learning + social networking = recess; Engaging students with the technology they use in thier daily lives and integrating it with how they learn

Improve student literacy and writing skills through blogging, collaborating, commenting and interacting beyond the classroom walls.

Increase efficiency and improve time management using a sophisticated calendar system for students, teachers and classrooms.

Access homework and resources, complete assignments, create and update profiles, videos, photos and connect and relate to peers.


recess is the first private, secure, feature-rich, affordable, academic social network aimed at engaging young learners from K to post-secondary.

  • Aimed at = a virtual space that is organized just like a school. It has classrooms, a teacher's lounge, a school office, clubs, sports teams, and much more

  • Feature-rich = features and tools that make social networking such an attractive place to be for students

  • Affordable = priced to fit almost any school budget, from single classroom to school and school district

private social network + academic = 21st century learning

recess is about improving the way students express themselves through such literacy-enabling tools as blogs, news, and pin boards.

  • Blogs provide free-form spaces for students to write, comment, discuss and sharpen critical thinking
  • News give teachers a place to enhance the classroom experience through posting of relevant articles that reinforce learning and allowing comments
  • Pin boards sharpen the ability for students to get their ideas across concisely

profiles + multimedia = right-brain thinking

recess is about improving the way students express themselves through such literacy-enabling tools as blogs, news, and pin boards.

  • Blogs provide free-form spaces for students to write, comment, discuss and sharpen critical thinking
  • News give teachers a place to enhance the classroom experience through posting of relevant articles that reinforce learning and allowing comments
  • Pin boards sharpen the ability for students to get their ideas across concisely

classroom tools + online = continuous communication

recess is about improving the way students express themselves through such literacy-enabling tools as blogs, news, and pin boards.

  • Blogs provide free-form spaces for students to write, comment, discuss and sharpen critical thinking
  • News give teachers a place to enhance the classroom experience through posting of relevant articles that reinforce learning and allowing comments
  • Pin boards sharpen the ability for students to get their ideas across concisely

communication + parents + teachers = better outcomes for students

recess is about staying connected with students, teachers and parents, creating an environment for academic success

  • Parents can confer with teachers not just on parent-teacher nights
  • Email provides teachers, parents and students with an in-school secured way to communicate
  • Extend the class outside of the school walls and stay connected 24-7

communication + parents + teachers = better outcomes for students

recess is the first private, secure, feature-rich, affordable, academic social network aimed at engaging young learners from K to post-secondary.

  • Firewall and access control ensure that only authorized teachers interact with students, and that parents interact only with their children and their children's teachers

  • Content filtering stops students from
    entering inappropriate words
  • "Report it" lets any student remove immediately any material that may be deemed offensive where it is reviewed by a moderator

rewards + students = motivation to learn

recess is about rewards. Students earn and bank points for their participation on the site whether creating a profile, completing a quiz or answering a poll, writing a blog, or embedding a video.

  • Schools can work with their local board or district, community partners and approved vendors to create a rewards mall
  • Create an incentive for learning by converting points into rewards
  • Schools can create their own rewards and determine their own point structures

communication + parents + teachers = better outcomes for students

recess is about getting youth to stay in school and graduate by connecting them with mentors and role models.

  • Interaction between mentors and students occurs within the site and is actively monitored
  • Mentors post a short video and biography that students can view
  • Mentors are screened and come from professional, sports, business, government, teaching and other professions