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Software's ELL Bundle and PracticePlanet's Web-Based Assessment
Program Recognized as Finalists in 2008 AEP
ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 7, 2008 -- Siboney Learning
Group's Orchard Software and PracticePlanet have been tapped as
finalists in the 2008 Association of Educational Publishers Awards
K-3 Language Arts Bundle was named a finalist in the AEP
Distinguished Achievement Awards' ELL/ESL Curriculum Technology -
Siboney's web-based test practice product, also received the nod in
the Distinguished Achievement Awards, achieving the finalist round
in the Curriculum Technology -- K-5 Math Website category.
Siboney's 2007 PracticePlanet Launch was named a finalist in
the Integrated Marketing Campaign category of the AEP's
"In a world
of iPods, social networking, online gaming, and instant information,
capturing the attention of today's students becomes a bigger
challenge every day," said AEP CEO Charlene Gaynor. "This year's
finalists effectively reach out to digital natives in creative ways
and provide useful and convenient support to time-starved
honored and thrilled to see Orchard and PracticePlanet acknowledged
in this way," said Bill Edwards, president of Siboney Learning
Group. "Siboney is proud to produce products that truly relate to
the needs of today's educational environment. Keeping students
engaged, while providing real time-on-task instruction continues to
be our priority."
While most of
the Orchard content meets the needs of ELL students, the K-3
Language Arts Bundle is especially helpful because it focuses on
listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, all critical to
English language development. More than 8,000 schools across the
United States use Orchard to help over 4 million students attain the
skills they need to meet the rigorous standards of NCLB.
PracticePlanet provides web-based test practice in grades 2-9 math
and language arts and is aligned to state testing standards.
PracticePlanet's automated functions for scoring tests, assigning
practice, and reporting progress help teachers use class and
planning time efficiently, but its 24/7 access on the web, immediate
feedback, and fast-paced incentive games are what keep students
engaged and on task.
Association of Educational Publishers Awards
Each year the
AEP presents awards for outstanding educational products.
Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational
resources within the categories of Curriculum, Periodicals, and
Professional Development. Beacon Awards honor the top education
marketing products in a variety of categories. Winners for 2008 will
be announced at the AEP's June 6 Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C.
For more information about the
Association of Educational Publishers, go to www.aepweb.org.
Siboney Learning Group
Siboney Learning Group, a subsidiary
of Siboney Corporation, is a dynamic developer and publisher of
comprehensive and motivational educational software. Siboney also
publishes Gamco and Educational Activities Software. For additional
information about Siboney Learning Group and its products, go to www.siboneylearninggroup.com.