The LEGO Group partners with Tongal to launch LEGO® World Builder, a first-of-its-kind platform for developing stories, shows and more

LEGO Education | August 24, 2020

The LEGO Group and content creation platform Tongal announced today the launch of LEGO® World Builder, a first-of-its-kind story development platform that gives the LEGO fan community and creative talent all over the world direct access to the LEGO creative team to develop stories, shows, and more.
LEGO World Builder, designed in partnership with Tongal and powered by Tongal’s technology, connects a worldwide creator community to the LEGO Group, who can incubate ideas, collaborate, give feedback, and option or buy the rights to new concepts. Anyone over the age of 18 can join the open community and pitch their own stories, or team up and collaborate on story worlds with other fans, writers, animators and designers on the platform.

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Digital curriculum, classroom collaboration and context-aware services can elevate success for the always connected student. As mobility and IoT enabled environments increase, so does data capacity demands. Additionally, the need for live-work-play-learn amenities to attract new students becomes top priority. As network challenges evolve, a secure and always-on Wi-Fi-enabled campus is a must.Check out this infographic to see what IT, security and other campus experts think about security capabilities, including security monitoring, threat awareness and detection and user training in higher education today.


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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Zayo Group Acquires Education Networks of America

Zayo Group | June 03, 2022

On June 2nd, Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (Zayo), announced the acquisition of Education Networks of America (ENA), a prominent solutions provider for K-12 school districts specializing in cybersecurity, network connectivity, and communications. ENA serves schools that specialize in E-Rate, a federally-funded program. Zayo has served K-12 consumers for over six years and today powers school districts across states, including Texas, Oregon, California, Washington, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington. The acquisition will empower both ENA and Zayo to offer cutting-edge managed services and an excellent customer experience to consumers in the library, education, community healthcare, and public sectors. We are proud of Zayo’s history serving the public sector and see tremendous opportunity with the addition of ENA, which is known for being a trusted provider of managed network and cybersecurity solutions. ENA’s mission, particularly serving K-12 and healthcare customers, will enable us to have a positive impact on communities while furthering our commitment to leading in Environmental, Social and Governance initiatives. Together, we look forward to driving digital transformation across the public sector while delivering an exceptional customer experience.” - Andrés Irlando, president of Zayo ENA was a ZMC holding vefore the acquisition. ZMC is a leading operator and investor in and of media, communications and entertainment enterprises. “Joining forces with Zayo is the result of our mutual respect and shared commitment to propelling value, growth and innovation for customers. Combining ENA’s innovative technology solutions and services with Zayo’s leading fiber network enhances our collective ability to provide best-in-class customer service to schools, libraries and other public sector entities — enabling them to continue providing vital resources to their respective communities.” - Michael McKerley, president of ENA

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ONLINE EDUCATION

Chegg, the Leading Online Learning Platform, Launches the Center for Digital Learning

Chegg | May 23, 2022

Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), the leading student-first connected learning platform, announced the launch of the Center for Digital Learning, which aims to support educators and drive excellence across online, in-person, and hybrid learning modalities. The Center will provide educators with relevant content, tools, and resources to help them navigate the intersection of technology and higher education, including best practices for engaging students in online learning environments, strategies for effective assessments, and professional development resources for educators. It also will commission original research designed to deepen the education community’s understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and impact of digital tools and online support services. “The higher education landscape is transforming, driven by the evolving needs of the modern student and advances in technology and innovations. Together, these are opening exciting new avenues to serve students and advance learning, But in order to meet this moment, the academic and edtech communities must work together to share knowledge and ideas in support of students. Through the Center, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the future of lifelong learning both inside and outside the classroom.” -Candace Sue, Head of Academic Relations at Chegg Chegg’s Academic Advisory Board, a group of senior academic leaders, will support the Center’s work by providing critical perspectives on how universities and Chegg can partner to serve today’s students. The board recently welcomed its first student advisor, Ranen Miao, a student leader at Washington University. As part of Chegg’s commitment to the Center, Chegg will contribute to the discourse around the future of higher education through the sponsorship of a new podcast series, Higher Ed Spotlight. Hosted by veteran journalist and higher education policy expert Ben Wildavsky, the series features conversations with the visionaries, academics, and innovators on the frontlines shaping the future of learning. Guests will share their provocative perspectives on what is, and is not, working in higher education today and discuss some of the sector’s most pressing questions, including why students’ needs are changing, how technology is reinventing learning, and what institutions need to do to respond. Episodes feature discussions with: Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University, who discusses the challenges facing non-traditional students, including who is being failed by the status quo in education and why the sector struggles to drive social mobility. Under Secretary of Education James Kvaal discusses how the Biden administration aims to make college more accessible. Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, reveals her experiences as a first-generation college student, the value of state schools vis-a-vis the Ivy League and how universities can embrace online learning. Dr. Charles Isbell, Dean of the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, addresses how the university experience is changing for both students and professors, how technology is reinventing student services and why computer science needs diversity if it is to solve the problems of tomorrow. Dr. Ann Kirschner, digital media pioneer, author, university professor at CUNY and former Dean of Macaulay Honors College, explores the relevance of liberal arts to working life, what the public and private sectors can learn from each other, and whether long-established universities have the ability and incentive to change. The podcast is produced by Antica Productions. The first five episodes of Higher Ed Spotlight are available on iTunes, Spotify and other podcast streaming services. About Chegg: Millions of people all around the world Learn with Chegg. Our mission is to improve learning and learning outcomes by putting students first. We support life-long learners starting with their academic journey and extending into their careers. The Chegg platform provides products and services to support learners to help them better understand their academic course materials, and also provides personal and professional development skills training, to help them achieve their learning goals. Chegg is a publicly held company based in Santa Clara, California and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG. For more information, visit www.chegg.com.

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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

China Liberal Education Holdings Limited Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Oriental Wisdom Cultural Development Co., Ltd.

China Liberal Education Holdings Limited | June 10, 2022

China Liberal Education Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: CLEU) ("China Liberal," the "Company," or "we"), a China-based company that provides smart campus solutions and other educational services, today announced that on June 9, 2022, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, China Liberal (Beijing) Education Technology Co., Ltd. ("China Liberal Beijing"), entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement (the "Agreement") with Beijing Cloud Class Technology Co., Ltd. ("Cloud Class") to acquire from Cloud Class 100% of the issued equity interests of Beijing Oriental Wisdom Cultural Development Co., Ltd. ("Oriental Wisdom"), an integrated education service provider focusing on operating jointly-managed academic programs in the vocational higher education industry in China. This acquisition is a critical initiative of the Company's business strategy of boosting the Company's development in the vocational education industry through integrating enterprises and developing vocational education across various industries. Pursuant to the Agreement, China Liberal Beijing agrees to acquire 100% of the equity interests of Oriental Wisdom from Cloud Class in consideration of 7,000,000 ordinary shares of the Company, subject to certain payment schedules set forth in the Agreement. The transaction contemplated by the Agreement has been approved by the Company's board of directors at a special meeting on June 1, 2022, with the closing expected to occur near the end of June 2022. The acquisition of Oriental Wisdom is expected to bring synergy to the Company in the vocational education industry, enhancing the collaboration between educational institutions and companies, and improving the Company's management capabilities. Following the completion of the acquisition, the Company believes that it will be able to develop curriculum systems with trusted teacher resources and integrate professional skills and knowledge into liberal arts education, overcoming the obstacles many higher education institutions face in professional studies and reformations. Meanwhile, with a large and increasing number of students, the Company expects to expand its services to internship referrals, project outsourcing, and multi-level cooperation with leading companies for talent recruitment and training, providing students with premium employment opportunities. "We are excited to acquire Oriental Wisdom and it is another milestone for the Company to move toward our goal of contributing to the vocational education sector in China. With the recent favorable governmental policies and increasing government budgets for vocational education, we believe this acquisition demonstrates China Liberal's long-term strategic vision. Additionally, as the demand for digitalization grows in the education sector, we expect to leverage our advantages in technology, research and development (R&D) resources, and patented products to further cooperate with universities and colleges and assist them in fulfilling their needs for smart-campus management by enhancing their software system in order to achieve campus planning and inter-department coordination. The all-in-one teaching machine, AI-Space, will serve as the core of our hardware system and deliver online and in-person integrated teaching solutions to various educational institutions, allowing them to adapt to various teaching scenarios and improve the overall teaching quality. Looking forward, we will proactively expand our business in vocational education and continue to put efforts into education digitalization as we aim to benefit more students who are in vocational education and create more value for our shareholders." -Ms. Ngai Ngai Lam, Chairperson and CEO of China Liberal About Beijing Oriental Wisdom Cultural Development Co., Ltd. Beijing Oriental Wisdom Cultural Development Co., Ltd. is an integrated services provider in the higher education industry in China. Through the research of industry-education integration education model, school-enterprise cooperation in running schools, professional practice, practical training and employment, teacher training and other businesses, it currently cooperates with 10 colleges and universities in Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Shandong, and other provinces to operate school-enterprise jointly-managed programs covering various majors. There are about 4,000 students in these jointly-managed programs of these partner colleges and universities, including about 3,700 undergraduates, 250 junior college students, and about 50 unplanned enrollments. About China Liberal Education Holdings Limited China Liberal, headquartered in Beijing, is an educational service provider in China. It provides a wide range of services, including those under sino-foreign jointly managed academic programs; overseas study consulting services; technological consulting services for Chinese universities to improve their campus information and data management system and to optimize their teaching, operating and management environment, creating a "smart campus"; and tailored job readiness training to graduating students.

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TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Picnic Works™ and Chartwells Higher Education Expand Effort to Revolutionize Campus Dining Experiences

Picnic Works | June 15, 2022

Picnic Works, Seattle-based innovator of food automation technology, today announces an expanded university partnership with leading contract food service management company Chartwells Higher Education. Following a successful pilot program at Texas A&M and the University of Chicago, Chartwells continues to revolutionize the campus dining experience, with cutting-edge kitchen equipment from Picnic. "Our team realized an unexpected benefit during the pilot, Due to the speed in which we were able to produce pizzas, we reduced waste at the end of the day by moving to a "just in time" production model." -Christopher Burr, VP of Digital Strategy for Chartwells Higher Education. Efficiencies realized from the pilot program are leading Chartwells to deploy the Picnic Pizza Station to more campuses across the U.S. Beginning at the start of the upcoming school year, the Picnic Pizza Station will be implemented across an initial five university campuses to streamline dining operations and promote timely service and consistent food quality for students and guests. The first five universities will include Texas A&M, the University of Chicago, Missouri State University, Carroll University, and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. "The success we saw in Texas and Chicago proves that great things are bound to happen when two innovative organizations collaborate, Picnic is thrilled to continue partnering with Chartwells to improve the business of university kitchens around the country. We're also exceeding diner expectations, with 80% of A&M students surveyed saying they believe robotic technology helps make tastier, more consistent pizzas." -Clayton Wood, Picnic CEO. The Picnic Pizza Station provides kitchens an immediate return on investment through automation, helping restaurants reduce labor by 66%. The station also aids in reducing food waste to around 2%, a significant reduction from the average 10% most kitchens experience today. The Picnic Pizza Station will be on display next at The Chartwells 2022 Joy Fest, June 23-24, in Chicago, Illinois and The College & University Food Services National Conference, July 13-16, in Spokane, Washington. As Picnic continues growing to meet customer demand, the Picnic Pizza Station will continue advancing automation in the food service industry. Customers can visit hellopicnic.com to get more information, see demo videos, and reserve a system, as well as input their own numbers into a cost savings estimator. To read more about how Chartwells is bringing innovative dining options to millions of students nationwide, visit chartwellshighered.com About Picnic: Founded in 2016, Picnic Works (hellopicnic.com) has collected an experienced team of food and technology industry veterans to develop and provide specialized intelligent technology and exclusive solutions for the food service and hospitality industries. Restaurants, convenient and grocery stores, university and corporate campuses, casinos, hotels, cruise lines, sports venues, catering groups, healthcare cafeterias, small kiosks, ghost kitchen operators, mobile food operations, food trucks, delivery, and military sites are among the many segments poised to benefit from the company's automated food assembly platform integrating RaaS, software, cloud, and deep learning technology.

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Digital curriculum, classroom collaboration and context-aware services can elevate success for the always connected student. As mobility and IoT enabled environments increase, so does data capacity demands. Additionally, the need for live-work-play-learn amenities to attract new students becomes top priority. As network challenges evolve, a secure and always-on Wi-Fi-enabled campus is a must.Check out this infographic to see what IT, security and other campus experts think about security capabilities, including security monitoring, threat awareness and detection and user training in higher education today.

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