The Education Scoops for April 5

Wow..busy time of year!  So many things to celebrate this time around…from anniversaries, the EdTech Digest Awards (tons familiar names on the finalist and winners list!) and other innovative products and services being released.  There are many wonderful things you all do for teachers, students, administrators and entire districts, so with that I say a huge KUDOS to all the big news listed below.


I’d like to give a huge congratulations and Happy Anniversary to our very own Maureen Hance.  Maureen is celebrating twenty-three years here at MDR this week and we couldn’t be more proud to work with her!  Some of you may know Maureen, but for those who don’t, Maureen is our Market Insights Product Manager here at MDR. Her expertise in data, email, digital, and social channels intersects as she oversees MDR’s market research products. She has been a featured speaker at industry conferences, sales summits, and webinars. Please join me in congratulating Maureen on this exciting career milestone…23 years is a big deal!

Todd Hand Launches New Executive Search Firm to Improve Knowledge Economy Executive Searches
New executive search firm, Knowledge Leaders, cross-pollinates talent from a wide variety of industries innovatively finding the best leaders for its knowledge economy clients.

Veteran search expert, Todd Hand, has launched a retained executive search firm that focuses on strategically recruiting from a wide variety of industries to find the leading executives for technology and education companies that are transforming how the world now learns. For most of his 25 years in executive search, Todd has recruited executives across a breadth of industries including: technology, digital media, consulting, financial services and education.  Congrats Todd! We wish you the best of luck in your new venture.  Read the full announcement >>

Discovery Education Streaming Plus Wins the Coveted EdTech ‘Cool Tool’ Award from EdTech Digest
Streaming Plus Wins the Content Provider Solution Category as Discovery Education Places Five Finalists for the ‘Trendsetter’, ‘Cool Tool’, and ‘Edtech Leadership’ Awards

Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, was recently announced the winner of a coveted EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Content Provider Solution category. In addition, Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, placed finalists for the Trendsetter, Cool Tool, and Edtech Leadership Awards.  Read the full announcement >>

The itslearning LMS Named a ‘Cool Tool’ Finalist in 2019 EdTech Digest Awards

itslearning announced that its learning management system (LMS) of the same name was chosen as a finalist in the 2019 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Awards. The itslearning LMS was named a finalist for best learning management system solution. Read the full announcement >>

Checkout all the EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award finalists and winners here.  Some familiar names on this list! Congrats to all!


Encyclopaedia Britannica Group Launches Free Chrome Browser Extension
Britannica Insights™ helps searchers cut through the clutter, save time, learn more, be sure about their results

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Group announced Britannica Insights, a free Chrome browser extension that enables searchers to cut through the noise on the internet and provide trusted and verified information at the top-right corner of their search results page. Britannica Insights is available for download at and delivers on the promise, “Save time. Learn more. Be sure.” Watch the video here. Britannica Insights works with major search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others – on the Chrome browser. Read the announcement >>

MetaMetrics Launches New Service for Publishers to Create Learning Pathways for Math Content at NCTM 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Quantile Sequencing Service helps publishers put information for personalizing math learning at teachers’ fingertips

At the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition, MetaMetrics® unveiled a new service that will allow publishers to create student learning pathways in their math content. With the Quantile® Sequencing Service, publishers can help teachers connect the dots between where students are and where they need to be when learning math.  Read the full announcement >>

National Geographic Learning Partners with Britannica Digital Learning to Expand Access to Social Studies Content for U.S. Middle Schools
For No Additional Fee, Students Gain Access to Thousands of Learning Resources, While Instructors Save Time Searching for Supplemental Material that Meets Learning Objectives

National Geographic Learning, a Cengage Company, and Britannica Digital Learning are partnering to incorporate primary source and multimedia content into National Geographic Learning’s middle school U.S History program, National Geographic U.S. History American Stories. Students and teachers will gain seamless access to Britannica LaunchPacks which include thousands of grade-appropriate video, audio, articles, and primary-source social studies documents, with hundreds aligned to the American Stories learning path. Read the full press release >>

Video Observation Company Invents Low-Tech Tripod Tool
Edthena creates innovative – yet simple – paper tripod that helps educators capture high-quality classroom video

Edthena is a leader in offering the best online technology for teacher professional learning, yet its latest innovation takes things offline. The new Edthena paper tripod proves that sometimes the best inventions are the simplest ones. Constructed from a single, die-cut piece of paper folded into a triangular shape, the tripod allows educators to capture high-quality video of their instruction using mobile devices. Like a traditional tripod, the Edthena paper tripod helps educators avoid shaky, hand-held shots as they film. Read more >>

Public Schools Week Shows the Promise and Potential of Public Schools
New videos from the Learning First Alliance show six exemplary public schools across the country that are making a difference for students and their communities

The Learning First Alliance (LFA) and thousands of partner groups and educators across the country are hosting Public Schools Week 2019, with events planned from March 25-29 to highlight the successes public schools have achieved and the hope for continued progress. Read the full press release >>

Assessment Systems Corporation to Host First Assessment Conference Focused on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Assessment
The International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) Conference will take place in Minneapolis, June 10-13

Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC), the Minnesota-based international leader in adaptive and AI-enabled assessment, announced it will host the 2019 conference of the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT), June 10 -13 in Minneapolis – the first gathering of worldwide assessment researchers and sponsors to explicitly focus on AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. Read the full announcement >>

Follett Introduces ‘Follett Classroom Libraries’
With wide selection of fiction and non-fiction texts, new hand-curated classroom content collections designed to help students become engaged, confident, independent readers

Follett announced the launch of Follett Classroom Libraries, extending the company’s commitment to providing expert-curated collections of resources for teachers and students. Offering a wide selection of engaging K-12 titles from trusted publishers, Follett Classroom Libraries are designed to easily integrate into elementary, middle school, and high school curriculums, plus support teacher instruction and foster healthy independent student reading habits. Read the full announcement >>


Girls in STEM Webinar and Open Session with Dr. Meagan Pollock

WHAT:  No cost, open session for K-12 educators featuring Dr. Meagan Pollock, Executive Director of Design Connect Create
WHEN:  Monday, April 8 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

– How to close the gender gap in STEM classes
– How to have an inclusive STEAM class
– How to assure gender-equity in your STEM class
– How to encourage more girls to get interested in STEM and STEAM fields

Some of the biggest questions facing educators today revolve around how best to close the gender gap in STEAM education. On Monday, April 8, Intelitek will host a webinar in which attendees will be able to ask about everything they wanted to know regarding this and related topics. They will receive answers and ideas from special guest Dr. Meagan Pollock, the executive director of Design Connect Create, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women to be successful in STEM courses.  Learn more >>

Gaggle Releases New White Paper on Using Federal Title IV Funds to Implement School Safety Programs

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its Title IV, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), component have given educators and state officials the flexibility and funding to decide what student safety measures are needed most in their particular schools and communities. To help administrators understand the possibilities for their schools, Kecia Ray, Ed. D, the executive director of the Center for Digital Education, and Susan Gentz, the founder of educational consultancy BSG Strategies, have co-authored a white paper titled, “Opportunities to Enhance Safe Learning Spaces.” Read the full whitepaper >>

Intelitek Releases White Paper on How to Make STEM Part of the Mainstream Curriculum

The modern workforce needs people with STEM competencies in almost every industry, but many educators are trying to figure out how to effectively deliver a STEM education that makes students truly 21st century ready. Intelitek has released a new white paper, “Crossing the Chasm to Mainstream STEM Education,” that addresses misconceptions about STEM learning and explains how to use technology to revolutionize classrooms and teaching behaviors. Read the whitepaper >>

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