NetDragon's | June 14, 2022
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that Promethean continues to be a global leader for Interactive Flat Panel Displays ("IFPD") technology, according to Futuresource Consulting's Q1 2022 report on the World IFPD market. As schools embraced and learned to harness the power of edtech in and out of the classroom, the IFPD market continued trending upward in the first quarter of 2022.
Excluding sales in China, Promethean was the global K-12 education sector IFPD market leader from 2018 to 2021 collectively. From April 2021 to March 2022, Promethean achieved a 23.8% market share of the total IFPD market. In that same 12-month period, Promethean maintained its leadership position in the United States, United Kingdom & Ireland, and Germany. Most recently, in Q1 2022, Promethean held a strong lead in the United States, achieving a 32.8% market share of the IFPD market.
Promethean's 25-year product development experiences with insights from the teaching community has allowed the company to create innovative tools that make a lasting impact and continue to evolve with the classroom. Promethean's success in Q1 2022 is attributed to adapting and understanding teacher and student needs and successfully addressing those pain points in the classroom. The Promethean ActivPanel provides a user-friendly interface, customized solution and enhanced security for both educators and IT administrators. The ActivPanel includes Promethean's lesson delivery software ActivInspire and ClassFlow, which provide interactive lessons, activities, quizzes, and thousands of immersive resources, no matter the learning environment.
"As we approach the second half of 2022, Promethean continues to be dedicated to resolving pain points for educators and IT administrators to get the most value out of their edtech and learning experience, Promethean is proud to be the leader of the IFPD market and is dedicated to laying the foundation for the next-generation interactive panels."
-Chris Hand, Chief Revenue Officer at Promethean.
About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities with a long track record of developing and scaling multiple internet and mobile platforms that impact hundreds of millions of users, including previous establishments of China's first online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless. Established in 1999, NetDragon is one of the most reputable and well-known online game developers in China with a history of successful game titles including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved, Conquer Online and Under Oath. In recent years, NetDragon has also started to scale its online education business on the back of management's vision to create the largest global online learning community, and to bring true integrated blended learning solutions to every school around the world.
Promethean is a leading education technology company working to transform the way the world learns and collaborates. From our founding in Blackburn, England, almost 25 years ago to our global operations in 22 countries today, we've continued to explore, innovate, and inspire—designing learning and collaboration tools that are built for breakthroughs. Our award-winning interactive display, ActivPanel, and lesson delivery software, ActivInspire and ClassFlow, were designed to engage students, connect colleagues, and bring out the brilliance in everyone. With headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and offices worldwide, Promethean is a subsidiary of the NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777).
XLerateHealth | August 18, 2022
XLerateHealth (XLH), a national healthcare accelerator based in Louisville, KY, in partnership with the University of Kentucky (UK) through UK Innovate, has been awarded the first phase of a potential $3.25M multi-year grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the IDeA Regional Entrepreneurship Development (I-RED) Program (Award Number UT2GM148083). The purpose of the grant is to develop and launch a suite of experience-based entrepreneurship and commercialization training tools to address the needs of academic institutions across the Southeast U.S., including faculty, researchers, innovators and students. XLH and UK have led this effort since 2018 through the XLerator Network, an NIH-funded partnership to increase the commercialization of promising life science and healthcare innovations in 25 academic institutions across the Southeast Institutional Development Award (IDeA) states of Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. This NIH I-RED award will allow XLerator Network participants to build on prior work and develop, launch, test and validate entrepreneurship education and training tools that foster the translation of promising biomedical discoveries and technologies from research laboratories into commercial products “Based on our years of experience training biomedical entrepreneurs, we believe that effective entrepreneurial pedagogy is a combination of four elements: 1) informed high-quality educational content, 2) mentorship and coaching from experienced domain experts and entrepreneurs, 3) access to experienced talent to build a cohesive team, and 4) access to capital to fund the successful refinement of the technology/product and its commercial launch into the marketplace,” said Jackie Willmot, CEO of XLerateHealth. “We are proud to continue this collaboration and grateful to the NIH I-RED program for its support in bringing these resources to academic and clinician innovators.”
“Through the XLerator Network, our partnership with more than two-dozen academic institutions in the Southeast IDeA region has created a framework for learning, testing, and applying entrepreneurship and commercialization best practices to advance the most promising health innovations in the region,” Ian McClure, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact at the University of Kentucky. “UK Innovate is thrilled that the NIH I-RED program will now catalyze that foundation and generate new education, mentorship, coaching, and commercialization tools for those partners and the region. As the academic lead institution for this new award, we are proud of this partnership and thank the NIH I-RED program leadership for its support.”
Ian McClure, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact at the University of Kentucky
About XLerateHealth (XLH)
The XLerateHealth (XLH) mission is to cultivate and grow impactful healthcare innovation in the Midwest, Southeast and other areas of the country where great innovation often goes unrecognized and underfunded. Founded in 2012, XLH supports the development of healthcare innovation through its healthcare accelerator, which helps start-up founders commercialize their business and attract funding. XLerateHealth also leads the efforts to build and operate the XLerator Network, an NIH-funded partnership with Academic Lead University of Kentucky along with 24 other academic institutions in the Southeast. The objective of this work is to increase the commercialization of promising life science and healthcare innovations in the NIH-designated Southeast Institutional Development Award (IDeA) states.
North Park University School of Restorative Arts | June 17, 2022
North Park University School of Restorative Arts held a graduation ceremony at Stateville Correctional Center (Stateville) for 28 resident scholars in honor of earning their Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) from North Park Theological Seminary. Two students began the program inside Stateville and upon release completed their studies on North Park's campus.
The graduation was the first of its kind in an Illinois Department of Corrections facility and represents a profound commitment to liberative and restorative education. Commencement speaker Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx, who was invited to speak by the students, acknowledged that while she was not the obvious choice, identified with the graduates in powerful ways saying, "I am you."
The inaugural graduating School of Restorative Arts (SRA) cohort brings together free and incarcerated students to study in the shared Stateville on-site space – unifying a transformative learning experience for all. In his remarks during the June 15th ceremony, SRA inside student Jamal Bakr said, "We are receiving our Master's degree because our potential is not defined by our worst mistakes. Let today's event be an example of what happens when opportunities are created, potentials are unignored and complete restoration is always the aim of justice."
This one-of-its-kind Master's degree offered in prisons throughout Illinois, prepares individuals for ministries of restoration in contexts impacted by violence and generational trauma through non-violent communication and trauma-informed healing. The four-year degree is offered to over 100 students at Stateville and Logan Correctional Centers.
Many graduates shared how they'd grown throughout the program. "I'm bringing the knowledge of my degree to all those I meet in this prison, this knowledge is so badly needed here," said William Jones.
The faith-filled celebration was attended by North Park President, Mary K. Surridge and seminary faculty. "Some might doubt that love and beauty could be so evident in such a dreary setting, but all who were present witnessed how creative collaboration, belief in the transformative power of God's Spirit, and tenacious commitment to justice can accomplish what might first appear to be impossible," said North Park's Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Edwards.
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Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies | August 10, 2022
Raptor Technologies, the leading provider of school safety software, and Alertus Technologies, a leader in emergency mass notification solutions, today announced they will integrate their best-in-class safety and security offerings to enhance security for K-12 schools and districts.
The partnership combines Alertus' notification solutions with Raptor's robust emergency management and reunification tools, setting new, high standards for critical communication and response during emergencies. Alertus' integrated, modular mass notification offerings – including Alertus Desktop™, IP Text-to-Speech Interface for PA systems, and a range of hardwired and pocket-sized activation devices – are designed to help K-12 schools automate widespread, instant alerting in an emergency. Now, any K-12 school utilizing Raptor Technologies can automatically send emergency notifications to all alerting modalities unified by the Alertus Mass Notification System via Raptor® Connect™.
Alertus will also offer Raptor Alert customers free Alertus Desktop™ and Alertus Desktop™ for Chrome, powerful desktop and browser-based alerting software that instantly overrides computer displays with customizable notifications. The promotion is made possible through Alertus' Safe in Seconds Initiative, a philanthropic effort to equip schools and nonprofits with mass notification technology they might not otherwise be able to afford.
"School districts across the country are recognizing the value of being able to quickly initiate an alert and notify staff and teachers in the event of a school emergency, By integrating with Alertus, we're expanding the ways users can rapidly access Raptor Alert to trigger an alert and increasing the ways a campus can be notified of an emergency."
-Chris Noell, chief product officer, Raptor Technologies
Raptor Alert is currently used by more than 7,500 schools nationwide to help school districts respond to emergencies. Many states, including Texas, Florida, New Jersey and New York, have earmarked funding or created mandates to make mobile panic alerts available to schools. Additionally, in 2021, Raptor Alert was chosen by 25% of Florida schools to achieve compliance with Alyssa's Law, which mandates panic buttons that directly connect to law enforcement.
Every second counts in an emergency and our top priority is ensuring that schools have every possible way to get urgent, life-saving information to their students, teachers and staff – both during and after a critical event, Our integration with Raptor enables schools to alert, respond, and recover more effectively by reducing response times, reinforcing stakeholder responsibilities and mitigating risk to their communities,said Patrick Dennin, director of education, Alertus.
Alertus works with hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across North America, equipping them with unified, multilayered mass notification solutions – software, hardware and integrations with legacy alerting systems – to communicate effectively and protect their communities from potential threats, including active shooters, severe weather, health outbreaks, and more. Through its partnership with Raptor, Alertus' customized, layered approach to mass notification helps ensure that no one is missed in the event of an emergency.
About Raptor Technologies
Founded in 2002, Raptor has partnered with over 50,000 schools globally, including over 5,000 K-12 US school districts, to provide integrated visitor, volunteer, emergency management, and safeguarding software and services that cover the complete spectrum of school and student safety.
About Alertus Technologies
Alertus Technologies is a pioneer and market leader in emergency mass notification systems for large-area, high occupancy facilities. Since 2002, Alertus has engineered innovative solutions for emergency mass notification that unify and simplify the notification process for immediate, comprehensive coverage. Alertus provides solutions for in-building notification, outdoor notification, and personal notification. Thousands of institutions and enterprise organizations worldwide trust and rely on Alertus to protect millions of people.