• Wonder Workshop

    About Wonder Workshop

    Wonder Workshop launched Dash & Dot in December 2014 and within its first month, delivered more than $3.5M in robots to 37 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, European countries, India, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Based in San Mateo, CA, Wonder Workshop was founded in 2012 by Vikas Gupta, Saurabh Gupta and Mikal Greaves, inventors, designers, programmers and parents with the mission to make coding a new creative tool that is accessible for children from age five and beyond. The company has currently raised $15.9 million in funding from Madrona Venture Group, CRV, WI Harper, Google Ventures, Bright Success Capital, Maven Ventures, Vikas Gupta, Reza Hussein and Jeff Schox. For more information, visit www.makewonder.com.

    Wonder Workshop
    Brooke Baugess
    310-863-0278
    brooke aat makewonder dot com
    www.makewonder.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Toolwire, Inc.

    Toolwire is a leading provider of immersive learning tools for online and blended learning courses.   Our Game-Based Learning and Virtual Desktop products and solutions help educators and institutions prepare students with the essential skills needed to succeed in school and the workplace. We believe that “learning by doing” provides the quickest, most effective way to develop skills, improve knowledge retention, and enhance student success. For more information, visit www.toolwire.com.

    Toolwire, Inc. 
    Peyton Williams
    1-800-935-8665 x169
    pwilliams@toolwire.com
    www.toolwire.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

     

     

     

    Raptor Technologies

    Founded in 2002, Raptor is the nation’s leading developer of innovative K-12 visitor management software that provides instant screening of visitors and volunteers for sex offender status and custodial orders. Raptor is dedicated to school safety and protects children and students nationwide. More than 12,000 K-12 schools around the country currently use the Raptor system, keeping children safe from sexual predators. Raptor has flagged more than 15,000 registered sex offenders entering K-12 schools and has issued over 150,000 custodial alerts.

    Raptor Technologies
    Diana Kayser
    713-880-8902 x137
    dkayser@raptortech.com
    www.raptortech.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    chris aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    ORIGO Education

    ORIGO Education covers all facets of elementary mathematics education, from traditional printed products to digital interactive resources and professional learning. ORIGO’s web-based curriculum, Stepping Stones, is a comprehensive, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. The technology-rich program blends online resources with traditional printed materials, resulting in a classroom that is engaged and provides differentiated learning. Professional development videos are embedded within the online program, giving teachers the confidence and knowledge they need to be successful.

    ORIGO Education
    Stephanie Hayes
    888-674-4601
    s_hayes@origomath.com
    www.origoeducation.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    chris aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Blackbaud, Inc.

    Blackbaud K-12 delivers the whole school, connected with school management software solutions to help unite online communities, drive efficiencies and enhance the student experience. With cloud-based management solutions for content, student information, enrollment and learning, Blackbaud K-12 combines front-office solutions with a back-office suite to bring new value to customers and the education industry.

    Blackbaud, Inc.
    Terry Moore
    843-654-3087
    terry.moore@blackbaud.com
    www.blackbaud.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    chris aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    ParentSquare

    ParentSquare is a simple, collaborative platform for school-home communication that facilitates parental engagement in children’s education. Designed specifically to help preK-12 educators, ParentSquare reaches and engages every parent with automated email, text and app alerts, language translation, and 24/7 access. Powerful metrics on parent engagement help school administrators take well-informed steps to improving parental involvement. Learn more at www.parentsquare.com.

    ParentSquare
    Kristen Morrison
    805-637-8381
    kristen@parentsquare.com
    www.parentsquare.com

    C. Blohm & Associates
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

     

  • Shutterfly

    Shutterfly, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services offered through a family of lifestyle brands. The company’s Photo Story iPad app gives students in all grade levels a creative way to demonstrate their knowledge in English language arts, social studies, math and science through self-published books. With Shutterfly Photo Story for Classrooms, students use the Shutterfly Photo Story iPad app to create a story book that applies what they’ve learned in the classroom through a hands-on, project-based experience.

    Shutterfly
    Agnes Liou
    650-610-5218
    aliou@shutterfly.com
    www.shutterfly.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Kristina Rozenbergs
    608-216-7300 x21
    kristina aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Edsby

    Edsby is a modern, purpose-built learning management system (LMS) for K-12 that enables school districts and private schools to connect their teachers, students and parents using the technologies that have become pervasive in people’s lives. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years using the latest technology and standards. Edsby is a registered trademark of CoreFour Inc.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.

    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

     

    Quick Key

    Developed by a veteran educator, Quick Key is a mobile assessment tool that transforms mobile phone and tablets into optical scanners to grade quizzes, tests and surveys. The app eliminates hand-grading of assignments – even for teachers working in paper-based classrooms without access to computers or Internet. Teachers can easily run analytics on their mobile devices and upload data to their school’s electronic grade book. Quick Key helps teachers improve student performance without teaching to the test.

    Quick Key
    Walter Duncan
    347-647-1256
    walter@power2teach.com
    get.quickkeyapp.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

     

    Triumph Learning

    Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Its state-customized products increase student achievement and raise scores on high-stakes exams for more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach and Waggle.

    Triumph Learning, LLC
    Jieun Choe
    646-510-1515
    jchoe@triumphlearning.com
    www.triumphlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    chris aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Tobii Dynavox

    Tobii Dynavox, part of the Tobii Technology Group, is the global market leader in assistive and augmentative communication (AAC), helping individuals with speech and communication impairments lead richer and more independent lives. Tobii Dynavox has developed a reputation as an innovative and caring industry thought leader delivering advanced tools available for a wide array of disabled communities through touch-based and the award-winning eye-tracking and gaze-controlled hardware and software.

    Tobii Dynavox
    Stephan Floyd
    781-223-2005
    stephan.floyd@tobiiati.com
    www.tobiidynavox.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Kristina Rozenbergs
    608-216-7300 x21
    kristina aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Skyward, Inc.

    Skyward is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,800 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States.

    Skyward, Inc.
    Ray Ackerlund
    800-236-7274 x1319
    ray.ackerlund@skyward.com
    www.skyward.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Kristina Rozenbergs
    608-216-7300 x21
    kristina aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • SIIA

    The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Network shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information.

    Contacts

    Software & Information Industry Association
    Allison Bostrom
    202-289-7442
    abostrom@siia.net
    www.siia.net

    C. Blohm & Associates
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Scenario Learning

    Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Scenario Learning is a leading developer of award-winning safety and compliance solutions that help create safer schools and workplaces. The company’s award-winning product portfolio includes online solutions for staff training, bullying reporting and tracking, accident tracking, and MSDS management for the education and business markets. Known best for its market-leading SafeSchools suite of K-12 products, Scenario Learning serves thousands of school districts, insurance providers, and businesses around the world.

    Scenario Learning
    Donna McMullin
    800-434-0154
    dmcmullin@scenariolearning.com
    www.scenariolearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Learning.com

    Learning.com provides digital curriculum and assessments that help students develop 21st century skills to prepare them for success in college and their future career opportunities. With Learning.com’s digital content management tools, teachers can organize and customize how they deliver content to students. Learning.com provides implementation and professional development services to support educators as they integrate technology into instruction and move to digital content. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts.

    Learning.com
    Nick Smith
    503-517-4443
    nsmith@learning.com
    www.learning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Knovation

    Knovation is committed to igniting the hope of knowing by nurturing every child’s innate desire to learn. The company’s suite of advanced personalized learning solutions supports districts undergoing digital transformations by curating Open Educational Resources (OER) to save teachers time, and providing tools to build and deliver student-centered instruction. Solutions include a digital content library built from more than 360,000 certified learning ready resources, netTrekker OER curation and management tool, icurio learning engagement solution, and professional learning services. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 32 million students and over 1.2 million teachers nationwide.

    Knovation
    Evelyn Fleider
    513-612-1019
    efleider@knovationlearning.com
    www.knovationlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Kristina Rozenbergs
    608-216-7300 x21
    kristina aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is a school transformation model that emphasizes a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence. Founded in 1991, the non-profit foundation provides intensive professional training to teachers and administrators that promotes improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline and parent participation – all of which result in improved student achievement. Great Expectations has a presence throughout Oklahoma and seven other states.

    Great Expectations
    Linda Dzialo, Ph.D
    580-695-2788
    linda@geok.org
    www.greatexpectations.org

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Filament Games

    Filament Games is a game production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Common Core requirements and specific learning objectives.

    Filament Games
    Brandon Pittser
    608-251-0477
    bpittser@filamentgames.com
    www.filamentgames.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Kristina Rozenbergs
    608-216-7300 x21
    kristina aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • CoSN

    Founded in 1992, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national nonprofit organization, is the premier voice in education technology leadership. Its mission is to advance the K-12 education community’s capacity to effectively use technology to improve learning through advocacy, policy and leadership development.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Charlene Blohm
    608-216-7300 x17
    charlene aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    CEV Multimedia

    With 30 years’ experience, CEV Multimedia specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive, online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities.

    CEV Multimedia
    Clayton Franklin
    800-722-0500 x428
    clayton.franklin@cevmultimedia.com
    www.cevmultimedia.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Kristina Rozenbergs
    608-216-7300 x21
    kristina aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Califone International

    Califone International LLC was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, presentation and professional markets.

    Califone® LLC
    Tim Ridgway
    800-722-0500 x428
    Tim.Ridgway@califone.com
    www.califone.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    chris@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

    ABC-CLIO Solutions

    Founded in 1955, ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference titles, academic and general interest books, electronic resources, and books for librarians and other professionals. The company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., publishes under four well-respected imprints. ABC-CLIO serves the history profession, history teachers, and students and scholars of history with a complete line of databases, books, and eBooks, along with social studies reference and curriculum resources for middle and high school libraries and classrooms. Greenwood publishes high-quality, authoritative reference books and general interest topics across the secondary and higher education curriculum. Praeger is widely regarded for scholarly and professional books in the social sciences and humanities, with emphasis in modern history, military studies, psychology, business, current events and social issues, international affairs, politics, visual and performing arts, and literature. Libraries Unlimited/Linworth publishes professional materials for librarians, media specialists, and teachers.

    ABC-CLIO Solutions
    Stephanie Dixon
    805-880-6825
    sdixon@abc-clio.com
    www.abc-clio.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    chris@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

    RoboKind

    RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, designs and builds a series of robots that enable people to engage with robots on a personal level. Through the Robots4Autism and RoboSteps programs, RoboKind leverages these advanced social robots to supplement autism therapy, special education and STEM instruction. The programs use humanoid robots that feature life-like facial expressions, natural social interaction and comprehensive curriculum to assist educators and therapists in helping students learn and grow.

    Contacts

    RoboKind
    Brad Baird
    800-494-1206 x112
    brad@robokindrobots.com
    www.robokindrobots.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Kristina Rozenbergs
    608-216-7300 x21
    kristina@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

     

    Funds for Learning

    Funds For Learning, LLC is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants and service providers through the complex and ever-changing E-rate regulatory process. With 15 years of experience in providing professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program, Funds For Learning exists to provide high-quality solutions for the needs of E-rate stakeholders.

    Funds For Learning, LLC
    Cathy Cruzan
    405-471-0900
    ccruzan@fundsforlearning.com
    www.fundsforlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    saul@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

Clients in the News

Great Expectations Recognizes First-Ever ‘Model District’

Posted May. 21, 2015

Bartlesville Public School District recognized for commitment to Great Expectations methodology, which emphasizes mutual respect, academic excellence

NORMAN, Okla. (May 21, 2015) – Great Expectations, a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional development to teachers and administrators, announces Bartlesville Public School District in Oklahoma, as a Model District – the first school district in the U.S. to hold the title. For the third consecutive year, every school in the district has been named a Model School.

To be named a Great Expectations Model School, over 90 percent of the teachers must successfully implement all of the classroom practices on a daily basis. The school’s principal must also model the classroom practices, and the school needs to serve as a standard from which other administrators and educators can learn.

“To become a Model School is very difficult for most schools, so being named a Model District is a testament to the wonderful work Bartlesville is accomplishing,” said Linda Dzialo, Ph.D, president and CEO of Great Expectations. “The leadership in the district had a vision for the schools, and we applaud all of the educators, students, parents and administrators who earned this recognition.”

The Great Expectations training model is guided by six basic tenets and 17 classroom practices. The tenets and practices provide guidelines for program training and implementation, and they serve as standards for evaluating Great Expectations schools.

The basic tenets include:

  • High expectations
  • Teacher attitude and responsibility
  • Building self-esteem
  • All children can learn
  • Climate of mutual respect
  • Teacher knowledge and skill

More than 50,000 educators have attended Great Expectations training since 1991, and more than 350,000 students are taught by Great Expectations teachers every year. There are currently trained educators in 18 states in America, the Virgin Islands, Mexico and Japan.

For more information about Great Expectations visit http://greatexpectations.org/.


About Great Expectations

Great Expectations is a school transformation model that emphasizes a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence. Founded in 1991, the non-profit foundation provides intensive professional training to teachers and administrators that promote improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline and parent participation – all of which result in improved student achievement. Great Expectations has a presence throughout Oklahoma and seven other states. For more information, visit http://greatexpectations.org.


Media Contacts

• Linda Dzialo, Ph.D., Great Expectations, 580-695-2788, linda aat geok dot org
• Olivia Hoff, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x22, olivia aat cblohm dot com

 

Quick Key Integrates With PowerSchool From Pearson to Create Real-Time Data Flow

Posted May. 12, 2015

Mobile grading app joins forces with student information system, enabling teachers and administrators to take action based on real-time achievement data

BOSTON (May 12, 2015) – Quick Key, the mobile assessment software that improves student performance and eliminates hand grading, today announced a collaboration with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, through an independent software vendor (ISV) partnership agreement that enables educators to quickly score assessments using Quick Key’s mobile scanner app and instantly upload results to the PowerSchool student information system.

"Quick Key and PowerSchool are a perfect match,” said Kyle Hansen, PowerSchool Administrator at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, Utah. “When I found Quick Key last year, I loved it. Now that class rosters and assessment results are automatically synced between the two platforms, tracking and analyzing student assessment data has become truly effortless. That feature alone made me a Quick Key customer for life, not to mention the amazing tech support team.”

The integration enables educators and administrators to take action based on real-time data, to identify which students need help and which lessons need to be re-taught. Hours previously spent hand-grading assignments can now be spent focusing on how to best meet individual students’ needs.

“Integrating Quick Key with PowerSchool is a testament to our belief in service, collaboration and quality tools that truly work well in classrooms,” said Walter O. Duncan, 15-year veteran teacher and co-founder of Quick Key Mobile. “This collaboration puts the power of teaching back into the capable hands of teachers.”

PowerSchool, the most widely used Web-based student information system, supports more than 13 million students globally. PowerSchool enables today's educators to make timely decisions that impact student performance while creating a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students to work together in preparing 21st century learners for the future.

“We are pleased to welcome Quick Key to the PowerSchool ISV Partner program,” said Oliver Wreford, vice president of product and marketing at Pearson School Systems. “Quick Key’s integration with PowerSchool provides a solution that puts formative assessment results into the hands of educators in near real-time, enabling them to immediately analyze student performance and make informed decisions about ongoing student instruction.”

PowerSchool users will be able to access their Quick Key Dashboard from within the PowerSchool dashboard, and vice versa. Data, including class rosters and student assessment scores, can be easily transferred from one platform to the other. Districts can implement Quick Key without upgrades and the mobile app can be used without Wi-Fi. Quick Key’s Team Management and Quiz Sharing features allow district and school administrators to deliver standards-aligned assessments to all teachers within their district while ensuring the security of answer keys.

Visit http://get.quickkeyapp.com for more information.

Join Quick Key creator Walter Duncan for a live online Q&A on the PowerSchool integration and about The Power of the Exit Ticket: http://hubs.ly/y0G8x10

For more information on Pearson’s ISV program, visit www.pearsonschoolsystems.com/partners/current.


About Quick Key

Developed by a veteran educator, Quick Key is a mobile assessment software suite that transforms mobile phones into optical scanners to grade quizzes, tests and surveys. The app eliminates hand-grading of assignments – even for teachers working in paper-based classrooms without access to computers or Internet. Teachers can easily run analytics on their mobile devices and upload data to an electronic grade book. Quick Key helps teachers improve student performance without teaching to the test. To learn more and download the app, visit http://get.quickkeyapp.com.


Media Contacts

--Walter Duncan, Quick Key Mobile, walter@quickkeyapp.com, 347-647-1256

--Olivia Hoff, C. Blohm & Associates, Inc., olivia@cblohm.com, 608-216-7300 ext. 22

Triumph Learning Products Named 2015 REVERE Award Finalists

Posted May. 07, 2015

Waggle and Support Coach Foundational Mathematics Chosen as Recognized Valuable Educational Resources

NEW YORK, NY – (May 7, 2015) – Two solutions from Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 instructional materials and interactive digital tools, were named as finalists in the 2015 REVERE Awards. Submitted to the Classroom competition and Supplemental Resources category, online learning platform, Waggle, is a finalist in the Innovation subcategory and Common Core Support Coach Foundational Mathematics in the Mathematics subcategory.

“Waggle, together with Coach, is an integrated and personalized blended learning solution, that helps students and educators achieve success beyond assessments,” said Aoife Dempsey, Chief Technology Officer of Triumph Learning. “Being recognized by the REVERE Awards is an honor and testament to this mission.”

Waggle is fully integrated with Triumph Learning’s Coach curriculum resources for a seamless blended learning solution. Teachers can assign assessments and differentiate instruction by delivering recommended Coach practice or instruction to the entire class, small groups or individual students.

The REVERE Awards, presented by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, identifies and honors excellence in high quality products that support teaching and learning. With a rigorous evaluation process, the award program places emphasis on both professional educator analysis and feedback from product developers in the learning resource community to ascertain the finalists and winners. Winners will be announced June 3.


About Triumph Learning

Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs, serving more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013 and 2014. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach, Buckle Down, and Waggle. For more information, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.

SIIA Announces CODiE™ Award Winners for Education Technology Industry

Posted May. 06, 2015

Twenty-eight awards given for education industry innovation and excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2015) The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, yesterday announced the winners of the 2015 CODiE Awards in education technology. The ceremony was held during a special awards reception and dinner at SIIA’s annual Education Information Summit, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Overall, 28 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for the education technology market.

All of the nominated education technology products and services were first reviewed by a group of tech-savvy educators from across the nation, whose evaluations determined finalists. SIIA members then reviewed these finalists and voted to select 28 CODiE Award winners, listed here by category, company and product or service:

Best Arts and Creativity Solution               
Middle School Art, Pearson Education

Best Career and Workforce Readiness Solution 
uCertify LEARN, uCertify

Best Classroom Management Solution  
Metria Master Teacher Edition, Metria Teaching and Learning Technologies, Inc.

Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators 
www.edweb.net, edWeb.net,

Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution       
Storyline 2, Articulate

Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution       
uCertify LEARN, uCertify

Best Cross-Curricular Solution   
K-12 Website and Mobile Solution, SharpSchool

Best Education Cloud-Based Solution     
The SpringBoard Digital, College Board (SpringBoard)

Best Educational App for a Mobile Device             
Istation ISIP Advanced Reading, Istation

Best ELL/World Language Acquisition Instructional Solution       
ReadingA-Z.com, Learning A-Z

Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution  
ST Math:Middle School Supplement, MIND Research Institute

Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas   
uCertify COURSE, uCertify

Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution       
Schoology, Schoology Inc.

Best K-12 Enterprise Solution    
The MyLearningPlan Enterprise Solution, My Learning Plan Inc.

Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution               
SmartBook, McGraw Hill Education

Best Mathematics Instructional Solution
TenMarks Math, TenMarks Education, Inc.

Best PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution           
DreamBox , DreamBox Learning

Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution                 
CrisisManager, SchoolDude

Best Postsecondary Learning Management Solution       
Edvance360 LMS-SN, Edvance360

Best Postsecondary Learning Solution   
uCertify COURSE, uCertify

Best Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution         
McGraw-Hill Connect, McGraw Hill Education

Best Professional Learning Solution for Education             
Professional Learning Platform (PLP), Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc.

Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution          
Edgenuity English Language Arts, Edgenuity Inc.

Best Science Instructional Solution         
Science Bits, Science Bits

Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution        
The Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook series, Discovery Education

Best Solution for Special Needs Students               
Unique Learning System, n2y

Best Source for Reference or Education Resources           
PBS LearningMedia, PBS

Best Student Assessment Solution           
uCertify TEST, uCertify

Best Virtual Learning Solution   
uCertify LAB, uCertify

In addition to the 28 CODiE category winners, there were three overall category winners. Overall category winners include:

Best PK-12 Solution
Schoology, Schoology Inc.

Best Post Secondary Solution
McGraw-Hill Connect, McGraw Hill Education

Best Education Solution
uCertify COURSE, uCertify

“SIIA’s 2015 Education CODiE Award winners are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the ETIN-SIIA. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry.”

For more information about the CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2015/


About ETIN

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN at SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.


Media Contacts

• Allison Bostrom, SIIA Communications, 202-289-7442, abostrom@siia.net
• Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x26, lauren@cblohm.com

Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Winners of SIIA Innovation Incubator Program

Posted May. 05, 2015

Companies Recognized as Top Innovators at the Education Industry Summit

San Francisco, CA (May 5, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)) showcased some of the newest and most innovative products in the education technology market, and recognized the best among them as part of the Innovation Incubator program at the Education Industry Summit, the leading conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology market, held May 3-5 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Award Winners:

Runners-Up:

 
“This year’s Innovation Incubator participants presented extraordinary education technology products,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the ETIN-SIIA. “The program winners will be among entrepreneurs to watch as they continue to innovate in the coming years.”

More than 50 applicants were assessed for the Innovation Incubator program on a broad range of criteria. They were judged by both industry leaders and educators in classrooms around the globe. Ten participants and one alternate were selected as finalists for the program, and the winners were judged by the ed tech leaders at the Education Industry Summit.

The full list of finalists:

Alternate:

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

ETIN-SIIA recognizes Texthelp, MCH, edWeb and eSchool Media for the support with the Innovation Incubator program. Thank you to the education members who reviewed the many applicants, and the mentors who worked with them throughout the cycle.


About ETIN

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN at SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.


Media Contacts

• Allison Bostrom, SIIA Communications, 202-289-7442, abostrom@siia.net
• Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x26, lauren@cblohm.com

SIIA Honors Industry Veterans with Lifetime Achievement Award and Ed Tech Impact Award

Posted Apr. 30, 2015

Founder of Tom Snyder Productions, senior vice president for strategy and alliances of Copia Interactive to be honored with prestigious industry awards at premiere education industry event

Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces that it will honor Tom Snyder, founder of Tom Snyder Productions, with its prestigious Education Lifetime Achievement Award. SIIA will also present its Ed Tech Impact Award to Farimah Schuerman, senior vice president for strategy and alliances of Copia Interactive, during the upcoming Education Industry Summit held in San Francisco May 3-5.

During a special awards ceremony, David ‘Dock’ Dockterman, chief architect, learning sciences at Scholastic, will present Tom Snyder the award as SIIA highlights Snyder’s accomplishments and contributions to the education technology industry. Before Tom Snyder founded Tom Snyder Productions, he attended Swarthmore College and signed as a recording artist with Capitol Records and played professionally after college. After retiring from late night bar gigs, Snyder became an elementary school teacher in science and music. It was there that he developed his first whole-class computer simulations which led to the creation of Tom Snyder Productions at the back of his classroom.

The company grew to 170 employees, winning many awards for educational software that always put the teacher in a central and rewarding role. The company motto was “We Never Forget Our Favorite Teachers.” Tom Snyder’s cutting edge vision has been to design educational software that would enhance the teaching process, not dominate it.

Snyder started a second division that created and produced animated television comedies and educational shows which won Emmy and Peabody awards on 5 major networks. Ultimately, his company was sold to Scholastic Corporation. Tom Snyder Productions continues this mission of creating software for teachers who love to teach. Today, Tom Snyder is working in Cambridge on a musical comedy for the stage about a young teacher who works to understand his obsessions.

“Tom’s early work in the educational technology space highlighted the central and important role of the teacher in the classroom,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the ETIN-SIIA. “While he was a visionary with a deep appreciation for technology, he developed software that supported the teacher, and as a result, helped students learn.”

In addition, SIIA will present the Ed Tech Impact Award to Farimah Schuerman for her accomplishments and contributions to the education technology industry, as well as to ETIN of SIIA. Schuerman began her career in the education industry at CEL Communications, formerly the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning. In 1996 she joined Simon and Schuster’s Higher Ed division, brought on to introduce their first internet offering, College NewsLink. That role transitioned to heading up marketing for Pearson’s newly formed Distance and Distributed Education Learning Group. In 1999 she began her consulting efforts as a solo practitioner, until she and business partner, Mitch Weisburgh, formed the education consultancy business, Academic Business Advisors (ABA). From that year through 2014, ABA helped dozens of companies plan and grow their businesses.

In late 2014, Schuerman pivoted back to the corporate side, joining Copia Interactive as the senior vice president for strategy and alliances. She made that move because she believes that she has the opportunity to build something that can have significant impact in areas about which she has personal passion: addressing the distribution challenge that has limited the opportunity for success for so many wonderful products while eliminating the limitations of any one hardware platform.

As an active member of SIIA, SETDA, CoSN and other industry associations, Schuerman is often called upon to develop or moderate conference sessions. She co-chairs the Postsecondary Sector Board within the ETIN of the SIIA, as well as being a past chair of the SIIA Education Board.

“During Farimah’s years of service, she has made outstanding achievements that benefit the entire education industry,” said Billings. “Her many years of leadership within ETIN has produced great results for the division, as well as in the broader education and technology community, making her an excellent recipient of the Ed Tech Impact Award.”


About ETIN

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN at SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.


Media Contacts

• Allison Bostrom, SIIA Communications, 202-289-7442, abostrom@siia.net
• Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x26, lauren@cblohm.com