‘Inquiry’ Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist

Learning.com earns prestigious education industry recognition in ‘Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas’ category

Portland, Ore. (April 8, 2014) – Learning.com, a leader in delivering digital curriculum and assessments to districts and schools, announces that its Inquiry solution has been named a finalist in the “Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas” category for the 2014 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Education CODiE Awards. Inquiry provides a project-based approach to teaching 21st century skills and preparing students for success in today’s digital world.

Specifically developed for K-8 students and created to support Common Core State Standards, Inquiry includes six core curriculum projects per grade level. Each project is based on a theme that continues from grade to grade, building on previously acquired subject-area knowledge and technology skills.

“This recognition is especially significant because of the rigorous evaluation and selection process,” said Keith Oelrich, CEO of Learning.com. “We’ve had a great response so far from educators and we are pleased to learn that the CODiE judges, software and education experts, also see the value Inquiry provides teachers and students.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the premier award program for the software and information industry. This year’s program features 31 education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the association’s education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 13.

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 119 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”

Inquiry provides ready-to-use projects that begin with pre-tests that ensure students have the technology skills required for the project and prescribe individualized instruction based on the results. Students then complete the projects by conducting research, collaborating with their classmates, creating digital media and giving presentations. After finishing a project, students complete a short reflection assignment to evaluate their work. Teachers can track individual progress throughout the project and record final work in an online grade book.

A full list of CODiE Awards finalists can be found at http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp.

To learn more about Inquiry, visit the Learning.com solutions page.

About 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. For more information, visit www.learning.com and connect with us at www.facebook.com/learningdotcom and www.twitter.com/learningdotcom.

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. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

Media Contacts
• Nick Smith, Learning.com, Marketing Manager, 503-517-4443, nsmith@learning.com
• Saul Hafenbredl, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x25, saul@cblohm.com

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