InspireData, Visual Learning Software Developed by TERC Debuts at NECC

July 5, 2006

InspireData, a new tool to visualize, investigate and understand data, launched today at the 2006 National Educational Computing Conference. Now students in grades 4-12 can apply the proven strategies of visual learning to data analysis in science, mathematics and social studies to develop deeper content knowledge, build stronger critical thinking skills and develop data literacy.

Originally funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, InspireData was developed by TERC and is published by Inspiration Software®. Using InspireData, students collect, explore and interact with data in a visual, dynamic inquiry process. Students learn new ways to work with data to question, explore, solve problems and draw conclusions in science, mathematics and social studies curriculum. The product supports data visualization with integrated table and plot views so students move instantly from data collection to data analysis, seeing the meaning of data and strengthening their analytical skills.

"InspireData offers a unique learning experience because it allows students to process large amounts of information, both numerical and text, in a visual manner,” said Tom Plati, director of curriculum, assessment and technology, Hopedale Public Schools, Mass., who participated in beta testing of InspireData. “As students work with data, they ask important higher-level questions, while understanding information and discovering answers in a visual representation. The uses of InspireData are widespread from upper elementary through high school."

As with all Inspiration Software products, InspireData comes with resources to help teachers quickly and easily integrate visual learning into instruction. The accompanying “Classroom Projects” book includes subject-specific lesson plans for science, mathematics and social studies and provides ideas on uses for InspireData, as well as recommended projects and experiments. In addition, more than 50 curriculum-based databases as well as plot examples are included in the product.

Educators interested in previewing InspireData can download a free, fully functional 30-day trial copy from the Inspiration Software Web site atwww.inspiration.com/freetrial. More information about purchasing InspireData and special introductory pricing is available at www.inspiration.com/order/index.cfm or by calling 800-877-4292 to talk to an Inspiration Software product specialist or to find a local education software dealer.

About Inspiration Software, Inc.

Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.’s award-winning software tools, Inspiration, Kidspiration and InspireData, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded more than 20 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, today the company’s visual learning software tools are used by more than 15 million students and teachers worldwide.

For more information, contact the Inspiration Software web site.