SOURCE: Promethean, Inc.

June 30, 2008 11:00 ET

Promethean Planet Moves Into a New Orbit With Enhanced Teacher Features

Richer Content and Improved Usability Drives Best Practice in Interactive Solutions

ATLANTA, GA and SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - NECC, USA -- Promethean Planet (www.prometheanplanet.com), which recently won a 2008 Worlddidac Foundation Award for Excellence in Education, is looking to further its lead in providing services and resources to its educational community members in launching the first stage of a major expansion of functionality and content. This first release delivers a new Best Practice section, spot-lighting top educational thought-leaders, and an enhanced Resources section with more than 8,000 flipcharts available to our 153,000 members.

The new Best Practice section, designed to assist teachers' professional development, will include a 'Theory into Action' area. This will feature top education thought-leaders, providing practical tips and supporting resources on applying the theory in the classroom. Over the next few months, the leading education author and academic, Dr. Robert Marzano, will be contributing to this area illustrating how the instructional principles in his book "The Art and Science of Teaching" can be implemented effectively into a classroom with an interactive whiteboard and learner response technology.

The enhanced Resources section includes new features and functionality, including:

--  The option for users to preview flipchart lesson plans online, saving
    valuable time for teachers by enabling them to preview flipchart content
    prior to downloading
--  Improved search facilities allowing users to search for specific
    resource packs
--  A new monthly Theme section that gathers together resources on timely
    topics and events -- in July the theme will be 'Sports and the Olympics'
--  A dedicated Activtips area, containing bite-sized clips of how to
    perform the most popular software functions for getting the best use of
    your interactive whiteboard
    

This is not just a new site, but the first step in a series of major investments in 2008 that Promethean will make to ensure that Promethean Planet continues to be the number one place on the web for Activteaching and Activlearning. Promethean Planet will progressively integrate Promethean's online resources under one roof, consolidating and enhancing its education focus. With further new developments planned, this will provide new ways for teachers to share and communicate, with more inspirational content from thought-leaders and improved site functionality.

Promethean Planet already hosts one of the most active educational forums on the web, with over 30,000 posts in the past 18 months, as well as the ActivEducator blog, which in its short history has established itself as a leading voice in the global debate on education. During July, an enhanced, international online shop will launch focussing on providing access to high-quality and low-cost individual lesson plans, ideas and resource packs.

Commenting on the 'new' Promethean Planet, Brent Taggart, Head of Strategy and Promethean Planet, said, "Promethean Planet has, from the start, been about teachers and education, a global social network of educators looking to improve teaching and learning through interactive technology. Our increasing investment in Promethean Planet and the community simply underlines Promethean's focus on, and commitment to, education. Everything we do and provide is first and foremost about teaching and learning, and through Promethean Planet we look to match the passion of our member teachers for sharing both support and best practice."

Promethean Planet was established in September 2006, and has since grown to be the world's largest online interactive whiteboard community. Promethean Planet members are passionate about making lessons more fun and engaging, and taking and applying best practice in their classroom. With 153,000 members from 140 countries, Promethean Planet brings people together from different corners of the globe, crossing cultural, geographical and time barriers.

About Promethean

Promethean is global leader in interactive classrooms solutions that empowers teachers to engage, educate, assess and motivate learners. Developed by and for educators, its award-winning products help teachers to prepare digital lessons quickly and with greater ease. The technology enables them to create, customize and integrate text, web, video and audio content, so they can more easily capture students' attention and accommodate different learning styles.

Promethean Activclassroom solutions are helping educators teach and students learn worldwide with Activboard, the world's most durable interactive whiteboard technology; Activstudio, a software platform for secondary teaching; and Activprimary, the only product designed specifically for use in primary schools and kindergarten. It also offers wireless hand-held Learner Response Systems that permit instantaneous assessment of pupils' comprehension of lessons. Beyond the classroom, Promethean offers training and support to ensure maximum results and return on investment, while also hosting the world's largest online interactive whiteboard community, www.prometheanplanet.com.

Promethean is headquartered in Blackburn in the United Kingdom. Its products are distributed through a network of partners and inspire millions of learners in more than 90 countries.

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