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SNHU and LTS Education Systems Announce Game Design & Development Program

School of Education will Design Digital Learning Games to Support K-12 Students

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MANCHESTER, NH - Southern New Hampshire University undergraduate students in the School of Education are teaming up to compete for the title of America’s next top designer of learning games. SNHU is launching the first-ever Stridebuilder™ Game Design and Development Program in partnership with LTS Education Systems, veteran publisher of digital game-based learning platforms for K-12 education since 2001.

SNHU faculty in the Gaming Department and LTS organized the collegiate program in response to a common challenge shared by K-12 educators across the country: the increasing difficulty they face in engaging today’s digital generation using conventional teaching methods in the classroom.

“The Stridebuilder Game Design and Development Program is an opportunity for tomorrow’s educators to gain invaluable experience creating meaningful and captivating game-based learning resources for elementary, middle school and high school students under the mentorship of their professors in the SNHU School of Education, Schools of Arts and Science, and an industry leader in the educational gaming arena,” said Raymond J. McNulty, Dean of Education.

“SNHU undergraduate teams will be comprised of education majors — the ‘dreamers and designers’ — who bring diverse skills to the drawing board. Upper and lower classmen with experience in technology-focused courses, as well as educational pedagogy, curriculum and assessment, will combine their expertise to design an entry for the best learning game,” said McNulty.

To build their games, teams will utilize the Construct 2 HTML5 game engine and visual development studio by Scirra Ltd.™, designed specifically for 2D games.

Game entries will be evaluated on several criteria, including a simple but compelling game design and effectiveness in filling a very specific learning gap in a K-12 subject area, such as mathematics, reading or science.

The Stridebuilder program runs from February through March 2015. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes worth $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. Winning game submissions will also earn a place in LTS’ award-winning Stride Academy game-based learning platform, which serves K-12 students across the country with anytime, online learning accessible on tablet devices, PC and Mac.

SNHU embraces the game-based learning methodology, offering undergraduate courses in Game Design and Development, such as Character Design, Environment Design, Character Animation, Physics for Games, Artificial Intelligence for Games, and Studio Environment.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a nonprofit, regionally accredited, private university with an 80-year history of educating successful professionals. SNHU has a total enrollment of over 50,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, available online, at our main campus in Manchester, NH, and at our five regional centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university is regularly recognized with “Best of Business” Awards for best online degree programs, and as a top-military friendly school. Learn more at http://www.snhu.edu.

LTS Education Systems has spent 14 years engineering innovative, personalized and motivational online educational programming. LTS’ development team strives to enhance the 21st Century student’s learning experience through an adaptive, digital game-based learning methodology that has been recently recognized by Dr. Bill Daggett and the International Center for Leadership in Education as a major trend in successful educational practices to promote college and career readiness. For more information, visit http://www.LTSeducation.com or http://www.strideacademy.com.

Clayton M. Wilcox, Ed.D., Honored With Nation’s Highest Technology Award

LTS Education Systems congratulates advisory board member Dr. Clayton Wilcox on his International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Leader Award.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Washington County Public Schools in Maryland and Advisory Board member for educational technology publisher LTS Education Systems (http://www.ltseducation.com), was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award by the International Society for Technology in Education on June 29 at ISTE 2014.

The annual ISTE conference and expo, held this year at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, is one of the largest, most comprehensive ed tech events and draws an international audience of educators and education leaders who are compelled to transform learning, teaching and leading in the digital age.

The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes one leader outside of the classroom who exemplifies outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. A former classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, superintendent at numerous districts and advisor at a leading educational technology company, Dr. Wilcox has dedicated his career to supporting teachers and advancing student achievement.

Under Wilcox’s leadership, almost 6,000 iPads have been added to the Washington County school system in the last two years, as well as more laptop and desktop computers. The school system has also added and increased the efficiency of wireless Internet hubs to support seamless access to the Internet for students on all devices.

“We are honored to have Dr. Wilcox on our advisory board. His experience and depth of knowledge in utilizing technology to drive achievement is unmatched in the U.S. education market today. The students, parents and teachers of Washington County benefit greatly with Dr. Wilcox as their leader. It is wonderful that ISTE recognizes Dr. Wilcox’s focus on technology,” said Brian M. Shulman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LTS Education Systems. LTS is publisher of the Stride Academy adaptive game-based learning platform.

Dr. Wilcox serves on the LTS Advisory Board with fellow national education authorities Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE); Raymond J. McNulty, Chairman of the Board for the National Dropout Prevention Network and Senior Fellow at ICLE; and Margaret Jorgensen, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer at K12.

About LTS Education Systems 

LTS has spent 13 years engineering innovative, personalized and motivational online educational programming. LTS’ development team strives to enhance the 21st Century student’s learning experience through an adaptive, digital game-based learning methodology that has been recently recognized by Dr. Bill Daggett and the International Center for Leadership in Education as a major trend in successful educational practices to promote college and career readiness. For more information, visit http://www.LTSeducation.com or http://www.strideacademy.com.

Clayton M. Wilcox, Ed.D., Named to LTS Education Systems Advisory Board

National Technology in Education Award Recipient Will Lend Vision To Adaptive, Game-Based Learning Platforms

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - LTS Education Systems (http://www.ltseducation.com), publisher of adaptive learning technology and game-based learning systems, welcomes Clayton M. Wilcox, Ed.D., to its Advisory Board.

Dr. Wilcox has served as Superintendent of Washington County Public Schools, Maryland, since 2011. In 2014, he has twice been honored as an outstanding leader in educational technology – both nationally and in the State of Maryland.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently named Dr. Wilcox a 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Leader Award, recognizing individuals outside of the classroom who lead efforts to implement technology solutions for improving education and student achievement.

Earlier this year, the Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) named Dr. Wilcox as Maryland’s Outstanding Technology Leader for 2014.

“We are extremely honored to have Dr. Wilcox join our Advisory Board,” said LTS President Don Kidd. “As more school systems make the transition to integrate educational technology solutions, his leadership and vision in this area will have a tremendous impact on our product development and in building new partnerships.”

Dr. Wilcox has said, “Great technology in the hands of a great teacher leads to better school outcomes.” A champion for the use of technology to engage learners and support classroom instruction, Dr. Wilcox connects with the LTS approach of motivating student learning with games and rewards, while supporting educators with agile tools for continuous assessment and real-time data feedback.

Dr. Wilcox joins fellow LTS Advisory Board members and national education authorities Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education; Raymond J. McNulty, Chairman of the Board for the National Dropout Prevention Network; and Margaret Jorgensen, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer at K12.

About LTS Education Systems

LTS has spent 13 years engineering innovative, personalized and motivational online educational programming. LTS’ development team strives to enhance the 21st Century student’s learning experience through a game-based methodology that is a major trend in education today. For more information, visit http://www.LTSeducation.com orhttp://strideacademy.com.

Catapult Learning and LTS Education Systems Announce Blended Learning Partnership

Adaptive Technology will Support Instructional Intervention Program

CAMDEN, NJ and BIRMINGHAM, AL — Catapult Learning and LTS Education Systems today announced their new partnership for state-of-the-art blended learning solutions. Through a combination of Catapult Learning’s instructional intervention programs and the LTS Stride Academy™ adaptive online learning platform, the partnership will help struggling students in grades K-12 to achieve grade level mastery with a renewed excitement to learn.

Catapult Learning, the nation’s largest provider of instructional services, plans to utilize LTS’ technology-based, Common Core and state standards-aligned learning experiences and assessments in a private label platform customized for Catapult Learning educators. The device-agnostic, cloud-based program periodically diagnoses student needs, drives adaptive online learning, and provides valuable real-time data to inform Catapult Learning educators as they develop dynamic instruction and intervention.

“In order to introduce a blended learning solution to our customers, we sought an online solution that would be seamless to acquire and implement across devices,” said Stuart Udell, CEO of Catapult Learning. “For students, we wanted easy access to adaptive learning combined with motivational gaming features.”

“Stride Academy is a good fit for the Catapult Learning’s instructional model, which includes skills practice and application,” said Brian Shulman, founder and CEO of LTS. “With personalized, engaging curricula, video lessons and self-directed skills practice, Stride Academy identifies and remediates foundational skill gaps so that each student achieves the mastery needed to advance to grade level and beyond.”

The partnership between Catapult Learning and LTS Education Systems combines direct instruction, a proven instructional model, and 24/7 access to multimedia learning tools beyond the classroom, resulting in expanded opportunities for all students to deepen their learning in class, after school, and throughout the summer. Continue reading

LTS to Be Gold Sponsor at AYP Chapter 25 Spring Conference 2014

AYP 2014

We are excited to announce that LTS will be a Gold Sponsor at the Association of YMCA Professionals “AYP” Chapter 25 Spring Conference, May 14-16, in Richmond, Virginia.

Our own Jan Patterson will be representing LTS Education Systems and Stride Academy, and she will be giving away a Chromebook! (What an awesome prize!)

As we prepare for the AYP Chapter 25 Spring Conference, we thought it would be fun to have our representatives Jan Patterson and Wendy Weisbart share some first hand experiences from a couple of conferences they recently attended.

Jan attended the 2014 NAA Conference in New York City. Here’s what she tells us:

“The 2014 NAA Conference in New York City was an exciting experience to say the least! From the taxi ride from the airport to the lights of Time Square, it seemed that the After School Community was soaking up the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. These professionals made their way through the vendor booths to look at new products and get creative ideas on engaging the young people they serve back home.

I especially enjoy visiting with the after school site coordinators and staff because they typically take time to tell you about their program’s needs and stories of success. STRIDE Academy is such a perfect fit to help these organizations serve kids and youth, it’s an easy conversation to have. From our discussions this year, it was clear that there were two things about STRIDE that our visitors really valued—ENGAGEMENT for the kids, and DATA for their funder(s).

As always, the NAA Conference is a great one to attend and the location this year made it even more exciting!

Jan Patterson
Region President, Central”

It sounds like you had a great time and represented LTS and STRIDE well, Jan! Tomorrow, we will hear from Regional President of the West, and guest blogger, Wendy Weisbart about her experience at the Foundations Beyond School Hours Conference in Atlanta. Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

LTS Education Systems Awarded “Top Community Partner” by Texas Afterschool Centers on Education

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Benj Sampson receives the Top Community Award from Shawn Petty, Technical Advisory Director of Edvance, and Julie Wayman, Director of Dropout Prevention for the Texas Education Agency.

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Leaders of the Texas ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) program recently awarded LTS Education Systems “Top Community Partner” at the organization’s annual Golden ACE Awards on August 8, 2013, in Austin.

The partnership between Texas ACE and LTS Education Systems, publisher of online educational programming for students in pre-kindergarten through high school, began in 2009 with the first ACE school: Watauga Middle School in Birdville Independent School District.

Four years later, in the 2012-13 school year, LTS learning platforms were successfully utilized in more than 400 ACE schools.

“I am honored to accept the Top Community Partner award on behalf of LTS Education Systems,” said VP of Strategic Business Partnerships Benj Sampson. “LTS is committed to the Texas ACE community, helping their students improve academic achievement, reach goals and rediscover fun in learning. I am truly proud of the team effort between LTS, the ACE site coordinators and staff to encourage motivated learning among these students.”

Shawn Petty, Technical Advisory Director for Edvance, presented Sampson with the award at the 2013 Texas ACE Annual Conference.

“It is such a privilege to see LTS Education Systems recognized by the field as the Top Community Partner for Texas ACE. I discovered early on that not only does LTS create amazing products like Kid’s College and Stride Academy, but the company prides itself in making a difference with the youth they serve. Every now and then, a company will demonstrate their willingness to go beyond profit margins and really focus on what counts. LTS Education Systems is one of those companies, and it was my honor to present them with this award,” said Petty.

LTS’ newest learning platform, Stride Academy, is engineered in HTML5 technology, making it fully compatible on both PCs and Macs, as well as tablet devices. For Texas students, Stride Academy delivers high quality Math, Literacy and Science curriculum aligned to Texas Essential Knowledge & Skils and standards assessed on the STAAR tests. Students are rewarded for academic success with playing time in engaging video games from mainstream genres like sports, arcade and action and educational genres like physics and logic based games, puzzles, word search and typing games.

The Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program is one of the largest statewide afterschool programs in the country, serving over 180,000 students at nearly 1,000 sites. The ACE program is administered by the Texas Education Agency and funded by the Texas 21st CCLC Program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Edvance Research, Inc. is the program enhancement and quality provider to the Texas Education Agency for the Texas 21st CCLC Program.

The 2013-14 academic school year begins the fifth year of the partnership between LTS Education Systems and Texas ACE.