Campus survives the ‘iPad jitters’

Two-thirds of Seton Hill faculty members say they frequently use the iPad in class.

Putting Apple iPads in the hands of every student and professor on a PC-based campus required some convincing, but a year later, Seton Hill University officials said the tablet program has changed the way classes are taught.

Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pa., a small campus of about 2,400 students, drew international attention in 2009 when officials there said every student and educator would receive an iPad just after the tablet was announced.

Other schools, from research campuses like Oklahoma State University to small institutions like Washington College in Chestertown, Md., followed Seton Hill’s lead and experimented with a limited number of iPads.

During a session at EduComm 2011, an annual educational technology conference in Orlando, three Seton Hill decision makers who oversaw the iPad rollout said the device has remained popular among students and staff, even though most educators weren’t among the Apple faithful.

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Facts On File’s 70th Anniversary

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Facts On File Marks Its 70th Anniversary of Serving the School and Library Community

New York, NY, June 27, 2011—This year, Facts On File, the award-winning publisher of print, online, and eBook reference materials, celebrates its 70th anniversary providing schools and libraries with authoritative, curriculum-based educational products for the high school, academic, and public library markets.

In 1941, Facts On File began serving students, educators, and librarians with high-quality titles that complement the curriculum in a variety of subject areas. Known in its early days for its books and trademark On File® binders, the publisher has since greatly expanded both the breadth of its list as well as the number of product formats—now offering not only print titles, but eBooks, online databases, eLearning Modules, and streaming video products as well.

“The past 70 years have seen a lot of changes—ups and downs in the economy, an explosion of technology,” said Mark McDonnell, president of Infobase Learning, now the parent company of Facts On File and other esteemed imprints. “We are deeply proud to have remained a leader in the school and library publishing field throughout.”

“A great synergy has developed between us and our customers over the years,” continued Mr. McDonnell. “Our commitment to growing with the evolving needs of librarians and educators has kept our publishing program dynamic and fresh, as we find flexible new ways to deliver the reliable educational content for which we’re known.”

The acquisition of the Films Media Group (FMG) in 2007 allowed Facts On File to greatly expand its online offerings, integrating FMG’s wealth of video content into Facts On File’s existing online reference databases and developing new products such as eLearning Modules and new streaming video subscriptions. The acquisition of The World Almanac® in 2009, Chelsea House in 2007, and
Ferguson’s, a career reference publisher, in 2003 also provided Facts On File with a wide range of valuable material to use in creating new databases (for instance, the award-winning Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, Bloom’s Literary Reference Online, The World Almanac® Online, and The World Almanac® for Kids Online) and enhancing existing ones.

Facts On File has also garnered numerous awards and honors on the print side over the past 70 years—for titles such as Encyclopedia of American History, Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, Encyclopedia of Marine Science, Student’s Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters, and Encyclopedia of World History, along with others in fields spanning history, geography, science, literature and language, religion, medical and health, and more.

About Infobase Learning
Infobase Learning is an educational solutions company serving the school and library community with more than 15,000 print, film, and digital products. Under such well-known brands as Facts On File, The World Almanac®, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Infobase Learning provides students, educators, and librarians with a broad range of award-winning products that both enhance and enrich the learning experience. For 70 years, Infobase Learning has been a reliable, authoritative resource for supporting the middle school, high school, and academic curriculum, providing flexible options for accessing educational content whether in school, at the library, or at home.

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LanSchool and Microsoft Team Up on Windows Multipoint Server 2011

LanSchool and Microsoft Team Up on Windows Multipoint Server 2011
Software icon selected LanSchool to Contribute Core Technologies for WMS solution.

June 26, 2011, Philadelphia, PA—LanSchool Technologies, the leading provider of cross-platform classroom management software, today announced at ISTE 2011 that it has integrated its industry leading LanSchool v7.6 Software with Microsoft’s new Windows Multipoint Server (WMS) Console. By joining forces on development, LanSchool and Microsoft are delivering greater computing power along with powerful teaching solutions in the classroom, all at a significantly lower Total Cost of Acquisition and Ownership.

“We consider LanSchool to have broad expertise in the area of classroom management,” said Chris Phillips, General Manager, Windows Server Solutions Group. ”They are a strong partner, and contributed core technologies to the release of Windows MultiPoint Server 2011.”

LanSchool has delivered leading classroom management capability, for the most part one computer at a time. Now with WMS, multiple students can share the power of one computer at the same time. LanSchool manages this new environment with the same adeptness and ability as it does when each student has his or her own dedicated computer to work on.

“LanSchool is committed to making learning a more personal and impactful experience,” said Dana Doggett, President and Founder of LanSchool. “By working with Microsoft, we are helping to empower teachers to better enhance their teaching ability and engage their students in the classroom.”

With Windows Multipoint Server 2011, one host computer can be shared by multiple students at the same time, enabling schools to save 66% by lowering costs of hardware, energy and maintenance. With fewer physical computers to manage, the classroom becomes easier to manage and support by the tech coordinators from a single location.

About LanSchool Technologies, LLC
LanSchool Technologies is a leading provider of classroom management solutions for K12, higher education, government and corporate training markets. For 25 years, LanSchool has enabled tens of thousands of teachers, professors and trainers to improve the learning in their classrooms.

Headquartered in Orem, Utah, LanSchool has customers and resellers located across the world. LanSchool can be found on the Web at www.lanschool.com or by calling 877-370-5546.

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Ben Cahoon Bruce Law
LanSchool Technologies Sprout Marketing
ben@lanschool.com bruce@sproutmarketing.com
801-770-3096 801-201-3667

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NBC LEARN REFRESHES ITS WEBSITE TO MAKE ITS LEARNING RESOURCES MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER; EXPANDS TEAM TO GROW PRESENCE IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET

NBC LEARN REFRESHES ITS WEBSITE TO MAKE ITS LEARNING RESOURCES MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER; EXPANDS TEAM TO GROW PRESENCE IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET

NEW YORK, NY—June 28, 2011— NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, has relaunched its website, www.nbclearn.com, to make its award-winning learning resources more accessible than ever. Building on the resources and services provided on the first edition of the website, the new nbclearn.com is home to over 12,000 video clips from the NBC News Archives, spanning nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials and current broadcasts.

New features include:
– Enhanced customer service and support, including free tutorial webinars, training and professional development for educators, and 24/7 technical support services
– Increased accessibility to NBC Learn’s free resources, including “Chemistry Now,” the Emmy-award winning “Science of the Winter Olympics” and “Science of NFL Football”
– Testimonials from educators currently using “NBC LEARN K-12” and “NBC LEARN Higher Ed”
– CueCard media player upgrades, including video closed captioning and enhanced download feature
– Additional sections including “News & Resources” where users can find the latest announcements, awards, conference & event schedules, and news from NBC Learn
– Information about current events in Teaching & Education
– Content feeds from EducationNation.com, which provide the latest information and resources from NBC News’ “Education Nation” initiative
– Direct connections to social media platforms, including NBC Learn’s Facebook page and Twitter account

In addition to the new website, NBC Learn announced today that Bruce Wilson, former publisher at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc., has joined NBC Learn as a Higher Education Sales Leader. With over 20 years’ worth of business development and sales management experience in the higher education and non-profit industries, Bruce will lead NBC Learn’s sales and marketing strategy in the Higher Education market.

“We are extremely proud of the new website and thrilled that Bruce is coming on board to grow our presence in Higher Education,” said Soraya Gage, Executive Producer of NBC Learn. “We are committed to producing the highest-quality learning resources available and continue to build out our platforms and our people to better serve the education community.”

For more information on NBC Learn, visit http://www.nbclearn.com/or check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/nbclearn.

About NBC Learn
NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts. NBC Learn comes in two versions, “NBC LEARN K-12” and “NBC LEARN Higher Ed,” and is available to librarians, media specialists, educators, students, and parents. The resource gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments—from the Great Depression, to the Space Race, to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from our content partners.

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NCAIS Selects Epsilen Engagement Management System to Foster 21st Century Teaching and Engagement in its 87 Member Schools

Indianapolis, IN June 27, 2011 – The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) has selected the Epsilen engagement management system to drive 21st century teaching, and enable its member schools to collaborate and share resources in support of student success.

NCAIS is a state association comprised of 87 independent member schools. It is the only independent school association that offers a model (NCAIS Virtual) for both online resources and virtual education professional development opportunities. The Epsilen engagement management system will be NCAIS Virtual’s globally-networked platform for the development and use of educational materials and exchange of ideas. The system provides an innovative learning community that wraps around learning management tools, ePortfolios with lifelong access, global networking capabilities, assessment capabilities, and access to The New York Times Content Repository.

“The Epsilen system will foster 21st century teaching in our schools, and enable our members to share resources and content in ways that they never envisioned,” said Linda S. Nelson, executive director, NCAIS. “The new environment will allow our schools to stay highly connected and to collaborate to address the challenges students and teachers face as citizens in today’s global world.”

The comprehensive feature set within the Epsilen system was a significant factor in the Association’s decision to license the product. In addition, Epsilen will provide the resources, hosting, integration, training, and support needed to support the Association’s success as it continues to grow.

“Epsilen provides the most comprehensive and innovative learning community platform available,” said Ms. Nelson. “It will support our goal of strengthening the quality and sustainability of our schools as we continue to grow.”

“We applaud NCAIS for its leadership in independent education, and for looking to Epsilen to be a part of their overarching strategy for meeting the needs of educators and students,” said Evan Nisonson, Ph.D., CEO, Epsilen. “The Epsilen system will make it possible for their large member base to connect and share resources, as well bring leading engagement tools to their classrooms in support of increased learner effectiveness. We look forward to supporting their continued success.”

Recently, NCAIS expanded access to NCAIS Virtual to the regional and national independent school market, co-branding the consortium as the Virtual Independent School Network (VISNET.) The Association expects participation in the virtual consortium to increase considerably as a result.

About Epsilen, LLC
Serving educators and students in over 600 institutions worldwide, the Epsilen Environment is a hosted online eLearning solution that focuses on learner engagement and the teaching and learning experience. It situates a robust set of learning tools within a learning community, offering the advantages of both. Additionally, Epsilen offers clients exclusive access to The New York Times Content Repository, a rich collection of digital resources and learning objects. Epsilen is majority owned by The New York Times Company.

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Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge

Ten Students Will Participate in Summer Mentorship Program and Compete for $25,000 and Title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”

Reed Timmer, of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, to host final event

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (June 29, 2010)Discovery Education and 3M announced today the top 10 finalists in the 13th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students. Students from across the country entered this year’s competition, and these budding young scientists rose to the top of their peers due to the scientific ingenuity and innovation they demonstrated in their entry videos.

Each finalist will have an exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a summer mentorship program; the finalist will be challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem he/she has identified in everyday life. Mentors will provide guidance as the finalists develop their ideas from a theoretical concept into an actual prototype, which they will present at the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. Throughout the program each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education, the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content.

The finalists will be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final event, to be hosted by Reed Timmer of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, on Oct. 3-4. During the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge final event, students will demonstrate their scientific acumen, creativity and communication skills in a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip from Discovery Student Adventures and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:

  • Jack Andraka, Hanover, Md., Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School
  • Braeden Benedict, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., St. John Fisher School
  • Caroline Boschetto, Doylestown, Pa., Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Austin Curtis, Bedford, Ind., Fayetteville Elementary School
  • Shawn Farmand, Eagleview, Pa., Skyview Upper Elementary School
  • John Holtgrewe, Paducah, Ky., Paducah Middle School
  • Cheyenne Hua, New York, N.Y., Hunter College High School
  • Nolan Lenard, Mobile, Ala., St. Luke’s Episcopal School
  • Divya Ravinder, Lakeland, Fla., Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
  • Albert Tung, Irvine, Calif., Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

* Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2011).

“The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge reflects our company’s commitment to engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and drive their interest toward science-related careers,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education. “This year’s finalists demonstrate the innovative spirit and passion for learning critical to pursue a lifelong interest in science.”

Ian Hardgrove, President, 3M Foundation, added, “Commitment to foster interest and development in the innovators of our future is something we take very seriously at 3M, and our partnership with Discovery Education helps demonstrate just how exciting the journey of learning can be for students. It will be a sincere honor to host these bright young minds at the 3M Innovation Center in October.”

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. In January, students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem related to the way we move, keep ourselves healthy or make a difference. This month, 36 merit winners were also selected as runners-up in this year’s competition based on their scientific knowledge and communication skills exhibited in their video submissions. For a list of the state merit winners, go to http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

For more information on the challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISAD, DISBD, DISCK) revolutionized television with the Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one non-fiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at Discovery Education.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

Media Contacts

• Christina Scripps, Discovery Education, 240-662-6502, christina_scripps@discovery.com

• Trisha Seminara, Hunter Public Relations for 3M, 212-679-6600, tseminara@hunterpr.com

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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Rhode Island’s ban on Facebook in schools too dumb to be a joke

On Thursday, the Rhode Island legislature passed HB 5941, an “anti-bullying” measure that, among its other provisions, imposes a blanket ban on the use of “social networking sites” (whatever those are, post-web 2.0) on school grounds, reports Adam Goldstein, attorney for the Student Press Law Center. Because as everyone knows, anyone who encounters another user on a website is immediately bullied into submission. Right? There’s so much wrong with this bill that it’s hard to know where to start. What is a “social networking site,” really? The bill doesn’t define it…

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Inner city parents protest NAACP, teachers’ union

According to the Daily Caller, minority parents in New York have a message for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT): you are hurting our children. In New York Monday, charter school parents staged another of several rallies to voice opposition to a lawsuit brought by the UFT and NAACP against the New York City Department of Education. If the organizations are successful with their suit, it would prevent enrollment or re-enrollment in 17 charter schools and stop the closure of 22 public schools…

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Amount of time teens spend online can improve digital literacy

Don’t disconnect your kids: teenagers who spend time on the web are more digitally literate during a time when technological proficiency is increasingly important, a recent report suggests, says the Huffington Post. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of students who reported having access to Internet at home nearly doubled–to 89 percent from 45 percent, according to the Digital Technologies and Performance report published by the Programme for International Student Assessment…

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Wisconsin teachers react to Gov. Scott Walker’s newly signed budget

This weekend, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) signed into law a budget that scrapped $800 million in education funding following an earlier law that reduced collective bargaining rights to almost nothing, reports the Huffington Post. As Walker put pen to paper, teacher Margaret Allen felt mixed emotions.

“Having that legislation official, now signed into law, it’s a done deal,” she said. “It’s been heartbreaking but it also strengthens my resolve to continue being politically active.”

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