MindConnex Learning

Chinook's Edge School Division

November 08, 2011 11:08 ET

820 Canadian Students to Study Shakespeare 21st Century-Style With Online Access to Shakespeare in Bits

MindConnex Learning Signs First School District in Canada for Cloud-Based Shakespeare in Bits

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - MindConnex Learning, a global provider of digital learning software solutions for the education sector, has announced that it has signed its first school district deal in Canada with Chinook's Edge School Division for its online, subscription-based Shakespeare In Bits Live! service.

MindConnex Learning will provide eight teachers and 820 students across eight different schools within Chinook's Edge School Division with Shakespeare In Bits Live!, a hosted version of its popular Shakespeare In Bits program, which will provide educators with a valuable in-class teaching resource and students with anytime access to the multimedia package, helping them to study Shakespeare in their own time and at their own pace. From October 2011, Chinook's Edge students will study Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth in the Shakespeare In Bits series, followed in January 2012 with Hamlet.

Providing public schooling for a broad area in Central Alberta, Chinook's Edge School Division is the largest rural school division in the province, with 41 schools, approximately 11,000 students, 600 teachers and 200 substitute teachers.

According to Jerry Salmon, Learning Services Coordinator with Chinook's Edge School Division, "At Chinook's Edge, our motto is 'where students come first'. Every program and every decision we make is based on our focus and priority of service to students. As technology is a ubiquitous part of life, we believe it should form part of students' education journey. That's why we chose Shakespeare In Bits Live! By fusing 400-year-old literature with modern day technology, Shakespeare In Bits will help create interesting and engaging learning experiences for our students. We are delighted to be the first school district in Canada to roll-out Shakespeare In Bits to our schools".

Shakespeare In Bits is an all-encompassing, multimedia teaching and study tool which delivers Shakespeare's most widely studied plays. Each play is brought to life with up to three hours of high-resolution animation and a professional audio soundtrack, presented side-by-side with completely unabridged play text. Additional features include a unique in-line translation tool that, with a single click, helps students to understand difficult or archaic words and phrases within the context of the original play text. Character biographies, illustrated relationship maps, a wide selection of integrated analyses and study notes also help students understand key themes, language, imagery and quotes from the play.

"As a fellow Canadian, it is an absolute pleasure to welcome Chinook's Edge School Division as our first school district client in Canada," says Michael Cordner, CEO and founder of MindConnex Learning. "Shakespeare In Bits Live!" is specifically designed for educators and students to get the most out of teaching and studying Shakespeare. The integration of text, audio and graphics is specifically designed to facilitate learners of varying abilities and learning styles."

In addition to its school online subscription and lab editions, Shakespeare In Bits is also available on iPad, PC/Mac, iPhone/iPod Touch, supporting one-to-one personalised learning environments.

About Chinook's Edge School Division (www.chinooksedge.ab.ca)

Chinook's Edge School Division is the seventh largest school jurisdiction in Alberta and the largest purely rural jurisdiction, based on student enrolment. The Division encompasses a wide band of central Alberta along Highway 2 (QEII) and between Highways 21 and 22, covering an area of 7,900 square kilometres (3,075 square miles). Nine elected trustees serve almost 11,000 students in 30 community schools, three Hutterite colony schools, five career high schools (outreach centres), two learning centres, and one special needs school.

About MindConnex Learning (www.mindconnex.com)

MindConnex Learning is a global provider of digital learning software solutions aimed at the school education sector. It offers an easier way to learn and teach using rich, contemporary multimedia designed to engage the senses and create empowering, relevant and personalised learning experiences, available in easily downloadable software programs that can be used on virtually any platform – PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or online.

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