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News Article | May 24, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

In many states, the rigorous process of becoming a K-12 teacher is only surpassed in difficulty by the time consuming process to maintain that teacher’s certification. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) are often required not only for maintaining certification but also for promotion, pay scale increases and endorsements. For many educators, finding time to attend classes and complete assignments on top of their already laborious workload is nearly impossible.    Fortunately, the summer is here, and Teachers Learning Center (TLC) is introducing a fully accredited online course option – offering educators more choice in how they take professional development courses. TLC classes are designed with the working professional in mind. While both the print-based and online courses require readings and assignments, and both allow students to receive course books and study materials through the mail. The online format offers rich media and other materials online. No matter which format , students always find  courses to be practical, relevant and useful.   Educators can begin classes at any time. There are no set due dates for assignments , only a requirement that the course be completed within five months of beginning. The per credit price includes all relevant course materials, books and access.    Finally, a way to receive Continuing Professional Development Units in a way that is user-friendly, convenient and relevant to real world classrooms. For more information or to begin a course today, visit https://www.tlcgraduatecredits.com


News Article | May 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

InGen Dynamics Inc (Aido) today announced that it has made significant progress on the Aido Home Robot project launched 12 months back. The company recently released a prototype video to early backers and the company investors showcasing some of the functionality developed. The demonstrated features include - Multiple Face Recognition, Emotion recognition, New Face enrollment / training, Speech recognition, Projector operation, App Box, Learning Center, Android Games, Companion App with telepresence functionality and remote control of Aido, Environment Sensors, Smart Devices interaction, Facebook integration, Story Teller application with libraries available, Health Application, House Maintenance Application, Barcode scanner for Grocery items and recipe locator, Behaviour Editor for Aido, Personality Engine and loading different personalities, Automate Application, Scene recognition among others. From a a successful crowdfunding raise ( ~ $850K ) ranked second most successful home robot campaign of all time, to securing commitments of $300K in Title III ( online mini-IPO ) investments with 345 investors globally at a $12 Million valuation, to prototyping the Aido design across 3 generations, InGen has had an eventful year so far. "Whether it’s playing with the kids, assisting with chores, managing your schedule, integrating with other smart home devices, patrolling the hallway after you’ve gone to sleep, or helping out with anything from a cooking recipe to learning the piano, there’s little that Aido can’t do!" - Arshad Hisham, CEO of InGen Dynamics commented.


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

BALTIMORE (AP) — A day care worker in Maryland was captured on video "torturing" an 8-month-old girl who later died, authorities said Thursday. She has been charged with murder. Leah Walden, 23, is charged with murder, assault, child abuse and reckless endangerment in the death of Reese Bowman at Rocket Tiers Learning Center on Tuesday, Baltimore Police said in a statement. "Reese Bowman, in my opinion, was tortured," said Col. Stanley Brandford, the chief of the police department's criminal investigations division. Brandford said the video shows Walden using "excessive blankets, which fully covered the child's head, violently snatching the child out of the crib with one arm, swinging at the baby as if she was slapping her, and placing pillows over the baby's face." Walden also walked out camera range several times while holding the baby. Police took Walden into custody early Thursday. Court records for her case were not yet available online to show whether she had obtained an attorney. Police said officers were called to the day care Tuesday afternoon for a report of a baby not breathing. Medics performed CPR on the infant, who was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later. Brandford said there were no obvious signs of trauma, but detectives started a routine investigation. Brandford said Walden told them she fed the baby, wrapped her in a blanket and put her down for a nap. The management of Rocket Tiers alerted police to the video, which told a different story, Brandford said. Reese was awake at the time; another baby in the same room with Walden and Reese was not hurt. Reese's family released a statement saying they were suffering "tremendous pain" and asking for privacy, news outlets reported. "Our hearts are broken. No family should ever have to experience the loss of a child under any circumstances," the statement said.


News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

​Generations of Chicago homeowners continue to trust their basement slumber parties, rowing machines, laundry, foosball tables, and drum sets to the care and expertise of U.S. Waterproofing. In spring 2017, the Rolling Meadows-based basement waterproofing company celebrates 60 years of service. U.S. Waterproofing was founded in a small Chicago garage by military veteran Albert Weiner. He named the business after the country he proudly served. Soon, his family joined him. The business is still locally family-owned today. “In pop culture, basements get a bad rap," says Matthew Stock, Weiner’s grand-nephew and current president and CEO of U.S. Waterproofing. “But, in real-life, basements are where some of the best family memories happen. I remember hanging out with my friends and cousins, playing ping pong and pool, watching Super Bowls in my own. From the very beginning, U.S. Waterproofing has dedicated itself to helping Chicagoans keep their below-grade living spaces safe and dry, preventing and mitigating water damage.” Stock adds, “We are honored that in 60 years, our company has grown from one employee to more than 150. I learned from my dad, Jerry, who led our firm for decades, we treat them well, like family. We are fortunate that our team is incredibly loyal. Many have worked up the ranks like I did, such as our only non-family co-owner, Barry Schilling. Today, more than a dozen employees have been with U.S. Waterproofing for over two decades. With this team’s commitment, we’ve fixed more than 300,000 basements across the region over the last 60 years. We learned a long time ago that if we take good care of our employees, they will take great care of our customers.” Among many positive testimonials and honors, U.S. Waterproofing is a proud recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s esteemed Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics along with the accreditation firm’s A+ rating. U.S. Waterproofing is also a decade-long Angie’s List Super Service Award company. Rooted in traditional ideals, the company also has embraced new philosophies and technology over the years. “We learned that providing people with online DIY tools and resources was an important way for us to serve our customers and our community,” says Stock. The company’s online Learning Center boasts hundreds of how-to-waterproof lessons. And, further embracing technology, customers now can make online appointments 24/7. In response to customer demand, U.S. Waterproofing added concrete raising and job preparation services that complement basement waterproofing services. Today, it is one of the largest home improvement companies in the Chicago area. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous growth in these six decades,” says Stock. “But most important to us is that we still are family-owned and operated. We continue to serve our customers with practical and reasonably priced solutions.”


News Article | May 2, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Dr. Fass will present data from his recently published Stretta Meta-Analysis. The results of this landmark study showed that Stretta significantly reduces GERD symptoms while impacting physiological parameters, including reducing acid exposure and healing erosive esophagitis. The strengths of this study include, up to 10 years of follow-up, a large number of subjects (2468), and the inclusion of 28 studies. Professor Tack has authored multiple studies analyzing Stretta outcomes and mechanism of action. STRETTA PHYSICIAN TRAINING Physicians are invited to participate in hands-on training with Stretta on Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8 in the ASGE Learning Center. Physicians seeking a non-surgical GERD treatment will gain useful experience with the unique non-ablative radiofrequency delivery system behind Stretta. NEW STRETTA DATA Also at DDW 2017, new Stretta data from studies conducted by Dr. Mark Noar, Director of The Heartburn and Reflux Center in Towson, Md., will be presented in poster sessions. These studies examine the benefits of Stretta at 10-year follow-up in GERD patients who are difficult to treat due to the serious conditions of, Barretts esophagus, obesity, and patients with extra-esophageal symptoms of GERD, such as asthma, chronic cough and sleep apnea. ABOUT DIGESTIVE DISEASE WEEK® (DDW) Digestive Disease Week (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW 2017 will take place May 6-9, 2017, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill. The meeting will showcase more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at www.ddw.org. ABOUT MEDERI® AND STRETTA® Mederi manufactures innovative devices that use non-ablative radiofrequency (RF) energy to treat digestive diseases. Stretta is an endoscopic, non-surgical treatment that is proven safe and effective for GERD in 40 studies and is available worldwide. For more information: stretta-therapy.com, or call 855-855-3639. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mederi-announces-stretta-presentation-hands-on-training-and-new-data-at-ddw-2017-300448995.html


News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

The report US Test Preparation Market to 2021' is a comprehensive study on test preparation for various standardized tests in the US. The report discusses the current and forecasted market size of test preparation space, followed by the key trends, as well as drivers that will impact growth of the sector. It discusses the five forces analysis of test preparation, as well as the PEST analysis of the US, with respect to the test preparation market. The report follows the NAICS code 611691 (Exam Preparation & Tutoring Industry), and also mentions the key test preparation players in the US. There is a major difference between the dynamics of test preparation space for school and undergraduate education - and postgraduate and higher education. Since more students, in case of school and undergraduate education, take full-time coaching and private tutoring, the average fee for the same is high, and the average price of books and online study material is low. While, in case of postgraduate and professional education, the average price of books and online study material is high, as more test takers prefer them over full-time coaching and private tutoring. The sector is witnessing several trends, such as colleges and universities dropping standardized tests, increasing competition from free substitutes, and online test preparation providers from across the globe. Key Topics Covered: 1. Market size of US test preparation sector 2. Types of Test Preparation for Standardized Tests 3. Forecasted Market Size of US Test Preparation Sector 4. Drivers Impacting growth of US Test Preparation 5. Trends in the US Test Preparation Space 6. Five Forces Analysis of the US Test Preparation Sector 7. Pest Analysis of US Test Preparation Sector 8. List of Players Companies Mentioned - ACT - Admissions Hero - American Council on Education  - Anna Maria College  - Apollo Global Management  - Association of American Medical Colleges  - Atlas Venture - Barron's Educational Series  - Boston Latin School - College Board  - CollegeVine - Columbia University  - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  - Huntington Learning Center  - Kaplan Test Prep  - Khan Academy - Knewton - McGraw-Hill Education  - National Center for Fair & Open Testing - OpenEd - Pacific Metrics - PrepFactory - Princeton University - ST Unitas - Shmoop - Square Peg Capital - TPR Education - TestMax - University of Delaware - Varsity Tutors - Veritas Prep  - WeSpeke - Worcester State University  - Yale University - gWhiz For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/987k6q/us_test Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call +1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call +1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907 Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-states-test-preparation-market-2017-2021---research-and-markets-300446137.html


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

Attention Parents!  There is a wealth of new childhood learning tools available to help your child learn and develop. The Home Learning Center is a special product because it not only is a schoolhouse it is a playhouse where toddlers and preschoolers quickly learn and grow at their own pace.  The Home Learning Center combines a self-contained, indoor “playhouse” – the dimensions of which are suited to toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners – with a “one-room schoolhouse” in which kids can learn their letters and numbers, colors, animals, as well as enjoying all the learning opportunities now conveyed through CDs, DVDs and the Internet. Offering kids their own space and permitting them to learn at their own pace the Home Learning Center provides both childhood instruction and entertainment.   The Home Learning Center presents itself as a miniature, ranch-style house, fabricated in molded thermoplastic in snap-together or slide-together, locking sections or panels. They are easily assembled or disassembled by an adult and the walls feature height- and length-adjustable extensions. The interior walls are cushioned with a layer of protective, thermoplastic foam. The walls feature clear acrylic windows. It is fitted with a locking roof and with one or more hinged doors. The two-panel Dutch doors permit those inside the “house” to easily communicate and interact with others outside the house such as when asking for a secret password from a visitor or playmate. Some of the interior features include walls lines with rotating blocks with letters, numbers, colors, animals and other objects for the child to identify. Games, toys and tasks will challenge the youngster and help develop his or her coordination. Press-panels through which the child can press an image, of a duck, for instance, prompts the audio system to respond with an audible quack. Child sized chairs and a blackboard are included and the Center is equipped with one or more LCD screens and CD/DVD players. It is WiFi compatible making educational programming such as that offered at a site like ABCmouse.com available. Televised test marketing has recently been completed indicating strong consumer interest in the Home Learning Center.    The Patent Pending Home Learning Center was invented by Nijee McKenney of Willingboro, NJ who said, “The rapidly evolving digital technologies will be right at home in this miniature residence. The Home Learning Center attracts kids because it allows them to work, learn and play at their own pace and in their own space.  It works.”   EDITOR'S NOTE: Development of this product is being handled by Invents Company. For more information about licensing or sale, contact the Licensing Department at Invents Company Operations Center, P.O. Box 1682, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576   212-620-2629   www.invents.com


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

The United States is experiencing a dramatic shortage of STEM workers. According to a study by the New American Economy, Colorado had 15.3 job openings for every unemployed worker in STEM last year, which is close to the national ratio of 13 to 1.  Keeping STEM students from dropping out of the STEM talent pipeline is essential in meeting U.S. STEM job demands for the future. The Dream Big Event is connecting rural students with industry leaders and professors from Colorado's top technology companies and universities in order to increase students' exposure and interest in STEM related fields through hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities.  Companies such as Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Fauston Tool, SecureSet and others are participating in the one-day learning event. "The Dream Big Event is designed to introduce students to industries like aerospace or Cybersecurity that they might not know of or understand, " said Colorado's aerospace and defense industry champion Jay Lindell. "We want to inspire the students to dream big about the infinite opportunities they have to improve our world through STEM careers." During the event, students are divided into groups and rotate through five inspiring technology learning areas – space, aviation, Cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and robotics/unmanned air systems –that include engaging presentations, hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities. Students are also taking a virtual trip to Mars courtesy of the Challenger Learning Center, flying assisted in a Cessna 182 aircraft courtesy of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and experiencing the internet of things in the NXP Smarter World Tour Mobile Station with 180 technology demos. In addition, a resource fair is available for the students, featuring Colorado technology businesses and organizations, photo opportunities with pilots, and a Colorado National Guard humvee and helicopter display. Representatives from Colorado NASA are also attending.  The Dream Big Eads Event is provided through a public-private partnership with lead by OEDIT. To continue the learning experience beyond the Dream Big Event, the 3-D Printing Store is donating design software to Eads School District for additional projects. At the event, students are designing projects for a 3-D printer and learning about its application in advanced manufacturing. Debra Wilcox, owner and founder of the 3-D Printing Store, says students should learn design software and 3-D technology to be dimensional capable, as 3-D printing is the future of manufacturing. "3-D printing allows regular people with great ideas to turn their ideas into tangible items that have value," said Wilcox. "There is no reason any student or community can't have access to this technology." This is the second year for the event.  In 2015, over 300 students from northeastern Colorado convened at Revere High School in Ovid, Colo. to participate in the first Dream Big Event. OEDIT is currently planning future Dream Big events in rural and mountain communities across Colorado. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, OEDIT strives to advance the state's economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.  Visit OEDIT at www.choosecolorado.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/top-tech-companies-bring-stem-experience-to-rural-community-300447017.html


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: phys.org

"Sketches are difficult and time-consuming to grade," said Northwestern University's Ken Forbus. "Intelligent tutoring systems, which enable students to receive feedback on their work anywhere and anytime, rarely are capable of understanding sketches." Forbus, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering, and his team have developed a new solution called "Sketch Worksheets," a software equivalent of pencil and paper worksheets commonly found in classrooms. The difference? The software can also provide on-the-spot feedback by analyzing student sketches and then comparing them to the instructor's sketches. An instructor might ask students to draw the chambers of the heart, for example. If a student misplaces an atrium, then he or she is immediately alerted to the mistake by the Sketch Worksheet. Supported by Northwestern's Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), the research was recently published in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science. Forbus was the paper's first and corresponding author. Sketch Worksheets software is based on CogSketch, an artificial intelligence platform previously developed in Forbus' laboratory. A sketch-understanding system and high-level model of human vision, CogSketch uses visual processing algorithms to automatically reproduce and understand human-drawn sketches. Sketch Worksheets' comparisons of student and instructor sketches is carried out by an analogy model, developed in collaboration with Northwestern psychology professor Dedre Gentner. Students and instructors apply conceptual labels to their sketches to express relationships among the drawings' different parts. (For example, the Earth's core is inside the mantle, or the heart's aorta is above the left atrium.) Without needing a deep understanding of the sketch's subject matter, CogSketch uses analogy to compare the labels and provide feedback. One of Forbus' main goals is for Sketch Worksheets to be accessible to instructors in any field—not just computer science. To ensure this, his team and SILC collaborators tested the software on more than 500 students in biology, geoscience, and engineering, ranging from the fifth grade through college. A team of geoscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have already used the software to develop a set of 26 sketches that cover topics in introductory classes. These worksheets are publicly available and have been used in classes at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern. "We hope that others will follow the lead of the geoscientists and create Sketch Worksheets to help their students learn," Forbus said. "This is a step in creating software that can communicate with people as flexibly as we communicate with each other." Explore further: Making AI systems that see the world as humans do


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

​​World of Wonders Child Care and Learning Center (WOW) is in danger of closing its doors as the Union County Commissioners and Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities have given notice that they will attempt to force the removal of WOW from the building that it helped build, pay for, and maintain. WOW has occupied the building for over 21 years and the forced removal of WOW would result in its immediate closure, the elimination of local jobs, and the loss of child care and education services for students, parents, and care givers in the community. In June of 2016 the County Commissioners and the UCBDD, without a public meeting or referendum, sent notice to WOW that they must vacate the building. The UCBDD and the County Commissioners stated that they would work to find a way so that both WOW and the UCBDD would be able to provide continuous services to the families of Union County. The UCBDD and the County Commissioners also made numerous prior promises and assurances that, should WOW and the UCBDD separate, WOW would receive compensation for the significant equity that it put into the facility and WOW would be given the necessary resources to allow it to continue to thrive. Unfortunately, these appear to have been false promises. The Union County Commissioners have attended public and closed meetings with the UCBDD to discuss the removal of WOW from the space, as did the Assistant Union County Prosecutor, Thayne Gray.  The Union County Commissioners did not, however, attend any of the board meetings at WOW, and during meetings that were held with WOW they did not offer to provide any assistance with the negotiations or in the relocation of WOW. The building at 1280 Charles Lane is occupied by two nonprofit companies, UCBDD and World of Wonders. Over 21 years ago, WOW developed the concept in collaboration with the UCBDD to construct a daycare facility on the site and integrate the two schools. The UCBDD passed a resolution supporting the efforts of WOW but establishing that UCBDD funds were not to be utilized for the construction. WOW raised funds and was provided with grant monies for the building project. No county funds were used in the construction of the building. WOW subsequently contributed significant funds for structural repairs, maintenance, and improvements to the building. Now, despite all this, and despite their prior promises and assurances, the UCBDD and the County Commissioners have indicated their intent to attempt to remove WOW from the building which would result in its immediate closure. World of Wonders (WOW) is a 30-year-old nonprofit early learning center and daycare, run by a parent and community Board of Trustees, that provides services to families of all financial backgrounds. WOW accepts an unlimited number of State subsidized families as well as private pay customers, at a rate comparable or lower than other daycare center in the area. World of Wonders is kicking of a massive fundraising campaign and public awareness campaign as to the damage this move will create in the Marysville community. The UCBDD and the County Commissioners have indicated their intent to use your taxpayer dollars to attempt to petition a Court to remove WOW from the facility that would not exist but for the actions and efforts of WOW. Over 115 children and 220 parents and caregiver would be without childcare, and over 20 employees will be out of a job should the forced removal of WOW continue. WOW often accepts children that no other center can accept due to funding and financial difficulties and, because there are not enough childcare spots left in the county to provide care for these children, the actions being threatened by the UCBDD and the County Commissioners will leave many children and families with nowhere else to turn,

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