Alliance To Offer Group Buys to Maine Schools and Districts

Washington, DC, Sept. 11— Tales2Go, the leading audio book streaming solution for schools announced today their partnership with ACTEM, the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine, to offer a group buying opportunity for ACTEM members. ACTEM’s mission is to bring together technology and education to promote cutting-edge solutions for Maine school administrators, educators and students. The Tales2Go group buy exemplifies ACTEM’s ability to source preferred services and discounts for its members.

Putting a modern twist on a proven, decades-old reading tool, Tales2Go is reinventing the delivery of audio books. Listening to audio books exposes students to vocabulary and builds critical listening, fluency and comprehension skills, at all reading levels. Tales2Go streams thousands of audio books and stories from leading publishers and storytellers to desktops and mobile devices in classrooms and beyond, giving educators and students alike instant and on-demand access to a large library of name-brand titles, all for one low annual price.
“Tales2Go is a timely literacy tool for Maine schools which can leverage their existing investments in iPads® and iPods® and desktops. Little is more important that getting students excited about and skilled reading, particularly by third grade,” said Gary Lanoie, Executive Director at ACTEM. “Up until third grade, students are learning how to read, such that in fourth grade and beyond, students can read in order to learn.”

For readers at all levels, and particularly those who struggle with reading skills or visual learning, Tales2Go supplements their education. By example, many current subscribers use Tales2Go in concert with printed text, bringing oral and decoding skills together. In fact, a recent study showed that student achievement increased measurably when a listening component was added to reading instruction.

“We’re excited to partner with ACTEM to offer Maine’s educators and library media specialists a 21st Century tool for their classrooms and media centers. Since oral language precedes written language, kids learn first by listening; it’s how they start building their vocabulary, a large vocabulary being key to reading ability,” stated, William Weil, CEO Tales2Go. “Not to mention that kids love listening to stories, particularly those that spark their imaginations”

For more information, please visit: www.actem.org/Pages/ACTEM_Partners/Tales2Go

About ACTEM

ACTEM is a 501(C)(3) non-profit incorporated in 1996 with approximately 130 Institutional members and 850 individual members throughout Maine. The mission of the association is to “enhance and influence education in Maine through the use of technology.” Besides producing the annual MAINEducation Technology Conference for approximately 900 educators, ACTEM sponsors specific trainings, reimburses individual members up to $400 annually for related professional development they personally pay for, produces a quarterly newsletter, and saves school districts money through a software purchasing consortium. For further information, please visit www.actem.org

Tales2Go offers a free, 30-day trial as well as monthly and annual subscription plans, including bulk sales for schools. For more information, visit http://www.tales2go.com

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