Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 12.07.07 AMEducation Exchange, Georgia’s only regional 10-gigabit private cloud for exclusive use by school systems and powered by the NGN fiber network, proudly announced today a new technology partnership with LivingTree. Aligning with the Education Exchange’s commitment to enhancing the future of Georgia students, LivingTree provides a single, private place to engage all members of the education community.

“The real key to economic development is education. NGN believes that we first have to provide our kids with the tools that allow them to develop skills and see new choices for themselves as future citizens of our community,” stated Paul Belk, President and CEO of NGN.

lt-logo“We’re thrilled to work with NGN and the Education Exchange to transform parent engagement across Georgia. Their vision for and belief in the importance of education aligns perfectly with LivingTree’s mission to connect everyone who raises, develops, and educates children,” said Joni Carswell, President of LivingTree.

LivingTree extends learning beyond the classroom to further develop children through building community relationships. The private platform uses a single web and mobile application set to share posts, alerts, files, events, text messages and content. Users can also volunteer for activities, send and receive private direct messages and access directory listings. Each customized school network extends to the PTA, booster club, athletic group and student organizations. Even more, the network extends to the broader community for mentorship programs and full community inclusion. The LivingTree network platform can be accessed via the web, or any iPhone or Android product. It supports translation in 40+ languages and is built on the latest web and mobile technologies and backed by a highly scalable cloud deployment.

“Through the Education Exchange, we’re continually pushing the boundaries for North Georgia residents to be connected and part of a global education community. Social media networks are great ways to learn about current events and local activities, but we think LivingTree takes that concept to the next level by providing a fully private community network built exactly as our schools and communities converse,” concluded Michael Foor, Vice President of Marketing for NGN.