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Finalists announced for TEDCO ICE Awards

April 13, 2015
Source: Citelighter Press

Tech award season rolls on in the Baltimore area next month with TEDCO’s ICE Awards. Short for Innovation, Corporate Excellence and Entrepreneurship, the ceremony gives the state-backed entrepreneurship organization a chance to recognize standout businesses from its portfolio of more than 300 companies. “The ICE Awards give us an opportunity to highlight some of the most dynamic companies and entrepreneurs in Maryland’s innovation community, and celebrate their success,” TEDCO President Rob Rosenbaum said in a statement. This year’s ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia. And the nominees are: Innovation Analytical Informatics Ahvana Health Vheda Health Corporate Excellence Citelighter Lookingglass Nexercise Entrepreneurship Jess Gartner, CEO, Allovue Eddy C. Agbo, CEO, Fyodor Biotechnologies Tom Popomaronis, CEO, OpiaTalk

Citelighter gains new resources in Encyclopedia Britannica partnership

February 03, 2015
Source: Citelighter Press

Basically, students using Citelighter can now search Britannica School instead of just the Internet in order to research information for papers. The tool allows them to highlight and save the information they'd like to use, and organizes those facts, along with their notes, into an outline.

Citelighter gets access to Encyclopedia Britannica's digital collection, clients

February 03, 2015
Source: Citelighter Press

Citelighter's online writing platform helps students do Internet research and organize their notes into an outline for a research paper. The company on Tuesday announced a new partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica that will give students access to the Britannica School, a digital collection of encyclopedia articles and pictures, through Citelighter's platform.

Fund Supporting Baltimore City Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups Invests in Three Tech Companies

January 27, 2015
Source: Citelighter Press

Citelighter, a research and writing platform that helps students think critically, closed a $2 million financing led by Propel Baltimore. The company’s proprietary technology provides teachers with a summary of actions a student takes during the research and writing processes. This product allows teachers to provide more effective feedback to students and better understand how each individual learns.

K-12 Dealmaking: Citelighter Raises $2M to Simplify the Writing Process

January 26, 2015
Source: Citelighter Press

Baltimore-based Citelighter believes it can ease the writing burden. Its online platform, which breaks down the writing process into manageable steps for students, and offers teachers real-time updates on student progress, appears to have won over investors, as well. The ed-tech startup just raised $2 million.

How to manage remote workers like they're right in the office

November 26, 2014
Source: Citelighter Press

Ever since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting, remote working has had a bad rap. Even so, either by necessity or by choice, a sizable number of companies employ remote workers. A Census Bureau report found that 13.4 million people worked from home at least one day per week in 2010. The remote work force grew 80% between 2005 and 2012. Remote working gone wrong can result in detached employees who don't get much done. But it doesn't have to be that way. Education startup Citelighter has workers scattered around the world, from developers in Romania to account executives in Northern California, and another group in Baltimore. The company recently shared with Fast Company how it successfully manages it dispersed workforce.

Tech Solves Teachers' Common Core Woes

November 20, 2014
Source: Citelighter Press

Common Core continues to receive poor grades from teachers. A poll released by Gallup reveals that 60-65% of America’s teachers are “frustrated” or “worried” about Common Core. A main concern is the standardized testing that measures students’ performance on a benchmark curriculum. Educators are expected to teach at a faster pace than ever before, which can be especially difficult for more intangible subjects, like writing. One tech company believes it can fix this though.

Innovative program helps students write research papers

November 19, 2014
Source: Citelighter Press

At the age of 28, Saad Alam approached his friend Lee Jokl and shared his idea for a new business. Alam had a family member who was struggling with writing research papers. The relative was even contemplating dropping out of college. The situation inspired Saad to start an education technology company that would offer students a comprehensive research and writing platform. Alam left his lucrative job, while Jokl also left his job to pursue the ambitious business venture.

Tech Tools That Help Teach Common Core ELA

November 18, 2014
Source: Citelighter Press

Natalie O’Neil is an English teacher at West Morris Regional High School (NJ), where her classes include many students with learning disabilities. In this interview, she shares the tech tools she uses to teach lessons that adhere to the Common Core ELA standards and prepare her students for PARCC assessments in the spring.