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Press Release: MyVRSpot to Provide Video Hosting Services to New York State Teachers in Support of Digital Learning Day

January 4, 2013 – The FTC Family of Companies has announced their MyVRSpot online system has been chosen by the Technology Based Learning Systems at the New York Institute of Technology, for the support of New York State Teacher Centers’ participation in the 2nd Annual Digital Learning Day. Scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2013, Digital Learning Day is a national event that showcases successful uses of technology in classroom instructional practice. New York State will accept teacher video submissions that spotlight how they are using technology to transform practice to help students meet Common Core Learning Standards, as well as achieve college and career readiness.

This year, all video submissions by New York State teachers will be submitted through the MyVRSpot system, where they will be hosted, accessed, and reviewed by the team of judges. Teachers in New York can submit their entries until January 18th, 2013, and can facilitate their entry process by visiting www.myvrspot.com/learningday. “Working with MyVRSpot for this years event was an easy decision for us. Since MyVRSpot is able to accept any video file format uploaded by our teachers, we don’t have to create restrictions for the video submissions. So whether a teacher creates their entry with a handheld video camera, with a software application like iMovie or MovieMaker, or even from a recording on their interactive whiteboard, the MyVRSpot system will handle the uploading and sharing of those entries for the judges to review”, says Stan Silverman, Director of Technology Based Learning, School of Education, New York Institute of Technology.

MyVRSpot is an online system, used by more than 550 school districts throughout the U.S., for the uploading, indexing, hosting, and sharing of all of their user-created digital content. While hosting multimedia projects, videos, images, and other digital files for students and teachers, the system becomes the district’s digital repository where all content can be shared in a safe district controlled environment. “We are committed to supporting Digital Learning Day by offering the MyVRSpot system for New York educators, as a simple solution for uploading and sharing of the video entries in a secure environment,” says Michael Kessler, CEO of FTC Family of Companies. “Partnering with the New York State Board of Education and the New York Institute of Technology to offer a platform for teachers to submit their videos on how they effectively use technology to improve student learning, directly supports our company’s mission statement,” he adds.

About Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day represents a set of activities across the United States that occurs all year long and will culminate in a national celebration in Washington, DC on February 6, 2013. Digital Learning Day celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. The inaugural Digital Learning Day—held February 1, 2012—quickly gained momentum as a grassroots effort in states, districts, schools, and classrooms. It highlighted and celebrated successful models, great teaching practice, and effective uses of technology to improve learning for all students. The inaugural Digital Learning Day also boasted tens of thousands of educators representing nearly 2 million students and 20,000 teachers.

About the FTC Family of Companies

FTC Family of Companies (http://www.ftcomp.com) has spent the past 18 years developing and publishing educational products and services that help K-12 schools and districts stay ahead of the technology curve. From their leading MyVRSpot (http://www.myvrspot.com) online hosting service to their newly released Teacher Gaming Network (www.teachergaming.net) and FileBlimp system (http://www.fileblimp.com) for cloud-based storage, FTC will continue to lead the way in developing affordable new technologies in support of K-12 education.

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