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Lingvo dictionaries with new open API

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Moscow, Russia, 17-Nov-2016 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — ABBYY launches Lingvo API, an open API for its trademark Lingvo dictionaries.

The new ABBYY Lingvo API gives developers an opportunity to integrate translation, definition, suggested spelling and other features into their services using high-quality bilingual Russian dictionaries by ABBYY Lingvo.

Lingvo API gives access to 140 general and specialised dictionaries in 15 European and Asian languages. It’s open for integration into educational services for individuals, organizations and corporations, travel applications, readers and a variety of other products and solutions.

In 2012 ABBYY launched an API for Lingvo Android which has been integrated into a range of popular applications: YotaReader, Moon+ Reader, Moon+ Reader Pro and others. The key difference of the new API is that it is compatible with iOS, Android and web. Besides, now there’s no need for the end user to install the Lingvo applications on their device for the API features to work.

Using Lingvo API, developers can add a variety of features to their applications: full or short translation, definition, suggested spelling, word forms, pronunciation, a part of the word list, a specific dictionary entry, full-text search across all the dictionaries and more. With the integrated translation API, after tapping or clicking on the word or phrase, the user will see a pop-up card with its translation within the chosen language pairing, morphology, examples and can listen to the pronunciation. Lingvo API works online, an Internet connection is required.

“What’s the unique value of Lingvo API? It gives access to the exceptional collection of bilingual Russian dictionaries ABBYY is known for. That’s why it is a useful tool for a lot of services in education, travel, reading and more”, comments ABBYY’s Head of Mobile Artem Kumpel.

In the future, ABBYY is planning to use the new API to develop adaptable AI algorithms which will be able to create personalized learning models depending on the user’s progress, characteristics and needs.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

PreK12 Plaza Launches Math Fluency App Mad Minute Plaza

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Clifton Park, New York, September 29, 2016 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — PreK12 Plaza, a social impact enterprise working to ignite the genius in every child, today announced the launch of an updated bilingual math game app, Mad Minute Plaza for ages 6 and up.

“PreK12 Plaza is a comprehensive education platform and Mad Minute Plaza is one of multiple app offerings created by our outstanding team of developers and certified teachers to help students achieve their potential while making minute math fun,” said Ana Roca Castro, Founder and CEO of PreK12 Plaza.

Mad Minute Plaza works to improve math fluency. Research has demonstrated that the ability for students to respond automatically frees up cognitive resources that can be applied to more complex computation and concepts.

Mad Minute Plaza is a free app, available in English and Spanish, that provides students with the opportunity to respond to different level math quizzes for one minute – zapping as many space germs in the process. The game includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and more than 400 calculations.

The app is available for free at iTunes; Google Play and Amazon Marketplace. Additional information is available at www.prek12plaza.com/madminute.

About PreK12 Plaza
PreK12 Plaza is a digital education platform created to ignite the genius in every child. It is the first multicultural education platform that provides culturally relevant Math and Language Arts resources combined with research-based didactic approach and state of the art parent engagement tools in eight languages.

Media contacts:
Monica Talan
mtalan@prek12plaza.com
Phone: 518-280-9550 Ext. 24
Cell: 917-886-5978

Learning management and collaboration platform for educators and trainers LiberCloud announces integration with Microsoft Office Online

SAN FRANCISCO, 12-Jul-2016 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — LiberCloud, the cloud-based learning management system for instructors, trainers and educators, announces integration with Microsoft Office Online to better enable Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows as a delivery method for blended learning materials and to give the ability to incorporate existing PowerPoint content in new ways. Microsoft Corp. is making this possible with their Cloud Storage Partner Program, which enables cloud solution partners, such as LiberCloud, to create seamless integration with Office Online.

What’s New

LiberCloud’s existing learning content management solutions combine the best of instructor-led engagement, blended learning, and interactivity between instructors and students. This new release makes its platform even more flexible via seamless integration with PowerPoint Online so that users can create and store PowerPoint content directly within their existing LiberCloud authoring tools.

“We are very excited about LiberCloud’s integration with PowerPoint Online”, said Felice Curcelli, LiberCloud’s Co-founder & CEO. “It makes perfect sense because of the amount of content that teachers and trainers have already developed using either PowerPoint or PowerPoint look-alikes. It’s another step in our mission to make trainers and teachers more effective and students more engaged.”

How It Works

A slideshow in LiberCloud is a collection of learning assets that an author can combine in a slideshow for use in coursework and training classes. It helps instructors go beyond traditional slide decks and get more creative by incorporating other assets such as canvas slides, interactive tutorials, videos, assessments and polls.

An author typically embeds the slideshow in a LiberPage which is the building block within the platform for lesson plans, coursework and assignments.

Benefits

‘Blended Learning’ techniques are the trend for educators whether in school systems or corporate training environments, and LiberCloud’s enhancements are built to meet this demand. LiberCloud Slideshows with PowerPoint is an example of blended learning enablement and gives teachers and instructors flexibility to:

1. Share and reuse individual slides with ease. For example, if instructors want to incorporate PowerPoint charts or diagrams they’ve created in various lesson plans, they can add those native PowerPoint slides to new learning or instructional content. LiberCloud makes it easy to find individual slides and reuse them without duplicating content.

2. Brainstorm ideas with canvas-based slides via LiberCanvas, an app that lets users write and draw on a shared canvas as well as record content that can then be shared as videos. For example, instructors can give an individual or group assignment with a slideshow containing read-only background information along with canvas slides that they can write on and collaborate in real-time.

3. Engage students by combining PowerPoint slide decks with polls and assessments, to deliver during a slideshow and capture the results in real-time.

4. Make communication and feedback more personal and more effective by creating audio-visual annotations on individual slides.

“The integration of LiberCloud with PowerPoint Online creates new opportunities for teaching and learning for our joint users”, said Rob Howard, Director of Ecosystem, Microsoft. “Teachers will be able to leverage the native real-time co-authoring capabilities of PowerPoint Online and LiberCloud’s canvas-based collaboration and polls to increase student engagement.”

Integration with PowerPoint Online is a continuation of LiberCloud’s mission to give educators control and flexibility to deliver instruction material and assessments in a coherent and cohesive fashion. Visit their website for more information or to download the white paper Using LiberCloud Slideshows with PowerPoint in Instruction Materials.

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AMCM is Changing How Students are Fundraising

Oklahoma City, OK, June 26, 2015 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Association Motor Club Marketing (AMCM) just announced they will launch their new mobile application, AMCM Presentation, during the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Chicago June 25- July 1, 2015. The app was designed specifically for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) participating in the AMCM Fundraising Program.

AMCM is one of the only organizations at the FBLA Conference giving students the opportunity to learn technologically advanced business skills by fundraising through their smartphones and tablets. It is also one of the only fundraising options providing students with recurring revenue, another learning opportunity for students.

AMCM partnered with Victory Info Services to utilize Victory’s 360’s mobile platform. This provides students with the necessary tools on their phones to successfully present and complete the sale of AMCM’s roadside assistance and travel discount programs. These tools include a sales presentation and video, plus a communication feature allowing chapter Advisors to connect with their members. Other features of the app include the fundraising FAQs, a gas price finder, weather, roadside assistance demo, and support.

Regarding the inspiration behind the new app, Mark Muncey, Director of Fundraising, explained, “Traditional fundraising efforts have been made with sales of food and candy. Chapter Advisors were frustrated with those options which are labor-intensive as they demand collection and storage of inventory, extensive bookkeeping, and delivery of the product.”

“Our platform is designed to make the fundraising process easier on both students and Advisors,” he pointed out. “The ability for students to participate by using their smartphones to generate a recurring revenue stream is a real homerun for any chapter. We are excited to introduce this program at the FBLA Conference in Chicago.”

“Victory is honored to be working with AMCM, an organization that not only takes a part in helping students build important business skills, but also fundraises for good causes,” stated Mark Burns, Vice President Business Development and General Manager of Victory Info Services. “Because technology will continue to revolutionize how the world does business, it’s more important than ever to equip students with the necessary skills to succeed.”

For information on Association Motor Club Marketing and the new AMCM app, visit www.amcm-online.com or email mamuncey@amcm-online.com. AMCM will be giving away a $500 cash prize during the FBLA National Leadership Conference. Visit booth #126 at the FBLA National Leadership Conference for more information or sneak peek of the new AMCM app.

Association Motor Club Marketing specializes in providing roadside assistance services and fundraising programs tailored to fit the needs of any association. AMCM has offices located in Oklahoma City, South Dakota, Virginia, & South Carolina.

Victory Info Services provides mobile services and applications for clients in various industries. Victory has offices located in Las Vegas, NV and Jacksonville, FL. For more information on Victory, please visit victoryinfoservices.com or email mark.burns@victoryinfoservices.com.

Contact-Details: Jessica Lamore, Lamore Marketing & PR, info@lamoremarketing.com, lamoremarketing.com

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If Your Child Is Ready To Start Learning To Read, Then Download The Smart4Kids App Today!

Today, Smart4Kids LLC announced the release of its new app Smart4Kids in English, an interactive learn-to-read educational game, based on a 36 steps curriculum on the Apple iTunes store.

Smart4Kids provides a structured and engaging learning experience for children ready to learn how to read.

The scientific, research-based reading materials and activities are modeled after the “Big Five” focus areas recommended by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Children are challenged to learn sounds and recognize new words as they play interactive games. The Smart4Kids app contains four key components: learn, play interactive games, read stories and follow progression.

Smart4Kids enables the child to build his or her reading confidence through a progression of 36 units entailing the complete reading curriculum of a 1st grader.

Each one of the 36 units includes:
– The lesson taught
– 3 games to practice the lesson
– 1 mini-story to review the lesson

The games include activities such as word completion, word sorting, word matching, sound matching, memory tests and more. In each game, your child will win a point for each correct answer made. While the general approach is based on phonics, each unit also contains a sight word game, which are words learned primarily by sight recognition.  The sight words are also reviewed in the mini story to help your child to build vocabulary.

A certain number of points is required for the skill to be considered mastered, then your child wins an award and should move on to the next unit.

Smart4Kids was designed specifically with parents and teachers in mind.  Its curriculum is easy for you to use along side of your child.  Parents and teachers will find the interactive learning games to be a great complement to traditional classroom and home-based reading instruction. By following a standard phonics-based curriculum, you will be able to direct the child to practice within the application a specific sound that he is learning.

The App will also take the child through adventures across the globe. In six beautifully illustrated stories an international hero is introduced from a new continent where your child can imagine what it might be like to live in a different culture.  The settings for the learn-to-read challenges are taken from each of these six stories, and the international heroes are the companions of the young reader through his or her learning process.

Smart4Kids can be downloaded for free, including already 6 units. Additional units can be acquired for the price of $0.99 each, $2.99 for 6 units, or $9.99 for the complete 36 units.

Features:

•  The app follows a progression of skills, enabling your child to progress at his own pace.
•  The app can be used by up to 5 different users and track their individual progress.
•  The app uses 18 types of activities, carefully chosen according to the type of phonics being taught.
•  Voice instruction and feedback
•  Mini-stories highlight words as the narrator reads so your child can follow along
•  No third party advertising
•  No external link to social network site
•  Bundle and educational special rate

More information about Smart4Kids including the detailed curriculum is available atwww.app.smart4kids.com

Smart4Kids LLC is committed to promoting literacy through digital learning applications.

By purchasing this app, you support worldwide literacy by helping us develop our reading application in other languages including the developing nations.

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New iPad App Gets Children School-Ready

Parents are preparing to send their children off to school for the first time. An Australian Mother of two has developed a way to give children entering school in this technological age a head start by creating an educational iPad app.

Rebecca Monument said that she, like most parents were aware that basic literacy skills developed in the home long before a child starts school.

“I created the app because I wanted to give my children the best of every possible opportunity,” said Ms Monument. “I was worried as my kids weren’t learning the correct way to write the alphabet, that they would have to re-learn it when they started school.”

After the application was released in October this year Ms Monument approached a local teacher for feedback. Ms Tanya Burton from Whitehouse Primary School in Australia agrees that Writeforschool is a resourceful learning tool for young children, and that the app that will complement the introduction of iPads into the prep classrooms in 2013.

“The application combines many features that other similar writing applications fail to deliver, like a variety of accents and a choice of the writing fonts taught in Australian schools” Ms Burton notes. “The large number of fonts back up what is taught in the school curriculum; it not only includes letters and numbers but blends of letters.”

The idea came to Ms Monument and she began developing the iPad application Writeforschool after her children, aged five and six began taking great interest in playing the games on her iPad.

“I thought if I could make educational game for my children, they could begin to learn to write in the cursive they are taught at their school the correct way,” Ms Monument explained. “My children love the app and its exciting graphics that can be completely personalised.”

Ms Monument hopes that her application is able to help as many young children as possible get a head start for this school year.

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Teacher’s Pet makes the iPad a Teacher’s Best Friend in the Digital Classroom!

House of File, a mobile developer focused on a wide variety of applications, is excited today to announce the launch of Teacher’s Pet on the App Store. Created specifically for iPad and iPad Mini and is the ONLY App that Teachers need to make their iPad the ULTIMATE Teaching Assistant.

First, you can create your lesson plans by date, grade, or subject, and save it to your calendar, or email the lesson plan to your colleagues or supervisor. Then, to prepare your lesson, this app will allow you to prepare notes, use an interactive whiteboard that you can preload with a picture or graphic, import PDFs or PPT presentations, upload videos, pictures, or record lectures and create flash cards, and then save your lessons to your calendar by date and subject. You can create lessons for as many subjects as you need each day. Finally, after your lessons are saved to your calendar, you can easily retrieve them for presentation. The app lets you present any of your material through your overhead with a VGA connector, or wirelessly through an Apple TV. Your lessons can be emailed or shared over Bluetooth, or you can use the print function to prepare handouts for students.

A well rounded app, Teacher’s Pet features password protection options, as well as full iCloud backup support to ensure that your lessons and other data will never be lost. Setting up the app is as simple as inputting your name, school year, and classes that you teach. You’re free to set up appointments, reminders and other alerts within the calendar as well.

Teacher’s Pet is currently available for download on the App Store for $4.99 in the Education category.

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Glogster EDU is a part of App packs for Google Chromebooks for Education

GlogsterEDU has been announced as one of the applications found on the Google Chromebook’s Education App Pack: a set of apps recommended by the schools, teachers and users for a richer educational experience, at ITSE 2012!

At ITSE, new features have been introduced to make Chromebook easier to manage in all aspects (including finding, managing, installing and using apps in your school).

So what features are included?

Grade-level application packs which are groups of Chrome Web Store apps which are organized by grade level and are connected to Google’s suite of Apps for Education. These packs can be installed from the Chromebook management console. Many are free and for those that aren’t, discounts are often offered for bulk purchases.

Organization-specific web app collections in the Chrome Web Store allow administrators the ability to propose apps to teachers as well as students and other staff members. The collection is can be seen only by the school, and admins are able to pull together apps from the Chrome Web Store, application packs and web apps bought elsewhere or private apps developed by the school. (This feature is also available to Chromebook for Business customers from the control panel.)

Here are some + about Glogster EDU.
+ Proven Creative Technology : Used by more than 500 000 teachers.
+ Easy District Management : Manage multiple schools via one Dashboard.
+ Affordable 50% discount: $1 USD per seat/year (if you get at least 1001).
+ Trusted : ReviewedRecommendedRanked.
+ Approved : Meets national educational technology standards.

Do you want to adopt Creative Learning to your District or School? Contact us for a huge discount offer.

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Huge Demand Inspires Edulabs to Reschedule Critical Webinar Series on Tablet Buying for Education

Edulabs Learning Solutions Ltd., a leading Thai-based innovator of 21st Century electronic teaching systems (www.edulabsglobal.com), has received overwhelmingly positive daily responses and a higher-than-anticipated demand for its “must attend” Webinar series. The Webinar www.edulabsglobal.com/webinar) cover CRUCIAL considerations that buyers of tablets for educational institutions MUST understand before buying. The Webinars became immediately over-subscribed at launch, and so Edulabs Global has decided to re-launch the Webinar series with new times and dates in order to accommodate the increased interest and demand for registered seats.

Gregory Pommerenk, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Edulabs Learning Solutions, Ltd., explains, “There is no doubt that the world-wide demand and excitement for Tablet computers and Smartphones in education is growing stronger and stronger each and every day, and has fueled this increased interest in Edulabs’ Webinar series. With this also comes the need for knowledge and information that will assist the educational communities around the world to make sure that the money they are about to collectively spend is invested wisely, effectively and accurately.”

The digital learning revolution

Schools around the world are starting to proactively adopt mobile learning programs and initiatives, establish or upgrade their broadband infrastructures and also replace traditional textbooks with digital textbooks at an unprecedented rate. Top online learning institutions such as www.learning.com and www.epals.com have created eLearning material which has revolutionized the global education industry.

It is estimated by respected research organizations that in the K-12 (Primary and Secondary) educational sector alone, there will be a need for in excess of 200 million Tablet computers and over 400 million Smartphones within the next 3-5 years. This is not including the huge need and demand in developing countries and underdeveloped areas of countries such as China, India and Brazil, which affects hundreds of millions of school-aged children and teens.

Explosion in educational demand for eLearning solutions.

In today’s interconnected and inter-dependent globalized world, the global community at large has finally awoken to the fact that having billions of uneducated and unskilled people, especially youth, affects the entire world, and is subsequently striving more proactively than ever to improve the state of education amongst youths. Edulabs Global feels that all of these additional areas are poised to soon explode in terms of demand. The countries of Africa, China, India, Brazil and many ASEAN countries have combined populations in excess of 3 billion people, of which hundreds of millions of youth desperately need much improved and affordable educational solutions.

Subsequently, more digital educational content and applications are becoming available at affordable prices and more and more verifiable studies are proving the value of digital web-based education. This in turn prompts more countries, especially developing counties, to get wired with hi-speed infrastructures that are finally including even the most remote and previously unwired areas of these countries.

New times and dates for Edulabs Webinar Series

The new Webinar times and dates will be announced via our website and a formal press release during the week of February 20th, 2012. In addition to the impressive list of guest presenters and speakers that are already confirmed to attend, Edulabs is also in the process of adding several additional Tablet and Smartphone, Cyber-safety, Edu-tech and Digital Contents and Applications (including Digital Textbooks) companies that wish to participate in the Webinar series.

Please stay tuned to the Edulabs web site and news wires for upcoming announcements regarding the new times and dates of the Webinar series, and take part in these“cannot miss” exciting events!

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iWonder Pro Enterprise Offers Device Surveillance and Management for Schools for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Schools and businesses that issue iPad, iPhone or other iOS devices to their students or staff now have a way to control where those devices can go on the internet, monitor where they have been, and lock them down to only appropriate sites.

Life Record Technologies, creators of the consumer based iWonder Pro application to control and monitor children on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, releases the first enterprise level surveillance and control software for schools, hospitals and businesses.

“With the release of iBooks 2 featuring text book support by Apple Inc. its inevitable that schools will now start issuing iPads to students and staff as regularly as they issue text books today.”, says Michael Pike, Chief Software Architect of Life Record Technologies. “We’ve also noticed a lot of healthcare facilities deploying iPads to their staff, and our software allows all of the devices to be managed, observed and secured with ease.”

iWonder Pro Enterprise allows schools and businesses with as little as one iOS device, with up to 10,000 devices to manage them all in one place, including profiles to let certain types of users go to certain types of sites while restricting the others while using any Wifi or cellular network. iWonder Pro Enterprise is the first and only enterprise level surveillance system designed specifically for iOS.

iWonder Pro Enterprise is available now in the Apple App Store starting at $99.99.

More information can be obtained from the iWonder Pro Enterprise website at http://www.iwonderpro.com.

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BT Business Direct and Microsoft Offer Simple Licensing Solution For Schools

Business computing specialist BT Business Direct has begun offering an easy and cost-effective way for schools and colleges to stay on top of software licensing.

Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) from Microsoft Volume Licensing has been designed to provide primary and secondary schools, and higher and further education establishments, with a simple way to manage licenses for their desktop platform software.

The package, which is available now through BT Business Direct, offers academic institutions access to various Microsoft Enterprise products including Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 and Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade. These products can then be licensed in any quantity.

For complete convenience, institutions that take out Microsoft EES only need to complete one annual employee headcount of full-time employees, who work more than 200 hours per year. Products with institution-wide licenses can be run on all institution-owned or leased devices, which means if an institution does take on new members of staff, they’ll be covered.

Adding new products is also simple, and these can be licensed on an individual, departmental or organisation-wide basis.

Alex Critchley, Licensing Specialist at BT Business Direct, said: “Microsoft EES takes the hassle out of licensing software across large organisations which have numerous desktop machines. With EES, system administrators know that the products being used are fully covered, ensuring peace of mind all round.

“The aim of this product is to make it as simple as possible for institutions such as schools, public libraries and museums (Schools only) to have access to the correct licenses for the products they are running. And to make budgeting even simpler, EES can be paid for via annual payments with a one or three-year term options to protect the pricing in today’s turbulent market.”

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Farmers Insurance Group Federal Credit Union Launches Private Student Loan Program, Partners with Education Loan Source, Inc.

Farmers Insurance Group Federal Credit Union (FIGFCU) is proud to announce the launch of their private student loan program for families and students looking to pay for undergraduate and graduate school. To customize their program specifically to meet the needs of its members, FIGFCU has chosen to partner with Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS), a leading provider of education financial solutions.

“We are happy to add Student Loans to our lending platform, making our portfolio of products and services even more robust. Our members benefit by having educational funding options with competitive rates and terms in difficult economic times.” said Brian Leonard, Chief Lending Officer of FIGFCU.

The Custom Loan SourceSM (CLS) program offered by ELS, provides credit unions with the opportunity to develop their own customized student loan products without the need for additional staffing or resources. CLS is a turn-key student loan solution which includes every aspect of the student loan process from program design through portfolio management. Credit unions working with ELS benefit by gaining an in-depth knowledge of the student loan industry, while attracting a more diverse membership base and the ability to design a custom product to specifically meet their goals.

Long-time ELS business partner Cology, Inc. was selected to originate and service loans for the FIGFCU program. With its industry-leading loan platform, Volta™ , Cology offers FIGFCU expert origination, disbursement, and servicing technology.

“Since FIGFCU has 18 branches, in 12 different states, it’s especially gratifying to launch this new program for their members. CLS is a perfect fit for FIGFCU, as it allows the Credit Union to bring their existing corporate lending standards and philosophies to an education loan program. FIGFCU was able to set their own rates and fees, and define their own school list.” said Jacklyn Schneider, Director of Client Services for ELS. “FIGFCU can increase its portfolio and member base with a student loan program that is highly in demand, while families receive the financial assistance they need.”

For more information on the Custom Loan Source Program offered by ELS, call Jacklyn Schneider at (858) 720-6809.

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Mimi Jett Joins Avant Assessment as VP Business Development for K-12 Education

Avant Assessment, pioneer in web-based proficiency assessment, announces the appointment of Mimi Jett as Vice President of Business Development for K-12 Education.

Avant Assessment is pleased to announce the addition of Mimi Jett as Vice President of Business Development for K-12 Education to its leadership team. Ms. Jett brings more than 25 years of educational technology and corporate leadership experience to Avant as it expands its efforts in the personalized learning arena with new, authentic-evidence, competency-based learning support systems.

As VP of Business Development, Ms. Jett will focus on building channel partners, strategic partnerships, and alliances that promote Avant’s products and services in the K-12 market. As a member of the Executive Team, she will collaborate with product, marketing, sales, and technology teams on strategy and operational implementation of initiatives to bring competency focused solutions to the education market.

Prior to joining Avant, Ms. Jett was the General Manager of netTrekker, a leading provider in the organization and delivery of digital K-12 educational content and tools, where she led the development of new products and services. Her record of success also includes strategic management positions with Renaissance Learning and IBM Research, where she was appointed to the elite Institute for Advanced Learning leadership council. As an entrepreneur, Mimi Jett was the founder and CEO of Electronic Technical Publishing, leading delivery of advanced technology solutions to higher education publishers in the fields of mathematics and engineering. Ms. Jett was an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and served as the Technology Advisory Committee Chair for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Ms. Jett serves on the Software & Information Industry Association’s Education Division Board of Directors, is co-chair of the Global Strategies working group, and a member of the Open Educational Resources working group. In addition, she sits on several industry advisory boards and acts as a mentor for innovative entrepreneurs.

“Ms. Jett has an extraordinary talent of expanding the impact of a company’s work through development of key partnerships”, said Mike Patterson, CEO, “and we at Avant are excited to apply that talent to our efforts in bringing a more personalized learning environment to every student.”

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Avant Assessment leaders’ experience on national language standards and assessment committees will support U.S. interests at the international level

Avant Assessment CEO Mike Patterson has been appointed to lead U.S. delegates to the International Standards Organization TC232/WG2 (learning services for non-formal education and training technical committee workgroup focused on language learning services) meetings in Beijing, China this week.

Workgroup delegates to ISO TC232/WG2 represent over a dozen countries and have the task of ensuring that the views and positions of their country are known and understood by the committee. The goal of the international committee is to develop consensus and an international standard for providers of language learning services in the non-formal sector (outside the mainstream school and higher education curriculum).

Mike and Avant Vice President of Research and Assessment, Paul Tucker, have participated in three previous international meetings and have been delegates to the workgroup since its inception. Both bring critical experience to the U.S. delegation having served on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Testing Committee which is a network of Federal, academic, private business and NGO language specialists and managers who share a common goal of improving the nation’s capacity to learn, teach and effectively use foreign languages in the national interests.

Additionally, Paul Tucker served as the Lead Writer for the ASTM Standards of Practice for language education and now chairs the testing subcommittee (F43.04) which is looking at differentiating standards per testing purpose. Mike Patterson served as a committee member at the U.S. Department of Education National Educational Technology Planning Sessions in 2003 and 2004, and has been actively involved with SIIA, CoSN, SIF, Software Association of Oregon and other industry organizations where he has served as a presenter and panelist at national and regional conferences.

“It is an honor to represent the interests of our country in the field of language acquisition” says Mike Patterson, Avant’s CEO. “As a country, we are a leader in developing thorough and rigorous standards on language training. It is important to the future of global communication that international standards meet or exceed those same standards. I look forward to these experiences working with colleagues from around the world on common goals. They are as rewarding as they are educational and challenging.”

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Education Loan Source Expands TuitionFlex Financing Program for San Francisco School of Massage

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS), the nation’s leader in education financing administration and services, is proud to announce the expansion of their partnership with San Francisco School of Massage (SFSM). SFSM originally launched the TuitionFlexSM program in March, 2010 and the school is now expanding the program to include a choice of longer payment plan terms.

TuitionFlexSM provides students with the option to extend tuition payments over a specified period of time instead of paying cash up-front for an academic program. “With new state regulations slated to take effect at the end of this year, increasing the number of required course hours in the fields of massage and bodywork, SFSM wants to be in position to assist students with affordability,” said Gary Witt, Chief Executive Officer of SFSM. “Expanding the TuitionFlex program furthers SFSM’s commitment to make education accessible to students who are already managing a variety of personal and professional responsibilities.”

As program administrator, ELS offers comprehensive support for the program and, as a result, the program requires very little involvement from school officials. From the point of online application all the way through servicing, ELS provides a seamless flow for both students and school. ELS programs are in compliance with federal and state Truth-in-Lending disclosures and are of particular assistance to schools looking to meet 90/10 regulations.

“We are excited about expanding our partnership with ELS,” said Rocky Hall, Director of Operations. “We appreciate the expertise that ELS has earned in the educational finance arena and have benefited by their commitment to enhance TuitionFlex and bring innovation to the space.”

“Given the dynamic nature of the higher education industry, it is a pleasure to deliver financing solutions that can be easily tailored as requirements change,” said Jacklyn Garcia-Schneider, Director, Client Services for ELS. “Knowing that the expanded program will enable more students to get their education at SFSM – one of the most respected massage and bodywork schools in the nation – is especially rewarding .”

For more information about the TuitionFlexSM program, call ELS at (888) 335-6261.

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Education Loan Source Launches TuitionFlexPLUS Financing Program for International Education Corporation

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS), the nation’s leader in education financing administration and services, is proud to announce the launch of the TuitionFlexPLUSSM financing program at International Education Corporation (IEC) campuses nationwide.

“TuitionFlex PLUS is a win-win for both students and school,” explains Ena Hull, Vice President of Financial Planning. “Students have the ability to make affordable monthly paymen ts, while the school yields the benefits of an innovative note selling program that generates a more immediate cash flow. Through TuitionFlexPLUS, we now strike the perfect balance between offering an affordable plan to students while realizing improved cash flow for the school.”

“IEC is excited to launch a finance program that offers an online application process, high touch servicing and ultimately, a high collectability track record. These were all key factors in our decision to select ELS,” Ena continued. “As an additional benefit, the program will help with our 90/10 compliance.” As program administrator, ELS ensures that participating schools remain in compliance with federal and state Truth-in-Lending disclosure requirements. In addition, each program is customized to follow a school’s preferred internal process.

Payment plans allow a student the option to make payments over a specified term rather than paying cash up front for an academic program. Traditional payment plans require the school to hold the note on their books, while receiving funds as the student makes payments. The challenge with these plans is balancing the need to keep costs low for student enrollment with the need to infuse operating capital into the school. With TuitionFlexPLUS, schools establish unique rates and terms and can elect to implement a credit check to mitigate risk. As an additional option, they can sell a portion of their portfolio.

According to Dennis Christich, VP Sales for ELS, “ TuitionFlexPLUS allows IEC to focus on helping students become successful within the allied health, business, technology and automotive industries, while ELS supports both students and school staff with financing. The drive to excel is evident in all that IEC does and launching this financing option for students is yet another sign of that commitment being put into action.”

For more information on the TuitionFlexPLUS program, call ELS at (888) 335-6261.

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Education Loan Source Launches TuitionFlex Financing Program for Bellus Academy

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS), the nation’s leader in education financing administration and services, is proud to announce the launch of the TuitionFlex SM financing program at four (4) Bellus Academy campuses located in the states of California and Kansas.

TuitionFlex SM provides students with the option to extend tuition payments over a specified period of time instead of paying cash up-front for an academic program. “We are pleased to offer flexible payment options as it allows students to get started on the education they need to enter a new career sooner,” said Lynelle Lynch, President of Bellus Academy. “With funding options being extremely limited in today’s environment, the opportunity to stretch payments over time makes a big difference for our students.”

With all aspects of TuitionFlex SM handled by ELS, the program requires very little time from school officials. Victoria Russ, Director of Financial Aid of Bellus Academy, commented, “After administering an in-house payment plan for many years, we appreciate the fact that all program administration is handled by ELS. This frees us up to spend more time working directly with students. We also appreciate the fact that TuitionFlex SM keeps us in compliance with federal and state Truth-in-Lending disclosures.”

While other companies provide partial support for payment plans, as program administrator, ELS offers total support from the point of application through servicing. TuitionFlex SM offers a branded online application process, electronic signature, customizable reporting, automated payment processing, and flexible servicing repayment terms. ELS’ program is of particular assistance to schools concerned with 90/10 compliance.

“Bellus Academy is one of the only academies in the nation that provides premium financing programs to launch a successful career in the beauty and wellness industry,” said Jacklyn Garcia-Schneider, Director, Client Services for ELS. “Now that they’ve partnered with ELS to offer more financing options, it is gratifying to know that more students will be able to consider enrollment.”

For more information about the TuitionFlex SM program, call ELS at (888) 335-6261.

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Education Loan Source Launches TuitionFlexPLUS

Education Loan Source (ELS), the nation’s leader in education financing administration and services, is proud to announce the launch of the TuitionFlex PLUS SM financing program at Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB) campuses nationwide.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our students a new and viable loan program that meets their needs in the current environment,” said Jim Robinson, President of CSB. “After months of research, we finally met ELS who provided us with the opportunity to customize a ‘one stop’ solution for all of our twelve campuses. Through TuitionFlex PLUSSM , we now strike a perfect balance between offering an affordable and accessible payment plan to students while realizing improved cash flow to the school . We have used other loan programs in the past and have found that the ELS program fulfills our needs.”

Jim continued, “Another high priority for CSB was maintaining compliance with federal and state Truth-in-Lending disclosure requirements. As program administrator, ELS facilitates this as they customized the program to follow our school’s preferred internal process. In addition to delivering a great program, the customer service provided by ELS has been exceptional. I wholeheartedly recommend ELS to any school looking for an affordable financing solution. ”

Payment plans allow a student the option to make payments over a specified term rather than paying cash up front for an academic program. Traditional payment plans require the school to hold the note as a debt on their books, while receiving funds as the student makes payments. The challenge with these plans is balancing the need to keep costs low for student enrollment with the need to infuse operating capital into the school.

With TuitionFlex PLUS , schools establish unique rates and terms and can elect to implement a credit check to mitigate risk. As an additional option, they can sell a portion of their portfolio.

While other companies might provide partial support, ELS offers total support as program administrator from application through servicing. The program offers a branded online application process, electronic signature, customizable reporting, automated payment processing and flexible servicing repayment terms. ELS’ program is of particular assistance to schools concerned with 90/10 compliance.

According to Jennifer Wallace, VP Sales for ELS, “ CSB is a well known entity in the world of broadcast media.  Partnering with ELS gives them the opportunity to keep their focus on the very important business of educating students while leaving the financing to ELS. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside CSB to customize a program that meets the needs of their students and staff.”

For more information on the TuitionFlex PLUS program, call ELS at (888) 335-6261.

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Education Loan Source, Inc. Launches Private Student Loan Program For Louviers Federal Credit Union

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS), a leading provider of education financial solutions, is proud to announce the launch of a private student loan program customized specifically for members of Louviers Federal Credit Union (LFCU).

Education Loan Source, Inc. Launches Private Student Loan Program For Louviers Federal Credit Union

“Our credit union conducted a thorough review of three student loan programs and decided that ELS was the best solution for us. We chose ELS based upon their ability to fully customize our program to meet the unique needs of our membership and existing school relationships as well as their extensive knowledge of the student loan industry. ELS is great to work with – they have maintained excellent lines of communication to keep us informed and educated from start to finish and have quickly responded to meet our needs,” says Bob Walls, Director of Human Resources and Special Projects for LFCU.

The Custom Loan Source SM (CLS) Program offered by ELS provides credit unions with the opportunity to develop their own customized student loan without the need for additional staffing or resources. CLS is a turn-key student loan solution which includes every aspect of the student loan process including set-up, administration, marketing, branded online application, loan processing, underwriting, certification and disbursement with colleges and universities, loan servicing, and portfolio management.

According to Tracy Sniscak, SVP – Business Development for ELS, “CLS is a perfect fit for LFCU as it allows the credit union to bring their own corporate lending standards and philosophies to an education loan program. LFCU was able to set their own rates and fees, and define their own school list. The credit union has an existing relationship with the University of Delaware and this new program will allow them to continue to offer financial assistance to the students there as well as at other regional schools. It’s been a pleasure to help them create and develop a program that meets the needs of their members.”

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TuitionFlex Payment Program Implemented at Northwest Technical Institute

Education Loan Source, Inc., (ELS) in partnership with Sterling Education Finance, LLC announced today that Northwest Technical Institution implemented the TuitionFlexSM payment program. TuitionFlex offers two types of payment plans, TuitionEase(tm) which is a short-term 4 to 12 month program and TuitionExtendTM which is a long-term 13 to 120 month extended repayment plan. “In today’s market, schools have to become creative with their financing options and the TuitionFlex program met the needs of our institution,” stated Keith Fossen, President/CEO at Northwest Technical Institute. “At Northwest Technical Institute, we are helping students and families finance a higher education, without a higher price tag.”

Both TuitionFlex payment options offer a 100% online application process, e-signature capabilities, and a school portal for a school administrator to manage certifications and real-time application status managed by ELS. “ELS’s dynamic system allows schools to manage their tuition payment plans completely online while meeting all of the regulatory requirements,” stated Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer at ELS. “We are excited that Northwest Technical Institute is now providing the TuitionFlex program to their student and families.”

Tricia Oberg, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance, and the relationship manager for Northwest Technical Institute stated, “This program is the perfect solution to fill educational funding gaps that can remain when other sources of aid are not available for the student and their families.”

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to (www.sterlingeducationfinance.org) or call Tricia Oberg, Regional Vice President, at (651) 707-7291 or Pat Cook, President and Chief Sales Officer, at (828) 335-1092.

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