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Middlebury Interactive Languages’ Spanish I course was nominated for a 2012 CODiE award by the Software & Information Industry Association. As one of four finalists in a coveted Best Instructional Solutions category, Middlebury was recognized for its innovative approach for reaching K-12 learners. This was the second time in 6 months that the company had been recognized for excellence by the technology industry. In fall of 2011, Middlebury earned a bronze medal from Serious Play for its MiddWorld role playing game.
Middlebury Interactive Languages has won a 2012 eSchool Media Readers’ Choice Award for our powerspeaK¹² program, heralded as one of “50 ed-tech products and services that are making a difference in schools.” This award was determined by the votes of educators, like Mark Fruehe, a global studies teacher for Community Consolidated School District 93 in Illinois, who said about powerspeaK¹²: “Class surveys show that 89 percent of the students like or really like the program. They are very engaged, and they learn a lot.”
Thanks to Mark and all the other voters for your support. Read the entire award program
Our CEO, Jane Swift, responds to attention around the new Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, and her decision to begin the job while pregnant. Read more
The Council on Foreign Relations released a report that explains the economic imperative for increased world language teaching in the United States. The report supports immersion instruction and increased promotion of world languages around the country, calling for a federal “Languages for Jobs” program. Read more
Rhode Island leaders announced a new plan to boost the state’s world language instruction for students, ranging from pre-Kindergarten through the college level. The Road Map was announced a day after the Council of Foreign Relations released a report about the importance of world language instruction. The plan aims to attract global business to Rhode Island. Read more
Middlebury Interactive Languages CEO Jane Swift served on the Recommendations for Education and Advancement of Learning (REAL) Commission, which has set the digital education agenda for the nation. The REAL Commission Report, released on April 27th, 2012, focuses on learning tailored to the individual while prioritizing achievement, affordability and access. The recommendations serve as a framework for identifying the necessary people, processes, and technologies for promoting continuous learning from pre-kindergarten through higher education and the workplace. View TechAmerica’s unveiling of the REAL Commission report
Jane Swift speaks with NECN’s Peter Howe, discussing Middlebury Interactive Languages, its mission to provide access to language instruction, and today’s need for good language students.
“We are more than ever a global economy and to compete it sure helps to be able communicate. But as schools deal with tough economic realities, foreign language programs often get left behind. Enter Middlebury Interactive Languages. Their goal: to provide cost effective easy access to language learning. And now they’re lead by a former governor who hopes to attain this goal …” Watch the video
Middlebury Interactive Languages CEO, former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift, has been appointed to the Recommendations for Education and Advancement of Learning (REAL) Agenda Commission. Swift brings more than two decades of leadership in education technology, public policy and administration to the REAL Commission, which has brought together leaders in education technology from industry and academia to develop a research and policy agenda for the Obama Administration and the nation.
“The goals and work of the REAL Commission align perfectly with our mission at Middlebury,” said Swift, who was appointed chair of the commission’s Content and Curriculum Working Group. “Middlebury Interactive uses the latest technologies to help students master a world language, which makes the student – and the nation as a whole – more globally competitive …” Read more