TCI’s Social Studies Wins 2011 “Tech & Learning” Magazine Award of Excellence for Teacher and Student Online Subscription

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — TCI’s new online social studies program continues to grow its list of awards with today’s announcement that it is a winner in “Tech & Learning” magazine’s 29th annual Awards of Excellence. The prestigious recognition program honors innovative applications that break new ground as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. A panel of more than 30 educators chose the winners.

TCI’s 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.

“Tech & Learning’s readers aren’t looking for bells and whistles,” said Kevin Hogan, editorial director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group. “Our readers are looking for rigorous ed-tech products that improve teaching and learning, inspire teachers and students, as well as meet today’s assessment and standards requirements.”

“At TCI, we don’t just use technology for technology’s sake. We make careful decisions, based on proven educational theories, about how technology can best support the learning process in every TCI lesson,” said Bert Bower, TCI founder and CEO. “We are proud that the Tech & Learning judges recognized our thoughtful use of technology to immerse students in learning social studies and honored us with this prestigious award.”

With the new version of the TCI subscription, 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 to access it 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 introduction to the new features.

For more information about TCI, visit, become a fan on Facebook at or follow on Twitter at 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:/

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


Kay Lindenberg