The EdScoops for September 28

Holy cow…EdNET is a wrap! Those who attended are giving us rave reviews, so thank you.  Having developed a new format for this year, there’s always a little trepidation heading in, but we are thrilled with the responses we’ve received thus far. We are taking in all your feedback and will be incorporating all the ideas in our planning of EdNET 2019. The sessions were amazing, the attendees were engaged and the EdNET team was kept on their toes.  If you missed attending EdNET 2018, no worries, as a recap of all the events is coming soon, so be sure to check back!

Now, on to this round of the scoops…

Movers and Shakers

Joshua Bolkan recently joined the team at PR with Panache! as a Content Creation Storyteller

A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, Joshua has been covering education technology as a reporter and editor since 2011, primarily for THE Journal and Campus Technology. In his new role with PR with Panache!, he will write both editorial and marketing content to help educators tell stories about how they’re using technology to improve teaching and learning.  Check out his blog >>


Newmark Learning Wins Learning Magazine 2019 Teachers’ Choice Award™ for the Classroom
New Instant Workstations Genre Studies Grades 1-6 Series impressed teacher judges to earn the coveted education award

Newmark Learning, publisher of teaching resources and early literacy materials, announced that it won a prestigious 2019 Teachers’ ChoiceTM Award from Learning Magazine. Newmark Learning, a Benchmark Education company, earned this award for a new series of grade-specific, print-format teacher resource materials. The materials were designed to help teachers promote students’ cognitive development and a deeper understanding of the features of different literary genres. The series, Instant Workstations Genre Studies with 30 Paired Passages Grades 1-6, won a 2019 Teachers’ Choice Award™ for the Classroom for exceptional quality and outstanding performance in the classroom. Available now from Newmark Learning, the series is sold by individual grade levels 1 through 6. Read the full announcement >>


Boxlight Announces Acquisition of EOS Education
Purchase Expands Consulting and Professional Development Offerings

Boxlight Corporation, a provider of interactive technology solutions for the global education market, announced it has completed the acquisition of EOSEDU, LLC (“EOS Education”), a consulting and professional development company for the K-12 education market. Boxlight acquired EOS Education for 100,000 shares of Boxlight common stock.  Read the full press release >>

For the Students

Calling Student Innovators: Registration Now Open for 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge
Aspiring, bright entrepreneurs compete to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues

The Conrad Challenge is a global innovation competition for 13-18 year old students, in which they develop commercially-viable solutions in response to the world’s biggest challenges in 6 categories, and can compete for investment opportunities, patent support, and more. It’s very cool, and educators are invited to serve as coaches and register their team of students.  Read more >>

Other Education Industry Updates

Verizon Commits to Reaching an Additional Two Million Students by 2021 via Verizon Innovative Learning
Launches New National Youth Network to Advocate for Education Equality and Support New Call to Action: Help Us Engage Two Million Americans and Verizon will Donate $2-Million

Verizon issued a series of announcements underscoring its commitment to helping to close the digital divide in education via it’s education initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL). Over six million students today are sitting in classrooms that lack technology resources, placing them at a disadvantage to peers who have these tools. This technology inequality hits underserved students the hardest. Verizon is committed to education equality – to helping ensure that all middle school students equal access to technology – so they can build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Read more about Verizon Innovative Learning >>


New Report Defines Opportunities for Engineering in K-12 Education
Report draws from science and STEM leaders across multiple states who participated in Catapult X focus groups conducted at the 2018 NSTA STEM Forum

With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEM education has seen a renewed focus by both schools and companies. Yet, according to a new report released by Catapult X, a leading STEM marketing company and founder of STEMREPORTS.COM, not enough has been done to make engineering education accessible for educators and students. The report, “Putting the E in STEM,” is available for free download at www.stemreports.com.  Read the full press release >>


Discovery Educator Network Invites Educators Around the Globe to Attend the 2018 Fall VirtCon
Virtual event provides teachers and administrators new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) invites teachers and administrators around the globe to participate in the 2018 Fall VirtCon on Saturday, October 20, from 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM ET. A virtual, professional learning conference, this peer-to-peer experience provides a unique, no-cost opportunity for teachers and administrators to learn new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments. Read more >>


International Day of Action on October 17 Will Draw Attention to the Growing Threat of Contract Cheating
Turnitin joins the International Center for Academic Integrity to ignite a movement against contract cheating

Students cheat for any variety of reasons, but, in many cases, sheer desperation and fear of failing drives them to hire someone else to write their essay, do their homework, or take their exam. Researchers estimate that 8 percent of students engage third-party individuals or services to complete their work, which is a practice called “contract cheating.” On October 17, colleges and universities will draw attention to this problem as instructors, students, and administrators pledge to #DefeatTheCheat and #ExcelWithIntegrity during the 3rd Annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. Read the full press release >>


YMCA of the USA Selects Aperture Education as a National Preferred Vendor for Social-Emotional Learning Assessments
Aperture Education’s DESSA Comprehensive SEL System helps after-school programs identify students’ SEL strengths and needs

Social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education was designated a National Preferred Vendor for YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) after applying through YMCA Shared Services Inc., an independent, non-profit arm of the Y-USA. YMCA Shared Services Inc. vets applicants and selects vendors “that have quality products and services, highly competitive pricing, good customer service and a sincere appreciation for the YMCA mission and communities we serve,” according to its website. Y-USA partner sites work with YMCA Shared Services Inc. to find vendors that fit their needs.  Read the full press release >>

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