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PracticePlanet from Siboney Learning Group:  A Hit for the Holidays

ST. LOUIS, MO, January 22, 2008 -- When was the last time you saw a student doing school work on a holiday break? How about test practice? Over the most recent Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, software publisher Siboney Learning Group tracked student usage on the company's new online test preparation program, PracticePlanet.

Web analytics track usage by student user names and passwords at more than 70 active school pilot sites in addition to any Internet connection they might use. PracticePlanet was designed as a web-based application to encourage student use outside the school environment. However, the increased usage over the holiday breaks surprised many.

"There were a few users logged in on Thanksgiving Day, and then the number grew on Christmas and again on New Year's Day," said Robin Tinker, marketing vice president. "There was increased usage the days after the individual holidays as well. This is a strong indicator that PracticePlanet is doing what it's designed to do: motivating students and keeping them on task with fun and interactive activities."

Wanda Conner, elementary education coordinator for Florida's Columbia County School District, agrees with this assessment of PracticePlanet: "Since PracticePlanet is web-based," she says, "teachers have reported that students are actually practicing skills for longer periods of time through the accessibility from home. Students say that learning is fun! Imagine that!"

PracticePlanet provides online assessment practice aligned to state testing standards in math and language arts for grades 2 to 9. Immediate feedback and fun incentive games keep students engaged and motivated to do well.

To learn more about Practice Planet, visit Siboney Learning Group, publisher of PracticePlanet, is a dynamic developer, publisher, integrator, and provider of comprehensive and motivational educational software. Other leading product lines include Orchard, Educational Activities Software, Journey, and GAMCO. For more information, visit

PracticePlanet™ was developed by Siboney Learning Group, publisher of Orchard Software, in partnership with Edumatics Corporation.