Emeryville, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2009) – With the release of The Geometer’s Sketchpad® Version 5 for download and purchase, Key Curriculum Press® publisher Steve Rasmussen has set out on an international tour to introduce Sketchpad Version 5 to vendors and publishing partners in Asia.  His itinerary includes Kuwait, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, and China.  “It’s going to be a thrill to share our outstanding new product with them,” Rasmussen said.

Students at more than half of U.S. high schools use Sketchpad, a software program designed to boost mathematical understanding through dynamic, interactive visualization.  Effective in elementary school through college, Sketchpad Version 5 offers new features and updates to help support a hands-on, visual approach to mathematics in the classroom.

Expanded algebra and geometry capabilities allow teachers and students to explore an even broader variety of subjects, while improved presentation capabilities offer a faster, clearer and more dynamic demonstration tool.  Sketchpad Version 5 also lets users import and transform any image with reflection, rotation, dilation, and more.  The new Learning Center, with introductory videos, step-by-step tutorials, classroom-ready activities, and student-friendly tips in comics and videos, makes it easy for teachers to use Sketchpad Version 5.

Current Sketchpad users who would like to learn more about what’s new in Version 5 can register for the following webinar:
Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. (Eastern)

To support teachers’ use of Sketchpad in the classroom, Key Curriculum Press offers Sketchpad LessonLink™, which recently won an Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning magazine.  Sketchpad LessonLink is an online, searchable library aligned to leading math textbooks and state standards.  The offering helps teachers integrate Sketchpad into their math curriculum with more than 500 activities designed for students in grades 3-12.  Powerful search options make it easy for teachers to find a relevant Sketchpad activity to reinforce current skills or illustrate new concepts with dynamic, visual exploration.

A single-user license for Sketchpad Version 5 is $69.95.  School licenses start as low as $15 per computer, depending on the number of computers licensed.  Upgrade pricing is also available.  Now through December 15, 2009, anyone who orders or upgrades to Sketchpad Version 5 will receive a free subscription to Sketchpad LessonLink, worth up to $799.

For more information on Sketchpad Version 5 or Sketchpad LessonLink, visit www.keypress.com.

About Key Curriculum Press
Key Curriculum Press develops effective, high-quality mathematics and science educational materials.  The company is a leading publisher of inquiry-based textbooks, software and supplemental materials for elementary, middle and high school students.  In addition, Key Curriculum Press offers professional development workshops and online courses to provide mathematics and science educators with the training, experience and support they need to incorporate effective teaching strategies.  The company was founded by mathematics educators in 1971 and is headquartered in Emeryville, Calif.  For more information, visit www.keypress.com or phone 800-995-6284.

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For more information, contact:
–Leigh Muzlsay Browne, Key Curriculum Press, 510-595-7000 ext. 126 or lmuzslay@keypress.com
–Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-839-9800 or emily@cblohm.com

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