Saywire Captures AEP Achievement Award for Educational Technology Innovation
Back Published 2009-06-18
Fountain Hills, Ariz. — June 17
Saywire, an online learning community for K-12 education and educational organizations, was awarded the 2009 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award for Technology Innovation in Social Media. The AEP awards banquet and gala took place on June 12 in Washington. Kim Hart, C.O.O. of Saywire, was present to accept the award.
Through its Web-based platform, Saywire provides the learning environment in which educators, students and faculty, as well as clubs, teams, projects, classes, educational organizations and even common interests can safely work together to share information, knowledge and develop skills.
With its fresh and unique approach, Saywire engages students by using technologies they may already know, provides educators with easy-to-use tools to deliver 21st-century instruction and enables collaboration and learning in a secure and intuitive community. Districts across the country use Saywire for their online learning community, as well as large educational organizations such as the Technology Student Association.
"Saywire grew out of a number of needs expressed to us by educators and students alike," said Josh Hoover, chief technology officer of Saywire. "We view this award as an affirmation to the fact that our vision for a successful 21st-century learning environment is congruent with the needs and demands of today's educators and students."
Upon learning of the award, Ken Royal, director of The Educators' Royal Treatment, said, "Congratulations to Saywire for their AEP Distinguished Achievement Award for Technology Innovation in Social Media, but I wasn't surprised. It's that unique. Saywire provides a safe way for teachers and students to write, publish, organize and collaborate in a Web 2.0 way. It's more than a Wiki, blog or Web site; it's the Super Hero of safe social media solutions for K-12 Education."
According to Charlene Gaynor, CEO of AEP, the 2009 winners exemplify what it means to think in terms of the 21st-century classroom. "Despite our economic climate, I was struck by the limitless innovative ideas seen throughout this year's entries," said Gaynor. "Many products challenged educational norms and explored new ways to make the essentials fun."
One of the largest and longest-running recognition programs in the industry, the AEP Awards give credit to the organizations who are leading the way in the field of educational resources and set benchmarks to which the rest of the industry can aspire. The program's Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAAs) pit the year's top education products against one another according to entry category, subject, and grade level. The DAAs are evaluated on traits such as efficacy, usability and overall educational value and are judged by an expert panel of educators, editors, designers and technology specialists.