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Unleash the power of nature in classrooms

National Geographic and Promethean unleash the power of nature in classrooms country-wide

Partnership between leading educational companies introduces a range of exciting interactive lessons

5 November 2009 -Today Promethean, a global leader in education technology solutions, introduces National Geographic Young Explorer ActivLessons; a series of interactive whiteboard lessons designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Engineered to expand and enhance the reach of the popular National Geographic Young Explorer magazine, the ActivLessons provide a whole-class digital supplement to the series. The range of exciting activities for interactive whiteboards is guaranteed to spark the interest of inquisitive young minds.

Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Young Explorer ActivLessons are based on the stories and instruction in Young Explorer and feature stunning photography supported by group activities, narrated stories, printable worksheets and a full teacher guide. The National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine and ActivLessons work together to improve literacy skills and introduce learners to science and social studies.

While the Young Explorer ActivLessons stand alone, they can also be used with the magazine, offering teachers multiple options to create engaging lessons that provide practice with reading strategies, build academic vocabulary and meet NCLB goals.

Brent Taggart, Head of Promethean Planet and Strategy said, “Promethean is thrilled to partner with National Geographic to produce the Young Explorer ActivLessons. Intended to be teacher led; the design and functionality of the ActivLessons facilitate versatility in the classroom by offering multiple options for student engagement and educator adaptability. All the activities contained are flexible, collaborative and extendable; key requirements of any content created for Promethean’s ActivClassroom.”

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Fran Downey, Vice-President and Publisher of National Geographic added, “National Geographic Young Explorer is known for teaching important literacy skills through high-interest science and social studies content. The magazine connects to existing curriculum while inspiring students to care about our planet. The partnership with Promethean, a leader in developing interactive classroom solutions for the education market, allows teachers to present truly interactive lessons that will engage students and deepen understanding. This takes the printed magazine to a whole new level.”

Young Explorer ActivLessons can be purchased and downloaded through Promethean Planet’s online shop www.PrometheanPlanet.com/NGYoungExplorer where educators can also browse a wide variety of digital content.

Promethean Planet will be introducing a range of new functionality over the coming months to further address the modern-day educator’s needs. For further information please visit www.PrometheanPlanet.com

Notes to Editors:

• Young Explorer ActivLessons are priced at $7.95 per magazine (4 stories and lessons). Price allows individual use only, site-wide licenses to be announced soon

• The ActivLessons can be used on any brand of interactive whiteboard using a free download of Promethean’s Software: ActivInspire Personal Edition available from www.PrometheanPlanet.com/ActivInspire

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.

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 400,000 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.

For more information, please visit www.PrometheanWorld.com.

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