City Today - October 2010

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Fri, 10/22/2010
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Welcome to the October edition of The City Today!

Bringing you all the latest from Education City!

 

WHAT'S NEW?

The ComputED Gazette announced winners of the 15th Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) – and Education City is pleased to announce a repeat win for Multi-Subject Website of the Year in both the Early Learning and Early Elementary categories.

 
The EDDIES awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. The EDDIES review praised Education City for its engaging animation, robust content and functional versatility: “How often have we heard, ‘kids learn best when they’re having fun.’ Education City is a subscription-based website that provides countless fun-filled learning activities for children from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade, and is adaptable to special needs children and home schooling.”
 
The review recognized the amount of activity options launching interactive lessons focusing on whole language and phonics to boost reading skills as well as immediate feedback and reinforcement based on a correct or incorrect response. Furthermore, the review called the friendly adult voiceover “the most important design feature, guiding the child throughout – even with lesson activity buttons identified for the nonreader!”
 
“These EDDIES Awards mean a lot to Education City,” said Matthew Kwak, President. “We work hard to provide students with appealing and entertaining educational content while at the same time providing educators with a hearty resource that meets their needs and classroom objectives. It’s nice to be recognized for just that, by the experts.”
 
LEARN ENGLISH LAUNCH
Monday, October 25 is Release Day!
 
On Monday we debut our brand new ELL module – Learn English! This highly anticipated module will be available to all subscribers at no charge for the first three weeks post-release!
 
Learn English has been designed with language development and curriculum content aimed for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. However, during our 6-month pilot program we discovered that students in many more grades are using Learn English with great success. For that reason, the first six months the module is available, we’re making it accessible from the Education City home page.
 
Want to see Learn English in action? Register for an upcoming webinar! Email EmilyM@educationcity.com for details.
 
USER TIPS FROM OUR BEST USERS
Discover how other schools are using Education City!
 
Create your own training sessions!
Offer a few hands-on sessions before the school year starts to help teachers set up myCity classes and get class lists uploaded. Then, offer some refresher courses throughout the year to keep faculty in the know when it comes to resource updates and upgrades.
 
Share your email!
As a primary contact on your school’s Education City account, you are privy to all news, updates and upgrades. Share the wealth! Forward relevant emails on to those staff members you know will benefit from a new teacher feature or tool.
 
Get creative with myCity!
Subscribers are getting very creative setting up myCity groups for differentiated learning. Use this feature to your advantage and create and name groups according to lesson objectives, ability levels or classroom themes.
 
Use the data!
SuccessTracker keeps every question answered and analyzes how a student or a class is progressing. Use this data during parent-teacher conferences to show your parents how their student is doing and where they need improvement. Parents will be impressed with how tech savvy their children really are!
 
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
Become our friend on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!
 
Did you know we’re on Facebook? Twitter too! Become our friend on Facebook to learn about new resource updates, special offers and discounts and of course, to submit your feedback. We love our subscribers and we want to be your Facebook friend! If tweeting is more your thing – search Education_City on Twitter to follow us.
 
FEATURED FEEDBACK
Spotlight on Learn English! For the past 6 months, 50+ schools have been piloting our new Learn English (ELL) module. Read on to see what they had to say...
 
“I love this program! I used Learn English with my limited English learners and English students to see what would happen---it was AMAZING!  They learned so much and the English students not only learned new things but refreshed their memories from years past. My students love all the games. I haven’t had one bad review.”
-Shannon Johnson, Technology Coordinator, Nettie Marshall Elementary
“My kids absolutely loved Education City Learn English. Even though we got it late in the year last school year, when most of my students had learned a lot of English already, this was the only thing they did on Education City after we introduced it! Learn English has great vocabulary building games and it really engages the students. So, basically, all my students (English and Spanish speaking) love Learn English!”
-Ashley Cleare, Kindergarten Teacher, Meadow Creek Elementary, Georgia
UPCOMING EVENTS
Education City will be at the following upcoming events. Join us for an online demonstration or a quick update on what's new. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Oct. 27-29       South Carolina EdTech – Myrtle Beach, SC
 
Nov. 4-6          Georgia Educational Technology Conference – Atlanta, GA
 
Nov. 17-21       National Alliance of Black School Educators – Forth Worth, TX
 
Nov. 18-19       Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators State Conference – Indianapolis, IN
 
Nov. 20-23       NYSCATE Conference – Rochester, NY
 
Dec. 1-3          Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators – Baton Rouge, LA
 
Dec. 2-3          Tennessee Educational Technology Conference – Nashville, TN
 
Dec. 5-7          VSTE Technology in Education Conference – Richmond, VA
 
 
See you in November!
 
If you have any news of views for The City Today, please email us at EmilyM@educationcity.com.
 
Any feedback you wish to provide about Education City is always welcomed and valued!
 
 
 

 

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