Apperson Updates Its Social & Emotional Assessment Tool
Evo SEL 2.0 provides a streamlined, efficient way to screen students for SEL competencies and address deficiencies
Charlotte N.C. – July 11, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson today announced major updates to its award-winning Evo Social & Emotional (SEL) online assessment tool. Evo SEL 2.0 enhances an already sophisticated tool by adding a fresh new look, streamlined functions for both administrators and educators and improved efficiency, making it faster and easier to screen students for social and emotional competencies.
Apperson launched Evo Social & Emotional in 2014 in response to a growing body of research that shows addressing students’ social and emotional needs has a positive impact on their academic performance and helps lay the foundation for lifelong success.
Apperson’s Evo SEL is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and decision-making. Apperson provides the online platform for administering the DESSA and DESSA Mini universal screeners to quickly identify students’ SEL competencies. It also provides resources and activities to address SEL gaps. Version 2.0 provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs.
“We understand the time demands that educators and administrators face so we have improved Evo SEL 2.0 so that educators can do assessments quickly and see where they are in the process of evaluating their entire class,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “Evo SEL 2.0 includes significant enhancements that we think users will appreciate.”
The upgrades to Evo SEL 2.0 include:
Updated features for administrators. Evo SEL 2.0 allows administrators to assign and control the assessments and lock and unlock what educators can see. It graphically shows all educators’ levels of completion of the assigned assessments. For example, administrators can create an assignment and set a time frame for an educator, site or class to complete the Mini DESSA or the full DESSA then view the dashboard to see the status of all assignments.
Simpler educator navigation with tasks just one click away. A new workflow screen makes it easy for educators to see what is required of them and when these requirements are due. All educator tasks are labeled on the left side of the screen. When an educator is in the system assessing students, he or she can easily complete one student and move to another student without exiting the area. In addition, educators can generate reports on the fly and export results for use with administrators and parents.
Expanded intervention strategies. New strategies are based on top SEL curricula. Educators can also upload and tag their own strategies. The strategies section now lists foundational practices so educators can choose strategies based on foundational practices such as Academic Integration or Student Voice.
Easier creating of reports. Evo SEL 2.0 now allows users to create a combined student report of multiple assessments for comparison. The available reporting options (student report, rating comparison, group report, site report) are now all listed in one place, making it easier for users to access the features they need. In addition, there is a program export function making it easy to export data.
Apperson’s K-16 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping educators turn assessment data into actionable information. For more information, visit Apperson.com.
Breaking the Spanish Barrier Flashcards Featured on the Apple App Store
Essential Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards App Features Groundbreaking
Voice Recognition Technology
Groton, MA—July 6, 2016—Breaking the Barrier, Inc., a global leader in print and digital language learning, announced today that Essential Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards, the company’s first iOS app, has been selected by Apple as a featured app on the Apple App Store.
This groundbreaking app employs state-of-the-art voice recognition technology to enable learners to interact with their device—even offline—to master the most useful words in the Spanish language. Audio by native speakers and entertaining quizzes engage and encourage learners as they progress from one level to the next.
Essential Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards uses the same vocabulary lists as Breaking the Barrier’s award-winning world language series, making the app the perfect companion for both print and digital books. The Breaking the Barrier World Language Series helps learners read, write, and speak the target language fluently while developing a deep understanding and appreciation of the various cultures and traditions associated with each language.
Developed by Groton School teacher and Dean of Faculty, John Conner, the Breaking the Barrier World Language Series gives learners everywhere access to the same rigorous and effective language learning experience found in one of America’s top schools.
“We are so honored that our Essential Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards has been chosen as a featured app by Apple. We combined the best features of old-fashioned flashcards with groundbreaking technology—crisp audio, clear images, revolutionary voice recognition—to create an app that will take your breath away. Any lover of language is in for a treat,” said John Conner, Breaking the Barrier CEO and Series Editor.
For more information or to download the app go to www.tobreak.com/app.
About Breaking the Barrier, Inc.
Founded in 1997 by educators, Breaking the Barrier is a global leader in print and digital language learning. Featuring instruction in Spanish, French, and English, Breaking the Barrier offers students the fastest path to true language fluency. For more information, visit www.tobreak.com.
itslearning Wins Tech & Learning ISTE 2016 Best in Show Award
Cloud-based platform drives personalized student learning, improved curriculum management, professional development and greater district efficiencies
Boston, MA – July 11, 2016 — itslearning, (www.itslearning.net), today announcedthat its newly enhanced personalized learning management platform has been named Best of Show by NewBay Media publications, Tech & Learning, at ISTE 2016. itslearning’s newly redesigned interface sets the platform apart from competitors and it was the only learning management system (LMS) honored as one of dozens of education technology products evaluated at the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) annual conference, which took place June 26-29 in Denver, CO.
Designed specifically for the K-12 market, itslearning has helped educators worldwide to improve functionality in and out of the classroom using their next generation learning system. The intuitive LMS features –– including curriculum management, communication, collaboration, and analytics reporting –– effectively connects teachers, parents, and students to create differentiated learning solutions for every student.
The main benefits of the newly redesigned platform include 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, and increased compatibility with mobile devices. The new system is catered towards users and helping them accomplish goals while putting the focus back on the learner.
“We are committed to helping educators. We want to make their core tasks easier so they can focus on student outcomes – not navigating myriad systems to get their jobs done,” said Arne Bergby, itslearning CEO. “We are honored to be awarded this prestigious distinction by Tech & Learning, cementing our position as the leading LMS in K-12 education.”
For the third year, Tech & Learning presented its prominent awards program honoring great products at ISTE. Winners were selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges, who scoured the exhibit hall floor during what has become the largest education technology conference in North America. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating
areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology. They also solicited in-person demonstrations to decide which solutions will have the most impact in the classroom and are deserving of Best of Show distinction. The winners will be featured in the August issue of Tech & Learning.
For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net.
About itslearning, Inc.
Established in 1999, itslearning is a cloud-based K-12 learning management system designed to make teaching easier, learning more engaging, and parent involvement more effective and efficient. Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, itslearning has offices in Boston, Atlanta, London, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris, Mulhouse, Malmo, and Enscheda. For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net/