Using Technology For Parental Engagement

In Lightspeed PR by Ethan Rasiel

Involving parents in their children’s progress in the classroom is proven to increase student outcomes. In his eSchool News article, Kenneth Chapman – the vice president of Market Research for our client D2L – explained why learning management systems like D2L can help in this process.

First, learning management system is the potential time savings it offers to teachers in reaching out to parents. Chapman explains that an LMS can include a number of built-in tools that make it easier for teachers to perform common daily activities on a single platform. Taking time to train teachers on efficient use of the LMS platform can pay off in better outreach.

Chapman also says that an LMS also helps in communicating with parents in the way that’s best for them. Some parents prefer emails while others like notifications on their phone.

Finally, Chapman talks about the importance of video conferencing tools on an LMS.

“With the advent of free, easy-to-use conferencing apps like Google Hangouts and Adobe Connect, it’s helpful to train and encourage teachers to use those tools to meet with busy parents,” explained Chapman. “By using video as well as voice, they can help teachers establish relationships in ways that mere phone calls can’t.”

For the full story in eSchool News, click here.

DOL Fiduciary Rule Finally Takes Effect

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Despite a delay and speculation around outright repeal, the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule is now applicable. It’s taken the better part of a decade for the DOL to make this happen.

Rob Foregger, co-founder of our client NextCapital, shared his reaction and insights with Wealth Management.

“Think of it like the Hippocratic Oath for retirement investing,” Foregger said. “When you go to the doctor, you expect to receive nonconflicted medical advice, which is always in your best interest. When you seek retirement advice from a financial professional, you should also expect the advice to be in your best interest.”

For more industry reactions, read the full story from Wealth Management.

Apple Revises Developer Program License Agreement

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Apple has relaxed its ban on apps fetching and running extra code.

The Register reports that many companies, including our client Rollout.io, suffered from Apple’s restrictions. Rollout.io offered a hot-patching service that allowed developers to inject code into approved apps, to revise interfaces, fix bugs, and implement other changes. Back in March, Apple cracked down on hot-patching. This forced Rollout.io to abandon that particular approach and start a brand new service called Rox.

So, will Rollout.io be going back to the old incarnation of Rollout? CEO of Rollout.io Erez Rusovsky told The Register that it’s still uncertain.

“This is a difficult question to answer because the changes are open to interpretation, and because Apple has not made itself available to us to clarify its policies,” said Rusovsky. “In fact, we felt that the policy always did allow Rollout and other hot patching solutions, and still should. Apple did not change its guidelines in March when it notified Rollout customers that apps built on our framework would not be allowed in the App Store. In fact, it only reinterpreted the guidelines already in place. The portion of the guidelines that most directly impacts Rollout [Section 3.3.2, along with separate App Store Guidelines, Section 2.5.2] did not change then, or now.”

To learn more about Apple’s friendlier rules for development tools and what it means for companies like Rollout.io, read the full story from The Register.

D2L Brings Brightspace LMS to All of K-12

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

T.H.E. Journal reports that our client D2L is releasing a major upgrade for its learning management system that is intended to span all of K-12. “Brightspace for K-12,” will stretch into the elementary grades. Enhanced features will allow young learners to capture evidence of their school activities and simplify the process of teachers communicating with families. According to one educator at a school system that has been testing the software, the new functionality is “going to open up lines of communication” with parents.

“We’ve made a lot of improvements for teachers to communicate what is happening with children, so parents or guardians can effectively be a ‘fly on the wall’ in their child’s classroom,” Ken Chapman, vice president of market research at D2L, told T.H.E. Journal. “Parents want to feel they’re aware of everything that’s happening.”

The release will also sport D2L’s new “Daylight” interface, which will display content resized appropriately on any type of smart device, whether PC, mobile phone or tablet. This feature allows students who lack large-screen devices or WiFi at home also to be able to access their learning content in a usable manner.

To learn more about all the Brightspace upgrade, click here to read the full story.

D2L Fosters Parent-Teacher Engagement

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

 

The relationship between parents and teachers is an important factor in student success. Since face-to-face communication is often not possible, Education World recently did a roundup of the many applications and web technologies that can help foster engagement between parents and teachers. Among the options, learning management systems like our client D2L.

Education World explains that many schools and districts use learning management systems to organize their teacher/student/parent needs. They often have features like parent portals that allow parents to log in to view grades, assignments, and other information the teacher provides about their student. Plus, they usually allow for commenting and direct messaging to the teacher.

D2L’s Brightspace for K-12 students was named as an “innovative platform” in the article because it fosters parent involvement even at the kindergarten level. Education World noted the feature that allows a student’s work to be displayed on the portal explaining, “Kids get excited about having their work featured on the platform, which lets their parents stay in the loop.”

Kopin Reveals “Smallest VR Headset”

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Road To VR reports that our client Kopin has partnered with GoerTek on a revolutionary new reference VR headset design. The aptly named ‘Elf VR’ headset is the smallest of its kind, integrating the Kopin’s ‘Lightning’ OLED micro display panels sporting a substantial 2k x 2k resolution.

Lighter virtual reality headsets with higher resolution displays are one of the most highly desired advances in virtual reality headsets. Road To VR reporter Paul James said, “Recently we reported on Samsung’s prototype OLED panels sporting a PPI (pixels per inch) figure of 858, nearly twice that of the current generation HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. Now, micro display specialist Kopin have unveiled a new reference design headset with displays that top even that.”

Each of the “Lightning” OLED micro display panels feature a 2048 x 2048 resolution, providing “binocular 4K image resolution at a 120Hz refresh rate”. Each diminutive display represents what James calls an “impressive 2940 pixels per inch” – five times the number on existing Samsung panels in the Vive and Rift.

To learn more about Kopin’s game-changing technology, read the full story from Road To VR.

Kopin Display Targets Premium VR

In Client News, Uncategorized by Ethan Rasiel

“Augmented reality is still an emerging market, but it felt like one on the verge of arriving with the increasing quantity and quality of exhibitors and attendees at the Augmented World Expo,” wrote the EE Times in a comprehensive recap of the annual event, which hosts both industry giants and basement startups.

The article highlighted 18 new and emerging products in AR and VR to watch for. Among those, our client Kopin’s reference kit for relatively small, light, and high-res VR headsets based on two of its Lightning microdisplays.

EE Times reports that the 2K x 2K pixel displays sport a 120-Hz refresh rate, enabling headsets that are 50% smaller, 33% faster, and pack six times the resolution of today’s VR gear.

To learn more about Kopin’s technology and other innovations from AWE 2017, read the full story in EE Times.

 

AWE USA 2017 Press Conference

In Client News, Lightspeed PR by Ethan Rasiel

Did you miss AWE 2017 – the largest conference for AR+VR in Santa Clara, California May 31- June 2, 2017? Not to worry! Check out this YouTube video of the entire press conference, which includes all the highlights from the show.

The press conference was emceed by Lightspeed’s CEO and Co-Founder Ethan Rasiel. Listen closely for major announcements from big names like Sony, Epson and Meta as well as the hottest startups in AR and VR!

D2L: How To Build The Best Learning Platform

In Client News, Uncategorized by Ethan Rasiel

Kenneth Chapman, the VP of Market Strategy for our client D2L, recently authored a column in EdTech Digest about how D2L has built the best K-12 learning platform.

Chapman says D2L is constantly striving to stay on top of the needs of teachers and their goals in educating students. To do that, D2L talks with teachers for inspiration and guidance. Here are a couple of the key takeaways Chapman shared in his column:

  • Teachers love teaching. They love creating that spark and motivation in their students.
  • Teachers are incredibly resourceful. They find what they need, whether it’s tools, content, or technology, and plenty of it.

In his column, Chapman shared other takeaways and discussed the challenges – and solutions- to removing barriers in technology. Many teachers just don’t have the training, time or tools to deliver the best learning experience for all students.

“It’s our job in edtech to work to remove barriers to technology for everyone, from students to teachers to parents to administrators,” explains Chapman. “That means enabling all of the amazing teachers we’ve talked to, and all of their counterparts all across the technology spectrum, to use the best tools and techniques out there to be the very best educators possible.”

Learn more by reading Chapman’s full EdTech Digest column.

D2L Talks Intellectual Property On Bloomberg

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Our client D2L’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Jeremy Auger recently sat down with Bloomberg TV Canada’s Amanda Lang. Auger told Lang that his education technology firm credits much of its market-leading position to the power of its intellectual property.

Lang and Auger discussed how crucial intellectual property protection is to a company’s success. The average S&P 500 firm has roughly 87 percent of its market value tied to intangible assets such as IP, according to merchant bank Ocean TOMO.

Watch the full segment above or click here to view in on Bloomberg TV Canada.