Jeff Owen joins School Loop Inc. as VP of Sales and Marketing

San Francisco, CA April 29, 2014 – Jeff Owen, a 15-year education technology veteran, has joined School Loop, Inc., a software services provider for K-12 school districts, as VP of sales and marketing. Owen most recently was Vice President of Operations for School Innovations & Achievement (SI&A). He led the growth of SI&A as a software services provider to K-12 districts in California, and brings a wealth of practical experience and relationships to his new role at School Loop.

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Vernier Names Winners of Its 2014 Engineering Contest

STEM educators awarded cash and technology prizes valued at $5,500 each for their creative use of sensors to teach engineering concepts 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, April 29, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology named Deborah Munro of the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon; Gary Garber of Boston University Academy in Boston, Massachusetts; and, Julianne King of the Regina Caeli Academy in Spring, Texas as the winners of the 2014 Vernier Engineering Contest. Each of these college, high school and middle school instructors, respectively, creatively used Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or practices in the classroom.

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Vernier’s Connected Science System® and Graphical Analysis™ for iPad® Named 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards Finalists

Vernier’s science and STEM-based technologies recognized by industry-leading award for their software excellence

BEAVERTON, Oregon, April 24, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology was recognized as a finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards for both its Connected Science System® and Graphical Analysis™ for iPad® app. The industry-leading awards program recognized the technologies for their software excellence in the Best Science/Heath Instructional Solution and Best Educational App for a Mobile Device category, respectively. 

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Teachscape Effectiveness Platform Named a Winner of ComputEd Gazette’s 2014 BESSIE Awards

Platform recognized in Teacher Tools category under District-wide Professional Development Website

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2014 – The Teachscape Effectiveness Platform was named a winner of ComputED Gazette’s 2014 Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIE Awards), which targets innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. The platform was recognized in the Teacher Tools category under District-wide Professional Development Website. 

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Epson Introduces Bright PowerLite 1930 for Meeting Rooms and Small Venues

Projector Delivers Full Suite of Connectivity and Features for Under $1000

LONG BEACH, Calif. – April 23, 2014 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced the PowerLite® 1930, a bright and feature-rich projector designed for small to medium sized venues including hotel or conference rooms, classrooms and houses of worship. Built on the success of the current line of PowerLite 1900-series projectors, the PowerLite 1930 ($999*) delivers 4,200 lumens of color brightness and 4,200 lumens white brightness2 and a suite of advanced digital connectivity options including HDMI and DisplayPortTM at a competitive price point.

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Teachscape Introduces New Online ELA & Literacy Courses to Help Educators Navigate the Common Core State Standards

Courses include video exemplars, expert commentary, standards-aligned teaching cases, and more

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2014—Teachscape has expanded its award-winning Teachscape Learn Professional Learning Suite. In addition to its online courses about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, The Common Core Series in Teachscape Learn now boasts new video-based, self-paced courses on the CCSS for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy. This interactive series, which was developed specifically to help educators understand and effectively implement the new standards, includes case studies, extensive expert commentary and more than 24 hours of course content.

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SPARK Joins Forces with Let’s Move! Active Schools as Official Supporting Organization

SPARK’s resources support inclusion of physical activity throughout the school day 

San Diego, CA, April 16, 2014 — To promote the importance of lifelong wellness and an active school day, SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education programs, has become an Official Supporting Organization of Let’s Move! Active Schools, a sub-initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. As one of the first organizations to support the initiative, SPARK will work directly with schools and districts to encourage them to sign up for Let’s Move! Active Schools at www.letsmoveschools.org. SPARK has also launched an incentives program for schools to support them in their continued progress with the program. 

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Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Screens Recommended by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Screens included as a recommended resource for Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! federal initiative designed to promote developmental screening of young children 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 14, 2014— Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Screens were chosen as a recommended screening tool by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its new Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! initiative. This coordinated federal effort is designed to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support the families and providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families and providers create developmental milestones for their child, and identify possible delays and concerns in children early. 

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Teachscape Effectiveness Platform Named a Finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards

Platform recognized in Best Professional Learning Solution for Education category

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2014 – The Teachscape Effectiveness Platform was named a finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards. The platform was recognized in the Best Professional Learning Solution for Education category, which honors the best educational applications or services designed to support PreK-12 or postsecondary education institutions in the development of faculty and administrative staff. 

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Listen for Life Launches ‘Travels With Music’

Multimedia program for K12 uses music to explore world cultures

Oakland, California – April 3, 2014 – Listen for Life™, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, created Travels With Music™ to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures – Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad, and the USA – through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction. 

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