New Report on Charter Schools Offers Best Evidence to Date of Impact

WASHINGTON, DC — A new report, released just in time for National School Choice Week, from The Center for Education Reform offers a history of the 25-year-old charter school movement while addressing the myths that exist about the national charter school landscape. Just the Facts: Success, Innovation, and Opportunity in Charter Schools debunks charter school misinformation with the most valid and reliable data to date.

“Charter schools are one of the most significant and proven education reforms to date, serving nearly 3 million students in almost 7,000 schools in 43 states and the District of Columbia,” said CER Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen. “Yet despite their proven success, many opponents across the nation continue to advance myths about charter schools at the expense of kids.”

Just the Facts addresses the most pervasive and unjustified myths:

  • Charter schools are unaccountable and represent the “privatization” of education.
  • Successful charter schools are only successful because they “cream” the most able students, those who are white, wealthy and do not have special needs.
  • Charter schools produce “mixed” academic results, or academic results that are worse than traditional public schools.
  • Charter schools are “killing” public education because they drain school districts of funding.

“Advocates of public charter schools must denounce these myths, demand only the most rigorous research be considered in decisions that affect charter school policies, and should fight to protect charter schools from unnecessary regulation,” continued Allen. “Just the Facts arms advocates with data and talking points they need to insist that charter schools remain innovative forces of educational opportunity in their states, districts, communities and beyond.”

Just the Facts: Success, Innovation, and Opportunity in Charter Schools is written by Dr. Cara Candel, Research Fellow, and is available for download at edreform.com.

 

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

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Epson Introduces New BrightLink Interactive Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays for Education

 

New BrightLink 685Wi, 695Wi, 696Ui, and 697Ui Transform Any Flat

Surface in the Classroom into a Bright 100-Inch Interactive Learning Space

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 24, 2017 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today announced the latest BrightLink® interactive ultra short-throw presentation displays for education, including the BrightLink 685Wi, 695Wi, 696Ui, and 697Ui. These enhanced displays enable individualized instruction with wireless content sharing and deliver crisp image quality with up to full HD resolution1 and a bright, readable interactive image up to 100-inches – 3x as big as a 60-inch flat panel. Combined with Epson’s advanced 3LCD light engine for bright, vivid colors, the new BrightLink interactive displays result in impactful presentations and productive collaboration. Epson’s new BrightLink projectors for education will be on display at FETC 2017 in Orlando, Fla. from Jan. 24-27 at Epson booth, #135, and TCEA 2017 in Austin, Texas from Feb. 6-10at Epson booth, #2355.

 

“The BrightLink interactive presentation displays make it easy for teachers to create engaging lessons and present and share information that students can read – no matter where they are sitting in the room,” said Jason Meyer, education product manager, Epson America. “With the ability to display bright, high-quality images much larger than traditional flat panels, Epson BrightLink interactive presentation displays continue to be the most advanced and affordable display technology for schools today.”

 

The new BrightLink interactive presentation displays deliver wireless capabilities for easy content sharing to help students learn and collaborate. The BrightLink series now enable instructors to share content between the big screen and wirelessly connected mobile devices for individualized learning. With the Epson Multi-PC Projection with Moderator function2 and theEpson iProjection App, teachers have the ability to see and choose to display up to four devices simultaneously from a maximum of 50 connected student devices for an engaging, collaborative classroom experience. Students can wirelessly participate in discussions by displaying content from Chromebooks, PCs, and Mac® computers, as well as iOS and Android devices. BrightLink supports BYOD learning environments and is the perfect tool for showing a variety of content or for comparing students’ work side-by-side3.

 

The new BrightLink series also introduces DuoLink, an extended whiteboard feature enabling teachers and students to get twice the collaboration space by utilizing two BrightLink devices side-by-side4.

 

Whether across campus or in the classroom, students can connect and share any type of content in real-time using the flagship BrightLink 697Ui presentation display. With the Whiteboard Sharing Tool, up to 15 participants can join a whiteboarding session directly from any mobile device with a web browser or from another BrightLink without a PC3.


More about BrightLink Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays

Epson projectors offer 3x higher color brightness than competitive models5.  These new BrightLink presentation displays deliver clean images and include advanced connectivity to meet a variety of education needs. Additional features include:

 

Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays – Provides virtually no shadow interference

 

Ultra Bright, Full HD Image – Up to 4400 lumens in full HD

 

Enhance Classroom Collaboration – Wireless display solution allows teachers to control which student devices to display at the front of the room and encourages student participation3

  • Wireless Networking – Enterprise-level security for peace-of-mind; wireless HD screen mirroring with Miracast; display Chromebook, iOS, Android, Mac, and PC screens3

Pen and touch-based interactivity – With most of the models, touch and pen-based interactivity allows up to 8 users to draw, share, and collaborate at once using familiar gestures6

 

Split Screen4 Feature – Simultaneously project two images (video or still) from different sources side-by-side up to 280-inches

 

Long-Life, Low-Cost Lamps – Last up to 10,000 hours in ECO Mode7

 

Remote Management – Easy network connectivity with software included

 

Versatile Connectivity – 3x HDMI® supports multiple high-definition A/V devices, with MHL®support8, ensuring flexible placement and fast, easy setup

 

As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

 

BrightLink Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display Specifications

Product Color

Brightness4

White

Brightness4

Resolution Display MSRP Price
BrightLink 685Wi 3500 lumens 3500 lumens WXGA 100-inches from 11-inches $2,199
BrightLink 695Wi 3500 lumens 3500 lumens WXGA 100-inches from 11-inches $2,399
BrightLink 696Ui 3800 lumens 3800 lumens WUXGA 100-inches from 11-inches $2,799
BrightLink 697Ui 4400 lumens 4400 lumens WUXGA 100-inches from 11-inches $3,299

 

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.

 

Availability and Support

The new BrightLink Interactive presentation displays are now available through national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, Epson.com, and the Brighter Futures program. A new wall mount is also now available ($109) for easy, affordable integration with a variety of interactive and standard whiteboards. Epson BrightLink presentation displays come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a Road Service replacement program that includes product exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/education.

 

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 73,000 employees in 91 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 Full HD resolution available with BrightLink 696Ui and 697Ui models.

2 Moderator feature is part of EasyMP Multi-PC Projection software.

3 For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specification for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wires connection. Not all Epson projector are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See www.epson.com for details.

4Consult your user manual for input combinations.

5Color 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.

6BrightLink 685Wi features only pen-based interactivity allowing up to two users to write and draw at once.

7 ECO Mode is up to 10,000 hours. Normal Mode is up to 5,000 hours. Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.

8 Includes one Mobile High-Definition Link® (MHL) HDMI port.

 

Note: EPSON and PowerLite are registered trademarks, Epson iProjection is a trademark and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. Mac and iOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android and Chromebook 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.

 

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New Edthena App Leverages Chromebooks for Video-based Coaching and Professional Learning

 

With Edthena, device platforms are no longer a barrier to making video-based PD easy

 

SAN FRANCISCO (January 24, 2017) – Video-based coaching and professional learning using a Chromebook is now a reality with Edthena’s new Chromebook app launching this week. Teachers can now complete an entire video coaching cycle – from recording to upload to feedback – on a Chromebook device.

 

“When we piloted the Edthena Chromebook app, our teachers really liked the integrated nature of it and how easy it made recording and uploading videos into the Edthena platform,” said Lara Kassab, assistant professor of teacher education at San Jose State University. “Having an app like this available to our students when they get out in the field will be extremely beneficial for their own reflection and improvement cycle.”

 

With this release, Edthena offers video tools for all major device platforms found in schools – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Chrome OS.

 

Edthena’s Chromebook app automates the process of recording and uploading videos of any length. With the app, teachers select a video length and hit record; the app automatically stops recording after the specified time and begins the upload process. Without the Edthena app, it’s not possible to easily record and upload video from a Chromebook.

 

Edthena built this app with the variability of school broadband networks in mind. By integrating cutting-edge web technologies, the Chromebook app is not impacted by momentary bandwidth issues or the need to complete the upload process at a later time.

 

Edthena developed this app to help schools and districts take further advantage of the multitude of Chromebooks they have purchased for classrooms.

 

“Supporting devices that are commonplace in schools is important for ensuring equity of access,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “With Chromebooks becoming standard-issue in districts across the country, we are providing a way for educators to further utilize these affordable and increasingly popular devices by being able to easily and reliably record and upload video of their teaching practice as part of the professional learning process.”

 

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.

 

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

 

The Edthena Chromebook app is available free to Edthena users on the Chrome Web Store at https://goo.gl/bxa7z8. Media may request a login to try the app. 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 Tech & Learning. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.

 

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Chatsworth, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2017) – When schools require sound reinforcement for any size audience or venue, educators need a versatile public address (PA) system that can support all school-based activities. To fill this need, Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audio equipment for use in education, announces the release of the PA11 and the PowerPro PA920.

 
“Califone is known for delivering sound solutions that enable schools to accomplish any audio task with ease,” said Scott Evans, Marketing Manager for Califone.  “With the new models, schools can continue to simplify large-scale presentations and gatherings without the complexity of operating other types of PA systems.”
 
To learn more about the features of each new PA system and to read the full release, click here.

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K-12 Students in Singapore Using Singapore Math® Curriculum Top the World in Math and Science for 20 Years

 

Singapore Math® students earn #1 ranking on 2015 TIMSS and PISA international achievement tests after consistently using education publisher Marshall Cavendish’s curriculum


            TARRYTOWN, NY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Marshall Cavendish Education, publisher of Singapore Math® textbooks Math In Focus® and Primary Mathematics, proudly announced that its math and science students in the Republic of Singapore scored first internationally again on the 2015 Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). These students have topped the world in math and science for 20 years now. Marshall Cavendish Education (MCE) dominates the Singapore school market, with all of the primary schools using only its science curriculum and 75% exclusively using its math curriculum. The same curriculum and teacher training that propelled Singapore Math® students to the #1 ranking on both the 2015 TIMSS and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) achievement tests is also helping to turn around American school districts and improve students’ performance in math on state assessments.

While many factors contribute to students’ success, a common thread in this story is  MCE’s collaborative role with Singapore’s Ministry of Education in the development of Singapore Math® curriculum and teacher professional development courses. As a result, Singapore students have consistently performed the best out of 60 countries studied by the TIMSS. Singapore students scored 100 points higher in math than students in the USA, which scored below the top 10 out of 60 countries. These results have been consistent over a 20-year period.

The Singapore Math® pedagogy emphasizes teaching students to think and persevere when solving problems. In addition to demonstrating math content mastery, Singapore Math® students are able to apply their knowledge and conceptual understanding to solve problems. These important competencies provide a strong foundation for higher education and continuing learning throughout their lives.
MCE’s holistic approach to learning and teaching is fundamentally changing math education in the United States by providing teachers with the same pedagogy, curriculum, supplemental materials and digital resources that have put its Singapore students at the top of all global math performance studies. The company has been successfully helping American students at many K-8 schools to get on the right track and measurably improve their performance in math on state assessments. MCE offers adapted and aligned to Common Core State Standards core math curriculum and textbooks for the USA as Singapore Math® Math In Focus® and Primary Mathematics, as well as 16 customized In-School Professional Development courses for teachers, each containing six hours of mathematics content woven with Singapore Math® pedagogy that equips teachers with strategies and best practices to provide great teaching for every child.

Eight two-year comparisons between 2013 and 2015 of state test scores at different school districts using Singapore Math® in New York, New Jersey and Nebraska with at least 400 and as many as 6,400 students showed significant improvement. The comparisons were done during the year students began usingSingapore Math® textbooks and the year before. They show improvements in student’s math achievement at every set of participating primary grades 3-5 or middle grades 6-8. Every grade level of participating students at each school district gained at least 3 percentage points and most gained 9 or more percentage points after implementing the curriculum. Third graders at Southern Valley School District in Oxford, NE made the greatest improvement out of all the comparisons, with a whopping 37-percentage-point climb to 89% of those students scoring at levels 2 (meets) and 3 (exceeds) on their state assessment. The average gain among all participating grades in Southern Valley was 23%.

According to Paul Castiglione, Vice-Principal of Middle School at North Haven, CT, his public school district’s students in grades 3 to 8 scored well above the state average by as much as 21 percentage points in math on the 2015/16 state SBAC test after using Singapore Math® textbooks. Every grade level improved their 2014/15 math scores by 14 to 31 percentage points in 2015/16.

Singapore Math® pedagogy changed the way teachers planned and delivered instruction from a classroom,” said Castiglione. “What was once a teacher-led classroom where the teacher did the vast majority of talking and explanations, turned into a student-led classroom. Over the last seven years, we have been able to see that both teachers and students have a better understanding of the meaning behind the math by using the conceptual understanding of concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.”

“Our district adopted the Singapore Math® series as the primary instructional resource for K-5 mathematics approximately five years ago,” said Dr. Corrine Edwards, Director of Learning, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Saginaw Township Community Schools in MI. “Since that time, we have experienced the value in expanding its uses throughout grade 8 and coupling the use of this resource with job-embedded and sustained intensive teacher professional learning and training. All of which has resulted in a district-aligned K-8 math curriculum and model for Tier I instructional practices and approaches to teaching and learning that puts and keeps each and every one of our students at the center of our work. Our student achievement scores provide evidence of the ongoing benefits of these efforts.”

Hoover Herrera, Professional Development Manager, International, at MCE, trains teachers in the USA, Latin America and around the world. All MCE professional development staff are trained directly in Singapore for authenticity and consistency.

“What is different in Singapore Math® classrooms, is that we are interested in finding answers to math problems, but our higher goal is to get students to think deeply when faced with a problem,” said Herrera. “Sometimes we give the answer, but want students to give different ways to solve the problem. There is lots of talking and dialogue among students. It is not teacher-focused. We use ‘model drawing’, using bar models that work great for visualizing problems. We give students tools and strategies to problem-solve. Math is an excellent vehicle for a person to develop their problem-solving abilities!”

Math In Focus and Primary Mathematics
            Singapore Math® Primary Mathematics textbook series for grades K-6 is the adapted version of the internationally respected mathematics materials MCE created in collaboration with the Singapore Ministry of Education. It follows the five key learning models integrated in the Singapore Math® Approach: Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach, model drawing, teaching-to-mastery, metacognition and spiral progression.Primary Mathematics curricula also include a digital courseware that engages students for differentiated learning and gives teachers easy-to-use tracking and management features.

          Singapore Math® Math In Focus for grades K-8 is adapted from Singapore’s My Pals Are Here math series. This series aims to ensure that students strengthen critical thinking and reach mastery of concepts, computational skills and problem-solving and its applications to real-life situations. Math In Focus combines research-based print components with online resources that make math engaging and accessible to students. Content is developed using the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach, which allows students to master math concepts, develop critical thinking and strengthen problem-solving skills. The series includes eBooks, interactive whiteboard activities, online activities, both concrete and virtual manipulatives, and a Bar Modeling app that provide students with hands-on experiences that lead to positive attitudes towards math and increased confidence as they grow in the subject.

Availability

Singapore Math® Primary Mathematics and Math in Focus textbook series are available in print format with digital components. Math In Focus is sold through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Primary Mathematics is available only throughSingapore Math, Inc. Singapore Math® In-School Professional Development courses may be scheduled through MCE. For information, visit http://www.mceducation.us/professional-development/, call (800) 821-9881, or email customerservice@marshallcavendish.com.


Marshall Cavendish Education
           Marshall Cavendish Education (www.mceducation.us) is the authentic provider of Singapore Math® educational solutions. For nearly 40 years, Marshall Cavendish Education has been a leading academic publisher of K-12 math textbooks, workbooks, and digital curricula, as well as a respected provider of professional development for educators. With headquarters in Singapore and US offices in Tarrytown, NY, Marshall Cavendish Education has been on a mission to revitalize math instruction in classrooms worldwide. The company’s products have been adopted by educators and embraced by students in over 50 countries.

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Follett-Dremel Partnership Brings 3D Printers

With Professional Development to K-12 Schools

 

MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 24, 2017 — Follett today announced it has become a premier distributor for Dremel 3D printers for the K-12 school market. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder, which made its debut in the education market in 2016, is made specifically for education with easy-to-use software, and:

  • comes with 10 curriculum-based lesson plans;
  • features 3D model kits designed specifically for exploring STEM education; and
  • includes complete access to a Professional Development Learning Network (PDLN) badge certification training course.

Follett recently responded to the growing trend of librarians and schools embracing makerspaces by offering age-level specific Makerspace Bundles, which encourage students’ inquiry and exploration through hands-on production.

The bundles, designed to save time and take the guesswork out of starting a makerspace, allow librarians to get started in the makerspace concept without doing all of the curation work themselves. Follett School Solutions’ President Nader Qaimari believes partnering with Dremel to offer its printers to K-12 school districts will further support librarians – who were instrumental in pioneering the 3D printer movement for education – plus promote technology integration in the classroom.

“From the outset, we had plans to add more products to support the maker movement that would encourage creativity and the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printers are a perfect fit,” Qaimari said. “They not only allow teachers to simply integrate 3D printing into the classroom but provide students with a perfect tool to ignite their imagination by being part of the actual design and creation of their STEM projects.”

Easy to set up and safe to use, the Idea Builder enables students to interact with their 3D models in the physical space – ultimately enhancing retention of abstract concepts. For educators, the printer’s comprehensive teaching and learning kits easily integrate with existing STEM curriculum and includes access to Dremel’s extensive 1:1 customer support and training.

“Introducing the Dremel Idea Builder in my elementary school math and engineering classes has offered a new way for creating solutions to real-world problems,” said Ken Hawthorn, mathematics and mechatronics teacher, St. Raymond Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif. “When adopting the Idea Builder, teachers benefit from the unmatched support and resources necessary for incorporating STEM instruction in the classroom.”

The Dremel Idea Builder 3D 40 printer also features WiFi connectivity, active filament monitoring, a clog-resistant extruder and assisted leveling.

“By teaming up with Follett, we’re able to simplify the process of adopting complete 3D printing resources for districts across the country,” said Rafael Franca, manager, Dremel 3D Education. “We’re looking forward to expanding access to 3D printing for teachers and students, a tool instrumental to empowering our future leaders of innovation.”

For more about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com. For more about the Dremel 3D Idea Builder and its capabilities, visitwww.follettlearning.com/3D.

 

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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 preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett’s reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.

About Dremel |https://3dprinter.dremel.com/

Founded in 1932, Dremel is the industry standard in leadership and excellence for versatile tools systems. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder expands the brand’s reach from the workshop to the classroom to provide educators and students with cutting-edge technology for STEM education. Built upon the brand’s dedication to empowering makers through creativity, precision and project enjoyment, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder nurtures student confidence by giving them a tool to design and build their own models to understand lessons. With available lessons to draw connections between 3D printing and instruction, Dremel is providing educators with the support they need to transform classrooms.

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Vernier Software & Technology Works with Google to Expand the Collection of Scientific Data on Mobile Devices

 

Students can collect and graph time-based data using Vernier sensors within
Google’s Science Journal app on Google Play for Android™ devices

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 24, 2017 – As part of their shared vision for encouraging scientific discovery and inspiring students to understand the world around them, Vernier Software & Technology is working with Google to expand the availability of software that can graph scientific and engineering data on mobile devices. Science and STEM students can now use Vernier sensors to collect and graph data in real time within Google’s Science Journal app on Google Play for Android™ devices.

“As the first probeware company to provide support for data-collection technology within the Science Journal app, we believe that mobile devices can play a pivotal role in engaging students in hands-on scientific learning,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “Now students can further utilize mobile devices in science and STEM classrooms by using Science Journal with one of our sensors to collect and analyze data as they learn important science and engineering concepts.”

To begin the data-collection process, students launch the app on an Android device and then connect one of over 45 supported Vernier sensors to wirelessly stream and record data, such as temperature, pressure, pH, heart rate, and more. With Science Journal, students can organize their ideas into projects, make predictions, collect data in multiple trials, take notes, upload images from the experiment, and annotate results.

Science Journal, which is free to download in the Google Play store, requires Android 4.4 or newer. Available as a free download, the Vernier Graphical Analysisapp 3.1.1 or newer must be installed in addition to Science Journal.

To learn more, visit www.vernier.com/science-journal.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and hires educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.

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Epson’s New PowerLite Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays

Deliver Bright Images and Versatility for K-12 Classrooms

 

New PowerLite 675W, 680 and 685W Deliver Minimized Glare and Shadow Interference,

Brilliant Images and Advanced Network Connectivity

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 24, 2017 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today announced new ultra short-throw presentation displays for K-12 classrooms – the Epson PowerLite® 675W, 680 and 685W. Designed for classroom collaboration, the new presentation displays enable individualized instruction with wireless content sharing and offer bright images up to 100-inches with minimal shadows and glare – enhancing communication and inspiring student engagement. Epson’s new PowerLite projectors for education will be on display at FETC 2017 in Orlando, Fla. from Jan. 24-27 at Epson booth, #135, and TCEA 2017 in Austin, Texas from Feb. 6-10 at Epson booth, #2355.

 

Ideal for BYOD classrooms, the new PowerLite 675W, 680 and 685W offer large, easy-to-see images and wireless functionality to help students learn and collaborate, regardless of where they sit. The PowerLite series now enable instructors to share content between the big screen and wirelessly connected mobile devices for individualized learning. Students can wirelessly participate in discussions by displaying content from Chromebooks, PCs and Mac® computers, as well as iOS and Android devices, with the Epson iProjection wireless display solution. Up to 50 users can connect to the projector simultaneously when used in conjunction with Epson Multi-PC projection, plus the Moderator device management software1. Displaying content from as many as four students simultaneously, it’s the perfect tool for showing a variety of content, or for comparing students’ work side-by-side2.

 

“The new PowerLite ultra short-throw presentation displays provide an all-in-one classroom solution. With their combination of brightness, versatile displays and wireless capabilities, these models take classroom collaboration to the next level,” said Veronika Knight, product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “The new line delivers a wide range of options, set to enhance classroom lessons with high resolution and brightness, as well as connectivity options, to best fit the teacher’s personal classroom needs.”

 

The new ultra short-throw presentation displays also offer additional networking capabilities that allow schools to manage up to 1,024 Epson networked displays using the EasyMP® Monitor software or Crestron RoomView®. Teachers can also connect to an access point to share their display with the entire class, without adding more cables. Additionally, using the Message Broadcasting plug-in for EasyMP Monitor, schools can send updates or announcements remotely to up to 1,024 Epson networked displays.

 

More about PowerLite Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays

Epson projectors offer 3x higher color brightness than competitive models3.  These new presentation displays deliver clean images, minimize glare and shadow interference, and include advanced connectivity to meet a variety of classroom needs. Additional features include:

 

Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays – Provides virtually no shadow interference

 

Versatile Connectivity – 3x HDMI® supports multiple high-definition A/V devices, with MHL® support4, ensuring flexible placement and fast, easy setup

 

Enhance Classroom Collaboration – Wireless display solution allows teachers to control personal device display and encourages students to participate1

 

Display High Quality Images – High brightness along with 3LCD technology creates bright, colorful images that can be seen even in well-lit rooms

 

Long-Life, Low-Cost Lamps – Lasts up to 10,000 hours in ECO Mode5, including $49 replacement lamps

 

Remote Management – Easy network connectivity with software included

 

Powerful Sound – Built-in 16 W speaker and microphone input, or use external speakers, even in Standby Mode, for powerful sound to engage every student

 

As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

 

PowerLite Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display Specifications

Product Color

Brightness6

White

Brightness6

Resolution Display MSRP Price
PowerLite 675W 3200 lumens 3200 lumens WXGA 100-inches from 11-inches $1,190
PowerLite 680 3500 lumens 3500 lumens XGA 92-inches from 11-inches $1,160
PowerLite 685W 3500 lumens 3500 lumens WXGA 100-inches from 11-inches $1,390

 

About Epson Education Products

Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced presentation display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson presentation displays 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.

 

Availability and Support

The new PowerLite ultra short-throw presentation displays are now available through national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, Epson.com, and the Brighter Futures program. Epson PowerLite presentation displays come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a Road Service replacement program that includes product exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/education.

 

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 73,000 employees in 91 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 Moderator feature is part of EasyMP Multi-PC Projection software.

2 For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specification for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wires connection. Not all Epson projector are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See www.epson.com for details.

3 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.

4 Includes one Mobile High-Definition Link® (MHL) HDMI port.

5 ECO Mode is up to 10,000 hours. Normal Mode is up to 5,000 hours. Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.

6Color 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.

 

 

Note: Epson, EasyMP and PowerLite are registered trademarks, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google is a registered trademark and Android and Chromebook are trademarks of Google Inc. All other product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

 

 

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