Arkansas Department of Education Adopts MyVRSpot for Hosting and Sharing of Digital Media for Every Teacher and Student in the State

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The FTC Family of Companies' MyVRSpot online hosting and sharing solution, has been chosen by the Arkansas Department of Education to provide multimedia hosting and sharing services to every teacher and student within the state.

We are excited about the prospect of uploading video, graphic, audio, and text files to a common place, allowing all teachers throughout the state easy access to state supported media.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADOE) has entered into an agreement with the FTC Family of Companies and their MyVRSpot online system. Through the partnership, more than 450,000 public school teachers and students will have dedicated accounts and unlimited access to the MyVRSpot system, allowing for a new level of online sharing and collaboration of user-created content.

“We were originally drawn to MyVRSpot as a means to deliver media to all educators throughout the state”, said Jim Boardman, assistant commissioner of research and technology for the Arkansas Department of Education. “We are excited about the prospect of uploading video, graphic, audio, and text files to a common place, allowing all teachers throughout the state easy access to state supported media. Though as we moved through the evaluation process and saw the student interface and the social learning aspects of the system, we recognized the immediate value the system would provide our students as well”, he adds.

MyVRSpot fosters collaboration between students, teachers, and administrators, in a completely safe and secure environment. The system creates a social learning network allowing participation by all members of a school and/or district, allowing students to share their multimedia with other students and teachers. MyVRSpot provides students with a hosted web space (called a webspot) where they can upload videos, audio files, pictures, text, and more. After teacher approval, these materials can be viewed and reviewed by peers and faculty across the school or district. Using tools already in their hands – like digital cameras, portable video cameras, and their cell phones- students can submit images or video content, fulfilling assignments and creating classroom resources in their own way.

Representatives from the 15 Education Service Cooperatives across the state have already begun training as MyVRSpot administrators and will move quickly to start training the districts across the state.

About the FTC Family of Companies

The FTC Family of Companies (http://www.ftcomp.com) has spent the past 15 years providing quality educational products and services to K-12 schools and school districts. FTC Publishing develops install-based software and print resources including the award-winning GameIt! Interactive Game Series. FTC Hosting Services, featuring MyVRSpot, has been recognized as a leading company in developing online systems for utilizing technologies students use outside the classroom to enhance curriculum. WebFTC is the web-based curriculum software division of FTC, which includes the award-winning WriteIt! Live system.

Arkansas Department of Education

For more information on the Arkansas Department of Education, please visit http://www.arkansased.org.

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