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June 17, 2014

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Toyota and Discovery Education Announce Winners of 2014 Toyotota Teen Driver Video Challenge and High School Sweepstakes
Lexia Releases Lexia Reading Core5 Android App
Scientific Learning Corp. Announces Three-Day Language, Literacy and Reading Intervention Protocol
MimioStudio Software Now Available for Purchase with Epson BrightLink Interactive Projectors
SETDA Publishes Brief on Ownership of Teacher-Created Instructional Materials for State and District Leaders

Toyota and Discovery Education Announce Winners of 2014 Toyotota Teen Driver Video Challenge and High School Sweepstakes

Toyota and Discovery Education have announced that Jenny Kim, Tyler Koski, Kevin Kim and Chase Masters of Irvine, CA were chosen as the grand prize winners of the 2014 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge. The Challenge is part of Toyota and Discovery Education’s joint Toyota Teen Driver program, created to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel.

Now in its third year, the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge asks students across the country to produce short videos that inspire their peers to avoid distractions while behind the wheel. This year, 10 finalist videos were selected from more than 1,000 entries and posted online for public voting.

The winning video features a young boy who visits a tarot card reader and learns he has the power to dramatically change his future by avoiding driving distractions when he becomes a teenager. You can view the video at toyotateendriver.com/teens/video-archive.

The winning team from Irvine will share $15,000 and work with a Discovery film crew to reshoot their video as a professional, TV-ready PSA. The second place winner, Rachel Mallasch of Snoqualmie, WA, will receive $10,000, as well as a behind-the-scenes trip for two to a show on Discovery’s Velocity network. The third place winner, Jake Martin from Amesbury, MA, will receive $7,500.

In addition to the winners of the Video Challenge, Toyota and Discovery Education have also announced Pine Lake Preparatory in Mooresville, N.C. as the grand prize winner in this year’sToyota Teen Driver School Sweeps. As grand prize winner, Pine Lake will receive $5,000 for the school as well as a safe driving simulator. Ten runner-up schools will also receive $1,000 prizes.

Toyota Teen Driver, a joint education program by Toyota and Discovery Education, offers teens, parents and teachers free online resources, including curriculum, parent coaching guides and activities that help initiate important conversations about the life-changing choices teens can make behind the wheel. The program is a part of TeenDrive365 (www.teendrive365.com), Toyota’s comprehensive initiative designed to help families navigate their teen’s first years on the road. Building on the programs and resources Toyota has offered for more than 10 years, TeenDrive365 offers a collection of online tools, events, expert advice and tips, as well as social media.

For more information on the Toyota Teen Driver program and to view a full list of winners in this year’s Toyota Teen Driver School Sweeps, please visit toyotateendriver.com/sweepstakes.

Source: Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com

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Lexia Releases Lexia Reading Core5 Android App

Lexia Learning has announced that Lexia Reading Core5, the pre-K–5 technology-based reading program, is now available as an Android app. Downloadable from the Google Play store at http://tinyurl.com/l96cr5s, the new app from Lexia Learning allows students to use Lexia Reading Core5 on phones and tablets running Android 2.3 and higher. Students will now have greater access to the program in tablet-enabled classrooms and computer labs, and they can extend their use outside of the school day in blended learning environments.

Built upon Lexia’s 30 years of reading education research, Lexia Reading Core5 accelerates fundamental literacy skills development for students of all abilities through personalized learning paths, with scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Each of the age-appropriate, skill-specific activities conforms to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly and on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.

In addition, the program includes Lexia’s proprietary Assessment Without Testing technology, which can be used by educators to reduce dependence on traditional testing methods. The embedded assessment technology gathers student performance data without administering a test, using norm-referenced measurements that are correlated to, and highly predictive of, student outcomes on commonly used measures such as DIBELS and AIMSweb. Assessment Without Testing provides teachers and intervention specialists with real-time reports on student progress as well as individualized action plans that recommend targeted instructional strategies and structured lessons, including the minutes-per-week of software usage each student needs to improve performance on grade-level assessments.

Source: Lexia Learning, lexialearning.com

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Scientific Learning Corp. Announces Three-Day Language, Literacy and Reading Intervention Protocol

To provide K-12 schools with expanded options to treat the underlying cause of language and reading difficulties, Scientific Learning Corp. has announced a new, shorter three-day reading intervention protocol.

The new three-day protocol will allow preK-12 schools to bring the benefits of the Fast ForWord language, literacy and reading intervention to more students fewer days per week, making it easier to integrate the program into their daily class schedules. The program was developed by neuroscientists to address foundational language and literacy skills, while concurrently developing memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills.

The three-day, 30- and 50-minute protocols for the Fast ForWord program provide more implementation flexibility for schools, particularly those that have shorter class schedules or fewer workstations available to students. In keeping with its dedication to researching effectiveness, Scientific Learning conducted studies comparing the standard five-day, 30-minute protocol to the new three-day, 50-minute protocol and found comparable benefits.

It also analyzed data collected from elementary, middle and high schools using a 30-minute protocol just three days per week, and found that these students also showed significant gains as well, although over a longer time period. For example, third graders in a California district made nine months of growth in only two months of Fast ForWord use, while high school students in New York made one year of gains in four months.

More details about the three-day protocol are expected in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

Source: Scientific Learning Corp., scilearn.com

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MimioStudio Software Now Available for Purchase with Epson BrightLink Interactive Projectors

Epson and Mimio have announced that MimioStudio classroom software is now available for purchase with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. Together, Epson and Mimio provide schools with more options for bringing advanced collaboration and interactivity into the classroom, delivering learning environments that inspire, connect and motivate students, according to the announcement.

MimioStudio software licenses are now being sold with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors through Epson’s reseller network. The software may also be purchased separately by existing BrightLink customers who wish to create collaborative and engaging classrooms. Both Epson and Mimio will provide customer support for their respective products, giving educators full confidence as they bring more interactivity into classrooms and other learning spaces.

Shipments of Epson interactive projectors with MimioStudio software licenses are now available in the United States and Canada. MimioStudio software licenses are also available for existing Epson customers through Epson and Mimio resellers. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/education.

MimioStudio software is designed to be used with interactive projectors, with support for pens, single touch, multi-touch, and gestures. The intuitive MimioStudio software allows teachers to create collaborative and interactive lessons for both whole-group and small-group learning. The software also includes the powerful Collaborate feature, which allows students to work interactively in small groups using multiple mobile devices at the same time, including both Apple and Android tablets and smartphones that are enabled with the MimioMobile application.

The Epson BrightLink line of short-throw and ultra short-throw interactive projectors, including the new BrightLink 575Wi, 585Wi and 595Wi, offers advanced connectivity options to project onto any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface. BrightLink interactive projectors offer dual pen support and built-in annotation technology that allows teachers and students to interact directly with a projected image from a variety of sources. 

Source: Mimio, mimio.com

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SETDA Publishes Brief on Ownership of Teacher-Created Instructional Materials for State and District Leaders

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), in partnership with Creative Commons U.S., recently released a policy brief for state and district education leaders focused on strategies for equipping educators to effectively and legally navigate the use of digital content. The brief, Clarifying Ownership of Teacher-Created Digital Content Empowers Educators to Personalize Education, Address Individual Student Needs, examines important legal considerations regarding the ownership and use of teacher-created digital instructional materials. The paper identifies a range of policy options for education leaders, including those related to open educational resources (OER). The brief also provides recommendations to encourage the creation, sharing, and repurposing of high-quality, teacher-created instructional tools and materials – including OER – to enhance instructional practice and improve student outcomes.

"Teacher-created digital instructional materials, when copyrighted and licensed appropriately, can and should be an important resource for teaching and learning," notes Douglas Levin, SETDA Executive Director. "We are pleased to produce actionable guidance on this important and emerging issue for educators and state and district education leaders."

"This policy brief comes at an opportune moment," adds Michael Carroll, Public Lead of Creative Commons United States and Professor of Law and Director of Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University. "It provides a helpful guide for education leaders to harness OER's promise and empower educators to address student needs and interests."

The brief is available on the SETDA website (www.setda.org) or directly via http://tinyurl.com/teacher-created-rpt. It was prepared in partnership with EducationCounsel LLC, a mission-based education consulting firm.

Source: SETDA, setda.org

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