Smart Toys and Games, Inc. Drives Awareness for SmartMax just in time for holiday shopping with TV Campaign

Customers who visit SmartMax.tv and purchase a SmartMax Basic Set will receive a free SmartMax Vehicle Set

SAN FRANCISCO – October 7, 2013 – Smart Toys and Games, Inc., a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system will launch a TV campaign beginning on Monday, October 7, 2013 through Sunday, November 17, 2013. Customers who visit SmartMax.tv and purchase a SmartMax Set – BASIC 25, SmartMax Set – BASIC 36, or SmartMax Set –BASIC 42 will receive a free SmartMax Vehicle Set. SmartMax Racers, SmartMax Airborne, SmartMax Express, and SmartMax Drive & Fly are among the free SmartMax sets to be offered.

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Epson Expands Education Projector Offerings with Eight New PowerLite Models Delivering Range of Features and Pricing for Any K-12 Classroom Need

New Epson Projectors Are Bright, Provide High Image Quality and Range from Budget-Friendly to Offering Advanced Networking Capabilities and Moderator Software 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 3, 2013 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced two new projector series to meet the needs of any K-12 classroom. The Epson® PowerLite® S17, X17, and W17 are three bright, affordable and easy-to-use projectors delivering features including HDMI connectivity and optional wireless connectivity. The Epson PowerLite 97, 98, 99W, 955W, and 965 classroom projectors offer advanced network connectivity for simplified control of classroom content, and high image quality for bright, vivid images.

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Curriculum Associates Expands Partnership with MetaMetrics® to Provide Quantile® Measures for i-Ready®

Curriculum Associates Delivers Actionable Math Metric through the Use of the Quantile Framework

DURHAM, NC, — Curriculum Associates now offers educators a valid and reliable measure of student mathematical readiness to help educators monitor student growth and differentiate instruction in mathematics. The company has expanded its partnership with MetaMetrics, developer of The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics, to provide Quantile measures in their popular i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction product. Curriculum Associates partnered with MetaMetrics in 2012 to add Lexile® measures to i-Ready, a nationally recognized online assessment and instruction program. Now reporting Quantile measures, i-Ready provides a seamless K-8 experience for educators to measure and track student progress in mathematics. 

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PresenceLearning Adds CASL Language Assessment Tool to its Online Speech Therapy Offerings

Expanding districts’ options for assessing students so speech-language therapy can start sooner

SAN FRANCISCO, October 2, 2013 – Getting students evaluated for speech-language services at the start of the school year is a time-consuming process, especially when speech-language pathologists are in short supply. The persistent nationwide shortage of highly trained experts can mean that much-needed services for students may be delayed as districts scramble to meet the demand for time-intensive assessments. To help address this issue, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, has partnered with Western Psychological Services (WPS) to add the Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language (CASL) to PresenceLearning’s growing repertoire of online assessments. The CASL further expands PresenceLearning’s capability to administer the most commonly used assessment tools for identifying speech-language disorders. The CASL is a standardized assessment that measures semantic, syntactic, literal, figurative and social aspects of oral language in children ages 3 to 16.

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Indiana Boys & Girls Club Chapter Battles Childhood Obesity with Innovative After School Physical Activity Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County used funding from local organizations to implement SPARK™ After School (AS) Program with 5,000 students in grades K-12

San Diego, CA, October 1, 2013 — Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation are committed to promoting specific codes of conduct for youth, one of which is a healthy lifestyle. According to a recent Boys & Girls Club of America survey, 80 percent of alumni said their club had a positive impact on their attitude toward fitness and health. To help further this appreciation for physical fitness and ultimately battle childhood obesity in the youth it serves, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, IN adopted the After School (AS) Program from SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education (PE) program. The implementation was funded by the United Way of Porter County and the Valparaiso Mayor’s Charity Ball. 

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Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina Selects Teachscape to Help Prepare Student Teachers for Teaching Success

Teachscape to provide school of education with video-based teaching and learning tools to support new textbook-free initiative 

SAN FRANCISCO, October 1, 2013 – Gardner-Webb University’s School of Education in Boiling Springs, N.C. has selected Teachscape, the leader in delivering Web-based solutions and expert services to improve teaching practice, to help launch a new textbook-free initiative and prepare students for success in the teaching field. The School of Education will use Teachscape’s video-based and online learning tools as an integral part of Gardner-Webb’s teaching and learning processes.

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Tell-a-Teacher Referral Program Rewards Educators Who Use Free Teacher Wish List Service

Both referring and referred teachers get free Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes just in time for flu season

Wrentham, MA (September 26, 2013) – The need for school supplies in the classroom does not end after the back-to-school rush, especially for seasonal items like antibacterial wipes and tissues. Communicating these needs to parents and ensuring that supplies are replenished can be a time-consuming process however.  TeacherLists.com, the largest and fastest-growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply lists and teacher wish lists with parents, changes the antiquated process of asking for supplies and is now offering a new program to help fulfill educators’ needs for supplies – The Tell-a-Teacher referral program. This program rewards both the referring and referred teachers with free school supplies for posting lists to TeacherLists.com.  

The Tell-a-Teacher referral program helps educators earn free supplies quickly and easily. Just ask Penny Woods, former teacher and current Penniless Teacher blogger and family school volunteer. Woods created TeachersList.com accounts for approximately 30 teachers at Tropical Elementary School in Merritt Island, FL and earned 75 tier one rewards and 15 tier two rewards for teachers at the school.

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SMART Notebook™ Collaborative Learning Software Now Available with Epson BrightLink® Interactive Projectors

Epson and SMART Partner to Deliver More Collaborative Learning in Classrooms 

CALGARY, AB and LONG BEACH, CA – Sept. 25, 2013 – Educators now have more options for delivering lessons with interactive capabilities for effective learning. SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, and Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today announced an agreement where SMART Notebook software, the world’s leading collaborative learning software, can now be licensed for use with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. The addition of SMART software to Epson interactive projectors provides a potent combination for collaborative learning.

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Wanderful Apps Receive Six Coveted Parents’ Choice Awards

Includes Parents’ Choice Gold Awards for Arthur® and Berenstain Bears® Apps

San Francisco, September 13, 2013 – Parents’ Choice Foundation has awarded six of its coveted Parent’s Choice Awards to Wanderful for their highly acclaimed interactive storybooks Apps.  This makes a total of eight Parents Choice awards received by Wanderful – an award for every Wanderful App that has been submitted to Parents’ Choice for review.

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Learning First Alliance Welcomes New Board Member Kristen Amundson from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

Amundson brings two decades of experience to LFA’s board as Alliance continues its work for the advancement of public education   

Washington, D.C. – September 17, 2013 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 15 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools, welcomes Kristen Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), to its board. Amundson brings more than two decades of experience as a policymaker to her recently-appointed position at NASBE, which represents America's state and territorial boards of education, as well as to this position within the LFA.

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