Dimensionu Extends Agreement With Connections Education To Offer Game-Based Learning Solution To Virtual School Students Nationwide

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Award-winning educational video games to help virtual school students review and reinforce mathematics and literacy skills

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“DimensionU is focused on delivering research driven, innovative and effective technology-based educational tools for all students.”

DimensionU, the company behind the DimensionU Learning System, the leading K-12 immersive gamed-based learning solution, announced today that Connections Education has signed a one-year extension and expansion to provide all students with the DimensionU educational video games system. The agreement gives access to standards-aligned math and literacy curriculum for elementary through high school students enrolled in Connections Education’s Connection Academy virtual schools nationwide. Connections Education is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12.

For the past two years, Connections Academy virtual public schools have used DimensionU as an engaging resource for students to practice their newly acquired skills.

With content aligned to state, national and the new Common Core State Standards, the DimensionU instructional software engages students in a series of first-person action adventure missions that incorporate three-dimensional graphics, sound, and animation comparable to those in popular video games. By effectively navigating the myriad of embedded lessons, students quickly master concepts previously discussed in class. The software also provides automatic progress tracking for students so teachers can provide additional instruction to help them gain mastery of specific concepts.

“DimensionU is focused on delivering research driven, innovative and effective technology-based educational tools for all students,” said Ntiedo (NT) Etuk, chief executive officer and co-founder of DimensionU. “Our goal is to engage and motivate students so that they choose to devote more of their time to even the most difficult subjects; and that’s what Connections Academy is all about – collaborating and offering a robust set of online and blended offerings for students of all ages. We are delighted to extend our relationship and to continue to integrate effective educational content in these exceptional virtual schools.”

“At Connections Education we are committed to delivering quality online learning resources for our students. DimensionU helps us meet this goal – it’s an engaging and fun way for our students to practice essential math and literacy skills outside of the regular virtual school day,” commented Patricia Hoge, Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction for Connections Education. “Over the past year, we’ve seen more and more interest in DimensionU from our students and we are happy to offer it to them again this school year.”

Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Education delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, rich technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011–12 school year, Connections Academy virtual public schools will serve students in 21 states via 22 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy.

About DimensionU

DimensionU is the company behind the DimensionU Learning system - an innovative technology designed to maximize students’ desire to learn. With DimensionU students can earn virtual currency and real money by completing academic tasks presented in fun, multi-player video game formats. The technology has been used by major school districts including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, and many others since 2007 and was shown in an independent university study to improve test scores by up to two letter grades. It uses curriculum aligned to the standards of all 50 states so students are sure to be practicing the core skills they need to excel. At DimensionU.com kids find video games that are fun, educational, and rewarding. Parents find an easy and proven way to motivate their kids to learn.

About Connections Education

Connections Education is a leading, fully-accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy. In the 2011-2012 school year, 22 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 21 states and expect to serve more than 40,000 students from across the U.S. The Connections Learning division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit http://www.ConnectionsEducation.com.

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