Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — And the winner is…TCI! Launched just last June at ISTE 2011, TCI’s new online social studies curriculum is the winner of its first award – a 16th Annual Education Software Review (EDDIE) Award from the ComputED Learning Center, San Diego’s leading computer education resource.
The EDDIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that augment classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Selection criteria include academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach and management system. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers from around the world.
Honored in the category Teacher Tools, Best Social Studies Website, TCI’s social studies curriculum is fully optimized for teaching online, allowing teachers to immerse their students in active social studies using the broad spectrum of technology available in today’s classrooms.
The program helps teachers engage students in learning when teaching with an interactive whiteboard or in a one-computer classroom. The lessons use a variety of clever activities that target different learning styles to ensure that all students grasp difficult concepts. In addition, the program provides teachers with ideas for differentiating lessons for specific student populations such as English language learners and advanced learners.
“We believe that the foundation of a strong curriculum is providing teachers with tools that allow them to immerse their students in learning,” said Bert Bower, TCI founder and CEO. “Our online social studies curriculum gives classroom teachers – at all grade levels – the lesson plans, student handouts, assessment tools and enrichment resources they need to turn their classrooms into engaging and stimulating learning environments. Their students will actually feel like they are experiencing history rather than just reading about it in a book.”
Bower continued, “That is why it is particularly exciting to receive this honor for our high-quality teacher materials from the ComputED Learning Center.”
With the new version of the TCI curriculum, teachers can also integrate their own expertise and resources into TCI’s Classroom Presentations by adding images to slides or inserting their own slides. They can save as many versions of each lesson as they like to the “cloud,” allowing them access anywhere, anytime. And navigation in the new program is designed to be intuitive for teachers.
In addition, TCI has made preparing to teach with the program fast and easy for teachers. Lesson support materials are available with the click of a link on the web, and lesson overview videos give teachers a snapshot of what students will be learning. Embedded professional development includes video tutorials throughout the program, offering teachers on-the-fly introductions to the new features.
For more information about TCI, visit http://www.teachtci.com, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TeachTCI or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TeachTCI. In addition, educators can read insightful posts about education issues and trends from the former classroom teachers who today are TCI’s leaders on the company’s blog at http:/blog.teachtci.com/.
About TCI TCI is an online K-12 publishing company created by teachers, for teachers. For more than 20 years, the company has partnered with the education community to fundamentally change how social studies is taught. TCI’s K-12 programs are based on proven teaching strategies and practices that bring learning alive and achieve consistent, positive classroom results. TCI believes that the best education marries great content, meaningful technology and interactive classroom experiences. The end result: students of all abilities and learning styles succeed. For more information, visit http://www.teachtci.com.