Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Recommends Telepractice as Option to Address SLP Shortage

Districts encouraged to consider telepractice services for unmet student needs for speech and language services

SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2015 – The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) has identified online speech therapy, also known as telepractice or telespeech, as an appropriate service delivery option for schools to address the statewide shortage of licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs). In their recently released guidelines, “WCASS Special Projects Committee Report: Guidance to School Districts Facing Shortage of Speech & Language Pathologists,” WCASS outlines the role that qualified online speech therapy service providers, such as PresenceLearning, can have in helping districts deliver the necessary services to students with special needs.

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Epson PowerLite Pro G6450WU Projector Wins University Business ‘Readers’ Choice Top Product’ Award

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 27, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today was recognized for making a positive difference on college campuses by winning University Business magazine’s 2014 “Readers’ Choice Top Products” award for the PowerLite® Pro G6450WU projector. The winners were judged by University Business’ editors based on nominations received from campus leaders and administrators honoring outstanding higher education products and services advancing campuses around the country in technology, sustainability, and academic instruction.

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Curriculum Associates Launches New Math App to Help Students Develop Fact Fluency and Computational Fluency

Door 24® Plus for grades 1–8 joins the i-Ready® mobile family of educational products

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., January 22, 2015—Curriculum Associates has expanded its i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction mobile family of products with the launch of Door 24® Plus, a new educational game for the iPad®. Expanding upon the award-winning Door 24 app and available for free on the App Store, Door 24 Plus establishes a foundation based on fact fluency and then builds computational fluency by providing practice that requires students to solve problems using basic facts, number sense, and algebraic thinking.

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Epson’s Newest PowerLite K-12 Classroom Projectors Deliver Extended Lamp Life

Eight New Models Offer Brightness, Connectivity and Up to 10,000 Hours of Lamp Life in Economy Mode

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 21, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today announced eight new cost-effective PowerLite® projector models giving teachers even more lamp life with up to 10,000 hours2 of use to engage with students and deliver dynamic lessons. In addition to extended lamp life, the new models offer a range of brightness, resolution, connectivity, and budget options to meet the need of any K-12 classroom.  The new affordable and easy to use projectors include the PowerLite S27, X27 and W29 models. For advanced connectivity with premium audio features, the new series also includes the PowerLite 97H, 98H, 99WH, 955WH, and 965H networkable models.

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Epson Expands Line of PowerLite Pro G-Series Projectors for Large Venues

All Eight New Models Deliver HDBaseT™ and Other Integration Options

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 20, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced eight new PowerLite® Pro G-Series projectors delivering enhanced connectivity and installation flexibility for large venue commercial spaces in education, corporate, houses of worship and museum applications. Building upon the success of the previous generation of Pro G projectors, all the new models have a built-in HDBaseT™ interface for easier connectivity and reduced costs as well as support for Extron® XTP® and Control4® Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP).

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Large Idaho School District Fills Gap in Speech and Language Services with Online Speech Therapy

Bonneville Joint School District 93 starting its third year of online speech therapy with over 200 students in grades K-12 

SAN FRANCISCO, January 20, 2015 – School districts spanning large areas, like 10,000-plus student Bonneville Joint School District 93 in Idaho Falls, ID, often struggle to hire and retain enough fully qualified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to serve their widely dispersed schools. To more fully and frequently serve students with special needs, Bonneville Joint School District 93 is using PresenceLearning’s online therapy services.

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Vernier Expands Its Data-Logging Capabilities for Chromebooks

New Graphical Analysis™ for Chrome™ app allows science teachers and students to use Chromebooks for direct USB data capture with sensors 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 20, 2015 – To address the extensive adoption and use of Chromebooks in classrooms, Vernier Software & Technology recently released its free Graphical Analysis™ app. Developed specifically for the Chrome™ operating system, the new app makes it easy to collect and share scientific data using Chromebooks. By spring of 2015, updates to the app will provide teachers and students with the ability to connect a Vernier Go!Temp®, Go! Motion® or Go! Link® to Chromebook’s USB port for data collection. Using Go! Link, a single-channel interface, students can collect data using Vernier sensors. Teachers can also link multiple Chromebooks with a single LabQuest® 2 and use the data-collection device to wirelessly collect and stream data to each student’s Chromebook in a lab group. 

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Gaming Pioneer Trip Hawkins Unpacks Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Kickoff to a New Webinar Series

Inspiring thought leaders at the forefront of special education present powerful and pragmatic ideas in “Special Agents of Change,” a new webinar series from PresenceLearning

SAN FRANCISCO, January 12, 2015 – As changes and new aspirations for special education programs and their students unfold, special education leaders need support and practical strategies to transform new ideas into reality. To help districts nationwide create positive change in their special education programs, PresenceLearning is launching a new webinar series titled “Special Agents of Change.” This free, four-part webinar series will kick off on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern time) with gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins. The 90-minute webinar titled “How Games Can Help Children with Special Needs Develop Critical Life Skills” discusses Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and how specially-designed games can teach these skills to students with special needs in an engaging manner.

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Vernier Launches Its Spring 2015 Data-Collection Workshop Series for Science and STEM Educators

Free hands-on trainings teach educators how to integrate new technologies into their curriculum 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 9, 2015 – Starting this February, Vernier Software & Technology will host 34 free workshops across the nation to help science and STEM educators integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum. During each four-hour workshop, educators will engage in hands-on training using Vernier’s award-winning technology, including its Go Wireless® Temp, the first in a family of wireless sensors for use with iPad® and compatible mobile devices.

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PresenceLearning’s Online Counseling Wins a 2014 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence

SAN FRANCISCO, January 8, 2015 – PresenceLearning was recently named a winner of a 2014 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence in the Best New Products category for its live online counseling services. In its 32nd year, the awards program recognizes products that break new ground and that have added significant enhancements to proven education tools. This is the third Tech & Learning Award of Excellence PresenceLearning has received.

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