Futurekids’ Real Journeys in Technology Named as a Finalist in the Prestigious CODiE Awards

The Software and Information Industry Association announced today that it has selected Futurekids’ Real Journeys in Technology curriculum as a 2008 CODiE Awards finalist. The SIIA annually recognizes excellence in software development.

Real Journeys in Technology by Futurekids was selected from many high-caliber products as one of the best in the software and information industry, according to SIIA officials.

"Competition is tough this year and that makes selection as a CODiE finalist a real achievement," said Ken Wasch, SIIA president. "All the companies on this year’s list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition."
This is the CODiE Award’s 23rd consecutive year of showcasing the industry’s products and services and honoring excellence for corporate achievement and philanthropic efforts. It is the only peer-recognition awards program in the software industry.

“Being a finalist in this category among these leading software developers is a great accomplishment,” said Dzana Homan, CEO of Futurekids. “It is an extreme honor to be recognized by your peers and competitors for the quality and value of your work. It’s a significant achievement that we are very proud of.”

Real Journeys in Technology for kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum is built around a robust scope and sequence of technology learning objectives, and meets or exceeds state academic and ISTE NETS technology standards. Each grade’s full-year curriculum contains 35 interactive project-based and adventure-themed lessons for both Windows and Mac OS. A Web2.0 XML version will be available shortly. Authentic assessment is an integral part of the curriculum and allows for individualized teaching and learning.

Real Journeys has been used by over 3 million students worldwide and is translated in over 40 languages around the globe.

“We’re committed to developing engaging and stimulating technology-driven curriculum,” Ms. Homan says. “Real Journeys in Technology helps students at all grade levels develop the very latest 21st century technology skills. Real Journeys is a great platform to assure that NCLB technology literacy requirements are not only met but exceeded.”

Using projects that are linked with language arts, social studies, math and science content, Real Journeys in Technology promotes active student learning for the 21st century classroom. Areas covered include operating environments, databases, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, Internet, multimedia, programming, desktop publishing and applied technology. It also utilizes widely adapted K-12 educational software and productivity tools like Microsoft Office so the lessons learned can be easily applied to other platforms and software uses. Each kit contains a comprehensive teacher guide, 25 student workbooks and a CD-ROM containing electronic templates, samples, and handouts.

A complete list of this year’s first-round finalists can be viewed at www.siia.net/codies/2008/finalists.asp.

About Futurekids
Futurekids is a premier provider of technology assessment, professional development and technology curriculum for leading schools, universities and learning centers in the United States and in 65 countries around the world. For more information about Futurekids, please visit http://www.futurekids.com.

About SIIA
The Software Information and Industry Association is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry and provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, please visit www.siia.net.

About CODiE Awards
The CODiE Awards celebrate achievement and vision in software, education technology and digital content. Presented by the Software and Information Industry Association, these awards represent the only-peer reviewed honor in the industry. For more information, please visit www.siia.net/codies/2008.

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