Educators Transforming Professional Development in New Economy

Pleasanton, California (EastBayDaily) — Today, cutting costs is the new normal. As a result, academic institutions are saving time and money using web, audio, video, and social networking solutions from Elluminate, Inc. in place of face-to-face meetings, training, and professional development, including one K-12 school district that saved over $130,000 in its first year of product use.

Budget reductions combined with a soft economy contribute to intensive cost-savings measures for state departments of education and school districts nationwide, but professional development doesn’t have to suffer. With tools like the Elluminate Learning Suite™, ElluminateVCS™, and LearnCentral, educators are maximizing resources to provide effective, affordable professional development for faculty and staff.

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) uses Elluminate in a number of ways, resulting in an annual savings of over $110K. “For our in-house professional development, we brought in presenters via Elluminate rather than incur the travel expense having them come to us,” said Kristie Clements, director of Module Development, SREB Learning Centered Leadership Program. “In our new project converting our Learning Center Leadership modules to online courses, all of our development teams are meeting via Elluminate to share documents, URLs, and other resources to expedite the work of developing the online courses.”

For DeKalb County School System, engaging staff online meant reaching 83 schools and 2,800 leaders and teachers for professional development over the course of the 2009-2010 school year. “Elluminate Live! provides a cost-effective option for professional development, reducing the time and travel associated with face-to-face training,” said Kelli Wright, director of Elementary Instruction. “Teachers get real-time demonstrations on using applications, and Elluminate Live! works with other technology tools, like the Wacom tablet, to maximize hands-on learning opportunities.”

Many other school districts and state departments of education are using Elluminate for professional development, including Alabama Board of Education, Broward County Public Schools (Florida), Gwinnett County Public Schools (Georgia), Harris County Board of Education (Texas), and New York State Teacher Centers.

The 2010 U.S. National Education Technology Plan (NETP) calls for the use of technology to help build the capacity of educators by facilitating “connected teaching,” where ineffective professional development is replaced by continuous and collaborative professional learning.

“The best way to prepare today’s students to compete in a global economy is to first prepare our teachers,” said Elluminate President Maurice Heiblum. “The technology to support connected teaching is available now. When training and travel budgets are slashed, interactive, online professional development with Elluminate Live! just makes sense, enabling schools to facilitate 21st century skill building while spending less.”

About Elluminate Elluminate, Inc. delivers best-in-class web, audio, video, and social networking solutions optimized for 21st century teaching, learning, and collaboration. The company helps unify enterprise technologies to ensure that learning and collaboration happen in a better, faster, and more efficient way. Since its founding in 2000, the company has grown to provide over 1 billion web-collaboration minutes annually, serving over 7 million teachers and students located in over 170 different countries.

Elluminate was named one of Deloitte’s 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies and was positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing, 2009. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Pleasanton, California, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, IBM, K12 Inc., Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and many others. For more information, visit


Jennifer Avrhami