Scholastic Education Releases Upgraded, New Editions of WiggleWorks, Proven Early Reading Technology

Now Compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Vista, and Includes New Non-Fiction E-books


NEW YORK, N.Y. — July 29, 2008 — WiggleWorks®, the technology-based early reading program from Scholastic Education used extensively in Pre-K-3 classrooms for 14 years, has been re-released with new content and powerful technology upgrades.

WiggleWorks, a supplemental, educational technology program for Pre-K-3rd grade students, uses leveled, interactive e-books, reading and writing activities and explicit instruction proven through research to develop motivated, proficient readers.

The upgrades make WiggleWorks compatible with Microsoft Vista and Mac OS X operating systems. The new WiggleWorks is now available in two editions designed specifically for grade Pre-K-1 and grade 2-3 classrooms. It is produced by Scholastic Education, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company and a leader in educational technology and instructional software.

"WiggleWorks was one of the first educational technology programs, and is adored by teachers and students across the country," said Francie Alexander, Scholastic Chief Academic Officer. "The upgrades to WiggleWorks, including the new edition, new titles and newly-enhanced technology, will make students and teachers continue to love it for years to come."

WiggleWorks students can have any of the program’s 84 leveled e-books (24 are also available in Spanish) read aloud on the computer, or they can record themselves reading the stories and then play back the stories in their own voice. The new WiggleWorks also lets students write and draw responses to what they’ve read, create their own versions of the story, and play phonics games. It includes a built-in classroom management system that lets teachers customize lessons and activities for their class. Teachers can also track individual students’ progress, monitor time spent on the software, modify program options for groups or individual students and record messages to the class.

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