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by Pearson On 02/25/2013

Superintendent Offers Roadmap to Digital Conversion with New Book Every Child, Every Day as District Catapults to #2 in the State; Graduation Rates Jump from 64% to 90%Los Angeles, CA, February 22, 2013. Pearson congratulates Dr. Mark Edwards, School Superintendent at Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina who was named Superintendent of the Year yesterday by the American Association of School Administrators during its annual conference.



by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 02/11/2014

Personalized Learning Approach Proven Effective in Advancing Foundational Reading Skills for Students of All Abilities in Grades Pre-K–5    BOSTON — Feb. 10, 2014 — As educators strive to strike the right balance between technology and traditional teacher-led instructional methods, KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy in Arkansas and E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., are joining thousands of schools nationwide who have turned to Lexia Reading Core5™ to help students accelerate the development of critical foundational literacy skills and help empower higher levels of teacher effectiveness.



by Charlotte Andrist On 02/12/2013

Schools Across California Trust Lexia to Deliver Personalized Instruction to Advance Reading Skills and Provide Teacher-led, Direct Skill Instruction to Address Individual Skill Gaps



by ISTE On 02/21/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 19, 2014 – There is a lot of enthusiasm for the educational benefits of online and hybrid learning environments, but even today’s most experienced and tech-savvy educators may be overwhelmed by the task of developing and implementing these new instructional models. Today the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) launched a series of detailed guides on online and hybrid learning to give educators a blueprint for designing these systems as well as preparing students for successful online learning.



by Pearson On 02/13/2014

Leading Education Companies Respond to Educators’ Requests to Improve Data Flow Among Complementary PlatformsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 12, 2014 - Blackboard Inc. and Pearson, two of the largest providers of technology and services to K-12 education, today announced a collaboration that will improve the integration and flow of data between their complementary K-12 solutions, in direct response to requests from educators.



by Pearson On 02/21/2014

Expertise Will Deliver Personalized Learning on Windows 8 Touchscreen EnvironmentNEW YORK– Feb. 20, 2014 -- Today Pearson announced a collaboration with Microsoft Corp. that brings together the world’s leading learning company and the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions to create new applications and advance a digital education model that prepares students to thrive in an increasingly personalized learning environment. The first collaboration between the two global companies will combine Pearson’s Common Core System of Courses with the groundbreaking capabilities of the Windows 8 touchscreen environment. The Common Core System of Courses is the first curriculum built for a digital personalized learning environment that is 100 percent aligned to the new standards for college and career readiness.



by Funds For Learning On 02/01/2013

Funds For Learning announces the release of a redesigned website that offers users easy navigation and a searchable repository of valuable E-rate-related information. The improved interface creates a seamless transition between the new website and E-rate Manager, enabling users to move from the E-rate help center on the website, to the forms and applications found on E-rate Manager with no disruption. In honor of the launch, Funds For Learning is offering free "E-rate Filing Window Survival Kits" for E-rate coordinators. Intended to help reduce the stress E-rate applicants often experience during the E-rate filing window, the kits feature stress-reducing items such as stress balls and chocolate candies.



by Skyward, Inc. On 02/22/2013

Skyward, Inc., is launching a Student Reward System that uses effective, motivational methods to connect positive, real-life behaviors with rewards provided through its online software. The Student Reward System is a free, integrated feature of the Skyward Student Management Suite, the first student information system on the market with this functionality. Within the system, students can assume a virtual identity, or avatar, and earn points for academic-related activities and game play. When students accumulate points, they are able to customize their avatar, advance to new levels within the system, and enjoy other incentives, including the ability to redeem “virtual” points to purchase items from their school store. The reward system harnesses effective gaming elements for educational purposes to foster motivation and positive academic outcomes.



by Achieve3000 On 02/25/2013

Classes Use Achieve3000 to "Heat Up" Reading Scores, Build Critical Literacy SkillsNAPLES, Fla. – Feb. 25, 2013 – Three triumphant classes from Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) will be in the stands watching the action when the reigning NBA champion the Miami Heat take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, March 1 at American Airlines Arena. Inspired by Heat star LeBron James and his teammates, who publicly tout their reading lists at post-game press conferences, CCPS eighth, ninth, and tenth graders read at the top of their game to win this special trip to Miami for a potential preview of the NBA Finals.



by Califone International, Inc. On 02/25/2013

Califone International, Inc. announces that Carnegie Speech, the premier developer of software for assessing and teaching spoken language skills, will now provide Califone headsets to support its speech recognition software. The partnership enables education institutions and providers to effectively support their learners with language learning labs fully equipped with the high-quality products they need, as well as offer blending learning opportunities that personalize instruction for every student. Califone headsets will be used to supplement Carnegie Speech training programs like NativeAccent®, which helps non-native speakers significantly improve spoken English skills in 10 or more hours of instruction.



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