Futurekids Partners with Intel, Adobe, Lenovo and Technology &
Learning Magazine to Create 21st Century Connections Technology Resource
Becoming a 21st century classroom just got a little easier with a
major new information portal for administrators, teachers and students.
The initiative is a partnership between technology companies Lenovo ,
Adobe, Intel, and Futurekids and facilitated by Technology & Learning
The web site is dedicated to delivering technology
solutions that allow students to explore ways to learn new skills and use
tools that thoroughly engage them. School districts are looking for ways
to help students acquire these new skills while they also address NCLB
“All of us are committed to producing the very best
students in America and beyond,” explained Dzana Homan, CEO of Futurekids.
“Today, that means we have to educate our students to not only be book
smart, but also have the technology skills needed to succeed in today’s
global workforce. Technology can help provide faster information for
processing information, analyzing results, and communicating effectively
so they can collaborate, solve problems and make decisions. It’s a whole
new 21st century skill set.”
As part of the partnership, teachers,
administrators and students can log into http://www.21centuryconnections.com/ and learn about
best practice techniques for creating a learning environment that takes
advantage of the very latest software, hardware, assessment and
professional development tools.
In addition, the group is planning
a series of educational symposiums for school districts across the
country. The first, scheduled for Sept. 28, 2007 in Coral Gables, Florida,
will discuss in-depth technology funding challenges and solutions
encountered by school districts. A West Coast conference covering these
topics is slated for Oct. 11, 2007 in San Francisco.
proud to be involved with such an important initiative as 21st Century
Connections,” continues Homan. “All of our partners believe that
technology has to play an integral role in learning effectiveness.
Research bears that out time and again.
But at Futurekids, we
believe it’s not just hardware or software. An integrated technology
program should also include benchmarked assessment and professional
development programs to augment the plan. What good is technology if a
teacher or a student doesn’t know how to use it?”
The group also
publishes an ongoing newsletter filled with tips and how-to articles on
technology integration in education as well as hardware and software tips
and has recently completed an online eBook entitled “Technology Planning:
Building Supper and Communication.” Individuals can sign up for the
complimentary newsletter and eBook at the 21st Century Connections web
“Working with some of the brightest minds and trendsetters
in technology has really been inspiring,” says Homan, who was recently
selected as a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard
University’s Kennedy School of Government. “All of us are committed to
making a significant impact on education, and technology gives us the
tools to do that on a broader scale with greater speed.”
Futurekids is the premier
provider of technology assessment, professional development and technology
curriculum for leading schools, universities and learning centers in the
United States and in 65 countries around the world. For more information
on Futurekids, please visit http://www.futurekids.com/.
Lenovo is an innovative,
international technology company formed as a result of the acquisition by
the Lenovo Group of the IBM Personal Computing Division. As a global
leader in the PC market, Lenovo develops, manufactures and markets
cutting-edge, high-quality PC products and value-added professional
services that provide customers around the world with smarter ways to be
productive and competitive.
Intel has for nearly 40 years pushed
the boundaries of technological innovation in order to make people's lives
more exciting, fulfilling, and easier to manage. Intel provides the
brainpower and expertise in creating of the most leading-edge processor
and wireless technology standards to help people connect and access
information anytime, anywhere.
Adobe revolutionizes how the world
engages with ideas and information. For 25 years, the company's
award-winning software and technologies have redefined business,
entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for
producing and delivering content that engages people virtually anywhere at
anytime. Adobe is one of the world's largest and most diversified software
Technology & Learning
Technology & Learning (http://www.techlearning.com/), published by NewBay Media
LLC, is a leading publication in the K-12 educational technology market.
In 2006, Technology & Learning was recognized for its commitment to
excellence, receiving several of the industry's top media accolades.