Follett Destiny 14.0 Features Learning Management System Integration
Educator Says It’s ‘A Game Changer for Partnering Resources with Classrooms’
McHENRY, Ill., Aug. 18, 2016 –Follett’s new Destiny 14.0 release now supports IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) capability providing seamless, single sign-on integration to resources available in Destiny Discover via districts’ learning applications. Earlier this week, Follett announced a series of significant updates to its market-leading Destiny solution, including an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources.
The latest software update enables institutions using any LTI-compliant learning application to enhance the visibility and accessibility of resources the district has invested in through the addition of Destiny Discovery tools to their online classes.
As the 2016-17 school year has begun or is getting ready to start across the country, news that the new 14.0 release includes the capability to make Destiny an LTI tool was praised by current Follett customers.
“As a district with an LMS, we wanted to make sure Destiny was not being seen just as a library product, but rather as an integral part of our classroom environments,” said Suzy Ferrell, Director of Library Media Services,Clear Creek (Texas) Independent School District. “Now, students can quickly and efficiently access Destiny since it is now tied to our learning management system with no separate log in.”
“Our teachers and media specialists will be able to add digital content housed in Destiny to a course in our learning management system providing a streamlined approach for our students,” said Gregory Odell, e-Learning Specialist, Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga. “Adding the LTI capability to Destiny opens up many opportunities for our district to promote the digital assets available in Destiny via our one-stop-shop LMS.”
According to Nader Qaimari, President of Follett School Solutions, the new LTI integration “reflects our company’s ongoing commitment to championing accessibility and open standards, supporting schools’ ability to make technology decisions that are right for them.”
“This is one of many steps we are taking to connect the classroom to the library, helping highlight the importance of librarians and the content they curate within districts and instruction,” Qaimari added.
Ferrell concurred and said she is particularly excited her library’s resources can now be integrated into the classroom courses.
“Partnering with our curriculum teams, we will be able to help bring the resources from our libraries to students and teachers into their online learning environments,” she said. “This is really a game changer for partnering resources with classrooms.”
To fully introduce Destiny 14.0, including the new IMS LTI integration, Follett is hosting a free webinar at 2 p.m. CDTTuesday, Aug. 23. For more information, and to register, visit this link.
About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation | follett.com
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves more than half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.
Epson Pro L1405U Laser Projector Wins Tech & Learning ISTE 2016 Best of Show Award
3LCD Large Venue Projector Features Outstanding Image Quality, Durability and Reliability
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 17, 2016 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2016 Best of Show Awards for its Pro L1405U large venue laser projector. The Pro L1000-Series projectors are the first to integrate a laser-light source with an inorganic phosphor wheel and inorganic LCD panels for outstanding image quality, durability and reliability.
“The Pro L1405U, and Pro L-Series as a whole, combines a laser light source and 3LCD technology for powerful, brilliant images making it ideal for auditoriums, lecture halls, gymnasiums, and theaters,” said Phong Phanel, product manager of large venue projectors, Epson America, Inc. “The recognition from Tech & Learning is a great honor and reinforces the game-changing impact laser projectors can have in the education market.”
Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2016 Best of Show Awards recognize products and services that show the greatest promise according to the country’s most tech-savvy educators. A panel of judges rate products that are on exhibit at ISTE based on their quality, effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology. The judges then meet in person to decide which products will have the most impact in the classroom and are deserving of the Best of Show recognition.
Leveraging Epson’s proprietary 3LCD technology and new inorganic components, the entire line of Epson Pro L-Series laser projectors deliver advanced performance, quality, reliability, and flexibility. The WUXGA Pro L1405U specifically features 8,000 lumens of color brightness and 8,000 lumens of white brightness1and can accept 4K input through 4K Enhancement2 technology.
The Pro L1405U’s laser light engine provides 20,000 hours3 of virtually maintenance-free operation. It additionally provides exceptional integration capabilities including diverse connectivity such as HDBaseT™, HDMI®, DVI-D, SDI, VGA and 5-BNC for easy integration with any system, as well as ten optional powered lenses with powered lens shift and lens memory, including a 0.35 ultra short-throw lens for shallow spaces.
Availability, Pricing and Support
The Epson Pro L1405U comes with a limited warranty of three years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first, with next business day replacement, including free shipping both ways4. For additional information, visitwww.epson.com/largevenue.
Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance
The color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society for Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, presenters can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit www.colorlightoutput.com.
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: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).
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1 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.
2 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution and surpass Full HD image quality.
3 20,000 hours is the estimated projector life when used in Normal Mode. Actual hours may vary depending on mode and usage environment. The projectors have a limited warranty of three years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first
4 Expedited shipping not available in all areas. Road Service orders must be in by 3 p.m. Eastern Time for Next-Business-Day delivery.
Note: EPSON is a registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000
For the 2nd Time, Curriculum Associates Appears on the Inc. 5000 list,Ranking No. 1991 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 187%
NEW YORK, August 18, 2016 – Inc. magazine today ranked Curriculum Associates No. 1991 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.
“We are honored to be included on the Inc. 5000 for the second consecutive year and recognized as the largest K–12 education company,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Our team’s passion for making classrooms better places has fueled our rapid growth, and our unique corporate structure has allowed us to stay true to our commitment to improve outcomes for nearly 3.5 million students.”
The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 23), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great—usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”
The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 18 through 20, in San Antonio, TX. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as best-selling author and strategist Tony Robbins, SoulCycle co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, Cornerstone OnDemand founder, president and CEO Adam Miller, Marvell Technology Group director and co-founder Weili Dai, and New Belgium Brewing co-founder and executive chair Kim Jordan.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000
The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
About Inc. Media:
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.
For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.
Renaissance Products Receive Endorsement from Council of
Administrators of Special Education
Three Renaissance reading and math practice solutions endorsed by CASE Product Review Committee
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (August 18, 2016) – Renaissance®, the leader in K-12 learning analytics, announces that the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) has officially endorsed three of the company’s reading and math practice solutions—Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360®, Renaissance Accelerated Math® and Renaissance MathFacts in a Flash®.
CASE endorsements are granted solely to the products and solutions recognized as being able to meet the needs of special education students. The CASE Product Committee takes great care to research the products through a thorough evaluation, verifying that they meet state and federal government requirements. “Like with all products and solutions endorsed by CASE, Renaissance’s products and solutions highlighted evidence that they improve outcomes for students with disabilities,” says Dr. Luann Purcell, executive director of CASE.
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