New Go Direct® Force Plate Takes Kinesthetic Learning to the Next Level

Wireless technology from Vernier Science Education makes it possible to collect force data from stepping, jumping, and other human-scale actions 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 29, 2024 — Vernier Science Education is launching the Go Direct® Force Plate to provide a reliable way to collect a wide range of high-quality force data during hands-on investigations. With the new wireless force plate, middle and high school teachers and college instructors can engage physics and physiology students in kinesthetic learning through a number of investigations—including ones involving stepping, jumping, and other human-scale actions—and have them collect data that would not be possible with traditional force sensors.

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Avantis Education Showcases Expanded Virtual Reality Content and U.S. State Standards Alignment at FETC 2024

Avantis Education, creators of ClassVR, to demonstrate its immersive VR lessons and scenes in booth #634 at FETC 2024, January 23-26 in Orlando, Florida

Chicago (January 24, 2024) — Avantis Education, creators of ClassVR, will showcase more than 60 pieces of new virtual reality content for math and language arts, and demonstrate its alignment of more than 350 lessons to U.S. standards at the 2024 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC). The conference takes place January 23-26, 2024 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In addition, Avantis will participate in a presentation with Montgomery Public Schools at 10 a.m. ET Friday, Jan 26, 2024 in room S220G. In the session, “Elementary Science Integration of ClassVR for STEM,” school and district leaders will discuss how they planned and initiated a large-scale implementation of ClassVR in every elementary school. 

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Scribbles Software Announces Updates to its ScribOnline Document Management System for K-12 Schools

Updates that simplify and improve the process of scanning, maintaining and organizing records

Charlotte, North Carolina – January 24 2024 –  Scribbles Software, a leading provider of K-12 software solutions for document management, records processing, enrollment, and lottery management, has made significant updates to its ScribOnline document management system to continue to improve the customer experience and make it easier for schools and districts to maintain and organize data.  

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Updated Lab Books Help High School and College Students Learn Advanced Physics Concepts Using Data-Collection Technology

Hands-on investigations featured in two lab books from Vernier Science Education now utilize the Go Direct® family of sensors

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 23, 2024 — Vernier Science Education recently updated two of its lab books, Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics and Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics, with investigations that utilize its award-winning Go Direct® sensors. Educators can now use the books, which collectively feature more than 40 hands-on investigations, to help high-school and college-level students learn a wide range of in-depth physics concepts using wireless data-collection technology.

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KidWind and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office Launch 2024 National Wind Energy Art Contest

Contest asks K-8 students to create “Beautiful Wind Energy” themed artwork 

(Saint Paul, Minn.) January 16, 2024 – Through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, the KidWind Project, an international leader in clean energy education, is opening the call for entries for the 2024 National Wind Energy Art Contest. The theme, “Beautiful Wind Energy,” will highlight the importance of wind energy and renewable energy education. 

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KidWind Opens Registration for its 2024 Simulation Challenge

Students participating in challenge will use Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning online tools to construct and test virtual turbines

(Saint Paul, Minn.) January 10, 2024 – The KidWind Project, an international leader in clean energy education, is launching the 2024 KidWind Simulation Challenge. During the challenge students will use Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning web-based STEM learning system to virtually construct and test wind turbines and wind farms. To register to compete in this year’s challenge, click here.

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Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Past President Dr. Francisco Durán Wins National Humanitarian Award

Durán is one of two education leaders selected to receive the AASA 2024 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 9, 2024) – AASA, the School Superintendents Association, has selected Dr. Francisco Durán, board member and past president of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), as a recipient of the 2024 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. Durán who currently serves as superintendent of Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, is one of two education leaders selected to receive the award.

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Avantis Named a THE Journal New Product Award Platinum Winner for Second Year in a Row

ClassVR wins in the “Virtual/Augmented Reality Headset of the Year” category, marking company’s ninth U.S. education award win in two years 

Chicago (January 8, 2024) — THE Journal has named Avantis Education’s ClassVR a winner in its 2023 New Product of the Year Awards. ClassVR, Avantis’ innovative all-in-one VR/AR headsets earned a Platinum Award in the “Virtual/Augmented Reality Headset of the Year” category.  This is the second year in a row an Avantis product has earned this award. It also marks the company’s ninth U.S. education award win since the start of 2022.

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Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Releases Member-Authored Book Focusing on STEAM Education

“From STEM to STEAM: Latino Perspectives,” published by Capstone, shares viewpoints and strategies from 10 Latino educators

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 27, 2023) – The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) has partnered with educational publisher Capstone to release “From STEM to STEAM: Latino Perspectives,” a new book featuring the voices of 10 Latino educators/ALAS members who share their viewpoints and strategies for STEAM learning.

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ESSER Funds help bring ClassVR to Schools in the Saint Louis Public Schools District

Seventeen schools in the district are adding ClassVR to boost student engagement and support STEM learning

Chicago (December 20, 2023) — Several schools in the Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) district have signed on to bring the immersive power of virtual reality technology to students this school year with ClassVR, from Avantis Education. So far, 17 of the schools in the district have leveraged federal ESSER funding to purchase the award-winning AR/VR headsets, which include thousands of pieces of VR and AR content to support all subject areas. Implementation is planned for later this school year.

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