adapted our proven and highly successful GlobiLab, making hands-on science available to the millions of Chromebook users.”
GlobiLab software communicates wirelessly with Labdisc multi-sensor compact devices, allowing for full setup and control of the devices. Graphical and meter displays present data in real time, enabling students to quickly measure their world and analyze data samples. The software’s sophisticated data analysis functions help students develop skilled scientific responses by enabling users to perform derivative and regression functions as well as view comprehensive statistics. GlobiLab also merges the latest sensor, Internet and satellite technologies so that students can plot measurement data over a Google map, allowing them to map local pollution or weather conditions and compare their data with other schools – opening the door for meaningful collaboration between learners all over the world.
“Globisens had already leveraged the revolutionary design of iOS and the versatility of Android to help educators and students make the most of GlobiLab,” said Pat Henry, Boxlight’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Now that Chromebook is proving to be an increasingly popular choice for education, especially in the United States, updating the app for Chromebook laptops allows for a lot more users and flexibility. Sophisticated but easy-to-use features as well as the software’s productivity suite and research facilities, mean millions of educators and students will have no trouble making use of this light-weight cloud-based platform.”
Established in April 2009, Globisens is an education technology company, focused on delivering the most modern pioneering solutions for K-12 science. In October 2011, Globisens launched the Labdisc all-in-one multi-disciplinary laboratory for every science field including physics, biology, chemistry, environmental studies and geography.
For more information about the extensive product offerings of the companies, please visit www.boxlight.com.
Pioneering Study Reveals More Than 90 Percent of Colleges and Universities Embrace Alternative Credentials
Millennials prefer badging and certificates to traditional degrees, according to researchers from UPCEA, Penn State and Pearson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 28, 2016 – A study released today by UPCEA (the University Professional and Continuing Education Association), Penn State and Pearson, at the UPCEA and the American Council on Education (ACE) Summit for Online Leadership in Washington, D.C., found widespread acceptance and use of alternative credentialing programs at American colleges and universities. Leading the way are millennial students, who the study found are more likely to favor an educational reward system that is built around badging and certificates, rather than the traditional bachelor’s degree.
The study, conducted by Jim Fong, director of UPCEA’s Center for Research and Marketing Strategy; Kyle Peck, director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning and professor of education and research fellow in the learning, design, and technology program at Penn State University; and Peter Janzow, senior director of business development for Acclaim, Pearson; explored the role that alternative credentials play in higher education to better serve the needs of learners worldwide.
“The degree will always be an important credential, but it won’t always be the gold standard,” said Fong. “As millennials enter the prime years of their career and move into positions of greater power, we’ll see more alternative credentials for specific industries and possibly across the board. Higher education institutions, especially those in our survey, are showing that they are being progressive with workforce needs.”
Among the study’s key findings:
▪ Alternative credentials are offered by 94% of institutions.
▪ One in five institutions offers badges.
▪ Badges are most commonly offered in the business industry.
▪ 71% of institutions has consistent engagement with the business community for internships, practicums, and job placement
▪ 64% of respondents either strongly or somewhat agreed that their institution sees alternative credentialing as an important strategy for its future.
Janzow said, “Our research highlights the ways that higher education is changing to adapt to today’s demographic, technological and other societal shifts. Non-credit training courses, non-credit certificate programs, and micro-credentialing all provide learners with less expensive and faster alternatives to job opportunities than traditional degree programs. What was previously thought of as cutting edge is now becoming mainstream and is transforming the paths that learners take to success.”
The team at Acclaim, Pearson’s digital badging platform, works with numerous institutions around the country that are transforming the lives of learners in their communities and making a positive impact on their local economies by offering opportunities to earn alternative credentials.
Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, faces challenges shared by colleges across the United States: to create clear connections between coursework and careers, provide students with a transparent and portable way of defining what the school’s learning outcomes have prepared students to do in the workforce, and strengthen the credibility of continuing education programs. Harper launched its program by issuing badges through Acclaim across a variety of courses and skills, including CPR, network administration, pharmacy technician and Six Sigma Green Belt Training.
Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, turned to digital badges to help fill an urgent workforce need. With a growing number of casinos in the area, the community college is offering a number of non-credit courses that teach the skills needed to work in that field. When students complete the courses, such as Carnival Games, Casino Blackjack and Mini Baccarat, they earn a digital badge through Acclaim, indicating their preparation for work relevant to those games in the local casinos.
Charlene Templeton, assistant dean of continuing education said, “In 2014 Anne Arundel Community College formed a focus group to investigate offering digital badges as a way to validate core competencies and student achievements. After considerable research on open and closed systems, the Pearson Acclaim platform was selected as it met all of the college’s security requirements, provided protection to the earner and could be shared by the earner using social media. Digital badge earners indicated that since all job applications are online, the badge sets them apart from other applicants. Employers like that they can click on the badge icon and verify an applicant’s skills. It’s a win-win for both.”
Capella University in Minneapolis is one of the first four-year online universities to offer digital badges through Acclaim. Designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, Capella offers NSA Focus Area digital badges to students completing its master’s in information assurance and security, network defense and digital forensic specializations.
The authors of the report will present their findings during a Summit session, “Trends in Alternative Credentialing: Benchmarks, Badges, and Noncredit Programming,” on Tuesday, June 28, at 11:15 a.m.
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit www.Pearsoned.com.
UPCEA is the association for leaders in professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA membership includes most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. For more than 100 years, the association has served its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C.,UPCEA also builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues. Learn more at upcea.edu
Denver (June 28, 2016) – Califone International and Encore Data Products Inc. donate 70 gaming headsets to Rangeview High School – Aurora Public Schools and Indian Peaks Elementary School – St. Vrain Valley Schools. The companies presented the gifts to school representatives today during the ISTE 2016 Conference.
“We value the opportunity to give back to the schools and classrooms working hard to prepare students for the future,” said Sabrina Manno, director of marketing of Encore Data Products. “The headsets will help Rangeview High School and Indian Peaks Elementary School put immersive, game-based learning into practice.”
To view the full news release, click here.
Statement from CER Founder & CEO on Supreme Court Denial to Rehear Friedrichs Case
WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement was issued today by Jeanne Allen, founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, on the Supreme Court’s denial of a petition to rehear theFriedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association et al. case:
“It’s disappointing that freedom for teachers and their rights will have to wait another day. As we celebrate twenty-five years of charter schools and the innovation they brought to education — which were largely initiated by teachers seeking more autonomy to provide diverse learning opportunities for children — it’s unfathomable that we can still deny teachers the right to make their own decisions about how and under what conditions they should work. We cannot succeed as a nation in educating our children if we cannot ensure teachers are involved in decisions about where and how they teach. We are thankful to Rebecca Friedrichs and her colleagues for bravely raising this issue, and all who worked to fight for teacher freedom. The fight for teachers’ rights must continue.”
About the Center for Education Reform
Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.
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Illume Learning Launches World’s Largest Database of Teaching Materials for College Instructors
Free, unique and comprehensive course creation tool now available for professors
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (June 29, 2016) — With responsibilities including research, grading, office hours, classroom prep and teaching, college professors have precious little time to build and update truly stimulating courses. Illume Learning, provider of a free, unique tool that allows college instructors to build great courses, announces the launch of its college course creation platform Illume, an end-to-end resource for professors to access materials that assist them in creating the best possible courses. Illume is designed to be a one-stop-shop, providing the most relevant materials and dramatically reducing the amount of time required to build or update a college course.
Illume is the largest database of its kind, and allows professors to collect learning materials from multiple sources, including: 25 million text, trade and scholarly books, tens of thousands of case studies, articles from 12,645 academic journals and millions of articles from 65 leading newspapers and 140 magazines. The database also hosts hundreds of thousands of syllabi, reading lists and lecture slide presentations; tens of thousands of tutorials from Khan Academy and simulations, problem sets, videos and course notes. Illume is free to use for professors. There is nothing like it in the world.
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (June 28, 2016) – To recognize educators pioneering the maker movement in STEM education, Dremel (@DremelEdu), the trusted manufacturer of tools for life and learning, announces 10 Dremel Idea Builder Ambassadors for the 2016-17 school year. Ambassadors will receive a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 and 10 spools of filament to use while sharing their experiences implementing 3D printing.
Educators with or without experience using 3D printing technology were invited to apply for the opportunity to serve as advocates for invigorating STEM through “making.” Idea Builder Ambassadors will generate multimedia content sharing their teaching and learning experiences with 3D printing. The videos, shared via Dremel Education social media channels, will include lesson ideas for 3D printing projects and explanations of the design and build process.
New MAP Assessment Reports Make
Education Data More Accessible, Actionable for Teachers, Administrators
Next-Generation Reports Guided by Teacher Input
Portland, OR – June 29, 2016 – In an effort to support educators in understanding, interpreting, and using data for maximum student academic growth, Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is releasing a series of new reports for the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. These new reports are designed to be visually intuitive and make it easier for educators to use MAP results to inform classroom instruction, enrich parent-teacher conversations, and make systemic resource decisions.
An innovative series of Next-Generation Reports has launched, with new reports created on an ongoing basis, guided by continuous input by teachers about their data needs. These reports better visualize, consolidate, and coordinate data to make it easier for educators to interpret and apply the rich information they get from MAP assessments.
The interactive Student Profile report collects a host of valuable data about a student, enabling teachers to easily see how a student is growing academically and what the student needs to support continued growth. A snapshot of key data includes performance compared to national norms and projected proficiency on state summative tests. Instructional area modules provide teachers with insight for focused instruction for each individual student, making differentiated instruction easier.
The MAP Insights Report provides individual schools, districts, and systems with targeted and actionable insights from MAP growth and achievement data. A narrative format with top line results and clear charts and graphs, the MAP Insights Report highlights a school’s or district’s strengths and opportunities and helps educators answer key questions about student academic growth, college and career readiness, and the trajectory of future student growth and performance.
According to a recent survey conducted by Gallup for NWEA, Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter, only about 4 in 10 teachers feel very prepared to interpret results or use them effectively to inform instruction.
“We want to help move those Gallup numbers in a positive direction,” said Matt Chapman, CEO or NWEA. “MAP is known worldwide for the validity and reliability of its data, and the timeliness of its results. These new reports present that data in a visually compelling way to help illuminate instructional paths and make it easier for teachers to communicate with parents.”
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.
San Mateo, Calif. (June 28, 2016) – Wonder Workshop (@WonderWorkshop), creators of robots that teach students foundational skills in computer coding, announces registration milestones in the first-ever network of elementary coding and robotics clubs. Four thousand clubs worldwide are registered for the Wonder League, nearly four times the amount of teams who participated in the 2015 Wonder League Robotics Competition.
Wonder League robotics clubs welcome educators and students, with or without experience in computer science, to join an all-inclusive program for enhancing STEM education. Educators can register a club of three or more students between the ages of 6 and 12 with access to one set of Dash & Dot robots. Registration is open through July 10, 2016.
To learn more about the robotics clubs and competition, read the full news release here. Please let me know if you have any questions.