MINNEAPOLIS — February 5, 2007 — PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR), a leading provider of K–adult computer-based and e-learning solutions, is pleased to announce that four PLATO Learning products have been named Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards Finalists. PLATO Learning was the only company to receive four Finalist nominations in the education category, tying SIIA´s record for CODiE Award Finalists in one year from a single Company.
Finalist nominations include recognition in the categories of: Best Course/Classroom Management Solution: PLATO® Courses, Best English/Reading Instruction Solution: PLATO® Writing Process andPractice, Best Science Instruction Solution: PLATO® Middle School Science Series, and Best SocialStudies Instruction Solution: PLATO® Course –American History.
"We´ve had the honor of being named a CODiE finalist in past years. Four such nominations in a single year, though, is an exceptional accomplishment, especially from SIIA, an organization known for its exacting judging standards," said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning President and CEO.
"The 2007 CODiE Finalists represent real winners, even at this stage of the contest," said Ken Wasch, SIIA President. "Competition is fiercer than ever and that makes selection as a CODiE Finalist a major achievement. All the companies on this year´s list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition."
Originally released in January of 2006, with additional titles added to the series in July, PLATO Courses are self-paced, out-of-the-box, whole semester courses that give students the option to earn credit online while being challenged by the same rigorous, standards-driven curriculum found in the traditional classroom. CODiE Finalist PLATO Courses–American History is just one of 40 courses available.
The award-winning PLATO Writing Process and Practice, an innovative, interactive series comprised of three titles–PLATO® Essential Writing Process and Practice, PLATO® Intermediate Writing Process and Practice, and PLATO® Advanced Writing Process and Practice–teaches writing strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences through carefully scaffolded activities. Each includes grammar instruction and interactive tutorials.
PLATO Middle School Science Series includes the multiple award-winning PLATO® Earth and Space Science, PLATO® Life Science, and PLATO® Physical Science. Each title brings science concepts to life while engaging middle school students in the exploration of scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills in a rich environment filled with video, animation, narration and interactions.
Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards are the longest-running awards program in the software and information industry, showcasing the most innovative products and services in the software and digital content industry. Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual CODiE Awards Gala on April 17, 2007, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.
About PLATO Learning
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and life and job skills. The Company also offers innovative online assessment and accountability solutions and standards-based professional development services. With over 6,000 hours of objective-based, problemsolving courseware, plus assessment, alignment, and curriculum management tools, we create standardsbased curricula that facilitate learning and school improvement.
PLATO Learning is a publicly held company traded as TUTR on the NASDAQ. PLATO Learning educational software, delivered via networks, CD-ROM, the Internet, and private intranets, is primarily marketed to K–12 schools and colleges. The Company also sells to job training programs, correctional institutions, military education programs, corporations, and individuals.
PLATO Learning is headquartered at 10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437, 952.832.1000 or 800.869.2000. The Company has offices throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as international distributors in the United Kingdom and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.plato.com.