School Pathways | December 05, 2022
School Pathways has created a two-way product integration with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. that allows schools to connect Zoom Meetings with their Synchronous Instruction and Live Interaction calendar in School Pathways' software. Once connected, the Zoom integration will automatically log student participation in online meetings. The passage of Assembly Bills 130 and 167 in California mandated that Independent Study and virtual learning educators provide and track regular opportunities for synchronous instruction and live interaction. While state-specific, this requirement is indicative of an overall trend as online instruction becomes more enmeshed in education following the COVID-19 pandemic. As Zoom is a leading platform for conducting online learning, School Pathways' new Zoom integration allows for streamlined tracking and cuts down the amount of time teachers have to spend logging virtual instruction meetings and participation. The integration also makes it easier to keep engagement tracking and re-engagement plans for students up to date. Having piloted the School Pathways Zoom integration at Visions in Education, Director of Operations Michael Brubaker explains, "I believe that this new feature will really benefit schools, teachers, and students as they schedule and track Synchronous Instruction or daily Live Interaction.
"Teachers will benefit immensely from the simplicity and convenience of this Zoom integration,Not only will this result in accurate AB 130 and AB 167 compliance and reporting, but it will also help educators engage with their students on a deeper level."
School Pathways CEO Oliver Wreford.
About School Pathways
School Pathways is a California-based education software company with 20 years of experience in K-12 education. We provide solutions for virtual, hybrid, and independent study programs that simplify school operations and foster student success in a variety of learning environments. In addition to a Student Information System better-built for non-traditional learning environments, we offer software that allows our clients to manage online learning agreements, student activity tracking, re-engagement communications, audit preparation, adult education, and more.
Tynker | November 23, 2022
Tynker, a BYJU's company and the world’s leading K-12 coding education platform, has launched live coaching from expert instructors – including two free sessions – across all of its e-learning subscription plans for students aged 5-18. The new Tynker Quick Start bundle is part of the company's effort to ensure the U.S. can meet outsized demand for technical skills in the job market, which is outpacing the rate the country’s youth are learning to code. The demand for effective coding education is acute. According to a recent Oxford Study, nearly half of all jobs today are vulnerable to automation. At the same time, jobs requiring technical skills will outpace overall job growth by nearly 300 times between now and 2031. In the U.S., roughly half of students have some access to some form of coding education — but less than 5% of students were enrolled in the 37 states where data was available. Stats like these highlight the pressing need for students to learn coding to keep the U.S. at the forefront of the digital economy. With this enhanced offering, Tynker is doubling down on its mission of ensuring every high school graduate learns to code by 2033. Tynker is currently the only platform to offer bundled coaching with a deep, proven catalog of courses, apps and lessons to accelerate kids’ coding proficiency. Coding coaches are highly educated and trained instructors who help demystify the coding experience and enable budding coders to build confidence quickly.
"It’s increasingly essential that every child develops coding skills to meet the demands of the digital economy over the next decade, The strength of the U.S. economy depends on helping students learn how to code now, to meet the forecasted demand for jobs requiring technical skills. When we democratize coding, and guarantee access to coding instruction, we're opening up new worlds for students from every walk of life."
Srinivas Mandyam, Tynker CEO and co-founder.
Getting Kids Coding Instruction Is Essential for Economic Growth
As students learn to code, they gain additional essential skills — including problem-solving, logic and critical thinking — which lead to overall improved academic performance. Many education experts and technologists agree that learning to code can and should start at a young age. Several European countries, including Estonia, Finland, Italy and the U.K., are already incorporating coding into classroom instruction. Tynker’s award-winning, gamified courses and learning platform offer engaging activities for children of all ages – from pre-readers to elementary and middle schoolers to computer science Advanced Placement students. The addition of coding coaches ensures that children start at a suitable level and that learning is fun and engaging while building coding confidence. Tynker is the first and only coding education company to bundle two FREE live coaching sessions with an online learning platform for as little as $15 a month. Tynker is committed to offering the best value in the market, especially for those kids who are eager to learn and could benefit from a structured onboarding approach to coding. For less than the cost of a couple of tutoring sessions, parents can get one year's worth of unlimited coding activities that start with personalized guidance to put their child on the path to success.
The Tynker Quick Start Bundle includes:
Two expert instruction sessions from a highly educated and trained coding teacher
Full access to all Tynker courses, games, apps and lessons (5,000 coding activities)
Six organized levels to help kids progress from novice to expert, with skills certification at each level
Lessons, instruction and activities that are appropriate for ages 5-18
Discounts that are available during Black Friday (40%) and throughout the month of December (20%).
ABOUT TYNKER FROM BYJU'S
Tynker is one of the world's leading K-12 creative coding platforms, enabling students of all ages to develop the coding skills to design and power animations, games, music, robots and drones, smart devices, virtual worlds like Minecraft, and more. The company's award-winning platform helps kids engage at home, school, and on the go, while developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and programming skills to help them be successful today and tomorrow. Tynker's highly successful coding curriculum has been used by one in three U.S. K-8 schools, 100,000 schools globally, and over 60 million kids across 150 countries. Tynker's partners include some of the world's most respected brands, including Apple, BBC Learning, Google, Microsoft, Mattel, PBS, Lego, NASA, and more. Tynker is accessible from any computer with an Internet browser, as well as via the Tynker and Tynker Junior mobile apps, and offers both free and paid subscription options. In 2021, Tynker was acquired by BYJU’S, the world’s largest education technology company.
Carnegie Learning | November 17, 2022
Carnegie Learning, a leader in artificial intelligence for K-12 education and formative assessment, announced today that it has acquired the MUSE Virtual School curriculum. Carnegie Learning plans to integrate the curriculum into its current award-winning AI-powered software while also using it as a building block for future solutions in augmented reality and the metaverse. MUSE Virtual is an innovative and environmentally focused, K-12 online learning platform founded by Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron. MUSE Virtual offers a unique and engaging, passion-based curriculum infusing core academics with non-traditional learning. It delivers solutions across five core education pillars: Passion-Based Learning, Academics, Sustainability, Communication, and Self-Efficacy, and incorporates a state-of-the-art, science-based, alternative learning approach that also nurtures environmental awareness.
According to Carnegie Learning CEO Barry Malkin, the acquisition of the MUSE Virtual curriculum is a critical step in delivering high-quality instructional materials in an increasingly virtual world. “In today’s global economy, it is more important than ever for students – regardless of their location – to have seamless access to the best educational products. The MUSE Virtual curriculum offers an innovative approach to learning and will strengthen our ability to continually push the boundaries of education. With expertise in math, literacy, and world languages, the MUSE curriculum brings an added depth to our portfolio, which is unlike any other company in our industry. Carnegie Learning has also appointed Suzy Amis Cameron to its Board of Directors. Ms. Amis Cameron, a noted environmental leader, author, business pioneer and mother of five, will bring her deep commitment to education and the environment to the Carnegie Board, helping the company to develop content and curriculum that connects more closely with students’ passions and interests.
“Carnegie Learning shares my sense of urgency and responsibility to improve the world for our children. The company’s programs, practices and principles guide learning in ways that address the whole child. Carnegie Learning is also committed to educating children to solve our planet's most pressing challenges. Together, I’m confident we can transform K-12 education.”
Ms. Amis Cameron ,Board of Director,Carnegie Learning
World-renowned filmmaker, explorer and technology innovator James Cameron will also partner with Carnegie Learning on the development of NextGen educational products and services that leverage his understanding of the power of story-driven, tech-enabled experiential learning to connect with students in new ways. Technology isn’t just about augmenting education,” Mr. Cameron says. "It’s about reinventing it, creating new opportunities for real-time assessment and intervention, hyper-personalized courseware, creative collaboration and much else. I’m anxious to support Carnegie Learning in harnessing the power of technology to create unique, fun, and immersive experiences that engage kids and accelerate learning.
ABOUT CARNEGIE LEARNING, INC.
Carnegie Learning is a leading provider of K-12 education technology, curriculum, and professional learning solutions. With the highest-quality offerings for K-12 math, literacy, world languages, professional learning, high-dosage tutoring, and more, Carnegie Learning is changing the way we think about learning and creating powerful results for teachers and students alike. Born from more than 30 years of learning science research at Carnegie Mellon University, the company has become a nationally recognized leader for its ability to harness the power of data to improve student performance. The company’s 700+ employees across the US and Canada—the majority of whom are former teachers—are passionate about partnering with educators in the implementation of effective, student-centered instructional strategies and supporting them in the classroom. For more information, visit carnegielearning.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
ABOUT MUSE VIRTUAL
MUSE Virtual is an online learning program inspired by the internationally acclaimed MUSE Global School in Calabasas, Calif. Founded in 2006 by Suzy Amis Cameron, her sister Rebecca Amis and James Cameron, its mission is to inspire and prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MUSE Virtual is a community in which students are empowered to become global champions and future leaders through MUSE's 5 Pillar approach to education.
Bloomz | December 07, 2022
Tech & Learning strives to be the go-to resource to help K-12 educators and administrators use technology to enhance the student experience and drive innovative learning. Tech & Learning's publications, websites, newsletters, and virtual and in-person events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to education leaders who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning was back again with the Awards of Excellence: Back to School Awards. These awards were established to help readers find the most impressive products and solutions to support their work in any learning environment. This year, the parent communication app Bloomz was selected as the winning product for 2022!
Bloomz is the unified parent-teacher communication app that increases parental engagement by connecting parents and teachers with one intuitive app. Bloomz handles everything from school messaging to student portfolios and text translation. Fans of Bloomz point to their comprehensive dashboard and a wide variety of tools to help teachers and administrators reach their goals. One reason for this year's award selection was Bloomz's advanced PBIS toolset, allowing admins and teachers to track, analyze and reward students' behavior in and across the school. Schools can leverage Bloomz's PBIS capabilities to increase student engagement and work ethic among students and helps parents engage in their children's education. The app was designed to enhance the school community through open communication and positive reinforcement. For this "Tech & Learning Award," Tech & Learning reviewed products that can offer schools versatility, value, and solutions to specific problems to support innovative, practical teaching and learning. From security solutions to LMSs to hardware and software, this new award recognizes both new and legacy technology that supports effective teaching and learning practices in the new school year.