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Posted by : Eliane Alhadeff Apr 5, 2015


The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced on March 31 the 157 finalists in Education categories for the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards.

This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Education CODiE Awards will be announced on May 5 during the Education Information Summit, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco.


Practice Spanish: Study Abroad (please find also Serious Games Providing Real-World Spanish Language Practice), developed by Muzzy Lane Software in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education, has been named a finalist in three categories:

Best ELL/World Language Acquisition Instructional Solution
Best Game-based Curriculum Solution
Best Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution

Practice Spanish places college students in a fictional town in Colombia where they interact with local residents and complete quests using the native language.

"We're grateful for the recognition and delighted that McGraw-Hill asked us to apply our design and development skills to help their talented team bring this product to market," said Bert Snow, vice president of design at Muzzy Lane.

"Personalized learning in its many forms, including games and data-driven instruction, represents one of the best tools we have to make learning more engaging and effective," said Michael Ryan, vice president of products at McGraw-Hill Education's Higher Ed group. "With McGraw-Hill Practice games like Practice Spanish and Practice Marketing, we've tapped into the way today's students learn most successfully in order to create more immersive experiences that improve results."

Member voting for the 2015 CODiE Awards is now open!

SIIA members review and vote for CODiE nominees from April 3 until April 10, 2015. Member voting is the second round of the CODiE Award review process and primary contacts from SIIA member companies are invited to review the products and vote on what they believe is the best product in each category.

Only active SIIA Members may vote in the second round and Member companies are provided one vote per company in each category within their designated interest area.

Unlike the first round, the second round of the CODiE Awards is not an intensive product review, because SIIA Members are invited to vote in multiple categories over a shorter timeframe.


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