The EdScoops for April 13

Many people believe in the Friday the 13th superstition – a day that is synonymous with bad luck.  However, 13 is also a lucky number for many others, so I’ve decided to make this Friday the 13th a lucky and memorable day… by counting out 13 scoops!

Here are 13 happenings in education news (in no particular order, of course)…

13.  New K to 5 Science Kits Feature Digital Simulations from Science Education Leader Carolina Biological

Building Blocks of Science®|3D inquiry-based units meet the Next Generation Science Standards and enable teachers to test students’ understanding using digital simulations.

During the recent NSTA conference, Carolina Biological Supply Company, the leading school science supplier and an NSTA show sponsor, launched the new Building Blocks of Science®|3D hands-on unit kits for students in grades K to 5. This complete, inquiry-based program integrates engineering into every grade, and includes everything teachers need for their entire class for every lesson and activity: with hands-on materials, print, and digital simulations, and components for one all-inclusive price. The program is a core curriculum that combines interactive investigations, literacy components, and digital resources to teach students science content. It meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations and exposes students to science phenomena – all in just 30 minutes a day.  Read more >>

12.  A cool product announcement for Financial Literacy Month!

The creator of the popular coding-for-kids game, Cubetto, is launching another educational tech product, this time to help kids and families understand how to manage money as we enter a more cashless society. Filippo Yacob and his team are launching Pigzbe*, the world’s first crypto ‘piggy wallet’ to help today’s 2.2 billion children prepare for our future’s increasingly cashless economy. Pigzbe pairs a physical device with an app that turns gifting and saving into a game, while allowing families to transfer money – as little as one cent at a time – globally within seconds.  Learn more about this great product >>

11.  Insight ADVANCE Wins 2018 EdTech Award for ‘Best Professional Development Learning Solution’

The awards, presented by EdTech Digest, honor leaders, innovators, and trendsetters who are creating a better future for learning with the help of technology.

As part of the 2018 EdTech Awards, Insight ADVANCE, creator of groundbreaking tools for teacher observation, has won the 2018 Cool Tool Award for “Professional Development Learning Solution.” The tool was also honored as a finalist in two other categories: “Collaboration Solution,” and “Video-based Learning Solution.”   Read More >>

10.  LivingTree Executive Chairman Dean Drako Announces $1,000,000 Drako Community and Family Engagement Grant for Schools

LivingTree, the Tiered Social Network, has announced their second annual Dean Drako Community Engagement & Funding Grant. The million dollar service grant sets up Title 1 schools with LivingTree’s technology to better connect parents and caregivers in over 100 languages, with the sole purpose of increasing family engagement and student achievement.

The grant also provides access to LivingTree’s new Give platform, helping schools and districts secure needed community funding. LivingTree provides innovative technology to enable schools, districts, communities, and families to truly connect to help our children reach their full potential.  Learn more about the grant >>

9.  Caliann Mitoulis has joined the team at eSchool Media as Director of Sales and Business Development.

Caliann brings over 25 years of media sales experience in the K-12 EdTech industry. She has worked with Scholastic Administrator, Tech & Learning, and most recently at Smartbrief Education. CEO Rob Morrow says her skills and background make her expertise ideal for eSchool Media. Caliann will be working with both eSchoolNews and eCampusNews.

8.  Peachjar Congratulates The 2018 Peachjar Playmakers

Peachjar, a digital flyer system for more than 12,000 K-12 schools in the US and Canada combined, has announced the 2018 Peachjar Playmakers.

Peachjar Playmakers are organizations of any size that have a big impact on K-12 students in their community, and are nominated by the local school district for making a difference. This year’s Peachjar Playmakers include Camp Herrlich, Readiness to Learn Foundation, and Product of Donaldsonville.  Read the full press release >>

7.  Ergotron Launches their New Yes24 Charging Cart for Classrooms

Ergotron, a global manufacturer of sit-stand and mobile workstations, has just launched their new YES24 Charging Cart, equipped with PowerShuttle® technology, storing up to 24 Chromebooks, Ultrabooks, or MacBooks with screen sizes up to a 13”. It charges devices up to 40% faster than standard charging systems, and it’s UL-certified to ensure safety for students, staff, and devices.

Educators have a lot to focus on everyday, and that shouldn’t include worrying if classroom smart devices are charged. With Ergotron’s YES24 Charging Cart, schools can easily set the cart’s bay width and shelf height for current devices, then reconfigure to accommodate new devices. The versatile design makes it usable for years—and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Learn more >>

6.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Renaissance Forge Exclusive Strategic Partnership Bringing Together Deep Data Analytics, Assessment Capabilities, and Core Curriculum

Integration of Renaissance Flow 360 and HMH’s next generation math and English language arts programs will empower educators with predictive student growth measures.

Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Renaissance®, a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, announced an exclusive strategic partnership. This collaboration will integrate Renaissance Flow 360® data, assessment insights, practice, and lesson planning tools with HMH’s core curriculum programs. The integration will enable educators to drive student growth with greater efficiency and accuracy.  Read the full press release >>

5. EDspaces 2018 Scholarship Open for Education Administrators Developing Future Learning Environments

Key decision makers at schools, colleges or universities involved in the design, build, management or renovation of an educational facility are invited to apply for a Scholarship to attend EDspaces 2018, November 7-9 in Tampa, FL.  Now in its eighth year, the EDspaces Scholarship Program funds registration and hotel accommodations for facility planners, superintendents, purchasing officers, and related staff employed by schools, districts, colleges and universities. The program also assists school and college officials in making more effective decisions for their ongoing and future facility construction or renovation projects and to take part in the discussion on the impact of technology, pedagogy and space on student learning.  Learn more about the Scholarship Program >>

4.  Ponddy Education Harnesses Artificial Intelligence for Personalized Language Learning

Chinese Smart Textbooks use innovative technology to redefine language education.

As technology continues to influence how teachers present new subject material and how students access information, Ponddy Education Inc., a thought-leader in personalized language learning, harnesses powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to tailor learning materials, redefine classroom instruction, and optimize learning for students studying Chinese.  Launched in 2015, Ponddy Education helps create quality content for language learning through AI, analyzing a corpus of over 600 million Chinese words using big data analytics and natural language processing. AI technology is the foundation of the company’s flagship language learning product: Ponddy Chinese Smart Textbooks. Read the full press release >>

3.  The Glimpse Group Acquires Its 10th Subsidiary: Early Adopter, LLC

The Glimpse Group, a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (“VR” and “AR”) company comprised of multiple VR and AR software and services startups, announced that it has acquired its 10th subsidiary, Early Adopter, LLC (“EA”), a high-end web-design and AR based software provider targeting the Education space. This move towards integrating VR into the classroom presents enormous possibilities for both spaces.  Read more >>

2.  Boxlight and Globisens Release New Version of GlobiLab Analytical Software for the Labdisc

Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”), and K-12 science technology pioneer Globisens have released a new version of the GlobiLab analytical software for the Labdisc portable STEM lab. GlobiLab version 3.0 offers greater ease of use for operating and interpreting data from the Labdisc, a best-in-class wireless, compact data logger for every science discipline. Read the full release >>

1.  New Report From MDR Provides Insights Into $700 Billion K-12 Education Market

I had to talk about this big news!

Providing new and veteran education marketers with insights into the $700 billion K-12 education market, MDR, a division of Dun & Bradstreet, unveiled The K-12 Education Landscape, the first of four in the State of the K-12 Market Report 2018 series. This report presents an overview of the K-12 education market, including demographic data, highlights on federally funded education programs, information on school spending, and a discussion about the ways that schools engage in business. The information in the 72-page report is fueled by MDR’s national K-12 education database.  Read the full release >>

Feel free to reach out to me for all your education industry scoops!  And, hoping you have a lucky day!

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