Co-founder of Gaggle.Net Sells Interest to Launch Web Division of FTC Publishing

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On Thursday, October 22, 2009, Michael Kessler, co-founder and Vice President of Gaggle.Net, announced that he has sold his ownership in the company to his business partner and co-founder, Jeff Patterson, to pursue the launch of WebFTC, a wholly owned subsidiary of FTC Publishing.

With the release of our latest in Web 2.0 technology, MyVRSpot, we feel we have developed a product that answers the question many districts are struggling with; How do we get students even half as excited about the technology we are using inside the district as they are about the technologies they are carrying in their backpacks and using at home?

On Thursday, October 22, 2009, Michael Kessler, co-founder and Vice President of Gaggle.Net, announced that he has sold his ownership in the company to his business partner and co-founder, Jeff Patterson, to pursue the launch of WebFTC, a wholly owned subsidiary of FTC Publishing.

Kessler founded FTC Publishing 15 years ago, Gaggle.Net 10 years ago, and now has decided to focus his energy on the launch of FTC's newest division, WebFTC. "FTC has been providing both software and print resources to K-12 school districts for 15 years, though as technology has changed, we felt it was time that FTC changed with it," said Kessler. "With the release of our latest in Web 2.0 technology, MyVRSpot, we feel we have developed a product that answers the question many districts are struggling with; How do we get students even half as excited about the technology we are using inside the district as they are about the technologies they are carrying in their backpacks and using at home?", he adds.

MyVRSpot is an innovative way to connect true Web 2.0 with curriculum content and combines several elements included in social networking sites that are popular amongst students today. Teachers and students are encouraged to create curriculum relevant videos, whether from digital camcorders, iPods, and even their cell phones, to share with others in the district. All video formats are supported, as well as MP3 files and graphic files, and all are shared within the safety of the district's "own backyard." "Our team spent more than a year conducting student focus groups to really understand what drives students to some of the most popular social networking sites", says Zach Lancaster, Vice President of Development at WebFTC. "Once we understood the appeal of these types of systems from the students perspective, we were able to move the development towards a focus on curriculum support. The end result is MyVRSpot, where students become "push button publishers" while building what will become the districts greatest online resource," he adds.

Since its inception, FTC Publishing has developed more than forty products to enhance the classroom setting. They have a wide selection of interactive games for the classroom to engage and stimulate student learning, as well as a full line of resource and project books for the Adobe Suite of products, Moodle, Google, Open Source Technologies, Podcasting, and much more.

Terms of the sale of Gaggle.Net were not disclosed.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Michael Kessler, please email Zach Lancaster at zach (at) webftc (dot) com.

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