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Studywiz Spark Complements Maine Learning Technology Initiative as Classrooms Move Toward One-to-One Environment
Aug 11, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)


MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Studywiz Spark, the first and only Dynamic LearnSpace for K-12 education, today announces its success in supporting the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), a statewide initiative in which all middle schools in the state of Maine were required to implement a one-to-one learning environment, and each teacher and student was provided with a personal laptop. The Dynamic LearnSpace provides a safe and secure space for learning, in which teachers, students and parents can access multimedia-rich content, from any place, at any time, from any device. It has proven a successful complement to MLTI and effectively supports the multimedia and technological demands of the 21st Century classroom.

"The selection of Studywiz Spark as the technology platform of choice for implementation in all middle schools throughout the state of Maine provided us with the opportunity to improve interaction and collaboration to provide for a more conducive learning experience in the one-to-one environment," said Bob Longo, Executive Vice President, Studywiz Spark. "Together with MLTI, we anticipated high levels of satisfaction with implementation, and the results have exceeded our expectations across the state. Teachers are integrating laptop technology and multimedia-rich content into daily classroom instruction, and students are benefiting from anytime/anywhere access to multimedia applications and classroom curriculum."

In 2000, when the state of Maine introduced its plan to advance technology literacy among school-aged children, the classroom environment was vastly different from what is recognized today as the 21st Century classroom - and the idea of one computer for each student was not the norm. In an effort to stay ahead in education, the state of Maine embarked on an endeavor to transform education by creating an environment in which teachers and students were working with technology on a one-to-one basis. In the initial phase of MLTI, from 2002-2004, all middle schools were required to implement learning technology within their classrooms.

"There was an immediate need for a technology platform on which our teachers, students and school community could operate and interact," said Laura Richter, Technology Integrationist, Skowhegan Area Middle School (SAMS). "With Studywiz Spark, our teachers are taking advantage of the many multimedia capabilities available - they are creating and maintaining calendars, transferring files, regularly backing up assignments, encouraging students to manage their work in eLocker, distributing announcements and posting discussions, polls and quizzes. We see this as a first step in an aggressive initiative to familiarize teachers and students with the technology-oriented learning environment."

Through its multimedia and technological capabilities, Studywiz Spark provides a host of benefits for the one-to-one environment, including: personalized learning, content management, backup for teacher and student-generated files, increased interaction and collaboration and the ability to manage content and integrate multimedia applications that engage students most, like videos, web links and audio clips. The Dynamic LearnSpace is helping schools throughout the state of Maine to re-engage their teachers, students and parents by allowing them to participate in an interactive learning environment and providing access to educational content at all times.

About Studywiz Spark

Studywiz Spark is the first and only Dynamic LearnSpace for K-12 education, providing an enriched learning environment for students. Studywiz Spark offers a safe, personalized space for learning that engages students, teachers and parents and allows administrators to secure a return on their investments in technology and learning. Studywiz Spark gives teachers a unique tool for elevating instruction through educational content collection, organization and interactivity; collaborative and personalized learning; real-time feedback and assessment. Studywiz Spark supports parental participation in learning and affords access to all users safely and easily through the Internet. For more information on Studywiz Spark, visit www.studywizspark.com .

Etech Group was founded in 1993 and specializes in developing online learning technology for educational environments. Etech Group provides best-of-breed applications and development services that promote collaboration and enhance outcome-focused learning.

CONTACT: Jennifer Bannan, +1-412-580-3675, jen@0to5.com, or ShannonRoulston, +1-917-675-0628, , both of Zero to Five, LLC forStudywiz Spark

Web site: http://www.studywizspark.com/