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Counting on Math: The Core of State Standards

With the new year starting up, I am excited to present to you the latest video in our “Counting on Math” series. These days, the media is full of stories about Common Core Math and the state standards. However, the facts are often skewed, and parents may feel confused or misled when it comes to their child’s math education. In this episode, we will get to the “core” of state math standards and their purpose in order to equip parents with accurate information and resources to support their child.

Istation Releases Spanish Assessment for 4th and 5th Grade!

We are excited to announce the release of Istation’s new Spanish Assessment for 4th and 5th graders, ISIP™ Lectura Avanzada! The assessment will be available as a free pilot for educators during the 2016-2017 school year.

Hope in Transit: Istation in Rural Nicaragua | Part Three

This week we are continuing to highlight Jeremy Roden's travels to rural Nicaragua. If you missed any of the previous parts of his story or need to refresh your memory, read Part One and Part Two featured in earlier blogs. 

Bells Elementary is Red Cape Ready; Are You?

When Bells Elementary School educators in Bells, Texas, first implemented Istation, they did so to test whether Istation could, in fact, predict student success on the state STAAR test. Once they discovered that Istation does indeed work as a trustworthy predictor, the principal saw incredible teacher buy-in. The teachers were ready to implement the program with fidelity. All that was left was to find a way to promote or incentivize students too! And so, the BES Super Readers were born.

Istation scores a 100% from Sharon Hills Elementary

Recently, Sharon Hill Elementary, ran a pilot program of Istation at their school. Three weeks into the trial, Principal Angela Sanders surveyed her educators to see how they felt about Istation. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Take a look at the teachers’ survey responses:

Setting a Widely Important Goal

Alvarado ISD, located in Alvarado Texas, set a "widely important goal" for the 2016-2017 school year: the independent school district planned to raise their students' reading levels by one and a half grade levels by the end of the year.

“The Best Summer Ever” Appreciation Program

A week ago, Istation had the privilege of attending an appreciation program at Joseph J. Rhoads Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. Directors, tutors, volunteers, and students from Circle of Support, Inc. Girl S.M.A.R.T and S.M.A.R.T Boys put on the program, titled “The Best Summer Ever.”

Bridge the Tech Gap Between School and Home

I grew up in a household with two system engineers. When I began teaching, my childhood comfort with technology followed me into the classroom; I was always thrilled to introduce new hardware or software to my students. Yet for all my tech advocacy and usage, my sons are interacting with technology in ways I couldn’t have imagined even a few short years ago and—on some occasions—in ways I simply can’t understand.

Students from Nash Davis Rec Center Wrap Up Summer Learning

On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Istation enjoyed a visit at it's Dallas Headquarters from 36 students participating in Nash Davis Recreation Center's summer program. Students all over Dallas have been hard at work this summer to stop learning loss from happening. Getting a behind-the-scenes look at how Istation's program is made and works was a great way to wrap up their summer. 

Hope in Transit: Istation in Rural Nicaragua | Part Two

Recently, Istation's Vice President of Interactive Learning Technology traveled to Nicaragua to document how a rural school had implemented and was using Istation in the classroom. We previously debuted Part One of Jeremy's travel log. Now, we're picking up Jeremy's story with Part Two:  From Managua to El Tránsito

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