BoomWriter Media & Highlander Institute Partner for Rhode Island Educators Technology Heroes Program

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The Rhode Island Educators Technology Heroes Program will bring BoomWriter's interactive group-writing platform to participating classrooms on a statewide level through BoomWriter's partnership with Highlander Institute.

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Helping Rhode Island teachers be champions of technology in their classrooms

'We’re very excited to be partnering with Highlander Institute and making the BoomWriter Tech Heroes Program available to all Rhode Island educators,' said Ken Haynes, COO and co-founder of BoomWriter Media.

BoomWriter Media, the award-winning educational technology website, announced today its partnership with the Providence-based non-profit Highlander Institute on a statewide offering of BoomWriter’s Technology Heroes Program to all Rhode Island educators. The Technology Heroes Program seeks to “help teachers be champions of technology in their classrooms,” and to provide students with an engaging and academically beneficial learning experience. The Highlander Institute shares in this mission through their community of educators and professionals working to improve the educational experience of all learners in Rhode Island.

BoomWriter and the Highlander Institute are making the Tech Heroes Program available to all Rhode Island-based educators and their students. "We are excited to work with BoomWriter to bring their platform to all Rhode Island educators through the EdTechRI initiative,” said Roshni Mirchandani, Technology Integration Specialist at Highlander Institute. “As we strive to move the state towards blended learning, tools such as BoomWriter are crucial to creating a personalized environment in which students are the drivers of their own learning."

BoomWriter has conducted the Tech Heroes Program with school districts all over the country, including Boston Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, and Baltimore City Public Schools. “We’re very excited to be partnering with Highlander Institute and making the BoomWriter Tech Heroes Program available to all Rhode Island educators,” said Ken Haynes, COO and co-founder of BoomWriter Media. “Having been an educator myself,” Haynes continued, “I am thrilled to be supporting teachers on a statewide level, and I know BoomWriter’s group-writing platform will provide students with an engaging and impactful academic experience.” In a Spring 2013 survey conducted with participating teachers from Boston and Chicago Public Schools, 97% of teachers “would consider using BoomWriter again” and 95% found BoomWriter “an effective instructional tool."

Through BoomWriter’s interactive group-writing platform, students collaborate with their classmates on creative writing projects that are then turned into published books. With participation in Tech Heroes, each student and teacher will be provided with their own free copy of the book they created. BoomWriter and the Highlander Institute will kick off the Rhode Island Educators Technology Heroes Program at the third annual RIDE Innovation Powered by Technology Conference on Saturday October 25, 2014.

About BoomWriter Media, Inc.
Serving as an effective and personalized learning resource, award-winning educational technology website BoomWriter is easy-to-use and free for teachers, allowing their students to collaborate with classmates to create, share, and publish stories and other original content. BoomWriter’s interactive platform can be integrated into a variety of curricula and lets teachers deliver a fun and engaging learning experience, while students work online to develop their reading, writing, and peer assessment skills. Having originated in a middle school classroom, BoomWriter is now used in over 17,000 elementary, middle and high schools spread throughout more than 60 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.boomwriter.com

About Highlander Institute
Founded in 1990, the Highlander Institute works to ensure that all children have the educational opportunities and support they need to achieve their full potential. Institute services are directed at both students and educators, through avenues such as blended learning and expanded learning. Each year, the Institute supports more than 300 students through after-school programs, and more than 1,500 educators through professional development, events (EdTechRI, Unconferences), educator groups (EdUnderground) and the Fuse RI project. For more information, please visit http://www.highlanderinstitute.org/.

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