Howard Middle School: 21st Century Education Success Story

The Howard Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)², which is located on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C, is an educational anomaly. Situated in a school district fraught with a plethora of challenges, the school has become an academic powerhouse since opening its doors in 2005. Last year it was nominated for the President’s Blue Ribbon Award for Education Excellence, while faculty member Kimberly Worthy was named the 2009 D.C Teacher of the Year. The school continues to produce outstanding academic results and high graduation rates. So how does an institution in a troubled system become one of the best schools in the nation’s capital?

Since 2005, the Howard Middle School has been using the Studywiz Spark, a web-based program developed by the Etech Group which, in simple terms, facilitates learning through the use of the Internet. The Studywiz Spark technology allows for all classes to be posted online, and for the students who use the system to access assignments, download homework, take tests and quizzes, and participate in discussions and chat forums. Students can also store all their work in the Studywiz eLocker storage space, which is an online hard drive. Living in a media-rich world dominated by Facebook, blogs, and Twitter, it seems only logical that the learning sector take the next step.

“This is what our kids know, this is what they breathe” says Sue White, who has been the Principal of Howard Middle School since 2007. “Kids know technology, better than most adults. If we don’t use the technology to educate, then we are missing the boat.”

The results seen at the Howard Middle School truly speak for themselves. Through Studywiz Spark, the students are more engaged, energetic and enthusiastic about learning. What makes Studywiz Spark an effective learning tool, aside from its portability and easy access, is its personalization- the capability to provide each student with his or her own unique academic plan that suits their own performance level, as well as caters to their specific interests. And it is this differentiation which is absolutely vital in allowing students to flourish both academically and developmentally.

“It is very time-consuming for a teacher to individualize instructions” says White. “Studywiz Spark really is a tool that assists teachers in doing that from so many aspects- from the testing, to targeting kids who may be performing below and above grade level. Effective planning takes hours, but with Studywiz Spark a teacher can upload a variety of videos, pull historical speeches, borrow images, and readily access resources from around the world. It just means any level student sitting in your classroom is served well, and that’s got to make a teacher feel wonderful. It’s just a beautiful, very effective supplement, or a partner if you will.”

So far, Howard Middle School is the first school in the D.C area to use Studywiz Spark. And while the technology has proven vitally beneficial to both students and teachers of the school, it is the parents who are also reaping the rewards. At the start of every school year, parents are invited to come into the school and be trained to use the Studywiz Spark technology. And with Howard Middle School being a 2:1 laptop facility- two laptops for every one student (one laptop for class, one laptop for home), this has allowed the parents to become interactive, and share the class experience at home with their kids. “They are absolutely blown away by the notion that they can check their kids assignments every day, so it’s no more of ‘I didn’t know this…’” says White. “It really brings the school and the parents together, it really helps us to bond.”

When it’s all said and done, it is about the kids. And Ms. White has seen first hand the difference Studywiz Spark can make in the development of an individual student. “A student came in as a beginning reader. He was a very angry child, often in altercations” recalls White. “And then we began to use the tools (Studywiz Spark), and he is now, after a year and a half, reading at a fifth grade level. While he’s still behind, he is a new child- he is happy, he is excited to attend school now, he is participating in extra-curricular activities, he’s one of our star students. As a result of his new confidence, he has recently been a runner-up in one of our local technical competitions. So he’s a child who has turned around because of the appropriate use of the technology.”

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Contact: Fiona Martin, Marketing Communications, Etech Group


Tripp Lite Introduces IP Console Servers

New Tripp Lite IP Console Servers provide universal IT device management

In-Band/Out-of-Band Management Solutions for All Rackmount Equipment
Chicago, IL (August 5, 2009)—Tripp Lite has introduced a new line of IP Console Servers that offer a universal IT device management solution for servers, workstations, routers, PBX systems, UPS systems, PDUs, IP KVM switches and more. The new servers enable users to access all their equipment in-band or out-of-band from any location through a single, highly secure gateway.
Key Features and Benefits:
 — In-band/out-of-band access to all serial-and network-connected devices
— Up to 50 concurrent users can securely access over 1,000 devices through a single
IP address
— Integrated management tools with comprehensive logging and alerting 
— UPS and PDU monitoring and control 
— Embedded Linux with full shell access for customization
The new IP Console Servers are available in three models with 16 or 48 RJ45 serial ports. Models B096-048 and B096-016 feature full management LAN support, enabling highly secure service processor access. They also include a built-in router, firewall and DHCP server, plus dual Ethernet ports. Model B092-016 features embedded PowerAlert Network Management System software capable of controlling up to 250 UPS systems and PDUs. Also available are three modular serial adapters that allow the IP console servers to access devices with DB9 serial ports.
“Tripp Lite’s new IP Console Servers are suitable for any application that requires secure access, high availability and consolidated device management,” said David Posner, Tripp Lite Cables and Connectivity Product Manager. “Providing a sophisticated in-band/out-of-band IT device management solution with secure tunneling in 1U, these IP console servers are an ideal solution for a wide range of users, from small businesses to enterprise data center and networking managers.”
The new IP Console Servers are in stock and available for immediate shipment.
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About Tripp Lite
Outstanding product reliability and exceptional service have been Tripp Lite trademarks for more than 85 years. Tripp Lite’s innovations include the world’s first UPS system designed specifically for personal computers, and the world’s most trusted premium surge suppressor–the Isobar®–with more than 16 million in use. Tripp Lite maintains the highest level of ready-to-ship inventory in the industry with more than 1,000 different products, including UPS systems, rack systems, PDUs, PowerAlert software for enterprise-level system management and control, surge suppressors, KVM switches, cables and connectivity products, inverters, power strips, notebook accessories and more. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Tripp Lite maintains a global presence with fully staffed offices worldwide. Additional information, including a list of Tripp Lite’s sales offices and authorized reseller partners, can be found by visiting Tripp Lite’s website:

Anoto Announces Distribution Agreement with The Douglas Stewart Company

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—August 5, 2009—Anoto Group, the inventor of digital pen and paper, today announced a distribution agreement with The Douglas Stewart Company, the largest distributor and marketer of computer products, consumer electronics and school supplies exclusively serving the education market.  Effective immediately, The Douglas Stewart Company will distribute and market the Anoto penPresenter through its resale channel of over 2,500 academic resellers in the U.S. and Canada. 


Anoto penPresenter is a unique PowerPoint add-in which brings the mobile, real time capabilities of digital pen technology to slide show presentations through Bluetooth technology.  Anoto penPresenter enhances presentations by allowing educators to make notes, highlights and sketches on their slides that are viewed in real time as they present.  All notes written on PowerPoint slides can then be saved digitally and distributed after lectures, classes or meetings, something not possible with ordinary whiteboard notes.


“We are very pleased to provide our resellers with another innovative solution through the Anoto penPresenter, as it provides educators with a mobile and cost-effective way to display, highlight, capture and share lecture content, benefiting teacher and student alike,” said Jack Bahlman, vice president of sales and marketing, The Douglas Stewart Company.  “Anoto’s digital pen and paper technology is world-renowned, and we look forward to cultivating this new relationship as the company continues to develop new products for the education market.”


“The Douglas Stewart Company’s impressive reseller network and unmatched industry experience provides Anoto with a great opportunity to get Anoto penPresenter in the hands of more teachers and students across North America, creating a more engaging and flexible classroom experience.” said Pietro Parravicini, president and CEO of Anoto, Inc. “We are proud to team with a greatly respected and established distributor of quality products for the education market, and we expect a successful long term relationship as both companies help expand the breath of solutions available to make the classroom as effective and efficient as possible.”


To learn more about partnering with The Douglas Stewart Company to offer the Anoto penPresenter and other quality academic solutions, please visit:


For more information about partnering with Anoto, please contact or visit


About The Douglas Stewart Company

The Douglas Stewart Company ( is the largest distributor and marketer of computer products, consumer electronics and school supplies exclusively serving the education market. The Douglas Stewart Company links more than 185 manufacturers with over 4,500 academic resellers in the United States and Canada. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Douglas Stewart EDU, distributes technology products throughout Europe. Based in Madison, WI and founded in 1950, The Douglas Stewart Company is a privately held, woman-owned business. In 2007 and 2008, The Wisconsin State Journal’s Book of Business ranked the company as the largest woman-owned business in Wisconsin.


About Anoto Group

Anoto Group is the company behind and world leading in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly forms solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 110 employees, offices in Lund (head office), Boston and Tokyo. The Anoto share is listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic small cap list under the ticker ANOT. For more information:


Edu1world-Ciber Best Practices Community Makes Higher Ed Technology Decisions Easier

Irvington, VA (PRWEB) August 4, 2009 — Edu1world, an online professional networking site for higher education technology professionals and practitioners, announced today that CIBER Inc., an international system integration consultancy and outsourcing company, is sponsoring an online “Best Practices Community” on The community is available worldwide at no charge to higher education CIO’s, technology directors, faculty and staff from administrative and student affairs, instructional technology, admissions and other departments that rely heavily on technology.

The free service fills a need for collaboration among higher education professionals who have traditionally traveled to conferences to learn from their peers. While it does not replace all of the valuable opportunities afforded by live conferences, edu1world’s Best Practices Community will provide a new opportunity for networking to professionals affected by the economic downturn this year.

Higher education technology is a complex and fast-growing industry. From human resources to financial aid to student registration and grading, today’s colleges and universities depend on a variety of integrated computer applications and networked technology systems to run smoothly.

With thousands of products and services to choose from, decision makers are challenged by the sheer volume of available information. Without peer support, product review and selection can be a daunting task. The CIBER-sponsored Best Practices Community gives edu1world users access to peers who have already done the research, implemented and tested programs and products, and are willing to share the results.

In an unprecedented move, CIBER Inc. has announced that some of their own system integration consultants will be joining the online community and offering their perspectives on the topics under discussion. Given the effect of pervasive budget cuts, this offer of CIBER’s expertise to the community is being welcomed enthusiastically by higher education professionals.

“We are using web 2.0 technology to leverage the wisdom of the crowd with the knowledge and deep experience that CIBER has to offer. They have been involved in hundreds of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations. There is no one better positioned than CIBER to both sponsor a Best Practices Community and add value to the conversation,” said Liz Dietz, General Manager of edu1world.



New York, August 5, 2009 –Statistics show that over the summer break, most students lose an average of two-three months of math computational skills they learned during the school year.  But this year educators from Florida’s Hillsborough and Escambia Counties were determined to combine summer fun with learning by incorporating Tabula Digita’s DimensionM™ Multiplayer educational video games into their summer school programs.

Hillsborough County Public Schools offered the video game course at four middle schools to support its intervention and enrichment program.  The School District of Escambia County launched its summer instruction at four middle school sites as part of its intervention and course recovery curriculum.  By all accounts, the summer programs were a huge success.


“Our students commented that they never knew they could have this much fun at summer school,” said Janet Boatman, middle school mathematics supervisor for Hillsborough County schools.  “As educators, we love to see this kind of enthusiasm for math coupled with improved student learning – it makes us all winners.”

Sheila Montgomery, secondary math supervisor for Escambia County, added this, “I was amazed at the retention rates our summer school program enjoyed this year.  Parents told us their students were begging them to let them continue attending after the session was over.  It was so refreshing to see how interested these students were in math and how much they helped one another.”


For the programs the schools used DimensionM Multiplayer 2009, which offers four distinct missions packed with standards-based content focusing on more than 200 math skills.  The collaborative simulations are geared toward students in grades 3-12. The supplemental curriculum programs correlate to both National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and state standards, and target key objectives covered on state tests.


The DimensionM games require students to create their own avatars and then face numerous mathematical obstacles that necessitate knowledge of content and swift reaction to navigate through the games and score points.  As they compete, students build upon basic skills like multiplication, division, and fractions, which in later years will lead to mastery of everything from proportions, number lines, and adding and subtracting integers; to order of operations, evaluating expressions, employing function tables, and solving complex equations.


Hillsborough students finished the summer course with an action-packed gaming tournament in Tampa where they successfully demonstrated what they learned in just a few weeks time.  Escambia County summer school students competed in teams and as individuals during their summer tournament held in July.


“In a recent interview, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan characterized the effects of ‘summer learning loss’ as devastating and well-documented,” said Ntiedo Etuk, chief executive officer and co-founder of Tabula Digita.  “These programs proved that through the use of stimulating, educationally sound technology, we can re-engage and re-energize students over the summer so they come back to school on pace and ready to advance.”


The DimensionM video game series is available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.  There are several purchase options available for schools and districts to consider when purchasing DimensionM games. Please visit or contact for more information.


About Tabula Digita

Tabula Digita is the world leader in the development of innovative educational video games.   Research-based and aligned to state standards, the award-winning DimensionM and League of Scientists instructive tools currently support math and science curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students.  Through its fusion of collaborative, content-rich, immersive learning environments, Tabula Digita’s single and multiplayer products have been proven highly effective in increasing student engagement, time on task, and achievement scores.


Tabula Digita games are currently being used in school districts across the country including New York City Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Broward County Public Schools, and the Ft. Worth Independent School District in Texas.  In 2008,Tabula Digita’s DimensionM gaming series was named the Best Educational Game/Simulation from the Software Industry Information Association (SIIA).  

For more information, please call 1-877-6-TABULA or 1-877-682-2852 or visit


Media Contact:

Leslie Eicher @ 314-965-1776 or


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DULUTH, GA — Aug 3, 2009 — Curriculum Advantage Inc. and Global Education Technologies (GET) today announce a partnership to give K-12 schools a complete Response to Intervention (RtI) solution that links data management and assessment with differentiated instruction to improve student learning. Through this partnership, student results from Classworks® comprehensive K-12 instructional software will be integrated with Enrich™, GET’s data, tracking and reporting solution for RtI programs.


RtI is a proven strategy for improving student outcomes through the ongoing evaluation of student performance and research-based interventions. Enrich provides a centralized online system that enables teachers and administrators to accurately track interventions and monitor student progress. With the addition of Classworks data, schools and districts using Enrich have another data source for decision-making and can now easily deliver instruction to students based on their individual needs.


“Together, Classworks and Enrich provide a comprehensive solution to help educators quickly and easily implement an effective RtI program,” said Melissa Sinunu, chief operations officer for Curriculum Advantage. “Adding Classworks data to Enrich’s reporting will save teachers time by providing instant access to individualized interventions that engage students with diverse learning styles, and strengthen each student’s knowledge and skills. Plus, with Enrich, educators can now gain a complete view of student performance and their response to interventions in Classworks and other programs, so they can immediately address students’ needs.”


Classworks provides individualized instruction in math, reading, language arts and elementary science to bring at-risk students to grade level proficiency, accelerate learning for mainstream students, and help English learners build fluency. It includes 17,000 instructional activities drawn from 265 top software titles. With these activities, teachers can target and customize instruction to improve the performance of students from Tier I, which includes students performing on grade level, through Tier IV, which assigns Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students.


“As educators narrow their focus and target their instructional programs to meet the unique educational needs of their students, it is equally important that companies like Curriculum Advantage and Global Education Technologies broaden their products and business perspective by offering integrated systems that significantly expand the capabilities of their respective products,” said Dr. David Larson, education management consultant for Global Education Technologies.  “This partnership truly demonstrates our technology solution can be greater than the sum of the individual parts.”


About Curriculum Advantage
Curriculum Advantage Inc. ( is the developer of the award-winning Classworks® system of K-12 reading and mathematics instruction and learning tools. Available as a web-based or networked solution, Classworks’ activities are correlated to national and state learning standards and state tests, and include prescriptive and summative assessment, remediation and reporting tools. Classworks Language Learner Series addresses English as Second Language learning with content that focuses on auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic components.


Online Sales Leader Journey Education Marketing, Inc. Chosen to Handle Sales of ConceptShare Online Tool for Sharing Visual Projects


DALLAS, Aug. 5, 2009 –Journey Education Marketing, Inc. (JEM) launched North American sales of ConceptShare, a visual collaboration application for college instructors in design, computer animation and web design.  The web-based application allows instructors to provide students with clear, effective and timely feedback and project critiques. ConceptShare, Inc., selected JEM, the leading online marketer of software to K-12 and college education, as the exclusive reseller for its product in the education market. JEM will sell ConceptShare directly to college students and schools through its national dealer websites.  
The ConceptShare application dramatically improves how instructors deliver feedback and critiques on their students’ projects. Students upload their work – designs, computer animation, concept art, storyboards – to a private workspace and instructors can apply their comments and markups directly on the work, even on individual frames in a video file. ConceptShare provides a powerful suite of drawing and commenting tools that recreates the experience of marking up printouts, all through the convenience of a web browser. Students are able to “SEE” and understand the instructor’s feedback in context of the work being discussed. ConceptShare eliminates the ambiguity, frustration and ineffectiveness of delivering feedback and critiques by e-mail. ConceptShare ensures that the instructor’s feedback and critique is clear, concise and understood by the student.
ConceptShare was developed by creative professionals for creative professionals. Originally marketed to design agencies and computer animation studios, ConceptShare is now available to students, schools and institutions through JEM at a discounted academic price. For annual subscription pricing, visit,, and For institution licenses, contact JEM at 800-874-9001. Free individual subscriptions are available to educators.
JEM is exhibiting now at SIGGRAPH2009, the leading international conference on computer graphics and interactive technology, in New Orleans. Visit JEM’s “JourneyEd” reseller booth to learn more about ConceptShare and see some of the best design products.
 “Journey Education Marketing is proud to be the exclusive source for ConceptShare, Inc.’s groundbreaking product in North America,” said JEM’s
Sr. Vice President of International and Business Development, Steve Ledbetter. “We have a large segment of customers who rely on us for the latest graphic design technology and who can all benefit from the convenience that ConceptShare delivers.”
“Expanding our sales to North America through Journey Education Marketing is important for ConceptShare, Inc.’s visual collaboration application. Used by some of the top design agencies, animation studios and game developers in the world, ConceptShare is quickly gaining adoption with design and computer animation schools across North America,” said Nish Patel, Chief Executive Officer of ConceptShare, Inc. “JEM’s online sales network is direct to the education market, reaching our target audience of college instructors and students who are seeking ways to significantly improve the effectiveness and impact of feedback and project critiques.”  
            Journey Education Marketing, Inc. (JEM) is the leading multi-channel software marketer to the K-12 and college academic markets. It sells to students, faculty, staff, educational institutions and public school districts. With the addition of the popular K-12 education reseller CCV Software to its business in Feb. 2008, JEM expanded from serving only higher education into the K-12 market. It acquired online retailer Academic Superstore in Jan. 2009. JEM’s Academic eStore Network (AEN), which includes more than 22,000 online stores, offers thousands of market-leading software and technology products, including those published by Microsoft and Adobe, at discounts of up to 85 percent off retail prices to the education community.
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Monkey Teaches Children to Read

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ — OK, it may be a storybook monkey, but children are learning to read from Flip the Monkey and the entire nation is about to learn how.

Boca Raton-based Flipping For Phonics, Inc. ( announced the launch of a nationwide television campaign to educate parents, teachers and ESL students about this creative and entertaining teaching approach for toddlers through adults.

Said Ellen Steiner, Flipping For Phonics Vice President, "We are excited to offer our learning system to everyone across the country. We have had great success with early learning programs used by Private Montessori, public and government-operated schools, and have been a great resource for parent/teacher resource centers nationwide. The time is right."

Orlando-based Convergence ( produced the commercials and will place media on nationwide cable networks. Said Kenny Taht, Convergence CEO, "We are excited to work on the Flipping For Phonics Campaign. We believe this program revolutionizes early childhood learning and everyone with Flipping For Phonics is so dedicated to improving the lives of children — truly inspirational."

The special TV offer for the educational tools will be priced at just $24.95, with additional book and musical CDs available for only $14.95, and will be available starting September 14, 2009.

For more information on Flipping For Phonics, please contact Ellen Steiner at or (561) 901-4943.

For more information on Convergence Production and Media Services, please contact Brian Townsend at or (407) 296-4100.


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CONTACT: Ellen Steiner of Flipping For Phonics, +1-561-901-4943,; or Brian Townsend of Convergence, +1-407-296-4100,


Free online course helps students plan careers

A free online learning program from Microsoft is helping middle and high school students think about careers they might like to pursue and the skills necessary to attain those careers. Called CareerForward, the course has students examine their skills and interests as they investigate potential career paths and other aspects to independent living, such as financial management skills. Its four components address specific aspects of 21st-century careers. Throughout the course, students are asked frequently to reflect on what they¹re learning, to write their thoughts down as a continual refinement of their thinking, and to discuss their thoughts with other students, either in person or online. The course, which takes about four to six weeks to complete, is designed to be facilitated by a local teacher and can be used independently or as part of an existing face-to-face course in career planning, business, or global studies. CareerForward launched in Michigan two years ago when the state became the first in the nation to require students to have an online learning experience before they graduate from high school. Alabama recently became the second state in the nation to adopt an online-learning requirement for high school graduation, and in May the Alabama Department of Education announced plans to implement CareerForward statewide for the 2009-10 school year.


Flooding causes evacuations at U. of Louisville

A university van sits in several feet of water.

A university van sits in several feet of water.

Employees were evacuated by boat from a flooded building at the University of Louisville on Aug. 4 after heavy rain pounded the region, submerging cars up to their rooftops and lagooning buildings in several feet of water on two of the university’s campuses.

Rescue units from local police and fire departments used orange inflatable rafts equipped with small engines to pick up 30 stranded employees at the Houchens building, on the university’s main Belknap campus.

The responders first picked up a pregnant woman and people with medical conditions, then returned several times to bring the remaining employees to dry ground, where carpools were arranged. Many could not get to their own vehicles, which were trapped under water.

“They couldn’t go anywhere. They couldn’t get out of the building,” said Mark R. Hebert, a university spokesman. “There’s never been anything like this in the city of Louisville.”
Aside from one broken wrist and some sprained ankles, there were no serious injuries, he added.

During the morning commute Tuesday, as much as six inches of rain fell in a one-hour-and-15-minute period, according to city officials in a televised press conference.

Twelve buildings on the Belknap campus lost electricity, and nine had flooding. On the Health Sciences campuses, six buildings were without electricity and 20 had flooding, including one building with more than two feet of water. The university has not yet determined what the damage will cost, Mr. Hebert said, but employees are already beginning to clean up the campuses.

The Belknap campus and the School of Public Health and Information Sciences on the Health Sciences campus were closed on Aug. 5. The Shelby campus and the remainder of the Health Sciences campus will remain open.

At least two other institutions of higher education in Louisville, Bellarmine and Spalding Universities, were also closed on Tuesday because of flooding, according to announcements on their web sites.

Once the storm hit, physical plant personnel, public safety and University of Louisville Police began working to secure the Belknap and Health Sciences campuses. The Provost’s Office set up a carpool program to help employees whose cars were flooded get home.

“We feel fortunate there weren’t any serious injuries on campus,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff and faculty, I’m sure we’ll rebound quickly from this terrible storm.”


University of Lousville web site and flood updates