Elluminate Award Recognizes Laurel Spring School for Best Practices, Creativity in Technology and Educational Methods

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Elluminate, Inc., the leading provider of online collaboration tools serving seven million teachers and students in 170 countries, named Laurel Springs School a 2010 Center of Excellence winner and named Laurel Springs teacher, Diane Elliot, an Elluminate Hero.

We feel that this group of institutions elevated education during this economically tumultuous year through their inspiring creativity

Elluminate, Inc., the leading provider of online collaboration tools serving seven million teachers and students in 170 countries, named Laurel Springs School a 2010 Center of Excellence winner and named Laurel Springs teacher, Diane Elliot, an Elluminate Hero. Laurel Springs School is the leading college preparatory, accredited, private distance learning school for kindergarten through twelfth grade, serving students worldwide.

"Laurel Springs School is proud to receive the Elluminate award for best practices and creativity in technology. Our students, families and staff are enriched by Diane Elliot's enthusiasm and commitment to distance learning and our school community," said Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, founder and director of Laurel Springs School. "Laurel Springs has a 25-year history of offering the best learning experiences by marrying technology and education. Elluminate has given us yet another technology to enhance our worldwide distance learning community. With Elluminate's sophisticated platform, and Diane Elliot's leadership, we are interacting with students and parents across the country and worldwide."

All Laurel Springs teachers have their own Elluminate Live! classrooms, and the school uses Elluminate to host monthly virtual open houses, including one about socializing the virtual student by using games, sharing work, creating personal slides, forming student clubs, holding contests and showcasing student projects. Students also collaborate on homework, review for exams, hear guest speakers and share ideas.

This is Elluminate's 5th year recognizing international educational and corporate institutions for their best practices and for leading the way in technological methods of teaching, learning and conducting related business processes. The seven institutions that were recognized in 2010 include: Arizona Virtual Academy, Laurel Springs School, London Knowledge Lab, NSW Businesslink, Rock Island Elementary, Thomas University, and Wright State University.

"We feel that this group of institutions elevated education during this economically tumultuous year through their inspiring creativity," said Elluminate President Maurice Heiblum. "We are pleased to see that so many schools and companies are creatively using Elluminate products to adapt to the ever-changing environments."

Elluminate also recognizes Elluminate Heroes, who are the individuals or teams responsible for their institutions being accepted into the Centers of Excellence Program. Winners demonstrate real world results, including increased student achievement.

About Laurel Springs School
Laurel Springs School, founded in 1991, is an accredited, college prep private school offering distance learning programs and teacher services for students in grades K-12. Located in Ojai, California Laurel Springs serves students across the United States and in 43 countries. Laurel Springs uses web-based communication tools, a standards-based curriculum, and personalized instruction to offer students the highest quality home education experience. Laurel Springs offers gifted and talented students an alternative to traditional schools and an opportunity to become part of a thriving online community. Laurel Springs School

About Elluminate, Inc.
Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class web, audio, video, and social networking solutions that support 21st century teaching, learning, and collaboration. The company serves more than 624 million annual web-collaboration minutes to over seven million teachers and students located in 170 different countries. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Pleasanton, California, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, Apple Computer, California State University, Florida Virtual School, Georgetown University, K12 Inc., London Knowledge Lab, Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Novell, Queen's University, Royal Veterinary College, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more. For more information, visit http://www.elluminate.com . Elluminate Live! is a registered trademark of Elluminate, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Laurel Springs School Media Contact:
Leslie Davis
ldavis(at)laurelsprings(dot)com
(805) 272-5410

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