Ignite! Learning Makes Middle School Instruction Stick with Its New SMART™ Powered 'Stick™'!

Jun 16, 2010, 17:04 ET from Ignite! Learning

AUSTIN, Texas, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ignite! Learning announced today that it will pre-release their new SMART™ powered "Stick™" at ISTE 2010. On June 28th and June 29th, in Denver, Ignite! Learning will provide ISTE attendees a first glimpse of their new SMART™ powered "Stick™". Presentations will be offered by Ignite! staff in the SMART Technologies amphitheater (Booth 810) at 12:45PM Monday and 2:15PM Tuesday.  Participants can see the new SMART™ powered "Stick™" at Ignite! Learning located at Booth 2344.

The SMART™ powered "Stick™" is a state-standards correlated, locally aligned, subject matter based, grade-level digital content solution harnessing SMART Technologies' SMART Response™ and SMART Board™ capabilities. The SMART™ powered "Stick™" provides custom lesson building, assessments, and interactive materials organized for any of the 50 states spanning 4th through 8th grades for Math, Science, and Social Studies. The SMART™ powered "Stick™" is purchased by middle school administrators and teachers configured by local grade, state, and subject working on any operating system (Mac or MS-OS).  Purchase availability will begin from Ignite! directly at ISTE.

"Our interactive materials target lasting middle school progress. That commitment means supporting our middle school customers across the country with easy-to-use integration for existing classroom technologies. After carefully working with SMART Technologies' accreditation program in Calgary, we are excited to release our SMART™ powered "Stick™" leveraging SMART Technologies' new SMART Response™ and teacher-centric SMART Board™ tools," offers Josh Bohls, VP of Marketing & Operations.

Building on Ignite!'s successful SDK integration with other interactive whiteboard manufacturers in 2009, followed by Ignite!'s 2010 TCEA release of the Torch offering compatibility with learner response systems and shareable media links for teachers, Ignite! received many requests to bring compatibility to SMART Technologies-powered classrooms.

"Ignite! is focused on enhancing local standards based instruction for middle schools – anywhere. To deliver on that promise, our proven experience in software development, instructional design, and classroom teaching needs to ensure we save our customers time, expense, and frustration by delivering simplicity," says Ken Leonard Chairman & CEO. "After 10 years of serving middle schools and districts, we see an array of innovative technology which, together, can be incompatible. Our award-winning materials bring great joy and academic achievement to middle schools, but it's all lost if the complications of working across manufacturers require special time for teachers away from instruction. Classroom success for us means supporting middle schools by seamlessly integrating our materials. The SMART™ powered "Stick™" offers that kind of instant practicality to classrooms across the country."

ABOUT IGNITE! LEARNING: Ignite! Learning is the leading middle school digital content solution focusing on motivating hard to reach learners and enhancing local standards based instruction. Ignite!'s interactive Math, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education solutions are available for all 50 states across grades 4 through 8. Ignite! Learning targets lasting middle school progress with interactive materials designed to state, local, subject, and grade level priorities that integrate with existing technology, support classroom instruction, and promote critical thinking.  Ignite! serves more than 1/2 million students in middle school classrooms everywhere.

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