Istation Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device!

Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) April 06, 2015

Istation, a leader in the educational technology industry, announced today that three of its products have been named finalists for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device.

Istation’s computer-adaptive reading assessments (known as ISIP™) and Istation’s reading instruction received nominations.

Free for Istation subscribers, the mobile app is available for download to iPads and Chromebooks. The Istation iPad app has been downloaded 300,000 times since its August 2014 release, including 80,000 downloads in September 2014 alone. Since its January 2015 release, the Istation Chromebook app has been downloaded 18,000 times.

The apps provide access to Istation’s computer-adaptive assessments and instruction, which dynamically adjust to a student’s individual skill level. Assessments measure a student’s ability and then seamlessly place the student on an individualized learning path within 400 hours of research-based, targeted instruction. In Texas, research proves that if students obtain a certain score on Istation’s assessments, teachers can predict with 95 percent confidence that those students will pass a state standardized test.

Istation’s mobile apps are particularly beneficial for prekindergarten students who don’t yet have the fine motor skills to operate a mouse or keyboard.

“I love to see tweets and emails from teachers sharing pictures of students using Istation on their mobile devices, and we see positive comments posted every day,” said Istation CEO Richard H. Collins. “Schools are now educating digital natives: students who have been using technology since they were born. Keeping these students engaged while ensuring they are learning is a challenge, but we are helping schools succeed. Teachers and families know they can trust us. Istation is not only fun; it works.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software. This year’s program features 28 Education-related categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models.

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”

The Education Industry Summit, which will take place in San Francisco on May 5, is the nation’s leading education technology conference.

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit http://www.siia.net. The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. ETIN shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About Istation

Istation is an award-winning, all-in-one ed tech resource used by more than four million students and educators around the world. Known for its quality assessments, research-based instruction and trusted teacher tools, Istation accurately measures students’ skill levels with animated game-like assessments. Istation engages students so effectively that they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated. Assessments immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. Teachers have access to a library of thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive and customizable reports are also immediately available for educators, administrators and parents. Istation offers its ISIP assessment in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Reading en Español and Math; as well as instruction in Reading, Reading in Español and Math. Students can also use their Istation subscriptions at home. Since its founding in 1998, Dallas-based Istation has seen tremendous growth. The company’s animated learning program now helps students in 38 states and six countries learn and grow.







LightWave 3D Group Announces Educational Pricing for ChronoSculpt Time-Based Content Sculpting Software

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Burbank, California (PRWEB) January 31, 2014

The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced today a new ChronoSculpt™ educational pricing program that offers the full version of ChronoSculpt to qualifying students and educators for the special price of $ 149 (USD); ChronoSculpt is regularly priced at $ 399 (USD).

Chronosculpt offers a revolutionary new way for artists using any professional 3D modeling and animation software running on Windows, Macintosh or Linux operating systems, to easily create content with custom morph targets or fluidly sculpt animation performances over time. ChronoSculpt can also be used to review and correct cache animation and dynamic simulation errors using timeline-based sculpting tools. Its flexible interface supports leading file formats for all professional 3D software programs, including LightWave 3D®, Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya and XSI, Luxology Modo, Maxon Cinema 4D and others.

The software supports soft- and rigid-body dynamics and has the ability to correct and remove errors in real time by sculpting and deforming massive polygonal models on the ChronoSculpt timeline without having to return to the original software.

ChronoSculpt allows 3D artists to:


    Quickly remove dynamic simulation errors and jitters and sculpt deformations on cache files from 3D software programs

    Deform and manipulate geometry over time with Sculpt, Drag, Pinch, and Erase tools

    Move, scale and rotate geometry over time in dynamic simulation cache with tools such as Transform, Pin, and Bulge

    Manipulate massive geometry files and easily edit objects as large as 10 million polygons

    Utilize universal file formats, including Alembic, LWO, OBJ, LightWave MDD, and Autodesk Geometry Cache for easy integration into all software pipelines

    Save any frame from the ChronoSculpt timeline as an OBJ file for Maya Blend Shapes or as an Endomorph for LightWave to create facial morph targets and deformation effects

    Use the ChronoSculpt Clip Timeline to quickly adjust and reposition the length of a cache animation sculpt anywhere on the timeline or make global changes to the entire animation

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

ChronoSculpt is available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. Educational pricing is $ 149 (USD); non-educational pricing for ChronoSculpt software is $ 399 (USD). All the qualifications for educational pricing can be found at http://www.lightwave3d.com/buy-chronosculpt/.

For more information about the LightWave 3D Group, please visit: http://www.lightwave3d.com,

ABOUT NEWTEK

NewTek is transforming the way people create network-style television content and share it with the world. From sporting events, Web-based talk shows, live entertainment, classrooms, and corporate communications—to virtually any venue where people want to capture and publish live video, we give our customers the power to grow their audiences, brands and businesses, faster than ever before.

NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas. For more information on NewTek please visit: http://www.newtek.com.







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