Almeda, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2008
Today VIP Tone announced the acquisition of WeTheTeachers.com (WeTheTeachers), a Web 2.0 social networking and educational content sharing website for teachers. WeTheTeachers.com allows teachers from all over the world to search its database by subject area and grade level and to download lessons, educational resources and tools for free. It provides tools for its users to author, store and share educational content and best practices. Members can rate and discuss each other's content and can work collaboratively across the globe through special interest groups and discussion forums.
WeTheTeachers was initially developed in 2005 by Nate and Amy Chambers, a husband and wife team at Stanford University. A teacher herself, Amy had the need and desire to share resources with other teachers. Nate, a Computer Science PhD student, was able to build the website to help out his wife. The two of them were able to launch WeTheTeachers and facilitate global teacher collaboration by early 2006 when MySpace and Facebook were just getting started. WeTheTeachers quickly expanded its membership and now has thousands of members from over 28 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan and Australia.
"We were searching for a well-designed social networking site for educators that could complement the educational resources we are making available to teachers," said Robert Iskander, founder and CEO of VIP Tone Inc. "We were very impressed with the design of WeTheTeachers and are excited to be working with Nate and Amy whose philosophy about supporting educators through affordable technologies closely matches ours."
WeTheTeachers.com joins a growing number of free products and services that VIP Tone provides to its EduTone Community™ members, who also include teachers from schools that subscribe to the EduTone Xchange™, a K-20 educational software and content services integration and delivery platform.
VIP Tone plans to continue enhancing the tools and expanding the amount of content within WeTheTeachers. Today VIP Tone will announce the three winners of the Apple iTouch Giveaway Contest, which aims to encourage teachers to join the WeTheTeachers.com Community's membership and to contribute their original work to its free content repository.
VIP Tone also intends to offer a free Community Edition of its popular School MATRIX® Platform to the EduTone Community, thereby increasing the quantity and improving the quality of free lesson plans on the site. "Our conservative projections for the next three years will see the EduTone Community membership increasing to over one million members with more than 100,000 lessons and files," Mr. Iskander added.
About VIP Tone, Inc.
Serving over 3,600,000 students and over 100,000 teachers in over 7,000 schools around the globe, VIP Tone helps educators create world-class school environments with one integrated solution for their learning, communication and collaboration needs. VIP Tone's product set consists of VIP PBX™, an IP telephony communication and messaging system; School MATRIX®, an education resource planning (ERP) solution; and EduTone, a pre-integrated K-20 educational software and content services delivery platform. VIP Tone is a privately held company headquartered in Alameda, California. For more information, visit the VIP Tone web site at http://www.viptone.com.
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