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Tom Snyder Inducted into Hall of Fame
WATERTOWN, MA December 3, 2004 – Tom Snyder, founder and former CEO of Tom Snyder Productions, was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame on December 2nd to honor his extraordinary contribution to educational publishing.
Snyder was inducted along with Joan Ganz Cooney, whose vision led to the phenomenally successful children's television program, Sesame Street, and Joan Irwin, who has guided a line of professional publications to international praise.
Inductees are nominated by AEP members and chosen by the Board of Directors based on lifetime work and contributions to the field of educational publishing. They are presented to the Hall of Fame by a close friend or family member who outlines their unique careers.
The ninth annual AEP Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, with approximately 300 members and guests in attendance.
The roots of Snyder's educational publishing career go back 25 years when he first used a computer to help him teach his elementary and middle school students. Recognizing the classroom potential of this nascent technology, he began designing computer programs to enhance the learning experience. By 1980, he had founded Tom Snyder Productions to develop educational software products and services to inspire both students and teachers. His award-winning software titles include Geography Search, Fizz & Martina's Math Adventures, and Decisions, Decisions, which earned many awards including a Codie Award for Excellence in Technology.
Later, Snyder branched out into television, co-creating and producing the TV cartoon hit Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist and Squigglevision, the TV show counterpart to his popular CD-ROM series Science Court which taught science, math and language concepts using humor and interactive experiments. Both Dr. Katz and Squigglevision earned top television awards for Tom Snyder Productions. In addition, Snyder took home a Children's Special Emmy in 1998 for the animation of the HBO children's special, The Tale of the Watch.
In 2001, Tom Snyder Productions was acquired by Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company. Snyder continues to employ his creativity as a consultant to his former company while writing a musical and pursuing his passion as an amateur rock musician and composer.
AEP, a national, nonprofit organization, represents, supports and promotes the publishers of supplemental educational resources, key tools for reading and learning at school and at home. Its membership includes the giants of the supplemental education industry, and spans the gamut from magazines to television channels, books to interactive computer software and CDs. Please visit http://www.edpress.org for more information.
About Tom Snyder Productions
Tom Snyder Productions, Inc., a Scholastic company, is a leading developer and publisher of educational software for K-12 classrooms. The company was founded over 20 years ago by Tom Snyder, a former science and music teacher who pioneered the utilization of technology in the classroom to improve student understanding and performance. Today, Tom Snyder Productions has received over 150 prestigious industry awards and is used in over 400,000 classrooms. The company's software titles cover each curriculum area, and its professional development team has helped more than 175,000 teachers learn to integrate technology effectively into their curricula. (www.tomsnyder.com)
Scholastic Corporation, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries, and television networks; and the Company's Internet Site, www.scholastic.com
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