2015-08-24 – Don Gorges Posts July 24 to August 23

Open Design - Pearl APIOpen Design – Personal-api-Pull – Visual Communication – Technology

Ontario Teachers Trust the support of the Ontario Creative Sector

Ontario Teacher Editions – Portfolios – Educational Resources

Ontario Scalable Exemplar Business Model – $10M>$100M>$1B

Ed D Studio-Labs supporting collaborative creative work from all Sectors

 

 

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Judy Brunsek

The myth of kid’s ability to multitask when in class. Handwritten notes mean better retention.

Professors push back against laptops in the lecture hall

Professors push back against laptops in the lecture hall

theglobeandmail.com
Instructors are responding to a body of research showing that computer screens are distracting for people trying to learn, and that handwritten notes lead to better conceptual understanding than typed ones
laptop;lecture;class;laptops;professors;university;banning;ban;technology;education;

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Foundation for OER Strategy Development DRAFT 1.2

__It appears that this recently edited Draft by David-Nicole-Cable-Ryan et al. is a wrap, “We’re now winding down the editing process on this doc, so if there are issues you feel are unaddressed please speak now.” Nicole Allen _ Go ahead, see if you have issues with this Foundation for OER Strategy Development DRAFT 1.2 AUG 21 edit 04

 

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Wendy Tanabe

Adobe named among the world’s most innovative companies — very exciting!

Adobe Kickbox Gives Employees $1000 Credit Cards And Freedom to Pursue Ideas

Adobe Kickbox Gives Employees $1000 Credit Cards And Freedom to Pursue Ideas

forbes.com
To participate in the program, employees just have to attend one of Adobe’s worldwide workshops. They learn how to develop and refine their ideas from inception to infiltration before receiving a Kickbox of their own. “We didn’t want to wait until employees want to execute an idea to teach them about innovation and give them tools
  1. __”Each red box contains everything we think an enterprise innovator needs, including: Money. Each red box contains a pre-paid credit card in the amount of US$1,000. Innovators use these funds to validate their idea.” 4min video gives a closer look at Kickbox being introduced to staff __ https://kickbox.adobe.com/what-is-kickbox _

 


 

__CC Global Summit Logo Winner announced by Timothy Vollmer _ https://lnkd.in/eumfizUhttps://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/45931

Naresh said, “I found the work of your organization inspiring and thought that it would be great to be a part of your journey.”

It’s interesting to see the selection of 50 Designs and the descriptions submitted and [in the ethos of creative commons] we see most Designers chose to make changes the official CC logo _ https://logo.cckorea.org/ _ It appears that the winners’ design was eventually changed to the final? logo we see in this article.

Who will take emotional ownership of any creative work with a creative commons license?

 


 

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Getty Images

How The Great British Bake Off is influencing visual trends: Rebecca Swift, Director of Creative Planning, shares in Marketing Magazine. See more: http://gtty.im/1LhubK9

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__CIO Federoff credits the [Local Community’s] philosophy of subsidiarity to the Beyond Textbooks program’s success – see [ACT] REACH]. Beyond Textbooks is an open-source platform that allows teachers to share content freely with one another and assemble their own lesson plans. __ https://lnkd.in/evAZFif

Why Your Student Might Not Use Textbooks Anymore

Why Your Student Might Not Use Textbooks Anymore

nbcnewyork.com

The move to open-source and other digital platforms has not gone unnoticed in the textbook industry

Federoff credits the philosophy of subsidiarity to the program’s success. Subsidiarity is an organizing principle originally found in Catholic social teaching that the lowest form of governance is the best way to handle matters, as opposed to a higher, centralized authority. In short: Keep it local.

“Subsidiarity is ultimately about relationship,” Federoff said. “You couldn’t have subsidiarity across the entire nation, so that emphasis on local control, local relationship, local investment is a Catholic ideal. Beyond Textbooks works because of investiture in others.”Wood echoed Federoff’s point, particularly regarding the collaborative relationship teachers have with one another.
“It’s no longer, ‘It’s my kids.’ It’s our kids,” Wood said.


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Aldo Cundari

Overcoming the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Innovation http://tc6.co/nfgKe

Overcoming the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Innovation

Overcoming the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Innovation

businessnewsdaily.com

Is your company hitting a roadblock on the path to innovation? Here’s how to overcome five major obstacles that could be holding you back.

__”Would the [Open] web perform well enough to drive VR experiences? And would users care?” __ https://lnkd.in/eYVyz23

Step Inside the Virtual Universe—How VR Will Transform the Web - Singu

Step Inside the Virtual Universe—How VR Will Transform the Web – Singu

singularityhub.com
A little over a year ago, a small team was formed within Mozilla’s research arm with a mandate to explore the intersection of virtual reality and the open web. What would the combination of the two look like? Would the web perform well enough to drive VR experiences? And would users care?

 

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Pet Photographer Carli Davidson’s Wacom Workflow

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCjKn2fTcYY&feature=youtu.be

Carli Davidson, author of “Shake,” “Shake Puppies” and the upcoming “Shake Cats,” walks Wacom through her animal-filled workday, which includes the Intuos Pro.

 


 

__HEQCO Report “Although the new multiple-choice format question (MCFQ)-writing activities proved to be less effective than expected,” the authors conclude, “interviewees expressed overwhelming support and appreciation for the diverse opportunities for active learning in the course.” __ https://lnkd.in/eGJ2HN2

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Modified Peer Instruction in Large Introductory Physics Classes

heqco.ca

Report

http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/Modified%20Peer%20Instruction%20ENG.pdf

Ryerson study examines learning activity in introductory physics course

In the on-going quest for improved learning in large-class settings, an active-learning approach for an introductory physics course yielded mixed results, according to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Modified Peer Instruction in Large Introductory Physics Classes examined the use of collaborative, multiple-choice format question (MCFQ)-writing activities for students as a supplement to standard peer instruction methods.


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__”[Parents] want to see greater investment in education so that their children can gain skills, get better jobs, and succeed in their lives. It’s the story of human progress. This burning desire is what powers better education — and is what Pearson is now entirely focused on. __ https://lnkd.in/eUWG5dE

John Fallon: Why now is the right time to sell The Economist and FT

John Fallon: Why now is the right time for Pearson to sell The Economist and the FT and focus on education

standard.co.uk

Big deals like Pearson’s sale of the Economist and the Financial Times in the last few weeks rightly invite an avalanche of expert commentary.

In both cases, the Pearson board thought long and hard about our decisions – it’s not easy to part with such globally respected brands.

Ultimately, we concluded that Nikkei, one of Japan’s oldest and best respected news organisations, are the best owners to help the FT grow its global reach and reputation for world class journalism in a digital age, and that The Economist’s growth ambitions would be similarly well-served by our fellow shareholders increasing their ownership stakes.

Both deals were good ones for Pearson and our shareholders.


 

Victor Rivero

Beyond the Chasm

Beyond the Chasm

edtechdigest.wordpress.com

From advances in online learning platforms to the use of predictive analytics to measurably improve student outcomes and foster data-driven decision making in higher education and research, it is clear that IT has “crossed the chasm” from an auxiliary service that keeps the trains running (i.e. wireless networks operational, payroll processed, IP telephones working, etc.) to a strategic enabler of transformation in higher education. But where is the higher education IT function headed and what areas of education and research still need to be addressed?


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McGraw Hill Education CEO says US Higher Ed textbooks are expensive

Peter Cohen on LinkedIn

He goes on to note there are solutions to addressing the cost and value of instructional resources using adaptive technology driven solutions. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-levin/dear-students-and-faculty_b_7957508.html

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  • __I appreciate David Levin’s article for its’ insights into the technology-enabled progress being made by M-H [and, indeed, by all major publishers of educational resources]. Although David believes “It’s really yesterday’s conversation” to offer an explanation of how rising development costs have had an impact on textbook prices, in social media, one finds that zero textbook costs is the foundation of the Wiley OER Cohort who are aggressive advocates against copyright commercial resources. A most recent example is Nicole Allen’s ‘White House OER Letter” _ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sV3stjrzi3jB_knfGyfAft77qEUKR4Rj-soktIf5Vu8/edit _ I expect the AAP is the appropriate voice to address the issues, misinformation and misperceptions.


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TVO

TVO

We want everyone to know how awesome TVO is….here is fact #3. The Prime Radicals is a great show to assist with Children’s mathematical problem-solving skills…

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Vote for Spongelab at SXSWedu!

Vote for Spongelab at SXSWedu!

Joseph Wilson on LinkedIn

Hi folks. Please give us a hand and vote for this workshop by Spongelab Interactive at SXSWedu this year: “How to Breed a Dragon: Using games to teach #STEM” http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/49512


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Jeremy Friedberg

SXSW PanelPicker

SXSW PanelPicker

panelpicker.sxsw.com

How to Breed a Dragon: Playing games to teach STEM

The nature of the scientific process lends itself well to open-ended games. Scientists often begin with a question or puzzle, and then investigate through a series of experiments with the goal of collecting data on what works. Similarly, good games have a “quest” structure which allows them to fail rapidly, learn, and get closer to solving the puzzle. In biology, games such as “Dragon Breeder” allow players to learn the basics of genetic by taking care of their very own dragon. Spongelab.com’s platform has dozens of such games that engage students in the process of science.

– See more at: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/49512?sthash.OqSd4e6k.mjjo#sthash.OqSd4e6k.HjyFH1eA.dpuf


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TVO

TVO

We want everyone to know how awesome TVO is….here is fact # 9. Steve Paikin is the top Twitter influencer at Queen’s Park, followed by more members of the Ontario Legislature than anyone else.

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Jacquie Turcotte-O'Keeffe

Excellent review of basic design concepts

Gestalt Theory in Typography & Design Principles

Gestalt Theory in Typography & Design Principles

howdesign.com
In this excerpt from Mastering Type, Denise Bosler explores 5 typography and design principles derived from Gestalt theory.

Gestalt is a form of psychology that focuses on cognitive behaviors. Designers are influenced by the visual perceptual aspect of this, particularly the theory that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The mind copes with the visual confusion of our everyday world by consolidating objects into groups in order to simplify input. For instance, when our eyes see a tail, paws, legs, a body, fur, a collar, ears and nose, our mind brings these parts together to register a cat. The mind effectively simplifies the parts by making it into a single object. Applying this theory to design creates unity within a piece. The stronger the relationship between elements on a page, the better the communication. This theory also helps the designer influence the viewer by controlling how the design is viewed.

Five design principles derive from the Gestalt theory: proximity, similarity, continuity, closure and figure/ground. Each employs different methods to create unity within the whole.

– See more at: http://www.howdesign.com/resources-education/online-design-courses-education/gestalt-theory-typography-design-principles/?sthash.GPKbrLwe.mjjo#sthash.GPKbrLwe.KBepc1PP.dpuf


__David Wiley Lumen Learning “And [to create an initial openly licensed textbook replacement in 2 years] we don’t actually need to reach every faculty member initially – we only need to reach a sufficient number. Something like 5 faculty per course (out of all the faculty in the country teaching that course) would likely be enough to create an initial openly licensed textbook replacement in 2 years. Then others could begin adopting and extending that baseline collection. Network effects then ensue. Thoughts? What am I missing?” __ https://lnkd.in/e333UHg

David Wiley – Lumen Learning

An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

opencontent.org

I now have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of general education courses and some specific degree programs will transition entirely to OER in US higher ed. That horse is out of the barn. I spent most of my thinking time last week wondering about obstacles in the way of the ubiquitous adoption of OER in US higher education and how we might overcome them. This led me to connect two seemingly unrelated threads.


__ David Levin, CEO, McGraw-Hill Education “[-] by combining digital content with software that harnesses the science of learning – essentially, how the mind masters new concepts – we can work with faculty to create experiences that make learning more effective and efficient. These types of technologies go far beyond what’s offered in an e-book, making learning entirely richer and more personalized. While it seems like this package would come at great expense, it’s actually available today for roughly half the price of print.” __ https://lnkd.in/e8sXFwK

Dear Students and Faculty: Please Go Digital

Dear Students and Faculty: Please Go Digital

huffingtonpost.com

In a world where results matter, it’s clear that the future of instructional resources is digital and we are pricing these resources at a much lower level than print. Even if print prices dropped, they are such a small part of the cost of education that it wouldn’t even dent the problems we face in higher education today. What are the best tools for achieving student success? How do we best get them into the hands of students? How do we support instructors and educators? How do we raise graduation rates? How do we reduce the costs of college? These are the questions that need to be answered, and from my perspective, the conversation can’t happen quickly enough.


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__CEO Linda Zecher “We re-engineered all of our content. So everything we do is digital first. We developed everything digital first, and print becomes a distribution vehicle. We sell mostly hybrid because schools can’t consume all of the digital content, but we are really focused on how we are going to develop digital content.” __ https://lnkd.in/eec-Y7K

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company: Tech In Education

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company: Tech In Education

seekingalpha.com

Summary

  • HMHC’s multiple restructures built a healthy balance sheet.
  • HMHC is building a scalable educational technology platform.
  • HMHC Management’s focus is on transforming learning while leveraging modern technology.

 

__Online College Students Survey Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences 2015 “This report presents findings from the fourth annual survey of online college students, conducted jointly by The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research. [-] a survey of students who are considering a fully online program, those who are currently enrolled in a fully online college program, and those who have graduated within the past year. _ www learninghouse com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/OnlineCollegeStudents2015 pdf

  1. __Enrollment Incentives recommendation “Colleges should begin to make efforts for highly discounted or free course materials whether in electronic or print format and then use those advancements in marketing efforts.” page 20 __ See established eTextbooks program at Algonquin College _ http://www.algonquincollege.com/public-relations/2014/03/24/etextbooks-at-algonquin-college-to-reach-10000-students-and-120-programs-next-school-year/ _ 2015 Programs _ http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts/etext-programs-fall-2015/


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Tony Bates

Tony BatesClinefelter, D. L., & Aslanian, C. B. (2015). Online college students 2015: Comprehensive data on demands and preferences. Louisville, KY: The Learning House, Inc. The survey This is an interesting report based on a survey of 1,500 individuals nationwide (USA) who were: at least 18 years of age; had a minimum of a high school degree […]
Who are your online students?

Who are your online students?

tonybates.ca – http://www.tonybates.ca/2015/08/07/who-are-your-online-students/

Clinefelter, D. L., & Aslanian, C. B. (2015). Online college students 2015: Comprehensive data on demands and preferences. Louisville, KY: The Learning House, Inc.

The survey

This is an interesting report based on a survey of 1,500 individuals nationwide (USA) who were:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • had a minimum of a high school degree or equivalent;
  • and were recently enrolled, currently enrolled or planning to enroll in the next 12 months in either a fully online undergraduate or graduate degree program or a fully online certificate or licensure program.

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__Am Opposed to OER policy advocacy that is positioned against Copyright Creative and am against this call for CC by default based on its false premises and a Review of the quality standards of BCcampus Open Textbooks, cited as the Canadian CC Open license exemplar. https://lnkd.in/emMR7CQ

White House OER Letter

White House OER Letter

docs.google.com

Letter to President Obama Calling for OER Policy Commitment = CC by default

Signed by 109 Organizations as of 8/13/15

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__One has to see differences for them self to understand – Review BCcampus Open Textbooks Print Book pdfs to judge value as a ‘replacement’ to the Commercial Textbooks you’ve used. Find Open Textbooks _ http://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/ – Reviews of the Faculty’s Commercial Textbooks needed here to give one a balanced perspective of values.

 

__Association of American Publishers Priorities & Positions. “Learn about AAP’s advocacy for Modernizing Copyright & Promoting Fair and Open Markets for publishers at home and abroad and how it also benefits authors, readers and educators.| AAP” _ http://publishers.org/priorities-positions _


__ 2015 Outlook: Following the EdTech acquisition, HMH now expects 2015 billings to be 2% to 6% higher than the 2014 billings of $1,602 million and total net sales in 2015 to increase by 9% to 12% over 2014 net sales of $1,372 million. Additionally, pre-publication or content development spend for 2015 is now expected to be approximately $130 million to $140 million. HMH’s addressable domestic education market, the market where it primarily sells its instructional resources for grades K through 12, is expected to remain at $2.7 billion in 2015. _ https://lnkd.in/emapgkE

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

businesswire.com
[Creatives Only See This] . . . pre-publication or content development spend for 2015 is now expected to be approximately $130 million to $140 million.

 

Congratulations to the 2015 RGD Student Award-winners

Congratulations to the 2015 RGD Student Award-winners

rgd.ca
Congratulations to the 2015 RGD Student Award-winners
After receiving over 250 high-quality submissions from graphic design students across Canada, RGD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Student Awards. Selected by a jury of 50 award-winning creative professionals representing a wide range of expertise, the designers listed below have been recognized for their outstanding achievement in graphic design. – See more at: http://www.rgd.ca/events-and-programs/student-program/student-awards/2015/news_post/1555.php#sthash.cZDiALOS.dpuf

 

__WOW, fantastic project & video Alison! – “The resulting objects, blatantly impractical as they are, are both a concession to the robust capabilities of digital technologies that print cannot rival, and a celebration of print’s resilience and tactile charm nonetheless.” __ https://lnkd.in/e7fzdSR

Thesis: Like Pixel, Like Paper

Thesis: Like Pixel, Like Paper

behance.net
This series, my senior thesis at OCAD University, is a book lover’s exploration of how characteristics of digital texts translate to print. The resulting objects, blatantly impractical as they are, are both a concession to the robust capabilities of digital technologies that print cannot rival, and a celebration of print’s resilience and tactile charm nonetheless.
From the contrasting spine to the roundel illustrations to the use of paper marbling, this series was heavily inspired by the traditional. As a commentary on the book itself, it was crucial to reference the book in its archetypal form.

 

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__In 2009, Stephen Downes and David Wiley had an interesting Conversation on Open Educational Resources  _ https://lnkd.in/e9xFPfb __ https://lnkd.in/exVVQp2

OER Implementation Strategy Document - Foundations for OER Strategy De

OER Implementation Strategy Document – Foundations for OER Strategy Development in the David Wiley OER Cohort

dongorges.wordpress.com

OER vs. ©ER vs. ©EROER – Some, not all, options are discussed in ‘Foundations for OER Strategy Development’, a conversation framed by David Wiley’s OER cohort in the ‘OER Implementation Strategy Document’

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  1. __Stephen Downes perspective and comments are having impact in draft editing process – Stephen Downes – 10:18 PM Jul 17 – “You guys are like the European Commission, a bunch of unelected bodies who appoint themselves and then declare a “consensus” where there obviously isn’t one. [-] You should be honest and say that AS REPRESENTATIVE OF PUBLISHERS and the commercial content industry, you have agreed that the world’s creative output should be free for you [Lumen] to monetize.”

__White House OER Letter by Nicole Allen et al. is the process of getting the CC Policy mandate of OER Organizations, with their supporting signatures. The President will want to know when, where OER/CC lacks standards and qualifications requirements of Government Funding or any professional RFP


__Get to know Authors of Textbook Clickbait, “Internet content, especially that of a sensational, hyperbolic or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.” _ Most Value found in Comments that add perspective and cite reasons to raise questions __ This University of Michigan Student Survey adds perspective – Campus eTextbook Initiative Cost Analysis by Natsuko Nicholls 2012 _ www.lib.umich.edu/files/Cost-Analysis-Student-Survey pdf _

 

 

 


 

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Pearson

Pearson

… meanwhile, over on our blog, we’ve got all sorts of people telling stories about the power of education to change the world. https://lnkd.in/eqtE6mt

Storytellers

Storytellers

blog.pearson.com

The official Pearson blog.

 

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    __The American Revolution By Dominic Collard describes an interesting new digital learning Pilot in Muskogee Public Schools where “The vision is to create a personalized learning environment in which students can chart and monitor their course toward graduation,” In partnership with Pearson, “Teachers from those schools will receive extensive training and support to prepare for the transition and learn how to use innovative digital resources to help students shift to the new Common Core standards.”  _ http://blog.pearson.com/the-american-revolution/

__Enjoying reading a well written and detailed Report on Canadian Creative Sector by PwC – Access Copyright – Economic Impacts of the Canadian Educational Sector’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.pdf __ http www accesscopyright ca/media/94983/access_copyright_report pdf _


 

 

__Material Design Principles _ https://lnkd.in/eBCiUvE _ “We challenged ourselves to create a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. This is material design. . . grounded in tactile reality, inspired by the study of paper and ink, yet technologically advanced and open to imagination and magic.” __ https://lnkd.in/ew4keiN

 

 

How Google Finally Got Design

How Google Finally Got Design

fastcodesign.com

Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software is the story of how tech itself has evolved in the mobile era.
It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, then set down your Apple-flavored Kool-Aid. Take a cleansing breath, open your mind, and compare Android and iOS.

 

 


 

__More Animation, Computer Motion Graphics from Gordon Pronk _ https://lnkd.in/ehpJKZw __ https://lnkd.in/eHgzrRN

 

We bring math to Life!

We bring math to Life!

 

behance.net
We have create hundreds of animations to teach difficult math concepts in an enjoyable and engaging way.

 

 

__”Because the package graphics design was the only thing changed, this case study provides solid evidence for the power of packaging.” __ https://lnkd.in/em_HADJ

Walmart reveals new packaging for Great Value and more

Walmart reveals new packaging for Great Value and more

packagingdigest.com
Walmart’s repackaging and branding highlights are disclosed for Great Value version 2.0 and 2.1 along with information on Blackweb electronics and Pure Balance Premium Pet Food.

__+Classroom Books deep dive – Literacy Daily – Putting Books to Work _ International Literacy Association _ https://lnkd.in/eXkCgs6 __ https://lnkd.in/eMj7iKe

Follett Partners with The Classroom Library Company to Launch Exclusiv

Follett Partners with The Classroom Library Company to Launch Exclusive New Classroom Solutions

follett.com
ST. LOUIS, MO., Jul 17, 2015 –

As part of its introduction of the Follett Classroom Libraries new product line, Follett today announced it would be partnering with The Classroom Library Company (CLC), a St. Louis-based distributor and publisher of educational media correlated to state and national standards. The announcement coincides with the start of the annual International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference, where both companies will be exhibiting.

2015-07-24 – Don Gorges Posts June 29 to July 24

2015-07-24 – Don Gorges Posts June 29 to July 24

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