Posted Sep. 27, 2016
Madison, Wis. (Sept. 27, 2016) – As K-12 districts continue to shift to digital curriculum, education leaders need the right tools to deliver computer-based lessons. The Learning® Magazine 2017 Teachers’ Choice℠ Award for the Classroom recently recognized Califone’s 1534BK Kids Headphone as an exceptional audiovisual tool to be used in the K-12 classroom.
With noise reducing earcups that fit around, not on students’ ears, the 1534BK Kids Headphone makes it easier for them to focus on the lesson or task they are listening to. The headphone is designed to comfortably fit students ranging from pre-K through fourth grade and beyond. Ideal for personalized digital learning, the audio playback is calibrated to enhance the tonal range of the human voice for language learning.
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Posted Sep. 26, 2016
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (Sept. 26, 2016) - Math curriculum developer ORIGO Education (@origomath) announces new leadership to support the company’s growth and sales opportunities in the U.S. education market. The Australian-based company appointed Barbara diSoudi as chief executive officer, Brian De Moss as the manager of U.S. sales, and Kim Sadler as the head of U.S. product management and marketing. In their respective positions, diSoudi, De Moss and Sadler will work to make positive contributions in mathematics education for students and educators.
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Posted Sep. 20, 2016
Guided by standards-aligned computer science and coding curriculum, humanoid robot Jett is designed to empower African-American students to embrace STEM
DALLAS (Sept. 20, 2016) – While the nation casts attention on a projected STEM employment deficit, activists and education leaders are addressing the diversity gap in education programs as a contributing factor. RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, debuts a humanoid robot designed to expand access and engagement for African-American students in K-12 STEM education. The robot, with African-American likeness, will deliver the Robots4STEM curriculum designed in partnership with Quadrant 4 System Corporation (QFOR).
Guided by the Robots4STEM curriculum, the robot Jett helps students in third grade and beyond gain foundational skills in coding and computer science. The program is designed to support educators with or without experience in computer science in implementing Robots4STEM, all while meeting math and science curriculum standards.
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Posted Sep. 15, 2016
Edmond, Okla. (Sept. 15, 2016) – Twenty years after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 created E-rate funding, significant measures are underway to update the program that has become vital to schools and libraries across the United States. In an effort to aid policymakers, administrators and other E-rate stakeholders as they shape the future of the program, Funds For Learning releases its E-rate Trends Report.
Based on a survey of 1,016 applicants representing a cross-section that closely matches the overall population of E-rate applicants, the report sheds light on how applicants perceive the program’s utility and effectiveness. Notable findings include:
- 90 percent of respondents expect to add faster internet connections over the next three years.
- 72 percent of respondents said Wi-Fi is critical to fulfilling their organization’s mission.
- 79 percent of respondents said they do not have a backup or secondary internet connection in the event that their primary connection fails.
- 60 percent of respondents reported difficulty navigating the new E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).
- 94 percent of respondents indicated their organization will continue to apply for E-rate funding in the future.
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Posted Sep. 13, 2016
ATLANTA – Sept. 13, 2016 – IO Education, the leader in empowering educators through data to improve educational outcomes, has been recognized as a 2016 Tyton Growth50 company. The Tyton Growth50 celebrates innovative organizations achieving impact at scale through a combination of strong financial performance; market awareness and adoption; and demonstrated customer outcomes across the preK–12, postsecondary, corporate training, and consumer education markets. As one of 50 organizations selected this year, this achievement marks a significant milestone in IO Education’s evolution.
“This honor is a tribute to the hardworking staff at IO Education and the educators whose dedication to student success pushes us to be the best partners we can be,” said Michael Williamson, chief executive officer at IO Education. “Being named to Growth50 is a significant milestone for us as we continue to seek new and better ways to utilize data to help educators improve outcomes for students and educators.”
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Posted Sep. 08, 2016
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Sept. 8, 2016) – Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, is excited to announce its partnership with Montour School District in Pennsylvania. Located just outside Pittsburgh, the district adopted Skyward’s Student Management Suite in March and is now prepared to rollout the SIS solution for the 2016-2017 school year.
Darryl Yonkers, director of technology at Montour School District, described the issues administrators faced with the district’s previous SIS vendor. “The training model implemented by the prior vendor was not very in-depth, and it didn’t really leave staff in a good place right from the get-go,” Yonkers said. “Our staff struggled to complete tasks that were common things they needed to do, and the support was just terrible.”
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