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For Release July 20, 2001
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LCSI's Book "Learning MicroWorlds ProT by Dr. Tom Lough is awarded the College of Education Award for Outstanding Faculty Creative Activity.


Murray, KY- Dr. Tom Lough of Murray State University received the College of Education Award for Outstanding Faculty Creative Activity for his book Learning MicroWorlds Pro published by LCSI

This is the second award accorded by Murray State University. As of the year 2000, the award will be granted annually on a competitive basis to a winner selected from a faculty approximately of 60 professors. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in publication quality over a period of two years. According to Dr. Lough, "I was pleased to receive this award, because of what it means to teachers everywhere, it recognizes the value of MicroWorlds Pro and its instructional potential"

According to Dr. Gerald Knezek, professor of educational technology at the University of North Texas, "Dr. Lough has brought the excitement and challenge of Logo and MicroWorlds Pro to learners everywhere." As the use of line of the multimedia software MicroWorlds, are growing professors have adopted Learning MicroWorlds Pro as a textbook reference. Dr Lough states that "I was completely surprised that my book is used as a textbook for university courses."

Dr Lough is no stranger to the worlds of Logo based software. He has been the consulting editor for several books in the field, including Logo Theory and Practice by Dennis Harper, and Advanced Logo, by Michael Friendly. In 1982 Lough founded the National Logo Exchange, a small newsletter that supported teachers who use Logo in their classrooms. "At the time I had only 8 paid subscriptions, but I printed 1000 copies of the first issue." Lough said. And he was right to believe in the publication. The once small and thin newsletter now exists as an international professional journal named Logo Exchange published by the International Society for Technology in Education.

Dr. Tom Lough is an assistant professor of science education in the department of adolescent, Career, and Special Education at Murray State University. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy (West Point), and earned a masters in physics and a doctorate of education psychology from the University of Virginia. Lough has also been a product developer for LEGO® Dacta, the educational division of the LEGO® Group, and represented the United States in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

The book, Learning MicroWorlds Pro, is the user's guide to the multimedia software MicroWorlds Pro. The latter is a powerful multimedia-authoring tool that allows students to create dynamic, interactive school and Internet projects. Through the use of Logo, the educational based computer language, which runs procedures based on a list of commands; users can customize their projects. It lets students become active web designers not just passive web viewers. MicroWorlds Pro includes web authoring tools that allow you to create HTML templates for your interactive projects to be displayed directly on the WWW; add hyperlink connections to your projects: download and modify existing math, science, etc. projects from the LCSI web site ( Dr. Lough's user guide was written with a positive, discovery-oriented approach that makes users feel as if they where figuring things out themselves.

LCSI was incorporated in 1980 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. They develop and markets a line of award winning constructive educational products, including the critically acclaimed, MicroWorlds line of school products and the My Make Believe family of home/school early learning software. As an award-winning publisher of software for K-12 schools, LCSI is active around the world in major technology projects that are transforming education.

MicroWorlds Pro is a trademark of Logo Compute systems Inc. Click here for ways to contact LCSI.