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Date: February 2nd, 2011   -   Web Site: www.follettsoftware.com

Follett Software Releases Cognite 3.5

Featuring a new and more comprehensive database of content standards, a new mobile app for Android devices, and the ability to integrate with Turnitin, Follett Software Company this week introduced the new and updated features available in version 3.5 of Cognite, its learning management system.

All of the U.S. states and Canadian provinces, plus the Common Core and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards, are now integrated into Cognite. In addition, there are more options for finding content using standards, while teachers and administrators can correlate their own content to standards.

Like the iPhone app that was released earlier, the new Android app for Cognite allows for viewing of assignments and messages, and gives users the ability to check on their assignments and messages.

Another 3.5 version highlight is the ability to integrate with Turnitin, which is used by educators worldwide to enable web-based peer review, facilitate meaningful feedback, improve writing skills, promote critical thinking, streamline grading and discourage plagiarism. The integration allows for assignments to be created in both Cognite and Turnitin, and makes it easier for the students to submit their work and for teachers to access it.

“Turnitin is an ideal complement to Cognite,” said Sally Elliott, chief operating officer of iParadigms, creator of Turnitin. “The student engagement and collaboration that Cognite encourages is inherent in Turnitin’s OriginalityCheck™, GradeMark® and PeerMark® tools. Now, instructors in every discipline can deliver substantive and actionable feedback to students on their writing.”

The Cognite learning management system, which debuted in March 2010 with version 3.0, brings together the discovery of and organization of a schools digital and traditional content, messaging, and promotes 21st century learning skills in the K-12 classroom. Districts can organize and access digital resources and access them in one place, providing the education community an online collaboration tool to discover, share and organize.

Existing Cognite customers with current technical support are entitled to the 3.5 upgrade – available now – at no additional cost.

For more information about Follett Software Company, visit www.FollettSoftware.com or call 800.323.3397.