JASON Project storms into 2007 with new “Monster Storms” curriculum





“Monster Storms” is the latest initiative from the JASON Project, a provider of online, fee-based curricula for middle school teachers and students. A nonprofit subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, the JASON Project offers multimedia, interdisciplinary science expeditions that give students the chance to participate in real, standards-based research directed by scientists. Through its new “Monster Storms” curriculum, students can chase tornadoes with a National Geographic emerging explorer and learn about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest technology to forecast the path of hurricanes. The curriculum will be available this fall on a pilot basis; pricing had yet to be determined as of press time.

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Past Meets Present: New MU Web Site Focuses on Oral Tradition

COLUMBIA, Mo.–At the University of Missouri-Columbia, modern technology is being used to promote and share information about an ancient practice–oral tradition.

MU, through its Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, recently launched an online version of its academic journal, Oral Tradition. The Web site, which includes the center’s current issue and 10 other previously published issues, went live Sept. 18. The center, founded in 1986, collaborated with MU’s Center for eResearch. The project took nearly two years to complete, and plans are currently underway to make all of the center’s published issues–a total of 30 more–available on the Internet. The journal is published twice a year.

John Miles Foley, who is the director of the center and Curators’ Professor of classical studies and English, said the online version will provide greater access to subscribers and improve the ability of researchers and scholars to share information about past and current oral traditions. He said in the past there had been problems with the distribution network and payment methods, and some subscribers had been unable to afford the journal. Other than Europe and the U.S., Foley said print versions sent via mail sometimes never reached their destinations in third-world countries and remote parts of Asia and Africa where the practice of oral traditions remains popular.

The center, however, will continue to publish hard copies of the journal through the end of 2006.

“The Web site provides universal, free access,” Foley said. “For example, somebody in South Africa can go to the site and use any browser to download information. All of the barriers for communication are gone. The print version has become virtual, and now everybody can participate on a greater scale.”

To celebrate the achievement and promote the Web site, e-mails were sent worldwide to researchers, organizations and universities which study the tradition of how information, cultural history and ancestry are passed via word of mouth from generation to generation to share information.

The Oral Tradition Web site is available at: http://journal.oraltradition.org/. Downloadable articles are available as PDF using Adobe Acrobat.

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NETOP TECH INC. GETS PRIME MICHIGAN AVENUE ADDRESS

Chicago–Sept. 19, 2006–NetOp Tech Inc., the new U.S. subsidiary of Danish software developer Danware A/S, today announced it has signed a lease for more than 3,000 square feet of office space at Olympia Centre on Michigan Avenue. NetOp Tech Inc. will provide sales and service in the United States for Danware’s popular NetOp product line including remote control, classroom teaching, computer security and Internet filtering software.

Located in suite 1510 at 737 North Michigan Ave. in the heart of the famed “Magnificent Mile”, the new office space will eventually house more than 14 employees providing sales and customer service for NetOp software users and partners in the Americas.

“Danware is making a real commitment to the U.S. market by opening up a subsidiary in a centralized active business environment like Chicago,” said Jason Vargovchik, a Microsoft veteran who will be heading up the new office as Country Manager. “The company has given us a quality address and location, so that we can provide our customers with the personalized, local service they require.”

The U.S. is a very strong market for the NetOp product line with more than 25 % of Danware revenue coming from over 10,000 enterprises using award winning NetOp products , according to Peter Groendahl, chief executive officer of Danware A/S.

“North America is the most important market for us and we are looking to substantially grow that market for the NetOp product line,” he said. “A centralized location in Chicago will give us the opportunity to provide our customers and partners with the highest level of responsiveness and service.”

Danware develops and markets software products based on NetOp technology, which provides for fast, secure and stable transfer of images, audio and data between two or more computers. NetOp School is used for computer-based classroom teaching, while NetOp Remote Control products enable remote control of one or more computers. NetOp Netfilter is an Internet filtering solution used to distinguish safe from unsafe content. NetOp Security Suite includes a distributed firewall for monitoring computer processes and communication. All are plug-and-play products offering extensive functionality, flexibility and user-friendliness.

In addition to its new U.S. subsidiary, Danware is about to open offices in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Partners and customers looking for more information on Danware and NetOp products should visit www.netoptech.com or email ussales@netop.com

ABOUT NETOP TECH INC.

NetOp Tech, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Danware, a Danish based software company. Danware’s core business is to develop and market, through a certified channel of NetOp Partners, software products based on the NetOp core technology–a technology enabling swift, secure and seamless transfer of screens, sound and data between two or more products. For more information please see the NetOp Tech Inc. Web site at www.netoptech.com

ABOUT DANWARE A/S

Based in Birkerod, Denmark, Danware A/S develops and markets NetOp software products sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. In 2005, Danware reported sales of about $15.5 million. Danware’s shares are listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and are a component of the Small Cap+ index. For more information, visit the Danware Web site at www.danware.com.

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NEW CPX1 PROJECTOR FROM HITACHI PROVIDES UNMATCHED POWER AND PORTABILITY FOR TRAVELING PROFESSIONALS

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, www.hitachi.us, September 19, 2006– Underscoring its commitment to providing the most flexible, powerful and reliable projectors in the market, Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division today introduced the CPX1 3LCD projector. At 3.9 pounds, the light and compact CPX1 brings a new level of versatility to business professionals on the move.

The CPX1 provides an optimal combination of portability and power, boasting a brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens. Additionally, the CPX1 features a wide-angle lens, allowing presenters to place the projector close to the screen to avoid obstruction of the image. The CPX1 also contains a USB reader, which simplifies the connection process by eliminating the need to connect a laptop to the projector. The low fan noise (29 dB in whisper mode) lets the audience concentrate on the presentation without any distractions.

“In the business world, convenience is as much of a priority as performance when it comes to presentation technology,” said Pete Denes, vice president of sales, Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Business Platform Systems Division, Business Group. “The CPX1 sets new standards in power, portability and connectivity, and will benefit presenters in a variety of corporate environments.”

The CPX1 also boasts advanced security features including a transition detector and password protection. Other features include automatic vertical keystone correction, quick start, and a variety of resolution options.

About Hitachi

Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, produces and markets a wide variety of digital products for business and consumers. The division’s Consumer Group markets high-definition plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs, LCD projectors, and DVD camcorders and DVD players. The division’s Business Group markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEM.

Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi’s product categories. For consumer products, please visit www.hitachi.us/tv . For business products, please visit www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia . For more information about electronic whiteboards and Starboard software, please visit Hitachi Software at www.hitachi-soft.com. Hitachi brand business products are connected through Hitachi’s OneVision program, which makes it possible for any Hitachi business unit dealer to sell Hitachi products from other Hitachi business units.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us .

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com .

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West Texas A&M University Adopts ANGEL LMS

Indianapolis, Ind.–Sep. 19, 2006–ANGEL® Learning, recognized innovator of enterprise e-learning software and services, today announced that West Texas A&M University has adopted the ANGEL Learning Management Suite. An early entrant into the field of online education, WTAMU first offered online courses in 1997 via WTOnline, a custom course management solution developed by the university.

WTAMU’s custom CMS although intuitive and easy for faculty and students to use lacks many advanced features and tools that the university deems necessary in a technology-rich environment. When WTAMU determined rewriting the custom application was not feasible, they used knowledge gained from a decade of experience in online learning and custom application development to identify requirements of a new system:

*User-friendly tools would increase faculty productivity and enhance student learning*

*Host environment security

*Functionality

*Cost

*Ease of conversion from the WTOnline custom environment

*Technical support

We conducted a very detailed review of multiple learning management systems which included viewing course and technical support demonstrations and interviewing universities that used the applications,” said Sue Taylor, director, academic and information services, West Texas A&M University. “Based on faculty and advisory committee input, WTAMU selected ANGEL as the optimal solution for our campus. We are not only impressed with the product but are most impressed with ANGEL’s prompt, courteous service in response to our questions. The ANGEL staff has been very helpful in setting up our site on their servers as well as answering myriad questions related to implementation and use of the application.”

The ANGEL LMS balance of easy-to-use features with powerful capabilities is unique in the industry. Tested for usability, the ANGEL interface is easy to use and easy to learn to use, reducing the time required to perform tasks. ANGEL’s power turns the large amount of data stored in the LMS into results by automating data analysis and giving instructors numerous ways to respond automatically. ANGEL’s openness and award-winning support team ease the conversion process and meet evolving needs as ANGEL implementations mature.

“We commend West Texas A&M University for its leadership in online learning and for the rigor of their evaluation process,” said Candice Roberts, vice president sales, ANGEL Learning. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with WTAMU as they take advantage of ANGEL’s ease of use and openness to deliver increased value to their students and faculty.”

About ANGEL Learning

ANGEL Learning, Inc. develops and markets enterprise e-learning software. Our flagship products are the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and the ANGEL ePortfolio system. Our products have been honed by use–with millions of students and instructors served from K to corporate. We enjoy a reputation for creating products with exceptional ease of use, excellent vision into learner progress, and for keeping our commitments. ANGEL LMS received the 2006 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE award for Best Postsecondary Course Management Solution. Having emerged from the academy ourselves, our core values reflect those of our customers well. ANGEL world headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the ANGEL difference, visit us at www.angellearning.com

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Schools get more NCLB flexibility

Continuing a recent trend of granting states and schools more flexibility to meet the stringent requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has announced new policies that ease the rules on testing limited-English students and defining “highly qualified” teachers.

The changes come as Congress prepares to renew NCLB next year. State and school leaders welcomed the news, because it helps them meet their goals–and avoid penalties–under the law.

The Education Department (ED) gave states final permission Sept. 13 to leave out the test scores of newly enrolled, limited-English kids when grading schools. The goal is to give schools extra time to work with limited-English students before being held accountable for their yearly progress.

The policy applies only to students who have been in a U.S. school for less than a year. States may exempt their math and reading scores when measuring yearly progress.

Though freshly repackaged, this flexibility is not new. States have been allowed to exempt test scores on a case-by-case basis since 2004, when former Education Secretary Rod Paige announced the draft policy. Forty of them now do it.

The latest news opens the offer to all states. It also adds language to ensure that students learning English aren’t ignored.

“We recognize that there are legitimate issues when students move to this country not speaking English,” Spellings said. “They do need to have some sort of adequate time to get up to speed.”

Spellings spoke about the policy to reporters before announcing it at a conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Washington.

Roughly 5.4 million public school students are learning English as a second language.

Under the plan, newly enrolled students must take their state test in math, but not in reading, in the first year. In both subjects, their scores may be exempted for that year, and states must disclose to the public how many children have been left out of the reading test.

The new rule also makes clear that schools should not try to turn it into a free pass. They must still help limited-English students master English language and content.

Spellings’ announcement finalizes one other change that has proved popular with states. Schools can consider students as “limited-English students”–and include them in progress reports that way–up to two years after these children have proven they know the language.

Schools campaigned for that. Principals say they could never show yearly progress for their group of limited-English kids if they couldn’t include the ones who had succeeded.

Paige first offered that policy in 2004, too, and 40 states have been using it since.

Meanwhile, ED is experimenting with about 20 states on different ways to test limited-English children, hoping to come up with good ideas for the nation.

In the other policy change, announced earlier this month, ED will allow states to count teachers as “highly qualified” under standards they choose.

Federal law allows veteran teachers to be considered highly qualified under factors that states choose, such as job evaluations, teaching awards, or service on school committees.

The department in May ordered states to phase out that system for most teachers. Watchdog groups and the department itself said many states were using this system to set weak, improper standards.

Now, Spellings has pulled back, telling states in a letter that they are “strongly encouraged,” though not required, to stop using the method to rate teachers.

The change could affect tens of thousands of teachers who have not met the conditions of NCLB. Otherwise, teachers would have to demonstrate competence by holding academic majors or passing tests in every subject they teach.

ED says timing is the reason for the change.

Coming up with a regulation to enforce the change could take a year or more, department spokesman Chad Colby said. Instead, the agency plans to ask Congress to make the change when it renews NCLB. That is scheduled to happen next year.

A lobbyist for the nation’s largest teachers union said department leaders are turning to Congress because “they don’t have the authority to do what they wanted to do.”

The National Education Association considers Spellings’ letter a victory.

The union opposed phasing out an option that could help teachers in many circumstances, such as when teachers change districts or assignments. The NEA also says the law protects the option anyway.

Lobbyist Joel Packer said the department for years has issued inconsistent guidance on what states can do. “I think they’ve created part of the problem, just a real level of confusion,” he said.

Most states have used the option in question–called the “high objective uniform state standard of evaluation,” or HOUSSE. It was meant to offer flexibility to veteran teachers.

Yet in her letter, Spellings admonishes some states for allowing teachers to be deemed highly qualified without making them prove they know their subjects.

“I urge you to re-examine your HOUSSE procedures to ensure that this is not the case in your state,” she wrote to state school chiefs. “Our students and parents deserve no less.”

President Bush’s education law says teachers are highly qualified when they have a bachelor’s degree, a state license, and proven competency in every subject they teach.

States were supposed to have a highly qualified teacher in every core academic class by the end of the last school year. None met that deadline, so each must try again this year.

About 90 percent of teachers are highly qualified, states say, although numbers vary widely across the states.

Meanwhile, about half the states are phasing out their use of a uniform state standard to rate teachers, Colby said. But Packer said that trend was driven in part by urging from the department, and that the latest letter might encourage states to keep the option.

Links:

Education Department
http://www.ed.gov

National Education Association
http://www.nea.org

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Adobe Drives Next Generation of Electronic Documents with Acrobat 8 Software

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Sept. 18, 2006–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe® Acrobat® 8 software to provide knowledge workers innovative tools for communicating and collaborating with confidence across the boundaries of operating systems, applications and firewalls. With Acrobat 8, business professionals can now more effectively engage with the rich, high-value information in PDF documents and forms, and more reliably and securely drive their work to completion leveraging the ubiquitous, free Adobe Reader® software.

Building on the decade-plus heritage of Adobe in the digital documents business, Acrobat 8 unveils a truly comprehensive set of capabilities for working with PDF documents within a sleek, modern user experience. The streamlined user interface enables first-time users and professionals alike to explore the power of Acrobat by easily surfacing the most valuable tasks. The ability to start common activities–such as combining, signing and protecting PDF files, interacting with PDF forms, reviewing and collaborating on documents, or launching a real-time web conference–is now as simple as a single click.

“Hundreds of millions of users of Acrobat and Adobe Reader have established PDF as a trusted format that enables documents to flow between companies and across the gap between digital and print,” said Tom Hale, senior vice president, Knowledge Worker Business Unit, Adobe. “With Acrobat 8, Adobe is enabling knowledge workers to use next generation electronic documents to easily collaborate with people, ideas and information, regardless of all-too-common operating system or platform constraints. With the addition of Acrobat Connect, they can take collaboration a step further to instantly and easily connect with each other in real-time over the web.”

For the first time, all of the Acrobat 8 products, as well as Adobe Reader 8, provide one-button access to Adobe® Acrobat® Connect™1 software, an easy-to-use, hosted software service that provides immediate access to a personal meeting room for real-time web conferencing (see separate press release issued today). Along with Acrobat Connect, Acrobat 8 further extends the family beyond simple PDF creation and now enables users to choose the most appropriate means for engaging others, through electronic documents or in real-time over the web.

Professionals in a wide variety of areas, such as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), finance, IT, legal, marketing, manufacturing, and publishing can use the Acrobat product line to communicate and collaborate within the context of their work. Engineers can reliably share product designs up and down the supply chain in 2D or 3D; business analysts can easily collect and more securely route sensitive financial data; lawyers can circulate contracts for digital signature; architects can enable clients and contractors to review and markup blueprints and proposals; and creative professionals can efficiently publish to print with the highest fidelity and reliability (see separate press release issued today on Creative Suite® 2.3 software).

The Acrobat 8 product line introduces several major innovations in the areas of document collaboration, PDF content reuse, PDF forms, packaging of multiple documents, and controlling sensitive information. For example, shared reviews put collaboration within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a shared network folder and Adobe Reader2. A participant in a shared review can see comments posted by others, track the status of the review, and work even when not connected–reducing duplicated work and enabling large groups to collaborate more efficiently. Acrobat 8 also enables PDF content to be exported into popular formats to enable reuse and repurposing of content.

With Acrobat 8, any business or individual knowledge worker can take advantage of the power of PDF forms. Form field recognition automates the process of creating PDF forms from static PDF documents, and wizards help manage the distribution of forms and collection of data. Users of Acrobat 8 Professional or Acrobat 3D Version 8 can enable anyone with the free Adobe Reader2 to digitally sign and save PDF forms. Additionally, PDF packages allow for grouping disparate information into what appears like a single document, but preserves individual files and security settings for maximum flexibility. Comprehensive capabilities help control or permanently redact sensitive visible and hidden information in PDF files.

The Acrobat family consists of Acrobat 8 Professional, Acrobat 8 Standard, Acrobat 8 Elements, Acrobat 3D Version 8, Acrobat Connect, and Acrobat Connect Professional.

Pricing and Availability

Acrobat 8 Professional for Microsoft® Windows® and Macintosh, and Acrobat 8 Standard for Windows, are expected to be available in November 2006 in English, French, German, and Japanese versions. Acrobat 8 Professional is expected to be available for an estimated street price of US$449, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat3 can upgrade to Acrobat 8 Professional for an estimated street price of US$159. Acrobat 8 Standard is expected to be available for an estimated street price of US$299, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat4 can upgrade to Acrobat 8 Standard for an estimated street price of US$99.

More information on the Acrobat 8 product line, including pricing and availability for Acrobat 3D Version 8 and Acrobat 8 Elements, is available online at www.adobe.com/acrobat/. Customers in North America can also call 1-800-833-6687.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information–anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

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SCHOLASTIC EDUCATION RELEASES BOOK TIME(tm) FOR EARLY READERS

New York, NY (September 18, 2006) – Scholastic Education, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announces the release of Book Time(tm), a research-based program that helps teachers develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills in early childhood classrooms. Aligned with Early Reading First standards, Book Time instruction utilizes three oral readings of each book, focusing on a different reading skill each time: vocabulary, comprehension and content area-knowledge/text awareness. Each reading gives students a chance to practice a specific skill, while multiple exposures to each text allow for further discovery and understanding within the story.

“Children love to hear their favorite stories again and again. Now, scientific research confirms that re-reading stories provides a powerful strategy for learning new vocabulary and engaging children’s deeper understanding of stories and texts,” said Dr. Susan Neuman, the program’s author.

Featuring language-rich books with vivid illustrations and photos, Book Time titles were selected to provide exposure to a variety of genres including both fiction and nonfiction. Research shows that to build the real-world knowledge required for school success, young children require opportunities to hear and actively discuss content area topics. Under the guidance of advisor Dr. Nell K. Duke, half of the Book Time lesson plans focus on informational books, bringing essential learning to early childhood classroom read-aloud time.

To support English-language learners, the program is available in two versions, Book Time English and English-Spanish PLUS. Both versions include 28 English titles (two copies of each title), a Lending Library Chart, and a Teacher Guide. Book Time English-Spanish PLUS includes, in addition to the English-language titles, 28 Spanish titles (two copies of each title). Both versions include targeted strategies for working with English-Language Learners.

Book Time focuses on five key elements:

* Interactive read-alouds

* Multiple readings with purpose

* Direct vocabulary instruction

* Accessing informational text* Gaining real-world knowledge

Book Time English is available for $325 and Book Time English-Spanish PLUS is available for $595. For more information on Book Time programs, visit www.scholastic.com/booktime or call 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

About Scholastic Education

Scholastic Education, a leader in the education marketplace, provides learning solutions through research-based technology products and multimedia supplemental instructional materials that support student achievement in grades pre-K through high school. Grounded in the most current scientific research, Scholastic Education develops technology products and services that include intervention, assessment, instruction, data management and professional development.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company’s Internet site, www.scholastic.com.

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Robert S. Peterkin, Urban Education Leader, joins PLATO Learning’s Board

MINNEAPOLIS–September 18, 2006–PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUTR), a leading provider of K-adult computer-based and e-learning solutions, announced that Robert Peterkin, director of the Urban Superintendents Program and Francis Keppel Professor on Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has been elected to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Peterkin has focused entirely on education during his distinguished 35-year career, and he has earned a reputation as one of our nation’s leading advocates for urban education reform. Dr. Peterkin has been a teacher, administrator, and superintendent of Cambridge (Mass.) and Milwaukee (Wis.) Public Schools.

Since 1991, Dr. Peterkin has led the Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard with the mission to help future superintendents in urban schools elevate their political, managerial, and educational leadership skills and to drive qualitative change for teachers and learners. In 2003, Dr. Peterkin helped form and launch the Public Education Leadership Project, a collaborative initiative by the faculty of Harvard’s Business and Education Schools, to improve the administrative management and educational outcomes of urban school systems. Dr. Peterkin has written and lectured on equitable school choice, school governance, school desegregation, women and people of color in leadership, the achievement gap, and the impact of school reform on the achievement of African-American children.

“Dr. Peterkin brings vast education experience, with specific emphasis on urban education, to the Board,” said Dave Smith, PLATO Learning’s Executive Chairman. “He will be a valued contributor to our Board of Directors and a committed steward of our shareholders’ interests.” Mike Morache, CEO of PLATO Learning said, “our board of directors has four outstanding leaders of education in America–Dr. M. Lee Pelton, President of Willamette University; Dr. Robert Peterkin, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Dr. Ted Sanders, former President of Southern Illinois University and former Chief State School Officer for Ohio and Illinois; Dr. Warrens Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. I am grateful for their insight and guidance in helping the company shape its strategy to provide the truly innovative instructional technology for teachers and students in K12 and higher education.”

About PLATO Learning

PLATO Learning is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and life and job skills. The company also offers innovative online assessment and accountability solutions and standards-based professional development services. With over 6,000 hours of objective-based, problem-solving courseware, plus assessment, alignment, and curriculum management tools, we create standards-based curricula that facilitate learning and school improvement.

PLATO Learning is a publicly held company traded as TUTR on the NASDAQ. PLATO Learning educational software, delivered via networks, CD-ROM, the Internet, and private intranets, is primarily marketed to K12 schools and colleges. The Company also sells to job training programs, correctional institutions, military education programs, corporations, and individuals. PLATO Learning is headquartered at 10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437, 952.832.1000 or 800.869.2000. The Company has offices throughout North America and in Puerto Rico, as well as international distributors in the United Kingdom and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.plato.com.

PLATO® is a registered trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO Learning is a trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO, Inc. is a PLATO Learning, Inc. company. Please see the below release.

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Interlink Electronics New E-Signature Capture Device Delivers Superior Security, Compliance and Usability

Camarillo, California, September 14, 2006 — Interlink Electronics, Inc. (LINK.PK), a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of intuitive interface products and technologies, announced today the availability of ePad LS_the industry_s first full color LCD signature capture device. Developed to define the new industry standard for handwritten signature capture devices, the ergonomically-crafted ePad LS is designed for the financial services industry and other markets where businesses need to provide a highly interactive and secure signature process. ePad LS, the newest member of Interlink_s family of ePad e-signature capture devices, offers exceptional data security, versatility and styling. Like all ePad products, it is fully integrated with Interlink_s IntegriSign_ Signature Software Suite.

Our customers in retail banking have been very clear about their needs and expectations regarding electronic signature capture,_ said Rod Vesling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Interlink Electronics. They desire solutions that provide the highest levels of security, meet or exceed their compliance requirements with respect to internal business processes as well as state and federal legislation, and fit naturally in their environment in order to facilitate an excellent customer experience. ePad LS meets these demands. The new ePad LS is also highly secure,_ continued Mr. Vesling. _It_s the first signature capture device in its class to offer data encryption from the device to host PC to eliminate the risk of data theft and guarantee the security of electronic signature data as it travels to the PC. ePad LS is also one of the most versatile devices in the industry. Its bidirectional color display allows unprecedented interaction and communication with the customer during the signing process. Support for rich text format enables superior display of content and affirmation text during the signing process for greater compliance with business and legislative requirements. The brilliant color screen also supports marketing messages promoting additional products and services for additional revenue generation. Finally, the ePad LS is a natural fit in any retail like environment. Its low-profile brushed-silver metal case design presents beautifully and is natural to use.

With the launch of ePad LS, Interlink has elevated its electronic signature solutions capability to the highest levels available for Enterprise customers,_ added Mr. Vesling. _While cost-savings is always an important concern to our customers, we are hearing that data security and customer experience are of equal importance. These requirements were incorporated into the design of the new ePad LS and are fully supported by our IntegriSign Signature Software Suite integration capabilities.

About ePad LS

With the industry_s first color LCD display and elegant, ergonomic case design, ePad LS was created to capture handwritten e-signatures in upscale settings. It is an enterprise-level signature capture device that features a bi-directional, fully programmable scrolling text window capable of displaying rich text documents that utilize multiple fonts and colors. ePad LS also features a new fortified field-serviceable writing surface to provide long life, optional AES data encryption between device and host, and a Robust ARM9 microprocessor. ePad LS captures signatures with a report rate of as many as 400 counts per second for reliable biometric data capture. The device hosts 2 additional USB ports for adding USB peripherals to a workflow scheme (e.g. MICR reader, camera, printer, or scanner).

The IntegriSign Signature Software Suite is a set of software development kits and plug-ins (for MS Office and Adobe PDF). IntegriSign facilitates developer integration of electronic signatures into business applications and electronic forms. Specific application or form data can be automatically _pushed_ to the ePad LS for enhanced customer communication, interaction and affirmation.

More information about ePad LS and IntegriSign Signature Software Suite is available at www.integrisign.com.

About Interlink Electronics, Inc.

Interlink Electronics, Inc. (LINK.PK) is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of intuitive human interface products and technologies. Setting tomorrow_s standards for electronic signature and e-notarization products, advanced remote controls and consumer electronics interface solutions, Interlink has established itself as one of the world_s leading innovators of intuitive interface design. With more than 80 patents around the world protecting its technologies and products, Interlink Electronics serves a world-class customer-base from its corporate headquarters in Camarillo, California and offices in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. For more information, see http://www.interlinkelectronics.com.

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