Pennsylvania's Association Of Intermediate Units (PAIU) Deploys The EduTone Gateway Statewide

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Effort underway to save schools millions of dollars each year by automating the delivery and provisioning of software and content services through a statewide gateway

“The EduTone solution allows us to economically license and deploy digital content and software throughout PAIU potentially saving schools millions of dollars each year." Dr. Lawrence O'Shea, executive director Delaware County IU and chairman of PAIUnet

EduTone Corporation and the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) announced today the deployment of the EduTone Xchange™ Platform as a Statewide Application Gateway to automate the distribution of and access to web-based instructional software applications and digital content libraries. Funded by a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), PAIU’s Statewide Application Gateway is available at no cost to each of the 29 member Intermediate Units (IUs) and 500 school districts which serve more than 2400 private and public schools in the State.

The EduTone Xchange Gateway will provide a centrally managed infrastructure for streamlining application integration and end-user management. This solution will enable secure single sign-on to an unlimited number of third-party hosted or internally deployed applications. Through the initial deployment, the PAIU Application Gateway integrates access to Cloud-hosted services such as Google App™ for Education, Study Island™, Discovery Education™ and Learn360™, in addition to IU-hosted applications such as Moodle LMS™, PAIU’s Keystone Commons™, Safari Montage™, and Outlook Web Access™, among others. Additionally, plans have been developed to host the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Standards Aligned systems (SAS) portal on PAIUnet.

“We are delighted to have an innovative, mature and highly reputable organization select and implement the EduTone Xchange Platform throughout Pennsylvania,” commented Robert Iskander, chief executive officer of EduTone Corporation. “It is rewarding to see our solution impacting, and arguably improving, the academic experience of some 1.8 million students through a single deployment. The stakeholders in this project are delivering upon the promise of a personalized education experience, and we look forward to seeing the progression of this effort as our collaboration expands.”

Each end-user site - be it an IU, school district, or an individual school - will benefit from a delegated administration tool for its own organization. This tool allows each to customize their application connectors, role-based policy and end-user database integration. Further, each has the option to synchronize the Gateway with their Active Directory LDAP or Student Information System (SIS). This step alone streamlines end-user identity management, automates application provisioning and enables single sign-on authentication.

“We believe that the EduTone Statewide Application Gateway creates efficiencies in delivering content and applications to each student and teacher in the State,” said Dr. Lawrence O'Shea, executive director of Delaware County IU and chair of PAIUnet. “This solution allows us to economically license and deploy digital content and software applications through PAIU negotiated licensing and distribution agreements, potentially saving schools millions each year. Leveraging these cost savings will allow us to then invest this newfound funding in much needed resources that are being eliminated through recent budget cuts.”

“The EduTone Xchange significantly reduces the complexity and frustration of managing end-user passwords and access rights to content and applications within each of our IU’s”, said Geoff Craven, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) telecommunications manager. “It also removes many of the barriers teachers and students face in accessing these resources by making them available securely and easily from one simple EduTone Passport, which is a web-based widget embedded in each organization’s portal.”

The EduTone Xchange Platform was originally launched in July 2008 and is in use by schools across the United States and Australia. To date, the EduTone Ecosystem consists of more than 150 third-party applications that already have custom-developed EduTone Connectors. The solution is available for a free 90-day trial by any educational organization, and it has been licensed by several Partners for resale and global OEM distribution. The EduTone Xchange Platform offers on-demand Application Catalogs for the K-20 education vertical market, and currently powers the Digital Marketplace for the National Association for Media & Technology Centers (NAMTC) and the On-Demand Apps Store for WeTheTeachers.com, a global Web 2.0 Professional Community of Teachers.

About EduTone Corporation:
EduTone Corporation provides sustainable technology that schools need in order to deliver the 21st century teaching and learning environments their stakeholders require. The EduTone XchangeTM is a state-of-the-art, Web 3.0 Platform-as-a-Service technology that enables on-demand, one-to-one services delivery in the Education Enterprise. EduTone Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of VIP Tone Inc., a privately held corporation headquartered in Alameda, California. For more information, visit http://www.EduTone.com

About Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU):
Established in 1971 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, intermediate units operate as regional educational service agencies providing cost-effective, management-efficient programs to Pennsylvania’s 501 public school districts and over 2,400 non-public and private schools. In addition, intermediate units serve as liaison agents between the school districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information, visit http://www.paiu.org
Press Contact: Yanni Kalajakis, EduTone Corporation
press(at)edutone(dot)com or (866)901-TONE x-9000.

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