T.H.E. Journal and edWeb.net launch EdTech Innovators PLC

edWeb.netT.H.E. Journal, the leading source of news, information and trends in K-12 education technology, and edWeb.net, a professional social and learning network for the education community, announce the launch of EdTech Innovators, an online professional learning community (PLC) that will profile educators who are exceptional in their use of technology for teaching and learning.

EdTech Innovators will host a series of webinars presented by T.H.E. Journal Executive Editor, Christopher Piehler, that will profile educators who are using technology in innovative ways. The educators will be selected by the editors of T.H.E. Journal as part of their “Innovator of the Month” profile.

Teachers, librarians, and administrators will present all of the creative ways they are integrating technology in education. These carefully selected educators will share a variety of tools and applications that touch every aspect of the school community. This is not just about big budgets, but how truly innovative educators are using what’s at hand, and even writing grants themselves, to reach kids, change their lives, and make them better citizens.

The first “Innovator of the Month” is Terri Simpson, a middle school English teacher at Maplewood Middle School in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Terri began using technology with Palm devices to download Shakespeare plays. Her students begin rewriting the plays in their own words and even put on their own production. She now uses iPods, digital cameras, iPads, student voting systems, and cloud computing to improve technology skills and make learning fun. Terri has written several grants to support her use of technology in the classroom.

edWeb.net and T.H.E. Journal hosted a webinar with Terri Simpson to help spread the word on the many ways Terri uses technology and funds her ideas.

The EdTech Innovators community on edWeb.net will extend the conversation and collaboration with online discussions and an archive of webinar recordings and resources. Participants will receive a continuing education certificate for attending or viewing the webinars.

T.H.E. Journal is dedicated to helping K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, technologists, and tech-savvy educators within districts, schools, and classrooms improve and advance teaching, learning, and school administration through the use of technology.

Piehler said, “Our magazine is about technology best practices for educators, and the Innovator feature showcases the best of the best. These are not just educators who buy a bunch of equipment-they go out of their way to do something creative, and we really want to share the amazing things they are bringing to the classroom.”

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, added, “We are so delighted we are collaborating with T.H.E. Journal on this new professional learning community. edWeb members are especially interested in using technology in education, so we know they will be interested in learning from their peers about all the creative ways they can use technology. And we’ll be promoting this program to educators across the country thanks to our partnership with MCH Strategic Data.”

Listen to an interview on Education Talk Radio as Terri Simpson talks about her use of technology, and Christopher Piehler and Lisa Schmucki talk about the EdTech Innovators program.

Educators can join this free program at www.edweb.net/innovation.

For more information, contact:
Erin Pettus, Communications Coordinator, edWeb.net
erin@edweb.net | 800-575-6015 ext 104

Christopher Piehler, Executive Editor, T.H.E. Journal
cpiehler@1105media.com | 818-814-5283

 About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb makes it easy to move forward faster with ideas that transform teaching and learning. edWeb hosts free professional learning communities on key topics in education and won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. In addition, edWeb is a finalist for the 2013 CODieE T.HAward sponsored by SIIA. edWeb reaches 3.5 million educators in the U.S. through our membership and our partnership with MCH Strategic Data. Learn more at www.edweb.net.

About T.H.E. Journal
T.H.E. Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, technologists, and tech-savvy educators within districts, schools, and classrooms to improve and advance the learning process through the use of technology. Launched in 1972, T.H.E. Journal was the first magazine to cover education technology. With a distribution of 100,000, T.H.E. Journal is the leading resources for administrative, technical, and academic technology leaders in K-12 education. Learn more at www.thejournal.com.

About MCH Strategic Data
MCH Strategic Data (www.mchdata.com) is a U.S. based compiler of comprehensive K-12 and early childhood marketing databases. MCH provides email, direct mail, telemarketing, on-line, social media, and geospatial marketing solutions focused on more than five million K-12 educators. The company’s business-to-institution focus includes government agencies, hospitals, medical practices, schools, school districts, and churches. MCH is headquartered in Sweet Springs, Missouri, with additional offices in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Missouri.