We're determined to make
a difference in American education!
Tool Factory began as a licensing
agency for overseas software companies. We discovered that many of the
top selling titles in foreign markets were not being distributed in North
America. The problems with bringing in foreign software can be anything
from computer platform concerns, to the simple differences of semantics
in language presentation (colour instead of color). As Mark Twain noted
"We are two peoples separated by a common language." That separation intensifies
in magnitudes when working with companies whose first languages are not
Many foreign markets have proven
to be ahead of the United States with regards to their technology integration
in the classroom. Particularly in the UK and Scandinavia, software design
shows many innovations that are tailored for the specific needs of the
classroom environment. Seeing that so much effective software simply wasn't
being utilized in the United States, we began to research what it would
take to make the changes necessary for the award-winning titles from overseas
to be effectively marketed in North America.
Tool Factory was founded with
a simple goal-- to make a difference in American education.
That determination has
spread to the staff. Located in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Tool Factory
is a diverse group of marketing staff, programmers, artists, reps, and
development partners abroad. Publishing alliances have been forged with
Granada Learning, Sherston Software, and 13 other well-established publishers
from various markets around the globe. Tool Factory also works with Olympus
to bring digital cameras to schools, and Dell and Hewlett Packard through
their bundling programs.
Tool Factory's current catalog
features over 150 CD-ROM products, digital cameras, and training seminars,
all geared for K-12 education and inclusion classrooms. Each product was
carefully selected from a wide field of exceptional software, resulting
in the cream-of-the-crop collection of titles. To complement our mainstream
education line, Tool Factory launched a catalog of special education CD-ROM
products in the Fall of 2003. These titles which were developed by special
educators and speech pathologists, are already used in thousands of classrooms
across the UK and Australia. Since then, nearly every product Tool Factory
launches includes features for inclusive classroom teaching. We have seen
firsthand, that computers can be tremendous motivators, particularly for
students with disabilities.
American teachers, parents,
and students always play a crucial role in previewing the products, ensuring
that each one will serve to reinforce the curriculum and reinvigorate
the classrooms of schools across the United States. We always know a Tool
Factory product when we see one. It makes our kid-testers say "Wow...cool!"
It makes our parent-testers say "Now that's something I want for
my kids." It makes our teacher-testers say "Boy, a lot of thought
went into this...I need this for my classroom."
That's what we're about--making
a difference in education.