The EdScoops for July 20

Are you all familiar with the ILA (International Literacy Association) conference?  It’s held every year during the summer for educators.  This year it’s July 20-23 in Austin, Texas.  Thousands of literacy educators, professionals, and advocates from around the world will gather to connect with and learn from leaders in the field.  Our WeAreTeachers team will be exhibiting and we’re super excited to take part in this robust conference.  If you are attending, be sure to stop by for the fun activities that will be happening at our booth – #429.  I’m sure during the conference, there will be big announcements all around with new product launches, new program offerings/etc., so keep an eye out and let me know if you know of something I need to mention in the next scoops!

Now, on to this round of scoops – post ISTE big announcements…


The Buck Institute for Education Announces its 2018 PBL Champions
Program recognizes a school, district and an individual for their work to bring high quality Project Based Learning to students

Napa Valley, California (June 22, 2018) – The Buck Institute for Education has named its 2018 PBL Champions – a designation that honors a school, a school district, and an individual for their commitment to high quality Project Based Learning.

The 2018 PBL Champions are:

  • School District: Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia
  • School: The Malama Honua Public Charter School in Hawai’i
  • Individual: Laura McBain, K12 Lab Director of Community and Innovation at the Stanford in California

The PBL Champions were honored at PBL World in Napa Valley, the Buck Institute’s premiere conference for Project Based Learning. Read more >>

CoderZ by Intelitek Wins Tech & Learning ‘Best of Show’ Award at ISTE 2018
CoderZ is an online platform teaching students fundamental coding and programming skills through fun virtual robotics

Intelitek announced that its online coding and robotics program CoderZ, was named as a Best of Show winner by Tech & Learning at the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Read the full press release >>

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students
Innovative educators leverage digital learning opportunities to drive student achievement

Education is not one size fits all. Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. That’s why innovative educators across the country are implementing creative programs to better meet those needs. The Fuel Education Transformation Awards program celebrates schools, districts, or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn.

The 2018 Fuel Education (FuelEd) Transformation Award winners are:

Boulder Valley School District (Colo.) – for improving graduation rates and meeting student needs by providing online options for credit recovery and supplemental learning.
California STEAM San Bernardino (Calif.) – for supplementing online coursework with innovative projects like virtual makerspaces, STEAM fairs, coding workshops, drone-enabled virtual field trips, and more.
Genesis Innovative School (Ala.) – for implementing full-time, statewide virtual school opportunities to provide students with rigorous online courses in a learning model that meets their individual needs.
Newman Crows Landing Unified School District (Calif.) – for individualizing instruction using real-time data from an engaging adaptive learning tool to boost elementary classroom performance.
Orestimba High School (Calif.) – for creating a new way for students to study and explore their interests via access to online courses at a rural school with a 100 percent graduation rate.
Southwest Plains Regional Service Center (Kan.) – for giving dropouts and at-risk students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and expanding access to online courses to hundreds of students across the state.
Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (Penn.) – for providing a personalized, yet flexible and stable learning experience for students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Yewno Named One of CIO Applications Magazine’s Top 25 EdTech Solutions Providers of the Year 2018”

Yewno, Inc., a leading international provider of artificial intelligence solutions, has been named as one of the “Top 25 EdTech Solution Providers 2018” by CIO Applications Magazine. The positioning is based on an evaluation of Yewno’s in-depth capabilities in using cutting-edge computational linguistics and machine learning technology. The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Applications’ editorial board to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship.  Read the full press release >>opens PDF file

The Dallas-based maker of educational robots and curriculum was chosen among 1,200 applicants as an innovative technology company

RoboKind announced that it has been selected as a winner of Red Herring’s 2018 Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the continent’s most exciting and innovative private technology companies. RoboKind is a Dallas-based company whose mission is to create cost-effective and inclusive education for all. Working with experts in the autism community and school systems around the world, RoboKind has developed two robots, Milo and Jett, along with the accompanying robots4autism and robots4STEM curricula, to give children opportunities to realize their potential and pursue their passions for all things tech-related. Read the full press release >>

Lexia PowerUp Literacy Wins Tech & Learning “Best of Show” Award at ISTE 2018
Lexia Learning today announced that its online literacy program Lexia PowerUp Literacy (PowerUp) received Tech & Learning’s 2018 ISTE Best of Show award. The awards were presented at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference in Chicago.

For the fifth year, Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show awards highlighted outstanding products exhibited at ISTE. A panel of professional users and editors selected the products having the most impact in the classroom and the greatest potential to be game changers in education technology as the winners. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology. They then met in person to decide which technologies will have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show. opens in a new windowRead more >>


Other Education Industry Updates

Vernier Software & Technology Offers New Activities for the mBot™ Robot to Teach Coding and Robotics
Company draws on interest in self-driving car industry to provide students a fun and tactile way to learn entry-level coding with simple, Scratch-based software

Vernier Software & Technology recently launched Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles activities module written for the mBot™ by MakeBlock®. Students can use the mBot robot and Vernier-created activities to master introductory coding and programming skills through hands-on, standards-aligned learning.  Read the full release >>

Epson Launches PowerLite Pilot 3 Projector Connection and Control Box to Provide Optimized Connectivity for the K-12 Classroom
Next-Generation Projector A/V Control Box Helps Educators Easily and Conveniently Manage Epson Short-Throw and Ultra Short-Throw Projector

Epson introduced the PowerLite® Pilot™ 3 Projector Connection and Control Box, a convenient wall-mounted A/V solution for Epson short-throw and ultra short-throw projectors. Designed to support an array of devices, the PowerLite Pilot 3 helps educators maximize cable management, control classroom projectors, and streamline source switching and volume control.  Read the full press release >>

Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product – Impero Education Pro 
Impero Education Pro V7 now includes a mental health keyword library and is easily scalable for large districts

Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools today announced the latest version of its award-winning product, Impero Education Pro V7. The software has been updated to include a new mental health keyword library, google authentication, and improved scalability to support larger school districts, among other features. Read the full press release >>

POWERUP Toys Launches Educational Kits for Schools
Conversion kits transform standard paper airplanes into battery-powered planes for dynamic, tech-fueled lessons on aerodynamics, physics, and design

To incorporate STEAM concepts into the classic paper airplane lesson, POWERUP Toys is launching a line of classroom kits which are Project Lead the Way-certified and include access to a downloadable teacher’s guide and access to FlightDeck, an online lesson community through Workbench that helps teachers create and find opportunities for projects using POWERUP Toys kits. The POWERUP STEM Classroom Kits feature three different electronic motors – a battery-charged propeller and two different smartphone-controlled motors – that transform students’ paper airplanes into electronic aircrafts.  For more information about POWERUP Toys’ STEM Kits and other products, visit:

Upcoming Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Techbook Series to Help Educators Maximize Instructional Time
New Improvements to Techbook Platform will Make Relevant Content Even More Accessible to Teachers and Students

Discovery Education announced that upcoming enhancements to its award-winning Techbook series will help educators maximize instructional time by making engaging digital content even more accessible to teachers and students.  Read the full press release >>

AdvancED, Measured Progress Merge to Help Educators Improve Schools and Raise Student Achievement
New nonprofit will help educators improve schools and enhance learning for millions of students

Bringing together student assessment and school quality measures, two of the nation’s leading education nonprofits have agreed to merge, their boards of directors announced today. Dover, N.H.-based Measured Progress, an innovator in standards-based assessment, and metro Atlanta-based AdvancED, the leader in continuous improvement and the world’s largest accrediting body, will join forces to form a unique and far-reaching nonprofit educational company focused on data-driven tools for school improvement.  Read the full release >>

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies
The acquisition will combine the two companies’ complementary strengths and deliver unprecedented tools and services to the U.S. education community

In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies. The deal pairs ENA’s comprehensive infrastructure technology and support services with CatchOn’s unique software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage in U.S. schools.  Read the full release >>

Boxlight Announces Acquisition of Qwizdom
Accelerates software strategy and strengthens software development resources

Boxlight Corporation announced it has completed the acquisition of Qwizdom, an education software company providing classroom presentation and engagement solutions. The combined emphasis on collaborative software that improves classroom learning results in a win-win partnership for both companies and for the collective customer base. Under the terms of the agreement, Boxlight acquired Qwizdom for cash, debt and common stock valued at approximately $2.5 million.  Read the full release >>

Two US-Based EDTech Companies Selected to Join the Wise Accelerator Program
WISE – the World Innovation Summit for Education accelerator program supports for profit and non-profit education technology initiatives with high potential for positive impact

The World Innovation Summit for Education ( opens in a new windowWISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has revealed the names of five global education technology companies and initiatives selected to join its 2018-19 WISE Accelerator program. Two of those companies are based in the United States: ImBlaze of Rhode Island and SmartScience, based in California.  opens in a new windowRead the full release >>

New Mexico’s Carlsbad Municipal Schools Extends Partnership with Discovery Education to Support New K-12 STEM Strategy
Carlsbad the Latest District in New Mexico to Combine Digital Resources with Sustained Professional Learning to Prepare Students for Success in the Local and Global Economies

New Mexico’s Carlsbad Municipal Schools (CMS) announced today it is extending its partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, for 3 more years to support a new K-12 STEM strategy set for implementation in 10 district schools. With Discovery Education’s combination of award-winning digital resources and STEM-focused professional learning, educators in participating CMS schools will soon be creating dynamic learning experiences that improve academic achievement and prepare students for success beyond the classroom. opens in a new windowRead more >>

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