The Global Age – Are Your Students Prepared?

SS_GlobalInf200Ours is an increasingly global word fueled by rapidly expanding transnational markets and economic interdependence. As a result, young Americans face a more complex job marketplace than past generations. We need to ensure that they are prepared.

Download and share this infographic. Together, we can make sure all of our students are ready.

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See how language learning can work for your students

SS_Video200Are you curious about how blended learning fits into the language programs your students need to compete in the 21st century economy? This video gives educators a true sense of how Rosetta Stone can revolutionize your language-learning programs.

Get a birds-eye view of what it’s like to implement online language learning with Rosetta Stone for K-12

  • ability to fit into any classroom environment, including independent study, language labs, and small groups
  • capacity to work from anywhere, from any device
  • engaging individualized instruction that develops the creativity and critical thinking skills needed in the Common Core era
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Student Performance Tracking Apps

Schye, LLC Releases Apps for Tracking Student Performance

Anna, Ohio / June 23, 2014 – Schye, LLC announced today that it has published 2 apps to help teachers track student performance in the classroom. Pupil Performance Portfolio, is now available in 2 versions in the App Store. P³ Core is a highly innovative, web-based app and database which can be used for tracking student performance on the Common Core Standards. P³ Flex is a version which allows teachers to track beyond the Common Core and track anything!

Both P³ versions offer many outstanding features. P³ Core allows teachers to track progress on any Common Core math or language arts standard by assigning a simple red, yellow, green “grade”. These grades are tracked week-by-week throughout the entire school year. Data collected for individual students and for entire classes can be displayed using a variety of graphs. Class data can be filtered so teachers can quickly and easily identify small groups for intervention with struggling students or identifying students ready for more advanced work. P³ Flex uses the same tracking and reporting/graphing features, but can be completely personalized to track anything.

In addition, both versions of P³ can be used to create digital portfolios for students. Both apps allow teachers to post comments regarding student progress. Users can also access the device camera to take work sample photos as further documentation for a student’s portfolio.

About Schye, LLC
Schye, LLC consists of two 4th grade teachers. These two teachers had been using a more traditional, paper and pencil system of tracking student progress. They envisioned a method of tracking which would be more efficient and lead to more effective instruction. Pupil Performance Portfolio aims to do just that.

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Professional Learning Takes Center Stage at Leading Edge Certification

– New Certification Focuses on Professional Development for Teacher Leaders and Trainers –

ATLANTA, GA (June 29, 2014) – Today at ISTE 2014, Leading Edge Certification (LEC) – a national provider of certification programs in education technology – announced the launch of its fourth certification: Professional Learning Leader. LEC’s Professional Learning Leader (PLL) cuts across all curricular areas to reach a broader audience of those who provide professional development and training to educators. Embedded within the PLL certification is the theory of adult learning, developing vision and training style.

“We always knew we wanted to reach those who provide professional development,” said Mike Lawrence, founder of Leading Edge Certification, and Executive Director of CUE – a nonprofit dedicated to professional development and the ISTE Affiliate for California and Nevada. “Professional Learning Leader Certification is in many ways the culmination of LEC’s work at the intersection of pedagogy and technology, and is a natural progression of our offerings. We are thrilled to welcome Professional Learning Leader to the ranks of LEC Certifications, including Online & Blended Teacher, Administrator and Digital Educator.”

Leading Edge Certification for the Professional Learning Leader will be available later this Summer, and is a 6-8 week course that is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online trainings. Like all LEC programs, the curriculum for Professional Learning Leader is creative commons licensed. A portfolio is required for Professional Learning Leader Certification and modules include Professional Learning Environments, Developing Community, and Digital Literacy and Citizenship. Professional Learning Leader Certification is being offered by both Leading Edge Core and Stakeholder Alliance members across the US.

To find out more about Leading Edge Certification, or to inquire about becoming an Alliance member of Leading Edge Certification, visit www.leadingedgecertification.org.

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About Leading Edge Certification

Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. LEC for the Online and Blended Teacher, LEC for the Administrator and LEC for the Digital Educator are currently available. Visit www.leadingedgecertification.org to find out more.

Leading Edge Alliance Members, Professional Learning Leader

Core Alliance Members: CUE, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Orange County Department of Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL)

Stakeholder Alliance Members: Alameda County Office of Education, Contra Costa County Office of Education, San Diego County Office of Education, WEMTA

Supporter Alliance Members: Common Sense Media, eTech Ohio, Fresno County Office of Education, ISTE, New Media Consortium, Vista Unified School District

Media Contact:

Beth Cherry, B. Cherry Communications

301-500-9189 or beth@bcherrycommunications.com

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ISTE’s Online Content Hub and Quarterly Magazine Debut At 2014

Two Powerful Resources Designed to Empower Connected Learners in a Connected World

ATLANTA – June 29, 2014 – At the ISTE 2014 Conference & Expo, Brian Lewis, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) unveiled two powerful resources designed to empower connected learners in a connected world and support the transition to digital age learning and teaching. Featured on the new ISTE website, the online content and resource portal, the EdTekHub, and the organization’s new quarterly magazine, entrsekt (available in both print and digital formats), will provide up-to-date news, information and viewpoints for leveraging education technology to advance learning and teaching.

“Putting the resources for successfully making the transition to digital age learning and teaching at the fingertips of ISTE members and aspiring members is at the very core of our mission,” said Lewis.

With its first issue debuting at ISTE 2014, entrsekt, the new leading-edge quarterly print and digital magazine, , will focus on provocative education topics, profile education change agents and provide new and unique perspectives on education transformation Featured topics in the inaugural issue include “Learning personalized: Putting the student-centric approach in focus”; “Professional learning’s brave new world: Modern approach is ‘an explosion of sharing’”; and “The core of learning: What Common Core learning means for students.”

Discussing the new magazine’s name, Lewis said, “its tagline says it all: ‘Where learning, technology and community meet.’ ISTE is about that nexus, that intersection, and entrsekt will explore the broad issues, change agents and challenges that cut across education transformation.”

On the EdTekHub, visitors will discover news, tips and practical guidance they can use immediately in the classroom. They will discover new ideas and the inspiration to implement them in the portal’s feature articles; spotlight stories on the effective use and integration of the ISTE Standards; profiles of ed tech leaders, students and schools; featured cool tools; and opinion articles and industry news. The EdTekHub is the next generation of ISTE’s former print publication, Learning & Leading with Technology. Archives will remain on the ISTE website with full access for members and subscribers.

About ISTE 2014
Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, the ISTE Annual Conference & Expo, June 28 – July 1 at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, is the epicenter of forward-thinking where attendees share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges – all while connecting to a global network of education colleagues and resources.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

ISTE’s innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo — one of the biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events — as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and a robust suite of professional learning resources, including webinars, online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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ISTE Unveils Lead & Transform Movement at 2014 Annual Conference and Expo

Initiative to Provide School Leaders With Roadmap for Transition to Technology-Rich and Standards-Ready Learning Environments

ATLANTA – June 28, 2014 – To support schools and districts as they navigate the path to tech integration, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today unveiled the Lead & Transform movement. Debuting at ISTE 2014, this new initiative will provide a comprehensive roadmap and professional learning opportunities to guide education leaders through the system-wide transition to technology-rich and standards-ready learning environments.

“Schools and districts have made unprecedented investments in technology, ranging from devices to support 1:1 initiatives to deep expenditures for technology infrastructure,” said ISTE Chief Innovation Officer Wendy Drexler. “The Lead & Transform movement will provide school leaders with the tools and resources to leverage those investments and make a successful transition to digital learning that will result in increased student achievement and engagement.”

Based upon ISTE’s Essential Conditions, the 14 critical elements for effective technology integration, the Lead & Transform Diagnostic tool provides superintendents, CTOs, CIOs, school leaders and other decision-makers with a framework for planning and building a successful system wide initiative. Users get free recommendations immediately and then can work with ISTE experts on customized strategies to help leverage their strengths and identify opportunities for growth. The Lead & Transform Resource Portal features a growing collection of tools and resources to support planning, implementation and reflection and refinement of technology integration.

Education leaders around the country have looked forward to the launch of Lead & Transform.

“For years, I’ve been asking, ‘how do we make schools relevant?’ The reality is that we need to rethink learning from beginning to end. Having a resource like Lead & Transform can help leaders understand the critical elements and options for getting there as they consider decisions on how to implement different types of technologies or just need background information to ground themselves,” said Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D., CTO, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Lake Charles, Louisiana. “Too often people don’t know how, why or when to use available resources in a strategic way. The Lead & Transform diagnostic tool provides a great way to help focus efforts, understand the gaps, and not be consumed by a water hose of information that is overwhelming.”

The Lead & Transform movement is the focus of two special sessions at ISTE 2014. On Saturday, June 28 from 9-11:30 am, the first-ever ISTE Town Hall, “Lead & Transform” will feature inspiring speakers who are pioneering critical innovations to prepare students for success. Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky of Clark County School System in Las Vegas will kick-off the event with a keynote speech followed by a panel discussion on leading through change, moderated by Carl Azuz, anchor of CNN Student News. The panel of education leaders with diverse geographic and demographic experiences will share views on leading and transforming education in today’s evolving education and technology environment.

In the second session, “Rethink Learning with the Lead & Transform Movement,” on Tuesday, July 1, from 10:15-11:15 am, ISTE CIO Wendy Drexler will give participants an overview of the new resource for helping school and district leaders plan, build and implement effective system wide technology transition plans.

About ISTE 2014
Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, the ISTE Conference & Expo, June 28 – July 1 at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, is the epicenter of forward-thinking where attendees share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges – all while connecting to a global network of education colleagues and resources.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

ISTE’s innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo — one of the biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events — as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and a robust suite of professional learning resources, including webinars, online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Hapara Announces Ground Breaking New Products for Teachers and Students Using Google Apps

Hapara, maker of of Teacher Dashboard for Google Apps, announced today they will add tools for collaborative learning experiences, educator collaboration, and analytics to their offerings.

“Over the last few years we have repeatedly heard from our schools and teachers that they want to go deeper than workflow,” said Jan Zawadzki, CEO of Hapara. “These tools are the logical next step for schools and districts seeking to support the learning that results from deeper insight into student work.”

“Our customers asked for tools to support their efforts in personalized learning and promoting student agency,” said Zawadzki. “They want easier ways to give the formative feedback that structures and scaffolds student learning. Hapara’s suite of tools now makes activity, progress, and learning visible.” Features like Smart Share and Interact gave teachers a new way to engage with students. Construct and Insight are the logical next steps.

With Construct, teachers and students can start with the familiar assignment handout-handin model of learning, and gradually transition into the co-design of tasks or projects. Hapara Lead Educator, Lenva Shearing, says, “Personalized learning requires more participation from students. When we built Construct, we knew that we had to provide a gradual entry for teachers and students into project and assignment management that is more dynamic.”

Insight, Hapara’s analytics platform, gives teachers, students, and school leaders objective and digestible data about activity and learning in Google Apps. Schools want to make evidence-based decisions: How effective was a recent professional development? Which students are getting and using formative feedback? Where do I focus next? Hapara Insight unlocks the the answers to the questions that lie in schools’ use of Google Apps.

Until now, use of Hapara tools was limited to teachers within a Google Apps for Education domain. Both of these constraints are being lifted. Teachers will be able to use Teacher Dashboard in a personal capacity, with any Google Apps account and without access to administrative controls. Furthermore, key aspects of Teacher Dashboard functionality will enable school and district administrators (and teachers) to manage internal collaboration projects. “Teachers don’t just collaborate with their students, they are part of professional learning groups, departments, and extra-curriculars. Now they can turn the Teacher Dashboard lens to those groups as well.”
Hapara Insight and the next generation Teacher Dashboard with the Construct platform are Hapara’s response to the current needs of Hapara’s global community of educators and school leaders. Visit hapara.com now to make the learning in your schools visible, and to help shape future generations of education technology.

About Hapara
Hapara shapes Google Apps to meet the needs of teachers and schools. Its flagship product, Teacher Dashboard, organizes the Google environment the way teachers do—around classes and students. With Hapara Teacher Dashboard, it’s quick and easy for teachers to organize, view and engage with student work. Hapara Teacher Dashboard’s Interact add-on, popular with Google Chromebooks, allows teachers to make sure, in real time, that all students are on track and staying safe. Teacher Dashboard is used in more than 35 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Singapore .

Founded in New Zealand by a strong technology team with extensive Google Apps development experience and with guidance from talented educators, Hapara is a global company based in Palo Alto, California and backed by leading investors.

To learn more about Hapara please visit http://hapara.com and follow @hapara_team

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AUDIO ENHANCEMENT SHOWCASES NEW DIGITAL LEARNING SOLUTION AT ISTE 2014

ATLANTA, JUNE 27, 2014 – Audio Enhancement unveils a first-of-its-kind digital learning solution, VIEWPath (Video Interactive Education Window), to help schools and teachers maximize learning time, budgets and instructional time, while enhancing interactions in the classroom.

With VIEWPath, the convergence of technology tools in one easy-to-use classroom learning solution delivers a simple way to record classroom lessons and easily share them for blended learning or flipped environments. As the first instructional tool that helps make teachable moments learning moments for teachers, it’s paving the way to help teachers become better prepared and more effective in less time.

“Today’s learning environment is not one size fits all, therefore schools and teachers face increasing pressure to utilize technology and resources to reach students and standards in distinctive ways. Teachers must remain focused on creating lessons that engage students in their learning, which is not a simple task, said Jeff Anderson, Audio Enhancement, Inc. CEO. “Audio Enhancement listened to our customers and created a simple, but effective solution to record lessons and classroom interactions and share them with students wherever they are.”
Audio Enhancement’s VIEWPath will be showcased at ISTE through presentations at booth #2063. ISTE attendees will also have the opportunity to see VIEWPath in action and speak to Newton County representatives about the effectiveness of the VIEWPath solution within their school district. “Our goal is to provide teachers with the daily opportunity to video and audio record classes to facilitate better student engagement, quality self assessment and advanced pedagogies like a flipped classroom,” said Dr. Gary Shattuck, Newton County Schools Technology Director. “Audio Enhancement has been our partner to realize these results, and as a result we are a proud recipient of the IMS Global Award for our VIEWPath implementation.”
Meet Audio Enhancement and see VIEWPath in action at ISTE:
• Technology Tour: Newton County School District will be hosting a Technology Tour on June 30, 2014 and interested educators should register by calling 800.383.9362 to reserve a spot.
• Booth Demonstrations: Audio Enhancement representatives will be demonstrating how to maximize instructional time, effectiveness and reduce discipline through the use of VIEWPath at booth #2063 throughout the ISTE conference.

About Audio Enhancement
For 36 years, Audio Enhancement has created and delivered research-driven solutions to complex education problems in classrooms around the world. Starting with the simple premise that “learning begins with hearing”, the company started with an audio and amplification mission, however, Audio Enhancement continues to innovate new solutions reaching all learners and learning styles. From audio and video to safe school systems, Audio Enhancement delivers holistic solutions that focus not only on products, but classroom, school and student interactions to empower learning.

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ISTE Honors 2014 Making IT Happen Winners

Four Ed Tech Leaders Celebrated at ISTE 2014

ATLANTA – June 28, 2014 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today bestowed the 2014 Making IT Happen Award on four outstanding education leaders. This year’s honorees are Mahmud Shihab, Ph.D., ISTE ambassador for the Middle East; Adam Bellow, eduTecher/eduClipper founder; Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education; and Lillian Kellogg, vice president of Client Services for ENA. The recipients were celebrated at a luncheon at ISTE 2014, which began today at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta.
The Making IT Happen Award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995, more than 500 educators from around the world have received this award.
“This year’s Making IT Happen honorees each have made unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”

Mahmud Shihab, Ph.D., is the ISTE Ambassador for Middle East and Africa region and serves as the director of the Educational Resources Center at International College in Beirut. He has been instrumental in helping teachers understand and apply the ISTE Standards throughout the Middle East region. As part of the network of International Schools, Mahmud has also been an advocate for the standards. In addition, he is the member of a team developing a coaching certificate program in the Arab Peninsula.

Teacher turned entrepreneur, Adam Bellow is the founder and president of eduTecher and eduClipper. He began his career in education as an assistant English teacher at a New York City high school for students with learning disabilities. Bellow works with educational leaders, teachers and students from around the United States to help them infuse technology successfully into learning and teaching. He was the 2011 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, the 2010 ISTE Emerging Leader and a finalist for the 2010 Totally Wired Teacher of Year award.

Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education and workplace learning environments. As the director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, he is focused on leveraging technology to create personalized learning experiences for all students, promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and making college more affordable. Prior to joining the department of education, he served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington).

For 30 years, Lillian Kellogg has dedicated her career to education and technology, working with school districts and libraries. Before joining ENA as vice president of client services, Kellogg served as vice president of strategic relations for netTrekker, the search engine for schools. Prior to netTrekker, Kellogg founded The Peak Group, a consultancy that published industry analysis reports on emerging technologies in education, such as virtual schools and wireless technologies. She started her career as a high school teacher and has held national positions with education and library market companies, such as Encyclopedia Britannica.

More information about the Making IT Happen Award is available at http://www.iste.org/lead/awards/making-it-happen-award.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

ISTE’s innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference and Expo – one of the biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and a robust suite of professional learning resources, including webinars, online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit www.iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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The critical ABCs of 802.11ac

Network speed will experience a huge expansion under the 802.11ac standard

802.11ac-networkA relatively new technology standard has huge potential for school connectivity as it aims to relieve congested networks and drastically increase network speed.

The 802.11ac standard operates in the 5-gigahertz spectrum–a move away from the clogged 2.4-gigahertz frequency in which 802.11n operates.

The rollout will occur in three waves, and the first wave is already active. The three waves will eventually increase data rates up to 6.93 Gbps and will open MHz channels and available data streams.

And while talking about 802.11n and 802.11ac may seem overwhelming or hard to grasp, it is extremely important for school technology leaders to understand the potential this new standard holds.

(Next page: Details about the new standard, and an infographic to illustrate key points)

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