Renaissance Learning Acquires UClass

Dear UClass Users and Supporters,

UClass was started in a Brooklyn basement by a couple of teachers in 2012 and today we are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Renaissance Learning, the world leader in K12 assessment and learning analytics.

Over the last three years, we have worked with thousands of educators who work tirelessly each day to open opportunities for students. You are our inspiration. We believe that you are the forces for change in schools and our mission is to continue to serve you and your students. Adding Renaissance’s data to UClass’s district content is a powerful combination that will significantly increase our ability to support you in your choice of the right content at the right learning moment for your students.

It has been our honor to work with you and we couldn’t be more thrilled that we will get to continue to do so with Renaissance Learning, a company that has a 28 year history of putting teachers first.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Zak Ringelstein and the UClass Team

Learn more from the press release below

Renaissance Learning Acquires UClass
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Forbes Features UClass CEO as a Game Changer in Education

Forbes 30 Under 30We’re kicking off the new year and doing it right! UClass CEO, Zak Ringelstein, has been selected for Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 list of influential names in education. The exclusive list highlights men and women in twenty varying industries who are already trailblazers before the age of thirty. Check out the list in the latest edition of Forbes Magazine or just click on the image below!

2015 30 Under 30: Education

UClass Visits San Francisco School for Hour of Code

UClass Visits San Francisco Middle School

We just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to make a second appearance for the worldwide Hour of Code event! Last Thursday, the UClass development team paid a visit to San Francisco’s Creative Arts Charter School and inspired students with the magic of computer science programming. We led hour-long intro-to-coding sessions for two classrooms of ambitious sixth grade students and we’re elated to say, the event was a great success!

Students, regardless of prior coding experience, engaged in partner coding activities. We were glad to see participating students strategically deconstructing problems and experimenting with variables. By the end, we had an overwhelming number of students eagerly requesting further learning resources, which we were more than happy to provide!

Our experiences with Creative Arts Charter as well as Vermont Hour of Code have been incredibly rewarding! We are honored to have had the chance to spark new interests for students we met!

UClass 2014: A Year in Review

It’s been an incredibly eventful year for us here at UClass and we’re sad to see it come to an end. To sum up 2014, we’ve compiled a visual timeline of major events from this year. Take a look and relive this amazing year with us! And to the upcoming year ahead of us, we’re excited and ready for you!

 

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UClass Participates in Hour of Code

Last Friday, UClass had the great pleasure of participating in Vermont’s Hour of Code Guest Speaker Series. Sponsored by the Agency of Education, Vita-Learning, and  Vermont’s Google Educator Group, the web conference video series features an array of inspirational figures in tech. Hour of Code is designed to expose students to the wonders of computer science and we were excited that we could play our part for the event. This week UClass will also be making a couple classroom appearances for Hour of Code at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco, California!

Click here to view our session!
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UClass Partners With Studentreasures to Inspire Young Authors

Studentreasures Publishing
UClass has partnered with Studentreasures Publishing to help encourage student-published literature!
Studentreasures established its name over the last 25 years by partnering with nearly 400,000 teachers to create millions of young authors through its free book publishing program. An industry leader in school publishing, Studentreasures has chosen and contracted 3 of our UClass Teacher Board members to craft Common Core aligned book publishing lessons. Now available on UClass and Studentreasures website alike, these lessons have been designed to present an authentic hands-on means for teaching Common Core ELA standards.Studentreasures Publishing
Take a look at what our participating Teacher Board members have been working on and create your classroom of published authors! To view all of the lessons, Click Here.

Thankful for American Citizenship Book Project

Thankful for American Citizenship Book Project

This I believe Book Project

This I Believe Book Project

Nationwide Learning Book Kit

Nationwide Learning Book Kit

The Best Day Ever

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UClass Now Links to Edutopia Resources

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UClass is honored to add links from Edutopia to the rigorous and inspiring content that teachers can access. You can now pull rubrics, guides and articles authored by this valuable thought leader into your curriculum to bring blended learning, project based learning and 21st century skills to your students!

Here are just a few resources we link to from Edutopia:

UClass Partners with Edutopia: Integrated PBL Projects: A Full-Course Meal!

UClass Partners with Edutopia: PBL Rubric A

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Make UClass Even Better & Win Free Stuff!

Take the Survey to Win Free Stuff

Help us improve the UClass experience for you and win some free UClass gear at the same time! If you use UClass, send us your input by taking our 2-minute teacher and admin surveys.

Make sure to send the surveys along to your colleagues who use UClass, because the school with the most survey submissions by this Friday, November 21, will receive free UClass shirts, bottles, sunglasses, and more!

Take the Teacher Survey to Win!

Take the Admin Survey to Win!

 

Or share these survey links:
Teacher Survey: http://ow.ly/EuyxV
Admin Survey: http://ow.ly/EuyH4

UClass is at GSV CEO, SETDA Leadership summits

It’s a busy week for us! UClass is at both the SETDA Leadership Summit in Washington DC and the GSV CEO Summit in Colorado this week.

The SETDA Leadership Summit, which kickstarted this week’s travels, began on Sunday. We had an amazing first day getting face time with many of the country’s biggest state-level education leaders during speed meetings and continue to revel in the engaging edtech-centered discussions. Take a look at these pictures from the conference!

Preparing Our Table at SETDA Leadership Summit

Making sure our table at the conference is in pristine shape for day 1

UClass Swag at SETDA Leadership Summit

One of our favorite parts of going to conferences: handing out UClass swag 🙂

Showing Off Our Spot on the SETDA Leadership Summit Poster

Showing off our spot on the SETDA sponsors poster

At the GSV Summit we’re surrounded by both inspiring people and inspiring conversation. Check out these edtech visionaries we ran into at the summit! #selfies!

Deborah Quazzo at GSV CEO Summit

Deborah Quazzo, founder of GSV Advisors

Betsy Corcoran, CEO and Founder of EdSurge

Betsy Corcoran, CEO and Founder of EdSurge