iSchool Initiative Digital Learning Revolution Tour Stop in Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2012

Contact: Powers Strickland, Communications Manager – 803.354.5735 or [email protected]

IT-oLogy brings iSchool Initiative Digital Learning Revolution Tour to Columbia

Columbia, SC – IT-oLogy is bringing the iSchool Initiative Digital Learning Revolution Tour to Columbia, South Carolina on August 1st. Educators, students and parents will have the opportunity to learn more about bringing mobile learning on the iPad and iPod Touch into the classroom.

iSchool Initiative, a leading organization to bring mobile learning to world classrooms, is touring 22 cities in 17 states on a Digital Learning Revolution (DLR) Tour over the summer. The DLR Tour’s theme is “Students Reforming Education,” and iSchool Initiative’s team of college students will present motivational workshops and professional technology-development services throughout the United States.

“The advancement of technology in the classroom is stunning with regard to content delivery, student engagement and more customized education,” says Lonnie Emard, Executive Director of IT-oLogy. “As with other industries who have been down this path already, it takes other changes to happen in an aligned way for this to be successful. The iSchool Initiative explores how roles and context change in the digital revolution.”

“MEBA strives to align educational initiatives with the needs of business partners,” says Dr. Kaye Shaw, Executive Director of Midlands Education and Business Alliance. “The iSchool Initiative is another collaborative opportunity to highlight the innovation and importance of technology in education.”

iSchool Initiative Founder and President Travis Allen, a college student, expects the DLR Tour to be an entertaining and mobile means to educate teachers and school administrators of technology’s potential role in the classroom.

“I believe this tour will be a catalyst that will spark change all over the country,” says Allen. “iSchool Initiative aims to bring excitement to our audiences by showing both a brighter future and how education can be engaging while meeting core requirements. Ultimately, we hope to bring confidence about new technologies to teachers hungry to capitalize on a paradigm shift about the way new generations learn.”

IT-oLogy, a platinum sponsor for the iSchool Initiative DLR Tour, is excited to bring mobile learning to Columbia. Sponsors include BlueCross BlueShield of SC, BB&T, CA Technologies, Total Comfort Solutions and Verizon. Pandoodle, another local in-kind sponsor specializing in digital brand marketing, is providing a series of YouTube videos to help promote each stop of the tour. The event will take place at IT-oLogy, located at 1301 Gervais Street, on Wednesday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is available at www.iSchool.eventbrite.com.

About iSchool Initiative
iSchool Initiative was created in 2009 when founder Travis Allen developed a passion for mobile learning after a teacher restricted him from using his iPhone as an educational tool in the classroom. This student-led nonprofit organization aims to revolutionize the education system through technology and a grassroots movement. Its mission is to inspire and educate both students and teachers to become lifelong digital learners. It accomplishes this goal by exploring the technological needs of the classroom, providing comprehensive research on the use of technology in schools and guiding educational institutions in the integration of innovative technology. More information is available at www.ischoolinitiative.org.

About IT-oLogy
IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline and advancing the IT profession. IT-oLogy does this through three major initiatives: Promote IT (K-12 schools), Teach IT (Higher Education) and Grow IT (Professionals and Businesses).

For more information about IT-oLogy, visit www.it-ology.org or contact Powers Strickland at 803.354.5735 or [email protected].

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