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Advanced Network & Services and BellSouth Foundation announce funding support for the NetDay Student Voices Resource Center

IRVINE, CA, JUNE 21, 2004 - NetDay, the national education technology nonprofit group, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Advanced Network & Services and BellSouth Foundation to establish the NetDay Student Voices Resource Center, a comprehensive, online “how-to” kit designed to empower students in grades K-12 to be part of local decision-making on the use of technology in education.

The NetDay Student Voices Resource Center is a tangible response to Speak Up Day 2003 in which 210,000 students from 3,000 schools in all 50 states went on line and shared their views of technology use. NetDay’s National Report on Speak Up Day for Students 2003, Voices and View from Today’s Tech-Savvy Student, is available on

“ During Speak Up Day, students asked how they could become more involved in educational decision making at their schools and in their communities,” explained Julie Evans, NetDay CEO. “The NetDay Student Voices Resource Center will directly answer that request by providing our students with a roadmap of best practices and resources for student engagement within education, and specifically around technology issues that are so important to today’s tech-savvy students. The Center builds on NetDay’s long-standing reputation and legacy of using the web as an organizing and community-building tool to impact change and stimulate discussions. I am excited to have this opportunity to work with both Advanced Network & Services and BellSouth Foundation to provide this unique and valuable toolkit for student empowerment.”

The NetDay Student Voices Resource Center (SVRC), to be housed at, will include the following online features:

  • A step-by-step student appropriate “how-to guide” for increasing student engagement around technology in the schools and communities,
  • A directory of the best resources on the web for student engagement, all reviewed and annotated by NetDay editors,
  • A collection of featured best practices and real stories, from students and for students, about what students are doing to make a difference at their own schools,
  • A bulletin board/chat area for questions and discussions among the students,
  • A speakers’ bureau for online presentations and blogs by leaders in the fields of education, reform, technology and civic engagement, and
  • Sections for parents and educators with information on how to understand and support the students in their local school engagement efforts.

In announcing the funding award, Allan H. Weis, founder of Advanced Services & Network said “The NetDay Student Voices Resource Center will provide our nation’s students with the knowledge base, support tools and peer network to insure that their good ideas on technology use can be effectively translated into meaningful actions at their schools and in their communities.”

“ In working with students, it's been insightful to discover not only how they view technology but how they apply it or would like to apply it to their learning experience," says Kim Mulkey, Director of Technology, BellSouth Foundation. "The NetDay Student Voices Resource Center will only build on such knowledge providing opportunities for connecting the voices of all education shareholders. With such input, appropriate changes can be made that impact education--making our communities stronger and better all the way around."

Speak Up Day began as a single event, but has become an opportunity to collect input from all stakeholders in the education community on topics of interest such as technology. Speak Up Day for Teachers was recently held in May 2004 and the highlights will be released at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC). Speak Up Day for Students will become an annual event with another opportunity for students to share their ideas on technology and education in October 2004. The NetDay Student Voices Resource Center is slated to be formally launched in September 2004.

NetDay's mission is to connect every child to a brighter future by helping educators meet educational goals through the effective use of technology.

NetDay (, the national 501.c.3 non-profit organization known for its successful school wiring programs, today manages community and web-based programs that promote enhanced student achievement through the effective use of technology. Speak Up Day is NetDay’s latest initiative and focuses awareness on the importance of student voices in the national dialogue on education and technology.

Advanced Network & Services, Inc. (ANS) was formed in September of 1990 as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing education by accelerating the use of computer networking applications and technology. From 1990 to 1995 it helped to build the backbone of the Internet, and in 1995 ANS sold its assets and operations to AOL. In 1996 and beyond ANS became a philanthropic organization creating ThinkQuest, The National Tele-Immersion Initiative and funded many other educational programs.

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and a parent company of Cingular Wireless, the nation’s second largest wireless voice and data provider.

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