Education Trends

A Winning Season in the Education Industry

By April 13, 2011January 27th, 2023No Comments

Spring is finally upon us, and along with it comes an exciting industry awards season. Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned the winners of the 17th annual BESSIE Awards, sponsored by the ComputED Gazette and Computer Learning Lab, finalists in the education technology categories for the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 26th annual CODiE Awards, and finalists selected as “Leaders to Watch” in MDR’s first EdNET’s Best Awards.

We’re pleased to recognize our clients and friends who were honored in one or more of the awards programs.

The 2011 BESSIE Awards


The BESSIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers around the world.


Some of the 2011 winners include:


Early Elementary category –

Reading website: myON reader, Capstone Digital

BESSIE Winners logoScience website: PebbleGo, Capstone Digital

Middle School category –

Social Studies website: MS Civics, Government and Ecomonics, e2020, Inc.

Science website: Discovery Education Science Techbook, Discovery Education

Language Arts website: English Language Arts 9, e2020, Inc.

High School category –

Math website: Algebra 1, e2020

Environmental Science website: Environmental Science, e2020, Inc.

Teacher Tools category –

Digital Library website: Discovery Education streaming Plus, Discovery Education

2011 CODiE Awards Finalists

Established in 1986 by the Software Publishers’ Association (SPA), now SIIA, the CODiE Awards hold the distinction of being the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, which provides member companies with a unique opportunity to earn praise from their competitors. An interesting side note – the CODiE Awards logo, re-designed in 2004, combines the word “CODE” with the symbol for information (“I”) to visually represent the CODiE Awards’ focus on the software and digital industries.

Some of the finalists include:SIIA CODiE logo

Best Educational Reference Solution – Pebble Go, Capstone Digital

Best Virtual School Solution for Students – education2020.com, e2020, Inc.

Best K-12 Instructional Solution – netTrekker

Best Educational Use of a Device-Specific Application & Best Instructional Solution for Special Needs Students – VizZle, Monarch Teaching Technologies

For a complete list of finalists, visit siia.net/codies.

EdNET’s Best – Leaders to Watch


The EdNET’s Best peer recognition program recognizes leaders and innovations in today’s education marketplace. Finalists selected in the “Leaders to Watch” category represent the top business professionals seen as making a significant impact in the education industry. Nominees were selected by the EdNET community at large and narrowed down by the EdNET’s Best panelists.

EdNET's Best logoMembers of the EdNET community will select the top five “Leaders to Watch.” Voting closes on April 22 at 5 p.m. PDT, and the top five EdNET’s Best will be announced on May 25 in a special edition of the EdNET News Alert and via social media.

Of particular note: Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital, and Scott Traylor, Chief KID at 360KID, are among the finalists selected. We encourage you to vote for your top five leaders at www.ednetsbest.com.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of each awards program!