Scottsdale, AZ — Aug. 13, 2012 — The U.S. Department of Education has declared August to be Connected Educators Month, and to help schools and districts reap the professional learning rewards of their online communities and learning networks, Evans Newton Inc. (ENI), a leading provider in professional development, curriculum and instruction, coaching and school transformation, and Saywire, the creator of the award-winning social learning platform of the same name, are co-hosting a webinar this month. Scheduled for Wed., Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. EST, the “Essential Tools for Optimizing Professional Learning Communities” webinars will explain and demonstrate the technology features of professional learning communities (PLC) that enable educators to become lifelong learners.
Josh Hoover, chief technology officer of Saywire, will cohost the webinars and showcase the features and capabilities of the Saywire® online application. He will explain how to use the knowledge sharing platform’s built-in tools to create engaging individual, group and project-based learning activities for blended, distance and virtual learning communities of any size.
Carole Everhart, ENI’s director of professional learning, coaching and virtual implementation, will demonstrate how the company uses Saywire’s technology in its TargetPLC® system. She will explain how the resulting virtual professional learning networks (PLN) allow for action-oriented professional development, online collaboration and sharing, plus the reflection and feedback necessary for ongoing professional growth. Webinar attendees will also learn how to create a PLN with the application and how teachers can use the same format to provide networking capabilities for their students.
The “Essential Tools for Optimizing Professional Learning Communities” webinar is free of charge but pre-registration is required. To register, visit http://www.evansnewton.com/cem/.
Saywire has been designing and building online learning communities for almost a decade. The company’s goal has always been to work with teachers, students, and administrators to design tools that easily adapt to any curriculum and empower people to become better learners. What started out as a simple site for teachers and students to archive pictures and media files has evolved into a full scale, self-contained learning community complete with tools for communicating, writing, collaborating, sharing and much more. For more information, visit https://saywire.com.
About Evans Newton Inc.
Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) is a company of educators who are experts in school transformation. Since 1973, ENI has partnered with thousands of K-12 schools, districts, and state departments of education to create dramatic improvements in student performance. Through a highly collaborative process of goal-setting, standards alignment, curriculum and assessment development, professional development and coaching, ENI empowers teachers and school leaders to transform their schools and get results. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. Visit ENI at: www.evansnewton.com.