Game-based study solution upgrades

Archipelago Learning, a subscription-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, today announced the release of Study Island's Fall enhancements featuring mobile optimization, new games, interactive flash animations and enhanced lessons.

Study Island provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools for K-12 students and their teachers. The updated offering is fully optimized for use on mobile devices such as iPad(R), iTouch(R), and iPhone(R), as well as Android(TM) tablet and smartphone devices.

"Districts and schools are under immense pressure to improve student performance, while dealing with severe budget constraints and changing state and federal accountability mandates," said Tim McEwen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Archipelago Learning. "With the launch of these enhancements, educators using Study Island have the latest customizable digital education tools to increase student learning and improve academic performance, all in one affordable, easy to use web-based solution."

The enhanced lessons include easier navigation, and new videos, slide shows and interactive animations that reinforce academic concepts. Study Island's new animations for 2nd through 5th grade math and English language arts concepts are designed for both individualized, self-paced instruction and whole-class instruction on interactive whiteboards.

Study Island offers lessons and activities built directly from individual state standards and Common Core State Standards in math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Real-time reporting on student performance allows teachers to differentiate instruction using a research-based content bank, including over 440,000 unique items, to address learning gaps and help students prepare for state assessments. Also included are tools for parent communication and professional development.