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by SIIA On 11/15/2013

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces finalists, and an alternate, for its Innovation Incubator Program. The program will be held during the annual Education Business Forum, Dec. 10-11, at the McGraw Hill Conference Center in New York. The finalists will feature their products during the event, and awards will be presented to the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed based on votes of conference attendees. The Educator’s Choice Award will also be presented based on votes from educators and administrators from around the United States. SIIA will also award prizes from program partners.

by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 11/18/2013

New “Collaborate to the Core” Guide and MimioStudio Collaborate Lesson Sample Pack Provide a Spectrum of Ideas for Student Collaboration  Cambridge, MA – Nov. 18, 2013 – To meet the demands of the 21st century classroom and workplace, students need strong collaboration skills. Mimio is helping teachers introduce this critical skill as early as kindergarten and develop it through grade 12 via two resources for collaborative lesson activities. The company’s new Collaborate to the Core! guide and MimioStudio™ classroom software Collaborate Lesson Sample Pack provide collaborative learning activities for math, language arts, science, and social studies.

by Pearson On 11/20/2013

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Nov. 20, 2013 – Six talented educators from around the country are the winners in the National Civics Education Contest, sponsored by Pearson and WeAreTeachers. Inspired by the goals of the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, the contest honors classroom teachers for outstanding civics projects, ideas and activities that capture students’ interest and motivate them to be informed about the social and political world around them.

by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 11/05/2013

Cambridge, MA – Nov. 4, 2013 – – Mimio, a global leader in interactive teaching technologies, announced today that its MimioProjector™ interactive projector has been chosen as an ‘innovative solution that breaks new ground’ in Tech & Learning magazine’s 31st annual Awards of Excellence program. This marks the second year in a row that a Mimio product has received an honor from this prestigious award program. Last year, MimioStudio™ classroom software was recognized for the significant enhancements Mimio made to the proven educational software. 

by School Specialty On 11/06/2013

NEW ORLEANS – Nov. 6, 2013 - According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), dyslexia affects one in 10 individuals. With appropriate teaching methods, students with dyslexia can achieve their full academic potential. Ten passionate educators who teach dyslexic students are attending the IDA’s 64th Annual Conference in New Orleans this week as recipients of the 2013 Robert G. and Eleanor T. Hall Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty. Created to honor the founder of EPS and his wife, Eleanor T. Hall, these scholarships reward exemplary educators for the innovative instructional strategies they use to help their dyslexic students achieve at the highest levels.

by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 11/11/2013

SONOMA, Calif.  (Nov. 11, 2013)— According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of English learners enrolled in K-12 schools has increased by over 50 percent in the last decade.  Educators responsible for teaching these students know that simply exposing English language learners (ELL) to the English language is not enough for academic success.  Instructional strategies that facilitate instruction and assessment need to be based on comprehension of content through meaningful activities and assignments. To support its teachers in creating instructional environments designed to improve English emergent literacy skills for this student population, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has announced plans to adopt StudySync district-wide as an essential component of its school’s language arts program.  

by Pearson On 11/06/2013

Compton Unified School District and Hundreds of Schools Turn to WriteToLearn to Accelerate Development of Reading Comprehension and Writing SkillsBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 6, 2013 – According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 5 million students arrive in U.S. classrooms every day facing not just the challenge of meeting today’s more rigorous achievement goals, but also the hurdle of learning a new language. Considered by many to be the fastest-growing demographic group in U.S. public schools, English Learners (ELs) must have access to tools for building the literacy skills necessary to meet the Common Core State Standards and graduate prepared for success in college and career. In support of this critical goal, Pearson today announced an update to WriteToLearn, its award-winning web-based literacy tool, specifically targeted at closing the achievement gap for this important group of students.

by Gibbs Smith Education On 11/11/2013

Gibbs Smith Education, developer of customized state social studies programs, is presenting and exhibiting at the 93rd annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference in St. Louis from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24. The session will focus on integrating Common Core ELA standards into social studies instruction. In addition to the presentation, Gibbs Smith will display its award-winning programs in the exhibit hall.

by Triumph Learning On 11/19/2013

Clever’s Seamless Sync Will Keep Data in Triumph Learning’s Online Resources Up-to-DateNEW YORK – Nov. 19, 2013 –Triumph Learning today announced a partnership with Clever to seamlessly integrate student information system (SIS) data with its online digital learning tools, including the popular Readiness for Common Core and Mastering the TEKS Online. This collaboration will make it easier for teachers and students to use Triumph Learning’s standards-aligned online resources through a single logon. In addition, student and teacher data will be updated as it changes throughout the school year, relieving teachers from time-consuming data management tasks.

by Achieve3000 On 11/20/2013

Online, Differentiated Literacy Solution Honored as Best Upgraded ProductLAKEWOOD, N.J. – Nov. 20, 2013 – Achieve3000 is the winner of a 2013 Award of Excellence from “Tech & Learning” magazine.Achieve3000’s online literacy solutions for grades 2-12 reach all students one-on-one at their individual reading levels, accelerating their reading gains, boosting their performance on high-stakes tests, and preparing them for college and career.

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