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Press Release: Hatch Participation at NAEYC Focuses on Effective Use of Technology as Passport to Better Outcomes for Early Learners

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Marcy Daniel, Hatch
Phone: 800.624.7968
E-mail: MDaniel@HatchEarlyChildhood.com
During NAEYC: 336.408.5773

Hatch Participation at NAEYC Focuses on Effective Use of Technology as a Passport to Better Outcomes for Early Learners

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Hatch®, a leader in innovative solutions for early learning, is a Platinum Sponsor of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fl., November 2 – 5, 2011, and will participate in leading education sessions during the conference, demonstrations of technology tools for achieving better outcomes for early learners in Hatch’s Booth #816, as well as unveiling its third product rollout this year.

“Our theme for this year’s NAEYC Conference of ‘Your Passport to Better Outcomes’ spotlights specific Hatch destinations along the NAEYC journey where Hatch can provide attendees with tools and education on evaluating and effectively using technology solutions to improve outcomes for early learners,” said Ginny Norton, president of Hatch. “We also are excited to announce that Hatch is taking this journey ‘mobile’ as we introduce our latest innovation at NAEYC: our new mobile technology solution.”

Hatch will exhibit its technology tools for achieving better outcomes for early learners in Hatch’s Booth #816. Hatch also is sponsoring the NAEYC Internet Lounge, “Hatch Frequent Wi-Fiers Club”, in Booth #1534. Here, attendees will be able to access email and the internet using Hatch’s iStartSmart computer system.

Hatch Technology Solutions Showcased in Hatch Booth #816
Hatch will unveil its latest product innovation, a mobile technology solution, at Hatch Booth #816 on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Hatch’s new mobile product is the company’s third product launch out of four planned product rollouts for 2011. In honor of this latest innovation, Hatch will award the ‘Education Innovator’ award to a Florida school system demonstrating innovative solutions to early learning classrooms and curriculum.

Earlier this year, Hatch introduced CoreFocus™, a content solution for building critical skills for students, cognitive ages 4-8. Co-created by Hatch and SMART™, CoreFocus includes more than 2,500 math and literacy activities aligned to Common Core State Standards, scaffolded for skill levels, and built-in individualized digital portfolios to support assessments.

Additionally, Hatch will showcase its key products: TeachSmart 2.0® and iStartSmart®:
• TeachSmart 2.0 pairs interactive whiteboard technology with research-based content for pre-k, including thousands of scaffolded math and literacy activities tied to standards, and also offers teachers lesson planning, digital portfolios, and the ability to create and organize custom content.
• iStartSmart is a tabletop, touchscreen computer system that simplifies student access to research-based, scaffolded activities through a patented picture login. With iStartSmart, teachers can view progress reports in five essential areas to inform their daily instruction.

Hatch will roll out its fourth new product later this year, designed for social and emotional development, which when combined with Hatch’s math and literacy-focused products, will provide a full spectrum of tools for early learning.

Hatch Participation in NAEYC Conference Sessions
Hatch experts including Ginny Norton, president; Susan Gunnewig, product development director; Dr. Dale McManis, early childhood research director; and Jenne Parks, early childhood content specialist; will lead NAEYC conference sessions on the effective incorporation of technology into curriculum and using research-based content for technology to make learning engaging and exciting for young students.

Additionally Hatch will conduct a special presentation on evaluating mobile technology for early learners at the NAEYC Exhibitors’ Showcase.

About Hatch®, The Early Learning Experts:
Since 1984, Hatch has been committed to supporting the needs of students and enriching early education. From classroom supplies and education materials, to interactive whiteboard content, to adaptive learning and mobile technology, Hatch is the innovative solutions leader and most widely-used early learning technology provider nationwide. Hatch technologies combine child-appropriate hardware, research-based content tied to standards, and individualized progress monitoring tools, to create complete classroom solutions proven to increase math, literacy and social/emotional development. For more information, please visit http://www.hatchearlylearning.com.

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