Hyannis, MA – May 24, 2011 – RM Education, a worldwide provider of educational technology products for K12 schools, announced that RM Podium was honored by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a winner in the 26th Annual CODiE Award competition for “Best Educational Technology Solution for Productivity/Creativity.”

“We are honored to have RM Podium recognized by our peers and other industry leaders in this prestigious competition,” said Kevin Pawsey, CEO of RM Education US. “We understand how important it is to create tools that allow students to demonstrate learning and be engaged in project-based learning and is such a privilege to have RM Podium recognized as such by others in the education technology industry.”

RM’s award winning podcasting software, RM Podium, is podcasting software that is designed specifically for education. It includes specific tools that are designed to make the product more effective and efficient in educational environments. Most importantly, it is easy to learn and easy to use. Students can simply record a podcast, or use the innovative scripting tool that allows them to paste in existing text onto the interface or type in their own. If multiple actors or announcers are involved, the scripting is color-coded for each participant, who is prompted by an arrow when it is their turn to speak. Students can easily edit their work, and add sound effects or music anywhere in the body of the recording.

One hundred thirteen products from 80 companies were selected as finalists from more than 425 total nominations. Nominated products underwent an intensive review by subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and others with deep experience in the field. The final winners were announced at a special CODiE Awards Dinner on May 23rd in conjunction with the Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco, CA.

“The large amount of growth seen in nominations across numerous education technology categories reflects companies’ commitment to providing innovative, robust solutions that help to increase student achievement and more broadly, the education industry as a whole,” noted SIIA President Ken Wasch. “On behalf of SIIA, I’m proud to congratulate the winners and look forward to watching the education technology industry continue to evolve,” Wasch continued.

Nominated products undergo an intensive review by subject matter experts, analysts, journalists, and others with deep experience in the field. Originally called the “Excellence in Software Awards,” the CODiEs were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA). The program was created so that pioneers of the then‐nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose ‐ to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement and philanthropic efforts.

About RM: Founded in 1973 in Oxford, England, RM is a worldwide leader in development of outstanding educational tools, technologies and services that engage students and inspire learning. RM is one of Europe’s largest and most respected suppliers of technology-based curriculum products for education, supplying thousands of schools in six different countries including the United States. RM Education is the United States division of RM and is located in Hyannis, Massachusetts. RM Education can be contacted at 866-728-6758 or on the web at www.rmeducation.com.

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