BOSTON (January 24, 2007) — WGBH Boston Video will debut the NOVA production Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius on DVD March 6, 2007.

His house was firebombed. He lost his job on the eve of the Depression. He took on powerful, entrenched interests in the scientific establishment and overcame countless obstacles to become a world-class chemist, a self-made millionaire, and a humanitarian. Yet despite his achievements, Percy Julian´s story is largely unknown.

The grandson of Alabama slaves, Julian broke the color barrier in American science more than a decade before Jackie Robinson did in baseball. A brilliant innovator, he discovered a way to turn soybeans into synthetic steroids on an industrial scale, helping to make drugs like cortisone available to millions.

In Forgotten Genius, a special two-hour presentation starring Tony-award winning actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson, NOVA brings Julian´s scientific breakthroughs and gripping biography to life, with vivid period reenactments based on newly opened family archives and interviews with dozens of colleagues and relatives.

To order any DVD or VHS release from WGBH Boston Video, including Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius call (800) 949-8670 or visit www.shop.wgbh.org.

Since its launch, WGBH Boston Video has released many critically acclaimed public television programs on DVD and video, including the Emmy Award-winning The Miracle of Life and The Elegant Universe (NOVA), The French Chef with Julia Child, David Copperfield (Masterpiece Theatre), The Joy of Stress, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, Sister Wendy´s American Collection, Evolution, and Africans in America. Recent releases include The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (Mystery!), Degrassi Junior High, Origins (NOVA), They Made America, and Building Big with David Macaulay.

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K12 Alerts® Tapped by Fairfield School District to Implement Advanced Parent Emergency Notification System

White Plains, NY – (January 24, 2007) – Fairfield Public Schools can now forget the days of time consuming phone chains and flyers sent home in backpacks. K12 Alerts® an innovator of web-based email, text to cellphone and telephone emergency messaging solutions for schools, today announced that they have implemented their high performance parent notification and data collection system for the Fairfield Public School District. Utilizing the K12 Alerts® platform, parents receive emergency and other important notifications by e-mail and text messaging to their cellphones about school closings, early dismissals, impending natural and man-made disasters, school calendar updates, budget information and any other important district news.

For Fairfield, K12 Alerts® offers real-time tracking to determine whether parents have opened an emergency notification. For parents, K12 Alerts® also provides a self-managed account system that lets parents maintain emergency contact information and children´s information online. By registering on the school district´s K12 Alerts® signup web site (https://www.k12alerts.com/fairfieldschools/), parents and staff can receive e-mail and text to cellphone notifications virtually in real-time. Individual opt-in email addresses and text to cellphone numbers are kept confidential and are not made available to organizations, businesses, or individuals. Parents can specify which schools and grades that their children attend and also specify which sports and clubs they would like to be notified about.

The ability to utilize low-cost e-mail in a fast, flexible manner to deliver high-quality communication pieces is a key feature of the program. K12 Alerts® has the capacity to send graphic-rich e-mail newsletters at a fraction of the cost of mailing printed materials — and is instantly able to track who opens it and when; making sure that parents and community residents are notified. K12 Alerts® contains features which include browser-based tools such as a graphical template builder (newsletters and alerts messaging), advanced K-12 list manager (contact databases by school and grade), query list builder and increased scalability.

According to Gregory Bender, president and CEO of K12 Alerts®, "School districts demand fast, reliable, effective and secure communication solutions that do not drain their internal resources and manpower . Our outsourced solution solves critical K-12 School District communication barriers in real-time, allowing parents and community members to receive critical and time sensitive information immediately. Schools can enjoy tremendous cost-savings utilizing our advanced parent notification system."
According to Dr. Ann Clark, Superintendent of Fairfield Public Schools, "Keeping parents informed and up-to-date with the latest information in our fast paced school community can be a challenge. The ability to send regular updates on district initiatives, emergencies and events to segmented mailing lists by school, grade or the entire district with a click of a button makes communicating with our parents significantly more efficient and effective than postal mail or phone chains; parents will enjoy the peace of mind."

"Our e-mail and text to cellphone technology platform creates cost-savings, efficiencies and real-time alerts we believe are imperative in today´s school environment after 9/11 and other news related events around the nation. We are committed to helping school districts such as Fairfield maximize their investment in technology infrastructure and lower operating costs," said Bender.

K12 Alerts® is located at 445 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains, New York and can be reached at 914.220.8326 or via their website at http://www.k12alerts.com.

About K12Alerts®

Message Logix, Inc. is the creator of K12 Alerts® a powerful e-mail, text to cellphone and telephone notification system, facilitates the fast delivery of e-mail, text to cellphone and telephone messaging notifications and student emergency data collection. K12 Alerts® is an emergency messaging and critical student information management platform for school districts that enables school officials to send real-time emergency messages to parents´ work and home e-mails, text to cellphones and telephones and gather information. Privately held, Message Logix, Inc. is headquartered in White Plains, NY. For more information, please visit http://www.k12alerts.com, or call (914) 220-8326.


Bush to Congress: Renew NCLB this year

President Bush wants to add elements to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that will ensure the competitiveness of American students by strengthening math and science education–but he also is making another run at giving poor students private school vouchers, a move a Congress controlled by Democrats appears ready to block.

The White House on Jan. 23 unveiled details of the president’s proposals for overhauling NCLB, which is up for renewal this year. Bush also briefly touched on NCLB in his State of the Union address, urging Congress to renew the education law this year.

After a great deal of buildup leading up to the State of the Union that it would focus heavily on domestic issues, only 203 of the speech’s 5,510 words dealt with education. Nearly half of Bush’s speech–some 2,500 words–focused on the war on terror, seeking to persuade the Democratic Congress to give his controversial strategy for Iraq a chance to work.

On NCLB, Bush said: “Five years ago, we rose above partisan differences to pass the No Child Left Behind Act–preserving local control, raising standards in public schools, and holding those schools accountable for results. And because we acted, students are performing better in reading and math, and minority students are closing the achievement gap.”

Bush said the task before Congress now is “to build on this success–without watering down standards, without taking control from local communities, and without backsliding and calling it reform.”

“We can lift student achievement even higher by giving local leaders flexibility to turn around failing schools–and by giving families with children stuck in failing schools the right to choose something better,” he said. “We must increase funds for students who struggle–and make sure these children get the special help they need. And we can make sure our children are prepared for the jobs of the future, and our country is more competitive, by strengthening math and science skills.”

He concluded: “The No Child Left Behind Act has worked for America’s children–and I ask Congress to reauthorize this good law.”

The administration’s proposal calls for giving vouchers–called “promise scholarships” in the president’s parlance–to students in schools that persistently fail to meet progress goals set by the federal law.

“This is not for every kid in America. This is for those kids who are trapped in the absolute worst schools that just don’t seem to be capable, or willing, to make the changes necessary to serve those students well,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joel Kaplan said before the president’s State of the Union address.

The administration tried to include such a measure in NCLB when it was first signed into law five years ago. Democrats, then in the minority party, blocked the effort.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who became chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education when Democrats took over Congress this year, said he would work to keep vouchers out of the education law.

“We need new and creative ideas for helping our schools to improve and our students to succeed. Instead, the president has proposed more of the same,” Kennedy said. “Once again, he proposes siphoning crucial resources from our public schools.”

Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat who chairs the House committee overseeing education, called the voucher proposal unacceptable. “It didn’t pass muster when Republicans controlled the Congress, and it certainly won’t pass muster now that Democrats do,” Miller said.

NCLB seeks to ensure that all children can read and do math at grade level by 2014, which has placed unprecedented demands on schools. They have been required to step up testing, raise teacher quality, and place more attention on the achievements of minority children.

Besides promoting vouchers, the administration is calling for other changes to the law. One would require states to publish a report card showcasing how students do on state tests compared with the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a rigorous national test. Such a move could put pressure on states to strengthen their assessments and standards.

The administration also wants to make tutoring more widely available, by ensuring that school districts notify parents of their options under the law. In addition, Bush wants to expand the Teacher Incentive Fund, which supports efforts to reward teachers who raise student achievement and work in needy schools; expand the Striving Readers program, which targets literacy instruction in grades 6-12; and increase funding for Title I in high schools, to ensure that more students graduate on time. According to the Alliance for Excellence in Education, only about 70 percent of students graduate from high school on time–and only about half of minority students receive a high school diploma in four years.

To prepare students for success in the new global economy, Bush wants to incorporate the educational elements of his American Competitiveness Initiative–which he unveiled in last year’s State of the Union Address–into the reauthorization of NCLB.

The administration aims to increase the rigor of math and science classes by training more teachers and making Advanced Placement (AP) classes available to more students in these disciplines. Bush also wants to create an Adjunct Teacher Corps of talented professionals who will share their expertise in the classroom, and he wants Congress to enact the recommendations of the National Math Panel he formed last year.

In addition, states are required to add science testing in three grade levels by 2008, and the president wants the renewed education law to specify that all students will achieve proficiency in science by the 2019-20 school year.

The president’s proposals in the area of competitiveness are likely to get a much warmer reception on Capitol Hill than his call for vouchers. Shortly before Bush’s 2006 State of the Union Address, House Democrats introduced a plan of their own to keep America competitive in the new global economy. The Democrats’ plan made improved education its centerpiece and called for incentives for students to pursue careers in science and technology (see story: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=5978).

Besides renewing NCLB, Bush urged lawmakers packed into the House chamber for his State of the Union address to send him legislation helping more Americans afford health insurance, reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and overhaul immigration laws.


White House

State of the Union 2007

“Building On Results: A Blueprint For Strengthening NCLB” (Bush’s proposals)


Is Windows Vista any good?

Slate.com reports that the wait is almost over for the Windows Vista operating system. While Microsoft would have one believe that the world will be turned upside down with this release, some critics don’t agree. One critic for the Wall Street Journal called Vista “worthy, largely unexciting.” However, Slate’s Paul Boutin disagrees with both opinions. He argues that a quality operating system shouldn’t be centered on excitement. Rather, “like government,” it should protect against intruders, stay up and running, avoid ugly surprises, and mostly stay out of the way. According to Boutin, when judged against these standards, Vista is a success. Boutin believes that Vista has seriously upgraded the navigation of the Start menu, as well as arraigned for the implementations of “gadgets” such as calendars, CPU gauges, and calendars on the desktop. In addition, Vista tried to figure out your patterns of use with applications. So, a user’s eMail program and calendar will be up and running when a user logs on Monday morning, and anti-virus software won’t start up when you are coming back from lunch. Finally, Aero–the premium version of Vista–shows great improvement by implementing transparent windows, as well as solving the long-standing “ghost image” problem of Windows…


For Majority of Pokémon Learning League Users Math Lessons are Most Popular

NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2007) – Beginning in 2006 the national debate on math education intensified when President Bush introduced the American Competitiveness Initiative, which focused on improving students´ math and science skills to maintain the nation´s competitive edge in the global economy. Key findings from recent online surveys of visitors to the Pokémon Learning League web site, released today by Pokémon USA, Inc., indicate teachers and students seek an interactive online learning environment, particularly for math education. Parents also support digital media use in the classroom, according to results from another survey Pokémon USA announced today.

–Pokémon Learning League, the web-based suite of animated, interactive lessons in language arts, math, science, and life skills for grades 3-6, was made available in early October 2006 for everyone to access free-of-charge for a trial period. Since then, the web site, www.PokemonLearningLeague.com, has received 230,000 visitors.

–Teachers and students are frequently turning to Pokémon Learning League for engaging math content. 48 percent of the 414 students who responded to the survey indicated they need or use the math lessons the most, and 58 percent of the 79 teachers who responded to a survey launched this month said the same. In addition, 37 percent of students and 41 percent of teachers said they visit the Pokémon Learning League web site every day.

–The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommendations for math education in the era of NCLB include: students should learn and experience math in a standards-based classroom, students need several opportunities to apply basic skills to problem-solving, and students should be empowered to use a full range of technology tools. Pokémon Learning League´s format and standards-based content meet these recommendations.

–Pokémon Learning League lessons use the watch-try-apply method of instruction to move students from understanding a concept to applying it in interactive challenges that require problem-solving skills. 88 percent of teachers think the watch-try-apply method used in the program is excellent, and 72 percent of students agree the method helps them learn.

–The online interactive learning environment provided by Pokémon Learning League is appealing to teachers, students and parents. A large majority of teachers and students like the style of animation and use of Pokémon characters as a supplemental teaching tool. A survey conducted by Braun Research for Pokémon USA examined the attitudes and beliefs of a random sample of 500 parents and guardians of children in grades 3-6. The survey revealed 51 percent of parents believe interactive online learning tools that feature their children´s favorite cartoon characters would better engage their children in the learning process and in school work. 73 percent of parents believe their children would be interested in online learning tools that extend classroom lessons into home activities.

Kristin Bennett, Ph.D., mathematics professor at Wake Forest University and a member of the Pokémon Learning League Advisory Board, remarked: "Pokémon Learning League´s web-based, interactive lessons provide an excellent opportunity for students to hone their mathematical skills. The survey results indicate the success of purposeful planning of standards-based educational content that reflects best practices in the marriage of technology and math education. Increasing students´ mathematical literacy will continue to be a priority for K-12 educators. Pokémon Learning League has identified a method that motivates students to self-engage in mathematical learning and practice, and it is well known that self-motivation is a key predictor of academic success. The fact that teachers and parents also find the animated episodes to be appealing further strengthens the value of this online educational tool."
To learn more about Pokémon Learning League, visit booth #1379 during the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Jan. 24-26. The paid subscription service to Pokémon Learning League, which will include several new lessons and a lesson planning and assessment feature, will begin in February.


Prosper From Pearson Assessments Honored as Finalist in Software & Information Industry Association´s 2007 Codie Awards

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 23, 2007 – Pearson Assessments today announced that the newest version of its Prosper assessment system is a finalist in the Software & Information Industry Association´s (SIIA) 22nd Annual Codie Awards. Prosper is recognized in the "Best Student Assessment Solution" category.

The Codie Awards recognize 72 categories of outstanding products and services. This year´s finalists represent an impressive array of technology and business excellence, passion and success. They were chosen from more than 1,200 nominations, submitted by more than 600 companies – breaking the record set in the 2006 awards.

The "Best Student Assessment Solution" category recognizes the best stand-alone, computer-based or online solution for high-stakes assessments/preparation for high-stakes tests at the K-12 or postsecondary levels.

"Educators use Prosper to develop classroom tests and then to analyze the results so they can tailor instruction to meet student learning needs," said John Harnett, president, Pearson Assessments. "We are honored to have this formative assessment system recognized by the information technology industry."

Launched in October 2006, the new capabilities in Prosper version 4 were developed based on feedback from educators using the assessment system and other experts. Prosper version 4 includes new reports that allow teachers and school administrators to quickly identify at-risk students and standards that require instructional intervention. New networking capabilities make the software easier to install, manage and share data throughout a school. Enhanced imaging capabilities allow educators to easily score performance items and compare them to objectives.

"The 2007 Codie finalists represent real winners even at this stage of the contest," said Ken Wasch, president, SIIA. "Competition is fiercer than ever, and that makes selection as a Codie finalist a real achievement. All the companies on this year´s list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition."

In the next step of the Codie Awards process, SIIA members will select winners in each category. The 2007 Codie Awards will be presented on April 17 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. For a complete list of the 2007 Codie Award finalists, visit www.siia.net/codies/2007/finalists.asp .
For more information about Prosper, visit www.PearsonAssessments.com/Prosper .
About Pearson Assessments

Pearson Assessments (www.PearsonAssessments.com ) provides assessment instruments and data capture tools and technologies for use in education, business and health care settings. Backed by a half century of knowledge and expertise, Pearson Assessments – integrating Pearson NCS and the assessment division of AGS Publishing with the original Pearson Assessments business – offers products and services to deliver the accurate, reliable and usable information that professionals seek. Pearson Assessments is a business of Pearson Education (www.pearsoned.com), the world´s largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson´s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.


Student Performance and Creative Learning Programs Highlight FileMaker Pro Solutions at 2007 Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/– FETC Conference — The role of FileMaker Pro database solutions in maximizing student performance and managing creative educational programs will be featured at the 2007 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), January 24-26, 2007, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL http://www.fetc.org/fetc2007/2007/general_info.cfm).
FileMaker, Inc. representatives will be showcasing FileMaker Pro K-12
solutions in Booth # 902.

On Friday, January 26, at 1:50-2:45 p.m., Bob Barboza, Resource
Specialist for the Paramount Unified School District, Paramount, CA, and Greg Walker, Data Solutions Administrator, Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL will conduct "Kid´s Talk Radio: A High Motivational Math and Science Learning Program," a session about an educational program that gets kids excited about learning and at the same time helps schools to creatively meet AYP goals. Barboza will show how students build sound effects studios and radio stations to practice study skills, math, science, reading, and writing.

Also on Friday, January 26, at 1:50-2:45 p.m., Michael Perry, Adjunct
Business Professor, Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, GA, will conduct "Easy Rubrics + Rapid Grades + Clear Standards = Successful Performance," a session designed to teach how to automatically distribute rubrics and grades electronically. Participants will explore the advantages of electronic distribution of performance and assessment information and how to create FileMaker Pro databases that work with Mac, Windows, and Palm operating systems.

FileMaker database software helps schools in collecting, managing and reporting on student and administrative data. More than 10,000 K-12 schools use FileMaker in their data-driven decision-making processes to achieve greater operational efficiency, comply with federal and state reporting requirements, and track student performance. Recently, Technology & Learning magazine named FileMaker Pro a 2006 Legacy Award winner.

Educators can experience a 30-day free trial of FileMaker Pro 8.5, the award-winning database software, which includes the K-12 Education Starter Kit, featuring five education starter solutions, a K-12 resource guide, and a student assessment white paper. The trial can be downloaded at http://www.filemakertrial.com/k-12. Trial CDs will also be distributed in the FileMaker booth.

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Pro is used by millions of individuals and workgroups around the world to be more productive and efficient. Business, education and government customers rely on FileMaker to manage people, projects, images, assets and other information. In addition to being the number one-selling easy-to-use database software, the award-winning FileMaker product line also includes low-cost Applications that automate basic business tasks, ready-to-use Starter Solutions, and tools to create and share solutions from the desktop to the web. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.

FileMaker is a trademark of FileMaker, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The speakers, schedules and events are subject to change without notice. The trial CDs and other products are only available while supplies last.


Pearson Digital Learning to Offer WriteToLearn With NovaNET Online Educational Courseware

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 24, 2007 – Pearson Knowledge Technologies (PKT) announced today at the 2007 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) that Pearson Digital Learning will offer WriteToLearn as a complementary product to its NovaNET® courseware. Launched in January 2006, WriteToLearn is PKT´s Web-based learning tool that helps students develop writing and reading comprehension skills.

"We are excited to have Pearson Digital Learning distribute WriteToLearn," said Lynn Streeter, president, Pearson Knowledge Technologies. "As the only writing development product that gives students the immediate, targeted feedback necessary to develop reading comprehension and writing skills, WriteToLearn is the perfect accompaniment to Pearson Digital Learning´s innovative educational courseware."
With WriteToLearn, students practice essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson´s state-of-the-art Knowledge Analysis Technologies" (KAT) engine, which automatically evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages. Students receive immediate, specific feedback on their work, and teachers easily monitor student efforts individually or as a class.

Pearson Digital Learning will sell WriteToLearn with NovaNET, a comprehensive, online courseware system designed for grades 6-12. From delivering thousands of hours of research- and standards-based, interactive curriculum to integrated assessment and student management, NovaNET allows schools to reach struggling students and recover lost credits, increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates, challenge advanced students who want to move ahead and provide individualized learning at a distance.

"At Pearson Digital Learning, we are focused on providing innovative, research-based digital learning solutions that improve teaching and learning for students," said Bob Roliardi, president, Pearson Digital Learning. "Including WriteToLearn as a complement to NovaNET will offer schools an effective tool for helping students develop the reading comprehension and writing skills critical for academic success."

For more information, visit www.WriteToLearn.net or www.pearsondigital.com/novanet/wtl

About Pearson Knowledge Technologies

Pearson Knowledge Technologies is the developer of products and services based on a unique automated text analysis technology that evaluates the meaning of whole passages. The company´s Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine immediately measures writing and content in a way that simulates a skilled human grader and encourages better subject knowledge. Pearson Knowledge Technologies´ writing and reading skills products, such as WriteToLearn, Intelligent Essay Assessor and Summary Street, use the KAT engine to help improve writing, reading and comprehension skills as well as build content knowledge for education and other markets. For more information, visit www.PearsonKT.com

About Pearson Digital Learning

Working side by side with educators for over 40 years, Pearson Digital Learning is the leader in proven, comprehensive technologies for preK-12 education. The company´s mission is to provide the innovative, research-based digital learning solutions that elevate the art and science of teaching, and inspire children to reach their greatest potential. Reaching more than 20 million students annually, Pearson Digital Learning´s products include: the SuccessMaker Enterprise and NovaNET educational courseware; and the KnowledgeBox® digital learning system. Pearson Digital Learning is also the exclusive distributor for the Waterford Early Reading Program and Waterford Early Math & Science, adaptive computer-based instruction developed by the Waterford Institute. For more information, visit www.PearsonDigital.com .

Pearson Digital Learning and Pearson Knowledge Technologies are businesses of Pearson Education, the world´s largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson´s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.


GenevaLogic Debuts New Classroom Management Software Kits

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 24, 2007 – Today at the 2007 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), GenevaLogic debuted the Vision® Class Kit, the Vision School Kit and the Vision School Kit Plus – which provide both individual classrooms and entire schools with essential classroom management tools for easy and effective teaching with computers. The foundation of all three kits is Vision6, the newest version of GenevaLogic´s easy-to-use classroom management software that allows teachers to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support instruction.

"At GenevaLogic, we are committed to partnering with educators to develop innovative solutions that help them use technology to improve student learning," said Kirk Greiner, chief executive officer. "We developed these new kits so schools would have easy and cost-effective ways to put our most requested classroom management software tools at their teachers´ fingertips."

In the Vision Class Kit, GenevaLogic bundled its most popular products into an easy-to-use kit at a cost-effective price. In addition to Vision, the Vision Class Kit includes two popular plug-ins, App-Control and Surf"Lock2. App-Control allows teachers to keep the whole class learning together by remotely launching applications, sharing documents and managing access to applications on all student computers. Using Surf"Lock2, teachers turn browsing on or off from their computer with a single click, allow students access only to selected Web sites that support instruction, and stop or limit Web browsing instantly for a single student or the entire class.

For schools that want to provide classroom management software tools to numerous classrooms or in multiple computer labs, GenevaLogic developed the Vision School Kit. With the Vision School Kit, an entire school is equipped to manage classroom computer activity, guide student learning on computers and teach effectively with technology. The Vision School Kit includes school-wide licenses for Vision6; App-Control; SurfLock2; and Pointer, a plug-in that allows teachers to annotate text or graphics on the computer while teaching. Teacher training materials are also included in this package.

With the Vision School Kit Plus, schools customize their classroom management software system by adding either Protect-On2 for student desktop security or Print-Limit Pro" for school-wide print management. With Protect-On, teachers save and restore the original configuration of classroom computers, avoiding viruses, frustrating downtime or unwanted downloads with a quick restart. Print-Limit Pro allows schools to easily and efficiently manage printing across large, multi-platform environments.

The new classroom management software kits from GenevaLogic are economically priced to meet the varying needs of K-12 schools. The Vision Class Kit is available for $999 per lab or classroom, with a limit of two per school. A site license for the Vision School Kit is $3,999 for schools with fewer than 1,000 students and $4,499 for schools with 1,000 or more students. Site licenses for the comprehensive set of classroom management software tools offered in the Vision School Kit Plus are $4,999 for schools with fewer than 1,000 students and $5,999 for schools with 1,000 or more students.

For more information, visit www.GenevaLogic.com or call 866-725-7833.

About GenevaLogic

GenevaLogic (www.GenevaLogic.com) has one passion: enabling educators to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support teaching and learning. Founded in 1996, with headquarters in Langenthal, Switzerland, and Portland, Ore., the privately held company is an international leader in active teaching systems whose Vision classroom management software is used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide. The company´s education software solutions – Vision, App-Control, Surf-Lock, Pointer, Plan-It, Protect-On, Print-Limit and Print-Limit Pro – allow schools, universities and training centers to get more learning value from their technology investments. For more information, visit www.GenevaLogic.com .



EMERYVILLE, CALIF. (January 24, 2007)–LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the school division of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF), today announced the release of a new version of The Literacy Center that provides targeted instruction for English language learners (ELLs) as well as new tools for managing instruction for students in special education. The new version for ELLs includes interactive books with Spanish language support, new teacher resources for multilanguage classrooms, and almost 500 new activities specifically designed for students learning English.

The new program also employs a significantly expanded version of the Link to Lessons instructional management system, which enables teachers to plan individualized lessons with The Literacy Center curriculum. Offering more than 5,000 easy-to-implement activities for individual, small-group, and whole-class instruction, Link to Lessons v3.0 also tracks student progress with comprehensive individual and classroom reports and allows teachers to create detailed lesson plans. Now available in three editions–PreK, Grades K1+, and English language development (ELD)–The Literacy Center differentiates instruction with unique learning technology that helps students build key reading skills.

Responding to the increasing demands of special education instruction and reporting, Link to Lessons v3.0 also introduces a new Individualized Education Plan (IEP) progress reporting feature that helps teachers manage progress against goals and objectives for students with special needs. In addition to support for special education reporting, The Literacy Center continues to support the most commonly used reading, early literacy, and ELD programs, and aligns to the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS®) assessment model. The updated version of the program also offers a new storage solution for improved organization of the program components and better classroom management.

A study conducted in Las Vegas schools in 2003, performed by RMC Research Corporation, concluded that The Literacy Center significantly enhanced kindergarten and grade 1 students´ performance on key early literacy skills. Kindergarten students who used The Literacy Center outperformed control counterparts by 33 percent on a test of phonological segmentation fluency; they also scored significantly higher on tests of initial sound fluency, nonsense word fluency, and general reading ability. Grade 1 students using The Literacy Center curriculum significantly outperformed control students on a measure of phoneme segmentation fluency, with ELLs in particular benefiting from this program.

"This new version of The Literacy Center represents the most comprehensive update that we have made to the program since it launched in 2000," said Mike Lorion, president of LeapFrog SchoolHouse. "We are confident that our approach to technology-based instruction, which offers one-to-one interactive learning regardless of a student´s access to computers, will continue to produce good results for students and teachers. Engaging instructional tools can motivate students at all skill levels to work more independently, which makes it easier for teachers to deliver individualized and small-group instruction in today´s mixed-ability classrooms."

The Literacy Center v2.0 includes three award-winning curriculum tools that engage, assess, and instruct:
*The LeapDesk workstation delivers explicit instruction in letter-name recognition, letter-sound recognition, and phonological awareness. In addition, the LeapDesk workstation provides assessment data that supports early intervention and tracks student progress.

*The LeapMat" learning surface uses sight, touch, and sound to teach letter names and sounds, and the spelling of three-letter words.

*The LeapPad® personal learning tool (PLT) helps students practice decoding words, learn letter names and sounds, and build reading fluency through repetition and individualized practice.

Purchasing Information

To discover how The Literacy Center v2.0 can help students become successful readers, please visit www.LeapFrogSchoolHouse.com/TheLiteracyCenter, or call LeapFrog SchoolHouse at 800-883-7430.

About LeapFrog SchoolHouse Division

LeapFrog SchoolHouse publishes research-based assessment and curriculum content for the PreKgrade 8 education market. Its interactive, multisensory curriculum programs and electronic learning aids are enhanced by LeapFrog´s proprietary technology-based personal learning tools (PLTs). These tools and programs enable teachers to personalize student instruction, instantly assess and monitor student progress relative to state and national standards, and easily integrate the programs into classroom learning. PLTs redefine the relationship between curriculum and technology, delivering portable, affordable, special-purpose learning devices to children. LeapFrog SchoolHouseä product areas currently include assessment, reading, language arts, math, English language development, and early literacy.

LeapFrog SchoolHouse´s multisensory products currently reach students in more than 100,000 classrooms across the United States with more than 200 interactive books and 500 skill cards, representing more than 6,500 pages of educational content. LeapFrog SchoolHouse is a business division within the Education & Training Group of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Please visit www.LeapFrogSchoolHouse.com for additional information.

About LeapFrog Enterprises

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF), is a leading designer, developer, and marketer of innovative, technology-based learning products and related proprietary content, dedicated to making learning effective and engaging for all ages, at homes and in schools, around the world. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Emeryville, California.