Business, Education and Schools, Free News Articles

Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions Offers Free Homeschool Curriculum for Summer 2021

OJAI, Calif. -- Due to the recent explosion in homeschool learning, Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions, a division of Lighthouse Learning Solutions, LLC, is offering a free online curriculum for the summer of 2021.

While kids were forced to go online for school in 2020 and into 2021, many families found they actually preferred learning from home. As a result, they're looking into ways to keep it going. That's why Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions has decided to offer a way for families to test the waters first - for free.

This new online program can bring ease and enjoyment to what, for some, can seem a daunting enterprise. As parents face difficult questions surrounding educational choices for their families, homeschooling is quickly gaining momentum because it puts them in control. While the initial homeschool set-up may be a little challenging, the benefits and rewards that come with homeschooling are unsurpassed.

For example, some common reasons families choose to homeschool include:

* more one-on-one time with their children

* the ability for their child to work at their own pace

* dissatisfaction with overall education and inconsistent learning opportunities provided in traditional school settings

* more opportunity to instill family values, morals and a love of learning

* problematic social patterns in traditional school environments

* safety during the pandemic

EdWeek Research Center reports that, "Concerns over exposure to the coronavirus, excessive screen time and instability in school schedules have driven an unprecedented number of parents to home school their children this academic year - a shift that could have lasting effects on both public schools and the home-schooling movement."

This research also shows that nine percent of parents who were not homeschooling their children in 2020, plan to homeschool them at least some of the time in 2021.

Since many parents never dreamed they'd be teachers, Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions takes the pressure off of their need to create, find, and vet online resources. It's simply less stress for parents and more fun for everyone.

This free online learning program is flexible in meeting specific needs and interests; it gives parents confidence to guide their kids in learning at their own pace. The online units of study are easily adapted to different ages and learning styles, and they include essential knowledge and engaging activities. The curriculum works to develop critical thinking skills in an easy-to-use, consistent format. Overall, this program provides flexibility and structure for homeschooling families.

Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions is excited about this curriculum and hopes this free summer access will encourage interested families to try it out. Begining this fall, parents can choose a monthly or annual subscription for access to the complete library of units. Alternatively, they can choose specific units for individual purchase in multiple subjects, including science, world history, U.S. history, literature, art and cross-curricular studies.

"We love the Lighthouse homeschooling curriculum," says Lauren, the mom of a fourth-grade student. "It's easy to use and the content has been exceptional. I never thought I'd homeschool, let alone enjoy it. I'm truly enjoying working with my daughter on this program. And, as a busy working mom of three, I needed a program that we could do when it worked for us and a program that made learning fun, engaging, enjoyable and had a thoughtful curriculum."

About Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions

Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions offers top-notch resources for families. The curriculum and programs are designed by expert educators with extensive backgrounds in psychology and a deep understanding of the various challenges that can affect student learning. Its founders are educators and hard-working moms who love to laugh and believe in the vast potential of all children.

For more information: https://lighthousehomeschoolsolutions.com/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Education and Schools, Free News Articles, Software

Edupoint Named CODiE Award Finalist in Two Categories for Outstanding Response to Pandemic

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems announced today that its industry-leading student data and learning management solution, Synergy® Education Platform, has been named a 2021 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Customer Experience in EdTech and Best Remote Learning Partner K-12/Higher Education categories. The 37 finalists represent companies, products, and people that have gone the extra mile in response to COVID-19 in the Business and Education Technology sectors. Winners will be announced during the CODiE Award Winner announcement celebrations, on June 22 and June 23, 2021.

Acknowledged as the premier awards program for the software and information industries for over 35 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards are produced by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software, education, media and digital content industries.

"This year, these leaders helped our nation respond to the historic pandemic, literally enabling the continuity of our education system and the very survival of businesses, large and small," said Jeff Joseph, SIIA President. "Congratulations to this year's finalists for demonstrating the vitality, resilience, and importance of business-to-business and education technology."

Synergy® Education Platform unites multiple K-12 data management solutions in one seamless ecosystem, creating systemwide data connections that help improve administrative processes and learning outcomes without the need for third-party system integrations. Synergy streamlines the management of student information, remote and on-site learning, assessment, MTSS, special education, and analytics to help districts personalize learning, advance equity, and promote student achievement.

Some of the needs Synergy has helped districts meet during the pandemic include:
* Adapting to new challenges as they arise, often with urgency and little notice, such as the quick transition from in-person to remote learning, hybrid scheduling, meeting new state reporting requirements, and providing contactless enrollment to families
* Monitoring student health for in-person learning
* Responding to COVID outbreaks during in-person learning
* Delivering engaging and effective instruction to remote and hybrid learners and tracking student engagement
* Empowering teachers to teach effectively from home
* Identifying at-risk students, managing interventions, and tracking progress
* Communicating frequently with parents in their language of choice and supporting them as they support their students learning at home
* Helping teachers understand the whole student - even students they have never met in person
* Understanding and addressing the impact of the pandemic on student learning progress
* Assessing student learning and analyzing results at the student, class, school, and district level
* Preparing for the return to in-person learning

As a partner, Edupoint has proactively anticipated customer needs, shifting nimbly to a new set of "pandemic priorities" and making a significant investment in product development to rapidly deliver solutions such as contact tracing, one-click video conferencing, and much more.

"During an incredibly difficult year, Edupoint has helped our partner districts navigate truly uncharted waters," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Edupoint. "Not only have our districts found a way to navigate the challenges, but many have excelled. We've seen this not only in our third-party satisfaction surveys, but in the direct feedback we have received from our partners. The strength of our client relationships and ongoing open communication has allowed us to successfully address our partners' urgent needs. We are pleased to share this meaningful recognition with the entire Synergy family."

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program. Finalists were selected by teams of expert judges and represent the most impactful initiatives from software, content, media, financial information and educational technology companies. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists and account for 80% of the overall score. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

Details about each finalist are listed at https://history.siia.net/codie/2021-Finalists.

About Edupoint

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work, with seamlessly integrated student information management, learning management, MTSS, assessment, special education management, and analytics. Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 state.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology's finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit https://history.siia.net/codie/.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today's challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes.

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Business, Education and Schools, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Software

Technology Breaks the Distance Learning Barrier for Disabled Students

MIAMI, Fla. -- Today Pneuma Solutions launched a free service that redefines the way students with special needs are provided instructional materials. Based on Pneuma's Augmented Document Remediation technology, Scribe for Education allows teachers in K-12 to upload image files to a secure cloud service that provides near real time conversion to a variety of text and audio formats like Braille, large print, and MP3 for use by disabled students. The service fills an essential gap as school districts flip from traditional classrooms to distance learning programs.

"Students with disabilities have trouble accessing printed school materials in a timely manner under the best of circumstances," says Mike Calvo, founder and CEO of Pneuma Solutions. "With so many of us teaching from home during the pandemic, technologies that convert documents into special formats need to be available with no need for complicated training. I want to use our technology in a way that ensures students with disabilities are not left behind no matter who is educating them."

Themselves blind individuals and trainers of the print impaired, Calvo and lead developer, Matt Campbell, understand the challenges teachers face in accommodating students with disabilities. Under this initiative, teachers and parents can trust the strength of the company's commercial product to help students with special needs keep pace in a way that is free, reliable, and intuitive using nothing more than a web browser.

"To the average person, access to the printed word is taken for granted," says Campbell. "By providing teachers direct access to our cloud-based tools, specially formatted materials can be reproduced, by the teacher or parent, for disabled students at the same time as their nondisabled peers. Scribe for Education can redefine the way they learn."

About Pneuma Solutions

Pneuma Solutions provides access to information for consumers with print disabilities. Using machine learning to render quality results, Pneuma Solutions delivers a package that is affordable and intuitive. With just a few clicks, organizations like educational facilities, municipalities, and businesses large and small across the globe can provide encrypted, accessible information to their print impaired employees and end users without human intervention.

Learn more: https://pneumasolutions.com/

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