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Zaner Bloser's Spelling Connections Brings Engaging Digital Tools to the Classroom

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 14, 2011) - Zaner-Bloser has updated its popular spelling program, Spelling Connections, with expanded technology tools to provide today's students with critical foundational literacy skills.

The exciting technology featured in the new ©2012 edition of Spelling Connections improves the delivery of spelling instruction and engages and challenges students in spelling practice. Unlike integrated spelling instruction delivered through core reading programs, the Zaner-Bloser program provides teachers with the tools necessary for explicit differentiated instruction-without extensive planning and prep work.

Spelling Connections is the first spelling program that includes student and teacher eBooks in addition to traditional textbooks. Combining the best of print and digital resources, Spelling Connections also includes:

  • Interactive activities for spelling compatible with any interactive whiteboard or computer projection system to engage students in instruction and practice.
  • Online games offering engaging interactive differentiated spelling practice, including spelling bees, crossword puzzles, word sorting and proofreading exercises.
  • Differentiated word lists and practice activities that teach students to recognize and apply valuable spelling pattern knowledge.
  • Diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to monitor student progress, including integrated standardized test practice.

"The new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy suggests that students who are college and career-ready use technology and digital media strategically and capably," Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page said. "Today's students are very media savvy, so Spelling Connections was designed to keep them engaged and allow them to integrate what they learn through using technology with what they learn offline."

About Zaner-Bloser

Zaner-Bloser, a division of Highlights for Children with more than 120 years of experience in education, is one of the premier publishers of research-based reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting programs. The Zaner-Bloser mission is to create dynamic, appealing and effective educational programs and services. Zaner-Bloser focuses on distinctive programs that inspire all students to become engaged, literate participants in the global society.

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Brad Onken, 614-487-2867
Karen Twinem, 614-224-8114

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