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LEARNING NETWORK'S FACT MONSTER RECEIVES AQUENT'S NEW ENGLAND WEB DESIGN AWARD

Leading Kids' Reference Site Recognized for Creative Content and Exemplary Web Design

BOSTON, MA (February 21, 2001)—Learning Network (http://www.learningnetwork.com, America Online Keyword: Learning Network), the Internet's premier consumer-education source, announced today that FactMonster.com, (http://www.FactMonster.com) its comprehensive kids' reference site, is the recipient of this year's New England Web DesignTM E-Zine Award for outstanding content and design.

The New England Web Design (NEWDTM) awards program was developed by Aquent, a Boston-based talent agency, to recognize the best interactive sites in New England. NEWD Award winners were critically selected from more than 700 applicants, including the region's top corporations and agencies, as well as independents and students, by a panel of industry experts who state: "If the work survives our scrutiny, it is an example of truly excellent design."

The NEWD E-Zine Award honors Fact Monster as an outstanding, easy-to-use and beautifully designed reference site. Fact Monster, part of Learning Network for Reference, provides kids, parents and teachers with essential reference materials, individualized homework help, fun facts, and games, as well as daily features, including Today in History, Today's Birthday, a Daily Word Quiz, and a brand-new Daily Analogy Quiz.

"Fact Monster's combination of information and entertainment is central to our goal of making learning engaging, accessible and dynamic for kids," says Elizabeth Buckley Kubik, senior vice president and general manager, Learning Network for Reference. "Recognition from NEWD is a wonderful testimonial to the outstanding success and response this site has had since we launched last fall."

Since its launch, Fact Monster's content and dynamic web design have drawn nearly 3 million page views. Because site editors update Fact Monster daily, information accessed by web visitors is always growing and always current, ensuring continuously updated, comprehensive, and trustworthy content to enhance the learning process.

About Learning Network for Reference
Learning Network for Reference is a dynamic, award-winning source of facts, features, quizzes, news, articles, and statistical information, updated daily. Infoplease (www.infoplease.com) and Fact Monster (www.factmonster.com), allow users to search a comprehensive database of almanacs, encyclopedia articles, dictionary definitions, an interactive atlas, and daily spotlight features that provide comprehensive interactive reference material.

About Learning Network
Learning Network, the Internet's premier consumer-education source, currently offers an unmatched array of online educational tools, content, resources, and communities serving the K-12, Professional Development, Lifelong Learning and Reference markets. Offerings for the College market will roll out later in 2001. Each of the five vertically integrated networks is supported by the Learning Network Store (which hosts both online and offline education products related to Learning Network services). Learning Network is built on a strong foundation of assets from the nternational media company Pearson plc, as well as educational properties from leading technology companies. Learning Network has business offices in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Paramus, NJ. For more information, call 1-888-816-1999, or visit www.LearningNetwork.com on the Internet (America Online Keyword: Learning Network).

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