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Caithness News Bulletins May 2004
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TAG Learning wins competitive tender worth £350,000 with Learning and Teaching Scotland
TAG Learning has won a competitive tender worth £350,000 to supply mind-mapping software to all Scottish Schools. Learning and Teaching Scotland has taken the decision to put the visual learning tools, Inspiration and Kidspiration, in every school in the country beginning in May 2004, under the terms of a contract funded by the Scottish Executive.
Inspiration and Kidspiration were chosen because they meet the stated criteria. The software tools enable the user to: have an overview of a large subject or area; plan routes and make choices; indicate where one is going and where one has been; gather and hold large amounts of data within a context; encourage problem solving by showing new creative pathways; enable efficiency; enjoy, look at, read, muse over and remember facts and information; attract and hold the eye and brain and see the whole picture and the details at the same time.
Kidspiration 2 is visual learning software that allows younger pupils to improve early literacy skills by expressing themselves visually and recognising the connections between pictures, words and meanings. Inspiration is for slightly older pupils (aged 10+) and can be used right across the curriculum in all subjects for mind mapping, planning, and organising. Both products include tools that allow users to outline, diagram, develop webs or to facilitate pre-writing to help develop thinking skills and structure research or essays.
TAG Learning will be supplying Inspiration version 7.5 and Kidspiration version 2.0 for use in all primary and secondary schools in Scotland (Kidspiration will be used only by pupils in primary schools), as well as by pupils taught at home, teaching staff to use at home, and staff in all local authority education establishments. In addition to the software, schools will receive a comprehensive range of teaching support materials for each product.
Pilar Cloud, Managing Director, TAG Learning said: "We are pleased that TAG Learning has won the tender to supply all Scottish Schools with Inspiration and Kidspiration. These innovated software tools will enable schools to develop thinking, writing and comprehension skills and will allow pupils to express themselves. "
Mona Westhaver, President and co-founder, Inspiration Software Inc said, "We are pleased that TAG Learning has been recognised by Learning and Teaching Scotland as a leading educational software supplier. Pupils will find these tools aid in their development in a fun and informative way."
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About Kidspiration 2
New Resources for Integrating Kidspiration 2 into the Curriculum Two new resources designed to help primary teachers use visual learning to meet curriculum requirements are now available when purchasing 5+ computer licences. A new cross-curricular lesson plan book, "Kidspiration in the Classroom," offers engaging lessons plans for integrating visual learning into the curriculum for pupils age 4-10. "Exploring Kidspiration 2," an interactive CD-ROM, provides step-by-step tutorials to guide educators in using Kidspiration 2 effectively to improve achievement across the curriculum.
About Inspiration 7.5
Purchasing and Upgrading to Kidspiration 2 and Inspiration 7.5 Single copy pricing is £59.95 or £26 for upgrades and special pricing will be available to Schools in Scotland for additional licences.
Through a special introductory offer available until 31st August 2004 schools that upgrade to Kidspiration 2 can save 10% percent. Further savings can be made with volume purchases.
Purchase 5+ computer licences and
schools benefit from free teacher take home privileges.
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