The Education Scoops for April 19


Each year during the Annual Conference, opens in a new windowCoSN honors distinguished school technology leaders, experts and districts for their school technology accomplishments and dedication to advancing innovative learning settings.

Let’s give a big congrats to these individuals who were honored!

  • District Team Leadership Award: Hampton Township School District Team (PA)
  • Community Leadership Award for Digital Equity: Vancouver School District (WA)
  • Hurley Private Sector Champion Award: Gavin Lee, Business Development, State & Local Government and Education (SLED), Juniper Networks\
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Andrew Moore, CIO, Boulder Valley School District (CO)
  • Withrow Outstanding CTO of the Year Award: Phil Hintz, Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56 (IL)
  • EmpowerED Superintendent of the Year Award: Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Meriden Public Schools (CT)
  • Papert Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Moore (awarded posthumously)
  • NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders:
    o Chanel Alford-Campbell, Technology Integration Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools (VA)
    o Lindsey Blass, Personalized Learning Environments Program Manager, San Francisco Unified School District (CA)
    o Renee Hernandez, Digital Learning Coordinator, Allen Independent School District (TX)
    o Toni Hoehn, Digital Curriculum Support Specialist, St. Vrain Valley School District (CO)
    o Allison Reid, Coordinating Teacher for Instructional Technology, Wake County Schools (NC)

Kudos to all!

MATHia by Carnegie Learning Named “Best Artificial Intelligence Solution” in 2019 EdTech Awards
Carnegie Learning’s artificial intelligence guarantees that no teacher or student ever feels alone

opens in a new windowCarnegie Learning announced that its flagship software solution, MATHia®, has been awarded “Best Artificial Intelligence Solution” in the 2019 EdTech Awards. MATHia is a smarter math learning software that uses artificial intelligence and cognitive science to mirror a human tutor better than any other software. It provides a truly 1:1 personalized learning experience for every student, supporting students who are struggling while challenging those who are ready for more, all at the same time.  opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>


New Education Elements Toolkit Helps School Leaders Take DIY Approach to Student-Centered Instruction and Personalized Learning
The Personalized Learning Toolkit gives leaders premium content and tools proven to support effective and sustainable instructional shifts

After eight years of working alongside school leaders, and a year of testing, opens in a new windowEducation Elements is making its personalized learning expertise and proven methodology widely available to schools and districts through the Personalized Learning Toolkit. The toolkit helps school leaders take a do-it-yourself approach to planning, designing, and launching a school- or district-level student-centered, personalized learning initiative. opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Boclips Launches Curated, Secure Video Platform for Educators
With more than 120 partners, the new service offers educational video content that is appropriate for students of all ages and covers every school subject

opens in a new windowBoclips launched its new solution, Boclips for Teachers, a video platform that offers safe and engaging content for students and time-saving solutions for educators. Boclips for Teachers offers an extensive library of material to bring academic topics to life for all ages while deepening students’ understanding of a variety of subjects. opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >> Introduces Free District Accounts and Support Features
The web’s most popular typing tutor, used by more than 25 million students, becomes the only typing program to offer district, school and teacher support―completely free

opens in a new now enables schools and districts using in multiple classrooms the opportunity to set up a district-wide account, connecting schools and classrooms together and giving administrators access to progress reporting across schools. School and district accounts are free of charge, making the only platform to offer full district support at no cost with no limitations on content or administrative features. opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Britannica LaunchPacks Livens Classrooms with Kahoot! Quizzes Integration; Interactive Game-based Learning Gives Teachers Another Tool to Engage Students
LaunchPacks inspires curiosity and the joy of learning. With Kahoot! as part of the package, students will get more of both.

opens in a new windowBritannica Digital Learning announced today that Britannica’s popular LaunchPacks® Science and Social Studies classroom learning platforms are now integrated with Kahoot!, the popular learning games and trivia quizzes platform. opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

Reading Workshop for K-2 Educators Set for June 17-20 in Portland, Ore.

Marilyn Sprick’s 2019 “Read Well Leadership, Teaching, and Training” opens in a new windowworkshop for educators will be held June 17-20 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Ore.  Presented by Sprick, lead author of opens in a new windowVoyager Sopris Learning’s Read Well suite of K-2 solutions, the annual workshop is designed for reading specialists and interventionists, general education teachers, coaches, and administrators looking to accelerate the progress of young readers and meet the needs of all learners in the Read Well K-2 curriculum.

Vernier Integrates Its Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor with Scratch to Engage Students in Hands-On Coding
Use of data-collection technology with popular coding software teaches students basic programming skills and computational thinking

The Vernier Go Direct Force and Acceleration Sensor now integrates with the popular Scratch coding platform. By bringing together these technologies from Vernier and Scratch, students are able to engage with scientific and computational concepts through hands-on project-based learning.  opens in a new windowRead the press release >> Recognizes Five Epson Display Solutions in Annual Classroom Projector Report
Epson PowerLite, PowerLite L, Pro L and LightScene Models Awarded For Exceptional Value and Performance for Classrooms

opens in a new windowEpson announced it received five awards in the opens in a new window2019-2020 Classroom Projector Report: The Best Education Projectors from, a leading projector review site. This annual report highlights a wide-range of projectors launched in the past year, from inexpensive, value-oriented projectors to high-powered projectors with advanced networking for large university classrooms and auditoriums. A brand-new category was included in this year’s report – High End and Specialty Education Projectors – which features extremely powerful projectors suited for digital signage at universities and colleges.  opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Renaissance Partners with Discovery Education and Knovation to Inspire Growth Through New Test Items and Open Educational Resources
Current Renaissance customers will gain immediate access to the new curated content

opens in a new windowRenaissance®, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, announced tens of thousands of new test items and more than 100,000 open educational resources (OERs) are being added to the Renaissance Growth Platform™.  opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

Follett Book Fairs will be Opening Fulfillment Centers Coast to Coast
New facilities will enhance customer service, further promote students’ love of reading

Follett announced it will soon be opening five new Follett Book Fairs’ fulfillment centers across the country. The new centers, stretching coast to coast, will expedite book deliveries to those schools with scheduled fairs, plus provide for quick replenishment when inventories on popular books run low. The new fulfillment centers are located in or near the following cities:

  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • San Bernardino, Calif.

All centers will be open by Aug. 1, in time for the back-to-school book fairs in late summer and fall.  opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

EduLab Capital Partners Announces Investment in examPAL
Investment in Test Prep Platform Marks Familiar Territory for the EduLab Capital Partners Team

opens in a new windowEduLab Capital Partners, a seed-stage venture capital firm, announced an investment in opens in a new windowexamPAL to help grow its test prep platform. Tel Aviv, Israel-based examPAL marks the first international investment for EduLab Capital Partners, which was launched in late 2018 with an exclusive focus on the education market. EduLab Capital Partners’ domain-specific expertise, global partnerships and product development within the testing space will help companies like examPAL to accelerate their product impact in the market. opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Triangle Interactive to Release Co-Published Read-Along eBooks from Abrams & Recorded Books

Triangle Interactive LLC today announced the release of 8 exciting new co-published read-along eBooks, each featuring embedded audio and synchronized word-highlighting. These read-along releases are innovative cooperative publishing efforts between ABRAMS, the eBook  Publisher, and opens in a new windowRecorded Books, the audiobooks publisher.

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