McGraw-Hill Education and GradeGuru Present Exclusive Innovation Showcase During Social Media Week in New York City Google, Skype, McGraw-Hill, GradeGuru, and Unigo will be among the companies showcasing their latest social media applications and technology tools for higher education

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Education's GradeGuru.com will host a free showcase of innovative teaching and learning tools and provide attendees with the opportunity to network with today's education game changers including Google, Skype and Unigo on Feb. 9. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. EST in The McGraw-Hill Companies' second floor auditorium, 1221 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. It is part of Social Media Week, a global platform that connects people, content and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media.

During this event hosted by McGraw-Hill's GradeGuru, entitled "Innovation Showcase: Social Media for Higher Education," attendees will gain a better understanding of how technology tools and social media are playing an integral role in education and how these technologies can be used in the classroom. In addition, there will be many opportunities for attendees to speak with company representatives and interact with the tools shaping student learning and engagement in higher education. Emily Sawtell, senior director of Student Innovations for McGraw-Hill Higher Education, will offer opening remarks at the event.  

The event is free to all attendees who will also have the opportunity to network with CIO's, IT directors, provosts, professors and education influencers.  Additionally, attendees who "check-in" to the Social Media Week at The McGraw-Hill Companies venue on Foursquare and stop by the on-site GradeGuru booth will be granted free access to "StudyTracker Pro" the iPhone app by GradeGuru. "StudyTracker Pro" is a study network where college students can share their study materials, engage in collaborative learning, and get peer-feedback while building their online academic profiles for internships and career opportunities.

The Innovation showcase will include representatives from:

  • GradeGuru
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Skype
  • Unigo
  • Knewton
  • SymbalooEdu
  • 2tor
  • CampusLive
  • Jatched
  • McGraw-Hill's College and Career Readiness Center

Social media enthusiasts can follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #smwmcgraw, or join the conversation by including @gradeguru in Tweets during the event. Live Tweets and video recordings via Ustream will be available for the virtual audience, http://www.ustream.tv/user/gradeguru1. Individuals may register for the MHE event by visiting: http://www.amiando.com/innovationshowcase

About McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), is a leading innovator in the development of teaching and learning solutions for the 21st century. Through a comprehensive range of traditional and digital education content and tools, McGraw-Hill Education empowers and prepares professionals and students of all ages to connect, learn and succeed in the global economy. McGraw-Hill Education has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at http://www.mheducation.com.

About GradeGuru

GradeGuru.com, by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, is the #1 professor–recommended study network for college students. Students can join their school community to collaborate with their classmates, share class notes, improve their study methods, access feedback and learn from their peers. As students contribute, they build-up their academic profile and status. By helping their peers, students can earn tangible rewards and even access to job opportunities, plus the motivating peer-recognition of being named a bronze, silver or gold "guru". Our suite of study tools helps students be efficient and effective, from automatically generating bibliographies, to setting and tracking study goals. Research demonstrates that GradeGuru delivers greater student confidence and engagement with course concepts. And GradeGuru is an equally powerful tool for educators, giving schools a way to offer students more help and support without extra office hours or resources. Instructors and administrators can even track student engagement real-time. With GradeGuru students get more out of studying. For more information visit: http://www.gradeguru.com

About Social Media Week NY

Social Media Week is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Delivered primarily through a network of internationally hosted biannual conferences and online through social and mobile media, Social Media Week brings hundreds of thousands of people together every year through learning experiences that aim to advance our understanding of social media's role in society.

Social Media Week was held for the first time in February 2009 in New York City, and was launched as a "distributed conference," with events taking place in locations throughout the city with organizations such as the New York Times, Wired, Razorfish and Nielsen. Over 2,500 people attended over forty individual events, and thousands more participated online.

Contact:


Tom Stanton

Director, Communications

McGraw-Hill Education

212-904-3214

tom_stanton@mcgraw-hill.com


For information about GradeGuru please contact:

Angela Santiago

212-904-2593

angela_santiago@McGraw-Hill.com



SOURCE McGraw-Hill Education; GradeGuru



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