Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA–Thursday, December 21, 2006–MindShare Learning, a leading provider of strategic marketing solutions to the EdTech industry, partnered with IMSI/Design to win a bid to provide the Canadian Clipart Collection to all Ontario Public Schools.
“The overarching goal here is to meet the needs of classroom teachers and students to support achievement, ” says Robert Martellacci, president, MindShare Learning.” As a parent of three elementary school aged children in the public system, Im well aware of the challenges faced by classroom teachers on a daily basis. The Canadian Clipart Collection also helps minimize the risk of students searching inappropriate web sites for images.”
Teachers and students are constantly requiring images for projects and lessons. Given the growing trend toward digital literacy and the use of computers in the classroom OSAPAC (Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Education), identified media clips as a priority project. OSAPAC defined media clips as photos, animations and clipart for the purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP). OSAPAC is made up of highly technical educators from across the province, who participate in the software selection process for schools.
Under the contract, OSAPAC worked with MindShare Learning and IMSI/Design to select 10,000 images that would be available to all Ontario publicly funded schools. These images were selected for their appropriateness for use and will be made available to the schools on DVDs. “Clearly OSAPAC has done their homework in offering the most cost-effective digital image solutions for Ontario schools,” says Bob Mayer, COO, IMSI/Design. “They deserve the credit for having the vision to help schools save time and money by offering the best quality images available on the market.”
Hemera Images, also a Canadian-based company and project partner, played a key role in providing OSAPAC with access to over 1,000,000 images to choose from. “We are pleased to be part of this very important initiative,” stated Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of Hemera Images parent company Jupitermedia Corporation. “Todays students are tomorrows creative business leaders. Enabling them to access our Clipart products during their formative years will benefit them now and theyll hopefully become lifelong customers of ours down the road,” added Meckler.
The Canadian Clipart collection began shipping to Ontario school districts for back-to-school season. Any schools that have yet to receive their shipment should check with their school district.
About MindShare Learning
MindShare Learning is a privately held company based in Mississauga, Ontario. Its hallmark is providing strategy marketing solutions to learning technology solutions providers in the K-12, HED and life-long learning markets to support new market expansion and revenue growth. MindShare Learnings partial client list includes: RM PLC UK, Adobe (Macromedia), Softease Ltd. UK, THINKronize (netTrekker), IMSI (ClipArt.com), CERC (Canadian Education Resources Council), NECTAR Foundation and ERDI Canada. Please visit www.mindsharelearning.com for more information.
IMSI/Design, LLC is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design). IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD(r), DesignCAD(tm), and FloorPlan(r) families of precision design applications. Please visit www.IMSIdesign.com for more information.
About Hemera Images
Hemera Images, a subsidiary of Jupiterimages is a division of Jupitermedia Corporation (Nasdaq: JUPM), (www.jupitermedia.com), which is headquartered in Darien, CT. Jupitermedia is a leading global provider of original images, information and research for creative, information technology and business professionals. Jupiterimages is one of the leading stock photography companies in the world with over seven million images online serving creative professionals. JupiterWeb is the online media division of Jupitermedia which operates four distinct online networks: internet.com and EarthWeb.com for IT and business professionals; DevX.com for developers; and Graphics.com for creative professionals. JupiterWeb properties include more than 150 Web sites and over 150 e-mail newsletters that are viewed by over 18 million users and generate over 350 million page views monthly.