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Schoology NEXT 2016 – Learning Management Systems

If you are looking for stories about learning management systems, I recommend contacting Schoology about their user conference in Miami, July 11-13. Here is the press release. Media may request credentials from Schoology.
Bill Nye the Science Guy, arguably the most famous science teacher in the world, will be the keynote speaker at Schoology NEXT 2016. This year’s theme, Elevate Achievement, emphasizes how to raise student achievement with creative, effective teaching practices using Schoology.

Schoology NEXT is the user conference where educators in K12 and higher ed come together to learn from Schoology’s product team and each other, while sharing ideas about how they use Schoology in their institutions. NEXT 2016 will be held at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, July 11-13, and expects 1,000 attendees spanning a range of positions in K-12, higher ed and corporate education including teachers, instructors, and IT/database engineers and administrators.

Schoology NEXT enters its third year in 2016 by adding pre-conference workshops where users receive training on advanced features and functionality of Schoology. The remaining 2.5 days of the conference are filled with opportunities for attendees to dive deeper into personalized, competency-based learning strategies shared by other Schoology users as well as Schoology staff. Attendees can pick from hands-on workshops, dynamic lectures, open learning and collaboration sessions, and open product labs to meet 1-on-1 with Schoology product engineers.

“Bill Nye promises to give an entertaining and thought-provoking keynote and we are very pleased to have him join us for NEXT 2016,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology.  “We look forward to another dynamic year of meeting with Schoology users who are passionate about education and bringing the very best personalized learning opportunities to their students.”

Schoology is a learning management system used throughout the world to connect people, content and systems to fuel education and personalized learning. More than 12 million people from around the world use Schoology to transform how they teach and learn.


Individual discounts to NEXT 2016 are available by registering before May 15; deeper discounts are also available for groups.


By |2017-09-29T20:57:26+00:00June 15th, 2016|Story Tips|

Building Dreamers in Cleveland

Sarah Parker wants to help her students get a picture of what life is like as an adult. Some, perhaps most, of her students have never visited a professional office or had to dress up for a fancy dinner at a sophisticated restaurant. But Ms. Parker has a solution.

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By |2017-09-29T20:57:27+00:00April 22nd, 2016|Story Tips|

Turnitin Hosts Writing X Tech | The Writing Mindset April 18-22: Virtual Conference for Educators in K-12 and Higher Ed Covers Topics in Writing Instruction

OAKLAND, Calif – April 11, 2016Turnitin Writing X Tech ( #writingxtech ) kicks off April 18 with a five-day virtual conference featuring webcasts on “The Writing Mindset” and how thinking differently about writing can engage students and set them up for success. K-12 educators, college instructors and students can pick from nine different webcasts offered for free April 18-22, 2016.

Turnitin hosts Writing X Tech each year to bring compelling, thought-provoking topics into the discourse about writing instruction. Speakers come from diverse backgrounds and often express refreshing and new ideas that teachers in K-12 and academic instructors from higher ed may not have considered before. These sessions and previous years are archived at

Topics for Writing X Tech 2016 | The Writing Mindset include:

  • Connecting Great Reads to Great Writing – Acclaimed writer, journalist, and writing teacher, Roy Peter Clark, will share his “X-ray reading” approach to help teach writers at all levels how to read with an eye toward learning—and improving—their writing with the help of great literature.
  • How to Reach More Readers While Still Looking Smart – Professor Helen Sword, author of Stylish Academic Writing and The Writer’s Diet, debunks the myth that “serious” academic writing must be wooden, wordy, and dull.
  • Beyond Integrity: Why We Cite – Go beyond demanding compliance with rules to reframe the conversation around the merits of ethical action, both in proactive teaching and in taking a developmental approach to sanctioning misconduct. Bronx High School English teacher, Michael Goodwin leads the discussion.
  • A Picture is Worth a MILLION Words! – Dr. Bernard Robin walks through how he created a digital story using just one picture: a family photograph taken in 1926. He shows how to use internet search tools to deepen explorations that enhance student engagement with topics and ideas in subject areas such as history, economics, advertising, immigration, entertainment, and culture.
  • Mimicry & Plagiarism – Join Anita Lundberg of James Cook University for a discussion about the importance of mimicry and modeling for supporting students’ move into unfamiliar discursive communities.
  • Teaching the Writing Brain – Join Virginia Berninger and Todd Richards of the University of Washington for a session on how neurology and psychology can have a practical, and significant, impact on how we prepare students for writing, teach writing in the classroom, and work with students with exceptional needs.
  • Beyond Thumb Typing – Beth Holland of Johns Hopkins University discusses how mobile devices are impacting tasks associated with writing, and learn about tools, apps, and approaches to transform what’s possible when working with mobile students.
  • What’s the Story Behind Why We Write? – Bronx High School English teacher Adam Tramantano traces the ways in which writers sometimes include the story of the writing within the writing and the ways in which we can explore the story of the writing process with students.
  • Original Insights. Better Writers. A sneak peek into what’s new at Turnitin. Hear directly from the Turnitin product team about new product developments and the vision for technology tools to assist writing instruction.


About Turnitin

Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands, Seoul, South Korea, and Melbourne, Australia. @Turnitin


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20-word Summary: Writing X Tech week: Free virtual conference April 18-22 for K-12 and Higher Ed hosted by Turnitin.

50-word summary: Free webcasts on writing strategies for K-12 teachers and HE instructors, April 18-22 Turnitin Writing X Tech Topics: neurology and writing, using pictures, mimicry and plagiarism, and writing in a mobile world. Speakers from K-12 schools and universities including Johns Hopkins, University of Washington and Bronx High School.

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By |2017-09-29T20:57:29+00:00April 11th, 2016|Press Releases, Story Tips, Turnitin press releases|

Career and Technical Education – Orange County, CA

The Orange County Department of Education has an innovative CTE (career and technical education) program going which ties in the community colleges, schools and industry. OCPathways gives students opportunities to explore 21st Century careers through numerous innovative programs and partnerships with industry. Learn more at

Contact us for contacts at the Department of Education and in the schools.

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By |2017-09-29T20:57:30+00:00March 21st, 2016|Story Tips|

Samsung Sponsorship of Manor ISD (Texas)

At Manor Independent School district in the Austin area, students have explored a book bonanza, learned about intergalactic travel, measured sources of energy, built companies, met flying foxes, and watched test tubes explode without setting foot outside their classroom. Thanks to a grant from Samsung Austin Semiconductor (SAS), these sessions and dozens more were made possible by Nepris, a cloud-based technology platform, which connects teachers with experts and working professionals for online live interactions with students.

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By |2017-09-29T20:57:30+00:00March 17th, 2016|Story Tips|

Rural Classroom Meets Neurologist, Virtually

Kelly Margot teaches in a classroom surrounded by farm fields and sagebrush. Neurosurgeons don’t hang out in her Texas town. Mrs. Margot teaches at Royse City Independent School District (ISD), a small district with big career aspirations for their kids. Schools in rural districts like Royse City ISD all face the same challenge. It is difficult for their students to make the leap from classroom lessons to the real world where science, math and writing will actually fit into their work one day.

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By |2017-09-29T20:57:30+00:00March 17th, 2016|Story Tips|