New York, NY (PRWEB) March 24, 2009
Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that enables collaboration for teaching and learning, announced today a three-fold increase in the number of K-12 schools and districts that have selected the Wimba Collaboration Suite™ to increase engagement, improve collaboration, extend curriculum and supplement professional development. Strategic investment in collaborative technology is a growing trend throughout North America as well as other growing markets, like the United Kingdom.
K-12 students today are 21st century learners - "born digital" - fluent in Facebook and experts at texting. The challenge of engaging these students is effectively met by Wimba's Collaboration Suite which brings students and teachers together with a combination of interactive technologies such as voice, video, podcasting, instant messaging, application sharing, polling and whiteboarding.
An increasing number of schools and districts realize the value of collaborative learning and are now investing in their online programs. The benefits of technology to address diverse learning styles, aid in the acquisition of 21st century skills, and encourage students to interact with classmates and teachers are being recognized and supported at the highest levels of government and by educators nationwide. Under the leadership of new federal education legislature, more than $100 billion dollars has recently been allocated for state and district education administrators to support education, including Web 2.0 initiatives.
This enthusiasm for collaborative technology is reflected in the growing number of K-12 schools and districts that have selected the Wimba Collaboration Suite. In 2008 alone Wimba has tripled its K-12 customer base. Over 170 districts or schools now utilize Wimba for their online learning. Some of those customers include:
- Kentucky Virtual Schools
- Louisiana Virtual School
- New Hampshire Virtual Learning Academy
- North Carolina Virtual Public School
Public School Districts
- Albuquerque Public Schools
- Baltimore City Public School System
- Brevard Public Schools
- Clear Creek Independent School District
- School Board of Clay County, Florida
- School District of Beloit
At Wimba Connect 2009, Wimba's second annual user conference taking place the first week of April, an entire conference track will focus on issues and topics around K-12 education.
"With Wimba, we are able to fulfill two critical requirements: enhancing the relationship between teachers and students and developing an online community to engage students while preparing them for the workplace," said Chanin Rivenbark, Chief Technology Officer at North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS), one of the nation's leading virtual schools. "The integrated platform and secure architecture lowers our total cost of ownership, alleviates security concerns at local school levels and maximizes our agility because it does not require additional resources or staff to run any of Wimba's collaborative solutions."
Seamless integration with leading course management systems like ANGEL® Learning, Blackboard® and Moodle give K-12 educators easy access to the Wimba Collaboration Suite.
K-12 educators enjoy these benefits with the Wimba Collaboration Suite:
- Engage students: voice discussion boards, recorded messages and announcements
- Strengthen class community and collaboration: secure, academic-focused instant messaging
- Supplement professional development: online workshops, meetings, and mentoring
- Address diverse learning styles: virtual classrooms, classroom access through live and recorded lectures, and use of interactive whiteboards
"The innovative use of our collaborative learning technologies amongst our growing number of K-12 customers is exciting," said Tommaso Trionfi, CEO at Wimba. "The rapid adoption of our solution demonstrates that K-12 teachers and administrators are enthusiastic about using collaborative technology that resonates with their students, who are today's digital natives."
Wimba is a company focused solely on education and dedicated to the principle that people learn more when they are drawn closer together. Wimba's collaborative software applications for the online education market enable institutions to bridge technology and pedagogy by supplementing course management systems with many of the proven disciplines of in-person learning environments. Wimba's intuitive solutions enable teachers and students to quickly and easily teach and learn live online, engage in live chat and instant message exchanges, benefit from oral content being added to text-based course content, and more. Teachers can also use Wimba solutions to convert Microsoft Word documents into accessible course content and to create and administer tests, quizzes, and exams. Our focus on education and collaboration with educators fuels our product development. Wimba. People Teach People. http://www.wimba.com
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