edWeb.net - A professional social network for the education community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEedWeb.net, MCH, and DayEDigital partner on new Inbound Marketing Webinar SeriesPRINCETON, NJ, February 3, 2015 – edWeb.net, MCH Strategic Data, and DayEDigital have partnered to present The Inbound Marketing Playbook webinar series, presented by Carmen Arnevik, the founder and chief marketing strategist of DayEDigital.This dynamic webinar series will explore the rise of content marketing and storytelling, help you develop your strategy for inbound marketing, show you how to build a content strategy and roadmap, and help you amplify your message to increase leads and sales.Carmen Arnevik, the presenter of the series, is an inbound marketing maven who has developed an effective strategy for inbound marketing that specifically addresses the education industry. She has recently founded DayEDigital to help organizations in the education industry make better use of social and content marketing to enhance brand awareness, build relationships, and generate high quality leads.

The first webinar in the series will introduce the Inbound Marketing Playbook and provide an overview of the topics to be covered in the series including video marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, data management, and more. Participants will to learn how to put all these channels together into a cohesive strategy and tactical plan. The webinar will be highly interactive and provide an opportunity to connect with the presenter, Carmen Arnevik, and colleagues in the industry during the live chat. You can register here.

The Inbound Marketing Playbook is co-presented by edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data as part of theEducation Marketing Focus community on edWeb.net. This professional learning community provides a forum for colleagues in the education industry to share information and resources, raise questions, and get advice. It has never been more important to keep up on the changes in education that are impacting how teachers teach, how students learn, and how the education industry can provide the most effective solutions to improve teaching and learning.

For more information, contact: 

Lisa Schmucki | Founder and CEO, edWeb.net
(908) 407-2755 | lisa@edweb.net

Carmen Arnevik | Founder and Chief Strategist, DayEDigital
(206) 612-2723 | carmen@dayedigital.com

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to collaborate, share innovative ideas, and improve teaching and learning. We provide the support and training educators need to advance their own practice, build better schools, and prepare students for life-long learning and career success. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need — edWeb.net fills that gap. Learn more atwww.edweb.net or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

About DayEDigital

DayEDigital is a full-service marketing and communications agency offering marketing services through the lens of our edtech expertise. Whether through traditional techniques in advertising, direct marketing, promotions, event marketing, public relations, or the latest techniques to tap the power of the Internet-such as email marketing, search marketing, social media, online advertising, and online events-we’re here to drive results. Learn more at www.dayedigital.com.
About MCH Strategic Data
MCH Strategic Data is a leading source of compiled K-12 marketing databases, and provides email, direct mail, telemarketing, online and geospatial marketing solutions focused on more than five million K-12 educators. With the launch of Infinite Access and Monitor Service, MCH is the unparalleled provider of solutions for education sales and marketing. The Sweet Springs, MO company focuses on business-to-institution markets, including government agencies, hospitals, medical practices, schools, school districts, and churches. MCH is a strategic partner of edWeb.net and is helping to spread the word about edWeb to the preK-12 education community. Learn more at www.mchdata.com.

 

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3rd Quote solves K-12 Edtech procurement issues

Edtech product democratizes discovery, evaluation, review, & purchasing into a single, secure platform at no cost

Los Angeles, CA (February 3, 2015)—3rd Quote, the first and only online community and marketplace that facilitates EdTech product discovery, research, evaluation, and purchasing into a single, secure platform, announces two major features designed to further empower schools and Edtech providers: Report Card and Budget Planner.

K-12 school technology leaders have a difficult time finding, researching, buying, and reviewing quality Edtech products in an efficient manner.  3rd Quote bridges this gap by providing Schools a discovery engine, an automated proposal request system, provider reviews, a collaborative production evaluation tool (Report Card), comparative pricing data, budget planning tool, and real-time data.

Harold Jensen, District Technology Coordinator of Howard-Winnishiek Community Schools in Cresco, Iowa comments, “Once you explained 3rd Quote to me, I was sold. I wish 3rd Quote was available for our outside wireless project. It was tough finding qualified providers.”

Will Nagaj, Technology Service Manager for the Griffin-Spalding County Schools in Griffin, Georgia, adds, “I’m always looking for 3 quotes. This is perfect. Wish we had this for our data center. Also, we were just told we have to spend grant money. This is just what we need.”

“We are pleased and honored by their and other’s reaction to 3rd Quote. These are hard working people with a lot on their plates and not much time. Democratization, empowerment, collaboration, and giving voice is in our DNA as a company.  We are impassioned about offering a product that will truly help these school tech directors in Iowa, Georgia, and across the US.  The pain points for Edtech procurement don’t stop at state lines. In fact, it’s well documented.”

“Shortening the Edtech sales cycle and helping schools to improve their purchasing decisions through the use of our simple to use tools is our mission. Traditional search engines just aren’t cutting it.” states Alpesh Patel, 3rd Quote COO & Co-Founder. “We are also pleased to announce two new major 3rd Quote features designed to empower schools and Edtech providers: Report Card and Budget Planner.”

New Feature: Report Card

The Report Card is the first collaborative evaluation tool available to K-12 schools in the US. It gives all school stakeholders a voice in the decision-making process of Edtech providers or solutions empowering them.  Key features include:

  • Adding Team Members (any/all stakeholders)
  • Review and Monitoring of Key Milestones
  • 8 Review Rating Categories (Sliding Scale)
  • Include Provider & 3rd Party Research
  • Commenting System (to allow private discussions)
  • Easy to Create

3rd Quote providers are able to see school created Report Cards’ summative evaluations without identifying the school or team members.

New Feature: Budget Tool

The Budget Tool is another industry first for K-12 US schools. It is designed with the Director of Technology, Technology Coordinator, and/or Network Manager in mind. Key features include:

  • Easy Access & Creation
  • Category Selection
  • Funding Source
  • Provider Identification
  • Cost
  • Linking to Existing Proposals & New Proposals
  • Linking to Existing Report Cards & New Proposals
  • Download Data as a CSV File & Google Drive Integration

 

For more information about 3rd Quote and their education solutions please visit: http://the3rdquote.com

About 3rd Quote

3rd Quote solves the documented, well-known Edtech procurement issue

by hosting the first and only online comprehensive collective of schools, providers, and tools that democratizes Ed Tech product discovery, research, evaluation, and purchasing into a single, secure, and simple platform.

 

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Neverware launches a new cloud-based operating system, CloudReady

Innovative software installation will make its industry debut at TCEA 2015

NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2015) – Chromebooks are one of the hottest trends in EdTech, but with ever-tightening district budgets, schools are struggling to balance new expenditures with previous PC investments that reportedly account for approximately 80% of the hardware in schools.  To combat this, Neverware has launched CloudReady, a product that provides a bridge for PCs to migrate to the faster, lighter, centrally managed, browser-based world of Google Apps for Education.

Created using Google’s open source operating system, Chromium, CloudReady transforms a PC into a light, fast, secure, cloud-based user experience.  PCs running CloudReady can be used in a classroom together with Chromebooks; creating a unified, singular, consistent, Google Apps for Education experience. From a management perspective, technology administrators will be able to work with a unified network, under a single Google Admin console thus lightening the management load on school and district IT staff; while breathing new life into hardware expenditures of the past few years.

The Chromebook user experience has the power to change education as we know it, but schools face real challenges when it comes to balancing their existing technology infrastructure while embracing the new cloud-based operating system.  Even for schools with the budget to invest in moving to Chromebooks, CloudReady ensures that their existing PC infrastructure remains relevant. The road to 1:1 adoption in schools just became a little bit shorter with CloudReady!

Neverware will unveil CloudReady at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2015 conference in Austin, Texas.

“Everyone in the EdTech industry knows that TCEA is a key conference for new products to make their debut,” said Founder and CEO Jonathan Hefter. “We look forward to introducing CloudReady to all of the attendees and industry stakeholders there, and we hope they walk away as excited about CloudReady as we are.”

For more information, visit http://www.neverware.com/.

About Neverware

Neverware is a company founded on the underlying belief that students deserve access to the most innovative and cutting-edge technology. Schools and districts are scrambling to establish a technology infrastructure that is both equipped and capable of setting students up for success; that means giving students access to the appropriate hardware, powered by reliable networks. These are big tasks and, more importantly, costly tasks. Founder Jonathan Hefter envisioned a plan that would allow schools to both maximize investments made in hardware and improve student experience; thus Neverware was born in 2013.Media Contact

Sue Hanson

PR with Panache!

sue@prwithpanache.com

 

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President’s $200 Million Budget Proposal, an Investment in Building the Capacity for Personalized Learning
Washington, DC (February 2, 2015) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request to Congress:
“The Administration took an important first step today toward strengthening schools’ dated and insufficient technology infrastructure, including building educators’ capacity to appropriately use technology. Our schools, particularly those in our poorest communities, have fallen hard on the wrong side of the digital divide and this investment could help them catch up at a critical moment of education reform.“By proposing $200 million in education technology state grants, the Administration is rightly trying to complement the FCC’s new broadband investments and demonstrating the commitment that’s needed to provide American educators and students with the tools needed to ensure all kids graduate high-school ready for college and career.“The proposed funds would, importantly, help build capacity across states. This would give educators and district technology leaders the ability to share ideas and discover and implement proven practices to use digital tools to improve educational experiences.“We hope Congress and the Administration will lock arms and secure this critical investment for the nation’s students and teachers.”

About CoSN
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visitcosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.
Learn about CoSN’s 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, March 16-19, at: cosnconference.org.
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