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WeVideo Releases Wevideo Classroom for Educational Multimedia Creation

WeVideo | January 17, 2022

WeVideo today launched WeVideo Classroom, a cloud-based multimedia creation platform customized for educators to help drive student engagement and ignite deeper learning through the creative process. Developed in response to evolving education demands during an unprecedented year, WeVideo Classroom makes it easy for teachers to incorporate multimedia creation into more enriching daily lessons, further helping students to think critically, collaborate, and gain a deeper understanding of knowledge.

“Education has been extremely challenging for students and teachers as they’ve navigated remote, in-person, and hybrid learning environments. With this in mind, we developed WeVideo Classroom to make multimedia creation accessible to all students, while also better serving the everyday needs of schools. Simultaneously, the enhanced platform frees educators to focus on lesson planning and instruction, rather than tool management.” 

Krishna Menon, CEO, WeVideo

Tailored specifically for the unique needs of education environments, WeVideo Classroom features intuitive organizational tools that allow teachers to easily create and assign multimedia projects, set up collaborative student groups, monitor progress, and share feedback. Whether educators are experienced WeVideo users or have no prior video knowledge, getting started with WeVideo Classroom is simple and takes only a few minutes to set up projects. Appropriate for students of all grade levels, WeVideo Classroom offers a simplified, real-time, collaborative video editor; a drag-and-drop timeline; and streamlined multimedia tools that empower students to flex creative muscles and demonstrate their understanding of concepts.

As educators have been forced to pivot and prioritize more flexible learning environments, WeVideo also introduced a new WeVideo for Schools Quick Recorder tool for everyday instructional needs. Built directly into the Chrome browser for easy use and accessibility, the Quick Recorder makes creating instructional videos a two-click task. Ideal for remote or hybrid learning environments, the tool allows teachers to record their screens for dynamic video lessons that can be shared as-is or plugged into WeVideo templates for an instantly polished and engaging classroom resource.

“One of the most important things in the field of education today is giving students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge through creation, which offers students the ability to showcase their creativity and leverage their voices. However, the challenges of today’s classroom have made it difficult for teachers to provide opportunities for students to create, and most multimedia tools aren’t designed for education environments. WeVideo has responded to these challenges with a straightforward and simple-to-use platform tailored for students and learning that will ultimately lead to more positive classroom experiences, allowing teachers to spend more time teaching, students to spend more time creating, and both spending less time managing the platform,” said Andrew Fekete, Instructional Technology Specialist.

“WeVideo has done it again! They have pioneered new ways to make learning and teaching more engaging, and I love using WeVideo Classroom to make video creation simple for students and easy for teachers to assign projects and guide their students through the process. It’s an essential tool for all educators!” said Rhonda Jenkins, LMC Director, Kendall Elementary School.

WeVideo Classroom is available now across all platforms and devices, including Mac, PC, Google Chromebook, iOS, and Android, and educators can access the WeVideo for Schools Quick Recorder as a free Chrome plugin.

About WeVideo
WeVideo is a powerful, easy to use, cloud-based collaborative video creation platform. With over 38 million accounts created to date, WeVideo is the first choice of businesses, consumers, educators and students, as well as being the video backbone for many third-party media solutions. WeVideo can be accessed from any computer or device: at school, home, work or on the go. Users can easily capture, edit, view and share videos for personal, social media, business or learning purposes with secure storage of their content in the cloud. 

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Rasmussen University Hosts Sixth Annual Virtual Career Fair

Rasmussen University | October 13, 2022

Rasmussen University will host its sixth annual Virtual Career Fair on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. Participants can network and discuss qualifications on an active list of open positions with up to 50 leading employers nationwide through live chat or video. This event is online and open to the public at no cost.Observing this year’s theme, “Rise to Your Next Level, the career fair is focused on addressing the issue of underemployment head-on by providing attendees practical career support from expert-led webinars and advice from career development professionals, including the importance of matching education to employment after college. The Permanent Detour, a comprehensive case study by Strada Education Network and Burning Glass®, revealed that 43 percent of workers are underemployed in their first job, meaning they accepted part or full-time employment that does not reflect their skillset and education. As such, they are five times more likely to remain underemployed for five years compared to those who start out “well employed.” Conversely, the study finds that “those who start out well employed rarely slide into underemployment.” Underemployed individuals earn an average of $10,000 less than their counterparts who work in college-level jobs, the study shows. “This very thought-provoking study underscores the importance of applying your education to career progression and understanding that underemployment is not a short-term problem; rather, it sets the direction for your lifelong earnings and career trajectory, We work closely with our students and alumni to help equip them with the tools necessary to showcase their education and experience—from resume building to interview practice.” Elizabeth Lintelman, director of Career Services at Rasmussen University As one of the latest market trends, recruiting efforts are becoming candidate-focused and values-focused. Lintelman adds that job seekers should see interviews as collaborative, and she encourages them to take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of potential employers.Job seekers are looking for positions with organizations that emphasize social responsibility, company culture, work-life balance and the ability to advance, says Lintelman. “Our Virtual Career Fair allows candidates to ask employers candid questions about culture,Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and environmental efforts, career path and growth potential, remote work possibilities, mental health awareness and resources.Participants are not required to attend the whole session, and can do so from almost anywhere, including the comfort of their home or office. ABOUT RASMUSSEN UNIVERSITY: Rasmussen University, a university institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), is dedicated to changing lives and the communities it serves through innovative and flexible educational programs. As a pioneer in career-focused education since 1900, the University is defining a new generation of higher education that focuses on competency-based education, technology and transferable skills. Rasmussen offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and in person at 22 campuses around the country. The University is designed to lift and support its students every step of the way, from each student’s first credential to their last. Rasmussen is dedicated to global enrichment, serving the underserved and meeting the evolving needs of diverse students, communities and economies. Rasmussen encourages its students, faculty and staff to strive for academic excellence, community enrichment and service to the public good. Rasmussen is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc.

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Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO Sets the Global Agenda for Early Childhood Education Till 2030

UNESCO | November 25, 2022

On the last day of the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held in the capital of Uzbekistan on 14-16 November, representatives of about 150 countries adopted the Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO. This information was provided by the Ministry of Preschool Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan.Earlier, speaking with a welcoming speech to the delegates of the conference, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said:"I am confident that today's conference will be held in the spirit of frank discussions and exchange of views, new ideas and initiatives, and that specific proposals and recommendations will be developed. Undoubtedly, the Tashkent Declaration, which will be adopted at the conclusion of the conference, will serve as the basis for our joint efforts in this direction. The Tashkent Declaration is intended to set the international agenda for early childhood education through the year 2030. This document has been prepared through a consultative process during the conference and, once signed, will be translated into the six official languages of the United Nations and shared with the UNESCO Member States. "In Uzbekistan, we have the opportunity to send a powerful message to the world based on UNESCO's commitment to make 2022 the year of mobilization of efforts for education. Here in Tashkent, we must determine the model of society we want to live in a society that takes care of its children, guiding them and giving them all the attention they deserve," UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. In the framework of the strategy for global transformation of early childhood care and education (ECCE) system, the Tashkent Declaration established a set of guiding principles: improving the quality and relevance of curricula and pedagogy; ensuring equal and inclusive educational services for all children, and protecting and guaranteeing the rights to access ECCE in emergency situations. These and a number of other tasks are based on such fundamental factors as the development and support of teachers, broad introduction of innovations and state support for the sphere. The provisions of the UNESCO Tashkent Declaration, which set the main vectors for development of ECCE until 2030 – a milestone for the UN Sustainable Development Goals since the moment of signing become a guide for international organizations and relevant ministries of the countries participating in the world community in implementation of the paragraph 4.2 which reads: "By 2030 to ensure that all young girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-school education systems so that they will be ready for primary education.

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LIFT Academy, Indiana Wesleyan University Partner on Training Programs

Indiana Wesleyan University | October 10, 2022

Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, one of the largest and most innovative flight training schools in the United States, announced today a partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) to create two new education paths for aspiring commercial airline pilots. Starting this November, students will be able to combine LIFT’s nationally recognized flight training with IWU’s strong academic curriculum to earn two- and four-year degrees while also obtaining their commercial pilot’s license while also completing flight training at LIFT. Graduates of the program can move directly from their studies to a defined pathway to the flight deck of a Republic Airways Embraer aircraft. We are truly thrilled to be partnering with IWU on this initiative,” said Ed Bagden, LIFT’s Director of Operations and Academic Programs. “IWU shares our passion for learning and for creating curricula that instills strong values and lifelong skills. Students enrolling in either of these programs will emerge with an associate or bachelor’s degree as well as the experience and training to become a commercial airline pilot. “Partnering with LIFT makes sense,This partnership empowers students to pursue both academic and flight instruction in a strong, supportive and cost-effective learning environment. LIFT has created an effective flight training curriculum; the data show that graduates of its programs outperform their peers in the classroom and on the flight deck. Plus, LIFT’s ties to its parent, Republic Airways, results in a smooth and integrated pathway from the classroom to the right seat of one of the most advanced commercial aircraft in the world.” Andy Miller, IWU’s Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships Under the program’s terms, students can earn their associate and bachelor’s degrees online from regionally accredited IWU, while simultaneously working toward their commercial pilot’s license and other FAA ratings. Flight training occurs early in both programs so students can build flight hours and experience while they finish their degree. The associate-level professional pilot program is a two-year program designed to let students pursue professional pilot jobs and other careers in the aviation industry. The bachelor’s program takes approximately four years to complete and provides students with an undergraduate degree in aviation management. At the end of either program, students will graduate with: An FAA-issued private pilot certificate An FAA-issued instrument rating An FAA-issued commercial certificate An associate or bachelor’s degree from IWU LIFT’s training fleet is one of the largest and newest in the flight training environment. Students operate an efficient, lead-free fleet of Diamond DA40-NG single-engine aircraft and Diamond DA42-VI twin-engine aircraft with advanced Garmin G1000 avionics throughout each flight hour of their training curriculum. Flight training from zero experience through all ratings necessary for the airlines can be completed through the Republic Airways Career Pathway Program. LIFT is the only flight training program that has a curriculum built specifically around procedures at its related regional airline, Republic Airways. As a result, students receive the highest quality instruction using state-of-the-art technology and aircraft from day one in the program. Once students have reached the FAA-required flight hours through time-building, they will have a defined pathway to a pilot position at Republic. About LIFT Academy Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy is a U.S.-based commercial aviation pilot training school owned by Republic Airways. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, LIFT revolutionizes commercial aviation training, utilizing state-of-the-art, eco-friendly training technologies and systems to educate future aviators. Students receive instruction from experienced pilots, under FAA and industry standards, with the most advanced equipment and curriculum that combines flight, flight simulator, online and in-classroom training.LIFT Academy students train on a fleet of advanced new aircraft and flight simulators produced by Diamond Aircraft Industries, including the DA40 single-engine, the DA42 twin-engine aircraft and the DA20 single-engine, as well as Diamond Flight Simulation Training Devices built to achieve the most realistic cockpit simulation environment. LIFT offers its graduates a defined pathway to a pilot career at Republic Airways. About Indiana Wesleyan University Indiana Wesleyan University celebrates 100 years as a Christian, global, comprehensive university providing liberal arts and professional education to approximately 10,000 students worldwide. IWU is one of the largest faith-based universities in America with rich undergraduate, graduate, master's, and doctoral programs in such highly acclaimed academic units as the School of Nursing, School of Physical and Applied Sciences, College of Adult, and Professional Studies, and School of Arts and Humanities. An early leader in adult and online education, IWU is known for excellence in innovation. Students live and learn on the beautiful 350-acre IWU-Marion traditional campus and study through IWU-National & Global programs offered online and at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, founded by the Wesleyan Church denomination and IWU, prepares Christian leaders to engage in missional ministry locally and globally. Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 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Tynker to Combine Live Coaching With Coding Courses to Help Meet Booming U.S. Demand for Coding Education

Tynker | November 23, 2022

Tynker, a BYJU's company and the world’s leading K-12 coding education platform, has launched live coaching from expert instructors – including two free sessions – across all of its e-learning subscription plans for students aged 5-18. The new Tynker Quick Start bundle is part of the company's effort to ensure the U.S. can meet outsized demand for technical skills in the job market, which is outpacing the rate the country’s youth are learning to code. The demand for effective coding education is acute. According to a recent Oxford Study, nearly half of all jobs today are vulnerable to automation. At the same time, jobs requiring technical skills will outpace overall job growth by nearly 300 times between now and 2031. In the U.S., roughly half of students have some access to some form of coding education — but less than 5% of students were enrolled in the 37 states where data was available. Stats like these highlight the pressing need for students to learn coding to keep the U.S. at the forefront of the digital economy. With this enhanced offering, Tynker is doubling down on its mission of ensuring every high school graduate learns to code by 2033. Tynker is currently the only platform to offer bundled coaching with a deep, proven catalog of courses, apps and lessons to accelerate kids’ coding proficiency. Coding coaches are highly educated and trained instructors who help demystify the coding experience and enable budding coders to build confidence quickly. "It’s increasingly essential that every child develops coding skills to meet the demands of the digital economy over the next decade, The strength of the U.S. economy depends on helping students learn how to code now, to meet the forecasted demand for jobs requiring technical skills. When we democratize coding, and guarantee access to coding instruction, we're opening up new worlds for students from every walk of life." Srinivas Mandyam, Tynker CEO and co-founder. Getting Kids Coding Instruction Is Essential for Economic Growth As students learn to code, they gain additional essential skills — including problem-solving, logic and critical thinking — which lead to overall improved academic performance. Many education experts and technologists agree that learning to code can and should start at a young age. Several European countries, including Estonia, Finland, Italy and the U.K., are already incorporating coding into classroom instruction. Tynker’s award-winning, gamified courses and learning platform offer engaging activities for children of all ages – from pre-readers to elementary and middle schoolers to computer science Advanced Placement students. The addition of coding coaches ensures that children start at a suitable level and that learning is fun and engaging while building coding confidence. Tynker is the first and only coding education company to bundle two FREE live coaching sessions with an online learning platform for as little as $15 a month. Tynker is committed to offering the best value in the market, especially for those kids who are eager to learn and could benefit from a structured onboarding approach to coding. For less than the cost of a couple of tutoring sessions, parents can get one year's worth of unlimited coding activities that start with personalized guidance to put their child on the path to success. The Tynker Quick Start Bundle includes: Two expert instruction sessions from a highly educated and trained coding teacher Full access to all Tynker courses, games, apps and lessons (5,000 coding activities) Six organized levels to help kids progress from novice to expert, with skills certification at each level Lessons, instruction and activities that are appropriate for ages 5-18 Discounts that are available during Black Friday (40%) and throughout the month of December (20%). ABOUT TYNKER FROM BYJU'S Tynker is one of the world's leading K-12 creative coding platforms, enabling students of all ages to develop the coding skills to design and power animations, games, music, robots and drones, smart devices, virtual worlds like Minecraft, and more. The company's award-winning platform helps kids engage at home, school, and on the go, while developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and programming skills to help them be successful today and tomorrow. Tynker's highly successful coding curriculum has been used by one in three U.S. K-8 schools, 100,000 schools globally, and over 60 million kids across 150 countries. Tynker's partners include some of the world's most respected brands, including Apple, BBC Learning, Google, Microsoft, Mattel, PBS, Lego, NASA, and more. Tynker is accessible from any computer with an Internet browser, as well as via the Tynker and Tynker Junior mobile apps, and offers both free and paid subscription options. In 2021, Tynker was acquired by BYJU’S, the world’s largest education technology company.

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