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March 03, 2008

Homework Meets Gaming with PLATO Achieve Now on PSP

By Stefania Viscusi, TMCnet Assistant Editor

To bring a middle ground to today's kids looking to improve their gaming skills and parents looking to improve their studying skills, e-learning solutions provider PLATO Learning has announced new educational gaming software for Sony's PSP.
According to the company's latest announcement, they will begin selling their popular PLATO Achieve Now program for the portable entertainment system this April.
PLATO Achieve Now includes 57 games that help both elementary and middle school students improve their academic proficiency through targeted games for language arts, reading and mathematics and extends their study time outside of school hours and while at home.

"Today's digital native students want software tools that will empower them to learn basic subjects, like reading and math," said Marc Prensky, author of Digital Game-Based Learning in a speech delivered at the U.S. Department of Education. "The tools must be not only powerful, but engaging. Using games as learning tools strengthens both the subject mastery and student engagement."
With PLATO Achieve Now on PSP, students not only have a high-resolution widescreen view that brings the educational content to life, but because the device is portable, also have access to the educational games anywhere they go.

"The concept of education lessons through games is quickly gaining traction with parents and teachers as a new way to reach today's student," said Todd Brekhus, vice president of product and market management for PLATO Learning. "Interactive gaming helps build valuable problem-solving skills through play, and PLATO Achieve Now helps harness those skills by adding rigorous academic content to the gaming experience--better than a boring worksheet."

Stefania Viscusi is an established writer and avid reader. To see more of her articles, please visit Stefania Viscusi’s columnist page.

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