bulb Announces #ShareYourSmarts Social Sweepstakes for SXSWedu 2017

The online portfolio app contest offers students, teachers, and administrators the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarship prizes with up to 11 winners


(Austin, TX) March 1, 2017 — bulb, a leading provider of multi-media digital portfolios for the education market, today announced its #ShareYourSmarts Social Sweepstakes, a portfolio-sharing contest to begin March 1 in part to celebrate the kicking off of the SXSWedu 2017 expo. For this contest, bulb is asking educators and students to submit their best bulb page, or to create a new bulb page expressing their latest learning, ideas, or artistic creations.


“We’ve learned that the minute people use bulb digital portfolios they can’t get enough of it,” said Eric Goldreyer, CEO and co-founder of bulb. “There are hundreds of thousands of students and teachers using bulb to create all sorts of amazing content. Imagine your very own place where you create, share, and showcase the things that matter the most to you. Not to forget, you can also enjoy the amazing work of others. I think what people like the most about bulb is that it’s yours. All of your hard work, your creativity, your best stuff stays with you for a lifetime.”


Steps to Participate


  1. Create a bulb page as a student, educator, or administrator. (If you don’t already have a bulb account, sign up for a FREE bulb trial account here)
  2. Share the URL of your bulb page on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ShareYourSmarts anytime during the month of March.
  3. The Twitter or Instagram post with the most number of likes and retweets combined wins the $1,000 grand prize scholarship.


The contest is open to all pre-K through college students, as well as educators and school administrators who create a bulb page. The grand prize is a $1,000 scholarship, and for every 1,000 retweets and likes on posts using the hashtag, bulb will select another winner (up to 10) to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing education and other school resources.


Eligible tweets and posts must be posted to Instagram or Twitter between March 1, 2017, and March 31, 2017. Contest participants do not have to attend SXSWedu to win, but bulb invites all participants who are attending to visit the bulb booth. Winners will be contacted directly via Instagram/Twitter direct private message by Monday, April 3.

Participants are evaluated on style, and use of bulb features like images, videos, attachments and embeds. Tips on how to create better bulb pages can be found here.


About bulb
bulb is an ed tech company specializing in digital portfolios. bulb is committed to the discipline of learning and the craft of teaching; we believe that technology should enhance and accelerate both rather than detract from them. bulb is the place where students and educators curate, create, share, and showcase their smarts. bulb understands that form follows function so we not only make bulb pleasing to the eye, we also make it super easy to use. At its essence, bulb is where ideas are cultivated into amazing work, which can be shared and refined over a lifetime. For more information, visit bulbapp.com.



Discovery Education Announces Dates for 2017 Day of Discovery Tour


-No-Cost Professional Development Events in U.S. and Canada to Focus on Helping Educators Learn, Share, and Connect-


Silver Spring, Md. (March 1, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, invites administrators and educators across North America to participate in the Day of Discovery Tour. A series of no-cost, full-day, professional development opportunities, the Day of Discovery Tour helps teachers and administrators learn more about integrating digital content into their curriculum, provides opportunities for participants to share strategies that are working, and connects attendees to their most valuable resource: each other.


This year’s Day of Discovery Tour kicks off on April 29th with two simultaneous events in Columbia, South Carolina and Chicago, Illinois. Attendees at Day of Discovery events can expect a day full of dynamic networking sessions, interactive demonstrations, open discussions, and opportunities to learn from other education leaders’ testimonials and experiences. For additional information on the Day of Discovery Tour, visit: www.dayofdiscoverytour.com


“Discovery Education’s Day of Discovery Tour is a great chance for educators to learn new skills and techniques for integrating technology and digital content into classroom instruction,” said Dana Johnston, an Instructional Coach at Orange Unified School District. “I look forward to attending my local Day of Discovery each year because it inspires me to find new, innovative ways to engage my students in learning.”


The Day of Discovery Tour is organized by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals that connects members across school systems and around the world, the Discovery Education Community leverages a blend of social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events to foster valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration among participants.


“Discovery Education is excited to host the 2017 Day of Discovery Tour,” said Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education’s Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation. “We are grateful to the Discovery Education Community members leading the various tour events, and we encourage educators across the U.S. and Canada to attend these dynamic, free, professional development opportunities.”


For more information about Discovery Education’s Day of Discovery Tour, the Discovery Education Community, or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.




About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.




Kids Discover Presents Free Professional Learning Resources for Cross-Curricular Lesson Planning

Educational resources offer strategies, lesson plans and effective models for increasing critical thinking skills by applying concepts across multiple disciplines

(NEW YORK, NY) March 1, 2017 – Kids Discover, a leading provider of dynamic, engaging science and social studies curriculum, today announced the release of their Cross-Curricular Professional Learning Resources, including an infographic and two ebooks; “Improving Student Engagement and Outcomes with Cross-Curricular Application,” and “Creating a Cross-Curricular Learning Environment with Digital Curriculum.” These resources will detail the importance of cross-curricular lessons for educators and offer administrators models for integration into schools.

“Kids Discover has committed to increasing cross-curricular learning in every school across the country,” said Ted Levine, the president and CEO of Kids Discover. “Cross-curricular lessons give learning context, develop students’ critical thinking skills, and increase interest in STEM fields. With the growing adoption of technology in the classroom, creating customized cross-curricular lessons is easier than ever.”

The infographic and ebooks demonstrate just how effective cross-curricular models are at increasing student understanding, concept mastery, and critical thinking. These resources include reflections from industry thought leaders such as Dr. Lauren Madden, Michio Kaku, and Heidi Hayes Jacobs. The ebooks include practical steps educators can take to incorporate these kinds of lessons into their classrooms as well as how school and district leaders can create and foster a culture of cross-curricular learning. Additionally, free cross-curricular lesson plans are available on Kids Discover’s website.

The lesson plans, created during Kids Discover’s recent Cross-Curricular Lesson Plan Contest, include lessons built for grades 3–8 by educators who merged two or more disciplines in a meaningful way for their students.

“Cross-curricular lessons have been shown to increase science vocabulary and reading comprehension, increase mathematic scores, and improve student performance,” said Levine. “Educators who use cross-curricular lessons notice their students have higher critical thinking skills, more motivation to learn, and greater creativity in problem-solving than students who are not enrolled in cross-curricular learning. The benefits are clear, and Kids Discover wants to help educators give their students the best education possible.”

For more information and to download the resources, please visit KidsDiscover.com/cross-curricular-resources.

About Kids Discover

For more than 25 years, Kids Discover has been creating beautifully crafted nonfiction products for kids. With a specialty in science and social studies, the team of talented writers, award-winning designers and illustrators, and subject experts from leading institutions is committed to a single mission: to get children excited about reading and learning. For information, please visit KidsDiscover.com.





NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2017 HITN, a non-profit, Spanish-language media network that provides educational programming to more than 44 million American households, won two 2017 Parents’ Choice Awards for Mobile Apps. HITN’s Pocoyo Playset: 3D Shapes earned the highest Parents’ Choice Gold Award and Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move won a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, after also scoring a 2017 Kidscreen Award this month. Both programs help preschoolers, early learners and transitional Kindergartners up to age 5 develop English-language skills needed for a successful start in Kindergarten. Full of originality and familiar characters from the animated Pocoyo series, the apps entertain while teaching children to enjoy learning. The Parents’ Choice Foundation is a nationally respected resource that helps parents and educators make informed choices about which products are best for their children.


The Parents’ Choice Gold Awards are given to children’s books, toys, games, videos, software, apps, magazines, audio recordings, and television programs that are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. Criteria for judgments include the highest production standards, universal human values and a unique, individual quality that pushes the product a notch above others. Only four apps received this highest honor, including Pocoyo Playset: 3D Shapes. Parents’ Choice Silver Honors are for excellent products that came in a close second to the Gold winners. Pocoyo Playset:  Let’s Move, was one of four apps to earn this honor.


“Our Pocoyo Playset apps are designed to give preschoolers positive learning experiences on tablets that they already enjoy,” said David Rust, General Manager – Education at HITN. “Earning two Parents’ Choice Awards for these educational apps is a major accomplishment, acknowledging the quality and effectiveness of our apps in helping children learn and prepare for Kindergarten, which can lead parents and educators to discover our preschool learning resources. The apps can give children a real head start learning English words about their world that they can use now and on their path to Kindergarten.”


In Pocoyo Playset: 3D Shapes, children ages 3 to 5 join Pocoyo and his friends as they learn and explore six three-dimensional forms: the sphere, cube, rectangular prism, cone, cylinder, and pyramid in five play modes. It is a fun and engaging educational app which helps children learn about common shapes through playing with the games and activities included. Children learn to name, explore, identify, describe, analyze, compare, sort and construct common 3D shapes. As activities progress, they get to use these shapes to create toys. These activities develop the language and concepts needed for school success.


Pocoyo Playset: Let’s Move also features Pocoyo characters, in activities that teach English and Spanish words describing different kinds of movement. Children can play Get Moving, Pocoyo Says, The Word Machine and Story Maker activities. Preschoolers build fluency in spoken English and expand their English vocabulary learning words, while also sharpening their listening skills and ability to follow directions.


The Pocoyo PlaySet apps were developed by the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) between HITN and Zinkia Entertainment, the creator of the award-winning animated series, Pocoyo. HITN’s creative design and focus on solid academic and social-emotional skills were brought to life through the renowned and revered Pocoyo brand, and through the support of a $30 million Ready-to-Learn grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Pocoyo Playset educational resources were proven effective through summative studies and pilots in the USA and Puerto Rico.


The entire suite of 15 Pocoyo PlaySet apps are available on the Apple App Store and GooglePlay.

HITN is the leading Spanish-language media network focused on educational and cultural programing for the whole family. It reaches over 44 million homes across the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, log in to www.hitn.org.

About Zinkia Entertainment, S.A. (Zinkia):
Zinkia does more than just produce animated content; it creates entertainment brands for family audiences, with 360º marketing strategies for its brands. Zinkia engages in direct commercialization, licensing, distribution and advertising for its multiplatform content. The company is known for its innovative and creative projects, among them the award-winning preschool series Pocoyo™ and the international hit Shuriken School.  http://www.zinkia.com/



Follett Challenge’s Semifinalists, Video Winners Span the U.S.

Florida, Kansas, Arizona schools in top 3; winner will be announced April 28


MCHENRY, Ill.,Feb. 28, 2017 – With representation from schools spanning the country, organizers of the Follett Challengetoday announced via video the 2017 competition’s three Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners. Sponsored by Follett, the sixth annual Follett Challenge – an advocacy program that rewards groundbreaking educational programs – will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.

The scoring for this year’s Semifinalists – singled out by elementary, middle and high schools – were 80 percent based on the judges’ rubric and 20 percent based on the number of People’s Choice votes received. The three Semifinalists are:

From the three, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen and announced April 28. The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, plus a celebration at their school. The other two each will earn $30,000 in products and services.

The video announcement also revealed the 10 People’s Choice winners – those schools whose video submissions received the highest number of online votes from the public. Each of the winning schools earns $8,000 in Follett products and services. The top 10 are:

  1. John B. Alexander High School; United ISD; Laredo, Texas; video.
  2. Marist High School; Chicago, Ill.; video.
  3. McGee Middle School; Berlin Public Schools; Berlin, Conn.; video.
  4. Deer Park Elementary School; Baltimore County Public Schools; Owings Mills, Md.; video.
  5. Zela Davis Elementary School STEM Prep; Hawthorne, Calif.; video.
  6. Pearsontown Elementary School; Durham Public Schools; Durham, N.C.; video.
  7. Sunrise Elementary School; Cherry Creek Schools; Aurora, Colo.; video.
  8. Marion High School; Marion, Ind.;video.
  9. Mineola High School; Garden City Park, N.Y.; video.
  10. Swan Valley High School; Swan Valley School District; Saginaw, Mich.; video.

John B. Alexander High School was the competition’s top vote getter with 10,163; Marist High School was second with 9,844.

“Since my father, Chuck, started this program six years ago, it has been fascinating to see how educators and students are constantly thinking of cool and unique ways to learn and be part of a better future,” said Britten Follett, vice president of marketing for Follett School Solutions, who has spearheaded the Follett Challenge since its debut. “This year, with such a cross-section of the country represented among the semifinalists, we’re reminded that innovation is alive and well in every corner of America. The Follett Challenge showcases all that is right with education, and we’re happy to shine a light on some of the most forward-thinking programs in our country.”

Follett Challenge entrants must complete an online application and submit a video describing their program. The judges seek applications illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. All K-12 schools/districts, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply.

For more information about the Follett Challenge, visit www.FollettChallenge.com; for more on Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.


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 stores, 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.



Follett Named Exclusive Distributor of

New K-12 Online Daily News Service

The Day USA designed to help students with media literacy, recognize ‘fake news’


McHENRY, Ill., March 1, 2017 – Follett today announced it is the exclusive United States distributor of The Day USA, an online daily news service providing high-interest articles for K-12 schools, along with teacher resources to support information literacy. The Day USA may be a new product to the U.S., but it has been a successful product since 2011 in the United Kingdom.

“As arguments over fake news, propaganda and spin dominate the public sphere, we are thrilled to be helping students, with our partner Follett, to understand current affairs,” said Richard Addis, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Day USA. “Young people are our future. Everything we do is designed to help them seek a true understanding of the world, ask the right questions, debate the big issues and be armed with the confidence to play their part.”

The Day USA will be available through Follett to U.S. schools, U.S. international schools,and Canadian schools. Addis said the structure and design of the American version is the same as the U.K.version, but with articles tailored for the U.S. and featuring separate editors. The Day USA is targeted for middle and high school students, while The Day USA Explorer version is geared for elementary school students.

Supporting both teachers and librarians, The Day USA and Explorer versions can be used for critical thinking, debate, writing, collaboration, and to help students determine the credibility of what they read online. Engaging and interactive articles, questions, homework and research activities can be printed, saved as PDFs, and made accessible via an LMS.

All the content can easily be accessed online, and supports multiple languages, grades and skill levels. As many as six new articles are published daily and updated as necessary, more than 2,000 archived articles are available continuously, and pertinent links are provided to educate about other topical current affairs. Moreover, teachers can pair the news articles with fiction being used in the classroom for higher order thinking skills.

Petaluma (Calif.) High School’s Connie Williams has been a pilot user of The Day USA and the teacher librarian suggests there is no better way to encourage critical thinking than using the news.

“The Day USA brings news, government, science, economics, and culture into your classroom – an excellent venue to discuss current events and placing them in the context of your classroom studies whether it’s history, science, literature, geography or sports,” Williams said. “It all fits seamlessly. The Day USA offers the details of an event, person or theme in a way that allows students to examine with a critical eye.”

According to Nader Qaimari, President of Follett School Solutions, The Day USA succeeds on its promise of inspiring curiosity, sparking dialogue and debate, and helping students with media literacy by evaluating information critically and competently, all the while reporting with truth, balance and reason.

“This is a time-tested, proven online news service that brings the news of the world to the classroom as it’s unfolding,” Qaimari said. “Unlike some of its competitors, The Day USA offers a pro-con structure to its articles as well as a social platform that genuinely engages students as it allows them to cast votes on questions posed. Plus, it continues to expand the library into the classroom, something at Follett to which we are wholly committed.”

For Follett customers, The Day USA can be integrated with its market-leading Destiny product and is searchable by Destiny’s convenient OneSearch option.

For more information about The Day USA, visit http://thedayusa.com/info/find-out-more. For more information about Follett, visit FollettLearning.com, and to order a free trial of The Day USA, visit www.follettlearning.com/books-materials/learn/digital-content/educational-databases.


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 stores, 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.





Unprecedented National Effort Backed by Diverse Representatives from

Education, Business, Government and Nonprofit Sectors


New Studies Support Growing Demand for Language Capabilities,

Yet Fewer Than Ten Percent of Americans Speak a Second Language



ALEXANDRIA, VA (March 1, 2017)—In a world where U.S. companies contend in a hypercompetitive global marketplace, where our nation is diplomatically and militarily engaged across the globe, and where tackling complex global challenges requires a greater level of international understanding and cooperation, the ability to communicate in different languages and understand other cultures has never been more vital. Yet, fewer than 10 percent of Americans speak a second language, while barely one-fifth of K-12 students and a mere 8 percent of college students study a second language.

Today, a diverse group of private and nonprofit partners spanning the education, business and foundation sectors will launch Lead with Languages, an unprecedented, multi-year campaign aimed at reversing the nation’s language skills gap and making language learning a national priority. The campaign seeks to build awareness across the U.S. about the growing importance of language skills to a wide array of careers – and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing – with the ultimate goal of supporting a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy.

“Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., and our own country’s demographic makeup is changing dramatically, yet a minimal number of Americans are proficient or on their way to becoming proficient in a second language,” said Marty Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACFTL), which spearheaded the campaign. “We have a significant language gap in this country on which Lead with Languages will shine a national spotlight. Language proficiency is no longer a luxury; it is a vital necessity to career success in the 21st century and one of the top qualifications employers are now seeking.”

Two New Reports and a Call to Action

Coinciding with the Lead with Languages launch is the release of two seminal reports: A report released today by New American Economy (NAE), a bipartisan coalition of more than 500 mayors and business leaders who support immigration reform, includes new data that emphasizes the critical need for language skills in the workplace, including the fact that the number of jobs aimed at bilingual workers more than doubled from 2010 to 2015, growing to 630,000. Moreover, employers added jobs at a much faster pace for bilingual individuals than they did for workers overall.  Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market provides valuable insight into how the demand for bilingual workers has grown at both the state and national levels, and cites new evidence that proficiency in more than one language will be among the most important skills a job seeker can demonstrate.

Specifically, the report found the demand for bilingual workers is rising; employers are increasingly looking for workers who can speak Chinese, Spanish and Arabic; sectors such as banking and healthcare have particularly strong demand for bilingual workers; and there is a growing need for bilingual workers at both the lower and higher ends of the skill spectrum.

Yesterday, the findings and recommendations of a groundbreaking congressionally mandated study on foreign languages by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) were announced. America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education in the 21st Century calls for a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity and socioeconomic background, and advocates for our nation’s schools to offer meaningful instruction in world languages as early as possible. Among the recommendations are increasing the number of qualified language teachers, supplementing language instruction through public-private partnerships and promoting language learning opportunities for all students.

“The Academy’s report acknowledges the importance of language education for international relations and business,” says Academy president Jonathan F. Fanton.  “But America’s Languages also makes a strong case for the importance of language education right here at home, as parents begin to understand that there are real benefits to teaching their children a second or third language.”

Leon E. Panetta, Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and a Lead with Languages Honorary Council member, said, “Language skills are critical to our ability to succeed in a global world.  Lead with Languages is a wake-up call to prioritize language learning so our children can succeed in that world.”

Building off the AAAS findings, Lead with Languages is challenging educators at the K-12 and postsecondary levels; leaders in business, foundations and communities; policymakers at the local, state and federal levels; and citizens across the country to commit to take action to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn a second language. Specifically, the campaign’s Call to Action, signed by a diverse array of companies, organizations and individuals, focuses on the following key steps:

  • Increase student enrollment in world language programs at all grade levels of K-12 and postsecondary education by building awareness among parents and students of the critical link between language skills and career success in the global marketplace;


  • Strengthen and increase language programs at all education levels through greater investment; increased use of online technologies and blended learning, and expanded public-private partnerships among schools, colleges and universities, government, businesses and local communities;


  • Address the shortage of qualified language teachers at all education levels by actively promoting the profession, and through better coordination of state credentialing systems, federal loan forgiveness, more advanced study and training opportunities, and other measures to bolster the teacher pipeline;


  • Encourage all states and districts to adopt the Seal of Biliteracy, indicating on high school diplomas that competence in two or more languages is important, while motivating students to learn a new language and demonstrate skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices;


  • Develop language proficiency in heritage language speakers by building their own and their families’ awareness of the benefits of preserving and valuing their native language abilities, while offering them guidance, more language learning opportunities, specialized curricula, course credits and other resources at all education levels, and


  • Provide more avenues for students to travel to other countries to learn languages and immerse themselves in other cultures through greater study-abroad opportunities at all education levels, more international internships sponsored by businesses and NGOs, and restructured financial aid for low-income undergraduates.


More About Lead with Languages

The campaign is primarily focused on spreading the word among middle, high school and college students, parents, and the many others in positions to influence and support their choices that language learning can be exciting and is a highly sought-after job qualification. To this end, one of the most comprehensive websites (LeadwithLanguages.org) ever devoted to language learning will also launch today. The site serves as a resource hub with engaging and useful information on topics ranging from examples of successful college and university language programs and study abroad resources to ­the myriad careers that now require bilingual skills. Also included is new research, video testimonials, scholarships and grants, an advocacy center and special areas devoted to an array of languages. ­­­­­­­


Also taking place in the months ahead will be a series of Lead with Languages roundtables and webinars focusing on pertinent topics such as national security, career opportunities and heritage language learners. Some of these will be organized by lead sponsors of the campaign, such as digital language learning solutions provider Rosetta Stone, which works with language educators and schools to help hundreds of thousands of learners around the world, and SOS International LLC (SOSi), a government services integrator that works principally in the defense and intelligence sectors. In addition, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has extended a matching grant to the campaign, and Concordia Language Villages will provide 25, $1000 scholarships to its two-week (ages 8-18) and four-week high school credit (grades 9-12) summer language and culture immersion programs. Other organizations and entities supporting the campaign include:


      • The College Board
      • Embassy of France Cultural Services
      • Eurail
      • The Japan Foundation
      • Language Testing International
      • Qatar Foundation International
      • The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.


Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.


BrightLink 697Ui Interactive Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display Wins TCEA 2017 Best of Show Award


The Flagship Model for the New BrightLink Series Produces a Bright, 100-inch High-Definition Image and Includes New Collaboration and Interactivity Features


LONG BEACH, Calif. – Mar. 1, 2017 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, and the new BrightLink®697Ui interactive ultra short-throw presentation display were selected a winner in the TCEA 2017 Best of Show Awards by Tech & Learning magazine. The winning products were selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges, who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the TCEA conference in Austin, TX.


The judges evaluated products for quality and effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology. The winners will be featured online and in the April 2017 issue of Tech & Learning magazine. To view the list of winners, click here.


“Projectors offer the biggest display area for a great price and the BrightLink 697Ui provides this and so much more,” said Jason Meyer, education product manager, Epson America. “Students need to be able to read presented content regardless of where they are sitting in the classroom.  Epson BrightLink interactive presentation displays ensure this and the interactivity and other added features make it easy for teachers to transform static lessons into collaborative learning sessions.”


The BrightLink 697Ui uses Epson’s advanced 3LCD light engine to deliver crisp image quality with full HD resolution and a bright, readable interactive image up to 100-inches –3x as big as a 60-inch flat panel. The touch and pen-based interactivity allows up to 8 users to draw, share, and collaborate at once using familiar gestures and the new Split Screen1 feature enables instructors to simultaneously project two images (video or still) from different sources side-by-side up to 280-inches.


The new BrightLink interactive presentation displays deliver wireless capabilities for easy content sharing to help students learn and collaborate. Instructors can now share content between the big screen and wirelessly connected mobile devices for individualized learning. Using the Epson Multi-PC Projection with Moderator function2 and the Epson iProjection App, teachers can see and choose to display up to four devices simultaneously from a maximum of 50 connected student devices. Students can wirelessly display 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. Additionally, students can connect and share any type of content in real-time with the Whiteboard Sharing Tool. Whether across campus or in the classroom, 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.


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.


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 Consult your user manual for input combinations.

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.



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