Germantown Elementary Becomes Model School for Maryland Community Health Initiative

Annapolis school implements SPARK Physical Education curriculum to promote wellness and fight childhood obesity 

San Diego, CA, April 2, 2013 — In an effort to instill healthy habits in students, Germantown Elementary in Annapolis, Md., has implemented a new physical education program developed by SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched and field-tested physical education program. The training, curriculum and equipment received as part of the new program was funded through the Center for Disease Control’s ACHIEVE grant, the Germantown Elementary Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) and the Ravens Foundation’s Plan in Motion grant. 

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Smart Toys and Games Launches SmartMax Construction Photo Contest on Facebook

Builders have a chance to win a SmartMax Prize Package

SAN FRANCISCO – April 1, 2013 – Beginning today, Smart Toys and Games, Inc., a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the award-winning SmartMax® magnetic construction system, invites SmartMax enthusiasts to participate in a Facebook photo contest to highlight their SmartMax construction talents for a chance to win a monthly SmartMax prize package. SmartMax builders can submit photos between the first and last day of each month and one winner per month will be announced on the SmartMax Facebook page

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Epson Introduces the Ultimate Meeting Room Productivity Tool

BrightLink Pro 1410Wi Provides an Easy-to-Use Instant Collaboration Projection Solution to Present, Annotate, Capture, and Share

LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 27, 2013 – Epson today introduced the BrightLink® Pro 1410Wi – an ultra-short throw meeting room projector designed to provide increased organizational productivity and efficiency. The BrightLink Pro turns a traditional whiteboard, wall or virtually any flat surface into a new digital surface and offers a variety of features to boost meeting room collaboration, including video conferencing compatibility and remote collaboration.

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Two Colorado Districts Implement SPARK™ PE Programs to Meet New Standards

Adams School District 50 and Colorado Springs School District 11 began using SPARK™ this school year to increase physical activity opportunities for students 

San Diego, CA, March 26, 2013 — To increase students’ moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during the school day, both Adams School District 50 and Colorado Springs School District 11 in Westminster, CO and Colorado Springs, CO respectively, have implemented the SPARK Physical Education (PE) program for the 2012-2013 school year. Each district has received K-12 training, curriculum materials and equipment from SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched PE program.

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AEP Publishes Guides on Emerging Education Data Initiatives

Companion papers cover the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), Learning Registry, and inBloom

WILMINGTON, DE, March 20, 2013 – The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), the professional organization for the educational resource industry, is excited to announce the publication of two new resources: The Content Developer’s Guide to the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative and Learning Registry and The Smart Publisher’s Guide to LRMI Tagging. AEP is co-leader of the LRMI, which is working to create and implement a standard tagging specification to improve the online discoverability of learning resources.

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SPARK Launches Digital Curriculum for Physical Educators

Online access to world's most researched and field-tested physical education program takes advantage of mobile devices in schools

San Diego, CA, March 18, 2013 — To continue to meet the evolving needs of physical education (PE) and classroom teachers nationwide, SPARK has launched digital versions of each of its comprehensive PE programs.  The “Digital-Only” curricula allow educators to access all SPARK materials with a smart phone, tablet or laptop. SPARK is the first research-based K-12 PE curriculum to offer a fully digital curriculum for mobile users.

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Curriculum Associates Partners with Clever to Add 5-Minute SIS Integration to i-Ready®

New SIS integration gets students online faster

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass. (March 18, 2013) – Curriculum Associates, makers of the award-winning i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction program, today announced a strategic multi-year partnership with Clever to provide SIS integration for all of its school customers. For the first time, i-Ready will directly connect to dozens of student information systems.

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Federal Way Public Schools selects LearnPad™ as their Education Tablet Solution

March 12, 2013 Washington – Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) in Federal Way, WA selects Educational Resources®’ LearnPad Tablet Solution to roll out to three schools within its district.

The ER LearnPad™ is the BETT Best Digital Device of 2013 and the only Purpose Built for Education Tablet solution available within K-12 today. The LearnPad solution includes three components that allow any teacher or school to safely deliver unlimited, digital curriculum & instruction anywhere: the LearnPad tablet, the LearnPad cloud-based management portal, and the LearnPad content store. The LearnPad solution is only $299 per tablet and carries no subscription fees.

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New Afterschool Physical Activity Program Engages Youth to Lead Active & Healthy Lives

Blended-Media curriculum, “Character Matters” resources and STEM academic connections help afterschool staff provide comprehensive activity solution

San Diego, CA, March 11, 2013 — Afterschool programs have the potential to teach youth how to enjoy and seek out physical activity while building a foundation for a healthier lifestyle, yet they often encounter obstacles including inexperienced staff, lack of a physical activity curriculum and limited space and equipment. In order to alleviate these barriers, afterschool programs need a plan that will not only increase physical activity through a wide range of activities, but provide a way for it to be done quickly and easily, even for the most inexperienced staff members. 

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Webinar Gives Special Education Directors Strategies to Successfully Manage Speech-Language Pathology Workloads

PresenceLearning's March 28th webinar aims to ease caseloads and limit attrition for district SLPs

SAN FRANCISCO, March 7, 2013 – To help district-level special education directors successfully implement American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) strategies to manage speech-language pathology services, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 28th at 1 pm ET (10 am PT). To register for the webinar “Leadership Challenge: Managing Workloads in a Caseload-Driven World – Breaking the Barriers to Effective SLP Services,” visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead10.   

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