RedShelf Expands Portfolio of Workflow Solutions for Campus Bookstores

prnewswire | February 03, 2020

RedShelf, an EdTech company working to make education more affordable and effective through the use of digital learning resources, today announced powerful new enhancements to its portfolio of workflow solutions collectively known as the RedShelf Content Delivery System (CDS). RedShelf's proprietary CDS technology platform streamlines all of the complex workflows involved in acquiring, selling, distributing, and billing for course materials. "As higher education continues to evolve in the digital age, we've seen the role of the campus store evolving as well. But what hasn't changed is the fact that institutions rely on their stores to provide efficient delivery of affordable course materials to students," said Greg Fenton, CEO and co-founder of RedShelf. "Our responsibility is to work with the store managers and course materials managers to develop tools that empower them to provide the best solutions for the students and institutions they serve."

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As students progress through school, they are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of sophistication in their language and reading skills across all content areas. In order to gain knowledge through independent reading and participate in meaningful discussions in the classroom, students must master the complex words and phrases that characterize the language of school. Proficiency in these skills, otherwise known as academic language, is critical for reading comprehension and overall academic success.


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Zayo Group Acquires Education Networks of America

Zayo Group | June 03, 2022

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Boxlight Announces Launch of New Website

Boxlight Corporation | June 27, 2022

Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL), a leading provider of interactive technology, digital signage, classroom audio, and services, announces the launch of their redesigned website to better serve partners, customers, and investors. The redesigned website will offer visitors improved navigation and functionality, a user-friendly experience, and differentiate the Boxlight solutions, including those from Clevertouch Technologies®, Mimio®, and FrontRow™. It will also give better access to resources such as EOS Education Professional Development, the Virtual Classroom, digital guides, free training, and webinars. Visitors to the new site can expect: Smooth user experience that guides them through our solutions for education, enterprise, retail, higher education, and house of worship Comprehensive information about and from our Boxlight brands - Mimio, Clevertouch Technologies, FrontRow, EOS Education Regular success stories from customers about how our solutions have benefited their organizations Updated news and information for Partners and Investors “We are excited to share an updated Boxlight website to reflect the full breadth of our technology solutions and services across all brands. It has been an eighteen-month journey with a team of marketing, product, development, sales, and analytics teams to bring together a vision of all our brands and solutions with our customers, partners, and investors in mind. This will be an ever-changing project to keep up with the demand of our users and our always-evolving product offerings. We welcome feedback to ensure it meets visitors' needs,” - Sunshine Nance, Sr. Vice President Marketing & Communications. Along with the recent announcement of the new MimioPro 4 interactive display from Mimio, the new IMPACT Max and CleverStore 3.0 upgrade from Clevertouch, and Campus Communication systems from FrontRow, the company continues to provide innovative technology and solutions to appeal to a broader market. The strength of solutions available for all markets, including those from brands Clevertouch Technologies and FrontRow, is being recognized and the Company was recently named Overall EdTech Company of the Year by EdTech Breakthrough. To showcase why we are a standout in the market, our Company and brands will be at ISTELive in New Orleans, LA, June 26-29 - Boxlight (booth #1122), Clevertouch (booth #330), and FrontRow (booth #2824). ISTELive attendees will be able to explore the various solutions including, but not limited to, the MimioPro 4 and MimioSTEM product suite, the IMPACT Max from Clevertouch, Campus Communication and Lyrik portable audio system from FrontRow. The new Boxlight website will help the company continue to drive towards its goal of becoming a leading provider of interactive technology solutions and services around the world. To explore the newly redesigned website, please visit Boxlight. About Boxlight Corporation Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) is a leading provider of interactive technology solutions under its award-winning brands Clevertouch®, FrontRow™ and Mimio®. The company aims to improve engagement and communication in diverse business and education environments. Boxlight develops, sells, and services its integrated solution suite including interactive displays, collaboration software, audio solutions, supporting accessories and professional services.

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CompTIA Spark helps young people unlock their potential and imagine new possibilities through technology

CompTIA Spark | August 08, 2022

With a new, exclusive focus on youth programming and a single-purpose commitment to helping young people unlock their potential through technology, Creating IT Futures has changed its name to CompTIA Spark, the social impact nonprofit organization announced today. CompTIA Spark will focus on delivering high-quality tech education and resources to middle schoolers through an innovative online learning hub. Building on the success of TechGirlz, a program that provides tech-centered learning opportunities for girls ages 11-14, CompTIA Spark aims to make technology engaging, accessible and inclusive for middle school students who are at a critical age to explore their interests. "Our mission is to spark an interest in tech because in today's digitally driven world, tech fluency is just as important to future success as reading, writing, and math, Young people have their sights set on big and varied dreams, but what's clear is that whatever path or passion a young person chooses, technology education will play a critical part in their journey." -Charles Eaton, chief executive officer of CompTIA Spark The CompTIA Spark middle school program, scheduled to be piloted during the 2022-23 school year, will be delivered through an online learning hub that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. The hub is designed as a one-stop shop for students and teachers to access a range of fun, inspiring tech-related courses and resources, spanning topics from artificial intelligence and cybersecurity to mobile app development, podcasting, graphic design and more. Programs serve a diverse range of learning preferences and interests and can be taught by any adult who wants to bring high-quality tech education to their students or community, whether they have tech experience or not. A unique feature of the learning hub allows content to be mapped to students' existing interests and curated across different "careers clusters" — from finance to manufacturing and marketing to the arts. Students can discover career paths and future learning opportunities that align with their passions, strengths, and growing capabilities and confidence. Nearly every career is a tech career in today's digital world. There are so many great job opportunities out there that require tech knowledge and not enough skilled people to fill those roles. Thousands of rewarding, well-paying jobs will go unfilled unless an expanded pipeline of new, diverse talent is created, That's why CompTIA Spark's middle school programming will have a big impact on thousands of young people's lives regardless of whether they ultimately choose a career in the tech industry. We want to show students that tech is for everyone — and about so much more than just coding or computer engineering,said Eaton. Alongside the middle school program, CompTIA Spark will continue to support other programs with a focus on youth, including TechGirlz, acquired by CompTIA in 2019, CyberPrep Explore and CyberPrep ITF+. While an independent nonprofit, CompTIA Spark operates as the social innovation and impact arm of CompTIA — the leading nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce— which founded the organization. This unique connection to CompTIA means CompTIA Spark is plugged in to developments in the industry, keeping pace with its constant evolution. Additionally, its curriculum has ties to real certifications, helping to provide clear future pathways for students who want to take their interest to the next level. About CompTIA Spark CompTIA Spark is a social impact organization that works to unlock people's potential though technology. It aims to bringing high quality tech education to youth — whatever their background — making tech exciting, accessible and inclusive, and building skills and confidence for life. The organization was founded in 1998 by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce. Formerly known as Creating IT Futures, CompTIA Spark is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.

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XLerateHealth, University of Kentucky to Expand Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Programming via Digital Learning Platform

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.

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As students progress through school, they are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of sophistication in their language and reading skills across all content areas. In order to gain knowledge through independent reading and participate in meaningful discussions in the classroom, students must master the complex words and phrases that characterize the language of school. Proficiency in these skills, otherwise known as academic language, is critical for reading comprehension and overall academic success.

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