Connections Education, Leading Virtual Education Provider, Wins Two 2012 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence
-- National Accolades for Math and History Curricula --
BALTIMORE (November 6, 2012)– Connections Education, the leading virtual education provider, has been honored with two national awards for curriculum excellence. A division of Pearson Education, Connections Education was named a winner of two 2012 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence for its interactive math ‘teachlet’ tutorials, and its state history courses. The 30-year-old recognition program honors software hardware, network, and Web products that include innovative applications that break new ground, as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools.
2012 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence in the ‘New Product’ category were awarded to the following Connections Education curricula:
- Math Teachlets – Algebra and Geometry—These online instructional modules help students at Connections Academy virtual public schools understand challenging topics by presenting them in fresh and engaging ways. In naming Connections Education’s award, judges said they “admired the powerful reporting tools, and thought the teachlets had an interesting presentation of content, adding something unique to math classes.”
- State Signature Courses—Connections Education offers these interactive state-specific history courses to second, third and fourth graders in Connections Academy schools in GA, LA, OK and Utah. They feature virtual timelines, Google Earth tours, and interactive presentations. “The Guild of Inquisitive Robots” guides students through their state histories, delivering content aligned to state history standards, and uses an inquiry-based approach to online instruction. One judge said, “the video vignettes would definitely engage students,” and also observed that “the use of forums is a very creative way to build a learning company.”
The 2012 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence curriculum honors are the latest in a number of national curriculum accolades Connections Education has recently won, including multiple 2012 EDDIE Awards for its social studies, foreign language and science curricula. The online education resource CompuED Gazette bestows EDDIE Awards to recognize innovative and content-rich programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence.
Connections Education’s K–5 Language Arts Whole Curriculum was also recently honored as a finalist for the 2012 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award honoring excellence in learning resources.
About Connections Education
Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy. In the 2012-2013 school year, 24 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 22 states and expect to serve more than 40,000 students from across the U.S. The Connections Learning division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. More than 300 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the United States and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning products and services. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).