Kansas City Public Schools Selects Discovery Education Science Techbook for Use in All K-5 Classrooms
-New Digital Textbook Empowers Educators to Create Immersive Learning Experiences to Engage Students in Science-
Silver Spring, Md. (Jun. 29, 2017) –Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) announced today that it has chosen Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™ for use in all K-5 classrooms across the school system. The selection of this award-winning digital textbook, created by the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launches a new partnership empowering system educators to create immersive, digital learning experiences that engage students in science education and boost academic achievement.
This partnership with Discovery Education aligns directly with the new KCPS Strategic Plan. The collaboration will support the school system’s educators as they create dynamic digital learning environments that not only provide all students challenging and engaging instructional experiences, but also produces scholars who are high-achieving, critical thinkers prepared to succeed in our constantly changing world.
Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.
Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools, and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.
The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM resources as well. 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 help 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 embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device and can be implemented in any instructional setting.
“Our team is committed to helping all children, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances, develop the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue higher education,” KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell said. “Discovery Education is aligned to that mission, and our new partnership with will play a critical role in creating the engaging and rewarding learning experiences all students need for future success.”
In addition to receiving Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, KCPS’s educators will also have the opportunity to participate in sustained, job-embedded professional development from Discovery Education’s expert faculty that will help district educators evolve their teaching practice and effectively use their new digital resources. Also, the Discovery Education Community will support the district’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic 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 looks forward to helping the teachers and administrators at Kansas City Public Schools make their digital transition and create modern, engaging learning environments,” said Kelly Hoce, Educational Partnerships Director at Discovery Education. “We are proud to collaborate with the district in their mission to provide quality education to all students to prepare them for college, their careers and life”.
For more information about the Discovery Education Science Techbook, the complete Techbook Series and other resources from Discovery Education, visit, www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.
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.
Follett to Unveil ‘Collections by Destiny’
New educational tool aimed at bridging gap between OERs, premium content and technology
McHENRY, Ill., June 29, 2017 – Follett next week will formally introduce a new educational tool, Collections by Destiny®, that will allow customers to create new, collaborative ways for librarians, teachers, and curriculum staff to share free or purchased resources across the district, schools or between users.Collections will provide educators around-the-clock access to quickly find the resources that provide more learning opportunities and practice content for fast delivery into the classroom.
Follett gave a sneak preview of Collections to attendees at this week’s ISTE Conference in San Antonio, and early reviews were “overwhelmingly positive,” according to Nader Qaimari, President of Follett School Solutions.
Fully integrated with Destiny Discover and the Follett Destiny product line of free- and subscription-based services (as well as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and direct Google Classroom sharing), Collections can include any resource, including Open Educational Resources (OERs), webpages, images, and documents, and all can be easily added with the click of a button. Qaimari said “offering Collections is the first step toward making Destiny a content discovery and resource collection tool designed for use in the classroom, the library and at home.”
“Collections by Destiny is designed to help reduce time spent on instructional planning and research, maximize visibility and usage of a district’s or school’s educational resources, and, significantly, encourage deeper learning in and outside of the classroom,” Qaimari continued. “Beyond librarians, teachers and curriculum teams, students too will be able to benefit from Collections as they can save an eBook for a book report, as well as videos, websites and even their own, created content to share with their teacher.”
The device-agnostic and efficient mobile interface makes collecting resources easy—eliminating wasted time with lengthy searches—whether one is in the library, classroom, living room, or virtually anywhere. For librarians, Collectionsprovides an opportunity to add visibility and showcase the valuable resources purchased and curated through the library staff, including OERs.
“Collections allows librarians to wrap great content through the collections about what teachers are covering right now in their curriculum,” Qaimari said. “Think of it as an electronic bulletin board no matter the topic or occasion, all conveniently accessible from Destiny Discover or a shareable link.”
Collections even offers parents visibility into the resources provided by the district, school, and in the classroom. Qaimari said it will help promote an increased communication between teachers and parents through the sharing and collaboration features to “truly help students read or study from classroom to living room.”
A webinar about Collections is scheduled for 3pm EDT/noon PDT Thursday, July 27. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2u3CruA. Further, this explainer video bringsCollections to life —http://bit.ly/2rIU19x.
A cloud-based solution, Collections will be included as a part of Follett’s market-leading Destiny Library Manager, and users must be on version 15.0 or later to access.
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted provider of educational resources to K-12 institutions. With proven experience in delivering educational content and technology solutions, Follett seeks to provide tools that connect educators and students in an evolving learning environment. For more information, visit 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.
PERNILLE RIPP TO KEYNOTE CUE 2017 FALL CONFERENCE
Walnut Creek, Calif., June 28, 2017 — CUE is thrilled to announce that Pernille Ripp will be the Closing Keynote speaker at the CUE 2017 Fall Conference to be held October 27-28 at American Canyon High School in the Napa Valley.
Pernille Ripp will deliver the Closing Session and Keynote on Saturday, October 28, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Pernille Ripp is an expert in literacy and technology integration and dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities.
She is a teacher, speaker, author, blogger, and passionate advocate for education. Ripp is a Skype Master Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert; recipient of the 2015 WEMTA Making IT Happen Award; and the 2015 ISTE Award for Innovation in Global Collaboration.
In 2010, Pernille founded The Global Read Aloud, a global literacy initiative that began with a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to connect more than two million students in 60 different countries.
She is the author of Passionate Learners, How to Engage and Empower Your Students (Routledge), now in its second edition, Empowered Schools, Empowered Students (Corwin), Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration (Solution Tree), and the forthcoming Passionate Readers (Routledge) which focuses on creating learning spaces and communities where students thrive and where all stakeholders are empowered and passionate about learning. Her work has been featured in many print and online journals including Entersekt, Literacy Today, The New York Times, School Library Journal, The Guardian, and MiddleWeb.
Ripp’s current research interest is creating passionate literacy environments within the restriction of our current educational systems to help students fall in love with literacy again. She uses her own classroom as a laboratory as well as the many educators she works with across the country. You can follow Pernille Ripp’s work on Blogging Through The Fourth Dimension, her personal blog and a frequent Teach100 top-rated education blog. With her mentoring, her own students’ blogs have had more than 600,000 unique views since they began.
Brad Montague will be delivering the Opening Keynote at the CUE 2017 Fall Conference on Friday, October 27. Montague is an award-winning writer and director and creator of Kid President, which began its life online and has grown into a New York Times bestselling book, television series, and movement for good around the world.
As this conference always sells out quickly, register soon at http://www.cue.org/fall.
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Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org
Sean P. Ryan Named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fuel Education
Herndon, Virginia, June 29, 2017 — Education industry veteran Sean Ryan has joined Fuel Education® (FuelEd®), a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K–12, as Senior Vice President and General Manager.
“Sean has a passion for improving education and a track record of success leading the digital content, curriculum, and technology platform businesses of several well-respected education companies,” said Stuart J. Udell, Chief Executive Officer of K12 Inc., Fuel Education’s parent company. “Fuel Education has one of industry’s largest catalogs of digital curriculum, and a staff with deep implementation expertise. Sean is the right person to further its mission of helping schools and districts meet the needs of more of their students through online and blended learning.”
Mr. Ryan comes to Fuel Education from McGraw-Hill Education where he served as Senior Vice President of Sales, Service and Platform for the School Education Group, leading a team of over 600 people and responsible for about $800 million in annual revenues. Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Mr. Ryan was Senior Vice President of Sales with Campus Management Corporation, where he led the Project Management Office for their new platform development initiative. He also worked at Scantron Corporation as General Manager of the Education Group.
“As much as the education landscape has shifted over the span of my professional experience, the promise of education technology remains largely unrealized. In many ways, we are still just getting started,” Ryan said. “That is why I am thrilled to join FuelEd and the larger K12, Inc. team. Before us, in partnership with dedicated educators, we have the opportunity to make greater progress in less time at lower cost. Yet, the application of technology in the learning process is only meaningful if it empowers teachers to help their students achieve improved outcomes.”
Prior to his education industry experience, Mr. Ryan began his career in the U.S. Air Force as a military intelligence officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Soviet Studies and Russian from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
About Fuel Education
Fuel Educationâ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.