itslearning Announces Contest to Award $10,000 in Teacher Grants


Leading LMS Provider Launches “The Heart of Education” Award to Honor Innovative Educators



NEW YORK, October 18, 2016- itslearning, a leading learning management system provider, is excited to launch its inaugural “The Heart of Education” award program. This program honors K-12 teachers who are using technology in new and engaging ways to connect with their students. Two winning entries will each receive a $5,000 grant.


itslearning is the only comprehensive learning platform designed by educators specifically for the way today’s K-12 students learn and interact.  As a single end-to-end teaching and learning platform, itslearning is trusted by more than 7 million teachers, students, and parents worldwide to provide a secure, streamlined, and user-friendly learning environment. By consolidating siloed systems and content resources, itslearning ensures technology becomes an essential educational asset.


“By designing an enterprise-level LMS from the student on up, we have created a solution that fosters personal connections – a key to effective learning,” said Tom Shoemaker, CMO, itslearning. “itslearning connects students with their teachers, learners with their studies, classmates with each other, and parents with their children.”


Teachers interested in submitting to the award can visit itslearning’s Teachers’ Lounge to enter. The award program will run from October 3rd, 2016- December 17th, 2016. Submissions will be judged on the innovative and creative ways teachers are using technology in their education process, as well as their results. itslearning is proud to be a champion of teachers and to honor their passion for transforming the way students can learn through the power of technology.


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About itslearning

With over 7 million users, itslearning is one of the world’s largest providers of learning platforms for the education market. Our learning management system starts with the student and connects people to ideas, passions, and each other. Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit


ClassFlow Wins Tech & Learning 2016 Award of Excellence

Teacher-designed lesson delivery software honored among

Best Upgraded Products


(ATLANTA) October 18, 2016 – Promethean is pleased to announce that ClassFlow, the free lesson delivery software that energizes the classroom learning experience, was recognized in the Best Upgraded Products category of Tech & Learning’s 34th Annual Awards of Excellence program.


The prestigious Awards of Excellence honor ed tech products that break new ground, as well as those that have added significant enhancements to proven education tools. The winners were chosen by a panel of Tech & Learning advisors.

“Once again this year, the Tech & Learning judges examined hundreds of entries to select those products that were deemed worthy of our 2016 Award of Excellence,” said Kevin Hogan, the Editorial Director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group. “This wasn’t just checking off spec sheets and surfing other people’s reviews. Each product was handled and scored individually. Not an easy task. These companies can be proud that our team of judges granted them their seal of approval.”

ClassFlow gives teachers the ability to present lessons on any interactive display, share digital lesson materials with students, administer quizzes and polls, and assign group learning activities using Chromebooksä, laptops, or tablets. ClassFlow is used by teachers in more than 50,000 schools and institutions in 154 countries worldwide.


“It’s truly an honor for ClassFlow to be recognized as one of the Best Upgraded Products by Tech & Learning,” said Vincent Young, the Chief Marketing Officer at Promethean “We’re constantly working to improve ClassFlow based on user feedback, and this award is a powerful validation of our efforts.”


Detailed descriptions and judges’ comments about the winners of the 2016 Awards of Excellence will be featured in the December 2016/January 2017 Awards Issue of Tech & Learning magazine.


About Promethean

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


About the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence

Tech & Learning‘s Awards of Excellence program has been recognizing outstanding ed tech products for more than 30 years. With a solid reputation in the industry as a long-standing, high-quality program, the AOE recognizes both creative new offerings and significantly updated products that help educators in the business of teaching, training, and managing with technology. All entries are given a rigorous test-driving by qualified educators in several rounds of judging. Products are also carefully screened by the T&L editorial team. For more information, click here.


About Tech & Learning

For over 35 years, Tech & Learning has been—and continues to be—the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, websites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit



About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited

NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (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,, 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



Brightspace integration with the myday dashboard will transform learning for students worldwide

London – October, 17, 2016D2L, a global learning technology leader, has announced a strategic partnership witheducation software development company, Collabco. The partnership will allow access to D2L’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Brightspace through myday, Collabco’s comprehensive student dashboard, in an effort to provide an engaging learning and collaboration solution to universities worldwide.

Collabco’s myday is a cloud-based student portal that is available across any device as a native mobile application, providing access to data sources such as student records, scheduling and payments. The dashboard is used by many leading educational establishments to drive student engagement, participation and retention. Students with access to myday will now be able to harness the benefits of the Brightspace VLE, an extension of their physical classroom delivering a learning experience in a manner that’s familiar to today’s mobile-first, digital generation.

The Brightspace platform includes a number of advantages that were attractive to Collabco, such as enabling students to engage in online, blended, and competency-based education programs on a single platform. In addition, Brightspace provides tutors with rich analytics that enable them to identify at-risk students and deliver a personal learning experience to every user.

“D2L and Collabco offer solutions that complement each other perfectly, and because of our shared views and goals within education, we have no doubt that this will be an extremely fulfilling partnership,” said Mark Francis, CEO of Collabco. “We believe Brightspace will be a great addition to the myday platform due to its innovative approach to delivering online courses that support blended learning and flipped classroom models. It was this ability to create a unique and personalized learning experience that was a key factor in making our choice.”

“At D2L we are working toward very clear goals – to make learning experiences better, improve educational outcomes and inspire students to reach their full potential,” said Elliot Gowans, VP EMEA at D2L.  “With myday, Collabco offers an innovative solution, where today’s learners can access the information they need to succeed. Its intuitive design  integrates seamlessly with Brightspace, making this an obvious choice for a partnership.”

D2L currently serves learners around the world and the company’s track record of innovation has been widely recognized. In March, Fast Company Ranked D2L #6 on the Most Innovative Companies of 2016 list in the Data Science Category, amongst Google, IBM, Spotify, Costco, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. eLearning Magazine recently rated D2L as #1 in Adaptive Learning, and Brightspace was recently named the #1 VLE in Higher Ed by Ovum Research.


Collabco is the provider of myday, a student dashboard used by many leading educational establishments to drive student engagement, participation and retention.

They are a dedicated team with a passion for education software development and systems innovation. Based in the thriving city of Liverpool (UK) in the heart of Liverpool’s innovative Knowledge Quarter they are well positioned to support a growing and forward thinking international customer base passionate about improving and simplifying student technologies.

Collabco was founded in 2009 and entered Academia and Education in 2010. In 2014, they released the Cloud version of their dashboard.


D2L is the software leader that makes learning experiences better. The company’s cloud-based platform, Brightspace, is easy to use, flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, organizations can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that organizations can take action in real-time to keep learners on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, secondary schools, and the corporate sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. Twitter: @D2LNews @D2L_EMEA



The Association for Learning Environments Celebrates 2016 Fellows


WASHINGTON, DC (October 17, 2016) –The Association for Learning Environments Fellowship Award is one of the most distinguished honors conferred by the Association to those members who have provided exemplary contributions to the organization over their many years of service.  A Fellow is the most respected member of the Association community.  They represent the mark of excellence in the industry in which they serve and are widely recognized as those that have advanced the organization and its mission.


Melanie E. Drerup, ALEP

Melanie Drerup serves as the K-12 Planning Manager for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). Melanie Drerup is an avid advocate for high performance student centered learning environments not only for all of Ohio’s students, but across the nation.  She worked with consultants to develop a stand-alone Planning Guide to support school districts in their planning efforts. The OFCC also hosts an annual workshop to promote educational visioning and transformation and maintains a website, 21Cstudio, to share planning resources and responses to an ever changing world.

Photo of A member of the association for 22 years, Melanie Drerup still found time to serve as chapter and Midwest Great Lakes Region president as well as participate in four strategic planning sessions and several international committees.


David M. Waggoner, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, ALEP

An active member of the association since 1987, David Waggoner has over 30 years of experience in the field of education and the education environment.  As vice president and educational leader at Heery International, he has always sought to be a mentor of others. Initiating the development of a scholarship program for North Carolina college students in educational facility related fields of study, David Waggoner takes every opportunity to encourage younger members to become involved.  He served as Southeast Region Director on the International Board and was elected as chair-elect in 2012. As chair of the Board, he led a significant strategic planning session and continued his involvement on strategic committees. Currently David Waggoner is participating in the Southern Region Young Professionals Meetings, encouraging mentors to partner with those new to the association and the planning and design of learning environments.


Scott Layne, ALEP, past chair of the Board of Directors and jury chair, remarked, “Assuming responsibility and leadership in furthering the strategic initiatives of the association, adding to the body of knowledge and demonstrating a willingness to mentor others, the 2016 Fellows join a distinguished group who continue to contribute to the organization in a variety of leadership and advisory roles.”


The Association for Learning Environments, (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose primary purpose is improving the places where children learn.  With approximately 4,500 members, the association encompasses six geographic regions across the United States, and supports regional representation in Canada, Australasia, and the UK.  The association embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance, and support culture and community vitality. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @A4LE2.


BOULDER, Colo. – Oct. 17, 2016 – Core Learning Exchange, an education technology company, will add over 200,000 digital learning objects curated by Knovation, Inc., to its category-busting Mastery Learning Platform. The enriched platform offers schools and districts exploring student-centric learning modalities access to a treasure chest of 200,000 professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned, engaging online resources covering all subject areas, all grade levels, and all learning resource types — ready to use. Knovation’s Content Collection is sourced from Open Education Resources (OER) and free web resources to include the highest quality — and most popular resources — from Khan Academy, EngageNY, CK-12, LearnZillion, PBS, Library of Congress and many more.

To read the full news release, please click here.