Vernier Software & Technology Wins Two Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards

‘Coding with mBot: Life Hacks’ and ‘Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart’ selected by panel of tech-savvy educators

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 21, 2019 — Vernier Software & Technology recently won Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards for both its Coding with mBot: Life Hacks and Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart downloadable activity modules. The awards, which are chosen by a panel of tech-savvy educators during the TCEA Convention & Exposition, recognize exemplary products and services that show the greatest promise in today’s classrooms.

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Los Angeles Unified School District Approves Curriculum Associates to Support English Learners and Students in Need of Intervention

i-Ready® and Ready Mathematics® for Grades 6–8 chosen as instructional materials for ELs and i-Ready for Grades K–8 chosen as an evidence-based intervention for state-identified schools

LOS ANGELES, CA. February 21, 2019—The Los Angeles Unified School District has issued two separate approvals of Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready and Ready programs. On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved i-Ready and Ready Mathematics for Grades 6–8 for Instructional Mathematics Materials for English Learners (ELs). In November, the Board approved i-Ready Diagnostic and i-Ready Instruction for reading and mathematics for Grades K–8 for its Evidence-Based Interventions for State-Identified Schools. Through these two approvals, schools within the nation’s second-largest district can use these programs to guide teacher instruction and support student growth.

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PBLWorks Introduces PBL Project Idea Cards for Teachers

The library offers more than 60 free downloadable standards-based K-12 project ideas to support high quality Project Based Learning in the classroom

Novato, California (Feb. 19, 2019) – PBLWorks introduces a free online library of more than 60 downloadable Project Idea Cards to support teachers in implementing high quality Project Based Learning (PBL). The library will be growing, with new cards to be released throughout the year. 

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Immersion Active Acquires Award-Winning Marketing and Advertising Agency Gilbert & Sheppard Group

Leading 55+ digital marketing agency and industry-leading business consulting and creative firm unite to provide unparalleled marketing expertise to residential builders and developers

(Frederick, Md.) February 13, 2019 – Immersion Active, a leading digital marketing agency specializing in connecting mature consumers with brands that bring value to their lives, has acquired Atlanta-based marketing agency Gilbert & Sheppard Group. With a strong footprint in the residential housing industry, Gilbert & Sheppard Group’s work includes partnerships with builders and developers of active adult, master-planned, and senior living communities. Immersion Active’s digital marketing solutions combined with Gilbert & Sheppard’s specialties in strategic planning and creative solutions will now offer clients complete end-to-end marketing services. 

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Wins a Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Award

Panel of tech-savvy educators selected online diagnostic and instructional program for showing the greatest promise in today’s classrooms

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 12, 2019—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready was recently named a winner of Tech & Learning’s TCEA 2019 Best of Show Award. Chosen by a panel of tech-savvy educators, the awards recognize exemplary products and services exhibited at the TCEA Convention & Exposition for showing the greatest promise for teaching and learning. The award-winning i-Ready program serves more than 6.5 million students nationwide and is currently being used by more than 15 percent of all K–8 students across all 50 states.

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PublicSchoolWORKS Launches Mobile App for Reporting Bullying and Safety Concerns

Students, their families, and district staff can now report student safety concerns securely via their mobile devices 

Cincinnati, OH (February 7, 2019) —PublicSchoolWORKS has launched the “Stay Safe. Speak Up!” mobile app to make it more convenient to securely report safety concerns. Free for PublicSchoolWORKS customers, the app is part of the PublicSchoolWORKS Stay Safe. Speak Up! Student Safety Reporting System, which empowers students, families, and district staff to report safety concerns, including bullying, discrimination, thoughts of suicide, self-harm, suspicious behavior, and more. 

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Introducing PBLWorks

A new brand from Buck Institute for Education focusing on improving access to Project Based Learning for all students

Novato, California (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Buck Institute for Education today announced the introduction of its new brand name, PBLWorks. This change drives a renewed focus on providing high quality Project Based Learning (PBL) to all students and supporting teachers and administrators in implementing PBL effectively.

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Vernier Software & Technology Launches New Activities to Introduce Students to Coding

New modules created by Vernier help elementary and middle school students learn to code using Makeblock® Codey Rocky™ and mBot™ 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 5, 2019 — Vernier Software & Technology released two new activity modules to help elementary and middle school students learn about important coding concepts. The new modules, Coding with Codey Rocky: Mission to Mars and Coding with mBot: Life Hacks, introduce problem-solving strategies, nurture creativity, strengthen critical thinking skills, and build students’ confidence while helping them learn block-based coding.

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