Community Brands Adds MobileCause to Its Suite of Fundraising Tools

Partnership Creates Powerhouse Solutions to Elevate Fundraising Programs and Results

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. June 16, 2021 – Community Brands, the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions for associations, nonprofits and schools, today announced its acquisition of MobileCause, a premier comprehensive digital fundraising platform.

MobileCause complements the Community Brands fundraising suite by making available self-service, digital campaign tools, aimed to help K-12 schools and nonprofits augment their fundraising programs quickly. Paired with Community Brands’ GiveSmart solution, MobileCause will support the fundraising strategies of midsize and large nonprofits that want to engage donors through a combination of mobile, virtual, hybrid, or in-person events with the support of advanced event fundraising tools, such as auctions and guest management.…Read More

Epson Now Shipping Eight New PowerLite Laser Projectors Built to Captivate and Impress Audiences in Virtually any Environment

New Laser Projectors Deliver Ultra-Bright, Impactful Displays for Education, Signage, Corporate, and Entertainment

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – June 17, 2021 – As markets continue to open up, schools and businesses are looking for advanced display solutions that make an impact. Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide,1 today announced it is shipping eight new PowerLite® laser projector models that deliver bright, powerful displays – the L520W, L520U, L530U, L630U, L730U, L735U, L630SU, and L635SU. Ranging from 5,200 to 7,000 lumens of equal color and white brightness,2 the new PowerLite projectors offer convenient creative tools and easy installation. From classrooms and meeting spaces to signage and entertainment applications, the new models captivate audiences and empower laser-focused learning.

“Building on the success of Epson’s existing PowerLite lineup, the new models bring next-generation display technology to end users, enabling them to wow audiences and make an impression, no matter the environment or installation,” said Mark Roslon, director, product marketing, Epson America, Inc. “These compact projectors combine impressive visuals with helpful installation tools and connectivity options, making them ideal display solutions for a variety of presentation and signage needs.”…Read More

MindSpark Learning® Acquires Couragion to Disrupt the Landscape of Workforce Development, Career Literacy, and Professional Learning

June 15, 2021 — Denver, Colo. — MindSpark Learning® (MindSpark™), a nonprofit that delivers extraordinary and sustainable learning experiences for educators and professionals, announced today the acquisition of Couragion, a leading provider of STEM career literacy and workforce development solutions. 

Couragion works with educators to provide inclusive, work-based learning experiences that prepare students to be future ready. With intentional impact-first methods to encourage the participation of underrepresented students, Couragion advances student intention, motivation and confidence rates to pursue rewarding career pathways. 

Together, MindSpark and Couragion have a long history of driving STEM education and educator preparation programs. Their collaboration led to the development of STEMpath – a 24-credit graduate program proven to boost the capability and diversity of STEM and Computer Science (CS) teachers – ultimately driving a systems-level change that increases the number of students entering the STEM workforce.…Read More

Yamaha UC Partners With HuddleCamHD to Enable Clear Collaboration in Classrooms

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 10, 2021Yamaha Unified Communications is teaming up with HuddleCamHD to further enhance Yamaha’s portfolio of scalable, high-quality collaboration solutions with easy-to-deploy audio and video product bundles perfectly suited for meeting and learning spaces. Adapted for today’s evolving video conferencing and hybrid learning requirements, the bundles are designed to fit a variety of small, medium, and large meeting and teaching environments and budgets, incorporating Yamaha’s portable YVC-330 USB & Bluetooth® speakerphone, YVC-1000 USB & Bluetooth conference phone, or Yamaha’s HD Single and HD Dual wireless microphone systems.

“Great meetings and learning sessions are a result of best-in-class audio and video solutions that enable clear, distraction-free conversation,” said Michelle Baeza, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Yamaha Unified Communications. “By partnering with HuddleCamHD, we are providing our customers with more interoperable options that are easy to deploy and incredibly simple to use to ensure flawless collaboration in any room.”

Yamaha’s rich history delivering audio hardware and HuddleCamHD’s innovations in video conferencing will provide customers with scalable solutions for video conferencing, hybrid learning, and other communications from the home, office, or event space. For small rooms, the portable YVC-330 USB & Bluetooth speakerphone with SoundCap ensures the best-quality audio, no matter where a meeting happens. The YVC-1000 conference phone is an intuitive communications system featuring separate microphone and speaker units for flexibility during audio, web, and video conferencing in medium to large spaces. For large rooms such as boardrooms, lecture halls, or auditoriums, the HD Single and HD Dual wireless microphone system features a portable plug-and-play design with simple setup and produces superior HD sound quality. …Read More

Wacom Intuos added to Chrome OS compatible tablet lineup

Tokyo, Japan and Portland, Ore – June 9, 2021 – Wacom announced today that its Wacom Intuos Small non-wireless model holds the Works With Chromebook certification, following the One by Wacom, certified earlier this year. Chromebook users, especially students and beginning creatives, have more options to start creating digitally, using a Wacom pen tablet with a growing number of drawing, painting and photo editing applications that work flawlessly on Chromebook.

“Chromebook has been attracting attention among education sectors and by those seeking new solutions for working from home. Wacom is currently working on expanding Chromebook compatibility to include further Wacom devices and bring its intuitive and natural pen technology to a fast-growing number of Chromebook users,” says Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Branded Business. “Combining an Intuos tablet and Chromebook also enables young creatives to unleash their full art and design potential with a number of drawing and painting apps. A long-term collaborative partnership with Celsys offers Wacom Intuos users an opportunity to create spectacular art with the renowned drawing application, Clip Studio Paint.”

Plug in and start creating…Read More

7 fun ISTELive 21 sessions to add to your schedule

For the second year in a row, ISTE’s annual conference will be virtual–but ISTELive 21 is still chock-full of engaging and thought-provoking learning experiences for educators.

ISTELive 21 will focus on “Designing a New Learning Landscape”–an apt theme given the many discussions around how the COVID-19 pandemic has given education the chance to tweak last-minute changes and make them more permanent solutions.

While you’re building your schedule, take a look at some of the ISTELive 21 sessions we’re looking forward to attending. …Read More

Students Learn with Fewer Interruptions Thanks to New Library Check-Out Charging Solutions

Power access issues in schools solved by a new portable charging solution. 

Bradenton, FL.—May 25th, 2021—JAR Systems has launched a new Library Check-Out Charging Solution, enabling students to check out power banks from central areas for portable charging at their desks or anywhere on campus. By extending device battery run-times, the solution ensures that every student has a working device throughout the day and maintains the focus on learning. Compatible with Chromebooks, tablets, and notebooks, it provides long-term value and affordability.

The bundle comes with everything required to start charging and is easy to deploy, featuring a pre-wired Flex-Share Charging Station and 16 USB-C Active Charge Power Banks. School administrators can place one or multiple stations in central areas enabling students to check out power banks as they are needed. Simple yet powerful, the power banks come barcoded for inventory and are a vibrant “school bus yellow” for clear visibility.…Read More

New LG Interactive Displays Designed For Maximum Versatility In Post-Pandemic Classrooms

Technology-Agnostic, Multi-Touch Display Solutions Offer Schools More Equitable Ways to Teach and Learn

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., June 1, 2021 – As schools reopen for in-person education and hybrid learning, LG Business Solutions has introduced a series of cost-competitive, technology-agnostic interactive displays designed to take teaching and learning to the next level.

The new LG TR3DJ series is available in 65-, 75- and 86-inch models, helping to ensure students can see what the teacher is presenting—even if still sitting socially distant—and supports virtually any learning management system, cloud drive, or online conferencing platform a school adopts to facilitate in-person or hybrid/remote learning.…Read More

Applying the 4 pillars of opportunity in literacy instruction

Consider this: 95 percent of students have the capacity to learn to read, according to the National Institutes of Health, yet only about 34 percent of fourth and eighth grade students read proficiently, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Is this disparity an achievement gap or an opportunity gap?

How we answer this question frames our thinking about solutions. If we look at the disparity as an opportunity gap, we are saying that all students have the same ability to achieve, but not all students have had the same opportunity to achieve.

Myriad opportunity gaps exist in the modern educational system—along with a pandemic that’s only widened these gaps—and are particularly prevalent among students of different races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic classes.…Read More

LenelS2 Extends Touchless Visitor Management Experience

New Splan Distribution Agreement Provides Streamlined Deployments

PITTSFORD, N.Y., May 27, 2021LenelS2 today announced a North America distribution agreement with its OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP) partner, Splan, a next-generation visitor check-in software solutions company. The agreement enables LenelS2 and its value-added reseller network to provide a more comprehensive touchless building access experience that includes visitor management. Splan’s visitor management solution integrates with LenelS2’s market-leading OnGuard® and NetBox™ systems as well as BlueDiamond™ mobile credentials to more fully realize Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program. LenelS2, the global leader in advanced security systems and services, is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.

“Our agreement with Splan provides our value-added resellers with convenient access to a leading visitor management and check-in solution that is also tailor-made to help address COVID-19-related challenges in offices, schools, event centers and other facilities,” said Ryan Kaltenbaugh, Senior Vice President, North American Sales, LenelS2. “With the combined solutions, end users can easily adopt cloud- and mobile-based, secure visitor management and tracking capabilities.”

When integrated with LenelS2 access control systems, Splan enables provisioning of credentials to visitors, employees from other offices, vendors and contractors using dynamic credentials or existing proximity cards. When integrated with BlueDiamond mobile credentials, Splan can issue temporary credentials for host-free access. To enhance situational awareness, issued badges may be monitored through the OnGuard and NetBox system interfaces.                                                                     …Read More