eSchool News, Xirrus launch Innovate to Educate Awards at ISTE 2016

June 27th, 2016

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Innovate to Educate Awards to recognize the best ed-tech innovation and commitment to making the digital classroom and personalized learning a reality

eSchool News, in partnership with Xirrus, provider of next generation, cloud-enabled Wi-Fi networks, invites K-12 schools and districts nationwide to participate in the first ever Innovate to Educate Awards program, kicking off June 27 at the ISTE 2016 conference at Xirrus Booth No. 2937.

The Innovate to Educate Awards program recognizes the country’s finest ed-tech initiatives, and offers schools and districts across the U.S. the opportunity to showcase their groundbreaking approach to improving teaching and learning through the use of technology. ISTE 2016 attendees will have the first chance to enter the contest which runs until October 14, 2016. Attendees can enter by creating a video that describes their ed-tech innovations at the Xirrus booth and will receive five free raffle tickets for the daily Xirrus Apple Watch drawing.

The winning school or district will be awarded the grand Innovation Showcase Prize November, 2016—a multi-faceted eSchool News media package that promotes the success of the winner’s technology program to local and national stakeholders and constituents. The award package includes a feature story in eSchool News print and digital issues, a success story for the winner to share and distribute, a grand prize winner press announcement, and a custom-designed “Innovate to Educate Winner” icon for online posting and promotion.

“Ed-tech innovation improves the way students and teachers interact and learn. Today, increased access to information and collaboration in the classroom drives more personalized learning,” said Dirk Gates, founder and executive chairman, Xirrus. “We are thrilled to partner with eSchool News to recognize and honor the successful educational institutions who implement new technologies to improve learning environments.”

The Innovate to Educate Awards program accepts entries from June 27 to Oct. 14, 2016. Schools and districts can enter by visiting and completing the entry form. Participants must also submit either a photo or a video up to 90-seconds that illustrates their innovative ed-tech initiatives. Video submissions require a You Tube or Instagram link.

A distinguished judging panel will review all entries to assess overall innovation and program success. The Innovate to Educate judges are:

• Laura Devaney, Director of News, eSchool Media, Inc.
• Dirk Gates, Founder and Executive Chairman, Xirrus
• Clifford Russell, CIO, Morehouse College

eSchool News Facebook followers will have the opportunity to share and comment on the Innovate to Educate Awards submissions, and will be voting to choose two Community Choice Award Winners at the end of the program.

“eSchool News is excited to launch the Innovate to Educate Awards contest to highlight nationwide success stories and best practices,” said Mark Buchholz, Vice President, Publishing and Engagement. “Thank you to Xirrus Wi-Fi Networks for their generous sponsorship and their commitment to the education community.”

About eSchool Media
With a combined, unduplicated audience of more than one million education decision makers, eSchool Media Inc. is the parent organization of three robust print, digital, and eMail networks, providing breaking news and vital information to brand‐specifying buyers at every level of the education field:

eSchool News (K‐12)
With approximately 945,000 visitors and readers—is found in print and on the internet
eCampus News (Higher Ed)
With approximately 94,000 visitors and readers—is found on the internet at
eClassroom News (Teachers)
With approximately 52,000 visitors and readers—is found on the internet at

The eSchool Media family of networks serves ed‐tech decision makers throughout the world, primarily in Canada and the United States. Our audience includes executive educators (from principals and every U.S. superintendent) at the building‐ and district‐level in elementary and secondary schools; administrators (from chancellors, presidents, and deans to provosts, vice presidents, and department directors) in two‐ and four‐year colleges, public and private universities, and state university systems; as well as instructors, teachers, and professors of all subjects at every grade level. eSchool Media strives to provide the best news, information, and resources to help K‐20 decision makers discover, evaluate, and procure technology to transform education and achieve educational goals.

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent “wired-like” performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi optimized solutions – high density access points, access points and cloud services – provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe and is a privately held company, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information, please visit: and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura