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World's Fastest Growing on-line Teaching Community Unveils Added Functionalty

With over 8,500 members in Australia, Promethean, a global leader in interactive education technology solutions, announces the eagerly awaited Promethean Planet 2.0. Set to be previewed in the US late June, global availability is expected in the coming months. Promethean Planet is the world’s fastest growing online interactive whiteboard community, designed to provide teachers with the ability to share new and innovative lessons, access a wide variety of professional development materials and connect with each other from every corner of the world.
  • 02 July, 2009 10:23

<p>BIGGER BETTER FASTER
PROMETHEAN PLANET'S 325,000 MEMBERS WITNESS EXCITING UPGRADE</p>
<p>Sydney, 30 June 2009 -Today Promethean, a global leader in interactive education technology solutions, announces the eagerly awaited Promethean Planet 2.0. Set to be previewed in the US late June, global availability is expected in the coming months. Promethean Planet is the world’s fastest growing online interactive whiteboard community, designed to provide teachers with the ability to share new and innovative lessons, access a wide variety of professional development materials and connect with each other from every corner of the world.</p>
<p>In Australia, Promethean Planet has over 8,500 members, who have online access to free dynamic interactive lessons, which in turn generate excitement and enthusiasm in any classroom.</p>
<p>Ms Leah Rix, Head of Promethean in Australia and New Zealand, says, “Today’s educators have a myriad of resources at their disposal and it can sometimes be confusing as which are the most comprehensive to focus on. Promethean has consistently delivered award winning lesson creation software along with premium flipcharts and localized resource packs at its website Promethean Planet. Promethean Planet is the ‘itunes’ for interactive teaching and learning and is constantly evolving with new content, tools and tips, which our teacher members find incredibly useful in the classroom.</p>
<p>Promethean Planet 2.0 will address the modern-day educator’s growing needs via a slicker and quicker browsing experience, personalization tools such as the ‘My Folder’ online bookmark function and an enhanced social networking functionality, offering private and public groups through ‘My Planet’. An improved online store features exciting new premium content from National Geographic and a range of leading education names, while an exciting new iPhone™ application permits instant access to Planet news, forum posts, blog articles and live feeds.</p>
<p>Future releases of localized sites afford greater options for global educators with Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese joining the already popular French, Italian and German sites.</p>
<p>Strong partnerships with leading education publisher names, such as Dorling Kindersley and Scholastic, have resulted in innovative digital premium content for the ActivClassroom: ActivPacks and ActivLessons. In tandem with the Promethean Planet 2.0 launch, Promethean Planet has developed site license offers for selected premium content, available for school district wide purchases.</p>
<p>A flagship feature of Promethean Planet 2.0 is National Geographic’s iExplorer! ActivLessons, a series of interactive lessons based on the hugely popular Young Explorer! magazines, specifically designed for children from Kindergarten to Grade 1.
Brent Taggart, Head of Group Strategy &amp; Promethean Planet, explains, “The phenomenal success of Promethean Planet, which currently boasts nearly 350,000 registered educators, is largely due to its members. Their active involvement in the site, ideas and comments played a huge part in the redesign and launch of Promethean Planet 2.0”</p>
<p>‘Our intention is to address the needs of modern-day educators by offering a range of tools that enable greater understanding of education technology while supporting current curricula. Our new look Promethean Planet contains everything today’s ‘digital teachers’ need to realize their true potential – plus a rapidly growing peer group that can answer any education question that may arise!’</p>
<p>Promethean Planet 2.0 will be introducing these features and more over the coming months, for further information please visit www.PrometheanPlanet.com</p>
<p>- ENDS –
Notes to Editors:
• Launched in June 2007, Promethean Planet has rapidly established itself as the must-go-to website for all teaching resources, including: access to more than 12,000 free teacher generated lesson plans and resources, tips and tricks, professional development and a range of advice and inspiration from both members of the teaching industry and global education thought-leaders.
• In addition, Promethean Planet offers high quality, low cost premium resources available for purchase from a range of Publishing Partners such as Dorling Kindersley and Scholastic, and now hosts ActivInspire, Promethean’s latest, and hugely popular, cross-platform software.
About Promethean:
Promethean is a global leader in interactive classroom solutions that empowers teachers to engage, educate, assess and motivate learners. Developed by and for educators, its award-winning ActivClassroom is an innovative and integrated suite of solutions providing time-saving technology for teachers and engaging, informative content for the modern-day classroom that has been proven to significantly raise achievement levels.</p>
<p>Beyond the classroom, Promethean’s integrated learning system also provides comprehensive training and support. Promethean Planet (www.PrometheanPlanet.com) is the largest online teacher forum for premium and interactive whiteboard content. More than 325,000 educators from around the world currently access and adapt downloadable flipcharts, participate in conversations on the forum and blog and share best practice to create fun, engaging lessons that capture both the imagination and attention of their students.</p>
<p>For more information, please visit www.PrometheanWorld.com.</p>
<p>Press enquiries:
Evonne Geluk
e.g. PR &amp; Media
Tel: 02 9713 8757
Mob: 04040 53040
Email: egpr@bigpond.net.au</p>
<p>Tracey McLaine
Head of PR, Promethean
Tel: +44(0)1254 290 752
Email: Tracey.Mclaine@PrometheanWorld.com</p>

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