Apogee, Inc. | January 02, 2023
Apogee, an industry leader in managed technology services for higher education, has recently announced the acquisition of Cumulus Technology Services Inc. Headquartered in Ventura, California, Cumulus Technology Services is a specialist in secure cloud services for higher education and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Select Consulting Partner.
This acquisition reaffirms Apogee's commitment to be the preferred managed technology partner for universities and colleges that strive to innovate and transform. The acquisition extends the managed networking and IT services capabilities of Apogee into the cloud, enabling the new potential for higher education IT innovation to enhance student experiences and promote institutional competitiveness.
While the use of technology in attracting and retaining students and providing great blended learning and student life experiences is growing, IT teams in higher education confront increasing difficulty in acquiring and retaining IT expertise. Services and products that delegate IT operations, manage expenses, improve operational effectiveness, and foster innovation are in great demand. Improving the delivery of managed cloud services in higher education helps universities and educational institutions liberate time for innovation, as promised by Apogee.
The following acquired services will be incorporated into Apogee's managed technology services portfolio:
Secure Cloud Services increase Apogee's expertise in cloud, security, and data center management. Cumulus Technology Services' significant understanding of enterprise resource planning (ERP) cloud migration and containerization, Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) will enable Apogee to provide colleges and universities even improved performance, scalability, robustness, and security of their apps, infrastructure, and data.
Cumulus Data Adapter (CDA) connects and synchronizes institutional ERP systems such as Ellucian Banner® with learning management systems (LMS) such as Canvas by Instructure using a secure, simple-to-deploy technology that significantly enhances IT administration efficiency and student life. As a managed service, CDA is an additional critical tool that addresses the major pain point of data synchronization between LMSs and ERPs, hence easing student data integration difficulties for IT and enhancing the student experience for class registration and attendance.
Security Services bolster Apogee's security experience and expertise, allowing for the delivery of brawl-tested college security assessments, ransomware incident response readiness, and staffing and disaster recovery plans.
Apogee, a leading provider of managed IT services founded in 1999 in Austin, enables colleges and universities to innovate in order to improve the campus experience and foster student life. Apogee helps over one million students and administrators from over 350 colleges and universities across the United States. The company's extensive array of managed services includes Managed Campus networks and IT services, campus engagement, residential networks (ResNet), and video.
Pixotope | December 07, 2022
Pixotope, the leading software platform for end-to-end realtime virtual production solutions, is thrilled to announce that the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Creative Industries has officially joined the Pixotope Education Program, the company’s educational and community-building initiative designed to help enable the next generation of Virtual Production talent.
“University of Gloucestershire is an incredible partner for the Pixotope Education Program. Our relationship is founded on open communication about the needs of today's virtual production students and how we can work together to meet those needs,”
Pixotope Education Program Manager, Carina Schoo.
Based out of the University’s Cheltenham, U.K. campus, the school’s state-of-the-art Media Centre features the same facilities used by media production professionals around the world. The bi-directional relationship between the School of Creative Industries and Pixotope ensures that students get hands-on experience with the technology and workflows they need to be successful in their careers in virtual production. Faced with rapidly evolving technology and production techniques, the School of Creative Industries at University of Gloucestershire needed to ensure that its courses remained ahead of the curve in terms of technological innovation. The Pixotope Education Program delivers this by providing direct access to the tools and industry experts powering virtual production today. Our partnership with Pixotope is part of a major investment in our virtual production facilities,” says Dr. Tom Bradshaw, Employer Engagement & Employability Lead, University of Gloucestershire School of Creative Industries. Working with industry is something we do every day to ensure that our curricula are up to date, that our students have the latest industry insights, and that industry in turn has access to our bright and creative students. The success, impact, and enrichment of the program are owed to the participation of world-class educational institutions as well as esteemed industry partners, like leading U.K.-based virtual production studio, The Level. Kevin Cooney, Founder at The Level says, “The Pixotope Education Program is an exciting initiative because we can tap our network to help fill in the gaps and prepare students for their career. There’s so much learning happening every day in virtual production; we’re still fleshing out job titles and roles across the industry so I can only imagine how challenging it must be for educators to keep pace. Looking ahead, University of Gloucestershire plans to work with Pixotope to develop a Masters programme as another pathway to building the virtual production talent pipeline. Bradshaw concludes, "The jobs market in the creative industries does not stand still and nor do we. Through our education partnership with Pixotope, we are preparing our students to be in the best possible position for securing the best graduate jobs of the future.”
Pixotope is at the forefront of democratizing virtual production and empowering content creators with accessible software solutions for boundary-pushing immersive storytelling. Proven on the most demanding productions in the world, Pixotope offers media content owners and producers a reliable and sustainable Virtual Production Platform for real-time Augmented Reality, Extended Reality and Virtual Sets.
GoReact | November 17, 2022
GoReact today announced its expansion into the K-12 education market and the availability of its video feedback platform for school districts across the U.S. The formal expansion comes after a limited pilot with select school districts, which used GoReact’s platform to support teacher growth and development.
“Our platform has become a standard part of the higher education tech stack over the last decade, especially in new teacher development, and we’re thrilled to extend the benefits of our platform to K-12 districts nationwide,We all need to do more to support the incredible teachers shouldering ever-heavier burdens. GoReact empowers districts to better support teacher induction, growth and development.”
Ken Meyers, GoReact’s founder and CEO.
GoReact’s proprietary video feedback platform will help K-12 school districts offer teachers more support through:
Supporting induction programs by enabling new teachers to increase practice, model instruction, and receive targeted and visual feedback.
Fostering professional learning and development by tailoring feedback and empowering teachers to set measurable goals.
Onboarding unlicensed tutors and teachers of record by expediting time to proficiency with video observation.
Encouraging self-reflection by empowering teachers to watch videos of themselves teaching.
Engaging in teams through PLC collaboration on practices prioritized by the school or district.
Improving instructional leadership to maximize the educational impact of every minute spent in the classroom.
I love GoReact for teacher observations,” said Ann Stark, Mentor Teacher at Foothill Consortium California Teacher Induction Program.Having our beginning teachers actually see themselves teaching and then getting to provide comments on their areas of strength or growth is very powerful. With entry into the K-12 sector, GoReact is planning a comprehensive product roadmap geared toward the unique and evolving needs of K-12 education. GoReact already provides data security safeguards, including compliance with FERPA and COPPA, for its best-in-class video feedback platform. GoReact also integrates with all LTI-compliant learning management systems.
GoReact is reshaping education by humanizing and accelerating skills-based learning. More than 800 colleges, universities, and K-12 districts worldwide use GoReact to facilitate scalable video observation, coaching and assessment for rapid skill development. With simple, interactive tools for collaborative learning and personalized feedback, GoReact helps all learners demonstrate skill competency with greater human connection and engagement.