Sibling Group's Urban Planet Mobile™ Deepens Strategic Partnership with Imagine Easy Solutions and EasyBib; UPM’s Writing Planet™ essay scoring solution to be offered across all Imagine Easy citation websites worldwideDURHAM, North Carolina, April 20, 2015 -- Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: SIBE), (the "Company" or “Sibling Group”), an educational technology company, announced today that its subsidiary, Urban Planet Mobile™ (UPM) has strengthened its strategic partnership with Imagine Easy Solutions, an industry leader in online learning solutions and creator of Easybib.com, the largest citation and research website in the world. The partnership offers UPM’s CODiE Award-nominated Writing Planet™ writing assessment solution via EasyBib.com and Imagine Easy’s three other citation and research websites, sites that collectively reach over 80 million students every year.
In November 2014, a service called EssayCheck™, powered by Writing Planet™, was piloted via Easybib.com CitationMachine.net, and Bibme.com. Within the first two weeks of the launch, over 60,000 students submitted their essays through the EssayCheck feature to receive immediate and accurate feedback on their written work.
As a result of this high level of engagement and demand for writing assessment, EssayCheck was recently launched as a part of Imagine Easy Solutions’ CiteThisForMe.com, which is the largest citation services website in the United Kingdom and Australia with rapidly growing subscribership both in the U.S. and internationally.
Writing Planet is the only web-based writing solution that includes both accurate and instant writing assessment plus video lessons and exercises designed for English Language Learners to help students improve their writing skills. Writing Planet has been used by students in fifteen countries around the world, and at English as Second Language (ESL) programs and universities here in the United States including Duke University, the University of South Carolina, and Michigan State University.
“EssayCheck has certainly added value to EasyBib and all of our citation websites,” said Neal Taparia, Co-Founder and CEO of Imagine Easy Solutions. “Our vision is to create a suite of services that increase student productivity and engagement in learning. EssayCheck provides immediate scores and feedback to students looking to improve their writing, which is part of what we are all about. We are thrilled to be working with Urban Planet Mobile to expand our footprint here in the United States and around the world.”
Partnering with EasyBib and CiteThisForMe is a significant development for Sibling Group Holdings as an additional and growing revenue source for Writing Planet, offering writing assessment through a means that opens access to all students and providing a premium subscription service to those interested in enhanced features. With the recent strategic investment in Sibling Group coming from a Chinese partner, there is an opportunity to grow Imagine Easy citation services coupled with UPM’s EssayCheck in the international market, especially in strategic markets such as China.
“We see the education landscape shifting from a knowledge based system to a skills-based system,” said Brian OliverSmith, Sibling Group CEO and Urban Planet Mobile Co-founder. “In this skills-based system, students need tools and solutions that help them develop skills to succeed both academically and professionally. We are proud to partner with Imagine Easy, a leader in the online learning space and a company which shares our vision of building 21st Century Skills and creating more open access to learning for all students.”
About Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.:
Sibling Group Holdings, is an educational technology company with two subsidiaries, the Blended Schools Network (BSN) and Urban Planet Mobile™ (UPM), together uniquely positioned in the burgeoning global eLearning and mEducation markets. BSN provides benchmark quality online curriculum for the K-12 marketplace, complete hosted course authoring tools, professional development for teachers and a learning management system (LMS) environment. UPM’s products and platform are utilized in over 40 countries and UPM remains one of the only education companies to offer products for delivery across all mobile and digital platforms.
About Imagine Easy Solutions:
Founded in 2001, Imagine Easy creates student-driven online citation and research tools for academic success. On the consumer side, Imagine Easy runs a portfolio of research tools including EasyBib.com, CitationMachine.net, and BibMe.com, and CiteThisForMe.com. For institutions, Imagine Easy offers EasyBib School Edition and ResearchReady, which help build foundational writing skills and help students practice those skills. Over 2,000 schools use these products covering all 50 States in the US. Imagine Easy is listed on the Inc 5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.
For more information, visit www.siblinggroup.com
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning the plans and expectations of Sibling Group Holdings, Inc and the partnership with Imagine Easy. These statements are only predictions and actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are out of our control. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, or the expectations of future growth may not be realized. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, Sibling Group Holdings, Inc., nor Imagine Easy, undertakes any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All forward looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by the "Risk Factors" and other cautionary statements included in Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.’s annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, but not limited to, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-KT for the transition period ended June 30, 2014 which has been filed with the SEC and is available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.