EdTech Company Prodigy Education Launches New Brand to Connect Educators

Prodigy | August 11, 2020

Prodigy Education, an award-winning educational technology company, has unveiled their new brand to connect educators, parents and students with their mission to help every student in the world love learning. Their new brand strategy reflects a strong commitment to driving positive educational outcomes and promoting equality, accessibility and student engagement. "Now more than ever, we must continue to support educators, parents and students in their learning journeys given the uncertainty around the upcoming back-to-school season," says Rohan Mahimker, founder and co-CEO of Prodigy Education. "The exciting changes we're making will be a new guiding light on our path to transform learning and become a global leader in education." To guide the way, Prodigy Education prides itself on creating products that are aligned with their five brand pillars: personalized, engaging, accessible, sustainable and effective. These provide a cornerstone for continued innovation as many families and educators return to school in a very different learning environment.

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Acer Boosts Learning with Four Durable Chromebooks for Education

Acer | January 25, 2022

Acer today announced four new Chromebooks with the latest technologies, durable designs and a collection of features that optimize them for the education environment. "The popularity of Chromebooks continues to grow thanks to the robust features in the Chrome Education Upgrade combined with advances in Chromebook design, features and technology. These new Acer Chromebooks deliver the foundational technology that help students strive for success at school, while also ensuring teachers and administrators have a powerful device for class preparation and IT management." James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. Chrome Education Upgrade, Zero-Touch Enrollment Maximize Learning With Chrome Education upgrade, teachers and administrators can leverage the full capabilities of the Chromebook and Chrome OS to ensure students can focus on learning with a robust, secure device. In addition, IT departments can easily manage them with Zero-touch enrollment — to drop ship new Acer Chromebooks to their school sites that will automatically enroll as soon as the end user connects to the internet. Durable Design All of the four new Chromebooks were built to withstand the challenges of a busy school environment, featuring impact-resistant chassis that meet MIL-STD 810H[1] standards. A shock-absorbent bumper and reinforced design protects them from drops as high 122 cm (48 ft) and withstands up to 60 kg (132.3 lbs) of pressure. The Chromebooks' displays can also be opened a full 180 degrees (360 degrees for the Spin models), helping protect the devices when the screen is being handled, and a unique drainage system built into their keyboards helps protect internal components from accidental water spills[2]. The Acer Chromebook Spin 311, Acer Chromebook 512 and Acer Chromebook 511 also have mechanically anchored keys that are difficult for inquisitive students to remove, but at the same time, simple for IT personnel to repair or replace. Widened brackets and reinforced I/O ports further protect them from the wear and tear of frequent use. Eco-Friendly Features Include OceanGlass Touchpad A testament to Acer's commitment to sustainability, all four of the new Chromebooks feature a unique environmentally-friendly OceanGlass™ touchpad made entirely of abandoned ocean-bound plastic waste. Not only does the use of this waste contribute to the reduction of plastics adrift in the ocean, it also gives the touchpad a glass-like texture and responsive tactile feedback. Additionally, three of the Chromebooks—the Acer Chromebook Spin 311, Acer Chromebook 512 and Acer Chromebook 511—integrate post-consumer recycled plastics into their chassis design to further exemplify Acer's commitment to sustainability. Acer Chromebook 512 — Taller Display Boosts Productivity The new Acer Chromebook 512 (C852) has as 12-inch display with a productivity-boosting 3:2 aspect ratio for 18% more vertical space compared to an equally wide 16:9 display, meaning that students can see more text, maps, photos and schoolwork before needing to scroll. An optional panel with integrated multi-touch capabilities is also available. The Acer Chromebook 512 provides an excellent remote-learning experience with two built-in microphones as well as a webcam with TNR technology for enhanced video quality. Furthermore, a blue glass IR-cut filter within the camera module helps to minimize the impact that background light flares (such as those from lamps or ceiling lights) have on a user's webcam. Powered by the latest N-series Intel® processors, the Acer Chromebook 512 (C852) delivers the responsive performance and long 12-hour battery life needed to make it through a long day of classes and homework. Acer Chromebook 511 — Classic Compact Design; Safe for Young Students The Acer Chromebook 511 (C734/C734T) is an 11.6-inch Chromebook available with either a standard or multi-touch display on top of a compact, durable design that makes it ideal for 1:1 programs, technology labs and wireless carts. Plus, the Chromebook is safe and suitable for even the youngest students, featuring plastic coatings and having met the ASTM F963-16[3] Toy Safety Standard and UL/IEC 60950-1[4] standards. The Acer Chromebook 511 provides up to 12 hours of battery life as well as responsive performance, since it's powered by the latest N-series Intel® processors. For remote learning needs, dual microphones and a flare-reducing HD webcam let students take the classroom with them. Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) technology further enhances video quality, particularly in low-light conditions, by analyzing and utilizing information from multiple frames simultaneously. Acer Chromebook 314 — Large 14-inch Display Ideal for administrators, teachers and older students who need to multitask for their classes and projects, the Acer Chromebook 314 (C934/C934T) has a large 14-inch FHD IPS[5] touchscreen display[6] with narrow 8.1 mm side bezels and an overall compact design. The display's anti-glare coating allows it to be used even in bright lighting conditions, and it is also available with multi-touch options[6]. The Chromebook 314 provides an excellent remote learning experience. A flare-reducing webcam with (TNR) technology enhances video quality, DTS Audio delivers high-quality, distortion-free sound, and a pair of built-in microphones capture clear audio. Plus, the Chromebook 314 features the latest N-series Intel® processors to ensure solid performance and up to 10-hours of battery life[7]. Students and teachers will enjoy a reliable Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) wireless connection with speeds up to 3x faster than Wi-Fi 5[8]. Acer Chromebook Spin 311 — Convertible with Long Battery Life Designed for K-12 students, the Acer Chromebook 311 (R722T/R723T) is a convertible and durable device optimized for learning anywhere. Its responsive 11.6-inch touch display is protected by Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla® Glass® which is both tough and embedded with ionic silver that resists the growth of odor- and stain-causing microorganisms[9]. A pair of 360-degree hinges allow it to be used in four usage modes, such as clamshell mode for typing or presentation mode for showing off work when in small groups. The Chromebook's MediaTek MT8183 processor keeps students learning with efficient performance that contributes to a long battery life of up to 15 hours[7]. Its HD webcam has a camera shutter for privacy when not in calls. For excellent connectivity, the Acer Chromebook 311 is available with Wi-fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 (R723T) or Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 (R722T), depending on configuration. About Acer Founded in 1976, Acer is one of the world's top ICT companies with a presence in more than 160 countries. As Acer evolves with the industry and changing lifestyles, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another, creating ecosystems and opening up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. Acer's 7,500 employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology.

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University of Phoenix Launches New Bachelor’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

University of Phoenix | April 18, 2022

University of Phoenix College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has launched the new Bachelor of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (BSIOP) program. University of Phoenix focuses on developing, offering, and regularly updating career relevant degree programs for busy working adults. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next decade projected job growth is 11% for training and development specialists, a position for which a BSIOP can educationally prepare students. Other careers related to a BSIOP include compliance manager, human resources specialist, and job training specialist. The BSIOP program prepares students to address workplace issues and support healthy workplace cultures by applying psychological principles to various business functions. It focuses on psychological theories and methods, ethics, and social, cognitive, and motivational processes. Students learn the foundation of psychology and how it is applied to industrial-organizational settings. “Earning a degree in industrial-organizational psychology can help individuals contribute to and influence workplace culture in a broad variety of industries, This program helps students gain skills to evaluate consideration related to ethics and diversity, to integrate industrial and organizational psychological principles in human work performance, and to synthesize appropriate personal and professional communication.” -Christina Neider, Ed.D., dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each BSIOP course is mapped to three skills and skills outcomes the students will learn. In developing the program, the University worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills that ensure students have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in coursework. BSIOP courses are aligned to the educational standards of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and are shaped by current perspectives from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives.

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Meet our Centre of Excellence High-Performance Skills Coaches!

WorldSkills UK | August 24, 2020

The four High-Performance Skills Coaches are all experienced WorldSkills UK Training Managers who have the track record of training the medal-winning teams of apprentices and students who represent the UK at WorldSkills, known as the ‘skills Olympics’. Through their work with the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence, in partnership with NCFE, our High-Performance Skills Coaches will capture learnings from international competitions and use these to coach and mentor educators who can then pass this knowledge on to their students, ensuring they perform to international high standards of excellence in their skills.

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BYJU'S announced as Official Sponsor of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

BYJU'S | March 24, 2022

Through this partnership, BYJU'S will leverage its rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022™ marks, emblem and assets, and run unique promotions to connect with passionate football fans around the world. It will also create engaging and creative content with educational messages as part of a multifaceted activation plan. "FIFA is dedicated to harnessing the power of football towards the goal of enacting positive societal change. We're delighted to be partnered with a company like BYJU'S, which is also engaging communities and empowering young people wherever they may be in the world," - Kay Madati, FIFA's Chief Commercial Officer. "We are excited to be sponsoring the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the biggest single-sport event in the world. It is a matter of pride for us to represent India on such a prestigious global stage and champion the integration of education and sport. Sport is a big part of life and brings together people across the world. Just as football inspires billions, we at BYJU'S hope to inspire the love of learning in every child's life through this partnership." -Byju Raveendran, BYJU'S founder and CEO With 150 million learners around the world, BYJU'S has been a global leader in tech-driven, personalised and engaging educational content and products. Within a decade of its launch, the company has expanded to cater to a large student community globally – from K-12 and competitive exam preparation to early learning and coding to professional upskilling courses – with diverse offerings from Osmo, Tynker, Epic, Great Learning, Aakash, and Toppr. With corporate headquarters in Bengaluru, India, and offices in 21 countries, BYJU'S products are present in over 120 countries. They aim to instil curiosity in learning, create self-learners and aid in better learning outcomes. BYJU'S is changing the way students learn and teachers teach through the unique blend of digital and physical learning along with cutting-edge innovations in learning experiences. Driven by its mission to enhance human potential, BYJU'S has already empowered 3.4 million students from underserved communities with digital learning in India and aims to reach 10 million students in its home country by 2025. ABOUT BYJU'S BYJU'S is a global edtech company, providing highly adaptive, engaging and effective learning solutions to more than 150 million students around the world. Founded in India in 2011, BYJU'S mission is to make high-quality learning accessible to students everywhere. The BYJU'S family of brands includes Disney-BYJU'S Early Learn, BYJU'S FutureSchool, epic!, Osmo, Tynker, Toppr and WhiteHat Jr, along with its beloved flagship product BYJU'S – The Learning App. Together, BYJU'S solutions support Pre-K – 12 education and a wide range of competitive exams. A 2021 Time 100 Most Influential Company, BYJU'S is headquartered in India, with offices in more than 21 countries globally and learning programs in multiple languages.

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