updated 8/31/2010 4:46:01 PM ET 2010-08-31T20:46:01

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 31, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PBS KIDS PLAY! TM, innovative educational games for children in preschool, kindergarten and special education, can now be licensed for classroom use. The standards-based, cross-curricular program adapts to each student with three learning stages for each of 30 skill areas. The game-based learning program includes content in mathematics, science, language development, literacy, creativity, healthy development, and social studies. The program also features exclusive new foreign language learning games in Spanish, French and Mandarin from LITTLE PIM, the award-winning DVD language series.

"This unique game-based learning program provides a highly engaging experience that's personalized for each student," said Rob Lippincott, PBS senior vice president of education. "Using PBS KIDS PLAY, teachers can easily monitor each student's progress throughout an individualized skill-mastering process. Children get focused help, and teachers can see the results immediately."

PBS KIDS PLAY! is a winner of the Association of Educational Publishers' 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award and a 2009 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family from Learning Magazine. The Classroom Edition provides the same award-winning content found in the Home Edition, plus these enhancements:

  • Classroom management for up to 30 students, with individual progress tracking and personalized learning for each student;
  • Easy classroom setup without IT assistance; and
  • Ease of use in a shared computing environment.

The program is a broadband subscription service, which requires no software installation except Adobe Flash. It runs full-screen on any Windows 7/XP/Vista, Mac OSX or Chrome OS on a desktop, laptop, or interactive whiteboard. A broadband Internet connection is required; new content and features are delivered without any need to upgrade. No servers or infrastructure changes are required. The program is scalable to any size school district or state system.

The Classroom Edition costs $499 per account, each of which serves 30 students. The cost per student is 50 to 80 percent less than similar programs. A $200 per-account savings is available through Sept. 30, 2010.

Educators may evaluate the program free for 30 days at http://classroom.pbskidsplay.org . Only an email, organization name and ZIP code are required.

About PBS KIDS®

PBS KIDS offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's nearly 360 public television stations, serving more than 124 million people on-air and online each month. For more information, visit pbskids.org.

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