SOURCE: Elluminate

May 13, 2008 14:21 ET

Elluminate Announces Continued Momentum in K-12 Traditional and Virtual School Markets

Success of Live eLearning and Web Collaboration Environment Demonstrated by Use for Teaching, Learning, and Collaboration

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and web collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, announced today its continued market momentum for K-12 academic institutions, both traditional and virtual. The Elluminate Live!® virtual classroom enables teachers to engage all students, including those who are gifted, disabled, or at risk. In addition, administrators can leverage limited teaching resources, reduce travel and teleconferencing costs with system-wide online meetings, and foster a culture of collaboration between instructors, schools, and districts.

Elluminate's continued strong performance and market leadership in the K-12 arena includes a client roster of hundreds of school districts, state departments of education, and public, private, and virtual schools. Recently acquired or renewed Elluminate K-12 customers include Alabama Department of Education, Albuquerque Public Schools, Chester County Intermediate Unit, Education Bradford, Fairfax County Public Schools, Liberty Christian School, Minnesota Online High School, Minneapolis Public Schools, Nunavut Department of Education, School District of Beloit, South Kitsap School District, Stockton City Learning Centre, Virtual School Society, and many more.

Many long-term Elluminate customers, such as K12 Inc., have shown significant growth in product use over the years. "In 2005, K12 began using Elluminate Live! as part of a pilot aimed at understanding the applications of this online collaboration tool to the learning environments of our students," said Guadalupe Vander Ploeg, senior manager, Teacher Effectiveness Division. "Since then we have expanded the program and witnessed usage increases that translate into additional instruction hours provided to our students. The added effect has also been the improved quality of the relationship with students and families. We are preparing students with 21st century skills by providing them with a world-class K12 curriculum, building on their reservoirs of technology knowledge through the use of Elluminate Live! and through direct instructional support by our teachers."

For the past four years, the Stockton City Learning Centre has used Elluminate Live! for a variety of creative initiatives, including Rocks from Space, a project involving multiple schools where students investigate the solar system with the help of scientists. "We are delighted that, after several years of being a hosted customer and receiving such excellent support from Elluminate, we have now taken the step of purchasing a perpetual licence," said Deputy Director Val Brooks. "Our experience and relationship with Elluminate has always been positive, and through their continued support, we have had the opportunity to expand and consolidate our usage through many exciting projects. The inclusion and appreciation of our views and suggestions in the development of Elluminate has been a privilege and we look forward to our relationship continuing in the future."

Chester County Intermediate Unit initially used Elluminate's online web conferencing to replace face-to-face training for state school board members, eventually opening up the sessions to other leaders and educators statewide. In addition, the use of Elluminate Live! has expanded to more educational regions. "I've personally trained staff in the other 28 intermediate units to become moderators, so now they all use Elluminate Live! for staff development, meetings, and collaboration," said CCIU Program Development and Support Coordinator Diane Thomson. "It's also used by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to roll out major initiatives across the state, like the Classroom of the Future program."

"We are extremely proud of our stellar list of K-12 customers, which speaks to our best-in-class live eLearning products, extensive experience in the academic market, and long-term relationships with our partners," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Elluminate, Inc. "Elluminate Live! benefits all school environments, adding synchronous content to asynchronous distance learning and expanding the boundaries of the physical classroom."

About Elluminate, Inc.

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration that deliver exceptional outcomes, including enhanced learning experiences, increased retention and completion rates, and higher ROI. Elluminate Live! features high-quality voice over the Internet, robust interactive functionality, and unique No User Left Behind™ technology that supports multiple platforms and low-bandwidth connectivity. Elluminate has served more than 300 million web-collaboration minutes to over 3 million teachers and students located in 185 different countries.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, Apple Computer, California State University, Duke University, Florida Virtual School, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, K12, Inc., London Knowledge Lab, Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Novell, Queen's University, Royal Veterinary College, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more. The winner of several prestigious awards, the company is also one of Deloitte's 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies and is positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing, 2007. For more information, visit http://www.elluminate.com.

Elluminate Live! is a registered trademark of Elluminate, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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