• Measured Progress

    Measured Progress, a not-for-profit organization, is a pioneer in authentic, standards-based assessments. Since 1983, we have successfully partnered with more than 30 states and hundreds of districts across the nation to support their assessment programs. Today, we develop 21st century assessments for classrooms, districts, states, and consortia. We are proud to be the nation’s leading provider of alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities. Learn more at www.measuredprogress.org.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Dremel

    Founded in 1934, Dremel is the industry standard in leadership and excellence for versatile tools systems. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder expands the brand's reach from the workshop to the classroom to provide educators and students with cutting-edge technology for STEM education. Built upon the brand's dedication to empowering makers through creativity, precision and project enjoyment, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder nurtures student confidence by giving them a tool to design and build their own models to understand lessons. With available curriculum to draw connections between 3D printing and instruction, Dremel is providing educators with the support they need to transform classrooms. Learn more about classroom applications and curriculum-based learning at 3dprinter.dremel.com.

    Dremel
    Jane Lee
    Brand Manager
    Jane.Lee@us.bosch.com
    224-232-3266
    3dprinter.dremel.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Emily Embury
    608-216-7300 x19
    emily aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Renaissance

    Renaissance, the leader of K-12 cloud-based assessment and learning analytics, has a presence in more than one-third of U.S. schools and 60 countries around the world. By delivering deep insight into what students know, what they like, and how they learn, Renaissance enables educators to deliver highly personalized and timely instruction while driving student growth in reading, writing, and math. Renaissance is comprised of top researchers, educators, content-area experts, data scientists, and technologists who create and perfect classroom-proven tools. To learn more, visit: www.renaissance.com.

    Renaissance
    Melissa J. Ripp
    pr@renaissance.com
    715-424-3636
    www.renaissance.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x25
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    IO Education

    As a leader in the education technology for over 18 years, IO Education is on a mission to empower educators with data to improve education outcomes. The market leading solutions from IO Education are used in all 50 states by over 5,000 schools and 1,700,000 students. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Learn more at www.ioeducation.com.

    IO Education
    Eric Miller
    emiller@ioeducation.com
    866-817-0726 x210
    www.ioeducation.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Lauren West
    608-216-7300 x26
    lauren aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Second Avenue Learning

    Founded by educators and gamers, Second Avenue Learning provides custom development and managed services to education technology clients. The Second Avenue team builds effective, interactive learning products, both proprietary and client-facing, that are engaging and pedagogically accurate. Second Avenue understands that technology serves as a critical enabler to customize learning and unlock the potential of all students. Here at Second Avenue, we create alternative learning paths and challenge the status quo. It is time to reimagine learning. For more information, visit www.secondavenuelearning.com.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x25
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    C8 Sciences

    C8 Sciences develops neuroscience-based products that have the potential to solve some of the most significant problems in childhood education. C8 Sciences is the only company to offer integrated computer and physical exercises based on the concept of cognition cross-training. The company's products are based on proprietary research developed at Yale University by Dr. Bruce Wexler, and have received numerous grants and awards, including a prestigious $4M Director’s Office Grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the use of ACTIVATE™ (formerly known as C8Kids) for treating ADHD, a grant reserved only for research programs that have the potential for a paradigm shift in US healthcare. Learn more at www.c8sciences.com/about/.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • The Douglas Stewart Company

    The Douglas Stewart Company is a leading distributor of products ranging from mobile learning solutions to technology products and office supplies. They specialize in the education market, reaching students, faculty and institutions by connecting more than 250 manufacturers with over 4,000 resellers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Learn more at www.dstewart.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Wisconsin Connections Academy

    Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA) is a tuition-free virtual charter school for K-12 students. WCA’s mission is learning online through a strong family-school partnership. The school provides a rigorous curriculum while balancing flexibility with accountability. For more information, visit www.connectionsacademy.com/wisconsin-virtual-school.

    Connections Education
    Rachel Smith
    rsmith@connectionseducation.com
    443-873-1737
    www.connectionseducation.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Skyward, Inc.

    Skyward, Inc. is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,800 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States.

    Skyward, Inc.
    Ray Ackerlund
    800-236-7274 x1319
    ray.ackerlund@skyward.com
    www.skyward.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x36
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    SIIA

    The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Network shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information.

    Contacts

    Software & Information Industry Association
    Allison Bostrom
    202-289-7442
    abostrom@siia.net
    www.siia.net

    C. Blohm & Associates
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Knovation

    Knovation is committed to igniting the hope of knowing by nurturing every child’s innate desire to learn. The company’s suite of advanced personalized learning solutions supports districts undergoing digital transformations by curating Open Educational Resources (OER) to save teachers time, and providing tools to build and deliver student-centered instruction. Solutions include a digital content library built from more than 360,000 certified learning ready resources, netTrekker OER curation and management tool, icurio learning engagement solution, and professional learning services. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 32 million students and over 1.2 million teachers nationwide.

    Knovation
    Evelyn Fleider
    513-612-1019
    efleider@knovationlearning.com
    www.knovationlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Emily Embury
    608-216-7300 x19
    emily aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    CoSN

    Founded in 1992, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national nonprofit organization, is the premier voice in education technology leadership. Its mission is to advance the K-12 education community’s capacity to effectively use technology to improve learning through advocacy, policy and leadership development.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Charlene Blohm
    608-216-7300 x17
    charlene aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • CEV Multimedia

    With 30 years’ experience, CEV Multimedia specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive, online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities.

    CEV Multimedia
    Clayton Franklin
    800-722-0500 x428
    clayton.franklin@cevmultimedia.com
    www.cevmultimedia.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Califone International

    Califone International LLC was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, presentation and professional markets.

    Califone® LLC
    Tim Ridgway
    800-722-0500 x428
    Tim.Ridgway@califone.com
    www.califone.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Lauren West
    608-216-7300 x26
    lauren@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

    Funds For Learning

    Funds For Learning, LLC is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants and service providers through the complex and ever-changing E-rate regulatory process. With 15 years of experience in providing professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program, Funds For Learning exists to provide high-quality solutions for the needs of E-rate stakeholders.

    Funds For Learning, LLC
    Cathy Cruzan
    405-471-0900
    ccruzan@fundsforlearning.com
    www.fundsforlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    saul@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

Clients in the News

Funds For Learning to Appear as Special Guest on The Balancing Act

Posted Nov. 07, 2011

On Nov. 15, Cathy Cruzan, president of Funds For Learning, will appear on Lifetime Television as a special guest on The Balancing Act to discuss the need for 21st century technology in the classroom.

Edmond, Okla. (Nov. 7, 2011) – Funds For Learning, the nation’s largest E-rate compliance firm, announces that Cathy Cruzan, president of Funds For Learning, will appear aside Donald Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), on The Balancing Act. The appearance, slated to air on Nov 15., will highlight how the Internet and other 21st century technologies are revolutionizing the classroom.

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“We are excited to have the opportunity to appear on The Balancing Act and discuss the role that E-rate is playing in shaping today’s classroom,” said Cruzan. “There are many schools that are in desperate need of technological upgrades and short on available funding. The E-rate program is a resource that schools can leverage to close this divide.”

The E-rate program provides discounts on certain services and products that are essential for classrooms and libraries to receive voice, video and data communications. The amount of the discount depends on the level of poverty and location of the applicant, ranging from 20 percent to 90 percent of the cost of eligible services.

“Many schools are facing budgetary challenges and nearly all of them are eligible for some level of discount on telecommunications services,” said Cruzan. “Funds For Learning wants to see schools get the funding needed to transform their classrooms.”

Funds For Learning (FFL) is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants and service providers through the complex and ever-changing E-rate regulatory process. To date, FFL has prepared nearly $1 billion in E-rate applications for schools across the nation.

Cruzan applauds the efforts of The Balancing Act to highlight the issue of technology in the classroom and the important role that the E-rate plays in the process, adding that “parents and community members should actively encourage their school districts to participate in [E-rate].”

“Better technology, when coupled with dedicated educators, can produce better schools and students,” said Cruzan. “Better schools and students produce better communities. E-rate can indirectly enhance the community, as much as it directly enhances the school.”

Teachers, parents and community members who are interested in finding out if their district participates in the E-rate program can visit www.fundsforlearning.com/balancingact for more information.

In addition to the Nov. 15 airing, encore presentations will be shown on Dec. 6 and 27. Viewers should check their local listings for channel and air times.


About Funds For Learning

Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants and service providers through the complex and ever-changing E-rate regulatory process. With more than 10 years of experience in providing professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program, Funds For Learning exists to provide high-quality solutions for the needs of E-rate stakeholders. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Edmond, Okla. For more information, visit www.fundsforlearning.com, or phone 405-341-4140.

FundingFactory Sponsors Contest for America Recycles Day

Posted Nov. 03, 2011

Facebook Contest from FundingFactory Aims to Build Environmental Awareness and Encourage Greater Recycling Efforts

Erie, Pa. (Nov. 3, 2011) – In honor of America Recycles Day, recognized annually on Nov. 15, FundingFactory® is conducting a Facebook photo contest aimed at building awareness about the importance of recycling. FundingFactory is the nation’s largest fundraising-by-recycling program for schools and nonprofits, helping participants recycle 4.2 million electronic items annually. A national initiative of nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, Inc., America Recycles Day celebrates the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that promotes the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling on a daily basis.

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To enter the FundingFactory photo contest, participants must submit a photo that creatively answers this question: How does your recycling program make a positive impact on your local and global community? Entries should depict the people, programs, processes or events that have a positive effect on an organization and the environment, such as a school’s America Recycles Day activities, a display of recyclables collected, or community celebrations. The contest begins Nov. 15, and opens for public voting on Nov. 19. The top three vote-getters will receive cash prizes up to $300.

“We’re honored to participate in America Recycles Day through our photo contest to bring awareness to the ways that technology – part of the fabric of American life in the 21st century – can be recycled and reused to prevent unnecessary waste,” said Sean Michaels, president of FundingFactory and co-president of its parent company, Environmental Reclamation Services. “One of the greatest barriers to recycling is that people don’t know what, where or how to recycle. FundingFactory makes it easy for schools and nonprofits to start their own recycling program and for businesses to support them.”

The FundingFactory program is free and enables schools and nonprofit organizations to exchange electronic waste such as empty printer cartridges and cell phones for cash or points redeemable for new technology. The organization recently expanded its list of recyclable items eligible for funding to include digital cameras, MP3 players, and GPS systems. During the recent FundingFactory back-to-school promotion, participating organizations sent in nearly half a million recyclable items in two months, helping keep toxic materials out of the air and water and reducing the need to manufacture new items, while earning funding for critical improvements.

According the Environmental Protection Agency, the average amount of waste produced by each person per day nearly doubled between 1960 and 2009. The need to reduce, reuse and recycle is perhaps more salient than ever in the United States, with landfills sprawling past capacity and environmental issues such as the Pacific Trash Vortex spiraling out of control.

“The time really is now to take action and be mindful of our environmental footprint,” Michaels said. “FundingFactory provides an additional incentive to be green and support schools and nonprofits.”

Photo entries can be posted to the FundingFactory Facebook page from Nov. 15 to 18, and is open to FundingFactory participants only. Public voting, open from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23, will determine the top three winners. In addition, FundingFactory staff will vote to award three honorable mention awards for the Most Creative, Most Green, and Funniest photo entries. To enter, go to facebook.com/fundingfactory, “like” the page, and submit an entry on the “Photo Contest” tab. For full contest details, visit FundingFactory on Facebook or the FundingFactory Blog.

To enroll in FundingFactory, schools and other non-profit organizations can register for free at www.fundingfactory.com/register. For-profit businesses can also participate at no cost by shipping recyclable items on a school or organization’s behalf.


About FundingFactory

Since its inception in 1998, FundingFactory has provided more than $26 million in funding to schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and saved 21 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free fundraising by recycling program for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or new technology by recycling empty printer cartridges, cell phones and other small electronics from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Holdings company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an ISO Certified, Zero Landfill Initiative company with more than 97 percent of its incoming material reused or recycled. For more information, visit www.fundingfactory.com or facebook.com /fundingfactory.

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FundingFactory Expands List of Recyclable Items Eligible for Funding

Posted Oct. 27, 2011

In Addition to Printer Cartridges and Cell Phones, Schools and Nonprofits Can Now Earn Funding for Small Electronics

Erie, Pa. (Oct. 27, 2011) – More than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste – equivalent to around 1.6 million standard-sized cars – are piled into U.S. landfills each year. At the same time, budgets at schools and nonprofit organizations are being slashed virtually across the board. FundingFactory®, the nation’s largest fundraising by recycling program for schools and nonprofits, is expanding its list of electronics that organizations can recycle in return for funding.

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FundingFactory program participants can now exchange small electronics such as digital cameras, MP3 players, and GPS systems for cash or points redeemable for new technology. The new qualifying items join inkjet cartridges, cell phones and laser cartridges as items accepted as part of the FundingFactory program.

“FundingFactory is broadening the list of electronics that qualify for funding in an effort to both further reduce the strain on the environment and increase funding potential for schools and nonprofit organizations,” said Sean Michaels, co-founder of the FundingFactory program and co-president of Environmental Reclamation Services. “Participants can earn technology funding for their schools and help the environment at the same time.”

The recession hit schools and nonprofit organizations especially hard in recent years, resulting in drastically reduced budgets and less money for staffing, technology and other vital improvements. A recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities indicates that 21 of the 24 states analyzed are providing less funding per student to school districts than they were last year. In addition, 17 of the 24 states are providing less per-student funding than they did at the onset of the recession four years ago.

Participating in FundingFactory programs is one way the affected organizations are making up for budget gaps.

“It provides a sense of teamwork for the community knowing that not only is the school asking for money come budget time, but we’re doing our own part to raise extra funds,” said Steve Pellowe, technology coordinator for West Boylston Public Schools in Massachusetts. The district has received more than $40,000 in technology funding through FundingFactory.

To take part in FundingFactory programs, schools and other nonprofit organizations can register for free at www.fundingfactory.com/register. For-profit businesses can also participate at no cost by shipping recyclable items on a school or organization’s behalf. To learn more about FundingFactory, visit www.fundingfactory.com.


About FundingFactory

Since its inception in 1998, FundingFactory has provided more than $26 million in funding to schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and saved 21 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free fundraising by recycling program for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or new technology by recycling empty printer cartridges, cell phones and other small electronics from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Holdings company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an ISO Certified, Zero Landfill Initiative company with more than 97 percent of its incoming material reused or recycled. For more information, visit www.fundingfactory.com or facebook.com /fundingfactory.

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Friends with Brainefits Turns Facebook Into a Study Tool

Posted Oct. 20, 2011

App Allows Students to Prep for Tests with Impossible-to-Forget Help from Friends

Madison, Wis. (Oct. 20, 2011)StudyBlue®, an online and mobile study system for students, announces the launch of Friends with Brainefits, a new Facebook application. Friends with Brainefits allows students to leverage their friends to make them smarter, and – just as important – to add fun to studying difficult subjects.

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Friends with Brainefits helps students remember important concepts in their most critical subjects by challenging their Facebook friends to use need-to-know terms in creative and unique ways. Every day (or every other), Friends with Brainefits posts a term and definition from a subject-specific flashcard deck to the user’s Facebook wall. Examples are included in the Friends with Brainefits SlideShare presentation.

According to Becky Splitt, StudyBlue CEO, “Students retain concepts best when they connect with them on a personal level. Students interact with classmates on StudyBlue, but often the people they sit next to aren’t the ones that know them. Facebook makes it easy to call on your friends for a little extra help when you need it most. That’s what Friends with Brainefits is all about. When you make it personal, you make it stick. Think of it as the first integration of your class graph with your social graphs in a highly relevant way.”

Friends with Brainefits allows Facebook users to select from over 30 subjects, each of which contains 100 terms and definitions culled from StudyBlue’s collection of online flashcards. Users can practice for college entrance exams like the ACT®, SAT®, GRE® and MCAT® tests; learn vocabulary in Spanish, German and French; study key concepts in Biology, Psychology, Economics, Anatomy and Art History; or use the app for Advanced Placement exam prep including AP® US History, AP Biology and AP US Government tests.


About StudyBlue

StudyBlue is an online and mobile study system dedicated to making studying efficient and effective for all students, for free. StudyBlue provides a Digital Backpack™ for students to store, study, share and ultimately master course material – working alone or collaboratively. Flashcards with images and audio, cloud storage for notes, personalized practice quizzes and free mobile apps are among the tools in the system. For more information, visit www.studyblue.com.

Brooklyn Schools Select eChalk to Provide Safe Social Networking and Stronger School-Home Connection

Posted Oct. 18, 2011

Dr. Rose B. English School and The Weeksville School are among the hundreds of New York City area schools using eChalk

New York (Oct. 18, 2011)eChalk, a pioneer of school communication and instruction management software, has reached a new milestone in helping educators foster an engaging 21st century learning environment personalized to students’ needs. The company’s software is implemented in more than 100 Brooklyn schools, a microcosm of eChalk’s impact in educational institutions across the New York City area.

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eChalk serves as their hub for online learning and collaboration, chosen by New York school communities for its ease-of-use, flexibility, and effectiveness in helping them achieve their teaching and learning goals. Among the schools that use eChalk are the Dr. Rose B. English School PS/IS 327 and The Weeksville School PS243.

While the schools have web pages through the New York City Department of Education to communicate official information, school leaders wanted to provide an online destination for daily use by students, parents and teachers to connect anytime, anywhere to the information they need to improve learning outcomes. The information that schools provide includes calendars, events, grades, homework, instructional resources, and class discussions.

Dr. Stephen Appea, principal of The Dr. Rose B. English School, explains: “One of the main reasons we use eChalk is for communicating with parents. School communication with parents has always been important, and it is currently a major theme by Chancellor Walcott. Before using eChalk, we did not have an easy ‘back office’ way to coordinate and update all the individual teacher pages in a uniform way without having a full-time website manager. When we saw what eChalk had to offer, and what other schools had done with eChalk's services, we jumped at the opportunity. When it comes to communicating with parents and staff, and maintaining a web presence, eChalk is superior.”

The school has used eChalk to create online class communities, to enable collaboration among administrators, teachers and staff, and to deploy tools such as “Family Blast” emails and The Principal’s Blog in actively reaching out to parents. eChalk has helped the school increase positive responses from parents and teachers across the board. The school’s Learning Environment Survey showed a 64 percent parent response rate, an increase of 26 percent over last year and well above the city average. Parents responded more favorably to all four areas of the survey (academic expectations, communication, engagement, safety / respect) than last year, and 90 percent felt satisfied, or very satisfied, with how the school communicated with them.

The Weeksville School experienced similar results. Its Learning Environment Survey indicates that an overwhelming majority of parents feel engaged in an active partnership with the school to promote student learning.

“We were looking for ways to share our Quality Review, School Survey, and Progress Report with parents. eChalk gave us a way to display the school data in a parent-friendly format that was easy to understand and use,” said Karen Hambright-Glover, principal of The Weeksville School. Since then, the school has used eChalk to further enhance its school-home connection, host a collaborative online learning environment, and support its local Parent-Teacher Association. Hambright-Glover continued, “eChalk is an invaluable tool to bridge the gap between the school and the community.”

“As a New York-based education company, we feel a special connection to local schools. It’s exciting to get to partner with schools in our very own neighborhoods and it’s inspiring to see the successes they’ve achieved,” said Nancy DeVore, eChalk account director for New York City. “As we approach 400 schools in NYC, we look forward to continuing our work to streamline school communication, improve parent involvement, and engage students throughout all 5 boroughs of NYC.”


About eChalk

eChalk software is the preferred platform among K-12 schools to manage communication and instruction. The company's patented software enables K-12 schools and districts to increase community engagement and improve student outcomes while saving time and streamlining technology systems. eChalk products safely connect more than 1 million school leaders, teachers, students and parents to the people and information they need to make learning successful. eChalk is headquartered in New York with regional offices throughout the country to provide customers with personalized tech support and hands-on training, consistently earning the company the highest customer satisfaction and renewal rates in the education industry.Visit echalk.com to learn more.

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Califone Introduces an Extremely Versatile Interactive Whiteboard

Posted Oct. 18, 2011

New system bundles with other Califone products to allow for a complete 21st century classroom experience

San Fernando, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2011) – Equipping a classroom with 21st century capabilities can be a complex process. With many classrooms outfitted in different brands and models of equipment, it can be difficult to find compatible products, let alone those durable enough to withstand even a year of classroom use. Califone has addressed both these concerns with the introduction of an interactive whiteboard, model WB80, to its suite of 21st century classroom technology.

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Unlike other whiteboards, the WB80 can be mounted to virtually any surface with ease, regardless of electrical outlets or strength of the wall. The WB80 comes equipped with sensor pieces that attach to any blank wall or whiteboard surface, creating a 48-inch by 64-inch interactive whiteboard space. Once the sensors are in place, and the included software installed onto any PC using a Windows operating system, the whiteboard is ready for use, running solely on USB power.

The WD80 whiteboard surface runs by touch, or with a pointer device, allowing for classroom flexibility and frugality. The whiteboard also integrates seamlessly with Califone’s entire line of audio-visual solutions for the classroom, including PA systems, media players and headphones, allowing for a fully immersive 21st century classroom experience.

“Students today need 21st century technology to keep engaged in learning,” said Tim Ridgway, VP of marketing, Califone. “The WD80 completes the Califone 21st century classroom suite, allowing teachers and learners to experience the sights and sounds of education together.”

Recent research shows costs, teacher training, and product and software compatibility pose significant challenges to integrating interactive whiteboards in the classroom. The Califone WD80 enables schools to overcome these barriers with an affordable, easy-to-use product that teachers can easily incorporate into their instruction to enliven curriculum lessons through media-rich resources and applications. The product is also designed to withstand years of rigorous use for a low total cost of ownership. The WD80 comes with a one-year warranty, including educational use, with service support available through authorized dealers nationwide.

To order, contact a Califone dealer. For more information on the full line of Califone products designed for the education market, and safe for school and library use, call 1-800-722-0500, or visit www.califone.com to view and download the entire Califone catalog.


More Information

The new washable Titanium Series is available from a starting price of $36.00, and comes with a one-year warranty for school use. To order, contact a Califone dealer. For more information on the full line of Califone products, call 1-800-722-0500, or visit www.califone.com.


About Califone

Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, presentation and professional markets. The company offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs. Califone serves millions of educators and children in the PreK through higher education school environments and has expanded to serve business and industry, houses of worship, parks and recreation, and other presentation markets as well.

 

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