App of the week: Grammar Wonderland

Name: Grammar Wonderland

What is it? Students can fly, swim, feed, and toss their way to grammar mastery. Characters can be led through many adventures as they practice using nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more; a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce different grammar concepts to enhance reading, writing, and parts of speech.

Best for: K-6

Price: Free until February 8.

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Rated: 4+

Features: Grammar Wonderland is available in two versions: k-2 and 3-6. In conjunction with several education conferences slated between now and early February (FETC, TCEA and Digital Learning Day), McGraw-Hill Education is lowering the price on its Grammar Wonderland apps to give teachers and parents the opportunity to download them and offer feedback. These new apps are a part of a larger suite of educational apps that recently launched alongside the company’s new core program, McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders.

Link: (k-2) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-wonderland-primary/id591911867?mt=8

(3-6) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-wonderland-elementary/id580623949?mt=8

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Fuel Your School Program Benefits Nearly 700,000 Students in Nine Communities Across the U.S.

Chevron-DonorsChoose.org program funded $4.49 million dollars for classroom projects based on 8+ gallon fuel purchases and online project postings

SAN RAMON, Calif., Jan. 16, 2012 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and DonorsChoose.org today announced that its Fuel Your School program funded $4.49 million, benefitting local classroom projects at 1,733 K-12 public schools across the country and impacting a total of 697,904 students in 2012.

Through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program, 5,673 teachers in nine markets received critical classroom resources. Ashley Pelafigue, a kindergarten teacher at Pierre A. Capdau Charter School in New Orleans, recently received classroom materials to replace items that were lost years ago during Hurricane Katrina. Now she can teach about plants, matter and the solar system using learning libraries and activity tubs to help her eager young students explore these topics further and solve science and math problems.

“There are many obstacles that my students have to overcome,” said Pelafigue. “I am so grateful for the materials received through the Fuel Your School program. These new resources give them a chance to learn and succeed in subjects that are vital to their academic success.”

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 for purchases of eight or more gallons, up to a total contribution of nearly $5 million, between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in nine U.S. markets, including St. Tammany, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes, La.; Harris County, Texas; Jackson County, Miss.; Salt Lake and Davis counties, Utah; Multnomah County, Ore.; and Sacramento, Kern, Orange, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Calif. In total, $4.49 million dollars were generated to benefit public school classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org.

“Fuel Your School is a unique approach to help our local public schools and ignite a drive for learning in hundreds of thousands of individual students,” said Dale Walsh, president, Chevron America’s Products. “By working with a specialized and innovative nonprofit such as DonorsChoose.org, we can dramatically expand our investments to deliver the resources that teachers really need, quickly and efficiently.”

The purpose of the Fuel Your School program is to help support and improve critical education programming and materials, particularly in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – to help prepare students for the growing number of technical jobs in the modern economy, including possible engineering positions at Chevron.

“Teachers spend on average more than $350 of their own money every year on materials for their students,” said Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “Chevron is quick to respond to this incredible demand and as a result, the Fuel Your School program has grown to impact nearly 700,000 students across nine U.S. markets this year.”

Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has benefitted 8,915 classroom projects at 1,924 schools. The program has grown each year to support students in communities where the company has significant business operations. Chevron works with local communities, governments and non-profit organizations to help increase learning opportunities for students and support the development of the social and economic vitality of each community. Over the past three years, Chevron has contributed nearly $100 million for education in the U.S.

An infographic showing the impact of the 2012 Fuel Your School program and top most requested STEM resources for classrooms is available at http://www.fuelyourschool.com. Portions of projects were funded by other third-party donations.

About Chevron
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $165 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.

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Contact: Brent Tippen, Chevron Corporation
Brent.Tippen@Chevron.com, 925-790-3938

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iStreamPlanet and Ooyala Announce Partnership to Deliver Multiscreen Live Linear Streaming Services

Companies’ Best-of-Breed Technologies Power Comprehensive Workflow From Acquisition to Analytics

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 30, 2013 — iStreamPlanet today announced a partnership with Ooyala to provide multiscreen, live linear streaming services for content owners, aggregators, and distributors. iStreamPlanet’s live streaming workflow services have been integrated with Ooyala’s platform for video streaming, analytics, and monetization to provide a best-in-class, end-to-end live streaming video solution.

“Ooyala has long been a leader in providing video-on-demand services, and we are very excited to partner with them to power live linear and live event video services,” said Chris Carper, vice president of business development at iStreamPlanet. “Our combined solutions enable broadcasters of all sizes, including current joint customers like Pac-12, to take advantage of the growing demand for live, streaming video on connected devices.”

The comprehensive, live streaming video services provide a cost-effective and scalable solution for streaming live linear channels and live events, with a full set of features including content acquisition from practically any corner of the globe; advanced media processing including multiple-bit-rate Apple(R) HLS and multiple-bit-rate RTMP output; monetization including mid-roll advertising and integrated paywall services; publishing to Ooyala’s modular publishing platform; ready-to-deploy cross device, cross platform players; and rich analytics that track key metrics such as viewer location, engagement, and device type.

“In the latest Ooyala Video Index, we see that live video viewing on mobile devices continues to grow rapidly, up more than 100 percent from the previous quarter,” said Chris Wong, senior vice president of business development for Ooyala. “With the market moving in this direction, our customers are ready to move into live video and live linear channels to grow their audience size and increase engagement across mobile platforms. Working with iStreamPlanet, we can help our customers accelerate their live video streaming strategies.”

More information is available at www.istreamplanet.com/services/live-streaming-video/.

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About iStreamPlanet
iStreamPlanet is a premier, multiplatform video-workflow solutions provider committed to bringing high-quality streaming video experiences to connected audiences around the world. With more than a decade of live streaming video experience, iStreamPlanet has built a comprehensive offering of cloud-based video-workflow products and services for live event and live linear streaming channels. iStreamPlanet’s innovative approach has been chosen by the world’s leading sports, entertainment, and technology brands including NBC, Turner Broadcasting, Notre Dame Athletics, AMC Networks, AT&T, and Microsoft. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Redmond, Wash., and London. More information can be found at www.istreamplanet.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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New Grant Program Aims to Build a Better Nonprofit Community

NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Peter Rusin, Executive Director 480-399-5858, prusin@healthworldeducation.org

New Grant Program Aims to Build a Better Nonprofit Community
The Allstate Foundation celebrates sixtieth anniversary by awarding $600,000 in capacity building grants to nonprofits

NORTHBROOK, Ill., January 23, 2013 – Nonprofits from around the country recently had the unique opportunity to help develop a grant program with the sole focus of making their organizations more effective. Health World Education was one of 14 organizations that received funding to develop a social media campaign to bring attention to and educate teens about the high risk associated with distracted driving. The grant program launched in conjunction with The Allstate Foundation’s sixtieth anniversary at a summit in Chicago that focused on building the capacity of nonprofits and a discussion on innovations in the nonprofit community.

The summit brought together more than 100 nonprofit leaders that provide services in The Allstate Foundation focus areas including: financial empowerment for domestic violence survivors, teen safe driving and safe and vital communities. At the summit, experts in social media, program measurement, board development, generational and demographic diversity, and service innovation were featured. As a culmination to the event, The Allstate Foundation staff asked attendees what resources they needed to build better organizations. This information was then used to develop a new grant program designed to meet those needs.

“The current economy and scaled-back donations have left the nonprofit community searching for creative ways to reach the clients and communities they serve,” said Vicky Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility at Allstate. “Our summit brought together a diverse set of leaders from national and local nonprofits to discuss trends in the nonprofit sector and develop solutions to many of the social crises facing our nation. This conversation and tremendous need is what spurred The Allstate Foundation to create this $600,000 grant program, designed to give these 14 organizations the funds needed to improve delivery of services to thousands of Americans.”

A social media platform will be developed to initiate a call to action for teens. The platform will promote and build awareness about the risks associated with teen driving. The campaign talks about student activism and provides opportunities to host X the Text Campaigns and the Drive Right program in their school or community. Drive Right is a 30-minute presentation focused on the high-risk behaviors associated with driving and what teens can do to drive safely. Drive Right is delivered through Health World’s e-Learning platform and contains powerful stories shared by teens and their families. The curriculum is supported by relevant statistics and laws, and a variety of student activities that empower young people to shift the trends and encourage their peers to be safe drivers and passengers. Classroom teachers, parents, youth groups and schools may access this FREE program through the generous support of The Allstate Foundation. The program can be delivered in a classroom or at home, anywhere you have an Internet connection.

“Car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among teens in America,” stated, Mr. Rusin, Executive Director of Health World. “Distractions like texting increase a drivers crash risk significantly in fact, 11 teens die daily in car crashes, many due to driver inattention and other avoidable distractions. The Allstate Foundation and Health World want to make it easier to reach teens with safe driving messages and resources and will use this social media campaign to do just that.”

“It’s rare for a corporate foundation to provide funds for ‘overhead costs’ such as leadership training, developing social media expertise, or building digital infrastructure” said Dinges. “However, by providing these funds, our partners will be stronger and better advocates in their communities and able to supply their clients with more strategic services.”

Grants from between $20,000 and $60,000 were awarded to 14 organizations across the country. . For a complete list of nonprofits that received funding visit www.allstatefoundation.org/60th-Anniversary-Special-Grants

About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

About Health World Education
Health World is a non-profit organization committed to providing children and teens with health and safety programing to help them make better choices as they grow up. For more information about our program visit healthworldeducation.org

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Indiana University PBS Station Adds Utah Scientific High-Density Compact Router to Mobile Production Unit

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan. 29, 2013 — Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced that Indiana University PBS member station WTIU has installed two UTAH-100/UDS Universal Distribution System routers in its remote production unit based on the Bloomington, Ind., campus. The UTAH-100/UDS units work together as the single nerve center of the mobile production setup, which produces complex multi-camera specials for the station and its robust client lineup. This includes the Indiana University Department of Athletics and its video board shows inside the University’s football stadium, basketball arena, and swimming and diving venue.

“When we added a replay system to our remote unit, we needed to add a router to speed up the connections between sources such as cameras and server I/O,” said George Hopstetter, WTIU director of operations and engineering. “Hard-patching the equipment and using the aux bus on the production switcher just wouldn’t work anymore. It just made sense to add a router rather than trying to find patch points every time we set up.”

The UTAH-100/UDS system replaced the patching function for the mobile production unit, saving time and effort during setup, and ensuring the flexibility to make changes or bypass problem areas during production. Additionally, having a router makes it easier to meet routing requirements when hiring out the equipment or working with outside broadcast entities such as the Big Ten Network, ESPN, and others.

“Figuring out where to patch to and from with a patch cord in hand is cumbersome and time-consuming, and once it’s set up at the event, that’s pretty much how it stays,” Hopstetter said. “But now we can reroute on the fly, which is essential in a fast-paced sports environment.”

WTIU relies on two 64×64 UTAH-100/UDS units — one to handle HD video signals and one to handle audio signals — as well as an SC-400 control system and five control panels. Experience and the Utah Scientific reputation gave WTIU confidence that the gear would be able to withstand the punishment of being torn down and rebuilt for each production. In addition, space in the mobile racks is at a premium, and the UTAH-100/UDS units meet WTIU’s need for a high density of inputs and outputs in a small footprint.

The UTAH-100/UDS system can also serve as a backup for the production switcher. If the production switcher were to fail, WTIU could continue with the production using the router as a switcher source.

“The compact UTAH-100/UDS saves space and weight, and fits perfectly for WTIU’s needs,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “The best part is that the router saves operators from worrying about what to patch and how to configure at each location. Everything is easily routed, whether they’re working a game on campus, or setting up in someone else’s facility and sending the signals back via fiber.”

The modular UTAH-100/UDS system is based on I/O modules with 16 ports, interconnected by a crosspoint fabric that allows any input signal to feed any number of output ports. More information on the UTAH-100/UDS Universal Distribution System, the SC-400 control system, and other Utah Scientific products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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About WTIU
WTIU is the public television station licensed to Indiana University, operating out of the Radio and TV Center on the Bloomington, Ind., campus. The station serves more than 47 counties in central Indiana, which include the cities of Bloomington, Bedford, Columbus, and Terre Haute, and the communities of Martinsville, Linton, Bloomfield, Nashville, Spencer, and Seymour. Approximately 430,000 TV households are included in the viewing area, with cable, satellite, broadband, and over-the-air combined. Each academic semester, more than 100 Indiana University students from IU’s department of telecommunications, school of journalism, and many other disciplines complement their academic training and develop marketable skills through real-world experience gained by working alongside the station’s staff. WTIU’s broadcast schedule combines the full national schedule of PBS programs with additional locally selected series and programs. www.radiotvservices.com

About Utah Scientific Inc.
Throughout more than 35 years in business, Utah Scientific has earned its position as worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers by working with customers to meet their needs for advanced signal distribution and control technology. The company’s confidence in its industry-leading products is exemplified by its renowned no-fee, 10-year warranty and validated by multiple Frost & Sullivan Customer Service Leadership Awards. Additional information about Utah Scientific and its products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Utah/UTAH-100-UDS.zip
Photo Caption: Utah Scientific’s UTAH-100/UDS used in WTIU’s mobile production truck

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Students Learn on the Go with ROADS App from Advanced Academics

App Gives Students Real-Time Access to Teachers from iPhone or iPad ®

OKLAHOMA CITY – Advanced Academics, a leading online learning provider for grades 6-12 that is part of the DeVry family of high-quality educational institutions, announced today it has launched an app for iOS devices giving its students mobile access to the proprietary Robust Online Academic Delivery System (R.O.A.D.S). learning management system. With the ROADS app, students enrolled in Advanced Academics online programs can access their grades, post to discussion boards and get real-time assistance from teachers via an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch®.

While the majority of U.S. teenagers use laptop or desktop computers to access the Internet, research shows they are increasingly using mobile devices such as cell phones and tablet computers. A July 2011 survey from the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project found 49 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 use cell phones to connect to the Internet, while 16 percent use tablets.

“With our new mobile learning app, Advanced Academics adds to the innovative ways we help our students learn how and where they learn best,” said Robert York, Advanced Academics president. “The ROADS app gives students increased flexibility by being able to access grades and other important data from a smartphone or tablet, as well as a personal computer. Unlike many other online learning apps, ROADS goes beyond simple quizzes or rote math and science facts to connect students with caring, experienced teachers who can help them during critical learning moments, whether those moments occur in the library, a coffee shop or their own bedroom.”

The ROADS app debuts several industry-leading capabilities including:
• Chat – Students have real-time access to certified teachers 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Students can communicate with teachers via instant message, as well as a virtual whiteboard, which instructors can use to illustrate math and other concepts.
• Classmail – Students can easily check and respond to email messages from instructors and other students.
• Classroom – Students can quickly check grades and read and respond to discussion threads for their classes.

The ROADS app can be downloaded from the iTunes® App Store. Users must be a student of a school that uses the Advanced Academics R.O.A.D.S. learning management system. An Android™ version of the application is under development.

About Advanced Academics
Advanced Academics, a leader in the field of online learning, partners with schools and districts in 30 states across the country to offer customized online solutions that uniquely serve each customer. Advanced Academics’ programs have proven to be successful in providing flexible learning opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12 and increasing overall academic performance. Since 2000, Advanced Academics has offered comprehensive middle and high school courses, highly qualified and state-certified teachers, and a web-based learning management system that enhances student learning. A part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), Advanced Academics is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and meets the standards for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility. For more information, visit www.advancedacademics.com.

iPad, iPod, iPhone and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Apple Inc. does not sponsor, support, or endorse Advanced Academics or the R.O.A.D.S. learning management system in any manner. The trademark Android is owned by Google Inc. Google Inc. does not sponsor, support or endorse Advanced Academics or The R.O.A.D.S. learning management system.

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Nutmeg Education Revolutionizes Classroom Assessment and Intervention

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact
Name: Shannon Rose
Company: Eclectic Media Productions
Email: Info@mediaproductions.tv
Phone: (347) 92-STARS or (347) 927-8277

Nutmeg Education Revolutionizes Classroom Assessment and Intervention

New digital platform leverages a national teacher community to help identify and remedy student weaknesses

Educational platform, assessment, testing, teachers, blended learning, k-12, teaching, Common Core, CCSS, Nutmeg Education, Jon Modica, Teddy Hills. K-12

New York, NY (January 30, 2013) -Nutmeg Education is making waves with a totally unique way to use teacher-created resources from across the country for student assessment and intervention. The new platform, created for teachers and students, is designed to help ease the burden of data collection and preparation for standardized tests, all for free.

“Today, students and teachers have no efficient and affordable tool that empowers them to change outcomes on standardized tests, which determine whether a student can graduate, teachers’ jobs/salary, and school funding. Nutmeg Education is here to help,” founder Jon Modica explains.

Here’s how it works: teachers build customizable online assessments from standards-aligned question banks (every time a teacher creates their own question, it is added to the bank for other teachers to use). The assessments identify student weaknesses and point them to online resources made by other teachers (including games and instructional videos like those from the acclaimed Khan Academy) that help students improve their academic and standardized test performance.

“Why should cash-strapped districts pay endless sums of money for assessment and remediation content when teachers are already creating and implementing their own fantastic materials?” explained. “For every topic that Pearson tries to cover, I bet there’s at least one master teacher out there who can do it better.”

Nutmeg Education’s online platform coincides with the rise of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative, a state-led plan to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, and consequently, what they will be tested on by their respective states.

“We want to give teachers and students the tools they need to succeed; no student should fall short of their potential because of where they go to school or a lack of resources,” argues Jon Modica.

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EdGate and JES & Co. Announce Partnership

Correlation services by EdGate Correlation Services now available through JES & Co.

January 29, 2013

EdGate Correlations Service and JES & Co. announced today that they are partnering to offer correlation services to JES & Co.’s Achievement Standards Network (ASN) subscribers. Many of JES & Co.’s ASN users need help correlating resources to learning objectives such as the Common Core State Standards and want to make sure that ASN uniform resource identifiers (URIs) are used. EdGate will provide these ASN URIs in their correlations, allowing their customers to use the standards data openly in their education offerings. This partnership will make it easy for publishers to obtain a quality correlation and at the same time know that education stakeholders can make an association between content and assessments without paying for the exposure of learning objective identifiers.

Sandra Schugren, General Manager of EdGate Correlation Services, said, “JES & Co. has done great work in developing technology and partnerships to advance standards-based education. EdGate is very excited to join forces with JES & Co. Our partnership will provide more sophisticated and seamless integration of content and standards alignment into the changing digital classroom.”

“I’ve known Sandra for many years and we have always had mutual respect for each other’s work,” explained Diny Golder, JES & Co.’s executive director. “Using ASN data in Edgate’s correlations helps the ASN’s widespread distribution, Edgate’s customer base and of course the education community that needs to blend open source and proprietary education content.”

Together, JES & Co. and EdGate will provide a new level of service to content providers and educators.

About EdGate

Founded in 1997, EdGate Correlation Services is committed to delivering the highest level of service and data products to educational publishers. EdGate’s Standards Repository tracks standards from around the world and includes all subjects for U.S. states and Common Core standards correlation, as well as Common Core standards adopted by individual states. EdGate’s subject area experts align material from 200 publishers and content providers, including Apex Learning, Films Media Group, Encyclopedia Britannica, National Geographic, Texas Instruments, NBC News, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. EdGate also manages the powerful Curriculum Matrix® product, which is a teacher-friendly curriculum management tool. For more information, please visit www.edgate.com or http://correlation.edgate.com.

About JES & Co.

JES & Co., a publicly funded 501(c)(3) education research/development organization, is a world leader in the development and deployment of education programs based on open standards. With over 20 years of experience in interoperability and portability of educational resources, organizations around the world come to JES & Co. for leadership and guidance. For more information visit: www.JESandCo.org.

About the Achievement Standards Network

The Achievement Standards Network (ASN) is an open framework for the representation of educational expectations. The ASN provides for: (1) the text of an educational expectation; (2) rich metadata describing that expectation and its context; and (3) a description of relationships between the expectation being described and other related expectations. The ASN provides both a resolution service that returns machine-readable text and associated metadata, and Web Services that ease the network distribution of the achievement standards data. JES & Co. is the home for ASN-US, an open source repository of state and national education standards. Visit the ASN at: asn.jesandco.org.

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Virginia Tech to deliver professional development for science teachers in southwest Virginia

Elementary teachers and middle/high school science teachers in southwest Virginia can now enroll in free professional development programs at Virginia Tech, which is partnering with the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) as an implementation site.

For full release, please visit: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2013/01/012413-clahs-scienceed.html.

The VISTA Elementary Science Institute, which serves teachers in grades 4-6, will begin at Virginia Tech in June of 2013. This four-week program focuses on increasing elementary teachers’ knowledge of science and improving their ability to teach science. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

Virginia Tech will also deliver the Secondary Teacher Program starting in August 2013, which provides two graduate-level courses for middle and high school science teachers with zero to one years of experience. These courses are presented over a two-year period in the fall semesters. Applications for this program will be accepted through late summer.

Participants in both programs receive individualized coaching from master teachers throughout the year, stipends from $2,000 to $5,000, paid travel expenses, and $1,000 for classroom science supplies.

Additional information is available and applications for both programs are currently being accepted at http://vista.gmu.edu.

John Wells, associate professor in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the graduate program leader of Virginia Tech’s Integrative STEM Education, will serve as on-site principal investigator and oversee the VISTA program in Blacksburg. Amy Bordeaux will lead delivery of the two programs at Virginia Tech. Bordeaux started her career as a middle school science teacher at James Madison Middle School in Roanoke City Public Schools, taught science methods courses in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, and has been involved in recruiting and coaching for VISTA.

Virginia Tech has been heading up rural recruitment since the initiative’s launch in 2010, and now joins lead institution George Mason University, the College of William & Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth as VISTA’s fourth implementation site. The Virginia Tech site will make participation in these professional development activities more feasible for elementary teachers and middle/high school science teachers in the southwest area of the state.

The Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) is a statewide partnership among 60+ Virginia school districts, six Virginia universities, and the Virginia Department of Education. Its goal is to translate research-based best teaching practices into improved science teaching and student learning for all students at all levels. The initiative, which is working to build a community of practice across the Commonwealth, is funded by a five-year, $34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Investing in Innovation program, which includes a $5.7 million private sector matching requirement.

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New SMART Table

New SMART Table® 442i inspires collaborative learning
Latest innovation from SMART engages early learners and students with special needs
LONDON, UK — January 30, 2013 — SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions and the company that pioneered interactive learning tables, introduces their newest innovation – the SMART Table® 442i collaborative learning center. Publicly unveiled at the British Education Technology Conference in London today, the SMART Table features an engaging 360 degree, multitouch surface with a brilliant 106.68 cm (42”) high-definition 1080p LCD display. The SMART Table enables up to eight students to interact simultaneously and actively collaborate to achieve shared learning goals.
Educators can access over 1,500 ready-made activity packs from the award-winning SMART Exchange™ website, or create their own engaging lesson content using the included SMART Table Toolkit. Teachers can also import ready-made lessons and 3D multimedia content, with award winning SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software (included with the SMART Table).
The SMART Table is designed for durability in active classrooms, and is supported by a virtually untippable pedestal base that makes it easy for all students, including students in wheelchairs, to engage in active discussions and small group collaboration activities.
Multiple USB ports allow educators to easily integrate the SMART Table with other classroom technology, such as the SMART Document Camera™ to capture and display live images, video and 3D content. SMART Sync™ classroom management software (included) enables educators to easily transition from small-group to whole-class learning by sharing SMART Table content on a SMART Board® interactive display. To learn more about the SMART Table 442i collaborative learning center, visit smarttech.com/table.
For more information, watch this video and view these images of the SMART Table 442i collaborative learning center.

“The SMART Table collaborative learning center transforms classrooms by providing a platform which allows educators to create an inspirational learning environment,” says Warren Barkley, Chief Technology Officer, SMART Technologies. “We continue to be committed to developing innovative products that encourage student centered collaboration and increase educational outcomes.”
Features
Simultaneous multitouch capability – Enables eight students to collaborate on lessons at the same time. It also supports touch gestures such as rotate, toss and zoom.
Extensive content and resources – Over 1,500 ready-made activity packs are free to download from the SMART Exchange website. Educators can create new activities using the SMART Table Toolkit and import content into SMART Notebook files.
High-definition display – 106.68 cm (42”), LCD, 1080p display with no shadows and virtually no glare.
Rugged design – Sturdy pedestal that is virtually untippable and can support 200lbs on its scratch- and spill-proof surface.
SMART product integration –SMART Sync software is included and enables educators to share SMART Table content on a SMART Board interactive display. Educators also have the ability to connect a SMART Document Camera to capture and display images and video.
Built-in sound – Includes four headphone jacks and table speakers with individual volume control.
Easy setup – Can go from the box to being in use in 30 minutes.
Mobile design – Designed to fit through standard doorways. Optional casters are available.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) friendly – Can accommodate students with special needs and provide multiple ways for learners to interact with lesson content and express understanding.
Built-in Wi-Fi – Enables educators to connect directly to SMART Exchange or their learning authority’s (district’s) network.
Pricing and availability – Education
The suggested education list price for the SMART Table 442i collaborative learning center is GPB£4,875 in the United Kingdom, and US$7,749 in the United States – this includes one year of software maintenance (updates, upgrades, live support). Prices vary by country and may include applicable taxes, duties and import costs. Information on suggested education list price is available from local authorized SMART resellers. The SMART Table is expected to begin shipping globally in Q2 2013. For purchasing information, specifications and a list of authorized SMART resellers, visit smarttech.com.

About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive experience. SMART delivers an integrated solution of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a world leader in interactive displays.

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Influencer Relations Manager
SMART Technologies Inc.
+1.403.407.5085
LaurieLong@smarttech.com
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