New digital platform to help facilitate citizenship, SEL skills

educationdive | April 08, 2020

Composer — a free digital resource from High Resolves, Facing History and Ourselves, iCivics, Generation Citizen and Peace First — enables educators to access a variety of citizenship education materials to produce cross-disciplinary instructional “strings,” with guides and suggestions on how students can practice what they’ve learned through real-world experiences. The tool, produced with funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Imaginable Futures, currently contains a library of approximately 1,000 learning experiences that touch on civics, social justice, social-emotional learning and global competence.

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Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has evolved significantly in recent years, achieving unprecedented levels of mobility, capability, versatility and security. VDI has also become very popular in educational environments. Educational institutions value VDI for the cost-savings potential, but also for the rich user experience that VDI enables for teachers and students.However, the applications and technological tools integral to modern-day learning environments are becoming more graphics intensive. As a result, performance problems stemming from the use of graphics-intensive applications have become increasingly commonplace in educational environments. The typical approach of rendering graphics through the CPU diverts the VDI from enabling the top performance of the tools and applications upon which schools have come to depend. CPUs were not designed to process visual representations of objects efficiently.


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WestEd to Study Impact of Online Math Learning Program on Student Outcomes

WestEd | September 08, 2022

WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency, along with co-principal investigators from Age of Learning®, the leading education technology innovator and creator of the ABCmouse® online learning program, today announced that WestEd was awarded a research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to evaluate the effectiveness of My Math Academy, Age of Learning’s adaptive math mastery program. The study is part of an IES initiative that funds research to explore, develop, evaluate, and measure instructional strategies and materials for improving students’ STEM learning. It represents the largest, most comprehensive independent study of My Math Academy to date. The IES grant to study My Math Academy is one of only a few issued by IES to researchers evaluating learning programs developed by private education technology companies. This grant will support further collaboration between WestEd and Age of Learning and will extend previous studies in 2017 and 2019, which found that My Math Academy accelerated children’s mathematics skills and fostered greater engagement in their math learning. “This is a critical moment in education as school leaders and teachers seek solutions that help young learners build their mathematics skills in the early grades and continue to recoup learning loss from the pandemic,This grant provides a unique opportunity to conduct a large-scale, rigorous design study of My Math Academy in elementary schools that will gather efficacy data on the program, giving educators increased knowledge of how students learn, how teachers can advance that learning, and the available programs that can accelerate this development.” Steve Schneider, WestEd Senior Director of STEM Research and Entrepreneurship. “We take a research-driven approach to developing our programs and have already amassed a significant body of evidence showing the effectiveness of My Math Academy in improving learning outcomes while fostering a love for math learning,” said Sunil Gunderia, Chief Innovation Officer at Age of Learning. “Across the country, school district leaders are prioritizing the need for solutions that improve student learning outcomes in math while equipping students and teachers alike with tools that are fun, dynamic, personalized, and effective, and this study with WestEd will give us a greater opportunity to show that My Math Academy is delivering significant learning gains for all students.” The new study is an opportunity to further examine the efficacy of My Math Academy at a larger scale, with leading researchers analyzing and measuring data from kindergarten and first-grade classrooms across dozens of districts using the program over two school years. Classrooms will be randomly assigned into “treatment” and “control” groups so researchers can adequately measure the use of My Math Academy programs and educator-supporting materials under routine school conditions. Researchers will also be able to understand the effect of having students use My Math Academy for more than one school year, and a final report is expected in spring 2026. My Math Academy has already been successfully implemented by school districts across the country. It meets the highest level of evidence standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Tier 1, Strong Evidence, as well as all ESSER and Title I funding requirements. Earlier studies have found that My Math Academy improved learning outcomes in kindergarten and first-grade mathematics. One recently published study found that 98 percent of pre-K students in a Title I District who used My Math Academy reached the highest benchmark in math. About WestEd WestEd is a nonpartisan, nonprofit agency that provides a range of services—research and evaluation, professional learning, technical assistance, and policy guidance—for education and other communities. Working to promote success for every learner is WestEd’s main goal, and a steadfast commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is central to that work. To learn more, visit WestEd.org and subscribe to the agency’s E-Bulletin to receive updates about professional development, award-winning research, career opportunities, and more. About Age of Learning Age of Learning® is the leading education technology innovator, creating engaging and effective learning resources to help children build a strong foundation for academic success and a lifelong love of learning. Based in Los Angeles, the company is Bringing Learning to Life® by blending educational expertise, innovative technology, and insightful creativity. Age of Learning’s flagship product, ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy, is a comprehensive curriculum for children ages 2 to 8. In 2019, the company launched Adventure Academy™, the first AAA educational massively multiplayer online game (MMO), serving elementary- and middle-school-age children with thousands of Learning Activities in a fun and safe virtual world. In 2020, Age of Learning released My Math Academy® for schools, an adaptive, personalized program that helps students master foundational math concepts. My Reading Academy™, launched in 2022, helps young learners master reading and build a foundation for reading comprehension and fluency by featuring digital books, activities, and videos. The company is expanding globally, beginning with its English language learning program ABCmouse English.

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ThriveDX is Now Tackling the Human Factor in Cybersecurity From Classroom to Boardroom with the Launching of Their Best in Class Enterprise Solutions

ThriveDX | November 04, 2022

ThriveDX, the leading global cybersecurity education solutions provider, announced today it is prioritizing a new category in cybersecurity, "Human Factor Security", to close the global cybersecurity skills and talent gap while increasing diversity and inclusion across the industry. Cybersecurity Ventures reported that there are nearly 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide, and it's estimated that 95% of cyber attacks are caused by human error, leading to projections that cybercrime costs will be $10.5 trillion by 2025. Leading the charge to enhance cybersecurity skills in the workforce and give people of all backgrounds the opportunity to fill these highly lucrative and in-demand cyber positions, is ThriveDX. ThriveDX was formed out of the grouping of several top-tier cyber skills companies, including Cybint Cybersecurity Solutions, Lucy Security Awareness Training, and Kontra Application Security, all acquired by HackerU and rebranded to be the company we know today. Together as one powerhouse, their mission is to address the cybersecurity talent shortage and skills gap from the classroom to the boardroom, collaborating with universities to train students for careers in cybersecurity, train enterprise employees beyond cybersecurity awareness and to proactively address underrepresented communities to excel in cybersecurity positions. Through combining enterprise cyber solutions companies Lucy, Kontra, and Cybint to fuel enterprise training, ThriveDX has created a CISO's 360° solution - a one stop shop for all human factor security skills and talent. ThriveDX's enterprise suite offers relevant cyber training for every position in the organization, including application security for developers and engineers,, beyond awareness training for non-technical roles, specialized C-suite training, as well as cyber talent matching, which was announced earlier this year. "The fight against cyber-attacks, specifically those caused by human error or lack of awareness, continues to grow not only in frequency but complexity. By increasing our efforts around human factor security, ThriveDX is upskilling the existing workforce and reskilling the future workforce to make secure practices the default, The amazing thing about human error is that it's preventable and avoidable with the right tools, training, and understanding." Roy Zur, CEO, ThriveDX's Enterprise Division. Not only are we actively closing the skills gap with our recent addition in enterprise training, ThriveDX is opening opportunities to transform diverse groups of learners to join the tech workforce through our cyber bootcamp training and employer matching," said Dan Vigdor, Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Executive Chairman of ThriveDX. "We're excited to offer a true classroom-to-boardroom journey in cybersecurity education. ThriveDX's cybersecurity enterprise solutions boast more than 5 million end users and 500 enterprise customers in 60 countries across the globe. As for their collaboration with universities, ThriveDX has helped nearly 50,000 bootcamp graduates to fill open cybersecurity jobs. Within this short-time frame since January of 2022, ThriveDX has unified all enterprise products with the existing performance 20+ year HackerU, and as one global company, has made remarkable strides to develop relationships with thought leaders across the industry, large enterprise, major universities and of course, leading investors as NightDragon, to form the Global Cyber Talent Hub, as announced at the White House earlier this year. To get more acquainted with the classroom to boardroom approach, ThriveDX is hosting the TDX Tech Summit which will include industry leaders focused on the biggest challenges facing cybersecurity and tech, including: diversity, skills, and talent. Today is the final day of the virtual summit, you can register for free here: https://thrivedx.vfairs.com/ About ThriveDX ThriveDX is the global leader in cybersecurity education, and an expert in providing cybersecurity training to upskill and reskill lifelong learners. Our teams are made up of military trained cyber experts, industry veterans and seasoned educators united to close the worldwide skills and talent gap in cybersecurity. Operating in two main divisions – education and enterprise – ThriveDX's award-winning solutions exist to bridge the skills gap and impact the talent shortage in the cybersecurity and overall tech industry. ThriveDX partners with top-tier academic institutions, enterprises, and government branches globally to offer advanced, professional development programs in cybersecurity and digital technology. The Enterprise branch (formulated by companies formerly known as Cybint Solutions, Kontra Application Security, Lucy Security, ThriveDX Labs, and HackerU Pro), is a suite of products and services that cater to non-technical employees, developers, IT professionals and anyone in between.

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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

PPG recognized for employee opportunities and career advancement

PPG | October 18, 2022

PPG today announced its inclusion in the inaugural American Opportunity Index, which measures efforts to create opportunities for employees. PPG ranks #44 among the largest 250 U.S. public companies. The focus of the assessment is on workers’ access to role, wage and career advancement. “At PPG, we know our greatest strength is our people, who are focused on fulfilling our purpose and protecting and beautifying the world every day. We protect their well-being and ensure our employees are safe, healthy, engaged and valued for the diverse talents they bring to PPG,Our inclusion in the American Opportunity Index recognizes our efforts to make opportunities available regardless of education, as well as our competitive wages and benefits.” Kevin Walling, PPG vice president and chief human resources officer The index, developed by Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work, the Burning Glass Institute and the Schultz Family Foundation, measures which companies are most likely to create opportunities for workers in roles open to non-college graduates across three criteria: access (who is able to join the company); wage (how well they are paid); and mobility (how far a worker will advance—either at that company or once they leave for another company). PPG scored top marks in providing a career launchpad - hiring workers without experience, training them, and enabling them to move on to better positions – and growing talent - filling roles by promoting from within, and whose managers and executives are mostly likely to have risen from within. PPG has more than 6,000 positions in the U.S. that do not require a college degree, of which the vast majority are in sales, retail and at manufacturing and distribution center locations. The company offers a variety of education, training, networking and advancement opportunities, including: Providing specific on-the-job trainings for different roles. For example, in manufacturing plants there is a series of process trainings. Offering access to a PPG-run mentoring platform and PPG’s online Learning Management System with nearly 25,000 digital learning resources. Supporting and funding PPG’s eight Employee Resource Networks (ERN). Offering tuition reimbursement for continuing education and certifications. Making available various external platforms, including LinkedIn Learning, Rosetta Stone for language skills, and Udemy for upskilling in areas of interest. In addition to the American Opportunity Index, PPG has been recently recognized for its employment efforts in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, Forbes Best Employers for Women, Forbes 2022 America’s Best Employers, FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies list. PPG’s ranking of #44 is based on its overall index score, which is a weighted average of nine measurements of opportunity a company affords workers or helps create beyond it, based on access to work it provides, ability to advance within the company, and wages. PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD At PPG, we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for nearly 140 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 75 countries and reported net sales of $16.8 billion in 2021. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

Edith Cowan University Polishes Digital Learning Experience With Boomi

Edith Cowan | November 07, 2022

Boomi, the intelligent connectivity and automation leader, today announced that Edith Cowan University (ECU) has implemented the Boomi AtomSphere Platform to create a digital framework that promotes data access and sharing across the university for enhanced staff and student online engagement. Located in Western Australia, Edith Cowan University supports more than 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and pledges to provide job-ready graduates with enriching learning experiences. To strengthen this promise, the university sought to ensure staff and students could reliably access the right information, at the right time through its various student platforms. “We house large amounts of important data across our application stack, accessed and engaged with by staff and students throughout the school day for insight and decision support, Having appropriate tools like the Boomi platform helps ensure that information is accurate and reliable, and is critical to the efficacy of our IaaS-based cloud applications, as well as the numerous SaaS applications we run.” Vito Forte, Chief Information Officer (CIO), ECU. ECU previously relied on single-use, point-to-point integrations using various technologies, an approach that was no longer feasible. To modernize integration of business systems and extend its integration reference architecture and development processes, the university selected Boomi’s low-code, cloud-native iPaaS to help it connect and orchestrate more data in less time. The university leveraged the Boomi AtomSphere Platform to construct a unified integration capability which supports reusable design patterns and standards, backed by its integration reference architecture. This helps to ensure a consistent solution design approach and promote minimal coupling, high service reuse, and increased scalability. ECU’s project included connecting its Salesforce customer relationship management system, learning management system, student management system, and HR management system, as well as Azure Event Hub and Azure Data Explorer to support back-end analytics for logging, debugging, and usage monitoring of integration services for IT staff. Boomi also supports ECU’s analysis and reporting on student-to-system management so the university can constantly evaluate online engagement. Additionally, the category-leading iPaaS helped accelerate development work in the IT room, allowing the launch of new services and apps to happen in weeks rather than months. Boomi's flexible application architecture freed up significant development and platform maintenance overhead, allowing ECU to focus on its reference architecture, including introducing data persistence, message queuing, API management, and security. Australian universities are rightfully recognized for their technology leadership, and many are at a pivotal point in their ability to provide tailored experiences and curricula to students,” said Nathan Gower, Director, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) at Boomi. “In the world of hybrid learning and the digital campus, the opportunity for innovation is plentiful, and ECU is capitalizing on data for better student and teacher outcomes. Digital native learners shouldn’t need to pick through different resources to find what they need – information should be accurate and available, carrying a full-picture online. By using the Boomi AtomSphere Platform to ensure timely, seamless, and reliable access to data, ECU is engineering more personalized learning pathways, without the IT team being bogged down by traditional development cycles. Boomi has been positioned as a Leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (EiPaaS) for eight consecutive years. As a fast-growing, global software as a service (SaaS) company, Boomi touts a growing user community of over 100,000 members, and one of the largest arrays of global systems integrators (GSIs) in the iPaaS space. The company boasts a worldwide network of approximately 800 partners, including Accenture, Deloitte, SAP, and Snowflake; and works with the largest hyperscaler cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft, among others. The company recently received the Gold Globee® Award in the Platform as a Service (PaaS) category, and has garnered a prestigious 5-star rating in the CRN Partner Program Guide, a definitive list of the most notable partner programs from industry-leading technology vendors that provide innovative products and flexible services through the IT channel. The Boomi AtomSphere Platform helps organizations across all industries connect data applications, streamline workflows, and deliver more integrated customer experiences. Additional Resources Learn more about The Boomi AtomSphere Platform Explore the Boomiverse Community Follow Boomi on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube Gartner Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. GARTNER and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Note: Boomi was recognized as Dell Boomi from 2014 to 2019. About Boomi Boomi aims to make the world a better place by connecting everyone to everything, anywhere. The pioneer of cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS), and now a category-leading, global software as a service (SaaS) company, Boomi touts the largest customer base among integration platform vendors and a worldwide network of approximately 800 partners – including Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, SAP, and Snowflake. Global organizations turn to Boomi’s award-winning platform to discover, manage, and orchestrate data, while connecting applications, processes, and people for better, faster outcomes.

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Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has evolved significantly in recent years, achieving unprecedented levels of mobility, capability, versatility and security. VDI has also become very popular in educational environments. Educational institutions value VDI for the cost-savings potential, but also for the rich user experience that VDI enables for teachers and students.However, the applications and technological tools integral to modern-day learning environments are becoming more graphics intensive. As a result, performance problems stemming from the use of graphics-intensive applications have become increasingly commonplace in educational environments. The typical approach of rendering graphics through the CPU diverts the VDI from enabling the top performance of the tools and applications upon which schools have come to depend. CPUs were not designed to process visual representations of objects efficiently.

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