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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LearnPad “Purpose Built for Education” Tablet Solution Launches ‘ClassView’ at ISTE

‘ClassView’ provides superior management and sharing of education tablets

July 1, 2013 San Antonio, TX – Just announced at the 2013 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio, Texas, Educational Resources now offers the new ClassView™ module for use with their award-winning LearnPad education tablet solution. ClassView allows for instantaneous “at-a-glance” views of any tablet within a class or organization. The new features offer the ability to share a particular screen with a large group, as well as push lessons and content to a single device, groups of devices, or an entire classroom.

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American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) President and CEO Named Learning First Alliance Chair

Dr. Sharon Robinson brings a wealth of education leadership and experience to LFA

Washington, D.C. – July 1, 2013 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools, has named Sharon Robinson, Ed.D, the president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), as the 2013-14 chair of LFA’s Board of Directors.  Long committed to high-quality teaching, rigorous scholarship and diversity in the nation’s teaching workforce, Dr. Robinson has served in her current position at AACTE since 2005.

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Vernier Expands Logger Pro® 3 Capabilities to Wirelessly Share Data with iPad® and Mobile Devices

Logger Pro 3 joins Vernier’s Connected Science System® allowing instructors and students to access and collaborate on data from laboratory experiments 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 1, 2013 – Vernier Software & Technology has added its Logger Pro 3 software to the Connected Science System, a networked collection of technology that expands the ability to use data collected with Vernier’s data-collection devices. This addition allows teachers and students to wirelessly share data from Logger Pro  with Data Sharing enabled to multiple mobile devices, including iPad, Chromebook™ notebook computers, Android™ devices, and more.

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California Charter School Adopts Online Speech Therapy to Provide Consistent Support to Students with Special Needs

Mountain Peak Charter School uses PresenceLearning with students in need of speech language services as part of alternative learning model

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2013 – Mountain Peak Charter School in Vista, CA strives to optimize learning for each student by providing a personalized learning program. To adequately do this for those students with special needs, Mountain Peak Charter School implemented PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The online therapy service allows Mountain Peak Charter School to provide its students with the consistent speech therapy needed for success. 

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Vernier Launches its Fall 2013 Data-Collection Workshop Series for Science Educators

Free 4-hour workshops provide hands-on training for integrating data-collection technology and digital tools into science curricula

BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 27, 2013 – Starting this September, Vernier Software & Technology will offer 38 free workshops to help science educators learn about the various ways to integrate data-collection technology, also called digital tools, into their curriculum, which is called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Led by experienced training specialists, each four-hour, hands-on workshop provides seasoned educators the opportunity to hone their data-collection skills while helping teachers new to probeware learn and explore the basics. Each workshop will be conducted using Vernier’s award-winning line of computer and handheld data-collection technology. 

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Smart Toys and Games’ ‘Bunny Peek A Boo’ Wins Four Prestigious Awards

ASTRA, Dr. Toy, Parents’ Choice and Tillywig recognize Bunny for its educational value, playability and “green” approach

SAN FRANCISCO – June 26, 2013 – Smart Toys and Games, Inc., a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system, has earned four awards from multiple toy and parenting awards programs for its popular game Bunny Peek A Boo. Recent awards include – ASTRA Best Toys for Kids, Dr. Toy’s Best Green Toys, Parents’ Choice Awards, and the Tillywig Toy & Media Awards.

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Webinar for Special Education Leaders Explores Blended Models for Delivering Speech and Occupational Therapy

PresenceLearning’s July 9th webinar features a Q&A session about the benefits of combining online and onsite therapy delivery methods

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2013 – Budget cuts and shortages of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) make it even more important for districts to make the most of their special education and related services resources. To help special education leaders creatively harness existing resources and combine them with online resources, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, July 9th at 1PM ET (10 AM PT). Part of the company’s summer webinar series, the one-hour webinar “Blended Models: SPED Leaders Share Their Implementation Formulas for Online Speech Therapy,” features Peggy Jadack, Director of Pupil Services at Sparta Area School District, Deirdre Shearer, Coordinator of Special Programs at Pikes Peak BOCES, and Allison G. Oxford, Ed.S., Director of Instructional Support Services at Murray County Schools.

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Calling All STEM Educators: Applications Now Open for the 2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

Seven educators to receive prizes valued at $5,500 for demonstrating innovative uses of data-collection technology in the classroom

BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 24, 2013 – Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are now accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. This year’s awards will recognize and reward seven educators – one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator – for their innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, LabQuest, graphing calculator or other handheld device in the science classroom.

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