SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation to Provide Internet Assistance To Teachers Through Pilot Project in Major U.S. Cities

LearningSoft Is First to Support SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation

Pilot Project by Providing Highest Quality Educational Entertainment Content

For Kids



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation

    CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SchoolWorld Internet Education
 Foundation, provider of free educational resources and services to
 11,700 member schools and 40,000 satellite schools in 82 countries, today
 announced the launch of its innovative seed program in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The
 Cincinnati based SchoolWorld Hotline supplies school and classroom-based
 services to U.S. schools to expand and enhance teacher awareness in Internet
 technology.  It will provide an effective platform for unique Internet
 education resources and services coupled with efficient time management
 solutions for the classroom.  The Hotline service will include pilot schools
 in other major cities with schools in Middletown, Connecticut and Salt Lake
 City, Utah joining Cincinnati pilot schools next week.
     The initiative was immediately supported by LearningSoft Corporation, a
 Miami-based developer of multi-language educational entertainment Web sites
 for children aged three - 13 years.  LearningSoft will support this effort by
 incorporating its English-language Web site, GameBrain
 (http://www.gamebrain.com), into the SchoolWorld suite of services.
 SchoolWorld CEO, John Halse said, "We are thrilled to be offering these much
 needed services to the schools in our pilot program and look forward to
 expanding the project to meet the needs of teachers and school systems
 throughout the U.S.  LearningSoft's mission to provide the highest quality
 educational entertainment content for kids and technology tools for teachers
 around the globe perfectly aligns with our vision, and we are excited to be
 partnering with such a pioneer in the Internet education arena.  GameBrain
 will be a valuable addition to the SchoolWorld program by providing teachers
 and students with excellent content and powerful learning technology."
     Mr. Halse adds, "We appreciate the support of the school boards in the
 three participating cities and their help in selecting the 45 schools required
 for the pilot. We're now seeking corporate support and local funding to expand
 the program and as it gains momentum, we will elevate it to a national level
 with additional essential services, already in the planning phase."
     The SchoolWorld Hotline pilot will initially make available a 24-hour
 cost-free service for schools and teachers.  A toll-free 800 number and a
 related e-mail service will provide teachers with assistance in effectively
 utilizing technologies, specifically Internet use in the classroom.
 Additional support will be available onsite, through distance learning
 opportunities and the Hotline will be enhanced with the introduction of
 further services throughout the pilot period.  These include an on-line
 monthly Internet magazine, an innovative school-based web page service and
 secure e-mail facilities for teachers and students.
     Pedro de Cordoba, Chief Marketing Officer, LearningSoft said, "We are
 excited to support the SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation.  This
 organization has been extremely effective in providing schools around the
 world with a platform for using the Internet for educational enhancement.  We
 are dedicated to helping kids learn in an exciting, fun, interactive
 environment and helping teachers provide such learning opportunities to their
 students.  Participation in this program will enable us to ensure that more
 and more kids have access to the best learning technology available today."
     GameBrain is the only Web site for kids that uses its patent-pending,
 artificial intelligence technology, called Learningtrac(TM), to progress users
 through a complete primary school education based on national education
 standards.  Learningtrac automatically makes an assumption regarding the
 child's skill level according to his age and dynamically populates each game
 with age-appropriate curricula.  It tracks reaction time and the number of
 correct and incorrect answers and adjusts game content as the child improves
 (or falls back).  This keeps the game play challenging, but not frustrating,
 for the child while improving his or her academic skills.  LearningSoft has
 also developed MyLearningtrac, a technology that allows educators to
 incorporate their own specific courseware into the exciting animated site
 through an easy-to-use interface.  Teachers and parents also have access to
 monthly progress reports that track the child's skill levels.
 
     ABOUT LEARNINGSOFT
     LearningSoft Corp. (http://www.learningsoft.com), headquartered in Miami,
 Florida, is a provider of multi-language, educational entertainment Web sites
 for kids ages three to 13, their parents and teachers.  LearningSoft's Web
 sites combine content from prestigious children's educational publishing
 companies with internationally-known children's characters to produce fun,
 interactive games and challenging activities that adjust to each child's skill
 level in a safe environment.  The company offers free access to its Web sites
 providing consistent value to users that they are unable to get in
 subscription-based services or off-the-shelf educational software products for
 kids.  LearningSoft has launched an English-language Web site, GameBrain
 (http://www.gamebrain.com), a Spanish-language Web site, Jugamos
 (http://www.jugamos.com) and a Portuguese-language Web site, Vamosbrincar
 (http://www.vamosbrincar.com).
     LearningSoft is a SOFTBANK Latin America Ventures (SBLV) portfolio company
 and has signed licensing deals with Nickelodeon, The Harvey Entertainment Co.,
 UOL, and others. For further information about LearningSoft Corp., visit the
 Company Web site at http://www.learningsoft.com.
 
     ABOUT SCHOOLWORLD
     The SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation has been providing
 free-of-charge programs and services for international schools for over five
 years.  Originally based in Australia, SchoolWorld moved to the USA in 1999
 and is now one of the largest independent education sites on the Internet with
 a target audience of 5.2 million students and 400,000 teachers.
     SchoolWorld has partnered with the Connecticut based organization,
 EduPuppy.com in providing the SchoolWorld based pilot program.  EduPuppy.com
 is well respected in the areas of Early Childhood learning, providing
 innovative approaches and features, web resources, advice and assistance to
 educators, caregivers, and families.  The two organizations will design and
 produce classroom support and services via the Internet.  This will enable
 teachers to focus on the instruction of their students in utilizing the best
 resources available via the Web, without sacrificing valuable classroom time.
 For further information on these organizations and the pilot program, visit
 the SchoolWorld Hotline Web site at http://www.schoolworldonline.org.
 
      FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact:
      John Halse, CEO                               Pedro de Cordoba
      SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation     LearningSoft Corp.
      (513) 939-0589                                (305) 500-9959  x203
      panegee@one.net                               pdc@learningsoft.net
 
 

SOURCE SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation
    CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SchoolWorld Internet Education
 Foundation, provider of free educational resources and services to
 11,700 member schools and 40,000 satellite schools in 82 countries, today
 announced the launch of its innovative seed program in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The
 Cincinnati based SchoolWorld Hotline supplies school and classroom-based
 services to U.S. schools to expand and enhance teacher awareness in Internet
 technology.  It will provide an effective platform for unique Internet
 education resources and services coupled with efficient time management
 solutions for the classroom.  The Hotline service will include pilot schools
 in other major cities with schools in Middletown, Connecticut and Salt Lake
 City, Utah joining Cincinnati pilot schools next week.
     The initiative was immediately supported by LearningSoft Corporation, a
 Miami-based developer of multi-language educational entertainment Web sites
 for children aged three - 13 years.  LearningSoft will support this effort by
 incorporating its English-language Web site, GameBrain
 (http://www.gamebrain.com), into the SchoolWorld suite of services.
 SchoolWorld CEO, John Halse said, "We are thrilled to be offering these much
 needed services to the schools in our pilot program and look forward to
 expanding the project to meet the needs of teachers and school systems
 throughout the U.S.  LearningSoft's mission to provide the highest quality
 educational entertainment content for kids and technology tools for teachers
 around the globe perfectly aligns with our vision, and we are excited to be
 partnering with such a pioneer in the Internet education arena.  GameBrain
 will be a valuable addition to the SchoolWorld program by providing teachers
 and students with excellent content and powerful learning technology."
     Mr. Halse adds, "We appreciate the support of the school boards in the
 three participating cities and their help in selecting the 45 schools required
 for the pilot. We're now seeking corporate support and local funding to expand
 the program and as it gains momentum, we will elevate it to a national level
 with additional essential services, already in the planning phase."
     The SchoolWorld Hotline pilot will initially make available a 24-hour
 cost-free service for schools and teachers.  A toll-free 800 number and a
 related e-mail service will provide teachers with assistance in effectively
 utilizing technologies, specifically Internet use in the classroom.
 Additional support will be available onsite, through distance learning
 opportunities and the Hotline will be enhanced with the introduction of
 further services throughout the pilot period.  These include an on-line
 monthly Internet magazine, an innovative school-based web page service and
 secure e-mail facilities for teachers and students.
     Pedro de Cordoba, Chief Marketing Officer, LearningSoft said, "We are
 excited to support the SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation.  This
 organization has been extremely effective in providing schools around the
 world with a platform for using the Internet for educational enhancement.  We
 are dedicated to helping kids learn in an exciting, fun, interactive
 environment and helping teachers provide such learning opportunities to their
 students.  Participation in this program will enable us to ensure that more
 and more kids have access to the best learning technology available today."
     GameBrain is the only Web site for kids that uses its patent-pending,
 artificial intelligence technology, called Learningtrac(TM), to progress users
 through a complete primary school education based on national education
 standards.  Learningtrac automatically makes an assumption regarding the
 child's skill level according to his age and dynamically populates each game
 with age-appropriate curricula.  It tracks reaction time and the number of
 correct and incorrect answers and adjusts game content as the child improves
 (or falls back).  This keeps the game play challenging, but not frustrating,
 for the child while improving his or her academic skills.  LearningSoft has
 also developed MyLearningtrac, a technology that allows educators to
 incorporate their own specific courseware into the exciting animated site
 through an easy-to-use interface.  Teachers and parents also have access to
 monthly progress reports that track the child's skill levels.
 
     ABOUT LEARNINGSOFT
     LearningSoft Corp. (http://www.learningsoft.com), headquartered in Miami,
 Florida, is a provider of multi-language, educational entertainment Web sites
 for kids ages three to 13, their parents and teachers.  LearningSoft's Web
 sites combine content from prestigious children's educational publishing
 companies with internationally-known children's characters to produce fun,
 interactive games and challenging activities that adjust to each child's skill
 level in a safe environment.  The company offers free access to its Web sites
 providing consistent value to users that they are unable to get in
 subscription-based services or off-the-shelf educational software products for
 kids.  LearningSoft has launched an English-language Web site, GameBrain
 (http://www.gamebrain.com), a Spanish-language Web site, Jugamos
 (http://www.jugamos.com) and a Portuguese-language Web site, Vamosbrincar
 (http://www.vamosbrincar.com).
     LearningSoft is a SOFTBANK Latin America Ventures (SBLV) portfolio company
 and has signed licensing deals with Nickelodeon, The Harvey Entertainment Co.,
 UOL, and others. For further information about LearningSoft Corp., visit the
 Company Web site at http://www.learningsoft.com.
 
     ABOUT SCHOOLWORLD
     The SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation has been providing
 free-of-charge programs and services for international schools for over five
 years.  Originally based in Australia, SchoolWorld moved to the USA in 1999
 and is now one of the largest independent education sites on the Internet with
 a target audience of 5.2 million students and 400,000 teachers.
     SchoolWorld has partnered with the Connecticut based organization,
 EduPuppy.com in providing the SchoolWorld based pilot program.  EduPuppy.com
 is well respected in the areas of Early Childhood learning, providing
 innovative approaches and features, web resources, advice and assistance to
 educators, caregivers, and families.  The two organizations will design and
 produce classroom support and services via the Internet.  This will enable
 teachers to focus on the instruction of their students in utilizing the best
 resources available via the Web, without sacrificing valuable classroom time.
 For further information on these organizations and the pilot program, visit
 the SchoolWorld Hotline Web site at http://www.schoolworldonline.org.
 
      FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact:
      John Halse, CEO                               Pedro de Cordoba
      SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation     LearningSoft Corp.
      (513) 939-0589                                (305) 500-9959  x203
      panegee@one.net                               pdc@learningsoft.net
 
 SOURCE  SchoolWorld Internet Education Foundation