myON 3.7 Arrives Just in Time for TCEA 2017
Updated version of the personalized literacy solution gives educators a clearer view of what their students are reading and how their skills are developing
(Minneapolis, MN) February 2, 2017 — myON, a business unit of Capstone and leading provider of personalized literacy solutions in the K-12 marketplace, today announced the release of myON version 3.7. Made available to the public on December 22, 2016, myON 3.7 provides a variety of updated features aimed to give educators a clear view of what their students are reading and how their skills are developing.
With these changes to myON, standard alignments to titles on myON have been updated, and students can select the read-aloud speed of any book in the myON collection. In addition, the faculty reports have been re-envisioned to more quickly share the most important results, making the data in myON even more actionable by educators and administrators.
“We made these upgrades to help educators customize the monitoring tools they rely on to evaluate their student’s improvements and needs,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “We want to empower teachers and administrators with the information they need to instill a love of reading in their students.”
Major new features of myON include the following:
- More Beginning Reader Support: Additional native benchmark items that use pictures and simple sentences track changes in students’ reading scores over time.
- Alignments to Standards:When creating reading tasks, educators in faculty and administrator roles can use book alignments to state and national standards to connect titles to support curriculum goals.
- Read-Aloud Speed: myON now includes the ability for students to select a read-aloud speed.
- Report Refresh: New and improved educator reports include more details and highlight areas to monitor.
To get a hands-on look at myON at TCEA, you can visit booth 1347 or make an appointment for the PR with Panache! Storytelling Suite.
myON, a business unit of Capstone, developed a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to a collection of more than 13,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and close reading tools. 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 growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction. For more information, please visit myON.com.
Discovery Education Announces 2017 Dates for No-Cost Professional Development Events Supporting School Leaders
–The Powerful Practices Series Returns with Two Events Exploring New Instructional Leadership Practices that Make a Difference in Teaching and Learning–
Silver Spring, Md. (February 1, 2017) — Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, again invites superintendents and educators nationwide to participate in Powerful Practices: The Instructional Leadership Experience. These two, no-cost, one day, interactive professional development events taking place in San Francisco, CA, on February 24 th, and Seattle, WA, on March 10th, will engage participants in conversations with renowned education experts and explore innovative instructional leadership practices that make a significant difference in teaching and learning.
Discovery Education has designed these exclusive professional development events to provide multiple opportunities for educators to participate in hands-on activities throughout the day, explore digital resources that build student engagement, and connect, network, and collaborate with their peers. Powerful Practices is designed specifically for public and private school leaders interested in improving their students’ academic achievement through the thoughtful application of innovative teaching and learning practices. Attendees will leave this experience with cost-neutral, actionable strategies that can be implemented and scaled in any K-12 setting.
“Discovery Education’s Powerful Practice events are rapidly becoming one of education’s ‘must attend’ professional learning opportunities,” said Kathleen McCreery, Executive Director, California ASCD. “I am looking forward to connecting with my colleagues in education from across the region to explore new ideas and strategies for supporting the success of all learners.”
The Powerful Practices event in San Francisco, CA on February 24th will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and the March 10th event in Seattle, WA will be held at the Hyatt at Olive 8. George Couros, a distinguished Canadian education leader and expert on the innovator’s mindset, will keynote both events. An internationally renowned educator, Couros has worked with all K-12 levels as a teacher, technology facilitator, and administrator, and is the author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.
During his keynote, Couros will discuss how to impact student achievement by leading with an innovator’s mindset. Then, participants will join colleagues from across the country to discuss best practices in personalized learning, literacy, culturally responsive teaching, and student engagement. They also will explore how digital resources can be used to enrich inquiry-based learning experiences for all students, and how this approach can be particularly effective when differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students with special needs and English-language learners. For more details or to register for either of the Powerful Practicesevents, visit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Events/powerful-practices/index.cfm
“Discovery Education is pleased to once again present Powerful Practices,” said Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “Educators nationwide are seeking new strategies to maximize student achievement effectively. Professional learning events such as these provide valuable opportunities for educators to gather and discuss new ways to improve teaching and learning.”
For more information about other Discovery Education initiatives, resources, and services, visithttp://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.
Epson Wins Two 2016 New Product of the Year Awards
School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management Recognized the Epson DC-21 Document Camera and BrightLink Pro All-in-One Interactive Display
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 1, 2017 – Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world, and two of its products were recognized in the School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management 2016 New Product of the Year Awards. The Epson DC-21 document camera and the BrightLink® Pro All-in-One Interactive Display each won a Platinum-level award in the A/V Category from the magazines. The award programs honor the outstanding product development achievements of manufacturers and suppliers whose products or services are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to enhance the learning environment.
An independent panel of judges from the industry selected 15 Platinum and 26 Gold winners this year. The winners were featured online and in the December 2016 issue of School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines. To view the list of this year’s winners, click here.
The DC-21 document camera helps educators bring life to the classroom using multimedia objects such as books, pictures, 3D objects, and more. Its advanced features – HD 1080p resolution, large imaging sensor, 12x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, microscope adapter, and audio and video recording capabilities – give teachers the flexibility to explore more during their lessons while providing students with high-quality images and audio.
The Epson BrightLink Pro All-in-One Interactive Display bundle brings together the best in projection, mount and screen technology to create a complete interactive display system large enough for everyone in a classroom to read. The bundle consists of a 100-inch Da-Lite IDEA screen and a BrightLink Pro 1430Wi interactive presentation display. The 100-inch diagonal image and the screen’s 2.5 gain create optimized readability and superior image quality. Using the presentation display’s interactive features, students and teachers can write on the display in real time, with no PC required. The Whiteboard Sharing Tool allows up to 15 participants to join a whiteboarding session directly from any mobile device with a web browser or from another BrightLink Pro – without using software or an app.
“Epson’s document camera and presentation display solutions are specifically designed to meet the needs of teachers and students,” said Jason Meyer, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Winning these two awards further underscores that Epson understands the vastly different A/V needs of the K-12 and higher education classrooms.”
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.
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.
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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Allovue Launches a New Budgeting Product for School Districts
Allovue’s software platform transforms the way districts build budgets and track spending
(Baltimore, MD) February 2, 2017 — Allovue, a pioneering education finance technology company, today announced the addition of a long-awaited budgeting product to its signature software platform, Balance. Balance Budget was built to simplify the time-consuming process of creating and managing district budgets across central office departments and schools.
“We heard from district finance offices of every shape and size that budgeting is their biggest challenge, and nothing on the market was meeting their needs,” said Allovue’s Chief Executive Officer and founder Jess Gartner.
Allovue recruited the Executive Director of Budget and Finance from Denver Public Schools, Kate Kotaska, to help design the product. “While in Denver, I couldn’t find a solution that met all of my needs, so I returned the funds approved for a budgeting tool,” said Kotaska. “If Allovue’s budgeting product had been available back then, the search would have been over.”
With Balance Budget, budget directors can allocate resources to decision-makers throughout the district without having to manage many custom, static spreadsheets. Title I grant managers, teaching and learning departments, and school principals can now all manage their allocations to budget staff and other resources that are aligned to district goals.
Balance Budget’s real-time data updates will keep budget directors informed and involved as the whole district community engages in a thoughtful budgeting process, making reporting to the board and other executive staff members easy and accurate at all times. Late-stage changes to salary and benefits packages can be updated across dozens or hundreds of budgets with a few keystrokes.
Balance Budget is now available and several of Allovue’s current partners, including Indianapolis Public Schools, will be using it to streamline their budget process this year.
Allovue is a pioneering education finance technology company that empowers educators to strategically and equitably allocate resources to best support the needs of students. Their signature software platform, Balance, helps educators budget, manage, and evaluate spending. Allovue also supports district financial strategy through research, training, and equity analysis. To learn more about Balance Budget, please visit allovue.com/products/balance/budget.