Soliloquy Reading Assistant´s UK Edition Wins Education Resources Award

WALTHAM, MA. April 11, 2007 Soliloquy Learning´s Reading Assistant (UK Edition) was honored with an award in the Education Resources Category for Special Education at the ninth annual Education Resources Awards on March 23rd, 2007. The award recognizes the quality of educational products and resources as applied to special education students.

Soliloquy Learning´s Reading Assistant (UK Edition) was released jointly with Harcourt in the UK. Harcourt UK´s popular Rapid series content for elementary special needs students was included on the Reading Assistant platform. The Soliloquy Reading Assistant is a reading program that combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based interventions to help elementary and secondary students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

"We feel very proud that the UK Edition of the Reading Assistant received this award", commented Jon Bower, CEO of Soliloquy Learning. "The Education Resources Awards are one of the most prestigious awards you can win in the UK, and we feel honored that our technology was recognized and that it is bringing a working solution for the students of the UK."

Chris Jones, CEO of Harcourt Education International, said: "The Education Resources Awards are designed to recognize the innovative and effective development of education resources and Rapid Reading Assistant is a perfect example of this. By combining the latest technology with expert knowledge of how to support struggling readers, Rapid is a solution that can really make a difference for many learners. We are very proud that the quality of material and the technology behind Rapid Reading Assistant were recognized by the judges and we are delighted to receive the award."

Students use the Soliloquy Reading Assistant by reading e-books into a computer using a standard headset and microphone. Through Soliloquy Reading Assistant´s proprietary speech-recognition technology, the program is able to "listen" and recognize when readers stumble or make mistakes on specific words. When a student struggles, the program assists or corrects him/her by reading the word clearly, meanwhile making records in the background for teacher review. Vocabulary assistance and comprehension questions are other features of the program. When students do not know a word´s meaning, they can click it to gain access to a context-sensitive definition, pronunciation and photographic memory aid. When students reach the end of a reading passage, comprehension questions are presented to ensure understanding and to focus students on acquiring meaning in addition to speed. Students can then have the program read the story to them, and compare the model with their own readings to improve their pronunciation.

The US Edition of the Soliloquy Reading Assistant is available for students in grades 1-12, plus adult remedial reading programs. For elementary students (grades 1-5), reading content is drawn from children´s stories, poems and expository passages to build literature appreciation. For secondary students (5-12), content is drawn from science and social studies subjects required by many state standards, providing experience with the content to improve comprehension later on. Since its launch in 2002, various versions of Soliloquy Reading Assistant have been used by over 5,000 schools across the country. For more information, visit, or call 1-877-235-6036.

About Harcourt:

Harcourt is a market-leading provider of educational resources for teachers and learners at Primary, Secondary and Vocational level and is the largest publisher of books and e-learning materials for schools and colleges in the UK.

Under the Heinemann, Rigby, Ginn, Payne-Gallway and Raintree names, Harcourt provides a range of published materials, e-learning and assessment resources, teachers´ support and pupil and student materials in all core subjects for all ages.

Harcourt, a BETT Award winner in 2006 for MediaStage, and highly commended at the BETT Awards 2007 for Rapid, is recognized for the quality of the products that it brings to the education market, reflecting up-to-date learning techniques and embracing the latest technology.

As the must-have partner for government, researchers, professional bodies and teachers, Harcourt is more than a publisher: it is recognized as an expert in helping to convert theory to practice.

About Soliloquy Learning, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Soliloquy Learning has pioneered new and effective methods for improving reading and spoken language skills. The company´s flagship product, Soliloquy Reading Assistant, provides one-on-one reading support, using proprietary speech recognition technology to monitor and assist students through Guided Oral Reading, the research-proven best practice for fostering reading progress beyond the basics. Design has been led by literacy expert, Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams. Research on the efficacy of Soliloquy Reading Assistant has been sponsored through research grants from NICHD and IES. Soliloquy Learning is a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass. For more information visit:


GeoLearning´s Frank Russell Voted to List of "Most Influential Training Professionals"

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, April 12, 2007 — Frank Russell, president and CEO of GeoLearning, Inc., has been named to Training Industry, Inc.´s 2007 list of the "Most Influential Training Professionals." The list is designed to recognize the training industry´s 20 most influential people based on their impact on the profession resulting from contributions and innovations in technology, business strategies, best practices, instructional methods, creation of unique learning content, and development of strategic processes for learning.

The "Most Influential Training Professionals" of 2007 were voted to the list by their peers–nominations and voting for candidates came exclusively from leaders and practitioners in the training industry. A ballot listing the candidates was distributed via email to the more than 75,000 members of and

"The extraordinary level of interest in this award has been exciting and reflects the importance attributed to thought leadership in our industry," said Doug Harward, founder and CEO of Training Industry, Inc. "What makes this award so significant is that recipients were selected by their peers. We received thousands of votes for several extremely worthy candidates. This overwhelming response to the award is a tribute to the quality and importance of learning in today´s corporate marketplace."

The complete list of Training Industry´s 2007 "Most Influential Training Professionals" is available online.

About GeoLearning, Inc.

GeoLearning is the leading provider of Managed Learning Services and hosted learning and performance technology. The company´s products and services are used by corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations to manage human capital development, accelerate critical business processes and drive organizational performance. GeoLearning´s Software as a Service model means there is no hardware or software for clients to install. As a result, the company´s Web-based GeoMaestro and GeoExpress learning management platforms can be deployed quickly, allowing clients to efficiently manage enterprise-wide learning, development and knowledge acquisition. Additional information is available at

About Training Industry, Inc.

The mission of Training Industry, Inc. is to create a more efficient marketplace for learning. Our goal is to create an intelligence center that provides best-in-class business strategies, practices, and processes to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between training suppliers and corporate executives. For suppliers, Training Industry provides the most targeted portal strategy for the delivery of lead-generating information about their capabilities and services through our learning community structure. For the corporate and government executives and training professionals, we are an objective and trusted information source. We focus on the relevant business issues, processes and practices as well provide up-to-date news, trends and research within the training industry. Our online learning communities are essential to those executives contemplating training decisions. For more information visit


Carleton University Selects Mitel IP Platform

OTTAWA, Canada, April 11, 2007 ? Mitel®, the trusted provider of IP communication solutions and applications, today announced that it has been selected as the strategic IP communications partner for Carleton University. The campus-wide deployment of Mitel Unified Communications over a multi-year migration, could encompass over 7,000 lines, 4,000 handsets, unified messaging and other productivity-enhancing applications.

The competitive bid called for the replacement of existing multi-vendor telephony systems, the expansion of the network and the introduction of multiple applications. Implementation of the converged communications system has begun. The scalable network will assist Carleton to meet the growth of voice communications needs as the university continues to grow.

"Migrating to a Mitel Unified Communications platform represents the next evolution of our efforts to enhance the Carleton experience for students, staff and faculty," said Ralph Michaelis, chief information officer, Carleton University. "Mitel´s standards-based, single-platform architecture and applications ? from unified messaging to conferencing and collaboration ? allows us to converge voice, video and data applications on our existing network. These attributes make Mitel a perfect fit for a university campus environment."

The resilient Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP) operates over the campus 10 gigabit-per-second Ethernet network provided by Hewlett-Packard® and Cisco® routers ensuring high-performance connectivity to more than 20 buildings, 2,000 faculty and staff, and 23,000 students located on the university´s 62-hectare campus.

The university could also benefit from mobility applications including:

*Mitel NuPoint Messenger? IP Model 640 ? enabling users to forward, store and retrieve voice, fax and email messages using the device of their choice

*Mitel Your Assistant? and Mitel Your Assistant? Softphone ? a PC-based desktop application that provides a single access point to all of the university´s requirements ? audio, video, and data for in-the-moment communications and collaboration

*NetLink Wireless Telephones that leverage the university´s Wi-Fi infrastructure to "twin" a user´s desk phone to allow incoming calls to ring at the wireless telephone as well as the desk phone

About Carleton University

Carleton University, Canada´s Capital University, is a dynamic research and learning institution located in Ottawa, Canada. The university is a national leader in the study of public affairs and management, and high technology, as well as a leading innovator in undergraduate education. Carleton University has a vibrant work and learning environment, with close ties to the region´s business, cultural, government, and high technology communities.

About Mitel

Mitel, a leading provider of unifying IP communications solutions and applications for business customers, is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices, partners and resellers worldwide. For more information, please visit


Apangea Learning Gives Customers Some TLC (Total Learning Care)

PITTSBURGH, Pa., April 11, 2007 — Apangea Learning, a leading provider of cost-effective differentiated instruction, announced the launch of its Total Learning Care (TLC) services that provides its customers immediate support and assistance through an interactive support center.

"Timeliness of feedback is a critical challenge most teachers face when utilizing technology in a classroom," explained Apangea Learning director of academic services Dan Bolena. "Many teachers aren´t able to access a phone to contact customer support in a classroom, nor are they able to leave their students unattended to get help. TLC´s Web-based interactive support center provides teachers immediate support exactly when they need it, without requiring the use of any additional tools, software or Web sites," Bolena added.

Apangea Learning´s customers all receive the TLC standard package, which includes Web-based teacher training, customer support (phone, e-mail and Web), remote program implementation, teacher resource guide, SmartHelp content updates and access to the interactive teacher support center.

TLC´s interactive support center leverages best practices in project management and technical support. It provides teachers instant feedback from a live customer support representative. Teachers can have a live two-way dialogue with customer support through an instant message (chat) format or by calling the technical support toll free number. Teachers can also access support through e-mail or by submitting an online support request form that includes the option to attach a screen shot of the topic being discussed.

The interactive support center also provides a "Check System" diagnostic tool. At a click of a button, teachers can instantly see if their computer meets the minimum requirements to run SmartHelp. If not, customer support is automatically notified of the specific problem area(s). Teachers can also access technical resources through this portal including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), an online training manual and a technical requirement checklist.

Beyond the standard TLC package, customers are able to purchase upgrades that include onsite training, mentoring and implementation.

"Customer satisfaction can be a company´s greatest challenge," noted Apangea Learning CEO Louis Piconi. "Each customer is unique as is their specific need. Apangea Learning´s TLC services provide personalized solutions that can address the most challenging educational situations," Piconi explained.

About Apangea Learning: Apangea Learning is setting a new standard in the way students learn. The company´s groundbreaking SmartHelp tutoring solution enables students to dramatically improve achievement, at the most cost-effective price. SmartHelp provides differentiated instruction for every student via a unique integration of its intelligent tutoring system and live one-on-one human tutors. Apangea Learning´s solutions are based on one of the world´s largest bodies of cognitive research. It utilizes innovative Web-based technology that engages students and teaches fundamental problem-solving skills. Visit Apangea Learning on the Web at


Studying Goes High-Tech with PC Flash Cards

GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 10, 2007 — When Mary Gardner left the corporate world to become a veterinarian, she took seven years´ experience in software training and design with her.
Now a junior at the University of Florida´s College of Veterinary Medicine, Gardner has put that experience to use by creating PC Flash Cards (, a computer-based study aid that streamlines studying for
students everywhere.

Based on the time-tested flash card study method, PC Flash Cards eliminates the need for hand-written flash cards – traditionally a colossal time-sink. Part software program,
part Web-based study community, PC Flash Cards is simple to use and appropriate for students of all ages.

Users can quickly enter information, organize their flash cards and even add images. Students can use PC Flash Cards on the computer, print out their flash cards, and even sync their flash cards to their PDAs for on-the-go studying. The
program includes robust, automated quizzing, random quizzing and reverse-quiz features, cards can be imported and exported by study buddies, and all flash cards can be uploaded to for sharing with other
students. To date, the site contains around 39,000 cards.

The program is inexpensive – prices start at just $29.95 – and a full 30% of sales go to an organization of the user´s choice, making PC Flash Cards an effective fundraiser for student clubs and schools.

"Have you ever wasted hours and hours reading just one page? That was me before PC Flash Cards," stated one student.

"[Medical school was] grueling, and I found myself settling for mediocre grades and blaming my test scores on my ability to learn … [but] after just one month of using [PC Flash Cards,] I have improved my scores by an entire letter grade."

PC Flash Cards appeals to students in professional and technical schools as well. Gardner reports that real estate agents, pilots and even a corporation or two are using PC Flash Cards.

Gardner came up with the idea for PC Flash Cards as a returning student taking the veterinary school prerequisites. Flash cards were her preferred study method, but the thousands of flash cards she created soon became unmanageable. So she sat down and designed PC Flash Cards on
paper, being sure to include all the features that would help her with her own studies. Gardner then turned to her father, who had been a software engineer for over 30 years, to bring the program to life.

"PC Flash Cards takes a proven method of studying and improves on it," Gardner stated. "I am pleased to make the program available to other students who may be searching for a better way to study."

PC Flash Cards is available for purchase at To view a demonstration of the software, visit


Latin + Greek + Perfect SAT Score = Winner of First-Ever GSN´s National Vocabulary Championship

National Vocabulary Champion, Robert Marsland, Discusses the Importance of Words and Studying during Cable in the Classroom Podcast

National Vocabulary Championship Finale Airs Sunday, April 15, 8 PM ET and PT

Washington, DC ? The winner of the National Vocabulary Championship, Robert Marsland, an 18-year-old senior at St. Ambrose Academy in Madison, Wisconsin, shared how he became interested in words, how his studies prepared him for the competition and some tips for students and teachers for getting involved next year, during a Kids. Cable. Learning. podcast.

The interview can be heard on Cable in the Classroom´s podcast channel:

During the finals in March, Marsland competed against 49 other students to be named the winner of the first-ever GSN´s National Vocabulary Championship. He won $40,000 towards his college education, and the title of National Vocabulary Champion.

GSN will air a one-hour special based on the 2007 National Vocabulary
Championship finale on Sunday, April 15, at 8 PM ET and PT.

More information about the contestants and the National Vocabulary Championship can be found at:

Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the cable industry´s education foundation, works to expand and enhance learning for children and youth. Created in 1989 to help schools take advantage of educational cable programming and technology, CIC has become a leading national advocate for media literacy education and for the use of technology and media for learning, as well as a valuable resource of educational cable content and services for policymakers, educators and industry leaders.

For more information about Cable in the Classroom please visit:


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KHQ-DT Selects Broadcast Pix Slate 2100 Live TV Production System to Produce ?Weather Plus Updates´ for DTV and Web Broadcasts

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts (April 10, 2007) Broadcast Pix? Inc. today announced that KHQ-DT, the NBC affiliate in Spokane, Washington, is using its Slate? 2100 live television production system for single-operator production of the station´s "Weather Plus Updates." The weather report is broadcast daily on its DTV channel 6-2; carried locally by Comcast Cablevision, and available from the station´s Web site, The updates are also fed to two other Central Washington stations owned by KHQ?KNDO-DT in Yakima and KNDU-DT in Kennewick?for broadcast on their DTV secondary channels and Web sites. All three stations rely on the Slate 2100 system´s performance when producing the updates since the weather can change rapidly and dramatically throughout the region.

The Broadcast Pix Slate 2100 system integrates a production switcher, production control panel, Inscriber CG, transitional effects, chromakeyer, clip store, and multi-view monitoring, among other functions, in a single workstation-based system. The system can be operated with a production switcher-style control panel or by using a keyboard and mouse interface. In addition to the Slate 2100 system´s integrated design, KHQ found the system´s compact footprint ideal for its situation. The Slate 1000, installed in late 2006, now serves as the centerpiece for a new space called Production Control 2.

"During the first year that we produced Weather Plus Updates, we had been using our main production control room," said Doug Miles, KHQ´s production manager. "We soon found that sharing these resources with the other daily productions that needed to be done from the same rooms made things logistically difficult. Our Weather Plus Updates were tying up the main control room and studio for about five hours a day, and we didn´t always have the rooms available to take Weather Plus Updates live in severe weather emergencies. Since Production Control 2 is extremely space-challenged, it was critical to have an integrated production switcher that could be managed entirely by a single operator, as opposed to our main production control room which requires a director, technical director, and audio person."

Weather Plus Updates are polished TV weather reports formatted as two or four-minute recorded segments and updated seven times a day using the Slate 2100 platform. A KHQ meteorologist provides the latest weather forecast illustrated by satellite and Doppler radar maps, 3D animated weather maps, as well as live video shots showing current weather conditions. The video plays inside a window that´s bordered by an "L-Bar" graphic that displays the humidity, time, and temperature in the left-hand vertical bar, and icons for the six day forecast along the horizontal bar underneath the video.

Another feature that empowers a single operator to manage every aspect of a video production is Scripts, a companion software to the Broadcast Pix system that automates program execution, including chromakeys, camera takes, dissolves, and graphics and other roll-ins.

"With Scripts, the Slate 2100 remembers all your button pushes from start to finish as you go through your show?which cameras to take, which lower third supers to display, and rolling in any video and music elements. Then in subsequent production run-throughs, it can automatically recall all of those moves in their precise order," said Miles. "All the operator has to do is push a button and cue the talent. This feature can store the settings for several different show formats, which will be useful should we expand our ´Updates´ programming in the future."

Formerly a newsroom edit suite, Production Control 2 is a six by six foot space adjacent to an auxiliary set dedicated to producing Weather Plus Updates, as well as news and elections updates. The studio, which is equipped with several four Panasonic robotic cameras, has a green screen chromakey wall for keying weather graphics generated by a WSI weather graphics presentation system.

While the Slate 2100 packs the functionality of an entire television production control room in a single box, KHQ chose to supplement it with two large Sony flat screen color monitors for program and preview displays; as well as a small Tascam audio board, MP3 player for music beds, and an Avid Airspeed playout server for bringing video roll-ins into the system. The operator can also route two or more sources from anywhere in the station, such as a live video shot from a field camera.

About KHQ-DT

Located in Spokane, Washington, KHQ-DT is an NBC affiliate owned by Coles Company which airs programming daily in both HDTV and SDTV. KHQ produces a two-hour live morning show from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., as well as live newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. Also, at 10 p.m., KHQ´s news department produces the live 10 p.m. newscast for KAYU, the local FOX affiliate, from KHQ´s main studio and control room. The station also offers regular news and weather updates on its DTV secondary channel 6-2, which is carried by Comcast Cablevision in Spokane on its Channel 115, as well as via video on demand at its Web site,

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrating switcher and computer technology to provide live television production systems. These are more powerful, easier to use, and much more cost effective than a traditional control room of individual components, yet retain a fast action human interface and robustness. Broadcast Pix switchers enable a single operator to create engaging live video, yet gracefully adds operators on its network when desired. It is the only switcher that can be controlled remotely over the Internet. Broadcast Pix is based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with offices in California and Europe. Customers include leading broadcast, cable, corporate, education, entertainment, mobile, faith and government studios. For more information on Broadcast Pix, go to


Pearson Selects IBM for IT Infrastructure Services

Armonk and New York, NY–April 11, 2007–Pearson, plc, and IBM today announced a five year, $128 million Information Technology (IT) infrastructure services agreement to continue to help Pearson provide new services and reduce costs for its publishing, information and education businesses.

The agreement — which includes The Penguin Group and Pearson Education — covers U.S. operations across thirty locations in eleven states, and is an extension of a seven-year contract signed in September 2002.

IBM will continue to manage key systems for Pearson, including critical business applications for billing, inventory control, order entry, product distribution, inventory, payroll, human resources and sales reporting. IBM will also continue to provide business resiliency services to ensure that its computer systems can continue to perform vital business functions in the event of a business disruption.
Under the agreement, IBM will provide Pearson with a usage-based billing methodology that allows Pearson to manage its costs through a pay-as-you-go system. This unique model will give Pearson more control and insight into how they utilize their IT resources.

"Since the beginning of our partnership in 2002, IBM has brought Pearson economies of scale while maintaining the flexibility of our operating units," said Atish Banerjea, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Pearson plc "IBM is also helping Pearson innovate by creating new services, which improve our interactions with customers."
"Through this agreement, Pearson continues to be a leader in the publishing industry by providing advanced IT and industry-leading services," said Norman Korey, Vice President IBM Global Technology Services. "With extensive experience in the publishing industry, IBM is ideally-suited to help Pearson continue to innovate and grow."
Signed in January 2007, the new contract extends the original agreement to 2014.
About Pearson

Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO) is an international media company. Its major business operations are: The Financial Times Group, which has an international network of business and financial newspapers and online services that are read by millions of business executives and investors every day; Pearson Education, the world´s leading education business, which helps teachers teach and students learn at every stage and in every part of the world; and Penguin Group, which is one of the pre-eminent names in consumer publishing, with an unrivalled range of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers, and classic titles. For more information, visit

About IBM

IBM has a strong global focus on the media and entertainment industry across all of its services and products, serving all the major industry segments — entertainment, publishing, information providers, media networks and advertising. For more information, visit


Altiris, Now Part of Symantec, Expands Developer Program

LAS VEGAS–ManageFusion–April 11, 2007–Altiris, now part of Symantec and a pioneer of service-oriented management solutions, today announced the expansion of the Altiris Developer Program with addition of the Altiris Developer Portal and a third-party price list. The Developer Program also now offers software and hardware compatibility testing and certification for Altiris developer partners through AppLabs. These additions to the program help streamline the development and delivery of new customer, partner, and ISV-developed solutions on the Altiris service-oriented management platform.

"Our customers and partners help keep the Altiris management platform innovative," said Dwain Kinghorn, vice president of engineering, Altiris Business Unit, Symantec. "This has never been more evident since the launch of the Developer Program. We are helping our end users get the most out of their Altiris investment by providing them with the ability to develop their own solutions and, in the process, we are now able to offer integrated and certified third-party and OEM solutions to the rest of the world."

A subscription to the Altiris Developer Program provides software development kits (SDKs), support services, and developer communities to help extend the award-winning Altiris platform. Additionally, the Developer Program now offers the Altiris Developer Portal as a central resource for the latest SDK and documentation updates, a developer-oriented discussion forum, a library of frequently asked questions, and supplemental sample code.

Many ISVs and Altiris partners have recognized an opportunity to leverage the Altiris channel and have built or integrated solutions with the Altiris platform for the enterprise IT market. Some of the technologies created and certified by Developer Program partners are now available from the Altiris third-party price list and include:
*CARD Asset Disposal Plug-in–end-of-life asset disposal and tracking for regulatory compliance and cost recovery

*Hardware Independent Imaging Solution (HIIS) by Altrinsic Solutions–Provides complete process automation to support and maintain hardware independent image deployment

*Scense 4.0–supplements Altiris Software Virtualization Solution with user-based application provisioning and full terminal server and Citrix support

Altiris selected AppLabs quality assurance services to verify, test and certify Developer Program hardware and software solutions integrated with the Altiris platform.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information, and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance, and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at