CEV Multimedia Partners with Clever to Improve Digital Learning Experience
Leading CTE curriculum provider simplifies student login and secure data integration process
LUBBOCK, Texas (May 15, 2017) – The expectations students face when entering the workforce are changing and as a result, educators are changing how they teach. With 15 percent of all credits earned by high school graduates coming as part of Career and Technical Education (CTE), educators are looking for ways to improve and streamline students’ experiences with CTE. To ease the use of online CTE curriculum, CEV Multimedia announces a partnership with Clever to crate a more seamless online experience for educators and students.
CEV Multimedia’s online learning platform, iCEV, will connect with Clever to enable educators to easily access CTE curriculum for their students.
To read the full news release, visit here.
Arizona’s Marana Unified School District Supports Ongoing Digital Transition Through New Partnership With Discovery Education
–New Digital Textbooks Support the Creation of Modern Science Learning Environments–
Silver Spring, Md. (May, 15, 2017) – Arizona’s Marana Unified School District (MUSD) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Through this collaboration, MUSD science educators in grades 3-6 are empowered to support the district’s ongoing transition to dynamic digital classrooms with Discovery Education’s digital textbooks.
MUSD’s educators seek to maximize student engagement in collaborative educational settings, utilize current resources, and cultivate a competitive edge for their students by integrating technology and digital content into the school curriculum. The district’s new relationship with Discovery Education provides MUSD’s science educators additional resources with which they will continue these efforts as they support the transition to digital teaching and learning, build a culture of STEM, and create 1:1 learning environments.
Through this new partnership, educators across the school system are integrating theScience Techbook™ digital textbook series into classroom instruction. Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks were developed by a dedicated team of expert science educators with the input of teachers and administrators from around the nation. The Techbook’s rich, standards-aligned content includes video, audio, text and interactives with hands-on activities, as well as virtual labs that help classroom teachers differentiate instruction and create rich and engaging learning experiences for all students. Techbooks are also a substantially less expensive option per student at nearly half the cost of a traditional textbook, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs.
The Science Techbook also includes valuable STEM resources. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources helps students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.” Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are included in each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device and can be implemented in any instructional setting.
Embracing a philosophy of three-dimensional learning, Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks help educators integrate digital resources into their classroom practice. The Model Lessons within the Science Techbooks reflect the interconnectedness of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and illustrate what these mean in practice for educators.
“Marana USD’s talented educators are committed to the personal success of each student,” said Doug Wilson, Superintendent of Marana Unified School District. “Our new partnership with Discovery Education supports the district’s continued digital transition, positions educators to better personalize our learning initiatives, and helps us achieve our goal of inspiring students to learn today and lead tomorrow.”
Additionally, the Discovery Education Community will support MUSD’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.
“Discovery Education is proud to support Marana USD’s efforts to maximize student engagement,” said Sarah Scott, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Together, we are creating immersive digital learning experiences that ignite students’ interest in science while nurturing the skills needed for success beyond graduation.”
For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series, Discovery Education’s supplemental content services, or other products or services 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.
New Survey From West Reveals Schools Turn to Social Media, Mobile Apps, Multiple Channels for Effective Parent Engagement
Results of national survey to be presented in June 1 webinar, “From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement With Communications Technology”
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., May 16, 2017 — For effective parent engagement, school districts increasingly rely on social media, turn more to mobile apps, and, ultimately, recognize that they must use multiple communications channels. These are the key findings of a national survey conducted by West Corporation to discover how districts are currently using communications technology for parent engagement, to examine perceived effectiveness of various methods, and to learn about districts’ plans for growth. Complete results of the survey will be released in a SchoolMessenger solutions webinar, “From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement With Communications Technology,” on June 1 at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern.
Hundreds of West’s district-level customers, reflecting the national mix of district sizes and settings, completed the online survey. Respondents included district leadership such as superintendents, technology directors, communications officers, and those with similar titles and roles.
Among the top three findings of the survey is, overall, district use of mobile apps to build parent engagement is increasing. Districts plan a 44 percent increase in the emphasis they put on the use of mobile apps over the next one-to-three years. Yet, in contrast, they expressed concern about the impact on parents and guardians of the proliferation of communications apps from various sources.
In addition, districts believe that for maximum engagement, they must use multiple channels. Broadcast voice notification remains important as a method, likely in part because 45 percent of respondents also report that parent internet access is a significant obstacle to using technology to better engage parents.
Finally, use of social media as a parent engagement channel is very strong now and appears that it will remain so. Districts say they will make social media a top communications technology priority for investment of time and resources over the next one-to-three years. Generally, a majority of respondents perceive two-way communications with parents (such as social media posts with responses) as more effective for engagement than one-way communication.
The webinar, which is open to SchoolMessenger solutions customers and other professionals responsible for school communications, will feature Elisabeth O’Bryon, Ph.D., co-founder and head of research ofFamily Engagement Lab, a nonprofit subsidiary of GreatSchools, Inc., whose mission is to help schools ignite the power of millions of families to support learning, and Frank Catalano, vice president of West’s Education group and the study’s primary author.
Dr. O’Bryon was previously a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and most recently the director of research and evaluation at GreatSchools, where she assessed the effectiveness of digital information strategies for preK-12 families.
“We know that when families engage with school, children succeed,” said Dr. O’Bryon. “Our research shows that parents want to receive information from the school about how their child is doing academically, the key skills they are supposed to learn and strategies for supporting their child’s learning. Unfortunately, 32 percent of parents are less than satisfied with the information communicated by their schools. The good news is that, when used appropriately, the digital communications technologies explored in West’s survey have the potential to help schools meaningfully boost their family engagement efforts.”
West’s Catalano added, “Our survey demonstrates that not one size, or one method, fits all for using communications technologies to engage parents. However, with the wide range of communications technologies available today to school districts, selecting what best meet the unique needs of a district’s community can be a multiple-choice answer.”
Participants in the webinar will receive a white paper exploring the survey results in depth.
To register for the June 1 webinar, visit http://bit.ly/Jun2017SMWebinar.
About West (SchoolMessenger Solutions)
West Corporation is the trusted provider of SchoolMessenger solutions. Thousands of schools and other educational institutions in all 50 states and Canada depend on SchoolMessenger products and services. From notifications and websites to custom mobile apps and social media, school leaders have relied on the SchoolMessenger platform since 1999 to engage with their communities in multiple languages and on any device. To learn more about SchoolMessenger products, visitwww.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.
Teens Tackling the Opioid Crisis:
Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration Announce Finalists in 1st Annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge
— The Public Can Vote for People’s Choice Award Winner until May 17, 2017—
Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD (May 8, 2017) –The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the finalists of the inaugural Operation Prevention Video Challenge—a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse.
The public is invited to watch the ten finalists’ videos at OperationPrevention.com and vote through May 17, 2017 for the People’s Choice winner, who will win a trip for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of DEA agent training at the DEA’s Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Winning PSAs will also be featured on-air and across DEA’s digital and social media platforms.
For the first time, the Operation Prevention Video Challenge asked teenagers across the nation to submit 30-60 second public service video announcements to educate their peers about the current opioid epidemic. The challenge is part of a joint nationwide education initiative titled Operation Prevention that educates students about the science behind addiction and its impact on the brain and body. Available at no cost, the initiative’s resources help promote lifesaving discussions in the home and classroom.
“These creative videos and powerful voices are the type of thinking we need to help address the severe and growing opioid epidemic,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “We must change the culture regarding dangerous drugs, and we must educate folks about the very real risks of opioid abuse and addiction.”
In addition to the People’s Choice winner, several other prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges from Discovery Education and the DEA, as well as community leaders, educators, and communications experts. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, the second-place winner will receive $5,000, and the third-place winner will receive $1,000.
The Top 10 Finalists Include (in alphabetical order):
- Kyle Citrin, Clay Knibbs, and Carter Soboleski for “The Cork Board.” Madison, CT. Daniel Hand High School, (Madison Public School District)
- Nicholas Kilgore for “Bon Appetit.” Norton, MA. Norton High School (Norton School District).
- Monet Massac for “The Twins.” Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn Friends School.
- Ayodeji Ogunlana for “More.” Mercedes, TX. South Texas High School for Health Professionals. (South Texas Independent School District)
- Shelbea Owen for “Davis Owen.” Marietta, GA. Marietta High School (Marietta City School District).
- Katherine Smith for “Let’s End Opioid and Heroin Misuse.” Shreveport, LA. Loyola College Prep School (Harrison School District 1)
- Jack Thomas for “How.” Flanders, NJ. Mt. Olive High School. (Mt. Olive TWP School District)
- Melissa Torres for “Story of Your Life.”Tampa, FL. Leto High School (Hillsborough County Public School District)
- Nate Trillo for “Real Life.” Midlothian, TX. Midlothian Heritage High School (Midlothian School District)
- Benjamin Zulcic for “Awareness.” West Valley City, UT. Granger High School (Granite School District).
“It’s inspiring to see our teens across the country get involved and speak directly to their peers about the dangers of opioid abuse,” said Kevin Hartmann, President of the DEA Educational Foundation. “A lot of hard work and passion went into every video. Congratulations to all of the participants on a job well done!”
“We proudly join with the DEA to congratulate the teen finalists of the first annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “With the opioid epidemic taking its toll on students nationwide, it’s never been more important to amplify the digital storying skills of these teens to make a difference, and provide powerful classroom resources on theimpacts of prescription opioid misuse.”
About the Drug Enforcement Administration
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.
About the DEA Educational Foundation
Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse. The foundation supports the DEA through advocacy, outreach, and educational programs.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, 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 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.
Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Mathematics for Grades K–5 Receives Near-Perfect Rating by EdReports.org
Ready Mathematics for grades K–5 is one of only three products in its category to meet all evaluation criteria during independent review
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 16, 2017—Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics for grades K–5 received a near-perfect rating by EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials. After an extensive review by expert educators, Ready Mathematics for grades K–5 was one of only three programs in its category to meet all evaluation criteria and was the overall highest scoring program of the three.
EdReports.org conducts extensive, third-party reviews to increase the capacity of teachers, administrators, and leaders to seek, identify, and demand the highest-quality instructional materials to improve and deepen student learning. The organization’s review process includes a 3-gateway system in which a “green” rating signifies that the program meets expectations for that given set of criteria. Ready Mathematics for grades K–5 met all criteria at every grade level with a “green” rating and near-perfect high scores across EdReports.org’ three gateways:
- Gateway 1: Focus and Coherence looks at how the program addresses the standards and makes connections to previous learning and future learning.
- Gateway 2: Rigor and Mathematical Practices looks at the program’s rigor and mathematical practices.
- Gateway 3: Usability looks at the program’s design of student materials, resources available to support instruction, and support for teachers.
“Ready Mathematics is having tremendous impact in improving instruction and achievement for millions of students nationwide,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Educators love its ability to address both grade-level content and individual learning needs. We are pleased to see the experts at EdReports.org recognize the power of Ready Mathematics for grades K–5 with this extremely positive review.”
Ready Mathematics is available for grades K–8, although Ready Mathematics for grades K–5 was the only Curriculum Associates’ program evaluated in this review cycle by EdReports.org. Ready Mathematics helps address the emphasis on conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explore the structure of mathematics while also developing students’ procedural fluency. The lessons in Ready Mathematics use a research-based, proven-effective, discourse-focused instructional model with a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to build confidence and mastery of the Mathematics Standards.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.
WEBINAR ALERT from The Virtual High School:
Computer Science Education and Certificate Program
WHAT: Free webinar on the importance of a Computer Science (CS) education and different ways students’ can attain a Virtual High School computing certificate
WHO: Sehba Khan, Regional Sales Manager, The Virtual High School
WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 PM E.T.
Boston — May 15, 2017 — The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) will present a free, 30-minute webinar on the state of CS education, ways to increase students’ interest in computing and explore the different courses students can take to gain computational skills. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23 at noon ET.
In this webinar, Sehba Khan, Regional Sales Manager for VHS, will discuss the different career opportunities within the field of CS, review the importance of students gaining a foundation in CS, and present the three pathways to The VHS CS Certificate.
To register for this free webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6650233735301935107
Epson Announces PowerLite 680 for SMART – Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display Compatible with SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards
New Presentation Display Specially Designed to Work with SMART Board M680 and 880 Interactive Whiteboards to Deliver Best-in-Class Learning Technology to K-12 Classrooms
LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 16, 2017 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today announced its continued collaboration withSMART Technologies Inc. to bring Epson’s amazing image quality to classrooms using the SMART Board® M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards with the launch of the Epson PowerLite® 680 Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display for SMART. This presentation display offers seamless integration with SMART Extended Control Panel (ECP)1.
Epson 3LCD projectors offer up to 3x higher color brightness than competitive models2. Leveraging Epson’s proprietary 3LCD technology, the PowerLite 680 for SMART presentation display delivers bright, crisp images. It also minimizes glare and shadow interference, and includes versatile connectivity to meet a variety of classroom needs.
“Epson and SMART continue their longstanding partnership to bring the very best collaborative learning solutions to the classroom,” said Veronika Knight, product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Epson’s PowerLite 680 for SMART was designed specifically for use with SMART Board® M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards to deliver educators and students with immersive collaborative experiences utilizing the display’s superior brightness.”
The new PowerLite 680 for SMART offers 3,500 lumens of color and white brightness3 for incredible images even in well-lit classrooms. Offering native XGA resolution and a 77-inch display size, the PowerLite 680 for SMART provides better readability in the classroom with large, vivid, easy-to-see images.
“Powered by SMART Notebook software, SMART Board® interactive whiteboards support enriched learning experiences by enabling true multi-student collaboration and small-group learning,” said Tom Ferrari, director, Channel, SMART Technologies. “The new Epson PowerLite 680 for SMART provides our customers with the option to maintain an integrated SMART interactive whiteboard system with enhanced display performance.”
Ideal for BYOD classrooms, the PowerLite 680 for SMART offers wireless functionality to help students learn and collaborate, regardless of where they sit. The PowerLite 680 for SMART enables 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 solution4. Up to 50 users can connect to the presentation display simultaneously when used in conjunction with Epson Multi-PC projection, plus the Moderator device management software5. Displaying content from as many as four students simultaneously, the Moderator software is the perfect tool for showing a variety of content, or for comparing students’ work side-by-side. Teachers can also connect to an access point to share their display with the entire class, without adding more cables.
With up to 10,000 hours of lamp life in ECO Mode6, the PowerLite 680 for SMART is an all-in-one worry-free classroom display. The Epson PowerLite 680 for SMART also offers additional networking capabilities that allow schools to manage up to 1,024 Epson networked displays using the EasyMP® Monitor software or Crestron RoomView®. 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 Epson’s new PowerLite 680 for SMART
The PowerLite 680 for SMART provides advanced quality, flexibility and performance for classroom collaboration, with features including:
Compatible – Specially designed to work with SMART Board M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards
Seamless integration – Connect and control displays via the SMART Extended Control Panel (ECP)1
Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays – Provides virtually no shadow interference
Up to 3x Higher Color Brightness2, and Reliable Performance – 3LCD, 3-chip technology
Versatile Connectivity – 3x HDMI® supports multiple high-definition A/V devices, with MHL® support, ensuring flexible placement and fast, easy setup7
Enhance Classroom Collaboration – Wireless display solution allows teachers to control personal device display and encourages students to participate4
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 Mode6, including $49 replacement lamps
Remote Management – Easy network connectivity with software included
Powerful Sound – Built-in 16W 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.
Epson PowerLite 680 for SMART Specifications
|PowerLite 680 for SMART||3500 lumens||3500 lumens||XGA||77 inches from 7 inches||$1,160|
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 PowerLite 680 for SMART will be available in June 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.
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.
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1 Existing SMART Board M680 and 880 installations require the SMART Cable Adapter Kit, sold separately.
2 Color brightness (color light output) in brightest mode, measured by a third-party lab in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Top-selling Epson 3LCD projectors versus top-selling 1-chip DLP projectors based on PMA Research sales data for Dec. 2015 through Nov. 2016.
3 Color 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.