April 12, 2011 – Bloomington, IL – For 25 years, the CODiE awards have recognized excellence in the education technology industry. Through a thorough review of products and services by people who know the industry, the CODiE Awards allow companies to validate their products against the competition.

FTC Family of Companies’ MyVRSpot online publishing and social learning network has been recognized as a finalist for the 2011 CODiE awards in two different categories: Best Education Community Solution, which recognizes the online system designed to provide social networking and education community support for K-12 or postsecondary students, teachers and administrators; and Best K-12 Instructional Solution, which recognizes the best broad-based, multi-disciplinary teaching application or solution for curricula content that is specifically targeted toward students in K-12 learning environments.

MyVRSpot is the school district’s answer to multimedia (video, graphic, audio file) sharing and engaging students in a social learning environment. With MyVRSpot, users are provided their own web-presence, allowing them to communicate, publish, and collaborate with their peers in a safe and secure environment. Student as well as teacher collaboration has never been more exciting. “We are very honored to be recognized as one of the best solutions in both categories. We know that MyVRSpot is a tool that can make a real difference in classroom learning, providing students with a way to use the technology they truly love to truly support the curriculum being taught. This recognition from the award’s committee, as well the feedback we receive from our users – students, teachers, and parents – lets us know we’ve got a product that addresses 21st century learning in a truly meaningful way,” commented Michael Kessler, President of the FTC Family of Companies. “We owe much of our success to our customers and our TIE Advisory Board, as they push us to continue to develop meaningful tools that truly engage their students in the learning process. The finalist nominations provide us with the validation that we are making a real difference, and is also quite humbling,” he adds.

About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. 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.

Principal Mission:

* Promote the Industry: SIIA promotes the common interests of the software and digital content industry as a whole, as well as its component parts.

* Protect the Industry: SIIA protects the intellectual property of member companies and advocates a legal and regulatory environment that benefits the entire industry.

* Inform the Industry: SIIA informs the industry and the broader public by serving as a resource on trends, technologies, policies and related issues that affect member firms and demonstrate the contribution of the industry to the broader economy.

About the FTC Family of Companies

The FTC Family of Companies (http://www.ftcomp.com) has spent the past 15 years developing and publishing quality educational products and services for K-12 schools and school districts. FTC Publishing develops install-based software and print resources, including the award-winning GameIt! Interactive Game Series. FTC Hosting Services, featuring MyVRSpot, has been recognized for developing online systems that utilize technologies students use outside the classroom to enhance curriculum. WebFTC is the web-based software curriculum division of FTC, whose products include the award-winning WriteIt! Live system.

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