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August 20, 2013

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Free Resources: Follett's Common Core Webinar for Educators
Pearson Continues Free Availability of Virtual Nerd Math Tutorials
The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Announce Call for Entries for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators
ASCD Releases New Professional Development Offerings for Educators Heading Back to School
MIND Research Institute Launches Sums & Solutions Educational Blog
Edmodo Unveils Streamlined Redesign at Third Annual EdmodoCon

Free Resources: Follett's Common Core Webinar for Educators

Follett is hosting a free webinar designed to help educators gain practical ideas for effective Common Core State Standards implementation. The webinar will be led by Kevin Baird, chairman of the board at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness.

When: Friday, Aug. 23 • 1 p.m. CDT

Common Core and Back to School – Issues for the Upcoming Quarter
Focusing on specific, pragmatic and practical priorities for the upcoming 13 weeks, Baird presents a vision of how to ensure the new school year starts well and Common Core implementation begins “on track.”

· Principal Expectations

· Teacher Focus

· District Support

· Community and Family

Where: Interested educators are encouraged to register on the Follett website (www.FollettLearning.com/connect)

Who: Kevin Baird serves as chairman of the board at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness, which focuses on creating sustainable capacity in schools for job-ready learning outcomes for all students. His practice includes work with governments around the globe, State Departments of Education, as well as school districts large and small. He is an expert in global management processes and has implemented educational research on several continents. Baird’s primary areas of practice are leadership development and systemic improvement using data for differentiated instruction and direct support for teachers. He is the creator and author of The Consistency and Constancy Framework for School Leadership.

Background: For more on Follett’s recent announcement of its new curriculum support service to help school districts implement Common Core State Standards, see the company's news release.

Source: Follett, www.FollettLearning.com

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Pearson Continues Free Availability of Virtual Nerd Math Tutorials

Pearson has announced the continued free availability of Virtual Nerd’s math tutorials and the development of a new app that will put a professional math tutor in the palm of students’ hands. The global education company acquired Virtual Nerd on July 1, 2013.

The Virtual Nerd collection of free online video tutorials supports 21st Century learning by delivering personalized content to students. The searchable library of tutorials correlates to academic courses of study in Grades 6-8 Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry, and is aligned to the Common Core, SAT Math topics and ACT Math topics. Each video is tagged with searchable keywords and connects to background tutorials as well.

In addition, students learning with digits and Pearson’s High School Mathematics Common Core programs now have access to the benefits of private tutoring through content-aligned tutorials presented on Virtual Nerd's Dynamic Whiteboard instructional platform, which anticipates students' questions and allows them to drill down, with ease, on specific areas where they are having difficulty.

Searchable and correlated to the Common Core State Standards and the company’s secondary math curricula, the Virtual Nerd app will be available on the App Store in fall 2013. An Android app is also under development. The Virtual Nerd website’s responsive design supports all major mobile platforms.

Source: Pearson, www.pearson.com

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The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Announce Call for Entries for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have announced the Call for Entries for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The Challenge tasks K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more.

The Challenge pairs student teams with advisors to develop actionable concepts that can make an impact on their communities. These concepts will be reviewed by a rigorous three-part process with a panel of environmental advocates and science educators who will judge teams based on their research, analysis and the ability of the solution to be replicated on a larger scale.

The Challenge is sponsored by the Siemens Foundation and is administered by Discovery Education. Participating students can find help in turning their ideas into a reality through the aid of a variety of web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.

To join this educational initiative, team advisors (who must be full-time or part-time school employees) can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, add their student teams and begin formulating their projects at www.wecanchange.com. Student and school prizes, which vary according to grade level and are valued at more than $300,000 total, include scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips, school assemblies and more.

The www.wecanchange.com site helps teams get started with a robust free resource section that includes new lesson plans that address Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for K-12, e-books, virtual labs and more to accompany each stage of the Challenge for each grade level. These materials have been created by Discovery Education.

The deadline for all entries is March 4, 2014. Finalists and winners will then be announced in April 2014. For more information on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, visit www.wecanchange.com or www.facebook.com/wecanchange.

Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com

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SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator program. Selected developers of promising technologies in the K-12 and postsecondary markets will be invited to participate in the SIIA Innovation Incubator program during the 12th annual SIIA Education Business Forum, December 10-11, at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York. The deadline to apply is October 4.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in the development and launch of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006, and has helped dozens of companies enrich education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The Innovation Incubator program employs a peer-review process to identify the most promising digital education products. Successful industry leaders and peers also provide one-on-one mentorship to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

All education technology companies are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established innovators. A panel of SIIA member judges, consisting of prominent education technology industry professionals, will review and score each innovation, and collective scores will determine finalists and an alternate. Finalists will be asked to give webinar presentations to educators and administrators nationwide for the Educators’ Choice Award. Finalists will also present their products live for Education Business Forum attendees. One winner will be honored with the Educators’ Choice Award based on educator scores. An additional winner and one runner-up will be chosen for the “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed” categories based on the scores submitted by Forum attendees.

For more information about the Innovation Incubator program, or to apply, go to http://siia.net/ebf/2013/incubator.asp or contact Liderby Portorreal at Lportorreal@siia.net.

Source: SIIA Education Division, www.siia.net/education

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ASCD Releases New Professional Development Offerings for Educators Heading Back to School

As students head back to school for the start of the 2013–14 school year, ASCD is offering a new selection of professional development opportunities to enable educators at every level to support the success of each learner.

New professional development opportunities include:

ASCD Arias (publications): Educators are encouraged to pick up all of ASCD’s new short-format publications. These publications offer the expertise of education thought leaders, experienced practitioners, and researchers. Each Arias title is 48 pages in length and will answer a crucial and timely “How do I…?” question. ASCD Arias contains original, standalone content that can be read in one sitting and then immediately applied to practice. The first four publications in the imprint are Fostering Grit by Thomas R. Hoerr; Teaching with Tablets by Nancy Frey, Alex Gonzalez, and Douglas Fisher; Grading and Group Work by Susan M. Brookhart; and The 5-Minute Teacher by Mark Barnes. All titles will be released in August 2013 and are available now for pre-order in print ($12.99) and e-book formats ($6.99).

ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership (event): On November 1–3, 2013, join ASCD in in Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2013 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership. The conference promises to guide educators of all levels to add new ideas to their leadership knowledge base, focus on what matters most in leadership, and connect them with global education leaders. The conference will feature more than 90 sessions, including three General Sessions: “Leading with the Brain in Mind: Five Approaches to 21st Century Leadership” with Eric Jensen; “College and Career Readiness: What We Know, What We Can Do” with David Conley; and “Passion-Driven Leadership: A Commitment to Student Success” with Salome Thomas-EL.

Closing the Attitude Gap by Baruti Kafele (book): As educators head back into the classroom, ASCD encourages them to pick up this motivational guide for all educators of underperforming students, Closing the Attitude Gap. This new book by Baruti Kafele, available now for pre-order, helps readers understand how to achieve remarkable results by zeroing in on their attitude toward students, their relationship with students, their compassion for students, the learning environment, and cultural relevance in instruction. “Before we can close the achievement gap, we must close the attitude gap and help all students develop a foundational ‘attitude of excellence,’" explains veteran educator Principal Kafele. Known nationally for his success turning around Newark Tech High School in New Jersey and his ASCD best-seller, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Kafele continues to pursue his mission to help all learners succeed with this practical book.

Additionally, ASCD’s blog Inservice will be featuring “Back to School Week” August 19- 23. Visit inservice.ascd.org during back to school week for advice and information relevant to the beginning of the school year from ASCD’s leading voices.

Source: ASCD, www.ascd.org

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MIND Research Institute Launches Sums & Solutions Educational Blog

MIND Research Institute has launched the new educational blog Sums & Solutions, intended to serve as an engaging online community exploring the national movement toward online K-12 learning, and as a forum to share successes and challenges from the classroom. The blog provides a space for teachers, principals, superintendents, education leaders and members of the philanthropic community to share ideas, questions and personal stories as they seek meaningful changes to the educational experience. Among the initial guest bloggers are Linda Rosen, Ph.D., CEO of Change the Equation; Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart; and Chris Liang-Vergara, Director of Instructional Technology at First Line schools.

The blog will feature discussions on a variety of educational topics from Common Core to blended learning, with posts by MIND staff, educators who use ST Math, and guest bloggers. Check out the Sums & Solutions blog at http://blog.mindresearch.net/blog/.

Source: MIND Research Institute, www.mindresearch.net

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Edmodo Unveils Streamlined Redesign at Third Annual EdmodoCon

Edmodo, the free and secure K-12 social learning platform, has announced an enhanced version of the web-based learning platform and the worldwide release of the latest Edmodo iPad app, complete with several updates and new features. The announcement was made during the third annual EdmodoCon, its online conference about education.

Edmodo’s new version offers a simplified user interface and cross-device consistency, making daily teaching activities easier. The new design makes it easy for teachers to safely use the social networking tool in the classroom, exciting learners daily with dynamic new content across class subjects. Also, with a new customizable toolbar, Edmodo provides simpler access to apps and streamlines collaborative communication with student and teacher groups.

Built specifically for mobile to address the way people use their devices, the new iPad app builds off the updates to the web version and makes full classroom management possible. New accounts can now be created from the app; and files, photos, and videos can be directly imported to or exported from other iPad apps, making assignment allocation and submission effortless.

An additional element is that the selection of free, third-party apps are now available to international users. This feature broadens the accessibility of modular, curated apps designed to enrich lesson plans worldwide.

Source: Edmodo, www.edmodo.com

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