STUDENTS NATIONWIDE CALLED TO COMPLETE KIND ACTS IN CELEBRATION OF 17thANNUAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK
New Kindness Generator Launches to Serve as Online Resource for Students, Educators and Families to Track and Inspire Kindness Worldwide
DENVER, February 9, 2017 – High tech meets high touch, as the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation enhances 2017 Random Acts of Kindness Week #RAKWeek2017 by launching an online Kindness Generator, which will serve as an online rally point for activities worldwide this year. With the Kindness Generator, classrooms everywhere can find inspiration for kind acts to perform during RAK Week and create weeklong challenges for their schools, communities or even themselves. Additional kindness-focused lesson plans and classroom activities are also available through the companion Discover Kindness in the Classroom initiative, in partnership with Discovery Education.
RAK Week, which will be observed Feb. 12-18, 2017, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. Since inception, RAK estimates that millions of schools, celebrities, businesses, and partners have participated in these weeklong celebrations.
The new Kindness Generator also will serve as a central repository of challenges from RAK partner organizations and a newsroom, which will tally acts of kindness in real time and call out how many people globally are participating in challenges. The Kindness Generator will allow users to even track challenges by location. RAK anticipates at least 50,000 people will launch challenges through the Kindness Generator in recognition of the 17th annual RAK Week, including top name celebrities and entertainers.
To accompany the Kindness Generator, classrooms can also utilize resources available through, ‘Discover Kindness in the Classroom,’ a recently launched initiative by RAK and Discovery Education that offers standards-aligned resources for grades K-8 that teach important social and emotional learning skills. Available at no cost, these materials are designed to stimulate thoughtful conversations between educators and students about the importance of kindness in their daily lives, and include lesson plans and activities that highlight concepts such as compassion, respect, and fairness.
“The ‘Discover Kindness in the Classroom’ program makes it easy for educators to model kindness for students,” said Kristen Davis, first grade teacher in Santa Rosa County, Florida. “I am incorporating this program in my classroom every day. My students have become so much more aware of how kindness affects others because of the lessons we have done in our classroom. Their inspiration has rubbed off on other students through their positive outlook and change in mindset.”
WHAT: 17th Annual Random Acts of Kindness Week
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 12, – Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, with National Random Acts of Kindness Day designated as Feb. 17, 2017, in the United States
WHERE: Random Acts of Kindness Week is observed worldwide.
HOW: Commit to participating in 2017 RAK Week by signing up atwww.randomactsof.us and either add a challenge to the Kindness Generator or pledge to take part in a kindness challenge established by another person, educator or organization. Use #RAKWeek2017 on social networks to spread the word.
About Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
An international nonprofit, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, believes that kindness is key to making the world a better place. This nonpolitical, nonreligious organization leads the way by reminding people that they have a choice to be kind and provides them with free tools to make kindness common in their everyday lives. Learn more at randomactsofkindness.org.
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.
Impero Software and SafeBAE Partner to Help Schools Detect Issues Related to Sexting and Cyberbullying
Partners will create keyword libraries to help schools detect both sexting issues and bullying after sexual assault
Simi Valley, CA, Feb 10, 2017 – Both malicious acts related to sexting and the cyberbullying of sexual assault victims are all-too-common occurrences among students. To help schools detect these issues, Impero Software, provider of network administration, classroom management and internet safety software, has partnered with SafeBAE (Safe Before Anyone Else), which raises awareness of sexual assault and dating violence among high school and middle school students.
SafeBAE will enhance Impero’s library of sexting-related keywords and will help Impero create a new keyword library of terms related to the bullying of sexual assault victims. Impero’s software creates an alert if students use any of the keywords or phrases while using devices on the school network. Educators are then able to view the students’ comments or internet searches in context to determine the appropriate next steps.
Sexting, or sending another person suggestive or explicit digital images or videos of oneself is not uncommon among students who are interested in each other or who are dating. However, too often – whether it’s out of revenge from a bad break-up, an attempt at a joke, or due to peer pressure – one person shares those images with a wider audience without the other’s consent leading to devastating consequences for the victim. This type of malicious sexting, and the cyberbullying which can follow, frequently occurs or escalates when students see each other at school. The keyword libraries developed by Impero and SafeBAE can help schools detect these situations early enough to intervene before the situation gets out of control.
“Malicious sexting is an epidemic in today’s schools. Too often in these situations, and in cases of sexual assault, the victim is also unfairly harassed and re-victimized through cyberbullying – sometimes with tragic consequences,” said Shael Norris, Executive Director of SafeBAE. “Our partnership with Impero will help schools be proactive in addressing these incidents by providing a means for early detection of potential problems.”
SafeBAE provides resources and organizes speaking events at schools to raise awareness among students about sexual assault and dating violence. Sexual assault survivors Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon and Jada Smith, who appeared in the NETFLIX documentary Audrie & Daisy, are among SafeBAE’s co-founders and speakers.
Impero’s software monitors students’ online activity on a school’s 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.
“At Impero, our goal is to help schools keep students safe. In instances of sexting or cyberbullying, students often engage in this online activity while at school,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero. “Our partnership with SafeBAE will help us provide additional resources for schools to detect and address these situations early and will hopefully prevent potential tragedies.”
The partnership with SafeBAE is part of Impero’s ongoing work to support schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. Impero launched a $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program in November, 2016 to help schools gain access to this state-of-the-art technology. The company also released a white paper, co-authored with the Digital Citizenship Institute, in October, 2016, at the Digital Citizenship Summit in San Francisco, that offers insight and best practices when teaching digital citizenship in schools.
In addition to the monitoring software, Impero Software also provides 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.
About Impero Software
Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is accessed via one million computers in over 70 countries. In the UK it has a 40 percent market share of UK high schools and is used by over 500 U.S. districts.
Impero’s cutting edge software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Its online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.
For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com
SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven campaign whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault in middle and high schools and student’s rights under Title IX. SafeBAE will focus on preventing dating violence and sexual assault by giving students the tools to change peer culture, end harassing re-victimization, and advocate for consent and safe relationship education.
FLGI identifies forward-looking companies committed to support flipped learning educators worldwide
Today, the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders introduced its inaugural cadre of enterprise mission partners.
CHICAGO, Feb 9 – The companies presented have agreed to support the latest research-based standards, and evolving global best practices in flipped learning.
Enterprise mission partners have also signed on to closely collaborate with FLGI Research Fellows, FLGI Master Teachers and the broader flipped learning global community to accelerate the adoption of flipped learning around the world.
The companies include professional development partners: MT Groupo in Spain, IWBNET in Australia, TES in the United Kingdom and Udemy and Project Tomorrow in the United states.The group also includes Certified Technology Mission Partners: Klounge, iSchool, InfoMentor, SigongMedia, and BenQ who have passed a 17-point evaluation confirming their suitability for flipped learning.
In January, FLGI launched a global program to help protect flipped learning educators from bad technology decisions.
The program launched with a free training course called, How to Avoid the 17 Deadly Sins of Flipped Learning Technology Selection.
Flipped Learning Technology Certification is the second pillar of the program.
“We are excited to introduce this visionary group of companies to the international flipped learning community,” flipped learning pioneer, Jon Bergmann says.
“Some businesses just want to sell stuff to educators. There are others who have demonstrated a commitment to work intimately, learn, and grow with the flipped learning educators.
“FLGI enterprise mission partners are the latter and we welcome them. They deserve our trust and support.”
FLGI enterprise mission partners are innovative companies that are committed to be active community members and leaders in flipped learning.
The companies have been selected as FLGI preferred providers in their respective categories.
“All around the globe there are teachers, administrators, professors and education leaders who are putting their careers and credibility on the line to introduce flipped learning into their education systems,” Errol St.Clair Smith, director of Global Development says.
“When you’re doing pioneering work, it’s typical to find companies that will energetically support your work once everyone else has.
“The companies who have the vision and courage to do pioneering work shoulder-to-shoulder with us occupy a unique place in the community. These are truly special companies.”
About the Flipped Learning Global Initiative
The Flipped Learning Global Initiative, (FLGI), was created to support the rapidly expanding adoption of flipped learning all over the world in countries such as China, Taiwan, Spain, UAE, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Korea, Argentina, Iceland, Sweden, India and the United States.
FLGI aims to fill the growing global need for collaboration across borders in three domains: evolving best practices in flipped learning, research curation and distribution, and technology selection and implementation.
Baker & Taylor ‘PawPrints’ Transitioning
B&T, Follett to Offer Top Prebind Titles for School, Public Library Markets
MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 10, 2017 —Baker & Taylor’s PawPrints prebinds, available to both the public library and school markets, will have a new look starting next week when the books begin transitioning to the FollettBound brand. The move joins together the top prebind brands for customers in both markets.
George Coe, Group President of Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions, said the transition has been in the works since Follett acquired Baker & Taylor in April 2016.
“This is bringing together the best of breed in the book binding business,” Coe said. “We are taking the great features of both prebinds to bring a superior product to the market. Our joint prebind offering is another example of how Follett and Baker & Taylor are offering leading services to our customers.”
Coe outlined the many benefits of the transition, especially those realized by Baker & Taylor’s public library customers. “Because of the depth of the FollettBound collection, we will ultimately be able to offer a greater number of titles that are already in stock. We can also offer faster turnaround times and enhanced ordering options.”
PawPrints customers, Coe assured, will discover what FollettBound customers have long been attracted to: quality, affordability and unconditional guarantees. Top FollettBound specific features include:
- Extended shelf life and unmatched durability;
- Photo-quality color covers;
- Acid-free polyester end sheets;
- Polyester-laminated covers; and
- Colorful, square-back spines
Moving forward, PawPrints’ school customers will be able to order prebinds from Titlewave,Follett’s premier collection development and order platform for K-12 schools. Public library customers will still be able to order from Baker & Taylor’s TitleSource 360 (TS 360), the company’s state-of-the-art ordering system.
For more information about Baker & Taylor visit www.baker-taylor.com.
About Baker & Taylor| www.baker-taylor.com
Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to over 20,000 customers in 120 countries. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions.
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.