Gryphon House Releases Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments That Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities

Lewisville, N.C. – An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young children’s sense of belonging. Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments That Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities invites educators and administrators to reenvision the traditional classroom, with inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each center’s community into the classroom design.

The book, by Sandra Duncan, EdD, Jody Martin, and Rebecca Kreth, is full of beautiful photos from real early childhood classrooms, illustrating what teachers can do to encourage a sense of community that is unique to each classroom. Easy-to-implement ideas help educators create environments that include connections to past and present, geography, topography, flora, and fauna.

“We must rethink the traditional classroom, full of lots of plastic and cookie-cutter elements that actually limit the bounds of creativity and development,” Duncan said. “Classrooms should be a tapestry of elements; they should look, smell, and feel like the community outside and inside their doors.”

Rethinking the Classroom Landscape includes creative strategies and fun activities to engage children in their environments. The book is available now from Gryphon House, the award-winning publisher of early childhood teaching resources. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact



Edgenuity Takes Personalized Learning to the Next Level in North Carolina


New, State-Specific History Course to Drive Social Studies Skills and Engagement


Scottsdale, AZ – July 25, 2016 – Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, announced today that customer schools in North Carolina can now offer its newly-released North Carolina History course to their middle school students. This new course adds to their extensive elective offerings in the state, including Career Management, Health Science and Foundations of Information Technology.


“Edgenuity continues to evolve its curriculum to deliver a more personalized learning experience for students, and the addition of the new North Carolina History course is the latest example,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “Students can now study the history that is unique to where they live through content that is more relevant and engaging, and will ultimately drive greater learning.”


The new North Carolina History course was designed to help middle school students meet the state standards for eighth grade North Carolina and United States History. Students have the opportunity to develop essential social studies skills, including analyzing primary and secondary sources, interpreting maps, charts, and graphs, and writing for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


Students will learn about the significant events, people and landmarks that have contributed to their home state’s history, including:

  • North Carolina native Andrew Jackson becoming the 7th president of the United States
  • The Wright brothers making humanity’s first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • The establishment of Fort Bragg
  • North Carolina’s role in the Civil War, Great Depression and civil rights movement


“The course offers students cutting-edge interactive tools, which they can use to customize their own learning as they think critically about the creation and development of our State and Nation,” said Diane Rigsbee, teacher at Nash Rocky Mount Schools (Rocky Mount, NC). “By incorporating a variety of best practices and research-based assignments that matter, the course challenges students to help prepare them to become 21st Century learners, thereby creating a pipeline for success in high school, college, careers, and beyond.”


About Edgenuity

Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum and services with implementations in 8 of the top 10 school districts in the U.S.  Our rigorous, standards-aligned digital content is fully flexible for use in any online or blended learning model to support a personalized learning environment, from NCAA-approved virtual courses to honors and Advanced Placement offerings to test preparation, credit recovery, and intervention.  Edgenuity’s Blended Learning Services, Instructional Services and Professional Development offerings, as well as supplemental programs such as Edgenuity MyPath, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online learning programs.  For more information, visit


Epson Recommends Google Cast for Education as an Easy Way to Share Chromebook Screens Wirelessly to your Epson Projector


New App Promotes Class Discussion by Enabling Teachers and Students to Share Screens in Class


LONG BEACH, Calif. – July 26, 2016 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today recommends Google Cast for Education as an easy way to share Chromebook screens wirelessly toBrightLink® interactive projectors and PowerLite® projectors. Google Cast for Education is a free Chrome app that runs through the Chrome browser on any computer connected to a projector. The app carries video and audio across complex school networks, has built-in controls for teachers, and can be integrated with Google Classroom.


“Google Cast for Education opens up the classroom projector so that students can share what they know with everyone in class,” said Max Kirsch, product manager, Google. “Teachers tell us that giving students controlled access to the projector engages students as leaders and can make classrooms more collaborative.”


With Google Cast for Education, students can now wirelessly project or cast their screens from Chromebooks or any computer using the Chrome browser and share their work with the rest of the class.The Google Cast for Education app runs on the teacher’s computer connected to the Epson BrightLink or PowerLite projector, and does not require new hardware. Students cast their screens using the Google Cast feature in Chrome and teachers receive casts through the Google Cast for Education app.


“Epson designs classroom projectors with direct input from educators. With the rapid adoption of Chromebooks in schools in recent years, one of the top requests we’ve received is for a way to wirelessly mirror a Chromebook on an Epson projector,” said Jason Meyer, education product manager, Epson America. “Google Cast for Education meets this request and enables a new level of interactivity and class discussion through the power of simplified connectivity.”


Epson projectors expand the educational capabilities of flat surfaces, transforming any 2D surface, such as a whiteboard, into an educational work space. Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times brighter colors than leading competitive projectors to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful, educational lessons1. With genuine Epson lamp life lasting up to an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 hours depending on the projector model2, educators can engage students in seemingly endless learning opportunities by projecting directly from a variety of devices utilizing advanced connectivity options while supporting easy readability for everyone in the room.


About Epson Education Products

Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced interactive display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson projectors make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson’s unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that high quality, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.


About Epson BrightLink Projectors

Epson’s award-winning line of BrightLink interactive projectors offers advanced connectivity options to project onto any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface. BrightLink interactive projectors offer dual pen support and PC-free annotation with a range of devices including document cameras, DVD and Blu-ray players as well as tablets and mobile devices, or no source at all. The cost-effective BrightLink models deliver a large interactive learning area with variable image sizes and include HDMI connectivity. Epson BrightLink projectors utilize 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant images with vivid color.


About Epson PowerLite Projectors

Epson’s extensive line of affordable short-throw and ultra short-throw projectors provide a reliable design for the connected K-12 classroom that minimizes glare and shadow interference to deliver brightness and resolution options to accommodate a diverse range of educational needs. With models that offer moderator functionality that allows a network of up to 50 personal devices to connect to the projectors, teachers can wirelessly control which personal devices are displayed, with up to four student screens shown simultaneously. In addition, many projectors feature two HDMI ports, one with MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) support for connecting multiple digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for enriched high definition viewing capabilities.


For additional information about Epson projectors, visit For more information about Google Cast for Education, visit


About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.


Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube (, and Instagram (


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1 Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. The projectors used by a third-party lab for measuring color brightness were leading Epson 3LCD business and education projectors and leading 1-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD sales data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research sales data for Q1 through Q3 2013.

2 Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.


Note: EPSON and PowerLite are registered trademarks, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, and BrightLink is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. Google Cast, Chromebook, and Chrome are trademarks of Google Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.