uBoost Selected To Host Panel at iNacol's Virtual School Symposium Addressing Student Engagement and Online Credit Recovery Course Completion

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Session will include panel speakers, live audience polling, student testimonials, and student survey results.

uBoost , the nation’s largest student recognition and rewards platform, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a panel at the Virtual School Symposium Conference taking place on November 15-16 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa.

Panel members, including Jeff Piontek, Head of School at Hawaii Technology Academy, will examine the role recognition and motivation play in driving student engagement and course completion in online credit recovery programs. In addition, live audience polls will be compared to the results of an online student survey. More than 2300 online students completed a survey about their favorite forms of recognition and who they most value receiving recognition from.

“It will be interesting to see if attendees’ beliefs about student recognition and engagement are in line with what students have reported as their key motivating factors”, says John Bower, CEO of uBoost. “We hope the results of peer polls and the survey are useful and can enhance student engagement and online course completion rates.”

uBoost’s panel is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16th between 9:45-10:45am in room Cascade D.

About Jeff Piontek
Jeff Piontek is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly). He has worked with school districts nationally on affecting educational change and reform. Jeff is a former Director of Instructional and Informational Technology for the NYC Department of Education and State Science Specialist for the Hawaii Department of Education.

His book, Blog's, Wiki's, and Podcast's, Oh My!, Electronic Media in the classroom has been well received by the education community and his newest book focuses on “Creativity and Innovation in the Digital World”.

He has received many accolades including “Innovation in the Economy by an Individual” from the Governor of the State of Hawaii for his STEM education work. He is an active member of the National Governor's Association STEM committee as well as the State of Hawaii Economic Development Workforce Committee.

About the Virtual School Symposium
Online learning is an important innovation in K-12 education. The VSS conference provides professional development for K-12 administrators, policy leaders and practitioners; important networking opportunities; access to expertise and analysis, trends and research; and thought-provoking sessions for leaders looking to help shape the future of education, find solutions for college-readiness, credit recovery, core and advanced courses, as well as target personalized learning solutions for students across the K-12 grade-levels. For more information, please visit: http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org.

About iNACOL
iNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership association based in the Washington, DC area with more than 3,100 members. iNACOL is unique in that its members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and research institutions, corporate entities and other content and technology providers (http://www.inacol.org).

iNACOL hosts the annual Virtual School Symposium from Nov. 14 – 16, 2010 in Glendale, AZ (http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org).

About uBoost
uBoost provides educators with an automated solution to deliver relevant recognition for positive behaviors and incremental academic achievement. Working with all age groups, curricula and achievement levels, uBoost partners with publishers, school districts, online schools, tutoring companies and private education companies to design and implement customized recognition and rewards programs that foster student motivation, improve classroom behavior, and encourage parent engagement.

uBoost appreciates that students are unique – that they learn differently and that intrinsic motivation varies across subject areas. uBoost’s platform encourages students to put forth their maximum effort by recognizing their individual academic achievements in the form of performance-based badges, coveted spots on achiever leader boards, daily email alerts, and award points redeemable for rewards including forty charitable giving opportunities and access to games only available on uBoost. Clients may also offer merchandise and gift cards in their customized rewards catalog ranging in value from $.01 to $200.00.

New recognition tools, rewards, and contests are added regularly to keep up with students' changing interests and to ensure relevancy throughout the school year.

For more information about uBoost, call 808-377-4810 or visit: http://www.uBoost.com


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