WINSTON-SALEM, NC – June 24, 2010 – Recent studies demonstrate that educators can prepare students for academic success in kindergarten through high school and beyond by supporting the acquisition of critical early reading and math skills during early childhood. Also, schools can begin to close achievement gaps by monitoring individual student development. The iStartSmart™ All-in-One Computer Learning System (, a new educational technology solution from Hatch® (, helps educators achieve these goals.

Hatch® will introduce the iStartSmart™ All-in-One Computer Learning System June 27 – 30, 2010 in booth 2216 at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) trade show in Denver, CO. iStartSmart™ combines research-based adaptive teaching technology with automated progress tracking. The system is designed to increase school readiness skills through research-based activities and provide automated, standards-based progress monitoring through individualized performance reports.

“Hatch is proud to introduce this groundbreaking technology to the education market,” said Ginny Norton, President. “iStartSmart™ supports teachers with powerful tools to differentiate instruction and provides administrators with a solution to maximize their technology return on investment in early education.”

iStartSmartTM is driven by adaptive teaching technology that moves children positively through 18 skill development areas known to predict success, developing competency before moving to the next skill area or level. The program provides automated performance reports that allow teachers to monitor both overall classroom progress and individual child progress in each skill area.

“There is no other product like iStartSmartTM available to educators,” Susan Gunnewig, Director of Product Development said. “This innovative system links research findings for developing school readiness skills with progress monitoring to help busy teachers ensure that students reach their fullest potential.”

The iStartSmart TM All-in-One Computer Learning System includes the latest multi-touch, all-in-one computer hardware, an age-appropriate computer desk and the Hatch® exclusive ECLaunch TM, an internet-safe, child-directed desktop management system for teachers and children.

For more information or to schedule a free demonstration, please call 1-877-386-9161 or visit

Hatch® believes in supporting educators while developing young minds. Founded in 1984, Hatch has become the nation’s leading provider of appropriate technology in early childhood classrooms and markets a full line of developmentally-appropriate early childhood products. Hatch is committed to providing customers with the highest level of service, support and training.


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