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Julie Evans, NetDay, 949-609-4660,

Karen Pace, BellSouth Corporation, 404-249-2504,

Online tool gives students a voice in educational decision making

ATLANTA, March 8, 2005 – – Students now have an online support center for getting involved in their schools' use of technology.  NetDay, with support from BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) and Advanced Network & Services, Inc., launched today the Student Voices Resource Center (SVRC)—an online tool designed to give K-12 students an influential role in local decision making regarding the use of technology in education. 

The Student Voices Resource Centerwas created in response to NetDay’s Speak Up Day programs andis a unique resource building a bridge between students, parents and educators to ensure students’ ideas on technology use are translated into significant actions in their schools and communities. 

“The Speak Up Day research illuminated the nation on the importance of including students’ thoughts in education and technology planning discussions,” said Julie Evans, NetDay CEO.  “SVRC gives students a more meaningful role in their own education—especially pertaining to the use of technology.” 

"By utilizing technology and providing an opportunity for students to share their views with the broader community, NetDay is helping to further the important dialog about the role of students and technology in shaping the future of our schools," said Timothy Magner, deputy director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education.

The NetDay SVRC ( provides valuable resources and tools including:

  • A step-by-step student-appropriate How-To guides for students interested in technology decision-making at their schools;
  • A directory of the best online resources, including current research and news articles on learning and technology, youth-led research, grants, national education technology events, and information from organizations that support youth engagement;
  • Best practices and real stories about what students are doing to make a difference at their schools;
  • A calendar of online chats with students and key individuals from national education and technology arenas;
  • And, coming soon—information for parents and educators on how to understand and support students in their local school engagement efforts.

SVRC reinforces the critical importance of adding student voices to the national dialogue around technology in education called for in the recently-released National Education Technology Plan, Toward a New Golden Age in American Education

The mission of NetDay, a national education technology nonprofit group, 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.  NetDay’s Speak Up Day focuses awareness on the importance of student voices in the national dialogue on education and technology.

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.  Backed by award winning customer service, BellSouth offers the most comprehensive and innovative package of voice and data services available in the market. Through BellSouth AnswersSM, residential and small business customers can bundle their local and long distance service with dial up and high speed DSL Internet access, satellite television and Cingular® Wireless service. For businesses, BellSouth provides secure, reliable local and long distance voice and data networking solutions. BellSouth also offers online and directory advertising through BellSouth® RealPages.comsm and The Real Yellow Pages®.   More information about BellSouth can be found at 

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.