The Education Scoops for March 8

Today is National Proofreading Day! We all have made spelling errors, grammar boo boos and typos when we write (I sure do!), so today is the day where we should take a little extra time to proofread our work, and also show appreciation to those who proof our work. Do you use an online tool to help with your proofreading?  I recently stumbled across a review of the Top 10 Free Online Proofreading Tools To Write Flawless Content and I thought it’d be worth sharing. And, speaking of writing flawless content, without plagiarizing, checkout the news below that Advance is acquiring Turnitin!

Here’s this round of education updates…

Advance to Acquire Turnitin, Leading Provider of Academic Integrity, Grading, and Feedback Solutions.

Advance announced the acquisition of Turnitin, a leading provider of education technology for academic integrity and writing solutions, from an investment entity affiliated with Insight Venture Partners, GIC and their co-investors. Turnitin’s proprietary software promotes student authenticity, instructor effectiveness, and better educational outcomes. Through machine learning, computer vision, and advanced artificial intelligence, Turnitin’s products check for plagiarism in writing and code assignments, provide real-time feedback for students, and automate grading for teachers across multiple disciplines. Turnitin’s products are used by over 34 million students in over 15,000 K-12 and higher education institutions in 153 countries. Its global reach and network of clients, including educational and research institutions, corporations and governments, have enabled Turnitin to build an unparalleled database of content used to check for text similarity and verify authorship. Read the full announcement >>

KUDOS

GreyED Solutions Included in Safer Schools in America Grant
Global Grid for Learning has awarded 85 schools with edtech grants aimed to improve the safety and culture in schools

GreyED Solutions announced that it has been included in the Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) Safer Schools in America Impact Grant. GreyED’s FilterED, a cloud-based solution that offers state, district and school leaders a comprehensive view of their technology landscape, is part of the estimated $9 million in philanthropically funded edtech grants awarded to 85 schools from 54 U.S. school districts across 15 states in Phase I of the grant program. Read the full announcement >>


Curriculum Associates Wins 2019 People’s Choice Award and Bronze Stevie® Award for Sales & Customer Service
Technical support team provides best-in-class service to ensure the effective implementation of company’s award-winning i-Ready® program

Curriculum Associates recently won the Bronze award in the Customer Service Department of the Year—Public Services & Education category of the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The company was additionally chosen as the favorite provider of customer service in the same category of the 2019 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service in which more than 76,000 votes were cast. Read the full announcement >>


Vernier Software & Technology Wins Two Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards
‘Coding with mBot: Life Hacks’ and ‘Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart’ selected by panel of tech-savvy educators

Vernier Software & Technology recently won Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards for both its Coding with mBot: Life Hacks and Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart downloadable activity modules. The awards, which are chosen by a panel of tech-savvy educators during the TCEA Convention & Exposition, recognize exemplary products and services that show the greatest promise in today’s classrooms. Read the full announcement >>

OTHER EDUCATION UPDATES

Gaggle Student Safety Report: 49 out of Every 10,000 Students Used Online School Accounts to Divulge Suicidal or Self-Harm Urges in Six-Month Period
New national report shares Gaggle’s compelling findings about the frequency of dangerous student behaviors and the new ways in which they cry for help

K-12 leaders will be surprised to learn how many of their students, including those in elementary school, are acting in ways that pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. According to Gaggle’s new national student safety report, “The State of Student Safety Through a Gaggle Lens,” evidence of an alarming number of harmful behaviors is left in students’ online activity. The report shows the frequency of these behaviors and highlights some of the key trends, so K-12 leaders can be aware of the threats and take steps to address them. Read the full press release >>


Planware™ Launches ONPASS® Pro School District Planning Software
The complete rewrite of the flagship product helps district administrators make data-driven decisions about boundary, school capacity, and enrollment changes

Planware, a division of Educational Data Systems, announced the launch of ONPASS® Pro, the next generation of its flagship software product for gathering, storing, analyzing, and presenting demographic and geospatial data. ONPASS Pro, a software extension of Esri’s ArcGIS Pro platform, uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology to empower school district administrators to view district data geospatially; examine the current demographics of their districts; and simulate the effects of boundary, school capacity, and enrollment changes. Read the full announcement >>


MDR Releases New Report Focusing on the Widespread Growth of Social and Emotional Learning Programs in Schools
Explores Current State and Future Opportunities for SEL Curriculum

As an increasing number of schools turn to social and emotional learning (SEL) programs to build a positive school climate, there are many commercial offerings available that may or may not meet their needs. Today MDR released a new report, The State of the K-12 Market 2018: Social and Emotional Learning in Schools, that focuses on educators’ preparedness to implement SEL curriculum in school and the barriers they face in addressing students’ social and emotional learning development.  Read the full press release >>


New eBook by Swing Education Helps Schools and Districts Navigate Teacher Shortages
eBook covers causes of teacher shortages and provides proactive steps school and district leaders can take to address it

Swing Education, an on-demand marketplace for substitute teachers, recently released a free eBook to help school and district leaders successfully navigate teacher shortages impacting states nationwide. The eBook, “Your School’s Guide to Surviving the Teacher Shortage,” details the causes of teacher shortages, explores solutions, and outlines the necessary steps schools can take to help alleviate the issue. Read the full announcement >>


Pedro Noguera to Deliver Keynote Address at PBL World 2019
Dr. Noguera is a dynamic speaker and champion of educational equity and social justice

PBLWorks announced Dr. Pedro Noguera as a keynote speaker for PBL World 2019, the largest annual event for educators who want to begin and advance their Project Based Learning practice. The conference will take place June 18-20, 2019 (pre-conference session June 17), at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley. To register, visit: https://goo.gl/WAaoz5 . Dr. Noguera is a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA, as well as an accomplished author, dynamic speaker, critically acclaimed scholar and a committed activist who specializes in a wide range of issues related to education, social justice and public policy. The keynote address is scheduled for June 18, 2019. Read the full announcement >>


Follett Book Fairs Already in Full Bloom for Spring
Seasonal Design Theme with Emojis Highlights Elementary School Offerings

Although winter is hanging tough in many parts of the country, Follett Book Fairs are already in full bloom for spring. With its seasonal design theme using emojis to highlight the new spring collection, Follett Book Fairs have a strong lineup of titles to delight kids, parents and educators from the industry’s top publishers. Read the full announcement >>

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Boxlight Launches Spring 2019 Webinar Series for Educators
Sessions to Focus on Robotics, Tech Integration and Professional Development

Boxlight Corporation announced the schedule for its spring webinar series titled “Transforming Learning in the Classroom.” Five free webinars will be offered covering three topics that will include focusing on helping schools navigate bringing STEM and robotics into the classroom, successfully integrating technology in the classroom, and delivering effective professional development.

Innovations Bringing STEM and Robotics to Today’s Classrooms
Dates: March 21, 2019 at 4:30 ET | April 9, 2019 at 4:30 ET

Teacher Choice = Teacher Success: How Personalized PD Keeps Teachers Learning
Date: April 23, 2019 at 4:30 ET

Rethinking Technology Integration in the Classroom
Dates: March 28, 2019 at 4:30 ET | May 2, 2019 at 4:30 ET

To see the full schedule and register for any or all of the webinars, visit http://mimio.boxlight.com/spring2019-webinar-sign-up.


Gaggle Webinar Alert – Securing Title IV Federal Funds to Safeguard Schools

WHAT: No-cost webinar for K-12 educators featuring Kecia Ray, Ed. D. and Susan Gentz, founder and owner of BSG Strategies, LLC
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12 at noon EST
REGISTER: https://pages.gaggle.net/titleivwebinar/

The webinar will focus on where districts can find funds, including Title IV, for purchasing student safety technologies that help ensure the welfare of students in and out of the classroom.

If you are interested in having your scoops shared, please reach out to me at schoolofthought@mdreducation.com with the subject of “Scoops.”  Please be sure to include any press links!

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