The EdScoops for June 22

Unless you live under a rock, those of us education industry fanatics know that ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is next week.   I’m super excited to be attending this year along with all my other 20,000 educator friends. MDR will be hosting the exhibitor lounge and there will be LOTS happening (big announcements and goodies!), so if you are exhibiting, please stop by.  Even if you are not exhibiting, please swing by to say hello.  I’d love to meet you!

I highly encourage you to checkout Melissa’s opens in a new windowISTE article which is a great overview of what some of the hot topics are in Educational Technology, as well as a preview of themes we see emerging in the sessions listed at the conference.

Let’s checkout this round of scoops…a little quiet as everyone is prepping for ISTE I’m sure!


Certiport Names Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Champions
Students demonstrate superior Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills to advance to Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

opens in a new windowCertiport and Microsoft just named the opens in a new windowMicrosoft Office Specialist U.S. National Champions and these six teenagers are the best in the United States at Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint! Over 350,000 students from all 50 states entered the competition, and 148 finalists came to Atlanta, Georgia this week to take timed tests where they were asked to recreate Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to prove their expertise. Now they’ll be headed to the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Orlando Florida at the end of July. The tech Olympics!

  • MOS Word 2016 Champion, Aydan Soto, Age 14, Florida
  • MOS Excel 2016 Champion, Kevin Dimaculangan, Age 14, Florida
  • MOS PowerPoint 2016 Champion, Linh Nguyen, Age 17, Washington
  • MOS Word 2013 Champion, Jesse Ssengonzi, Age 15, North Carolina
  • MOS Excel 2013 Champion, Jason Benda, Age 18, Wisconsin
  • MOS PowerPoint 2013 Champion, Cameron Pillatsch, Age 17, Virginia

Congrats to these tech savvy students!

ClassLink Recognized by SIIA with Five Industry Awards
ClassLink® OneClick®, ClassLink Analytics, and ClassLink Roster Server Earn Prestigious Industry Recognition

ClassLink was recognized for its excellence in education technology with five CODiE awards from the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the most any company won this year and further indication of its role in future of digital teaching and learning. ClassLink earned the top honors for its single sign-on platform, which offers the largest library of teaching and learning applications, and its class rostering and learning resource analytics products. Recently, the company became the first to offer a solution for schools and districts that connects all of their disparate data systems with any number of active directories, enabling schools and districts to create a custom ed tech ecosystem that fits their needs and budget.  opens in a new windowRead the full release >>

Other Education Industry Updates

TLC and Mackin to Offer Full MackinVIA Content Integration
Two of the industry’s best partner to offer seamless, integrated functionality.

opens in a new windowThe Library Corporation (TLC) has partnered with Mackin, the creators of MackinVIA, a complete digital content management system, to launch an integration of services within TLC’s eIntegration and the MackinVIA eResource platform.  MackinVIA provides school and public library users with access to more than 2 million digital holdings, including eBooks, read-alongs, audiobooks, databases and videos. The age-appropriate content accessed through MackinVIA is geared toward grades Pre-K to 12, giving students an even greater choice of items beyond the library’s holdings to search and check out.  opens in a new windowRead the full release >>

Lexia Reading Core5 App to Integrate with Apple’s Schoolwork App
Core5 will allow teachers to assign the literacy program’s Lexia Skill Builders activities directly to students’ iPads

opens in a new windowLexia Reading Core5 (Core5) will integrate directly with Schoolwork, a powerful new iPad app from Apple that helps teachers create assignments and handouts, see student progress and tap into the power of apps in the classroom – all right from their district or school-managed iPads. The combination of Core5 and Schoolwork, which launches later this month, will not only help streamline the classroom workflow for teachers and students by making it easier to distribute and collect instructional materials, it will also provide educators with useful and timely insight into each student’s progress to ensure learning is taking place.  opens in a new windowRead the full release >>

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