Impero Announces $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” Grant Program to Help Schools Make the Most of Digital Devices
Company celebrates its 10 millionth student user by offering between $1,250 and $25,000 as a technology grant for every successful grant applicant
Simi Valley, CA – Oct. 31, 2016 – Student devices are exploding in classrooms around the country and schools are tasked with finding ways to manage those devices so that students stay safe and on-task in the classroom. To help schools in the United States and Canada manage their digital classrooms, Impero Software, the leading remote monitoring and management software provider for K12 districts, today announced a $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program.
Over 10 million students worldwide now use devices running Impero’s state-of-the-art software. Supporting all major platforms, Impero Education Pro helps teachers teach, IT pros manage their network, and provides robust safeguarding tools and systems to keep students safe in the digital world. To apply for a grant (open between Nov. 1, 2016 and Dec. 30, 2016), schools or districts should simply fill out the form on this website https://www.imperosoftware.com/best-technology-for-schools-grant/ and leave a 50-word message explaining why their school or district would benefit from the funding. Schools can apply for between $1,250 and $25,000 in grants towards software licenses and technology.
With one-to-one computing becoming a reality for many schools, it is important that schools have the tools to help students:
- Stay on task and avoid distraction
- Get the most out of the digital learning experience
- Keep safe in the digital world
- Get help when they are involved in unsafe behaviors like bullying or self-harm
“With budgets focused on building the digital classroom, the need to make the most of this technology can often be overlooked,” said Impero CEO Sam Pemberton. “Impero understands this problem and has spent the last decade working alongside schools to develop a powerful solution. We are very proud to be making this grant available to help schools implement cutting edge solutions for classroom management, IT admin, and online safety.”
The “Best Technology for Schools” grant program will offer the following grants:
- $1,250 Bronze Grant for schools/districts with a minimum of 250 devices
- $3,750 Silver Grant for schools/districts with a minimum of 1,000 devices
- $12,500 Gold Grant for schools/districts with a minimum of 5,000 devices
- $25,000 Platinum Grant for schools/districts with a minimum of 10,000 devices
Impero Education Pro is a consolidated suite of classroom control, network management, and internet safety – all designed to empower teachers, support IT teams, and help those tasked with protecting students.
Impero’s internet monitoring software monitors students’ online activity on the school network and uses algorithms to alert educators if students use keywords that could indicate issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, self-harm, or a range of other issues. Impero also offers classroom management tools that teachers can use to take back full control of their classroom while allowing students to benefit fully from the use of technology. For example, teachers can share their screens, send and share files with students, take over or lock students’ computers, create exams and tests, assign tasks, send direct messages to students, or draw students’ attention back to the teacher. Schools can also use Impero Software for a wide array of administrative IT tasks such as controlling passwords, managing the use of printers, or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.
OREGON’S STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES NEW EDITIONS OF THE DISCOVEY EDUCATION SCIENCE TECHBOOK FOR STATEWIDE USE
-Approval of Award Winning Digital Textbook Series Empowers Educators to Create Modern Learning Environments that Support Instructional Shifts Required by the NGSS as Approved by Oregon-
Silver Spring, Md. (October 31, 2016) – Following a rigorous evaluation, the Oregon State Board of Education has approved new editions of the Discovery Education Science Techbook™ for statewide use as a core instructional K-12 resource through its state adoption process. Completely aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as adopted by the state of Oregon, these latest additions to Discovery Education’s award-winning line of digital textbooks changes the way students and educators experience science. Currently, Discovery Education Techbooks are used by more than 3 million students in all 50 U.S. states and several Canadian Provinces.
During its latest approval cycle, the Oregon State Board of Education adopted all Discovery Education Science Techbooks for classroom use, giving school districts across the state the option to purchase and integrate the K-8 Science Techbook, as well as the High School Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Space Science Techbooks into classroom instruction. School districts across Oregon now have the option to purchase and integrate these latest Science Techbooks into teaching and learning. The award-winning Discovery Education Textbook series is a fully interactive digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks. Currently, Discovery Education’s Math Techbooks, which were adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education as a core instructional resource in 2015, are also approved for classroom use statewide.
The Science Techbooks aligned to the NGSS as adopted by the state of Oregon were developed by Discovery Education’s team of expert science educators with the input of teachers and administrators. Their rich, standards aligned content includes video, audio, text and interactives with hands-on activities, as well as virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and create a rich and engaging learning experiences for all students.
These new Science Techbooks include valuable STEM resources as well. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.” Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device and can be implemented in any instructional setting.
The Science Techbooks aligned to the NGSS as adopted by Oregon fully support the instructional shifts required by the new standards, embrace the philosophy of three-dimensional learning, and are designed to help educators adapt their classroom practice to meet the standards. In addition to content chosen to directly support the standards, the Model Lessons within the Science Techbooks reflect the interconnectedness of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and illustrate what these mean in practice for educators. With these special editions of the Science Techbook, Oregon Students will become immersed in phenomenon-driven, relevant learning experiences, develop their own scientific explanations through a variety of activities such as exploring the overarching themes of science, learn to ask questions and make claims, and identify the cross-cutting connections between sciences.
Discovery Education understands that teacher engagement is critical to implementing successful learning initiatives. Therefore, all Techbooks include research-based professional development that supports educators as they integrate new digital content and resources into classroom instruction. The Discovery Education Community, a global community of education professionals, further connects teachers and administrators around the world with social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events that inspire innovation and facilitates idea sharing.
A study conducted by independent research firm Merola Research, LLC found that usage of the Science Techbook is associated with higher science achievement scores in South Carolina elementary school students. After one year of implementation in the state’s Rock Hill Schools, fourth grade students whose teachers used Discovery Education Science Techbook scored higher on average on the 2013 Science Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) than students whose teachers did not use Science Techbook. Techbooks are also a substantially less expensive option per student at nearly half the cost of a traditional textbook, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs.
“Discovery Education thanks the Oregon State Board of Education for their exhaustive evaluation of the Science Techbooks,” said Jolie Vigen, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Their review and approval of these outstanding core instructional resources gives educators statewide access to engaging content 100% aligned to the NGSS as adopted by the state of Oregon that they can use to create the modern science classrooms today’s students need for future success.”
For more information about the Science Techbooks aligned to NGSS standards as adopted by Oregon,www.discoveryeducation.com/oregon-science. For additional information on other services and initiatives from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
‘Read to the Final Four’ Literacy Tournament Tips off Across Arizona
The contest will use excitement around the 2017 NCAA basketball championship to inspire
third-graders to read
(PHOENIX) November 1, 2016 — With the help of the myON personalized literacy environment, third-graders across Arizona will compete in NCAA Team Works Read to the Final Four, a tournament-style reading competition that will crown a literacy champion on March 31, the day before the national men’s basketball semifinals.
“Our mission is to inspire third-grade students in all Arizona schools to accelerate their reading, using the excitement of the 2017 Final Four to spike their interest,” said Dawn Rogers, CEO/executive director of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee, which is collaborating with the NCAA to host the 2017 Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. “Read to the Final Four is one of a series of projects that demonstrate the lasting impact that the 2017 Final Four will have on our state. We’re working to leave a legacy that will last for years to come and provide these students an experience that they will never forget.”
Participation is free to all Arizona schools. The three-month literacy challenge will be based upon average time spent reading among third-grade students, who will receive unlimited access to myON’s more than 5,500 digital books and accompanying literacy tools.
“myON is thrilled to partner with so many wonderful organizations to leverage excitement around the Final Four Tournament. The collective goal is to inspire all Arizona third-graders to achieve grade-level reading proficiency and inspire a life-long love of reading through Read to the Final Four,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “Our team is gearing up to help every student become a star reader, every teacher a winning coach, and every family member an effective cheerleader.”
The contest mimics the March Madness bracket, with schools advancing based on the number of minutes their students have read. The warm-up phase of the competition begins now. In late January, the top 68 schools will be placed in a single-elimination bracket, with winners advancing until a champion is crowned during Final Four weekend.
The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee teamed up with NCAA Team Works, Helios Education Foundation, and Read On Arizona to create the competition.
“We are extremely excited by PLOC’s enthusiasm to assist Arizona elementary school teachers as they get children excited about reading,” said Victor Hill, the associate director of NCAA Team Works community programs. “We can’t wait for the competition to begin and to see the great results we know the children will achieve from reading.”
Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectation, college-going culture. Helios recognizes the importance of early-grade success to college and career readiness and, as a result, supports programs and initiatives that increase early literacy and promote reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
“Helios is proud to support the Read to the Final Four effort in Arizona,” said Paul J. Luna, the president and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation. “This effort is a unique and creative way to get children excited about reading, which we believe is critical for academic success.”
To tip off the tournament, men’s basketball coaches Bobby Hurley of Arizona State University, Sean Miller of the University of Arizona, and Dan Majerle of Grand Canyon University read to third-graders in classrooms in their respective communities throughout the month of October
Schools may register at ReadToTheFinalFour.com.
myON, a business unit of Capstone, has created a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 11,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit that enhances the myON literacy ecosystem. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading and writing growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction to propel them to new and unlimited learning opportunities. To learn more, visit myON.com.
About the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee
The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC) is a non-profit organization that is hosting the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four. The committee is comprised of Arizona business, tourism and sports leaders and will collaborate with the NCAA to support the Final Four’s myriad of ancillary events and to establish legacy projects that will ensure the lasting impact of the Final Four in the Valley. The PLOC will raise funds to support the event and ensure that the 2017 Final Four showcases the standard of excellence this iconic event deserves. The 2017 Final Four will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with the national semifinals on Saturday, April 1 and the national final on Monday, April 3, 2017. For more information visit http://www.phoenixfinalfour.com.