TechSmith Announces $2 Million Software Grant Program to Help Michigan Schools
Donated Multimedia Software will Help Schools Improve Continuity of Learning and Key Classroom Outcomes
OKEMOS, Mich – February 2, 2010 – TechSmith Corp., a Michigan-based company and world’s leading provider of screen capture and screen recording solutions, today announced its $2 million TechSmith Michigan K-12 Software Grant Program. The grant program includes licenses to the company’s most popular products with educators worldwide, including Snagit, Camtasia Studio, Camtasia for Mac, and the company’s content hosting service Screencast.com.
“As Michigan strives to race to the top in public education, educators at all levels must continue to innovate and explore new instructional delivery models to support student needs,” said Mike Flanagan, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I would like to thank TechSmith for its generous support in helping Michigan’s schools utilize sophisticated software tools that are relevant, engaging, and support a continuity of learning around the clock. It is great to see a Michigan-based technology company share its expertise with our schools.”
“Technology continues to play a major role in transforming the way services are provided to our citizens,” said Ken Theis, Director of the Department of Information Technology and CIO for the State of Michigan. “The classroom is no exception. We applaud this effort to further enhance and support the educational experience through the use of multimedia tools.”
The software grant program is open to all Michigan K-12 educational institutions and educators. Interested schools and teachers are asked to provide a plan for how they might implement the use of TechSmith’s products to improve or enhance their existing curriculum. TechSmith’s products are already widely adopted by the K-12 and higher education communities for activities like creating videos and tutorials to supplement in-class learning or to archive and provide access to classroom content for continuity of learning and study review of complex subject matters. To see examples of how K-12 educators are using TechSmith products in their classrooms, visit http://techsmith.com/edu.
“With the recent H1N1 outbreak we were all reminded of the adverse affects high absenteeism has on our students and families,” said Bill Hamilton, president and co-founder of TechSmith. “Teachers all over the world are using TechSmith products to supplement and improve how they’re delivering knowledge to students both in and out of the classroom. We are excited to be able to help teachers start to enhance learning environments right here in our own backyard on a large scale with our grant program.”
Kelly Carrier, a biology and physical science teacher at Okemos High School, has been using Camtasia Studio created videos for the past five years. “The beauty of Camtasia Studio is its simplicity and ease-of-use – it can really empower teachers who are resource and time-challenged to completely change the way they’re approaching classroom learning with their students with measurable results,” Carrier said. “The Camtasia Studio recordings have helped my students tremendously. The learning essentially extends past the classroom walls to the students at home and are available anytime and anywhere.” To see a video of Kelly Carrier discussing how he uses Camtasia Studio in his classroom, visit http://bit.ly/8hRE4j.
About TechSmith Corporation
Founded in 1987, TechSmith Corporation provides practical business and academic software tools and services. TechSmith's solutions enable users to capture, record and enhance digital content from their computer screens so they can share information and knowledge in compelling multimedia formats, and allow others to observe, analyze and learn from their experiences. TechSmith products are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. Visit www.TechSmith.com for more information.
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