The Education Scoops for February 8

Busy busy busy!  What a great start to 2019 and I’m looking forward to bringing you scoops, and more good stuff, in the months to come.  Thank you to those of you who provided feedback over the past two weeks.  I appreciate your support and I love reading your comments.  I’m combing through your emails and taking into consideration all your feedback – the good, the constructive and the hysterical.  It’s never too late to tell me what you think… I’m always open to hearing suggestions.  You can email me at schoolofthought@mdreducation.com, and put “Scoops” in the subject line.

Now on to this round of the scoops…

Education Industry Happenings

A Growing Number of Districts Are Selecting Gaggle’s School Safety Solutions to Protect Their Students
Districts in eight states partner with Gaggle to enable 24/7 year-round early-warning system to provide proactive responses to online and offline safety issues and threats

Gaggle helped save the lives of 542 students who were actively planning or attempting suicide in the 2017-18 school year. Those results, plus the company’s record intercepting pornographic images, weapons brought to school and more, have led school districts in eight states to join the 1,400 districts already partnering with Gaggle. For 20 years, Gaggle has helped hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives while also protecting against district liability. The company helps ensure student safety in digital spaces by providing real-time monitoring of collaborative learning platforms, such as Microsoft Office 365, Google’s G Suite for Education, and Canvas.  Read the full press release >>


StudySync and The Players’ Tribune Partner to Make Personal Stories from Professional Athletes Part of Students’ Reading Curriculum

StudySync announced its content partnership with athlete-driven media company The Players’ Tribune (TPT). Through the partnership, StudySync is incorporating first-person narratives from a diverse set of international athletes into its core StudySync ELA curriculum, as well as its social media-like Blasts assignments, as part of its ongoing mission to bring relevant, high-quality content to middle and high school students.  Read the full press release >>


Schoolzilla PBC Launches Metric Zoom to Help School Systems Dig Deeper into Their Data

Schoolzilla, a Public Benefit Company that empowers school systems to use data to run great schools, announced an exciting new enhancement to Mosaic District Progress Monitoring, a multiple measures dashboard to help school leaders make daily progress on their most important goals. The new feature, Metric Zoom, extends Mosaic’s analytical capabilities by allowing deeper drill-downs into a school system’s data.  Read the full press release >>


ABCmouse® and ReadingIQ™ Partner with MetaMetrics® to Include Lexile® Reading Level Measures, Helping Millions of Children Build a Love of Reading and Stronger Literacy Skills
Partnership empowers educators and families to select appropriately leveled books for young readers

MetaMetrics and Age of Learning, Inc., announced that Age of Learning’s ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, the leading digital learning resource for children, and ReadingIQ, a world-class digital library with thousands of titles for kids 12 and under, now include Lexile measures for their digital books. This partnership enables educators and families to easily find books for every child’s individual reading level, based on the widely adopted Lexile reading metric.  Read the full announcement >>


Typing.com Announces New App Partnership with Clever
The popular online typing program, used by more than 25 million students, is the latest addition to the Clever Library

Typing.com, announced that it is the latest addition to the Clever Library, an online destination for teachers to easily discover and use the best digital learning apps in their classroom. The Library is free to use, and the included apps come with automatic account creation and single sign-on, saving hours of time for teachers and students. Typing.com, a free, fun and effective typing tutor for K-12 and beyond, is a gamified learning environment and the preferred typing program for nearly half a million teachers and more than 25 million students. Integration with the Clever Library will make this in-demand program more accessible for millions of students nationwide.  Read the full press release >>


The Urban Assembly and Partner Organizations Pledge Support for Social-Emotional Learning Recommendations
Report from National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development offers path forward

The Urban Assembly, in partnership with the Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, Student Success Network, Aperture Education and the National School Climate Center, strongly supports the recommendations released by the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” asserts that our nation is at a turning point: we now understand that social, emotional, and cognitive development underpin children’s academic learning. This breakthrough understanding about how people learn is fueling a growing movement to educate children as whole people, with social and emotional as well as academic needs.


ISTE and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Offering Members Innovative and Engaging Digital Resources that Bring STEM to Life in the Classroom
ISTE Members are Now Eligible to Receive Access to STEM Connect, Discovery Education’s Newest Digital Service

The International Society for Technology and Education(ISTE) a global education organization with a bold vision that technology can transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation, and solve tough problems in education, announced a new partnership with Discovery Education. Through this collaboration, Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, is offering all ISTE members access to its newest service, STEM Connect, at no cost through July 31, 2019.  Read the full press release >>


Boxlight Announces Technology Alliances with Critical Links and Modern Robotics, Inc.
Partnerships will see the launch of Mimio MicroCloud to improve and extend classroom connectivity and MyBot Education Platform to expand STEM Offerings

After a very successful showing at Bett 2019, Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”), a leading provider of technology solutions for the global education market, announced two new dynamic alliances. The partnerships with Critical Links and Modern Robotics, Inc., respectively, will transform connectivity, empower teachers and inspire STEM learning for students around the world. Read the full press release >>


CDI Computer Dealers is now CDI Technologies
CDI changes its name to better reflect its expanding education business

CDI Computer Dealers has changed its name to CDI Technologies to reflect the breadth of technology products and services it provides to North America’s schools. CDI Technologies has expanded over the years to provide everything from mobile and desktop devices and apps to services such as planning, deployment, support and asset disposition. Read the full announcement >>


KinderLab Robotics Announces Growing with KIBO Curriculum to Support K–2 Classrooms
New curriculum guide provides educators of young learners with 60 sequenced hours of standards-aligned lesson plans in robotics, coding, and computational thinking

KinderLab Robotics today expanded its KIBO™ curriculum suite by announcing Growing with KIBO – A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K¬–2. This guide was designed to support early elementary classrooms with a complete, sequenced STEAM curriculum covering robotics, coding, and computational thinking—in addition to providing opportunities for integrating these topics with arts and literacy activities. With this newest addition, KinderLab now offers more than 150 hours of standards-aligned robotics curriculum across its various books. Read the full announcement >>


Vernier Software & Technology Releases New Activity Module to Help Teach Middle School Students Key Physics Concepts
Ready-to-use experiments in ‘Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart’ use data-collection technology to investigate key STEM concepts

Vernier Software & Technology has released the Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart downloadable activity module to engage students in hands-on learning as they investigate key STEM concepts. The seven ready-to-use experiments found in the activity module explore frictional forces, motion, and simple machines, such as the lever, ramp, and pulley, all using the award-winning Go Direct® Sensor Cart and other materials typically found in the classroom. Read the full press release >>


Edgenuity Partners With DriversEd.com to Offer Online Driver’s Education in Eight States
Interactive, state-approved driving courses will prepare students to pass permit exams

Edgenuity, a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market, has announced a new partnership with DriversEd.com, the #1 online driving school. Edgenuity customers in eight states will have access to interactive online courses designed to teach students relevant local driving laws, pass their permit exams and get onto the road with confidence. Read the full announcement >>

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