ISTATION RECOGNIZED WITH 2020 EDTECH BREAKTHROUGH AWARD

Istation | June 24, 2020

EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, today announced that Istation, a Dallas-based education technology company, has been selected as the winner of the "Online Learning Innovation Award" in the second annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program.
As the COVID-19 global health pandemic accelerated the transition to distance learning, Istation offered new online learning programs for students and educators. Istation created a unique program for home-based instruction that offers teachers and parents a clear view of each student's progress. Additionally, Istation's Parent Portal includes a variety of resources to reinforce children's learning at home, including printable lessons, books, passages and games appropriate for each student's progress in the Istation program. The platform also provides learning data such as usage and student summary handouts.

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PowerSchool | February 02, 2022

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The enhanced Scholarship capability makes it easier for students to understand their scholarship options and include new matching criteria, and also gives districts the ability to easily create comprehensive scholarship resources, and improve management tools for students and staff. “We’re seeing how the pandemic has impacted students’ decision making and students are telling us they have a strong interest in more consistent access to career guidance throughout middle and high school. With career-connected learning experiences while in high school, we can provide them with the tools that help with both the planning and potential pathways. We can support their needs to get an earlier start in their college search and ensure they are ready.” PowerSchool Chief Product Officer Marcy Daniel Key updates to Naviance include: School administrators can now manage national, regional, and local scholarships all from one page vs. multiple, making it easier to add new scholarships for students to choose from. Students can easily find and track personalized scholarship opportunities via: Streamlined search: Students can find scholarships by name or keyword, as well as sort by deadline, award amount, or publish date Match and filter: Students can customize their match settings by adding, editing, or removing demographic data and indicate additional personal interests to match with more scholarships Update applications: Students can update their Scholarship Application Status and Result right from the same page The 2021 Naviance Student Survey, comprised of more than 15,000 middle and high school students who volunteered to participate, helps educators understand how students are making postsecondary decisions. Key insights further supported the need for enhancements to its scholarship search tool, which provides a personalized experience allowing students to search and filter through millions of available scholarships to match their needs and qualifications. Over half of the individuals who participated in the 2021 Naviance Student Survey indicated they would like more support discovering their own interests and strengths ahead of researching colleges and decision making. Reinforced by this insight, PowerSchool has worked to ensure there is seamless integration between its student information system, PowerSchool SIS, and Naviance to provide parents, students and administrators a more complete view of each student and allowing counselors and educators to guide students on self-discovery and college choice. Student records are safely and readily available across systems and adhere to the latest privacy and security standards. “I’m excited about the Naviance and PowerSchool SIS data integration,” said Anna Harding, Data Administrator at Anne Arundel County Public Schools. “Marrying the college, career, and life readiness data with the SIS data will paint a fuller picture of the student.” To help create a seamless experience for educators using these integrated solutions, PowerSchool launched AppSwitcher, in August 2021, which allows administrators to quickly transition between their SIS and Naviance to complete priority tasks such as entering individual learning plans, viewing student attendance, or reviewing a Student Readiness Report. The PowerSchool SIS Integration tool allows student records to be uploaded into Naviance automatically. 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