WATERTOWN, MA January 25, 2007–Tom Snyder Productions, a leading publisher of educational software and a Scholastic company, is releasing a new, improved version of its award-winning, research-based software series, Science Court®. The program helps elementary students build lasting understanding of science topics through guided discussion and fun, hands-on learning.
Science Court draws on decades of research to help students overcome common misconceptions in science by replacing them with lasting, correct understanding. The software incorporates research-based instruction, hands-on learning, and multimedia to systematically tackle scientific fallacies (e.g., that seasons are caused by the distance of the Earth from the Sun). The program literally puts these ideas on trial in a whole-class setting, creating a structured opportunity for students to use scientific evidence to debunk mistaken beliefs. Through the use of written worksheets, classroom discussion, and hands-on activities, students construct solid scientific understanding of hard-to-teach concepts.
Science Court continues to support teachers–especially those without a strong background in science–with new features such as a multimedia Word Wall to support vocabulary instruction and easy, one-click printing of worksheets. As before, the program provides a title-specific Teacher´s Guide with easy-to-follow instructions and assessment materials with answer keys.
Other new features of Science Courtinclude text-captions for hearing impaired and ELL students, and support for today´s computers, projectors, and interactive whiteboards.
"We saw a gap in what students know in science and what they need to understand to perform well on state tests and compete globally," said Rick Abrams, General Manager at Tom Snyder Productions. "We took our award-winning series, Science Court, which directly addresses the understanding and application of science, and updated it to meet the challenges and curricular needs of today´s classrooms."
To complement their curriculum, educators can mix and match 12 engaging Science Court titles: Data & Inquiry, Electric Current, Fossils, Gravity, Inertia, Living Things, Particles in Motion, Seasons, Soil, Sound, Water Cycle, and Work & Simple Machines. In addition to focusing on a specific curriculum topic, each title includes Macintosh/Windows software, and a comprehensive Teacher´s Guide.
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 25 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. Today, Tom Snyder Productions has received over 150 prestigious industry awards and is used in over 400,000 classrooms. The company´s software titles cover each curriculum area, and its professional development team has helped more than 175,000 teachers learn to integrate technology effectively into their curricula. (www.tomsnyder.com)
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, scholastic.com.