NEW YORK, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HITN is pleased to announce the successful release of HITN Learning, its new online learning program for schools and parents, at the ISTE Conference in San Diego. Teachers and administrators visiting the HITN Learning booth were unanimous in their enthusiasm for the product.
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HITN's history of advocacy for education – particularly for the Latino community – comes to fruition with HITN Learning, which was designed from the ground up to comply with the new U.S. Common Core standards, as well as the standards currently in effect in Puerto Rico. The cloud-based program offers test practice in Math and English Language Arts and includes a writing component that incorporates healthy living prompts. Metrics for teachers, district administrators, and parents provide real-time insights into student progress. For students in the system whose primary language is Spanish, or whose parents are primarily Spanish-speakers, the program includes the option for both written and spoken Spanish prompts.
"We feel that young students for whom English is not the primary language face a real challenge in the current educational system, and we wanted to lead the charge to address that issue," said HITN's CEO Jose Luis Rodriguez. "As a former teacher and elementary school principal, I'm acutely aware of the need for a program like this one, which provides a bridge between school and home for Spanish speaking families and gives kids an option to learn and keep pace in their primary language. Parental involvement in the learning process has been shown time and again to be a differentiating factor in student success, and providing parents with automatic access to their children's HITN Learning metrics – in the language they understand best - is a very important element in the program. But we didn't want to create a program that only addressed those specific needs. HITN Learning was designed to be effectively administered in both English and Spanish, so students whose primary language is English can also benefit enormously from HITN Learning when it comes to practice for Common Core testing in Math and ELA."
An initial pilot for the program was completed in June, and was met with great enthusiasm by students, teachers, parents and administrators. Students particularly responded to the idea of earning tickets to play games (which re-enforce the math and ELA components of the program) and were excited to access the program outside of school, from home and other locations with internet access.
Additional research is underway in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.
For more information about HITN Learning, or to request a free trial of the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network
HITN , Inc. (The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network) was established in 1983 as a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the educational, socio-economic and cultural aspirations of Latinos in the US and Puerto Rico through technology. HITN-TV is the first U.S Latino-controlled, non-commercial, Spanish-language, media company delivering educational programming to more than 40 million homes nationwide on Satellite and Cable focusing on Health, Financial Literacy, and Education. www.hitn.org.
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