Boxlight’s MimioClarity Wins Best Classroom Audio-Visual Tool in the 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards

 

 Company Also Honored as Finalist in Best Global EdTech Company and Best STEM/STEAM Tool Categories

 

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (Sept. 4, 2019) – Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) today announced that its MimioClarity™ classroom audio distribution system has been named a 2019 Tech Edvocate Award winner in the Best Classroom Audio-Visual Tool category. In addition, Boxlight Corporation was selected as a finalist in the Best Global EdTech Company category while its Mimio MyBot educational robotics system was also honored as a finalist in the Best STEM/STEAM tool or app category.

This year is the third year of the Tech Edvocate awards, which recognizes outstanding EdTech products that are focused on advocating for students by catering to identified classroom and learning needs. Finalists were selected by a panel of educators and K-12 parents who reviewed the submissions and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development or advocacy of EdTech. The judges also took the results of a popular vote into consideration for the finalist selection process.

“We’re honored to be named a winner while scoring two finalist nods in this year’s Tech Edvocate Awards, which awards products based on their most important feature: their contribution to students’ learning,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “We are proud that our newest product offerings –MimioClarity and Mimio MyBot – were both honored alongside so many other great products that are making great strides in EdTech. Of course, being selected as a finalist in the Best Global EdTech Company category speaks to our impact in classrooms around the globe.”

The newly-launched MimioClarity audio system works by having teachers use wearable, wireless microphones and a multichannel 60-watt amplifier to distribute their voices and multimedia audio throughout the classroom via two or four speakers that are placed above students’ heads on classroom walls.

The microphones stay charged for up to 10 hours with no dead zones, wind feedback, or boom effects. MimioClarity’s radio frequency ensures that the microphones do not need to be within the line of sight of the amplifier or speakers, nor do they compete with FM, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth frequencies. Additionally, teachers have two programmable buttons for control of the MimioStudio™ classroom software, Microsoft Office, Google Classroom, and other front-of-class software on the teacher’s computer.

The Mimio MyBot educational robotics system is a powerful and innovative program that enables pre-K-12 students to develop STEM skills and a passion for programming and robotics. Through innovative robots and a comprehensive software platform, educators receive an out-of-the-box solution complete with a robust curriculum, STEM lessons, tutorials, and videos.

The intuitive and easy-to-use interface is designed for education, allowing students to start in a simple drag-and-drop environment and progress to a powerful coding environment as their skills develop. The extensive set of building components empowers students to create mobile and stationary mechanical systems and explore engineering principles from simple machines to advanced mechanisms. Furthermore, the Wi-Fi enabled Fusion™ robotic controller does not require any special software or cables to connect with the student workstation; all that’s needed to start learning is a web browser.

A complete list of winners of the 2019 Tech Edvocate awards can be found here.

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About Boxlight Corporation: Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) is a leading provider of technology solutions for the global learning market. The company aims to improve learning and engagement in classrooms and to help educators enhance student outcomes, by developing the products they need. The company develops, sells, and services its integrated, interactive solution suite including software, classroom technologies, and professional development and support services. For more information about the Boxlight story, visit http://www.boxlight.com.

Forward Looking Statements: This press release may contain information about Boxlight’s view of its future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by these forward-looking statements because of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with its ability to maintain and grow its business, variability of operating results, its development and introduction of new products and services, marketing and other business development initiatives, competition in the industry, etc. Boxlight encourages you to review other factors that may affect its future results in Boxlight’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Award $10,000 in Scholarships and Prizes to 2019 ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’ Winners

 

— Challenge Winners Use ‘Stronger Than Hate’ Grant Awards to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in California and Pennsylvania School Communities —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, September 5, 2019) – In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, USC Shoah Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg after his experience filming “Schindler’s List”— which gave voice to survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides through  education and action – and Discovery Education, today announced the Teaching with Testimony 2019 Stronger Than Hate Challenge winners.

 

Sabrina B. and Sydney B. of Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., will receive a $5,000 scholarship for their winning video essay Learning to Lovewhich aims to inspire their school and community to counter hate. As part of the Grand Prize, Monte Vista High School will use a $3,500 grant to further the fight against hate at their school through an underfunded art program that will help further students’ awareness of their differences through art projects and campaigns. Additional prizes, totaling $1,500, will be awarded to the national second and third place challenge winners, respectively. Sabrina and Sydney’s  video essays, Choosing Kindness Over Hate and Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortablewere recorded and initially shared with school communities in Jeanette and Phoenixville, Pa.

 

“As an educator, it is vital to prepare students with critical-thinking assignments that challenge harmful stereotypes and empower them to extend their leadership abilities beyond the classroom,” said Anjali Brandeis, a teacher at Monte Vista High School. “I’m proud of my students for understanding the gravity of modeling compassion and reconciliation in today’s society, and I am confident that they will use what they’ve learned from their participation in the ‘Teaching with Testimony Stronger Than Hate Challenge’ to help create a better future.”

 

The California and Pennsylvania-based student leaders created their video essays with the intention of inspiring a shared passion for human rights and social justice. Stronger Than Hate Challenge Grand Prize winners Sabrina B. and Sydney B. also facilitated a local community speaking event to expand students’ knowledge of the value and importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. “Change starts with the individual decision to do something different,” asserts Sabrina. “Each of us, in our everyday interactions, have the choice to be accepting and nonjudgmental.”

 

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge encourages students in grades 6-12 to complete research-based and standards-aligned activities, culminating in taking action against hate. The challenge also asks students to capture their journey in a video essay to help them share their message with the world. Teaching with Testimony is rooted in the belief that one person can make a difference. It invites educators, students, parents and communities to create positive action by viewing powerful testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides to evoke a sense of shared global citizenship and a call to make the world a better place.

In 2018, USC Shoah Foundation launched the Stronger Than Hate initiative to leverage the Institute for Visual History and Education’s more than two decades as a world leader in the field of testimony-based education and research by scaling proven models to address the rising crises of hatred in America and abroad. The Stronger Than Hate initiative serves as a proactive, actionable response to intervene in the cycle of hatred and violence. Programs reach educators, students, policy makers, influencers, and the public via schools, universities, communities, and boardrooms, both virtually and in person around the world.

 

“USC Shoah Foundation would like to congratulate the 2019 ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’ winners and every participant for their vision and effort to promote universal themes of triumph and perseverance,” said USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education Claudia Wiedeman. “‘Teaching with Testimony’ empowers youth with digitally immersive content that counters intolerance and bias, connecting communities with real testimonies that eradicate hate, while building stronger bridges to understanding and love. We are proud to partner with Discovery Education to advance this learning approach in schools across the nation and around the world.”

 

2019 Stronger than Hate Challenge winners are:

  • National Second Place Winning EntryReagan G. and Robert O. from Jeannette Senior High School in Jeanette, Pa., will receive a $1,000 USD scholarship awarded in the form of a check for their video submission Choosing Kindness Over Hate.

 

  • National Third Place Winning EntryDannin V.Hannah A., Kiley H. and Maddy A. from Renaissance Academy in Phoenixville, Pa., will receive a $500 USD scholarship awarded in the form of a check for their video submission Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable.

 

“Discovery Education is proud to be a part of an initiative that encourages students to counter hate through educational development and advancement,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “The ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’ provides students with a safe, inclusive space, and this year’s challenge winners have exceeded our expectations by producing captivating content that promotes the need for equity, inclusion and action in school communities across the country.”

 

Composed of a series of standards-aligned resources for middle and high-school students, Teaching with Testimony challenges students to employ empathy, build critical-thinking skills, and become inspired to create a brighter future after listening to firsthand accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide. In addition to being deeply integrated into Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™, the recently introduced Discovery Education Experience and professional learning offerings, Teaching with Testimony includes digitally immersive classroom resources, Virtual Field Trips and activities that provide educators with the tools they need to teach students to respond to injustice and ultimately counter hate.

 

Teaching with Testimony resources are available at no cost at teachingwithtestimony.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

 

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About USC Shoah Foundation:

USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony, using its Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video testimonies, award-winning IWitness education program, and the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. USC Shoah Foundation’s interactive programming, research and materials are accessed in museums and universities, cited by government leaders and NGOs, and taught in classrooms around the world. Now in its third decade, USC Shoah Foundation reaches millions of people on six continents from its home at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.

 

About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, immersive STEM experiences and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Lexia PowerUp Literacy Helps Struggling Adolescent Readers Across the Country Bridge Skill Gaps to Better Meet College and Career Ready Standards 

In just one school year, students advanced three grade levels or more in the program. 

BOSTON, Sept. 4, 2019 — According to the Nation’s Report Card, only 34% of students in grade eight and 37% in grade 12 met or exceeded the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) criteria for reading proficiency. Those low percentages are troubling since research has consistently proven that reading proficiency is key to achieving college and career readiness. In 2018, Lexia debuted the Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® (PowerUp) instructional program to help struggling readers in grades six and above overcome this major obstacle. The company recently conducted an analysis to gauge the program’s impact during the 2018-19 school year and the results are compelling.

After the first full year of schools implementing PowerUp, Lexia’s research team found that students were able to cover multiple years of content in a single year, bridging skill gaps to better meet college and career ready standards. The analysis tracked almost 200,000 students across more than 3,300 schools in the United States. The team found that students who used the program for at least 20 weeks completed on average 42 activities, working on skills that range from basic literacy concepts to advanced comprehension. The analysis also showed that the more time students spent in the program, the more skills they were able to acquire, so students who used PowerUp with minimum fidelity made substantial advances. In fact, in just one academic year, 63% of students were able to advance approximately three grade levels of skills in PowerUp.

“PowerUp is designed to close the reading skills gap by meeting the diverse needs of struggling adolescent readers,” said Lexia’s Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke. “The program uses age-appropriate content and motivational elements to cover foundational skills typically addressed in grades K-2 while simultaneously building more advanced literacy skills covered in 6th – 8th grade.”

The City School District of Albany in the state of New York adopted the use of PowerUp in September 2018
(it also uses Lexia® Core5® Reading for its elementary students). “The computer-based programs offer differentiated instruction and substantial practice at the appropriate level for each student, and the just-right pencil-and-paper materials allow teachers to transfer those skills into the offline world,” said Lee-Ann Mertzlufft, the district’s assistive technology specialist for individuals with disabilities. “Professionally, I’ve been using Lexia’s programs for 16 years, and I’ve looked at a lot of different vendors, but Lexia was always the best.

“As use of PowerUp continues to grow, we are excited at the prospect of having an even greater impact on closing the achievement gap of struggling adolescent readers,” said Brooke.

Lexia PowerUp Literacy is designed to enhance core English language arts instruction for struggling readers in grades six and above. Blending personalized, online student-driven instruction with offline teacher-delivered lessons and activities, the program accelerates the development of both fundamental literacy skills and higher-order thinking skills through adaptive learning paths. With a range of engaging texts, instructional videos and game-based motivational elements, the program is designed to help students take ownership of their learning, acknowledging their growing autonomy and building their confidence. Additionally, embedded progress monitoring, actionable data and scripted lessons empower teachers to deliver the exact instruction each student needs.

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 About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.

 

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.