Vernier Launches its 2014 Engineering Contest

Vernier honors three STEM teachers who will each receive $5,500 in prizes for innovative uses of Vernier sensors in teaching engineering concepts

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 30, 2013 – Vernier Software & Technology is now accepting applications for its 2014 Engineering Contest that recognizes STEM educators for introducing students to engineering concepts and practices through innovative uses of Vernier sensors. A middle school teacher, a high school teacher, and a college instructor will each win prizes valued at $5,500.

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2013 Mobile Technology Survey Shows Surge in K-12 Adoptions

Business Edition of the Report provides keen insight into education market leaders, best price points for educational apps, and shifts in BYOD

New York—July 22, 2013— As anyone who attended this summer’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference can attest to, mobile technologies have exploded onto the education market. The 2013 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education – Business Edition, published by IESD, Inc. in collaboration with STEM Market Impact, LLC, offers business leaders keen insight into the significance of the mobile technologies industry as it impacts the education market.

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eBook/App Turns Child’s First Hospital Visit into an Enlightening Experience

Multilingual ‘Luca Lashes® Visits Mommy in the Hospital’ helps parents and caregivers alleviate a child’s fear of making a first trip to the hospital

Chandler, AZ July 18, 2013 – When a family member takes ill and gets admitted to the hospital, it is imperative to prepare a small child for that visit in order to alleviate the fears they may have and to make the visit the best it can be for both child and patient. Luca Lashes® LLC continues its efforts to turn children’s “fearful firsts” into educational experiences with the release of its eighth multilingual eBook and app for children in this series. Entitled Luca Lashes® Visits Mommy in the Hospital, the book helps young children and children with special needs better understand the many facets of visiting someone in the hospital. The main character of the book, Luca, is a boy who has magic eyelashes that give him special powers and make him brave. 

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TeacherLists.com Simplifies Back-to-School Classroom Supply Lists

Free online service makes posting and sharing lists easier and more effective than traditional methods 

Wrentham, MA (July 17, 2013) – School supply lists have been at the core of the back-to-school experience for millions of teachers and families for decades, yet the annual chore of creating and distributing lists, and parents’ ability to find lists and purchase supplies, has remained frustrating—until now. TeacherLists.com – the largest and fastest-growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply/wish lists with parents – makes the creation and distribution of school supply lists easier for educators, and provides parents with one simple-to-use digital pathway to access all of their lists.

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Webinar Answers Hot Questions about Online Speech Therapy

PresenceLearning’s August 1st webinar features panel of leading experts to answer questions about implementing an online speech therapy program

SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2013 – To address the growing interest surrounding the use of teletherapy and to help special education leaders become more informed, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is partnering with eSchool Media to present a free webinar on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT). The one-hour webinar, “Online Speech Therapy Hot Questions. Cool Answers,” will feature a live Q&A session with leading experts in special education and online speech therapy, including Debra M. Giacolone, Ed. S., director of Exceptional Student Education at the District School Board of DeSoto County, Florida, Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A. CCC-SLP, vice president of SLP Clinical Services at PresenceLearning and Dr. Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Associate Dean for Graduate Study and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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PresenceLearning Launches SPEDinsight™ Enabling School Districts to Monitor Progress for Students Receiving Online Speech Therapy

New dashboard shows administrators the ‘big picture’ on student progress in online therapy

SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2013 – PresenceLearning has launched SPEDinsight™, a new administrator dashboard that provides an actionable, “bird’s eye” view of the progress made by students with special needs who are receiving speech and other related clinical services online. PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other clinical services for K-12 students, now offers superintendents, special education directors and supervisors of related services delivery a top-level graphical view of data summarizing progress on IEP goals, delivery of therapy time owed, and timely completion of mandated IEP meetings. 

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LearnPad “Purpose Built for Education” Tablet Solution Launches National Common Core Instructional Standards Alignment within Management Portal

‘Instructional Standards’ provides seamless integration with District priorities

July 11, 2013 Chicago, IL – Alongside LearnPad’s recent major school district adoptions in Texas, Washington and Ohio, Educational Resources® now announces the inclusion of an “Instructional Standards” feature included as part of its award-winning LearnPad education tablet solution. The “Instructional Standards” tab includes the current Common Core frameworks as a simple way to effortlessly align and auto-associate lessons to a district’s chosen standards of instruction. Embedding the standards directly within the cloud-based management portal gives teachers and curriculum coordinators confidence that LearnPad stands alone as an educational tablet solution supporting their current academic priorities.

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Liberty County School District Turns to Teachscape to Improve its Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development Processes

Florida district moves from paper-and-pen process to technology to deliver teachers with timely feedback and personalized PD

SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2013 – To help improve its teacher evaluation and professional development processes, Liberty County School District in Bristol, FL has selected Teachscape, the leader in delivering Web-based solutions and expert services to improve teaching practice. With Teachscape, the district will move from a paper-based teacher evaluation process to a technology-enabled one, helping to provide timely, relevant feedback to teachers based on fair and reliable teacher evaluations.

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PublicSchoolWORKS Wins Cool Tool Award for Best Reporting Solution from EdTech Digest

The Student Bullying and Safety Reporting Systems eliminate the hassles of paperwork related to reporting and tracking bullying and safety issues

Cincinnati, OH – July 9, 2013 – The Student Bullying and Safety Reporting Systems from PublicSchoolWORKS, the signature safety solution provider for schools, recently won an EdTech Digest Award in the Cool Tool – Reporting Solution category. Additionally, PublicSchoolWORKS’ Parent InfoCenter was named a finalist in the Cool Tool – Parent/Student Portal Solution category. 

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Butler County School District (AL) Selects Teachscape for its Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Initiatives

Observer training and assessment, evaluation management, and professional learning tools help district improve teacher effectiveness

SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2013 – To advance the district’s strategic teacher evaluation and professional learning initiatives, Butler County School District (BCSD) in Greenville, AL has selected Teachscape, the leader in delivering Web-based solutions and expert services to improve teaching practice. BCSD will provide its administrators and peer coaches with Teachscape’s online training and tools to conduct fair and reliable teacher evaluations.  Evaluations will form the basis of a collaborative reflection process and ongoing, individualized professional learning to improve teaching effectiveness in BCSD.

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