myON Named a “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product” by District Administration Readers

Nominations from top K12 leaders led to the selection of products that enhance learning across the country

 (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) December 1, 2016 — myON, leading provider of personalized literacy solutions, has been recognized for making a positive difference in education by K12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2016.”

The winners were compiled from 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year. The Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products has been announced online and in the December 2016 issue of District Administration.

myON’s personalized literacy environment provides students unlimited access to more than 11,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit that empowers teachers to provide students with personalized literacy instruction. The literacy ecosystem utilizes the Lexile® Framework for Reading and embedded metrics so educators are able to measure reading with reading. 

“We are thrilled DA readers choose myON as a top product in this years Top 100 for the fifth year in a row,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “As a Readers’ Choice award, it is an honor to be validated by the readers and myON users we work hard to support and represent.”

The District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction.

“Learning about all the products being used to help districts succeed is inspiring,” says JD Solomon, District Administration’s editorial director. “Our winners cover a wide spectrum. All of our 2016 honorees should be very proud of this achievement.”

About District Administration

District Administration provides K12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management, through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits. For more information, visit www.DistrictAdministration.com.

About myON

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.

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Edthena Does It Again

 

Video-based classroom observation platform wins industry-leading education awards

 

SAN FRANCISCO (December 1, 2016) – Edthena recently won two industry-leading education awards for its innovative video-based classroom observation platform for teacher development. It was chosen by K-12 district leaders as a 2016 District Administration “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products” and named a winner of Tech & Learning’s 2016 Awards of Excellence.

 

“Video is a powerful tool that helps educators at all levels – from pre-service to veteran teachers – engage in meaningful, reflective professional learning,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “Winning these top awards reinforces the impact of our technology on the professional development process and in helping educators succeed.”

 

Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in more than 30 states are using the Edthena platform. It helps these organizations make video observation an integral part of teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.

 

District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards program informs K-12 superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, including technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. Winners were chosen based on 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year. Edthena was also chosen as a winner in 2015.

 

Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence, now in its 34th year, is a leading educational awards program that recognizes innovative products that break new ground, as well as those that have received significant enhancements. The winners, including Edthena, were chosen by a panel of Tech & Learning advisors who tested hundreds of entries.

 

With the Edthena platform, teachers quickly and easily upload videos of their classroom instruction from any video camera and then share those videos with coaches and colleagues who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. The platform enables teachers and coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning cycles. Reports and graphs, linked to the school’s or district’s associated professional standards, help identify teaching trends, determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices, and provide a basis for ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices.

 

In addition to the Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products and Tech & Learning Award of Excellence, this year Edthena won an SIIA CODiE Award in the Best Professional Learning Solution for K-20 Faculty and Administrative Staff category and an EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award in the Professional Development Learning Solution category. Geller was also a contributor to SETDA’s recently-released “The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning” report.

 

To learn more about Edthena, visit www.edthena.com.

 

About Edthena
Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos to share with colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video-based professional learning. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and EdTech Digest. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.

 

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New Report: Student Journalism Under Fire

 

On December 1, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the College Media Association (CMA), the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) will release a report, Threats to the Independence of Student Media, shining a light on threats to student media and reaffirming and expanding upon basic principles of a free student press.

 

The report cites multiple cases in which college and university administrations exerted pressure in attempts to control, edit, or censor student journalistic content. This pressure has been reported in every segment of higher education and every institutional type: public and private, four-year and two-year, religious and secular. The report finds that administrative efforts to subordinate campus journalism to public relations concerns are inconsistent with the mission of higher education to foster intellectual exploration and debate. And while journalism that discusses students’ dissatisfaction with the perceived shortcomings of their institutions can be uncomfortable, it fulfills an important civic function.

 

The embargoed, draft report can be found at http://bit.ly/2g9Idmq and the final report will be posted at www.aaup.org/student-media.

 

Henry Reichman, first vice president of the AAUP, said, “Academic freedom extends to advisers of student media who support the critical work of student journalists. It’s important to draw attention to these threats to student media and to work towards solutions.”

 

Joan Bertin, NCAC executive director, said, “This report exposes restrictions on press and speech freedoms on campus and exhorts college and university administrators to educate students in the operation of our constitutional system by allowing students to engage in its most critical functions: seeking information, becoming engaged and informed, and speaking out on matters of importance.”

 

Frank D. LoMonte, executive director of SPLC, said, “It is hypocritical for colleges to claim they support civic engagement while defunding student news organizations, removing well-qualified faculty advisers, and otherwise intimidating journalists into compliance. Colleges are more obsessed with promoting a favorable public image than ever before, but a college that retaliates against students and faculty for unflattering journalism doesn’t just look bad—it is bad. We need a top-level commitment from the presidents of America’s colleges and universities to support editorially independent student-run news coverage, including secure funding and retaliation protection for students and their advisers.”

 

Kelley Lash, president of CMA, said, “This issue impacts millions of educators and students. College Media Association emphatically supports the First Amendment freedoms of all student media at all institutions, both public and private, and agrees that these media must be free from all forms of external interference designed to influence content. Student media participants, and their advisers, should not be threatened or punished due to the content of the student media. Their rights of free speech and free press must always be guaranteed.”

 

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The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) champions academic freedom; advances shared governance; and promotes economic security for all who teach and research in higher education. Since 1915, the AAUP has shaped American higher education by developing standards that uphold quality education and ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.

 

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Online Music Platform Soundtrap Receives “Startup Team of the Year” at Sweden’s Prestigious Startup Gala 2016 in Stockholm

Palo Alto, Calif., and Stockholm, Sweden –  November 29 2016 — Soundtrap, the first easy-to-use, cloud-based music making platform enabling collaboration between people from anywhere in the world on a multitude of devices, was named “Startup Team of the Year” by SUP46, one of Europe’s leading startup hubs.

Soundtrap was honored with the “Startup Team of the Year” award on Nov. 24 at SUP46’s annual Swedish Startup Gala at the SUP46 startup hub in Stockholm.  It was one of  only three startups recognized at SUP46 Startup Gala 2016. Sebastian Knutsson, co-founder of King.com and designer of such online games as Candy Crush Saga, was inducted into the “Swedish Startup Hall of Fame;” and Dooer, a Stockholm software developer, was named “Startup Launch of the Year.”

Since its launch in June 2015, Soundtrap has seen exponential growth and has been organically adding multiple thousands of new users per day. The cloud-based music and podcast platform works across iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac and Windows platforms, and expects to reach a million users before the year’s end.  It is also very popular in the education sector, attracting more than 200 new schools every week around the globe, primarily from US, Europe and Australia.

“It’s such an honor to be named the winner of this highly selective competition,” said Soundtrap CEO Per Emanuelsson. “Our team worked so hard, and has achieved so much, in the time leading up to and following our product launch in 2015. At its core, music making is a collaborative form of human expression, and it is exciting that SUP46 recognized our team for collaborating to bring music and audio making to a broader audience of users.”

SUP46 is a hub of approximately 60 selected startups, ranging from seed stage to post-Series A, whose memberships give them access to a world-class ecosystem of investors, partners and advisors. Fewer than 10 percent of the startups that apply for SUP46 membership are accepted into the hub.

“Soundtrap is a great inspiration for the startups in Sweden and we are grateful for the many contributions the company makes to our startup ecosystem.” said Jessica Stark, CEO and co-founder, SUP46.  “Since its inception, the Soundtrap team has relentlessly pushed forward and promoted its solution online, through ambassadors and in schools worldwide.  It is a team to be admired.”

About Soundtrap

Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform to work across all operating systems, enabling users to co-create music anywhere in the world. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company also has an office in Silicon Valley. Soundtrap provides an easy-to-use music and audio creation platform for all levels of musical interest and abilities, and is being used by the K-12 through higher-education markets. For more information, visit: www.soundtrap.com

About SUP46

Startup Hub SUP46 was founded in 2013 to gather the startup community. Through the world-class ecosystem of investors, advisors and partners, members are offered a competitive advantage. Located in the heart of Stockholm, it is home to more than 50 startups and a natural meeting place for the startup community. Only the most exciting and innovative companies, mainly within Internet, mobile, media, IoT and gaming, are accepted as members. For more information, visit: www.sup46.com

Resources 

Soundtrap video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57WNwqgFKZQ

and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57WNwqgFKZQ

Soundtrap Education video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ViLQD_2RK4

Soundtrap photos: Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97627992@N07/sets/72157654452327362

Pricing information: www.soundtrap.com/pricing.

 

Soundtrap Partners with EdTechTeam to Showcase

 Online Music and Podcast Platform at Google for Education Summits

Fully Integrated into Google Classroom, Multi-Platform Soundtrap 

Helps Innovative Schools Make Shift To Music Educational Technology

 

Palo Alto, California – November 30, 2016Soundtrap is joining forces with EdTechTeam to introduce its first-of-a-kind online music and podcast recording studio to educators at EdTechTeam summits around the U.S.  These fast-paced, high-energy global summits organized by EdTechTeam showcase new technologies and other learning tools that help teachers, administrators and technical support staff redesign the K-12 educational experience and enhance student learning.

“Music helps power the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) movement that is so vital to education,” said Soundtrap CEO Per Emanuelsson. “Music and podcast making is, in its essence, a collaborative form of human expression, and as schools introduce new technologies that engage students in creative, collaborative new ways, Soundtrap is becoming a preferred educational tool in the classroom.”

Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform that enables people around the world to work across devices to share in the composing, playing, and editing of songs, recordings and podcasts. Since its launch in June 2015, Soundtrap is quickly adding multiple thousands of new users per day. The company rolled out an education version of its product at the start of 2016. Since then, more than 200 new schools each week around the globe, with a predominant focus in the US, Europe and Australia, are using Soundtrap in their classrooms.

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SchoolMint Wins a 2016 District Administration “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products” Award

 

Cloud-based student enrollment and school choice system recognized by three industry-leading awards in 2016

 

SAN FRANCISCO, December 1, 2016 – SchoolMint, the leading provider of cloud-based student enrollment and school choice systems for PreK-12 district, charter, and independent schools, was recently named a winner of District Administration’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2016.” The awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, including technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. Winners were chosen based on 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year.

 

“SchoolMint’s automated, user-friendly system is helping districts and schools nationwide streamline the enrollment process and school choice management for both staff and families,” said Jinal Jhaveri, SchoolMint Founder and CEO. “Being nominated by school district leaders for this award is an honor and a true testament to the impact our system is having on transforming the student enrollment experience for families and for staff.”

 

SchoolMint’s comprehensive system makes the end-to-end enrollment experience easier to manage for both school staff and parents. Its four primary tools include Application and Lottery Management, Registration Management, Digital Forms and Documents, and School Choice and Unified Enrollment. Collectively, these solutions improve operational efficiency, lower costs, and provide reporting and analytic tools for schools, and they empower parents with a mobile and user-friendly option to navigate the enrollment process.

 

“We chose SchoolMint to manage our school choice programs. No other system could support our complex lottery needs,” said Mandele Davis, School Choice Project Manager of Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, TX. “Moreover, the powerful data visualization tools provided within the SchoolMint platform enable me to monitor and adjust our marketing and family support initiatives.”

 

In addition to District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products, SchoolMint was recently named a winner of The ComputED Gazette’s 21st Annual Education Software Review (EDDIE) Awards in the Cloud-Based District Enrollment System category. Earlier this year, the company won a Silver Stevie® Award in the New Product or Service of the Year – Education – K-12 Enterprise Solution category of the 2016 American Business AwardsSM.

 

“These three industry awards validate our efforts to transform the student enrollment and school choice experience in independent, charter, and district schools nationwide,” said Jhaveri.

 

To learn more about SchoolMint, visit http://www.schoolmint.com.

 

About SchoolMint

SchoolMint provides a cloud-based student enrollment and school choice platform to PreK-12 independent, charter, and district schools. Since its founding in 2013, more than 3,000 schools worldwide have chosen SchoolMint to streamline student registration and re-enrollment, application and lottery management, universal enrollment and school choice, and digital forms and document uploads. Available online and on mobile devices, SchoolMint’s seamless data integration with leading student information systems and its user-friendly design transform the end-to-end enrollment experience for district staff and parents. Visit www.SchoolMint.com to learn more.

 

Credo Commits to Learning Community with edX Partnership

BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2016 — Credo – the industry leader for information literacy, critical thinking, and research solutions –announced it is contributing features and enhancements to the open edX initiative, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. EdX offers interactive online courses and MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s best universities and institutions.

 

Mike Sweet, Credo’s Chief Executive Officer, said his company has been making significant investments in research and development in edX’s enhanced capabilities, specifically in reporting, learning outcomes tracking and analysis.

 

“We are honored to give back to the higher education learning community,” Sweet said. “And we are appreciative of the opportunity to work with edX as it offers the highest quality courses from institutions who share a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.”

 

The edX platform is an open source course management system, and is used all over the world. EdX’s LMS is the tool learners use to access course content, including videos, textbooks, and problems, and to check their progress in the course.

 

Sweet said one of the most significant benefits from Credo’s contributions to edX is the ability to tag questions in edX Studio, its open tool where users build their courses. Tagging questions allows tracking information across courses, such as whether students can successfully meet a learning outcome. This information is available to view in edX’s Analytics reports, and can be used to understand student comprehension and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional materials.

 

Boston-based Credo has partnered with more than 2,500 libraries over the last 16 years to drive more effective and efficient student research activities. Credo has also been developing instructional content in partnership with librarians and faculty to improve student research outcomes.

 

For more information about Credo, visit www.corp.credoreference.com.

 

 

About Credo | www.corp.credoreference.com

Credo is an information skills solutions provider that serves educational institutions worldwide. It enables the flexible configuration of content, technology and services for the purpose of connecting learners, faculty and teachers, librarians and publishers. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives. Founded in the U.K. under the name of Xrefer, Credo has helped colleges, universities and public libraries successfully educate students and patrons since 1999. Credo is headquartered in Boston, Mass., and maintains an office in the U.K.

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PublicSchoolWORKS Recognized by Three Industry Awards for Quality of Products and Customer Service

Recent awards include the District Administration Reader’s Choice Top 100 Products, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Tech & Learning Stellar Service Awards

Cincinnati, OH (December 1, 2016) — PublicSchoolWORKS, the provider of the only comprehensive risk reduction and school safety program for K-12 districts, has won  three industry awards: the 2016 District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Awards, the 2016 Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the 2016 Tech & Learning Stellar Service Awards.

The company’s EmployeeSafe Suite won a 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Award from District Administration,marking the product’s eighth consecutive Readers’ Choice Award. The award program highlights leading hardware, software and other tools districts have used to excel. EmployeeSafe helps districts reduce risk and drive down the associated cost of staff injuries and other risk issues. Districts use EmployeeSafe to implement risk management programs that automate the deployment, tracking and completion of online staff training, compliance tasks, employee accident management initiatives and more.

One of EmployeeSafe’s automated modules, the Staff Training System, was awarded its first Gold Stevie® in the Safety Training Category in the 2016 Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The awards program recognizes the best employers, HR professionals and teams, as well as the HR-related products that help create great places to work. Using the Staff Training System, PublicSchoolWORKS customers easily train faculty and staff on a wide range of safety topics, thus making schools safer while also helping districts meet state and federal training mandates.

PublicSchoolWORKS’ Client Services and Research & Development teams won a 2016 Tech & Learning Stellar Service Award for “Frequent Buyer Smiles: Best Perks and Extras.” The awards program, now in its second year, recognizes edtech companies for providing excellent customer service. PublicSchoolWORKS’ Client Service and Research & Development teams make safety and compliance effortless for districts. Client Services creates districts’ customized risk reduction and school safety programs based on their needs. Research & Development tracks legislation and creates or updates content to address mandates so districts stay safe and compliant.

“We assess the needs and goals of each of our districts, and then create a custom plan for them so their administrators can put more time and energy back into other initiatives,” said Tom Strasburger, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PublicSchoolWORKS. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without a great product and a strong customer service team. We hear praise from customers regularly, but getting recognized by a number of different industry awards further proves that PublicSchoolWORKS is on the right track.”

About PublicSchoolWORKS
Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS has helped districts implement comprehensive safety programs to reduce risk, and the associated costs, and help make schools a safe place for staff and students.  PublicSchoolWORKS and its automated, online suites provide districts the technology, content and expert resources needed to create a culture of safety while easily meeting state and federal safety mandates. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS impacts school safety and improves district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or sales@publicschoolworks.com.

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