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BrainPOP and Promethean Announce Integrated Assessments for Learning
Sep 02, 2010 (01:09 PM EDT)


Award-winning content and quizzes now fully integrated with Learner Response System

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- BrainPOP (www.brainpop.com), the award-winning creator of animated, educational resources, is pleased to announce that its curriculum-based quizzes are now fully integrated with Promethean's learner response systems, ActiVote and ActivExpression.

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The integration of ActiVote and ActivExpression, the industry-leading learner response system, with BrainPOP's quizzes – including all BrainPOP Jr. (K-3) topics – makes it easier than ever for teachers to improve learning outcomes by providing highly individualized instruction and assessment. Linking BrainPOP's content to learner response devices opens the door for increased student participation and higher academic achievement.

Earlier this year, educators in Georgia's Forsyth County Schools piloted the functionality, which is powered by Promethean's software developers' kit.

"The ability to gather formative and immediate student responses while using BrainPOP's dynamic content adds a new dimension to classroom instruction. The integration of these learner response systems with BrainPOP's quizzes has been incredibly well-received by both teachers and students," said Jill Hobson, Director of Instructional Technology for Forsyth County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.

Administering BrainPOP quizzes with ActiVote or ActivExpression not only engages students but also helps teachers quickly identify who is struggling and might need extra assistance. By fully integrating BrainPOP quizzes into Promethean's software development kit, teachers can work assessments into their lessons in just a few easy steps.  The reporting functions allow teachers to see individual student progress and to view responses in a number of formats. Student and class results can be printed or downloaded, and then incorporated into grade books and learning management systems.

"BrainPOP's collaboration with Promethean on the engineering of this new capability exemplifies our commitment to 21st century learning," said Avraham Kadar, M.D., CEO and Chairman of BrainPOP. "The pairing of our quizzes with learner response systems brings a new level of engagement to the classroom, one that is sure to have a tremendous impact on student performance going forward."

"Our partnership has provided an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate how interactive technologies and rich digital content can help real teachers in the classroom with real education improvement," commented Mark Elliott, President of Promethean North America. "A digital learning environment empowers teachers with the tools and resources they need to support today's student, and, in turn, boost participation and overall academic achievement."

BrainPOP quizzes and captivating digital content span Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, Writing, and English as a Second Language. Educators who subscribe to BrainPOP's resources and are members of Promethean Planet, the world's largest online community for teachers using interactive technology and digital content, can access the BrainPOP content and exchange best practices for classroom integration.

About BrainPOP

BrainPOP (www.brainpop.com) creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement.  Our proven and award-winning educational resources, uniquely suited for 21st century learning, include BrainPOP Jr. (ages 5-9), BrainPOP (ages 9+), BrainPOP Espanol, and BrainPOP ESL. All are supported by BrainPOP Educators (www.brainpop.com/educators), our online professional community more than 100,000 teachers strong.  Aligned to academic standards and easy to use, BrainPOP sites host more than 8 million visits each month.  We offer resources in world languages such as British English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Founded in 1999, BrainPOP is headquartered in New York City.    

About Promethean – Lighting the Flame of Learning

Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and training at all ages around the world. It does so by creating, developing, supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology and by encouraging the growth of the world's largest online teacher community in this field.  In these ways, Promethean is helping bring to life the promise of 21st century learning, improving engagement and results for learners and teachers alike.

The market for interactive learning technology is fast growing and global. In this market, Promethean is a world leader. Developed for teachers, Promethean's ActivClassroom brings together its interactive display systems (ActivBoard), its learner response systems (ActiVote and ActivExpression), and its suite of specialized teaching software (ActivInspire). They change how teachers and classes engage and interact, how students learn and how they are monitored and assessed.

Beyond the classroom, Promethean provides comprehensive training and support and, with over 600,000 members, the rapidly growing Promethean Planet (www.PrometheanPlanet.com) is the world's largest online community for users of interactive display system technology, providing user-generated and premium content, and is a forum for teachers to exchange ideas and experience.

Headquartered in the UK and listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange as Promethean World Plc (ticker symbol 'PRW'), Promethean's technology is today helping educate over 12 million individuals in over 500,000 classrooms in some 100 countries. www.PrometheanWorld.com.  

SOURCE BrainPOP; Promethean