Box UK and Promethean, the global leader in interactive learning, are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Promethean Planet’ – a free collaborative web portal designed to help teachers, administrators and parents maximise the use of interactive learning technologies.

Promethean Planet is a fully interactive and comprehensive online source of information and resources for use in the classroom. These include creative and innovative lesson plans, organised and searchable by class age and subject. The site provides a wealth of videos and web links for use with Promethean’s award winning Activstudio and Activprimary lesson development software. Teachers can also share, discover and collaborate on best practices, which are highlighted in the monthly ‘Teacher Feature’.

According to Promethean USA President, Mark Elliot, Promethean Planet was designed with teachers firmly in mind:
“Most teachers don’t have the time to go hunting for resources to develop their lessons. Promethean recognises this. Our goal with Promethean Planet is to ensure that teachers have thousand of resources at their fingertips and can easily access the ones they need.”

Promethean Planet also features an online forum where teachers can interact and share ideas, information and lesson materials. Online technical support from Promethean staff is also readily available.

The site is powered by Box UK’s Amaxus content management system. Promethean required a system which could handle the sheer volume of diverse data that the site holds and found that Amaxus exceeded these requirements with ease. Amaxus’s accessibility is also key to the success of the site, with users and site administrators able to easily add, amend and access data when necessary.

Promethean US Web Services Manager, Andy Ryff, is full of praise for Box UK and the functionality of Amaxus:
“With meticulous attention to detail, progressive thinking, amazing foresight and outstanding communication skills, Box UK has provided unparalleled customer service and a superior web authoring tool. From start to finish, all involved in working on Promethean Planet routinely displayed professionalism, courtesy, flexibility and a sense of urgency that always made us feel like our project was top priority.

“Furthermore, Amaxus has provided us with the ultimate experience in efficiency, power and accessibility. We could not be more pleased with the service and product and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Box UK!”

Box UK Project Manager, Teresa Butler is equally delighted with the success of the project:
“Promethean Planet was an extremely rewarding project and the feedback we have received has been fantastic. Using Amaxus, we have been able to work in collaboration with Promethean to provide a vast array of innovative learning resources, and put in place the facility for registered visitors to add their own. We hope that these resources will prove invaluable to teachers and pupils alike.”

Promethean Planet was showcased at this year’s National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego on July 5th and received a fantastic response; as evidenced by the phenomenal rate of user registrations.

The launch of Promethean Planet is currently US specific. However, the new school term in September 2006 will see the launch of a UK version, followed by a French version at the end of the year.

Registration, membership and access to Promethean Planet’s online resources and forums is free to all administrators, teachers and students. For further information, visit the site at www.prometheanplanet.com.

For further information:

Matt Webb / Teresa Butler
Box UK
+44 (0)20 3008 8878 / +44 (0)29 20 22 88 22

matt.webb@boxuk.com
teresa.butler@boxuk.com

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About Promethean

Promethean is a global leader and innovator in interactive learning technology that empowers teachers to engage, educate, assess and motivate learners. Developed by and for education professionals, its award-winning products help teachers to prepare digital lessons quickly and easily. The technology enables them to create, customise and integrate text, images, quizzes and tests, web, video and audio content, so they can more easily capture students’ attention and accommodate different learning styles.

Promethean supplies:

• Activboard, the world’s most durable interactive whiteboard technology;
• Activstudio, a software platform for secondary teaching;
• Activprimary, the leading whiteboard software designed specifically for use in primary schools, grade schools and kindergarten;
• and Activote, personal handheld response units which provide instant polling and analysis to promote learning and teacher productivity.

Promethean is committed to supporting effective use of classroom technologies and offers a comprehensive support and professional development service to enable optimum usage and return on investment.

Promethean’s headquarters are in Blackburn in the UK, and Atlanta, Georgia in the US. Its products are distributed through a global network of partners, inspiring millions of learners in more than 70 countries.

www.prometheanworld.com

About Box UK:

Box UK was founded in 1998 and has earned an enviable reputation in the field of Internet development, design and consultancy.

Since its inception, the company has created dynamic and innovative web applications, utilising internally developed, cutting-edge technology.

Box UK is renowned for its expertise in all areas of web development – including the market-leading Amaxus® XML and Connetric™ content management systems, Accuda™ sales personalisation tool, and clickdensity™ user analysis.

The company’s ever-growing list of prestigious clients currently includes the Royal Navy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Lloyds TSB Insurance, English Heritage, British Computer Society, Wales Tourist Board, London Development Agency, Chubb, Royal Observatory Greenwich, UK Atomic Energy Authority and the Imperial War Museum.

www.boxuk.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 7th August 2006