Ongoing Google for Education feature changes can make it difficult for you to keep your institution’s Google Workspace domain up to date. Neglecting to properly configure even a few settings in the Google Admin console can leave it vulnerable to undelegated access, metric and data errors, and security breaches. The Google for Education Audit analyzes your Workspace environment against the latest education best practices and Google Workspace updates and provides an actionable plan to improve the efficiency of your domain for the success of your administrators, teachers, and students.
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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Oct. 5, 2021 –Trox, a leading provider of education technology serving nearly 30 million students in North America, today announced an expanded agreement with Boxlight, a leading provider of interactive technologies, to sell Clevertouch products across North America.
AEPA is pleased to announce a new pricing agreement with valued technology partner Kajeet! This pricing is effective immediately for ILTPP members. Log in to the member center to see full price schedule details or call your dedicated Account Manager.
Lower pricing reflects applicable TAF and Shipping, included in the price
Revised Product/Data SKUs’ descriptions have been modified to better align with ECF and E-Rate programs
Kajeet’s Data Plans are now unlimited, featuring 4 main data plans:
Kajeet has also add two new product offerings under our updated agreement.
Kajeet Home Wireless is a new configuration of Hardware and Service that safely and securely connects multiple students in one household.
SANTA CLARA, CA—Tech & Learning names Deledao as a winner of their latest Awards of Excellence in the category of “Secondary Education.” In the past few weeks, Deledao was also shortlisted in two other international edtech competitions, the Teach Secondary Awards and the Tech Edvocate Awards.
“We are grateful that EdTech judges across the globe are noticing the tremendous value that Deledao brings to schools,” says Shuang Ji, CEO of Deledao. “We are committed to helping schools navigate the digital learning environment, which is more crucial than ever in these times.”
Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence for “The Best Tools for Back to School” is their new program to help schools prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. There are three categories: “Primary Education,” “Secondary Education,” and “Higher Education.”
“Our judges chose the winning products recognized here for their versatility, compatibility, value, and ability to help schools solve challenges and support continuous instruction,” says Tech & Learning Group Publisher Christine Weiser. “Congratulations to all of our winners.”
Meanwhile, the Teach Secondary Awards shortlisted Deledao in their new “Remote Learning” category of the 2021 Teach Secondary Awards. The Teach Secondary Awards is an annual showcase of the best resources selected by Teach Secondary, a U.K.-based education magazine. The winners will be announced this October.
Furthermore, the Tech Edvocate Awards named Deledao as a Finalist in the “Best Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning App or Tool” category in 2021. This global competition is hosted by The Tech Edvocate, a media outlet based in the U.S. that covers edtech news, reviews, and opinion pieces.
Deledao is a digital wellness company that helps people make thoughtful choices online by providing the tools to make the internet a positive experience. Deledao burst onto the school market in 2019 with Deledao Education, helping schools in more than 20 states and quickly growing.
Deledao is committed to student data privacy. Deledao is a signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge and adhere to strict data protection standards. Deledao only collects the data it needs and deletes the data once it has fulfilled its purpose. Student data is never sold.
Since March 2020, federal lawmakers have passed three COVID-19 stimulus bills that provide more than $190 billion in emergency relief funding for K-12 schools. The U.S. Department of Education has created the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to distribute this money to schools.
States receive this funding from the federal government based on the proportion that each state receives under Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In turn, states must distribute at least 90% of the funding to local school systems based on each district’s share of Title I funding. States can set aside 10% of the money to use for emergency educational needs related to the pandemic.
What Can ESSER Funds Be Used For?
There are three different pools of ESSER funding, each made available by a different piece of legislation:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 27, 2020, provided $13.5 billion to the ESSER Fund
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), passed on Dec. 27, 2020, provided $54.3 billion in supplemental ESSER funding, known as the ESSER II fund
The American Rescue Plan Act passed on March 11, 2021, provided $122.8 billion in additional ESSER funding, known as the ESSER III fund
Funds can be used to cover a wide range of expenses related to preventing, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19. These include, but are not limited to:
Providing supplemental learning opportunities for students
Providing mental health services and supports.
Purchasing educational equipment, technology, cleaning supplies, and PPE
Addressing the unique needs of disadvantaged populations
Filling gaps of unfinished learning
Preparing schools for reopening
Testing, repairing, and upgrading buildings to improve air quality
Funding may be used for new purchases, as well as to reimburse school systems for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national emergency was declared. School systems must use at least 20% of the ESSER III funding they receive to address student learning loss.
FAQs About ESSER Funding
How do school districts access ESSER funds?
School districts must apply to their relevant state education agency for funding. Every state must use at least 90% of its ESSER money to make subgrants to local school systems by formula based on FY 2019 Title I, Part A allocations.
What is the timeline for using ESSER funds?
States must award ESSER funding within one year of receiving it from the federal government. In turn, local school systems have until Sept. 30, 2022, to spend original ESSER funding. They have until Sept. 30, 2023, to spend ESSER II funding, and they have until Sept. 30, 2024, to spend ESSER III funding.
Are ESSER funds a supplement to a school system’s Title I, Part A grant award?
No. The ESSER Fund is a separate federal program. Although school districts receive ESSER funds via the Title I, Part A formula, these funds must be awarded and tracked separately from Title I, Part A funds. Although ESSER funds can be used for allowable Title I activities, they are not subject to Title I requirements.
Getting the Most Impact from ESSER Funding
There are many ways that school districts can choose to spend ESSER funding. Here are four high-impact strategies in particular.
1. Designing flexible learning environments
Replacing the traditional desks, tables, and chairs in classrooms with agile, modular furniture that can easily be moved around the room and configured in a variety of ways serves many purposes. For instance:
It can help educators quickly create safe, socially distanced learning environments with minimal effort.
It facilitates a wide range of learning modalities, allowing teachers to shift seamlessly between whole group, small group, and individual instruction. This helps teachers differentiate instruction and provide targeted intervention to offset COVID-related unfinished learning.
It supports a broad range of learning activities, including active and collaborative learning using a variety of group sizes. Research shows that active learning is a more engaging and effective learning strategy.
How School Specialty can help:
Using mobile and flexible furniture, such as NeoRok, NeoSync, and NeoRyde seating from Classroom Select, allows educators to create highly adaptable learning spaces that are suitable for any need or purpose.
2. Supporting students’ social-emotional needs
COVID-19 has had a profound effect on students’ social and emotional well-being, resulting in feelings of anxiety, loneliness, grief, or trauma for many students. The American Psychological Association advises that youth who have experienced TRACEs+ (Traumatic and Adverse Childhood Experiences), need school-based intervention to guide them toward resilience. During the pandemic, students who were already exposed to early childhood trauma may have increased adverse effects that need to be addressed. Even students who were not initially exposed to trauma may feel distressed, anxiety, or grief after living through COVID-19.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has issued guidance on how educators can help students cope emotionally during the pandemic, and the American Occupational Therapy Association has put out recommendations as well. One approach is to help students learn self-regulation strategies for dealing with these emotions without becoming overwhelmed.
For instance, mindfulness exercises such as meditation, visualization, or deep breathing can help students calm themselves, so they’re more prepared to learn. Spending time in a sensory room may also help students control their emotions.
A calming sensory room offers a quiet space to regroup, which might help students manage their responses to stress or anxiety. A sensorimotor space, or “wiggle room,” provides opportunities for gross motor movement. It’s an active space where students are encouraged to move, play, and explore using a variety of sensory activities, including opportunities for vestibular input (movement), tactile input (touch), and proprioceptive input (deep touch pressure and heavy work).
While all students need to move throughout the school day, those with certain sensory processing challenges or difficulty self-regulating need to move more frequently—and research supports the idea that frequent movement might help them focus and manage their emotions more effectively, leading to better learning. Allowing students to utilize some of these strategies within the general education classroom encourages them to apply these self-regulation strategies in other settings.
3. Cleaning and disinfecting school environments more effectively
Currently, the most popular strategies employed by schools are disinfecting surfaces with chemical sprays and using low-rated MERV filters to purify the air that people breathe. Yet, both methods have shortcomings that could put students and staff at risk.
Although the chemical sprays that schools are using are EPA-approved, they could still pose health risks, especially for individuals who have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues. No one really knows the long-term health effects of spraying powerful chemicals so frequently within enclosed spaces that might have poor ventilation, particularly when those spaces are used for hours at a time by children. Air filters, meanwhile, must be replaced periodically as recommended by the manufacturer. Changing them regularly requires a lot of time, money, and discipline.
To clean and disinfect learning spaces more effectively, K-12 leaders can learn a lot from hospitals and other sterile environments. These entities have been using technologies such as photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), which involves the safe and responsible use of ultraviolet-C (UVC) light rays, to remove harmful microbials both on surfaces and in the air for years—and these techniques are proving to be effective in destroying COVID-19 as well.
How School Specialty can help:
School Specialty has partnered with select manufacturers to offer safer and more effective disinfecting options for schools. Solutions for disinfecting materials in a classroom include UVC cabinets like the UV Tech Tub from Copernicus Educational Products, which uses UVGI lamps to kill viruses and other germs in under two minutes—allowing educators to disinfect learning materials during class and between periods, so the next class of students can use them safely.
Solutions for air filtration and disinfecting of classrooms include room air purifiers and even UVC robots. For instance, the TRIO Plus Portable Air Purifier from Field Controls combines HEPA filtration, UVC lamps, and PCO air purification in a single, lightweight, portable unit that is extremely quiet. It can clean the air in a typical classroom of 775 square feet three times every hour. ADIBOT UVC robots from UBTECH use UVGI lamps mounted to a small, cart-sized apparatus to irradiate the air and surfaces within a classroom when it’s not in use. The robots can irradiate an entire classroom in less than three minutes.
Solutions for air filtration and disinfection throughout an entire school site include the Field Controls Cube and Duo line of products, which are installed within a building’s Air Handling Unit (AHU), HVAC system, and/or ventilation ductwork.
4. Addressing unfinished learning with supplemental at-home learning
After a year of school closings and remote learning, more than half of public K-12 teachers said the pandemic resulted in a “significant” unfinished learning for students, according to a report by Horace Mann.
Nearly all educators—more than 97%— reported seeing some unfinished learning in their students over the past year when compared with children in prior years, and 57% estimated their students are behind by more than three months in their social-emotional progress.
One method to make up for this unfinished learning is to provide supplemental at-home learning tools for students to continue their learning after school hours. This at-home support can be online learning opportunities that support summer learning. These can be in addition to in-school instruction.
Activities that address the unique needs of low-income, homeless, English learners and children in foster care are supported in this funding also. These outreach activities must address these needs.
How School Specialty can help:
School Specialty has put together a special collection of supplemental materials and activities that can support the unique needs of these learners. Educators can find ideas and resources to share with parents by age, subject, and need here. Additionally, we have educational experts available to assist you in brainstorming the best way to meet the unique needs of your students. We can assist you both in the classroom and with at-home strategies.
A Unique Opportunity
The nearly $200 billion in federal COVID relief aid for K-12 education represents a unique opportunity for leaders to make smart investments that will have long-term impacts on their schools. As education experts committed to the success of your schools and students, School Specialty can help you invest federal funds where they matter most and will have the greatest effect.
Funding is an enormous step toward achieving safe schools and successful learning. But the next steps are just as critical—finding the right partner to connect you with the best solutions for leveraging this money effectively. Count on School Specialty to offer the resources and expertise you need as you determine how to make the most of your funding. School Specialty will work side by side with districts to help leverage funds with your district goals. We are here to help.
New Award Expands aiWARE Availability for US Federal, State, and Local Agencies
DENVER and RESTON, Va., Aug. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Veritone (Nasdaq: VERI), the creator of the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence, and Carahsoft, The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced that Carahsoft has added Veritone’s aiWARE™ to its GSA IT Schedule 70 contract, making Veritone’s AI-powered solutions widely available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft and its reseller partners.
The move provides broader access to Public Sector organizations to accelerate intelligence discovery, analysis, and actionable outcomes for agency missions. aiWARE enables public safety agencies to safeguard citizens by rapidly extracting actionable intelligence from evidence — accelerating investigations and the judicial process.
“We are pleased to add Veritone’s FedRAMP authorized aiWARE to Carahsoft’s GSA Schedule,” said Steve Jacyna, who leads the Veritone Team at Carahsoft. “This expansion, along with the support of our reseller partners, allows us to provide the Public Sector with an innovative AI operating system, enabling public safety agencies to accelerate their investigations.”
“We’re excited to expand the availability of our solutions to Government agencies through Carahsoft’s contracts which greatly simplify the process for Federal and Public Sector agencies to do business with Veritone,” said Jon Gacek, Head of Government, Legal and Compliance at Veritone. “Working with Carahsoft will vastly expand opportunities for agencies to accelerate discovery, analysis, and actionable outcomes for agency missions through our operating systems for AI.”
aiWARE is available through Carahsoft’s GSA Schedule 70 No. GS-35F-0119Y and additional Federal, State, Local and Educational contracts and cooperative purchasing agreements. For more information, contact the aiWARE team at Carahsoft at (866) 335-5246 or veritone@Carahsoft.com.
About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State, and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators, and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry-leading IT products, services, and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. Visit us at www.carahsoft.com.
About Veritone Veritone (NASDAQ: VERI) is a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and solutions. The company’s proprietary operating system, aiWARE™, powers a diverse set of AI applications and intelligent process automation solutions that are transforming both commercial and government organizations. aiWARE orchestrates an expanding ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video, and other data sources into actionable intelligence. The company’s AI developer tools enable its customers and partners to easily develop and deploy custom applications that leverage the power of AI to dramatically improve operational efficiency and unlock untapped opportunities. Veritone is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has offices in London, New York, and San Diego. To learn more, visit Veritone.com.
New product alert! The CTL Chromebook NL72 is a new collection that will be available in the following models: the CTL Chromebook NL72 and CTL Chromebook NL72T powered by the Intel® Jasper Lake Dual-Core N4500 CPU processor, and the CTL Chromebook NL72TW powered by the Jasper Lake Quad-Core Intel® N5100 CPU processor. NL72 series users can take full advantage of streaming media, fast web surfing, and multitasking with multiple apps and open tabs without having to sacrifice performance!
The CTL Chromebook NL72 series feature Jasper Lake processors that are up to 35% more powerful than their Gemini Lake Refresh predecessors. Both the Jasper Lake Dual-Core Intel® N4500 CPU processor and Quad-Core Intel® N5100 CPU processor have a 4MB L3 cache with 1.10 GHz base and 2.80 GHz burst frequency. The CTL Chromebook NL72 series is also equipped with Wi-Fi 6, allowing users to work from the convenience of their homes, in the office, or in hybrid classrooms. Wi-Fi 6 ensures a secure, quality connection while using very little battery to keep your Chromebook powered when you need it most.
Choose between the CTL Chromebook NL72 and CTL Chromebook NL72T non-touch and touchscreen clamshell models paired with the Jasper Lake Dual-Core Intel® N4500 CPU processor with 4GB RAM/32GB storage with the option to upgrade to 8GB RAM/64GB storage. The CTL Chromebook NL72TW offers a touch-screen version powered by Jasper Lake Quad-Core Intel® CPU processors with 8GB RAM/64GB storage for the ultimate setup.
The CTL Chromebook NL72 Series devices measure in at 11.6” and are installed with 1366 x 768 Intel® UMA graphics. With an IP41 rated design, the NL72 has been drop tested to 70cm. The CTL Chromebook NL72 Series is as powerful on the outside as it is within. Featuring a USB interface HD camera integrated with an LED indicator and rotational camera, the NL72 can easily connect multiple devices to create the ultimate work setup. Each model in the NL72 series features two USB ports, an audio port, and 2 in 1 card reader. The CTL Chromebook NL72 Series has an AUE of June 2028.
Please contact your dedicated Account Manager for more information. Check out more computer monitors, Chromebooks, and Chromeboxes today at ctl.net.
The AG Parts Education 45W & 65W adapters are produced by leading manufacturers of AC adapters for most major Chromebook brands and are ODM (Original Design Manufacturer). This means these adapters are 100% authentic, UL certified, and use the same parts and components as the OEM.
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Calling all educators! Check out this great resource template curated by Common Sense Education to seamlessly integrate digital citizenship into your classroom. They also include routines that teachers from across the country have used to successfully navigate virtual, in-person, and hybrid school settings.
Creating flexible learning environments for better learning outcomes.
Learning is no longer bound by the physical walls of a classroom. Instead, learning happens with a high level of flexibility and collaboration that extends student capabilities—and extends opportunities to more students.
Intuitive tools tailored for today’s changing classroom make this possible. These tools enable multiple learning modalities like individualized learning and small group collaborations, accommodate different learning structures like in-person and hybrid, and address the individual needs of students based on their stage of development or learning needs.
To achieve these benefits, tools must:
Ensure the technology is accessible and inclusive.
Make a measurable difference to students and educators.
Be flexible and simple enough to be used by all students.
The full whitepaper on Logitech Classroom of the Now will guide you through the process of changing solutions for a changing classroom. Both JourneyEd and Logitech can help you shape the future of education in your school.
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