Magic Lantern Media Enhances STEM Education Platform for Canadian Schools

TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Magic Lantern Media Inc. releases new enhancements for its AccessSTEM learning platform including a new leading-edge user interface as well as curriculum correlations for British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. Pilot programmes now running in 7 school boards across 4 provinces are responding to the needs of learners to help equip them with 21st Century skills.

AccessSTEM responds to the need for 21st Century Learning through new 'project based learning' tools added to the offering that has received rave reviews by Canadian educators.  AccessSTEM provides an approach that is cross-curricular in nature, and will dramatically improve student performance.  The tool allows teachers to have access to an incredible resource of performance and literacy tasks from grades K-12 linked to real-world video connections.

"Teachers are asked to have lessons that are engaging and relevant, cross-curricular, focus on 21st Century skills, differentiated learning, incorporate non-fiction reading and writing and provide an authentic assessment of their students understanding." notes Doug Connolly, President Magic Lantern Media Inc. "We are great believers in STEM education and AccessSTEM strives to bring this incredible teaching platform and its 21st Century concepts to help teachers engage students."

"I am very impressed with so many features. The videos, both of the careers and other STEM content, are very student friendly in terms of engagement, relevance, and language... performance tasks are well designed and supported with multiple intelligence, assessment criteria, rubrics, and exemplars.  I am particularly impressed that the tasks can be modified by the teacher to suit their students and own creativity." says Brian Jubenville, President - Science Teachers Association of Ontario

The enhancements announced today add to the common core standard aligned performance tasks, literacy tasks and new real-world videos that enable students to see the relevant, grade-specific topics through real-world careers and themes.  Each of the resources allow students to apply concepts in simulated real-world scenarios, increasing student performance and preparing them for postgraduate study and 21st Century careers. 

About Magic Lantern Media - A leading Canadian multi-media company integrating distribution, production, television and digital applications serving the education and broadcast industries. The company operates from offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Saint John, with over 50 agents and representatives worldwide.

SOURCE: Magic Lantern Media Inc.

For further information: Brad Schroeder, Business Development, Magic Lantern Media, T: 416-363-5681, E: brad.schroeder@distributionaccess.com

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