WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 3, 2014) GuideK12, geovisual analytics for education, today announced that it was named a finalist for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for best education cloud-based solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.
This year’s program features 31 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 13.

GuideK12 enables administrators to visualize student and county characteristics on an interactive map and instantly understand how various changes would affect their district. This information can then be used to inform numerous decisions, such as boundary realignments, school choice impact studies, crisis planning, and more.

“Schools are awash in data,” Chuck Amos, CEO, says. “They don’t need more data. What’s missing is the insight from the data they already have. We provide a lens into the data and bring it to life in a way that really empowers key leaders in districts to make better decisions affecting their student population, their community and how they allocate resources. We are thrilled to be recognized again this year by SIIA as an innovative product bringing value to the education community.”

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 119 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”
Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 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 GuideK12

Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster. Named one of SIIA’s 2012 10 most innovative education technology products, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United States. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.guidek12.com

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