Tutor.com Sponsors the Tabula Digita Student Tournament at NECC
Twelve algebra students compete in the first ever National Multiplayer Educational Game Tournament
New York, NY (June 26, 2007) – Tutor.com, the leading provider of on demand homework help and tutoring for libraries and families is an official sponsor of the Tabula Digita first ever national multiplayer education game (MEG) tournament at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC). Twelve algebra students representing schools and organizations from across the country will showcase their math skills while competing against one another in a sophisticated and thrilling 3-D video gaming environment today at the Georgia World Congress Center.
George Cigale founder and CEO of Tutor.com will personally present each competitor with 600 minutes of free one-to-one on demand tutoring. Whenever students get stuck, whether it's right after the last school bell rang or 10 p.m. that evening, they connect to a professional tutor in under 3 minutes, on average. A student works one-to-one with a tutor online where they use real-time chat, an interactive whiteboard and Web browsing tools. Students get help in not just algebra but a full range of subjects including science, social studies and English, seven days a week.
"Partnering with Tabula Digita is a natural fit for us," explained Cigale. "Both companies are meeting the educational needs of a tech savvy generation that expects to get everything online and on demand. Yet, students still have a "wow" moment and feel empowered when they first connect and realize there is a real, live tutor ready to help them. Students get help the minute they need it and that translates into increased confidence and better grades."
"Like Tutor.com, the students who use our collaborative, competitive and yet educational videogames are awed that they are having fun while learning challenging concepts," said Ntiedo Etuk, chief executive office of Tabula Digita. "Today's tournament will showcase just how powerful an experience we provide. We're looking forward to more projects with Tutor.com that will combine our solutions and offer truly unique student experiences."
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About Tabula Digita
Tabula Digita is an educational video game company focused on delivering innovative and effective educational games to students and institutions. Through its fusion of education and technology-based immersive learning systems, Tabula Digita successfully offers standards-based, high impact educational tools that engage middle and high school students in learning and applying pre-algebra and algebra I concepts.
In 2006 Tabula Digita received the Macworld Editor's Choice award. This year the company received the prestigious "Newcomer of the Year" CODiE Award from the Software Industry Information Association (SIIA), recognized for "offering a product that has the potential for significant impact on students and teachers." Tabula Digita was founded in Manhattan's Silicon Alley in 2003 and is the brainchild of entrepreneur Ntiedo Etuk and award-winning electronic game designer Robert Clegg. For more information, please call 1-888-9-Tabula or 1-888-982-2852 or visit DimensionM.