Pearson Digital Learning enhances Knowledgebox system with sophisticated system tools and new lessons

New Release Features Expanded Standards Alignment and Content, plus Streamlined, Intuitive Functions

Scottsdale, Ariz. - Pearson Digital Learning has released the latest version of the award-winning KnowledgeBox? K-6 digital learning system. KnowledgeBox 4.0 provides immediate and centralized access to a rich resource of digital, standards-based multimedia for reading/language arts, math, science and social studies.

"While other digital programs may provide video material for supplemental instruction, KnowledgeBox goes far beyond that, providing complete, standards-based lessons and tools that allow teachers to build and share educationally sound, engaging lessons and units," said Peggy Kinder, vice president of education at Pearson Digital Learning. "This is just one of the reasons KnowledgeBox won Technology & Learning's 2005 Legacy Award, and is a finalist in this year's CODiE Awards. In addition, KnowledgeBox was selected to be part of Ball State University's Professor Garfield educational website because it is considered 'best of breed' in terms of content and multimedia sophistication."
 
The 4.0 release takes KnowledgeBox's national and state standards alignment to a new level by allowing teachers to drill down to the objective level. This new feature significantly reduces lesson-planning time via a streamlined system of menus and sub-menus that guides teachers through the tiers of learning strands and reveals the specific goals that are covered by a particular lesson. "By adding entire state and national standards structures to the KnowledgeBox learning system, we have provided teachers with a quick and efficient picture of the specific mandates they have fulfilled and the ones they need to target," said Kinder.

KnowledgeBox 4.0 also features 11 new lessons across content areas and 240 updated pre-built lessons. To engage students and enhance the learning process, the lessons incorporate movies as well as hands-on activities, engaging stories, and other materials for self-paced standards-based learning.  KnowledgeBox 4.0 also has 50 new Print Partners printable workbooks and 75 more that have been revised and updated.

Another key component of the new release is the restructuring of the student and teacher interfaces based on research conducted with KnowledgeBox users. The student interface is now even more interactive with intuitive icons providing access to the To Do List, Find, My Projects, KB Net and Help functions. The teacher interface now consolidates search content in one Find button, but still allows users the option of conducting searches in multiple ways. Teachers and administrators also have enhanced access and lesson development capabilities.

In addition, the system features restructured meta-tagging, which results in advanced keyword searching providing a tier structure by subject and topic to streamline usability.
 
"There are so many wonderful digital and web-based resources available, but teachers and resource specialists simply haven't the time to search and review those that are not only appropriate, but that support standards and connect to events today's students can relate to," said Kinder. "KnowledgeBox does the legwork for teachers.  It makes it easy for them to build incredibly exciting, engaging lessons, collaborate with other educators, and enhance the learning experience for all students."

KnowledgeBox V4 will be automatically downloaded to all current KnowledgeBox customers.  Educators interested in knowing more about KnowledgeBox and other Pearson Digital Learning products can visit http://www.PearsonDigital.com/.

About Pearson Digital Learning

At Pearson Digital Learning our mission is to provide innovative, research-based digital learning solutions that elevate the art and science of teaching, and inspire children to reach their greatest potential. Reaching more than 20 million students annually, our products include: the SuccessMaker? Enterprise and NovaNET? educational courseware; and the KnowledgeBox? digital learning system. Pearson Digital Learning is also the exclusive distributor for the Waterford Early Reading Program? and Waterford Early Math & Science?, adaptive computer-based instruction developed by the Waterford Institute.

Pearson Digital Learning is part of Pearson Education the world's leading integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO) the international media company.

Further information

Leslie Eicher, APR
Eicher Communications Inc.
314-965-1776 or Leslie@EicherCommunications.com