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Announcing the Release of the NCSC Open Source Alternative Assessment Platform

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:52
Breakthrough Technologies is delighted to announce the release of the NCSC Open Source Alternative Assessment Platform. All 50 states are welcome to take advantage of this amazing resource. There are three distribution options from which to choose: content only, platform only or content and platform together. This highly innovative platform is available for a minimal cost through a license from EdCount Management (find more information at EdCount Management.com).
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The Makers Have Returned

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:49
The makers have returned! Thursday, April 28, 2016, Breakthrough hosted a large group of future techies ranging in age from toddlers to teens. The day began with a breakfast welcome and introduction by Doug, and the office grand tour by Randy. The young "smart-creatives" spent the day enjoying activities such as coding, cooking, a virtual reality demonstration, boat making, boat races, improv games, and an entire room dedicated to Lego play.
Brian Perry, standing in front of the big screen explaining the "Twig Blocks" slide during his lecture.

MidCamp 2016 – the Recap!

Submitted by luke.anderson on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:41

It’s hard to believe that just four short years ago, the Midwest’s regional Drupal conference known as MidCamp had yet to make its debut.  And now, MidCamp 2016 is already three weeks into the history books!  We’re well overdue in giving a shout-out to the people who made this year (and who make every year’s MidCamp) such a fantastic camp…so here goes: 

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Free Your Test With Us at ATP

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 08:50

Are you at ATP? We invite you to come to our booth #20 and have some fun with us. Play our game and sign-up to participate in our Breakthrough Breakaway sessions. If you can Free Your Test, you just might walk away with a brand new AppleWatch!
                  
Sessions at ATP

Tuesday 12:00 - 1:15

PRODUCT DEMO: Innovative Opportunities for Diagnostic Assessment: A Demonstration of PARCC’s Newest Tools

Speakers: Bonnie Hain from Parcc Inc. and Doug Wilson, Breakthrough Technologies

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We're going to Disney World -- Sort of

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:50
What do Psychometricians, the First Day of Spring, Golf, the Test Publishing Industry, and Breakthrough Technologies have in common?
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Dare to be Different

Submitted by doug.wilson on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:02
What are you doing differently in 2016? It’s a great time to ask yourself the question. It's January in Chicago. We are forced to deal with the task of staying alive in a winter that should by all rights extinguish our species or at least force us south for a few months. It’s difficult to contemplate strategy when you’re trying to stay alive.
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Gender Pay Disparity at Breakthrough Technologies

Submitted by doug.wilson on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:29
Recently a topic has been circulating the national news about pay disparity in the United States between men and women. The number that seems generally agreed upon (if our statistically-inclined experts can ever agree upon anything) is about 79%. That is the percentage of a man’s salary that a woman receives in this country for doing the same job. It’s a pretty tough number to swallow - 21% pay difference. That’s like working a whole day every week for free, just because you are a woman.
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The Time to Migrate Your Drupal 6 Build is NOW - Migrating from D6-to-D8

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 13:34
Wondering what the fuss is about Drupal 8? Here’s what you need to know. As applied to software, a deprecated version or release is no longer recommended, and — presuming the software is still being actively maintained — a version that has usually been superseded by a release that is superior in terms of security, stability, and/or underpinning architecture.With the November 19th release of Drupal 8, Drupal 6 falls into that category and will reach end of life on February 24, 2016. What does this mean for you?
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We're Hiring!

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 13:53
Breakthrough Technologies is growing at a rapid pace, and we’re looking for experienced Business Development and Account Managers. Based just North of Chicago in Evanston, IL, we specialize in using open source technologies to create high-tech custom software, including Content Management Solutions/Website Development, Assessment/Testing Software and Mobile Application Development.
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Breakthrough on the Radio!

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 13:07
Breakthrough Technologies is honored to have been the subject of an interview by Small Business Radio's Don Mazzella. Litha Ramirez, Breakthrough's award winning director of experience strategy and design, sat in for Managing Partner Doug Wilson as an expert lending her insight on how to find, hire and keep top technical talent in a very competitive industry. The program aired live Wednesday, November 17, 2015, and Litha, as usual, was quick witted and succint in her responses.