SONOMA, Calif. (March 26, 2012) – BookheadEd Learning, LLC, publisher of StudySync, the web-based collaborative curriculum, announced today that the product has been named a Finalist in the 2012 SIIA CODiE Awards, in the “Best K-12 Instructional Solution” category.

The category recognizes the best broad-based, multi-disciplinary teaching application or solution for curricula and content that is specifically targeted toward students in K-12 learning environments. Finalists include products that offer online curriculum, assessments, and reporting, integrated with tools for classroom management, planning, and collaboration. The “Best K-12 Instructional Solution” category received the year’s highest number of nominations.

Organized by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, the SIIA CODiE Awards recognize excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries. All nominated products and services receive a thorough review from seasoned industry experts who can identify strengths and give significant insights for improvements. In 27 years, the SIIA has recognized more than 1,000 companies for achieving greatness in industries that expect innovative thinking and demand market validation.

The CODiE Awards hold the distinction of being the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, which provides winners with a unique opportunity to be recognized and honored by companies they respect and with whom they often compete. This year, for the first time, all nominated ed tech products were reviewed solely by educators, who evaluated products through live demonstrations, trial access, and supplementary documentation. Educators selected the 128 product finalists in 23 categories. Winners in the Education Technology categories will be announced May 7th at the CODiE Awards reception and dinner held each year in conjunction with the Ed Tech Industry Summit.

“We’re thrilled to see so many excellent educational technology products making it to this year’s finalist round,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “We look forward to honoring the winners at our awards dinner in May.”

“StudySync’s nomination for a CODiE Award is a great honor,” said Robert Romano, BookheadEd Learning CEO. “Such a recognition by this prestigious organization is exhilarating. Having a dedicated team of top academics, designers, and developers dedicated to producing the most dynamic ed-tech experience possible, we are delighted by the amazing response we’ve had to our innovative approach to reading, writing, collaboration, and critical thinking — helping teachers inspire students to build knowledge and evolve ideas.”

An innovative, web‐delivered academic tool, StudySync was created by leading national educators with the goal of inspiring higher levels of critical thinking and academic collaboration. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, StudySync targets middle and high school students, enlisting broadcast-quality video, digital media, mobile platforms and social learning to advance students’ reading, writing and critical thinking abilities.
Flexible and easy‐to‐navigate, StudySync places control fully in the hands of the educator, enabling teachers to integrate the product into their current classroom curriculum any way they see fit. Teachers can, for example, customize the experience by using StudySync lessons in sequence as a complete unit or assigning individual components to supplement existing lesson plans; the teacher can track progress and make assessments at any time. StudySync is also intended to be used across disciplines – for language arts classrooms and for science, social studies, history and other subject areas as well.

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.

About BookheadEd Learning, LLC
BookheadEd Learning connects high school and middle school students to the great ideas of mankind through technology, multimedia, and a rich library of classic and modern texts. StudySync, its award-winning flagship product, uses web-delivered educational tools – including broadcast-quality video, digital media, mobile platforms and social networking —to help teachers inspire higher levels of students’ reading, writing, critical thinking, academic discourse and peer-to-peer collaboration. StudySync is the recipient of the EDDIE Award from ComputED Gazette and District Administration Magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products of 2011.” Based in Sonoma, Calif. with an office in Cambridge, Mass., BookheadEd is comprised of educators and experts who believe “Together We’re Smarter.” To learn more about BookheadEd Learning and its StudySync educational platform, visit www.studysync.com.

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