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Indiana’s Tippecanoe School Corporation Approves New Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting District-Wide Effort to Create Digital Learning Environments

 

Corporation’s Selection of Award-Winning Social Studies and Science Techbooks Will Help Encourage Students’ Confidence, Competence and Desire for Learning –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (July 17, 2017) – Indiana’s Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) announced today that it has approved a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. As a part of this  new relationship, TSC has selected Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™  for use in the district’s K-5 classrooms and the Social Studies Techbook™  for use in the schools system’s 8th grade social studies classrooms.  Educators will begin integrating these resources into instruction at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

 

TSC’s new partnership with Discovery Education helps meet Objective #3 of the Tippecanoe School Corporation’s Board of Trustees Goals 2017-2020, which calls for the utilization of technology to enhance classroom instruction. Specifically, the integration of Discovery Education’s new digital textbooks into the district’s Science and Social Studies classes will create dynamic digital learning environments that also support the district’s mission to help all students reach their academic potential in an environment that encourages confidence, competence, and a desire for learning.  Additionally, the new science resources from Discovery Education will drive TSC’s continued focus on STEM education currently underway in conjunction with Purdue University.

 

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.

 

Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists.  In addition, the Science Techbook also features a variety of STEM resources that help educators create engaging STEM learning experiences in their classrooms.

 

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.

 

“The talented teachers and administrators of the Tippecanoe School Corporation strive daily to create a vibrant environment in which students master new knowledge, tap their creativity, and explore their potential,” said Dr. Christy Fraley, TSC Assistant Superintendent “Our new relationship with Discovery Education and the introduction of their Techbooks into our classrooms provides our educators additional tools to meet the needs of all our students.”

 

TSC’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 is proud to be a part of Tippecanoe School Corporation’s efforts to transform science and social studies teaching and learning with dynamic digital content,” said Andrew Harshey, Discovery Education’s Educational Partnerships Manager. “We look forward to collaborating with the committed team at TSC on our shared mission to support the success of all students district-wide.”

 

For more information about the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook, Science Techbook or 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.

 

 

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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.

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Learning Upgrade Named Semi-Finalist in $7 Million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE Presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Competition incentivizes mobile learning solutions to bring low-literacy adults to basic literacy within 12 months

 

(SAN DIEGO) July 18, 2017 – Learning Upgrade, an innovative ed tech company providing digital, differentiated literacy curriculum designed for learning breakthroughs, has been named a top eight semi-finalist in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for adult learners that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills in just 12 months. Leading up to today’s announcement, Learning Upgrade, headquartered in San Diego, CA, was among 109 initial teams competing for the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.

 

“We are honored and excited to be named a semi-finalist in the XPRIZE adult literacy competition and to help low-literacy adults make learning breakthroughs using their own smartphones,” said Vinod Lobo, co-founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade. “By providing anytime, anywhere instruction to more adult learners, we can improve our economy—and help individuals reach their full potential and live the American dream.”

 

The Learning Upgrade app provides learners access to 300 sequenced, high-interest lessons on topics including phonics, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, writing, and listening. The curriculum includes engaging songs, videos, games, and rewards that encourage all learners to achieve mastery. Each lesson provides practice activities accompanied by immediate intervention and remediation with multimedia supports. Learners can repeat lessons to mastery and earn a gold certificate when they become proficient in the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for that level.

 

With the app, Learning Upgrade aims to improve students’ time on task by no longer limiting them to sitting in front of a computer. Learners of all ages are now able to work through lessons anytime and anywhere.

 

“With the announcement of these semi-finalist teams, we are one step closer to transforming the lives of 36 million adults with low literacy skills in the U.S. by putting today’s cutting-edge learning tools directly in the hands of those who need them most,” said Shlomy Kattan, the senior director of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.

 

For more information about team Learning Upgrade, please visit LearningUpgrade.com.

 

For more information about the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, visit AdultLiteracy.Xprize.org.

 

About Learning Upgrade

Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade designs innovative, engaging lessons to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of songs, video, games, and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped more than 1 million students make learning breakthroughs. For more information, please visit LearningUpgrade.com.

 

About XPRIZE

XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances—igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the $1M Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.

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Impero’s “Best Technology for Schools” Grant Helps Stone County Schools Improve Student Safety

 

Impero Education Pro provides Stone County with student safety and classroom management tools

 

 

Simi Valley, CA, July 18 2017 – Stone County Schools in Mississippi received a “Best Technology for Schools” grant from Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network management and online safety software, to allow the district to purchase Impero’s Education Pro at a discounted rate in order to improve visibility of what students are doing on devices on the school network and to help teachers focus and engage the digital classrooms.

 

The district installed Impero Education Pro on computers in all of its computer labs and plans to expand that installation to include additional devices used by staff and students at the school, including laptops and Chromebooks.

 

“With the number of computers we have in our district, we needed something that would help us monitor and control students’ use of those devices. The added oversight helps keep the district CIPA compliant and ensures our staff and students are protected to the best of our ability.  Another important thing to note is that when you buy the licensing you own it. No expensive fees for annual licensing renewals like you have with similar applications out there. Equally as important, Impero’s support team has been nothing short of fantastic!” said Chuck McGee, Technology Director for Stone County Schools. “Our teachers have total control of their student computers from the time Impero turns them on in the morning until Impero shuts them down in the afternoon.” Impero’s software is a perfect solution for us and we’re grateful we were selected to participate in this grant program.”

 

Stone County Schools, located in Wiggins, Mississippi, has 30 computer labs and more than 1,600 devices, including desktop PCs, laptops and Chromebooks. Impero Education Pro allows teachers or IT employees to monitor all the screens from a single console. This helps teachers keep students on track. They can lock students’ screens or share their screens with students to demonstrate work. It also helps the IT department update computers or troubleshoot issues remotely rather than driving to each school building to conduct maintenance.

 

”The software provides the IT department with so many useful tools that it’s almost like having an additional technician on staff,” said McGee. “Our technicians (and our teachers) love it!”

 

Impero launched its $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program in November, 2016 which allowed a number of school systems to gain access to its state-of-the-art technology at a subsidized rate. The goal of the grant was to support schools that were seeking technology to help students stay on task and avoid distraction, stay safe online and get the most out of their digital learning experience.

 

“As student access to technology in schools increases, so does the need for tools that will help schools manage student devices and keep students safe online so we created this grant program in order to help schools with these goals,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “Providing Stone County Schools with access to our Impero Education Pro software, through this grant program, will help the district to improve student safety, improve learning outcomes and to get the most out of its technology budget.”

 

Impero Education Pro software monitors students’ online activity on a school’s network and uses complex algorithms to alert educators if students use keywords that could indicate concern around cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, self-harm, or a range of other issues. It also offers an anonymous reporting tool for students. Impero also provides classroom management tools that teachers use to make the digital learning experience an engaging one, keep students focused, and ultimately improve learning outcomes for the school or district.

 

Schools can also use Impero Software for a wide array of administrative IT tasks such as resetting passwords, managing the use of printers, or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.

 

Impero also recently launched EdLink, a cloud-based solution that allows schools to manage multiple mobile devices, and Impero Insight, which provides visually-rich, interactive, graphical reports to help a school or district analyze the data collected by Impero Education Pro.

 

The “Best Technology for Schools” grant is part of Impero’s ongoing work to support schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. The company released a white paper, co-authored with the Digital Citizenship Institute, in October, 2016, at the Digital Citizenship Summit in San Francisco, which offers insight and best practices when teaching digital citizenship in schools.  It released an Online Safety Handbook this year which provides resources and best practices for schools that are using Impero Education Pro.

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 500 U.S. districts.

 

Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.

 

For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com

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Epson BrightLink Interactive Laser Display Wins ISTE 2017 Best of Show Award

 

Connecting Educators and Students with Creative Collaboration in the Classroom, the BrightLink 710Ui Won Best of Show Presented by Tech & Learning

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – July 18, 2017 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today announced its BrightLink® 710Ui ultra short-throw interactive laser display is a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2017 Best of Show Awards. As the world’s first 3LCD interactive laser display, the BrightLink 710Ui connects educators and students for creative ideas and collaboration in the classroom while delivering spectacular image quality, durability and reliability.

 

“We are honored to have our BrightLink 710Ui receive this recognition from Tech & Learning, demonstrating our commitment to delivering the future of display technology in the classroom,” said Jason Meyer, education product manager, Epson America, Inc. Converging technology, teachers, students, and their ideas into one seamless digital experience, the BrightLink 710Ui offers large, impactful presentations with extraordinary image quality for a truly collaborative learning environment. In addition, Epson’s new 3LCD laser display technology provides schools with next generation, virtually maintenance free performance and reliability.”

 

The Tech & Learning ISTE 2017 Best of Show Award winners are chosen by Tech & Learning advisors, who evaluate the potential of products being showcased by participating companies. The judges rate their impressions on a sliding scale and then meet to decide on which technologies deserve the “amazing” moniker. A total of 59 products, including the BrightLink 710Ui, were recognized.

 

As the first manufacturer to offer a laser projector with inorganic 3LCD panels and an inorganic phosphor wheel, Epson continues to build on innovative laser features for a variety of sectors, including educational institutions, and anywhere that long life, minimal maintenance and low cost of operation are significant.

 

About Epson BrightLink 710Ui Ultra Short-Throw Interactive Laser Display

Epson’s BrightLink 710Ui delivers a large, bright, 100-inch image, up to 20,000 hour1 light source, and Instant Off®. Offering 4,000 lumens of color brightness and 4,000 lumens of white brightness2 with a Full HD WUXGA display for crisp images even in well-lit classrooms, built-in pen/touch interactivity, and multi-platform connectivity options, the 710Ui is the ultimate interactive display for the modern, collaborative classroom. The BrightLink 710Ui also works with popular software used in classrooms today and includes a one-year subscription to SMART Notebook®.

 

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 72,000 employees in 88 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 20,000 hours is the estimated projector life when used in Normal Mode. Actual hours may vary depending on mode and usage environment. The BrightLink 710Ui comes with a three-year limited warranty.

2 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.

 

Note: Epson and Instant Off are registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BrightLink and Brighter Futures is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

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MeTEOR Education Releases New Learning Resource for Educators:

Humanizing the Education Machine Thinking Guide

 

New Thinking Guide Serves as a Companion Workbook that Helps Educators Turn the Ideas in

Humanizing the Education Machine Book into a Plan of Action for Their Specific Schools and Districts

 

Gainesville, FL, July 18, 2017 – As “back-to-school” season approaches, MeTEOR Education has released a new product offering to help educators take the 2017-18 school year to a whole new level: Humanizing the Education Machine Thinking Guide. This new guide provides insights into why transforming today’s teaching and learning environments is at a tipping point. It also shares the steps educators must take to move today’s education model from the traditions born of the Gutenberg Revolution to the transformations emerging from the current Google revolution.

 

The Thinking Guide is a companion to the book Humanizing the Education Machine: How to Create Schools That Turn Disengaged Kids Into Inspired Learners, co-authored by Rex Miller, principal and thought leader for the future-focused consultancy and organizational performance firm MindShift, and Bill Latham, CEO of MeTEOR Education. The guide takes ideas from the book and allows readers to personalize them for specific communities, schools, classrooms and individual learning goals.

 

The Thinking Guide is divided into chapters that correspond with the same parts in the book. The chapters include the following:

  • A short summary of the corresponding chapter
  • “Team Tasks” for a small team of four to six educators to complete together
  • A list of questions educators can answer and practice in their own classrooms, aligned to their own teaching styles and requiring “outside-the-box” thinking to challenge existing mental models

 

“Our goal is to help readers have conversations with their peers and begin a journey of professional growth and reflection,” said Bill Latham, CEO of MeTEOR Education and co-author Humanizing the Education Machine . “And those conversations will eventually spread from a school-wide initiative to district-wide enterprises.Helping ideas and practices to affect the whole, small teams and individual educators, is how you can begin to truly influence the education machine.”

 

Interested parties can find out more athttp://lp.meteoreducation.com/humanizing-thinking-guide.

 

About MeTEOR Education:

MeTEOR Education is a leading educational services partner working with education professionals to help them create High-impact Learning Experiences™. As one of the largest providers of learning spaces, including furnishings and interior design services, MeTEOR’s focus is the integration of best practices for teaching and learning to drive inquiry-based instruction, effective use of modern classrooms, and increased student achievement. To learn more visit https://meteoreducation.com.

 

 

 

 

 


StudySync Recognized by Tech & Learning with a Best of Show Award at ISTE 2017

 

StudySync serves as complete source for English Language Arts instruction for grades 6–12,

engaging students while advancing reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking and listening skills

 

NEW YORK (July 17, 2017) – StudySync, powered by BookheadEd Learning, today announced that its comprehensive blended ELA /ELL (English Language Arts/English Language Learner) program was named as a Best of Show winner by Tech & Learning at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 Conference and Expo. StudySync’s new podcast series and Unit Creator tool were among the elements distinguishing the program for this award.

 

Winners were selected by a panel of professional users and editors, who reviewed the submissions that were entered, and judged the products and services that were featured in the exhibit hall. The Best of Show winners were recognized as having the most impact in the classroom and potential to be game changers in education technology.

 

Created for grades 6-12, StudySync uses modern technology and compelling program elements – a rich media library of more than 1,200 fiction and nonfiction texts and text excerpts, broadcast‐quality video lessons, online writing and peer review – to motivate students, inspire intelligent dialogue, and stimulate academic collaboration. Exclusively distributed by McGraw-Hill Education, this engaging multimedia approach builds confidence and encourages student participation at every level.

 

With its new Unit Creator feature launched at ISTE, now teachers can create their own unique, specialized units from StudySync’s rich content. The tool consists of a template that enables teachers to add multiple lessons from StudySync’s curriculum libraries, selecting and customizing materials from the program’s repository of multimedia resources in order to meet their exact instructional needs.

 

The podcast series, launched in April, is designed to help students improve important listening and critical thinking skills. The first series, titled “School of Thought,” explores students’ views on 21st century learning in six weekly episodes covering topics such as school design, the importance of homework and extracurriculars, and ideal school schedules. Students draw upon the podcast audio content as they craft written responses to daily “Blasts,” short current-event reading and writing assignments, as well as engage in thoughtful discussions on the various topics covered.

 

“One of our main tenets is to help teachers teach their way, and so we are always looking to expand teachers’ options for honing students’ skills,” said Robert Romano, Co-Founder and CEO of StudySync. “We’re honored to have been recognized as one of the best among all the products evaluated during the conference.”

 

About StudySync

StudySync is a comprehensive 6-12 ELA/ELL curriculum that offers powerful digital instruction with full print support accessible for all learners. Flexible, engaging, and literature-rich, StudySync brings together fiction and nonfiction texts with video and other multimedia elements to advance students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills. StudySync — an anywhere, anytime, any device experience — offers English language arts instruction, interdisciplinary collaboration, peer-to-peer review, assessment, and a digital library that is searchable by genre, theme, grade and Lexile® level. For more information about the StudySync educational platform, visit http://www.studysync.com.

 

McGraw-Hill Education is the exclusive distributor of StudySync in the United States.

 

About McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals drive results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. Visit us at www.mheducation.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Vernier Software & Technology Wins a Tech & Learning ISTE 2017 Best of Show Award

 

Judges recognize Pivot Interactives for its promise to bring real-world science into the classroom

 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 13, 2017 — Pivot Interactives was named a winner ofTech & Learning’s ISTE 2017 Best of Show Awards for showing the greatest promise in the classroom. Distributed exclusively by Vernier Software & Technology, Pivot Interactives helps high school and college students learn key physics concepts through interactive videos of real scientific phenomena. These classroom-ready, student-driven, open-ended investigations provide teachers with experiments that would otherwise be unsafe, impractical, or time consuming to set up for hands-on student instruction.

 

“Unlike animated simulations, Pivot Interactives provides high-resolution videos that incorporate authentic experiences and intuitive measurement tools to help students learn physics concepts and practice key science skills,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “It is a great honor for this technology to be recognized for the impact it’ll have in STEM classrooms as part of the teaching and learning process.”

 

The Tech & Learning ISTE 2017 Best of Show Award winners are chosen by Tech & Learning advisors who evaluate the potential of products being showcased by participating companies. The judges rate their impressions on a sliding scale and then meet to decide on which technologies deserve the “amazing” moniker. A total of 59 products, including Pivot Interactives, were recognized.

 

The Pivot Interactives cloud-based web app can be accessed 24/7 using any web-connected device, including Chromebook™ and iPad®. The videos incorporate time-lapse, slow-motion, multi-camera-angle, and drone videography and cover real events, such as a sprinting Olympian, a rocket launch, and a roller coaster in motion. The Interactives allow students to vary experimental parameters, such as the mass of the object or the frequency of a wave, and to see the experiment again with the changed parameters. Students can also take measurements using embedded rulers, protractors, and stopwatches, and then graph that data within the online app.

 

To learn more about Pivot Interactives, visit www.vernier.com/pivot.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

 

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visithttp://www.vernier.com.

 

 


Metro Nashville Public Schools Selects Discovery Education to Power STEAM Transformation Plan

 

-Combination of Digital Content and Sustained Professional Development to Drive Shift to Inquiry–Based Interdisciplinary Instruction Across District’s Middle Schools-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (July 12, 2017) – The Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as its partner in driving its district-wide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Transformation Plan.  Through a unique combination of dynamic digital content and sustained, job-embedded, professional development, Discovery Education will support MNPS’s efforts to cultivate inquiry-based interdisciplinary instruction across the district’s middle schools that help prepare students for success in the workforce of tomorrow.

 

MNPS defines STEAM as an interdisciplinary approach to learning, in which rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons.  Through the thoughtful application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and the Arts in multiple contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise; MNPS educators are empowered to help students develop both STEAM literacy and critical problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to compete in the global economy.

 

To support the creation of the dynamic digital learning environments that power MNPS’s transformative vision for middle school STEAM education, the district is providing all middle school teachers and students access to the Discovery Education Science Techbook™ andDiscovery Education Streaming Plus beginning this Fall.

Discovery Education’s award-winning 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/STEAM 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 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 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.

 

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes.  Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, and more. Specifically, MNPS’s educators will utilize Discovery Education Streaming Plus’s wide variety of digital resources to support the Arts component of the district’s STEAM Transformation Plan.

 

To further aid middle school administrators and educators from 33 MNPS middle schools as they support the STEAM Transformation Plan, a number of middle school educators participate in a STEAM professional development initiative created by Discovery Education expert staff expressly for MNPS’s educators. A comprehensive, three-year system of professional development, this effort will help middle school educators strengthen and sustain a culture of STEAM in their schools and guide them as they master STEAM instructional strategies.  With a focus on developing high-quality STEAM lessons, creating interdisciplinary lessons and units, and vertically aligning STEAM education school-wide, this initiative provides the robust professional development, job-embedded coaching, and administrative leadership support necessary to create centers of STEAM excellence.

 

“While the Metro Nashville Community Schools’ mission is to deliver a great public education to every student, every day, we’ve created a STEAM Transformation Plan that aims to guide our district’s effort to become the number one STEAM school district in the nation,” said Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of the Metro Nashville Public Schools. “Discovery Education shares our vision that STEAM education is a viable pathway to ensuring that every student becomes a life-long learner prepared for success in college, career, and life, and we are pleased to partner with them in supporting this important district initiative.”

 

In addition to receiving access to Discovery Education’s dynamic digital content and robust professional development, the Discovery Education Community will support the MNPS’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.

 

“Building a culture of STEAM teaching and learning within a school district can serve as a catalyst for deeper student engagement and ultimately improved academic achievement,” said Rob Warren, Discovery Education Vice President of Educational Partnerships. “We are proud to collaborate with the fantastic Metro Nashville Public Schools’ team on their mission to become the top STEAM school district in the country, and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and beginning this initiative.”

 

For additional information about Discovery Education’s digital content services and professional development resources, 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.

 

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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.

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Learning Counsel Events Inspire Educators Across the Country

With 85% of attendees executive rank, the Digital Curriculum Sustainability Discussions generated discourse and a new guide to making the digital transition

 

(Sacramento, CA) July 12, 2017 – Rousing discourse about schools’ and districts’ digital transition was the order of the day at each of the 14 Learning Counsel spring Digital Curriculum Sustainability Discussion events. From Philadelphia to Atlanta to Minneapolis to Houston to Orange County, California, these day-long meetings of local Superintendents, Chief Academic Officers, CIOs, instructional technologists, principals, and teachers inspired conversations about digital curriculum sustainability, each adding new local insights that were shared forward into subsequent cities.

 

“Each city gets anecdotes that David Kafitz, Ed.D., and I hear from earlier cities.,” said LeiLani Cauthen, CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel. “It’s almost like the Learning Counsel gets to synthesize what is working and repeat it across to others as we go to the next city.” Cauthen said 85% of attendees at the spring events were executive rank educators who came to hear from each other and discuss their plans for the future.

“Having spoken with hundreds of education executives over the past several months who represented over 200 school districts, from every corner of the country, we’ve been able to filter through the ‘noise’ and confusion,” staid Dr. Kafitz. “While the Learning Counsel has shared many lessons of how sustainability is accomplished, we’ve also learned a few new lessons ourselves about how schools are being sustainable in their digital transitions.”

Those lessons are compiled in the Learning Counsel’s latest special report, 34 Digital Transition Sustainability TipsSome of the key factors for sustainability laid in the report include the following:

  1. Knowing how you fit.In other words, leaders have become aware that many teachers are, on average, not learning even the most basic tools of modern classroom technology options in the teaching colleges. This was putting a full spectrum of new professional development squarely on their shoulders.
  2. Shifting budgets. This continues to be a huge issue. The 2016 Learning Counsel survey of digital curriculum strategy and transition found that 80% or more of school budgets have not shifted from paper textbooks. The fastest way to get sustainable is to go to a full coverage model of digital and stop trying to pay for both paper and digital.
  3. Stakeholder engagement. Dr. Karla Burkholder, the Director of Instructional Technology for Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD in San Antonio, TX., shared with us that having everyone at the table is a smart sustainability move because agreement creates a coordinated flow of action. Not knowing the “why” of decisions leaves people with only their own separated view of things, and builds resentment.

As Max Clark, the Assistant Superintendent for Kingman-Norwich USD shared, “I must tell you that not a day goes by I don’t find myself sharing stories, facts, and other bits of information that I learned at the event. You know your work is important when I find myself sharing with others and wishing they could have heard what I heard. The exciting thing is knowing there will be more opportunities for many more to benefit from your events in the future.”

The Digital Curriculum Sustainability Discussion events dive deep into understanding types and designs of actual curriculum as a central concern—games, software, eBooks, subscriptions, apps, LMSs, SISs, testing/assessment, and how all these are strategically organized for sustainable transformation to digital. An evaluation matrix to guide the choice of the best digital curriculum software for your school is shared during the day. Industry leaders share the latest tools and solutions for district and school challenges as they define the complete education transformation continuum.

 

schedule of cities for the Fall Digital Curriculum Sustainability Discussion events is now posted. All are welcome to discuss their move to digital content and curriculum.

 

About the Learning Counsel

The Learning Counsel is a research institute and news media hub focused on providing context for the shift in education to digital curriculum. The Learning Counsel’s membership is comprised of more than 215,000 executive rank educators. The Learning Counsel is also the home of KnowStory.com, the first special-interest-free and grass-roots social media hub for education with functions for students, teachers, schools and publishers. For more information, visit LearningCounsel.com.

 


City Year Webinar Offers Insight on using Mentors to Improve Social-Emotional Skills of At-Risk Youth

 

Webinar hosted by Aperture Education Aug. 9, 2017 will explore City Year’s use of mentors and SEL data for progress monitoring

 

Charlotte N.C. (July 7, 2017) — Providing at-risk youth with opportunities to develop positive relationships and social-emotional skills can have a dramatic impact on their success in school and life. City Year, which supports schools with high dropout rates in 27 cities across the country, will lead a webinar at 2 p.m. EDTAug. 9, 2017, to share how it has achieved success in this area.

 

The webinar “Case Study: Using Near-Peer Mentors to Progress Monitor & Foster Social-Emotional Skills” will highlight how City Year AmeriCorps members support students’ social-emotional health by providing individual support to students who need it the most. Schools in the program use the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) for progress monitoring.

 

The webinar is hosted by social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education. To register, visit https://goo.gl/yZy7UG. It will feature three members of City Year’s National Program Design and Impact Analytics teams.

 

  • Kara Bradley is lead evaluation analyst for City Year. She manages the collection and interpretation of social-emotional data.

 

  • Ashley Kurth is senior director of evaluation strategy and operations for City Year. She supports City Year’s use of data and analytics for monitoring student progress, measuring impact, and continuous improvement.

 

  • Lisa Klane is national manager of student engagement initiatives for City Year. As part of the National Program Design Team, she creates tools and resources to support AmeriCorps members across the country in running interventions and events to foster social emotional learning and development with their students.

 

“City Year is a great example of the impact that data-driven mentoring can have on at-risk youth,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “Our webinar with Kara, Ashley and Lisa will provide a deeper look at what City Year is doing and provide advice on how schools and organizations can achieve success in this area.”

 

The webinar is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support educators, administers and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools. Aperture Education provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help organizations address the whole child. Its goal is to ensure members of school and out-of-school time communities, including adults, have the social and emotional skills needed to thrive.

 

Aperture Education offers products and services to support SEL programs, including Evo Social/Emotional, a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool. It uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and implement individualized, classroom and school-wide strategies for instruction and intervention.

 

 

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social-emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online platform includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-Mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.

 

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myON Partners with NELSON to Personalize Literacy Learning in Canada

The award-winning personalized literacy platform is now available to Canadian educators and students

(Minneapolis, MN) July 12, 2017 — myON, leading provider of digital literacy solutions, and NELSON, Canada’s leading education provider, have entered into a strategic partnership to personalize literacy learning for pre-kindergarten to 8th-grade classrooms. NELSON will take an exclusive role in sales, support, professional development, and marketing of the myON personalized literacy platform in Canada.

“We pride ourselves on providing access to the most engaging titles available to students throughout the world,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “Through our partnership with NELSON, Canadian students will have 24/7/365 access to over 10,000 digital books with innovative supports to further engage in learning and support their academic achievement.”

The unlimited access that myON’s users receive through their digital literacy ecosystem complements NELSON’s long-standing, pedagogically sound learning products. With their individual accounts, students will have access to an enhanced digital reading experience through a digital library customized to their individual interests and reading ability. Literacy tools within the platform support independent reading and project-based learning modules. Educators can access embedded metrics to monitor each student’s reading activity to gain analytics and insights to inform teaching and student development.

“All of us at Nelson recognize and value the growing importance of personalized reading and learning in today’s modern classroom,” said Steve Brown, NELSON President and CEO. “Our partnership with myON will enable us to further augment our digital literacy offering, and deliver on our commitment to ensuring that Canadian classrooms have access to world-class resources and learning experiences.”

About myON
myON is an award-winning personalized literacy environment that incorporates a state-of-the art learning platform, enhanced digital reading content including five daily news articles written for students, The Lexile® Framework for Reading, cutting-edge literacy tools, and embedded metrics to monitor activity and growth. Robust professional development ensures that educators have the support needed to effectively implement myON. Together, these components power a Literacy Ecosystem that is built upon five pillars: personalization, unparalleled content, unlimited access, collaboration, and success.

About NELSON
NELSON is Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher. NELSON believes in the evolution of life-long education and dedicates its business efforts to the creation of quality, innovative solutions that support the needs of every student, teacher and instructor to empower learning success. For more information about NELSON, please visit us at Nelson.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Lesson Planet Honored as SIIA CODiE Award Finalist 


The resource discovery engine earned the prestigious industry recognition in the category of Best Digital Aggregation & Sharing Solution

(WASHINGTON D.C.) July 11, 2017 — Lesson Planet, an online resource discovery engine providing educator-curated content for K-12 classrooms, today announced that its platform was named a 2017 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Digital Aggregation & Sharing Solution category. Finalists represent applications, products, and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the pre-K–20 sector.

With the Lesson Planet Enterprise solution for schools and districts, educators can search more than 350,000 free and open online educational resources that have been curated, reviewed, and rated by experienced, subject-specific teachers in accordance with Lesson Planet’s rigorous evaluation rubric.

Lesson Planet enables teachers to quickly find just the right resources that include expert educator evaluations, teaching tips, classroom considerations, pros and cons, aligned standards, resource-specific metadata, and URLs to curriculum resource types including lesson plans, units, videos, worksheets, presentations, activities, and apps. Teachers can search resources by grade, subject, resource type, state standard, teaching strategy, and more.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for more than 30 years. Lesson Planet was honored as one of 160 finalists in the 34 education technology categories. The CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. Educators and administrators serve as judges and conduct the first-round review of all education nominees. Their scores determine the CODiE Award finalists, and SIIA members then vote on the finalist products.

 

“I am impressed by the level of innovation and creativity demonstrated by the 2017 CODiE award finalists,” said Bridget Foster, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN), a division of SIIA. “These products are opening doors for learners of all ages by combining new technologies with research about how people learn in order to respond to student and educator needs.”

LuAnne Abercrombie, Lesson Planet’s chief product officer, commented, “We are incredibly honored to be a finalist for the SIIA CODiE Awards. Earning recognition from our industry peers is immensely gratifying, and has reinvigorated us in our mission to deliver the best content available on the internet to the schools, districts, and individuals who rely on our platform.”

 

Award winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Winner Ceremony in San Francisco on July 26 at the Education Impact Symposium, hosted by ETIN. Details about each finalist are listed here.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services, and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit SIIA.net/CODiE.

About Lesson Planet
The Lesson Planet Enterprise solution (LPE) for schools and districts is an award-winning, educator-curated, online curriculum resource discovery engine that is intuitively integrated with an easy-to-use, drag and drop curriculum management system designed by educators for educators, curriculum specialists, librarians, and administrators. LPE allows educators to easily discover high-quality, teacher-reviewed online educational resources (as well as any district-shared or licensed resources); then use the management tools to organize and plan the scope and sequence of their lessons, units, and courses. The platform makes it simple for teachers to customize their collections of resources for their students as online assignments. Founded by educators in 1999, Lesson Planet is entirely membership-sustained. For more information, please visit LessonPlanet.com.

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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

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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About CUE

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

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Eight Judaic Studies Educators Graduate and Collaborate within the Online Judaic Studies Consortium

 

Boston — July 11, 2017 — The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) today announced the newest Online Teaching Methodologies (OTM) graduates for its Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). The graduates are all face-to-face Jewish day school teachers who completed the graduate-level OTM teacher training course to learn best practices for online instruction and learning. Having passed the rigorous four-week course, graduates will now collaborate with their peers to help develop and deliver high-quality online Judaic studies courses to day school students across North America.

 

OTM focuses on teaching strategies for building community, encouraging discussions, and providing insightful feedback in an online classroom. The graduates experience online learning in the same manner and pace as their future students, including having to work collaboratively with one another and with their course instructors.

 

“This has been an eye-opening experience in a number of ways,” said Rabbi Richard Schindelheim, an OTM graduate and educator from the Fuchs Mizrachi High School. “More than anything, it has helped me realize that I have so much more to learn about education in general and online education, in particular.”

 

The new OTM graduates and their affiliated institutions are listed below:

 

Rabbi Reuven Travis

Atlanta Jewish Academy

 

Yonatan Rosner

de Toledo High School in Los Angeles

 

Rabbi Nitzan Bergman

Etz Chaim: The Center for Jewish Living and Learning in Maryland

 

Rabbi Richard Schindelheim

Fuchs Mizrachi School

 

Dr. Robyn Blum

Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore

 

Rudy Stoler

Chizuk Amuno Congregation Inc., Congregation Beth Shalom and Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Maryland

 

Etan Kelman

de Toledo High School in Los Angeles

 

Kimberly Callaway

de Toledo High School in Los Angeles

 

“This course has helped me realize all the parts needed to make an online course successful, said Kelman, a Jewish history teacher at de Toledo High School in Los Angeles. “The comments and discussions have been incredible and this cohort has been amazing.”

 

“The OJSC is honored to be a program of The Virtual High School, a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices,” said Lisa Micley, Program Director of the OJSC.  “The wisdom and expertise of VHS has led the way for us in creating our program. The VHS instructional design and delivery standards are the very model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The OJSC welcomes these new graduates into our growing network of highly-qualified educators trained to deliver Judaic studies courses using best practices in online learning.”

 

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology, and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Associations (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visitwww.VHSLearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.

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West Launches SchoolMessenger Accessibility Resource Center

to Help Schools Better Understand and Improve Website Accessibility

 

New partnership with Siteimprove helps to ensure SchoolMessenger Presence websites

meet accessibility standards

SAN ANTONIO, July 11, 2017 — Today at the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) 2017 National Seminar, West Corporation, a global provider of communication and network infrastructure services, announced the launch of the expandedSchoolMessenger Accessibility Resource Center, a web-based collection of materials and tools designed to help school districts improve their understanding of the issues around web accessibility, and to help them improve the accessibility of their schools’ websites.

The SchoolMessenger Accessibility Resource Center features free resources developed by West, as well as by its new partner, Siteimprove, the industry-leading provider of comprehensive web accessibility testing software and services, and from other respected providers. Items available include a website accessibility FAQ, a digital accessibility toolkit for K-12 administrators, accessibility tips for web authors, and more.

“School districts recognize that to effectively communicate with all of their audiences, as well as to meet federal regulations, their websites need to be accessible to all users, so we’ve assembled this collection of resources to help schools and districts ensure all website visitors have equal access to information and functionality,” said Robert Iskander, executive vice president and general manager of West’s Education group. “In addition, with our new Siteimprove partnership, school districts have powerful options for developing and maintaining websites that remain fully accessible.”

Along with a number of built-in accessibility features, all new SchoolMessenger Presence websites are developed using the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform, which provides clear explanations of potential issues combined with practical recommendations to work toward accessibility compliance. This helps ensure websites are designed to be inclusive before launch.

“Siteimprove has changed the way our district sees our website,” said Richard Franco, public relations director, Florence Unified School District, San Tan Valley, Arizona. “We have always looked at our website as a place to store information for parents and community members. It wasn’t until we began using Siteimprove that we realized how much we could control our content.”

To access the SchoolMessenger Accessibility Resource Center, visithttp://www.schoolmessenger.com/school-website-accessibility.

About West’s 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

About Siteimprove

Siteimprove transforms the way organizations manage and deliver their digital presence. With the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform, you gain complete visibility and deep insights, empowering you and your team to act with certainty. Imagine the day where every aspect of your digital presence operates as intended: your brand is consistent, errors are a thing of the past, and website issues are always prioritized. Most importantly, certainty is the norm. With Siteimprove by their side, more than 5,000 organizations around the world outperform the status quo every day.

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Florida Department of Education Approves Renaissance Star Early Literacy as State’s Kindergarten Readiness Screener

Renaissance and the Florida Department of Education collaborate to support kindergarten success

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (July 11, 2017) – Renaissance®, the leader in Pre-K–12 learning analytics, has announced that its Renaissance Star Early Literacy® assessment solution has been approved as the Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) Kindergarten Readiness Screener. The Florida DOE will begin using Star Early Literacy at the beginning of the 2017–2018 school year.

The Florida DOE approves assessment solutions though a rigorous approval process. These reviews include thorough examinations by instructional, technology, and assessment experts from multiple divisions within the Florida DOE, such as the Division of Technology and Innovation and the Office of Early Learning.

To read the full release, please click here.

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Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 Provides Blind and Low-Vision Students with More Independence during Science Labs

 

Independence Science integrates text-to-speech assistive technology with Vernier Software & Technology’s data-collection interface

 

LAFAYETTE, Ind., July 10, 2017 — Independence Science recently launched the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 to help blind and low-vision students independently complete data-collection investigations during STEM labs. By integrating text-to-speech assistive technology with Vernier Software & Technology’s LabQuest 2 hardware device, the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 speaks real-time data results to students.

 

“For blind and low-vision students, hearing something in a multi-module fashion enhances the learning process,” said Ron Supalo, chief operations officer of Independence Science. “The Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 is a valuable assistive technology that allows students to independently conduct their own science experiments and hear the results, eliminating the need for a sighted assistant.”

 

Students can use the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 to collect data from more than 70 Vernier sensors. In addition to speaking the data-collection results, as well as displaying the results on the screen, the device can vocalize to students more than 20 characteristics of each element on the Periodic Table of Elements. The Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 additionally features faster computing, wireless data sharing, and five built-in sensors (GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, ambient temperature, light, and microphone) making it easy and intuitive for students to collect, analyze, and share data from experiments.

 

Each Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 is sold as a kit that includes a Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2, a USB keyboard, and three Vernier sensors (the Vernier Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, Differential Voltage Probe, and Current Probe).

 

To learn more about the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2, visithttp://independencescience.com/.

 

About Independence Science

Independence Science is an assistive technology company that specializes in providing tools to help students with disabilities have equal access and opportunities to perform independently in STEM fields without a sighted assistant. Consultants at Independence Science are making their expertise available to help school districts, colleges, universities, and state rehabilitation agencies across the country meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and help students in science programs. For more information, visit http://independencescience.com/.

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Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative Gains Boxlight as its Convening Agency

 

Boxlight commits its resources to supporting institutions and professionals working to increase girls’ participation in STEM classes and careers

Lawrenceville, GA – July 10, 2017 – According to research by STEMconnnector and the National Science Board, women make up only 28 percent of the science and engineering workforce despite the fact that female and male K-12 students perform equally well on mathematics and science standardized tests. To help ensure that girls and women have the confidence and opportunity to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers as they desire, Boxlight has signed on to be the convening agency for the Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative formed under the auspices of the National Girls Collaborative Project.

 

The Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative is a statewide network of professionals, researchers and practitioners focused on expanding and strengthening STEM-related career opportunities for girls. Boxlight will be responsible for encouraging collaboration and improving inter-program communication among these various organizations and individuals, helping them come together to share best practices, develop new collaborations and share resources. Collaborative partners include schools, informal educators, programs that offer expanded learning opportunities, and businesses and industries that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue classes and careers in STEM.

 

“The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to bring together organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers, and we are extremely excited to be supporting that vision here in Georgia,” said Sunshine Nance, Boxlight’s VP of Marketing. “Our goal is to strengthen the capacity and increase the continuation of girl-serving STEM programs as well as create a wider audience for gender-related STEM issues. This is something that deeply matters to us because the successful career transition of students and the economic future of Georgia are tied to increased participation of all students in careers that rely on STEM skills and competencies.”

 

This is not the first such initiative for Boxlight or Nance. The company is also working with the STEM Atlanta Women group, a nonprofit founded and run by STEM advocate Maxine Cain for the purpose of helping underrepresented and underserved women and girls to take advantage of global STEM opportunities and acquire skills needed to compete and succeed in the 21st century.

 

About the National Girls Collaborative Project

The National Girls Collaborative Project maximizes access to shared resources and disseminates research-based promising practices that advance the work of existing and evolving girl-serving projects. The goals are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
  • Increase the effectiveness of collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and shared leadership to more effectively deliver services to girl-serving STEM organizations.
  • Maximize K-12 school counselors’ access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls’ interest and engagement in STEM.

 

About Boxlight Corp.

The merging of Mimio and Boxlight Corp. has resulted in an expansive selection of premier digital classroom technology solutions designed for every K-12 classroom. The company is integrating Boxlight’s manufacturing of patented, award-winning interactive classroom technology and Mimio’s advanced line of classroom hardware and software solutions to create the most complete line of progressive, integrated classroom technologies available on the market today. For more information about the extensive product offerings of the companies, please visit www.boxlight.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @boxlightinc or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boxlightusa.

 

 

 


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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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 Businessfollettlearning.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.

 

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PERNILLE RIPP TO KEYNOTE CUE 2017 FALL CONFERENCE

June 28, 2017

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

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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About CUE

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

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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.


Funds For Learning Reveals Initial Insights to E-Rate Program Impact 
Preliminary results from the seventh annual nationwide survey of applicants reinforce the vitality of the E-rate Program for schools and libraries

Edmond, Okla. (June 26, 2017) – Changes in leadership in the White House and the FCC have raised questions regarding the promise of the E-Rate Program to deliver safe and proper broadband connections to students in the U.S. In an effort to understand how the largest federally funded education program serves schools and libraries, Funds For Learning has conducted its annual E-rate applicant survey to gather important insights about the 2017 filing window. According to initial feedback, E-rate recipients continue to rely on E-Rate funding to provide connectivity for schools and libraries across the nation.

“Certainly, the E-rate program is not without its challenges, but the fundamental nature of the program remains as strong as ever,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “While the political climate has shifted, one thing has remained the same: E-rate is vital and will continue to play an indispensable role in connecting schools and communities.”

For the preliminary results, click here.

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ClassTag Bridges the Technological Divide to Engage 100% of Parents

 

ClassTag supports personalized communications with all parents, whether they have a smart phone, a cell phone or are entirely offline

 

JUNE 26, 2017 – SAN ANTONIO: ClassTag, a free parent engagement app for teachers and schools, announces it has integrated printing to its intelligent multi-channel communication suite to support reaching all parents wherever they are. Supporting the web, mobile app, SMS and printed messages for children’s backpacks, ClassTag gives teachers a simple, one-step process for ensuring that each parent gets important classroom information in the format they prefer. ClassTag is the first service to support personalized, meaningful, two-way communication with all parents regardless of what devices they use, even if they are entirely offline.

While technology has helped improve communications inside classrooms, a lack of technology adoption is creating roadblocks for many families. Today, 13% of U.S. adults do not use internet, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.  In rural areas, the technological divide is even more striking with 39% of Americans without ‘advanced’ services that enable users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video, according to Federal Communications Commission.

Despite the rapid increase in schools’ adoption of technology to communicate with parents, many teachers still struggle with parent engagement. ClassTag’s survey of teachers found that a majority of teachers (53%) reported feeling “sad” or “frustrated” by the lack of parent engagement in their classrooms.

Some of this disconnection may be caused by poor communication systems, including inaccurate contact information, lack of internet access, language barriers, or just an overwhelming amount of information coming from schools to busy parents. According to Education Week, parents’ usage of various tools remains unsatisfactory, particularly in Title 1 schools and other communities with limited access to a cellphone or computer.

ClassTag is the only application addressing the real reasons behind the lack of engagement from the ground up. The groundbreaking innovation lies in dissecting key breaking points in parent engagement and bridging the gap between online and offline communications.

“Adding more apps to the mix won’t work because we simply don’t have 100% internet penetration. If we rely on email and websites alone, we are accepting that someone will be left out,” explains Vlada Lotkina, ClassTag CEO. “Our solution is an all-in-one platform for managing everything from contact accuracy to identifying the gaps in parent engagement and proactively managing them, across online and offline communication channels.”

ClassTag’s new feature gives teachers smart, actionable alerts and recommendations. If a family isn’t being reached via email or mobile app, the chatbot-inspired assistant will recommend printing a personalized paper copy of announcements, reminders and schedules to be sent home in children’s backpacks to those harder-to-reach parents. ClassTag intelligently produces personalized communication to each and every parent, no matter what their preferred communication channel. Reaching non-English speaking parents will also become much easier thanks to new translation functionality to be released later this summer.

As Danielle Fugazzi, a kindergarten teacher, puts it: “My main challenge is to reach all parents and get them to respond. Too often teachers engage the same families over and over, but those that need this connection the most seem to be missing out. ClassTag understood the very heart of the issue and giving me the opportunity to confidently reach all families and print out the personalized newsletters and announcements for parents who aren’t online or who don’t regularly read their emails.”

“We developed this functionality based on our users’ feedback to help them with the everyday struggles every teacher faces. ClassTag now acts like an assistant who spots missing connections and automatically provides actionable recommendations, taking the guesswork out of engagement and making the mission of reaching 100% of parents possible,” says Lotkina.

 

About ClassTag

ClassTag is a cloud-based app that helps schools engage parents in their community and improve the quality of family support in education. Founded by two experienced entrepreneurs who met through their children’s preschool, ClassTag is designed to meet their own needs and the needs of their kids’ teachers. Based in New York City, ClassTag is currently in its second year of operation and has been adopted by leading private and public schools across the country. Recently, Entrepreneur Magazine named ClassTag as one of “4 Startups Revolutionizing the EdTech World”.  To learn more, visit: https://www.classtag.com

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ISTE Releases New Standards for Educators to Maximize Learning for All Students Using Technology

Educator feedback guided the development of new 2017 ISTE Standards for Educators

 

San Antonio – June 25, 2017 – Technology in classrooms across the country looks very different than it did almost a decade ago when ISTE last released standards aimed at teachers. Today the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released an updated version of the ISTE Standards for Educators, which supports educators by providing a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology. ISTE CEO Richard Culatta provided a preview of the new 2017 ISTE Standards for Educators today at ISTE’s 2017 Conference & Expo in San Antonio.

 

The Standards for Educators were last updated in 2008, when the focus was on supporting learning with technology. For this update, ISTE received input and feedback from 2,200 educators and administrators from around the globe. These standards reflect an evolution in education focusing on the promise technology has for empowering learning and the teaching profession.

 

Educator Curt Mould from Sun Prairie Area School District in Wisconsin collaborated with 10 other members of the Standards Technical Working Group for over a year, listening and sifting through research and feedback from the field to ensure the new standards would effectively support and inspire educators in their classrooms. They focused on areas such as making sure educators are preparing students to be responsible citizens in the digital age and are able to grasp new technologies to help all students succeed.

 

“We received an incredible amount of feedback that helped us create a roadmap that would be easy for educators to adopt and be helpful to students,” said Mould, who is director of innovation, assessment and continuous improvement for Sun Prairie. “We are excited about these new standards and empowering educators to embrace them and tailor them to meet the needs of all of their students.”

 

The seven Educator Standards are:

  1. Learner – Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.
  2. Leader – Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and improve teaching and learning.
  3. Citizen – Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.
  4. Collaborator – Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems.
  5. Designer – Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.
  6. Facilitator – Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students.
  7. Analyst – Educators understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals.

 

“The ISTE Standards for Educators set the vision for how educators can use technology to create next-generation learning environments,” said ISTE’s Culatta. “They reflect the transition from using technology to deliver content to using technology to empower learners – that empowerment also speaks to educators as valued professionals within their organizations and communities who are enabling student-centered learning and are entrusted to carry out their practice at the highest levels.”

 

The ISTE Standards provide a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology. They provide a roadmap for educators worldwide as they navigate decisions about curriculum, instruction, professional learning and the transformation of pedagogy with technology. These standards are refreshed every seven to 10 years to ensure they remain relevant and continue to prepare students for the future while allowing schools, districts and states to have time to adopt, implement and show an impact on learning. The ISTE Standards for Students were updated in 2016 and are already being used by educators around the world.

 

View the full Educator Standards and their indicators here.

 

ISTE 2017 marks the beginning of the process to refresh the ISTE Standards for Administrators, which will be released June 2018. Find more information here.

 

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

 

Innovative offerings include the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age — as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo — the world’s most comprehensive edtech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

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Getting Smart Releases Report Showing Connection Between Social and Emotional Learning and Minecraft
 
Study finds gaming can improve student SEL outcomes when supported by educators.
June 23, 2017 – A new report, How Minecraft Supports Social and Emotional Learning in K–12 Education, published by Getting Smart investigates the connection between classroom use of Minecraft and the social and emotional learning (SEL) outcomes of K– 12 students. Through interviews, a global survey and several case studies, the report provides an overview of SEL, insights on gaming in education and advice from educators on supporting a SEL program within a school.
Based on the responses gathered from a diverse group of educators representing 11 countries across four continents, the report is a deeper dive into the ways educators are incorporating gaming into their lessons via Minecraft: Education Edition to support their students’ SEL growth. Survey findings include:
● Nearly all teachers surveyed (97.7%) cited “problem solving” as the top SEL skill that their students learn from classroom Minecraft lessons and extracurricular participation in the game. Other top skills cultivated include creativity (95.5%), critical thinking (93.3%) and collaboration (91.1%).
● The majority of teachers also felt that their students’ decision-making (88.8%) and communication (86.6%) abilities were positively impacted by the time they spent playing Minecraft, whether working in small groups or individually.
● Just over half (51.1%) believe that Minecraft also enables students to build empathy skills. (This could be due to interactions with classmates, as well as with characters within the game.)
The report features interviews with Dr. Michelle Zimmerman, Renton Prep Christian School; Rody Boonchouy, Buck Institute for Education; and Jeff Gearhart, Brinnon School District.
It also includes several school case studies providing an inside view of how gaming is supporting student SEL outcomes at Renton Prep Christian School, International School in the Bellevue School District and Bryant Montessori from Tacoma Public Schools.
“It is clear from our research that Minecraft creates opportunities for transformational learning experiences,” says Caroline Vander Ark, Getting Smart COO. “However, we also found that the most critical component to connecting gaming and student SEL outcomes is the teacher. The educators we visited and spoke with were transparent about learning objectives, promoted student agency and independence and acted as learning guides.”
The Minecraft Education Team has a variety of workshops on site at ISTE 2017 June 25-28 in San Antonio if you want to learn more. If you’re #NotAtISTE this year, there will be live streaming content for educators around the globe. Visit this site to learn more: https://education.minecraft.net/events/iste.
About Getting Smart As a mission-driven organization Getting Smart® is passionate about accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning. Getting Smart Services designs customized partnerships to amplify and extend the work of those dedicated to impacting the way the world learns. Through our advocacy, advisory and coaching services, we work with impact-oriented partners to invent the future of learning. Our innovations in learning blog, GettingSmart.com is a community of learners and contributors that cover important events, trends, products and publications across K-12, early, post-secondary education and lifelong learning opportunities.

Discovery Education Streaming Services Enter New Era with Enhanced Content Creation Features and Resources to Deepen Classroom Engagement and Develop Students’ Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Reasoning Skills

 

– Latest Enhancements Also Provide Educators Even More Examples of How to Integrate Digital Content into Classroom Instruction-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (June 26, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a number of new features will be added to its award-winning Discovery Education Streaming services in the coming weeks.  With these planned enhancements, which are scheduled to go live in August 2017, Discovery Education Streaming is positioned to serve a new generation of teachers and students with resources they can immediately use to deepen students’ engagement in learning and develop pupils’ critical thinking, collaboration, and reasoning skills.

 

Launched in 2001, Discovery Education’s Streaming feature tens of thousands of standards-aligned and searchable videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, audio books, articles and more, making it the leading cross-curricular K-12 digital content resource for educators around the globe.

 

In 2012, Discovery Education launched Streaming’s popular Board Builder feature. A safe environment in which students can create their own content, Board Builder helps users create virtual project boards that use multimedia and text to synthesize their thinking and provide evidence of their understanding of a concept or problem.

 

This latest iteration of Streaming will feature an updated, more modern look and feel that is optimized to work on small and large devices and in the classroom and on-the-go.  In addition, the content creation tools within the services’ new Studio feature will be greatly expanded to allow teachers and students to safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. These features can be controlled by the teacher to monitor interactions, provide instant grading feedback, review progress, and assign small classroom work groups to differentiate classroom activities.

 

Also, included in the new Studio function will be content creation features that provide students the ability to create online, multiple-page student portfolios, as well as preloaded templates that will help students jumpstart new projects.  Finally, Discovery Education Streaming’s new creation tools will enable students to use content found within Discovery Education’s services or effortlessly import their own self-produced media into projects with the appropriate citations.

 

While teacher resources including lesson plans, content collections organized around themes, as well as instructional videos, skill builders, and writing prompts, have always been available through Discovery Education Streaming, the latest improvements to this service will include even more support for teachers. To save busy teachers time, customizable streams are set to be added to the services’ homepage so that educators can more easily access new and relevant content.  Topical and timely content will be found in the Trending Now Stream, while an Activity Stream will quickly help educators find content they recently viewed, searched for, or liked.

 

This latest update to Discovery Education Streaming will also include valuable new content that supports educators as they evolve their classroom practice and transform the way they teach.  Among the new resources set to be added are:

 

  • Spotlight on Strategies—The creative, research-based instructional strategies introduced in these short videos are presented by teachers for teachers to help them incorporate digital media into classroom activities in new, effective, and practical ways.
  • DE in Action—A new series of immersive 360 experiences that model how members of the Discovery Education Community and their students are using digital content and educational technologies in authentic classroom settings, these experiences model successful integration strategies.
  • A collection of powerful and engaging STEM resources—Designed to fuel a cultural shift in STEM teaching and learning, these new resources include STEM Career Challenges, which provides opportunities for students to learn more about exciting STEM careers, and STEM Strategies that Work, which help STEM educators build a STEM culture in meaningful and practical ways.
  • Student Exploration Resources—Featuring new resources that help students explore their interests, conduct their own research, organize evidence, and communicate their ideas, this new content empowers educators to deepen pupils’ critical thinking, collaboration, communication and reasoning skills.

 

Together, the new enhancements coming to Discovery Education’s Streaming services provide even more support to educators teaching their students to think critically about the content they use, see, and experience in their daily lives.

 

“As a long time Discovery Education Streaming user, I’ve seen this service evolve tremendously over the years to meet the changing needs of teachers and students,” said Shelby Bailey, a 5th Grade Math teacher in Missouri’s Warren County R-III School District.  “However, the coming iteration of Streaming includes so many new features, it is almost a new service.  These latest enhancements, together with the Discovery Educator Network Online Community features rolled out in March, make Streaming a simple and elegant resource for all teachers working to prepare their students for success beyond the classroom.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting all Discovery Education Streaming users’ 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.

 

“For more than 15 years, Discovery Education’s Streaming services have set the standard for cross-curricular K-12 digital content resources,” saidRobert Onsi, Senior Vice President of Product Development at Discovery Education. “While a generation of students have grown up consuming streaming content, we know that when students make the shift to content creation, they are inspired to dive even more deeply into a topic.  So, in this latest iteration of Streaming, Discovery Education is adding a host of new enhancements to help teachers both deepen students’ classroom engagement and develop their pupils’ critical thinking, collaboration, and reasoning skills. In addition to meeting the evolving needs of today’s teachers and students, these new enhancements demonstrate Discovery Education’s continued commitment to meeting the ever-changing needs of teachers and students everywhere.”

 

For more information about the Discovery Education’s Streaming services or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit: www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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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.

 

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Workbench Helps Baltimore County Public Schools Expand its Project-Based Learning Initiatives by Creating the District’s Online Learning Hub

Workbench allows BCPS teachers throughout the district to build, share and assign project-based, hands-on lessons

Baltimore, MD – June 26, 2017 – Edtech company Workbench and Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland’s third-largest school district, have partnered to launch an online learning hub that will help the district expand its project-based learning initiatives to all 9,076 teachers and 112,139 students. The hub will pull content and project-based lessons into a single online portal, powered by Workbench, where BCPS users can browse, build, share, assign and assess more project-based content.

 

“We chose Workbench because their platform will help us scale Project-Based Learning in our district,” said Nick Schiner, Team Leader for BCPS’ Office of Innovative Learning Projects “Giving teachers the ability to create and share their projects while also accessing a global library of projects will help our teachers use the PBL approach to improve student outcomes.”

 

The partnership with Workbench is the latest example of how Baltimore County Public Schools has been on the leading edge in bringing hands-on learning experiences and innovation to its classrooms.  The Workbench platform will allow the district to capitalize on its investments in classroom technology, professional development and a Mobile Innovation Lab – a converted school bus that serves as a makerspace on wheels, by making these initiatives more impactful for teachers and students.

 

The hub will also allow teachers to author and share projects across the district and it takes advantage of the technology investments the district has made and provides access to an ever-growing amount of content.

 

“Baltimore County Public Schools is at the forefront of the maker movement and bringing project-based learning into the classroom,” said Chris Sleat, CEO of Workbench. “Our Workbench platform will expand the district’s ability to provide hands-on lessons to spark curiosity and creativity, and to improve teaching and learning. We look forward to helping BCPS build on the innovative work it is already doing and make the most of its technology investments.”

 

The hub will launch at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Workbench partners with schools, libraries and industry leaders such as Sphero, Parrot, and Makey Makey to create online communities where educators, students and fans can access and share free lessons using drones, programmable robots, 3D printers and a growing list of cutting-edge technology and educational products. Teachers use their district Workbench to assign project-based lessons and track student progress. The communities provide access to hands-on, project-based lessons to turn students into makers and help educators teach with anything. For an example of a Workbench community, visit www.workbenchplatform.com/cwists/category/.

 

 

About Workbench

The Workbench mission is to make Project-Based Learning (PBL) accessible and scalable in schools, districts, and libraries across the globe. The solution reduces the burden on teachers who want to teach PBL by providing a straightforward framework for project authoring, delivery, and sharing coupled with a library of easily accessible projects teachers can leverage every day. This allows districts to move away from direct instruction as they embrace the PBL approach. The solution is supported by high-touch implementation, including professional development and gear/hardware sourcing which maximizes a district’s investment in PBL.

Workbench not only provides districts with equipment for maker education and a secure hub to implement and share projects, it also serves as the backbone for many of the Maker Education Industry’s top learning communities including Sphero, Parrot, Makey Makey, and SparkFun Electronics.

 

For more information, visit https://www.workbenchplatform.com/what-we-do/.

 

About Baltimore County Public Schools

With more than 170 schools and upwards of 112,000 students, Baltimore County Public School system is the 25th largest district in the US and the 3rd largest in Maryland.

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Riverside County Office of Education Taps LEC for its Professional Development Offerings

– Certification Selected as Best Practice for local districts –

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (June 27, 2017) – Today at ISTE 2017, Leading Edge Certification (LEC) – a national provider of certification programs in education technology – announced that Riverside County Office of Education (CA) has selected LEC for its professional development offerings. Riverside County Office of Education has found particular success with LEC Administrator and LEC Digital Educator certifications, where several of the districts it serves have selected LEC for district-wide professional development for teachers and administrators.

Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) delivers the training for the LEC certification. The RCOE serves all of the county’s 23 K-12 school districts, providing educational, financial, legislative, and leadership services and support. “We’re seeing a trend in that school districts are choosing to bring administrators and leadership on board first with technology implementation and training, then the classroom teachers and support staff are next,” said Dennis Large, Ed.D., Director, Educational Technology Services, Riverside COE.

Two districts in particular have taken the approach of training administrators to support their teachers: Hemet Unified School District and Jurupa Unified School District. In both cases the school districts have sent cadres of their administrators – including at the level of the Superintendent – through the Leading Edge Certification program.

Following the completion of the LEC Administrator training for district leaders, teachers then followed suit to complete certification in LEC’s Digital Educator program. Using the LEC program across district and school site educators allows for a comprehensive approach to the visioning of technology integration, collaboration and pedagogy.

Between the two districts Riverside COE has trained 78 administrators and 28 teachers in total. Since implementing Leading Edge Certification 3 years ago, Riverside COE has trained 320 educators across 15 school districts.

Another trend Riverside COE is seeing is the integration of pedagogy and technology, where the technology integration is happening at the curriculum and classroom level.

To find out more about Leading Edge Certification, including upcoming trainings, visit www.leadingedgecertification.org.

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About Leading Edge Certification
Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. LEC for the Online and Blended Teacher, LEC for the Administrator and LEC for the Digital Educator are currently available. Visit www.leadingedgecertification.org to find out more.

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Growth in Industry-Backed Certifications Signals Future of CTE

Students earn more than 5,000 nationally-recognized certifications, accelerating college and career goals   

LUBBOCK, Texas (June 27, 2017) – As educators seek to prepare students with 21st century skills to enter the modern workforce, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is quickly adapting to meet their needs. CEV Multimedia, the leading producer of CTE curriculum resources, announces that students earned more than 5,000 industry-backed certifications in the 2016-17 school year through iCEV, the most comprehensive online resource for CTE where students can earn up to twelve industry-backed certifications.

The number of earned certifications on iCEV increased by 190 percent from the 2015-16 school year, affirming the value and demand of industry collaboration. CEV Multimedia partnered with key industry stakeholders to develop certifications for validating the skills of students to future employers and educational institutions.

To read the full news release, please click here.

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CUE Expands Professional Development Offerings

– Rock Star Camps Now Include Primary Education –

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 26, 2017 — Today at ISTE 2017, CUE, an education nonprofit and ISTE, SETDA & iNACOL affiliate for California and Nevada, announced the expansion of its incredibly popular Rock Star Teacher Camps. A staple of CUE’s professional development offerings, the Rock Star camps are known for inspiring educators by leveraging the latest and greatest tools, apps, and practical approaches with an all-star cast of faculty members, many of whom are Leading Edge Certified, Apple Distinguished Educators, Google Certified Innovators, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.

The Rock Star Teacher Camps now include programs for the primary grades, administrators, teacher leadership, as well as camps specifically focused on areas of interest such as history and science. “We are taking the CUE Rock Star concept to the next level,” said Jon Corippo, CUE’s Chief Innovation Officer, adding, “Educators are clamoring for more specific professional learning, learning that focuses on their grade range, curricular focus or workgroups – and we’ve had spectacular response to the CUE Rock Star Specialty Camps.”

All CUE Rock Star Teacher events are designed to have low attendee to faculty ratios to maximize learning impact. Small groupings allow for everyone to get personal support and to learn directly from knowledgeable educators. The camps are uniquely scheduled to start late, to end early, and to offer extended downtime so that all attendees have ample opportunities to collaborate and network as part of a learning community.

A detailed list of camps can be found at www.cue.org/rockstar, including CUE’s speciality camps. The summer and early fall offerings are as follows:

CUE Rock Star Camps

Rock Star Teacher CampsRefreshed for the 7th year with a new “Hero’s Journey” format, CUE Rock Star Summer Camps are the place teachers spend a couple days in the Summer to change the way they teach. Daily “episodes” are themed around the 5Es lesson-design model and are high-energy, hands-on and very social. Join the thousands of CUE Rock Star Teachers who’ve enjoyed these camps since 2010. Check out some of this Summer’s learning by viewing #cuerockstar on Twitter.

Oxnard, CA – July 11-12, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee, CA – July 24-25, 2017

Los Alamitos, CA – August 2-3, 2017

CUE Rock Star Admin: A Special Camp for Administrators

Rock Star AdminHaving trained almost 1000 admins in only two years, the CUE Rock Star Admin Hero’s Journey is all about providing new, hands-on skills for administrators who desire to create a positive, disruptive process of change in their organizations. These are two full, hard-working, challenging and rewarding days. The faculty and curriculum will provide administrators (Assistant Principals, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Directors, Assistant Superintendents and Superintendents) with the skills they need to lead their districts in more agile and adaptable ways. We believe that constant change is here to stay, and the wise leader must not only accept but also embrace it.

September 8-9, 2017

Del Mar Hilton, Del Mar, CA

CUE Rock Star: Primary Edition

Rock Star PrimaryImagine all the fun, excitement, and high-quality professional development of a classic Rock Star Camp – but sharply focused on a TK-3 grade range, led by a faculty of highly skilled educators who are all TK-3 teachers or TOSAs. TK-3 education has its own lingo, pedagogy, and developmental awareness. The CUE Rock Star Primary Edition is built to be a Rock Star experience that is totally grade-range appropriate. Highlights include ELA skills, Math skills, and STEAM skills, with a theme of project-based learning, better student feedback, and an embedded use of technology.

October 7-8, 2017

Union Middle School  

San Jose, CA

Gearing up for celebrating its 40th year in 2018, CUE recently launched a membership promotion and will host its annual Fall CUE in October in Napa Valley and the National CUE Conference in March 2018 in Palm Springs. Registration for the National Conference will begin in August with presentation submissions beginning July 1. More information can be found at www.cue.org/conference.

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About CUE

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

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Workbench Platform Builds Online Communities for Multiple Technology Companies to Support Project-based Learning with their Product Lines

Partners Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink will have robust communities to give students, teachers and fans a place to create, access and share projects

Baltimore, MD – June 26, 2017 – Edtech company Workbench has added partners Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink to create online communities where makers, fans, students and educators can access projects that use 3D printers, robots and drones.

 

The partnerships are part of Workbench’s ongoing work to connect students, educators, makers and edtech companies. The Workbench platform provides access to hands-on, project-based learning that turns students into makers and helps educators meet standards and teach all subjects, topics and grades with inspiring projects using educational technology.

 

“We are passionate about project-based learning and our new partnerships with Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink will help us offer even more options to educators who want to provide hands-on learning opportunities for their students,” said Chris Sleat, CEO of Workbench. “Students will learn valuable STEM skills by programming drones and robots, dabbling in augmented reality, learning coding, and creating whatever they can dream up with 3D printers.”

 

Workbench will help Dremel create an online hub where educators can search for and share standards-aligned, project-based curriculum that uses the Dremel DigiLab 3D printer. Students can also build an online portfolio in the platform to showcase their 3D printing projects

 

Workbench will help Pai Technology create an online community for schools where teachers and students can access project-based lessons that use Augie, a robot that combines augmented reality and coding. The robot teaches children how to build their own games and activities through code.

 

“We are excited to partner with Workbench to further our mission of making it easier for schools to integrate STEAM into their curriculums so that students can gain tech skills early on and broaden their sense of wonder,” said Amy Braun, Director of Marketing for Pai Technology.

Workbench will help Robolink create Basecamp, an online hub to help users train for Robolink’s robotics and drone competitions. Educators and team coaches will use Basecamp to access and share project-based curriculum to train their squads to compete.

 

“Students, educators and hobbyists will be able to access tutorials and standards-aligned curricula and share their own products with the community,” said Wes Hsu, Lead UX Designer at Robolink.

 

Workbench partners with schools, libraries and industry leaders such as Sphero, Parrot, and Makey Makey and now Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink to create online communities where educators, students and fans can access and share free lessons using drones, programmable robots, 3D printers and a growing list of cutting-edge technology and educational products. Teachers use Workbench to assign project-based lessons and track student progress.  For an example of a Workbench community, visit www.workbenchplatform.com/cwists/category.

 

 

About Workbench

The Workbench mission is to make Project-Based Learning (PBL) accessible and scalable in schools, districts, and libraries across the globe. The solution reduces the burden on teachers who want to teach PBL  by providing a straightforward framework for project authoring, delivery, and sharing coupled with a library of easily accessible projects teachers can leverage every day. This allows districts to move away from direct instruction as they embrace the PBL approach. The solution is supported by high-touch implementation, including professional development and gear/hardware sourcing which maximizes a district’s investment in PBL.

Workbench not only provides districts with equipment for maker education and a secure hub to implement and share projects, it also serves as the backbone for many of the Maker Education Industry’s top learning communities including Sphero, Parrot, Makey Makey, and SparkFun Electronics.

 

For more information, visit https://www.workbenchplatform.com/what-we-do/

 

About Dremel

Educators can search and share standard-aligned, project-based curriculum to maximize usability of the Dremel DigiLab 3D printer. The partnership with the Workbench platform also enables students to showcase their 3D printing projects and build an online portfolio. Simplicity and usability are central to Dremel DigiLab product design, meaning students can explore the endless possibilities of 3D printing technology. As STEM curriculum and its rich learning applications flourish, the Dremel DigiLab offers a complete and connected experience to advance modern learning.

 

About Pai Technology

Students grow, develop and play with Pai Technology. Pai Technology partners with schools and districts to enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education for grades PreK-6. The technologies prompt a love of learning that’s essential to development and growth. Now, Pai Technology is entering the education market and making a splash in the classroom through Augie, a robot that combines augmented reality and coding.

 

About Robolink

Robolink makes programming fun, and we believe that learning happens best when students strive to complete a mission in a competition. The partnership between Robolink and Workbench will help to create Basecamp, where educators and team coaches will be able to access, learn, and share project-based curriculum as they train their squads to compete in our robotics and drone championships. Basecamp will be a central place, where your squad will be able to engage with the community to refine your skills, share your awesome projects, and become an elite winning team.

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Vernier Announces Exclusive Distributorship of Pivot Interactives’ Real-World Science Online Video Platform

 

College and high school students learn physics through experiments that are difficult or impossible to set up in the classroom

 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 26, 2017 — Vernier Software & Technology will provide high school and college physics students with interactive videos of real scientific phenomena through the distribution of Pivot Interactives. Unlike animated simulations, these high-resolution videos incorporate authentic experiences and data to help students learn physics. These classroom-ready, student-driven, open-ended investigations provide teachers with experiments that would otherwise be impossible, unsafe, impractical, or time consuming to set up for hands-on student instruction.

 

“Pivot Interactives are a perfect supplement to hands-on science investigations for any classroom, including those using Chromebooks™ or flipped learning environments,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The videos help AP Physics, IB Physics, and college-level students as they practice key science skills, such as observation, measurement, experimental design, and data analysis, in the classroom or at home.”

 

Pivot Interactives’ cloud-based web app can be accessed 24/7 using any web-connected device, including Chromebook and iPad®. The videos incorporate time-lapse, slow-motion, multi-camera-angle, and drone videography and cover real events, such as a sprinting Olympian, a rocket launch, and a roller coaster in motion. The Interactives allow students to vary experimental parameters, such as the mass of the object or the frequency of a wave, by choosing one of a set of many recordings of the same experiment. Students can also take measurements using embedded rulers, protractors, and stopwatches, and then graph that data within the online app.

 

To learn more about Pivot Interactives, visit www.vernier.com/pivot.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

 

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visithttp://www.vernier.com.

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School Specialty Introduces the 21st Century Safe School Concept
EdTech company provides effective solutions that integrate technology, curriculum, safety and learning environments

Greenville, Wis. (June 26, 2017) – When K-12 educators build a contemporary learning environment, the suite of tools used in the space is greater than the sum of its parts. Teachers and students need classroom resources to work cohesively to support all learning initiatives. To address this need, School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) (“School Specialty”, “SSI” or “the Company”), a leading distributor of supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources to the education, healthcare and other marketplaces, is excited to announce today the concept of the 21st Century Safe School. This concept involves a holistic approach to designing and equipping school environments in order to ensure safe, successful and forward-thinking learning experiences.

For the full release, click here.