myON reader Named Leading Innovator in Personalized Learning

Literacy Environment Honored Twice in SIIA’s Innovation Incubator Program

Minneapolis (June 1, 2011)The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced that myON™ reader from Capstone Digital earned two recognitions in the 2011 Innovation Incubator Program. More than 380 ed tech industry executives voted to select myON reader as the “Most Likely to Succeed in the Education Market” and runner-up for the “Most Innovative Education Product or Service” award. myON reader was one of 11 finalists highlighted at the 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit, the nation’s leading education technology conference sponsored by SIIA.

“The decision to focus our 2011 program on personalized learning was influenced by feedback received from more than 150 education leaders who met during our Symposium for Personalized Learning, after recognizing the need for a redesign of our K-12 education system,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the Education Division for SIIA. “Through the program, we’ve successfully identified developers of innovative, personalized learning solutions that aim to improve student-centered learning, helping to shift the education model toward a more individualized approach.”

The Innovation Incubator Program connects the developers of promising, new technologies with industry leaders, potential investors and established organizations seeking partnerships or prospects for acquisition. Thirty-five applicants were assessed on a range of criteria, including the degree to which the products represented a student-driven learning path, flexible anytime/everywhere learning, project-based/authentic learning, adaptive mastery/competency-based progression or pace, and other characteristics of a truly personalized learning solution.

“It’s exciting to recognized by the education industry for our groundbreaking efforts in personalized learning, said Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital. “Thanks to the Capstone Digital team and the educators who helped shape the development of myON reader, as well as SIIA for acknowledging the shift in our education system to one built around meeting the personal needs of each student.”

Finalists presented their innovations to the ed tech industry on May 22-23 in the Ed Tech Industry Summit’s Business Profiles Presentations, Innovation Showcase and Welcome Reception, and live product demonstrations. During the conference, program participants received industry-wide recognition and peer-to-peer mentorship, and introductions to prospective investors, and companies seeking partnerships and acquisition candidates.

myON is a personalized literacy environment that provides anytime, anywhere access to the largest integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports, customized to a student’s interest and reading ability. myON enables students to read, rate and share their reviews with classmates and allows them to take ownership in their own reading growth through embedded Lexile® assessments. Teachers and administrators are able to monitor, measure and track reading growth based on individual students, classes, grades, building, and districts.

To learn more about the Innovation Incubator Program and the Ed Tech Industry Summit, visit www.edtechindustrysummit.net. For more information about myON reader, visit www.thefutureinreading.com.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) 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 more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 150 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.

About Capstone Digital
Capstone Digital, a division of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments and interactive resources. Offerings include digital books, research databases and audio books, all designed to increase fluency and reading levels for PreK-8 students. Using Capstone Digital products, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. For more information, visit www.CapstoneDigital.com.

About Capstone
Capstone is the leading publisher of children’s books and digital solutions, offering everything from nonfiction, fiction, and picture books to interactive books, ebooks and literacy programs. Imprints and divisions include Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Capstone Digital, and Heinemann-Raintree. For more information, visit www.CapstonePub.com. Connect with Capstone at http://connect.capstonepub.com.

Media Contacts
• Jennifer Glidden, Capstone Digital, 952-224-0594, j.glidden@capstonepub.com
• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-839-9800, emily@cblohm.com

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