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PolyVision, Conceptua Math, Britannica and SkillsTutor Partner

PolyVision, Conceptua Math, Britannica and SkillsTutor Partner To Improve Technology Integration

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 28, 2011) – To help schools bring learning to life, PolyVision, a leader in the development of interactive teaching and learning technology, has partnered with leading education software providers Conceptua® Math, Britannica® Digital Learning and SkillsTutor™. The companies have teamed up to help educators better integrate interactive technology into the classroom in ways that maximize school budgets and meet students’ expectations for learning in the digital age.

With their open architecture, PolyVision interactive whiteboards give educators the freedom to use the hardware, software and digital tools they already know and love, including award-winning online software from Conceptua Math, Britannica Digital Learning and SkillsTutor. PolyVision’s technology requires no special software or extensive training to use. Combining PolyVision’s next-generation interactive classroom solutions, eno, with the market’s leading educational software enables teachers to easily create budget-friendly, engaging 21st century learning experiences that engage and inspire students.

“The most cost-effective technology is intuitive and inclusive for all learners,” said Adam Hall, President of SkillsTutor. “We’ve partnered with PolyVision because our companies share that vision. Additionally, eno provides the most dynamic and affordable interactive classroom technology available to give students a fuller, richer experience with our solutions for their improvement.”

A powerful online tutoring tool, SkillsTutor seamlessly integrates into the curriculum and provides targeted instruction for the classroom or extended use at home. Lessons and activities in reading, language, writing, math and science help support teachers, while giving students a tool to improve test scores and meet mandated state objectives. SkillsTutor solutions are available on mobile devices for true, anytime/anywhere learning.

“The combination of PolyVision’s eno one and Conceptua Fractions is seamless,” said Arjan Khalsa, CEO of Conceptua Math. “Partnering with PolyVision, we have created digital videos that demonstrate the dramatic impact of our combined solution. Teachers are getting the message that teaching fractions is more effective and easier when you use the right tools.”

Conceptua Fractions is a supplemental online math curriculum that uses simple visual models to make it easy to teach fractions. Students progress from concrete to abstract representations, building conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.
“Britannica has succeeded as a digital company by creatively applying today’s classroom technologies to our current, high-quality educational content and producing products that really work for students and teachers,” said Michael Ross, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Britannica Digital Learning. “PolyVision’s interactive whiteboards are a big part of that. They show our products as they should be shown. And, I think our products provide excellent content for theirs. It’s a great match.”

Britannica Digital Learning develops online learning and curriculum-correlated resources for students ranging from pre-school to college. A pioneer in the field of digital education, they now offer products for mobile devices and iPads, so that learning can truly take place anytime, anywhere.

“PolyVision solutions are created for the diverse needs of teachers and students around the world. Our interactive tools are open to any software so school districts can capitalize on the investments in digital resources, applications and other software already implemented,” said Bob Crain, PolyVision General Manager. “And, our best-in-class partnerships are sure to jump-start creativity and collaboration.”
PolyVision brings together world-class, forward-thinking education partners who share its commitment to enhance classroom success through the effective use of interactive technology. At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia, 21 of PolyVision’s partners will showcase their software on PolyVision’s technology.

About SkillsTutor
A division of global education leader, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SkillsTutor provides software solutions critical to comprehensive student improvement programs. A powerful online tutoring tool, SkillsTutor seamlessly integrates into the curriculum and provides targeted instruction for the classroom or extended use at home. Lessons and activities in reading, language, writing, math and science help support teachers, while giving students a tool to improve test scores and meet mandated state objectives. SkillsTutor solutions are available on mobile devices for true anytime, anywhere learning. For information, visit www.skillstutor.com.

About Conceptua Math
Conceptua Math was founded on the belief that all students are capable of learning mathematics in a profound way when it is taught with an approach that appeals to their learning styles. Conceptua® Fractions uses visual models in a ground-breaking online curriculum to build conceptual understanding and procedural fluency with fractions. The Conceptua Math Team has a proven track record as prior leaders of IntelliTools, where they built strong market leadership in assistive technology for education. The Team has over 70 years combined experience in curriculum and software development and is driven by a passion for mathematics education. Learn more at www.conceptuamath.com.

About Britannica Digital Learning
Britannica Digital Learning (BDL) provides reliable, high-quality classroom products and solutions for educators. BDL experts produce curriculum-correlated products for all ages from preschool to college that make creative of use of classroom technologies—such as interactive whiteboards and student-response devices—making it easier for teachers to teach and for students to learn. Products include Britannica SmartMath, Pathways: Science, Britannica Online School Edition, Image Quest and Britannica e-Books. More information is available at info.eb.com or 1-800-621-3900. BDL is a division of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., located in Chicago.

About PolyVision, a Steelcase Company
PolyVision integrates time-tested tools with innovative technologies to bring learning to life. From environmentally certified writing surfaces to industry-leading interactive whiteboards, PolyVision solutions help people learn and collaborate in a connected world. Since 1954, PolyVision has inspired educators, students and workers to be more productive and creative by providing the most effective tools the company can imagine and create. For more information, visit www.polyvision.com.

About Steelcase
Steelcase Inc. helps create great experiences – wherever work happens. Our brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world’s leading organizations. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. We design for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2011 revenue of approximately $2.4 billion.