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For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Lindeman

(407) 835-9899 ext. 217 slindeman@eschoolsolutions.com

eSchool Solutions expands SchoolSmart™ Suite, acquires Webivore Knowledge Systems

Orlando, FL -- January 25, 2001 -- eSchool Solutions, formerly TSSi MicroSage, announces the acquisition of Webivore Knowledge Systems, Boston, Massachusetts.

This expands the company’s Teaching & Learning Solutions Suite, which now provides award-winning Internet-based research technology to PreK-12 students, teachers and parents, both at school and at home. Parents and educators at most of the nation’s schools encourage Internet-based research, though they must remain cautious of inappropriate sites. Additionally, parents and students often face hours of search time for each writing project.

Webivore addresses these concerns by offering a collection of more than 12,000 sites, all of which have been reviewed by scholars and academicians for age and content appropriateness. The sites are indexed by key words, allowing the student to quickly drill down to their topic of interest. Each search results in a site preview and Webivore offers “hot tips” as to the subject’s most effective use. Once students have identified web sites that are relevant to their research, Webivore’s Collect capability enables them to easily “click and save” web-based information from the site, add their own notes and automatically save the data.

Another key feature unique to Webivore is the automatic transfer of bibliographic information created in a personal Notebook with the saved material. Information from the Notebook can then be easily integrated into the student’s word processing program, presentation, or web publisher software package to create the final report. Since general Internet research is so broad, students are usually unable to discern whether the information presented is true and accurate. Teachers advocate the use of Webivore, since each site has been reviewed and the student can concentrate on the “time-on-task” of writing.

Webivore was recognized as a 2000 Codie Award Finalist and won the 1999 Districts Choice Award from Curriculum Administrator. Additionally, Webivore was chosen “Best Internet Resource” by Media & Methods Magazine and earned the “Tech Learning” award from Technology & Learning Magazine.

Dr. Joseph Wise, Chairman and CEO of Orlando-based eSchool Solutions said that Webivore was selected because of its strong contribution to advancing student performance. He added, “Webivore is the perfect addition to promote our overall goal of providing the best integrated technology solutions for school districts. This partnership illustrates our commitment to improving student performance and school district effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology.” Dr. Cecilia Lenk, Webivore Knowledge Systems Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President for Information Design, said, “We are very happy to be beginning a relationship with eSchool Solutions, because we share the same commitment to enabling student excellence.”

Schools and districts can purchase Webivore from eSchool Solutions on a subscription basis by accessing http://www.webivore.com or by calling 888-388-8774, ext. 269.

eSchool Solutions(http://www.eschoolsolutions.com) is a leading provider of integrated technology solutions for the preK-12 education market. The company serves over 560 school systems encompassing 20,000 schools in North America, providing automated solutions for financial, payroll, benefits, staffing, scheduling, teaching and learning applications and enhancing student performance by helping parents, teachers, and students communicate instantly with each other.###

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