Vernier Expands Its Offering of Wireless Sensors for Tablets

New Go Wireless pH and NODE+ sensors increase the number of ways students can use mobile devices for scientific discovery 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 8, 2014 – To help teachers and students further leverage mobile devices in the science and STEM classroom, Vernier Software & Technology has expanded its line of wireless sensors with the Go Wireless pH® and the NODE+ CO2 Gas and Thermocouple sensor modules. The Go Wireless pH is a rugged, general purpose sensor designed to remotely conduct pH measurements using supported Bluetooth® Smart ready devices such as the LabQuest 2 or iPad®. The NODE+ sensor modules are compatible with the NODE Wireless Platform and Vernier’s Graphical AnalysisTM for iPad® and iPhone®, as well as a collection of iOS and AndroidTM apps from Variable, Inc.

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New PresenceLearning Guide Provides a Blueprint for States as they Advocate for Medicaid Reimbursement for Telepractice in Schools

Resource provides methods and insights to help state Medicaid directors build consensus and allow for reimbursement of online speech therapy

SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2014 – As unequal access to high quality therapists continues to set back schools and students nationwide, educators are turning to online therapy. However, the adoption of this advance has been slowed by outdated Medicaid reimbursement policies, which effectively disadvantage the schools that are turning to online therapy, or telepractice, to benefit their students.

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Vernier Software & Technology Now Accepting Applications for Its 2015 Engineering Contest

Three STEM teachers will each win $5,500 in prizes for their innovative use of Vernier sensors in teaching engineering concepts

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 2, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology is now accepting applications for its 2015 Engineering Contest, recognizing STEM teachers for their innovative teaching of engineering concepts and practices using Vernier sensors in the classroom. Three winning teachers — one middle school teacher, one high school teacher, and one college instructor — will each receive prizes valued at $5,500.

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Second SPEDexpectations Webinar Makes the Connection Between Family Collaboration and Success in Special Education

October 28th webinar provides expert advice on fostering productive partnerships between educators and families of children with special needs

SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2014 – For parents, finding one’s way through the special education landscape can be difficult, frustrating and emotionally-charged. It is imperative that special education administrators and staff engage and communicate effectively with parents not only to build relationships and ensure the child achieves at the highest level, but also to steer clear of costly legal issues. With the right guidance, education professionals can communicate with more sensitivity and better explain the district’s often confusing system of services in simpler terms. 

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PublicSchoolWORKS Updates Restraint and Seclusion Training to Include Effective Use of Student Time Outs

The updated online course meets numerous state regulations and arms educators with evidence-based strategies for diffusing and managing students who act out 

Cincinnati, OH – September 23, 2014 – With the new school year underway, PublicSchoolWORKS announces a newly revised Restraint and Seclusion course that includes effective use of time outs, an alternate method to restraining or secluding a student. The updated, 20-minute Restraint and Seclusion course is narrated in both English and Spanish. 

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Epson’s DC-12 Document Camera Wins a Learning® Magazine 2015 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom

LONG BEACH, Calif. – September 23, 2014 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today announced the Epson® DC-12 document camera has won a Learning® Magazine 2015 Teachers’ Choice Award (TCA) for the Classroom. The DC-12 document camera allows educators to capture lessons by using its built-in microphone, PC-free annotation on both live and captured images, and the ability to video items and images displayed with the camera.

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Aidable Safety & Regulatory Compliance System Launched in New York School Districts for 2014-2015 School Year

ONC BOCES chooses PublicSchoolWORKS to ensure compliance for itself and schools across vast coverage area 

Cincinnati, OH | September 18, 2014  —  Otsego Northern Catskill (ONC) BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) adopted the PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite to manage safety compliance tasks, staff training, accident management and risk prevention. Of the 19 component districts under ONC BOCES, six component districts directly implemented EmployeeSafe  in conjunction with the ONC BOCES Safety /Risk Management program for the 2014-2015 school year. 

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Portland (OR) District Redefines Physical Education Programming to Increase Student Physical Activity for the 2014-2015 School Year

David Douglas School District uses Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools Action Plan grant funds to purchase three SPARK programs 

San Diego, CA, September 18, 2014 – A new study published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal found that children who are more physically fit have more white matter –the brain matter important for attention, memory and linking different parts of the brain together – than children who are not as physically fit. This study, which is the first to find such results, suggests that physical activity and student wellness directly contribute to brain effectiveness and ultimately student outcomes. To increase physical activity and hopefully impact student brain effectiveness, David Douglas School District in Portland, OR is implementing SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education programs. The implementation is made possible through a Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools (KP TS) grant. 

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BirdBrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kit Wins a Learning® Magazine 2015 Teachers’ Choice(SM) Award for the Classroom

Panel of classroom teachers chose electronics kit based on its quality, instructional value, ease of use and innovation

Pittsburgh, PA, September 15, 2014 — BirdBrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kit was named a winner of Learning® Magazine’s 2015 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom, one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market. The electronics kit was chosen by a panel of teachers from across the country as one of only 37 winners based on its quality, instructional value, ease of use, and innovation. 

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Call for Applications Now Open for the 2015 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

Seven educators to receive prizes valued at $5,500 each for demonstrating innovative uses of data-collection technology in the classroom

BEAVERTON, Oregon, September 10, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are now accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. Seven educators – one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator – will be recognized for their innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld device in the science classroom.

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