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iSchool Initiative
A student led, non-profit organization dedicated to revolutionizing education through implementation of innovative technology.
A student led, non-profit organization dedicated to revolutionizing education through implementation of innovative technology.

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Merry Christmas, everyone! We hope you are having an excellent holiday with family & friends.

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Thanks to everyone who joined the discussion on technology in education today.

We enjoyed meeting you (via hangout) and answering your questions. If you weren't able to watch the office hours live, please find the recording on YouTube:

Hope you all enjoyed the conversation and questions as much as we did!

Welcome everyone!  Thank you for joining our community.

Feel free to post your personal stories, share articles and pictures, or to simply voice your thoughts on any educational matter!

We look forward to fostering a community discussion around education!

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Hey Steve!

I hope you don't mind us posting this onto your community page.

We recently created an "Education Community" on G+ to foster a community conversation around educational topics.

Please join our community to support us, and feel free to post/share anything related to Education!

This community's purpose is to serve as a hub for educators, students, parents, and administrators to discuss all topics relevant to Education.

May our collaborations further Education in its endeavors to inspire tomorrow's leaders!

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A hub for educators, students, and parents to discuss Education topics

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This month's issue of our Digital Newsletter highlights our achievements and shares some of our thoughts:

Also, check out our videos on YouTube, like this one recapping our experience at ISTE2012 in San Diego, California:

Our continued success is dependent on our supporters and well-wishers, for they continue to light the fire which is our passion: Thank you for your support & happy holidays!

Travis Allen | President & CEO
iSchool Initiative

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"FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - If you have a child who gets bored in class, Travis Allen could serve as an inspiration.

In 2009, Travis Allen sat in class at Whitewater High School and tried to use his smart phone to record notes and other information for school, the teacher took if away from him.

"I used my iPhone at the time to read books, graphing calculators, etcetera, but my teachers were told they had to take them up," said Allen. "And, I had to have my parents drive to school to pick up this phone to give it back to me when I was using it to better my education."

So, he created a YouTube presentation on how cell phones and other technology might benefit students in the classroom.

"This simple device could change the face of public education. The idea is simple. Imagine a school room with no books. No papers, no expensive copy machine and no number two pencils," he said in the video.

He then developed the iSchool Initiative.

"The iSchool Initiative is a completely student-led non-profit dedicated to revolutionizing our education system through innovative technology," said Allen.

He's teaching his concept to educators and students across the country in a large bus as part of the Digital Learning Revolution.

His team recently ended a nationwide bus tour of 21 cities in 45 days to spread the message about digital learning.

The tour ended where Travis' idea for digital learning began, Whitewater High.

For Travis, his idea has come full circle because this coming year - ALL middle and high schools in Fayette County will allow BYOT - Bring Your Own Technology.

Students can't wait for the change.

"It's cool cause it's easier to pick up with notes, instead of having all those papers all over the place," said Sharod Minton, a student at Flat Rock Middle School.

Teachers spent the summer taking classes to learn how to best use the technology. Travis Allen served as one of their teachers.

"I'm personally so excited about it, but I'm having to learn so much," Joilene Price, a teacher at Bennett's Mill Middle School."
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