Notching up its third major accolade of 2014, assistive technology specialist Inclusive Technology has won a prestigious 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Award for ‘ChooseIt! Maker 3’, a highly versatile and intuitive program that enables teachers to create personalised learning activities for children with special needs and to download them to an iPad or Android tablet. The win comes just a few months after ChooseIt! Maker 3 was voted “Best Special Needs Resource” at the UK’s BETT Awards in London in January and was a finalist in the UK’s 2014 Education Resources Awards in March.

The US CODiE Awards are the American software industry’s top awards – Wikipedia compares them to an Oscar or an Emmy. They recognise outstanding achievement and vision and the best in educational technology.

“It is a thrill that teachers are using ChooseIt! Maker 3 in school districts across the United States, making personalised Apps for each student to use,” said Martin Littler, Chairman and CEO, Inclusive Technology. “On top of this we get the CODiE! We are so proud to get this recognition for CM3 from our colleagues in the States – and within months of getting the prestigious BETT Special Needs Award in the UK.”

Inclusive Technology provides the very best special educational needs software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids, eye gaze and assistive technology for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty. ChooseIt! Maker 3, part of the Inclusive Technology’s product portfolio, is an exceptionally versatile on-line tool enabling teachers and parents to turn their photographs, symbols, text and sounds into engaging cause and effect or linear on-screen question and answer activities, games, quizzes and more.

With access to SymbolStix and Widgit Symbol libraries and giving touch, eye gaze optimisation and full switch control, it is ideal for a range of users including those with autism spectrum disorders, communication difficulties, language impairment, developmental disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, Aphasia and traumatic brain injury.

Students with special needs are each unique and, uniquely, ChooseIt! Maker 3 allows teachers to make apps and activities which meet the interests and needs of each student. The apps and activities can then be played off line on the student’s own iPad or Android tablet. ChooseIt! Maker 3 is already widely used across the United States and the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and 50 other countries around the world.

The award was presented during the Education Industry Summit, the United States’ leading education technology conference, in San Francisco on May 13.

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Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.