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Language Arts Education Moves into the 21st Century

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces Write Source®, a Breakthrough Language Arts Program That Provides a Personalized Learning Environment, Complete with Avatars and Online Collaboration Tools

BOSTON--(via BUSINESS WIRE)--As educators work to raise student engagement in learning, global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has unveiled the cutting edge program, Write Source, the only fully digital elementary to high school language arts curriculum, with personalized learning. The program takes language arts education to the next level, as it allows students to publish their work, while interacting with their own virtual world as an avatar. Write Source, which can be purchased as an all-digital, all-print or blended solution, utilizes innovative interactive features to help students of every learning style master grammar and writing skills with engaging games, videos, and online worktext.

“Write Source creates a classroom without borders”
.“Write Source is the solution students and educators have been waiting for,” said Mike Lavelle, President of K-12 for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "This innovative program not only empowers students to define their own role in learning but also motivates them to actively participate. The avatar revolutionizes their engagement, empowering them to better improve their performance and master twenty-first-century skills."

The Write Source program also uses engaging digital applications and interactive tools to help students learn at their own level and pace. These include Net-text, an online worktext where students can work with peers to evaluate papers, complete grammar activities, and work with graphic organizers; GrammarSnap, a multimedia application that reinforces and extends grammar, usage and mechanics instruction through video podcasts, audio-enabled mini-lessons, games, and quizzes; and ePortfolio, an online workspace for students to share and publish their work.

“Write Source creates a classroom without borders,” said Fiona O’Carroll, Executive Vice President of New Ventures at HMH. “The student-friendly approach and personalization of this program speaks directly to students and helps transform them into confident and successful writers who can share their work with the world."

For educators, Write Source features highly engaging, whole-class interactive whiteboard lessons for each writing form. These lessons provide prewriting strategies, topic development guidance, and scaffolded writing support. With the help of SMART® Technologies, these ready-made easy-to-use interactive whiteboard lessons are customizable and allow teachers to move instructional objects around to make learning come alive.

Write Source offers additional strategies and differentiated instruction for all learners. Its innovative teacher features include a Virtual File Cabinet with thousands of printables; and an Assignments and Notifications Manager that simplifies the complex task of managing daily work by allowing teachers to create classes, post notifications to the student dashboard, and assign homework automatically.

To learn more about Write Source, visit www.hmheducation.com/writesource.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company that is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. The world’s largest provider of educational products and solutions for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt develops and delivers interactive, results-driven learning solutions that advance teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Through curricula excellence and technology innovation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students. With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhpub.com.

Contact: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Josef Blumenfeld, 617-351-5432, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, josef.blumenfeld@hmhpub.com