Tom Snyder Productions Releases Scholastic Keys® in the Classroom

WATERTOWN, MA, January 2, 2006 – Tom Snyder Productions, a Scholastic company, announces the release of Scholastic Keys® in the Classroom, a teacher resource book that provides over 50 curriculum-aligned lessons to accompany the activity files included in the award-winning software programs, Scholastic Keys and MaxData.

Scholastic Keys offers elementary students a kid-friendly interface and educational enhancements for Microsoft® Word, Excel, and PowerPoint® to provide students with an early introduction to using Microsoft Office. MaxData gives students an age-appropriate introduction to databases so students can learn all aspects of data handling from the first steps of simple data representation to learning database concepts such as fields, field types, records, tables, and filters. The book’s lessons extend students’ experience with each software program and cover topics in language arts, math, social studies, science, and technology for grades K-6.

“With Scholastic Keys in the Classroom we have made it even easier for educators to integrate technology into their lessons, while still teaching core curriculum,” said Rick Abrams, General Manager of Tom Snyder Productions. “The lessons in this book were written by former teachers and masterfully fuse the teaching of technology with the learning of 21st century skills, such as effective communicating, critical thinking, and creativity.”

A sampling of the topics covered in the lessons include:

Language Arts:

*Alphabetical order
*Synonyms & antonyms



*Average, median, & mode

Social Studies:


*Colonial history


*Plant life

*Life cycles



*Multimedia presentations

*And more!

Scholastic Keys in the Classroom is a spiral bound book (200 pages) complete with lesson plans, worksheets, and handouts. There are 50 Scholastic Keys lessons and 8 MaxData lessons. For further information about Scholastic Keys, MaxData or Scholastic Keys in the Classroom visit

About Tom Snyder Productions

Tom Snyder Productions, Inc., a Scholastic company, is a leading developer and publisher of educational software for K-12 classrooms. The company was founded over 20 years ago by Tom Snyder, a former science and music teacher who pioneered the utilization of technology in the classroom to improve student understanding and performance. Tom Snyder Productions has received over 150 prestigious industry awards and the company’s programs are used in over 400,000 classrooms. Their software titles cover each curriculum area, and the company’s professional development team has helped more than 175,000 teachers learn to integrate technology effectively into their curricula. (

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. 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,

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