Winner of the 2000-2001 BESSIE Award
The ComputED Learning Lab, San Diego's leading computer education resource,
offers an Educational Software Preview Center for teachers and parents,
where they may preview software that meets the Lab's high standards. The
ComputED Gazette, the Lab's Web-based newsletter, honored the Words and Their Stories Vocabulary Development Series with its 7th Annual Best Children's Educational
Software Awards (BESSIES), in the category of Best Website for Middle/Jr.
High School. The awards are aimed at recognizing innovative and content-rich
programs that are appropriate for family purchase on the retail market.
The BESSIES have had the distinction of previously being co-sponsored
by the CBS-affiliate in San Diego (KFMB-TV/Ch.8), and provide parents
and teachers with a guide to the best children's educational software
currently available. Winners of the award are selected from titles submitted
by software publishers from around the world.
To learn more about the BESSIE Awards, visit the ComputED Web site: www.computedgazette.com.
In May 2001, Media & Methods Magazine will publish its highly respected Awards Portfolio for the school buying marketplace. The Awards Portfolio recognizes, celebrates and features outstanding education materials, products, systems and services. It honors the commitment and creativity of the publishers, producers, manufacturers and suppliers who are making meaningful contributions to excellence in K-12 schools nationwide.
For more information on Media & Methods Magazine or the Awards Portfolio,
please consult www.media-methods.com.
March 2001: The Bologna Children's Book Fair announced its winners of the 2001 Bologna New Media Prize. Among the winners was the Words and Their Stories Mastery Edition, receiving an honorable mention.
The Bologna Children's Book Fair, the world's largest children's publishing event (Bologna, Italy), seeks to encourage excellence in all aspects of children's publishing. It is the Children's Book Fair's hope that the New Media Prize, awarded this year to 6 titles and 10 mentions, selected from over 900 titles, will encourage quality new media development throughout the world.
The New Media Prize is coordinated by Children's Software Revue, a company located in Flemington, NJ, that is dedicated to helping busy parents and teachers leverage the power of technology to help children grow and develop. It attempts to do this in a concrete way, by providing jargon-free, independent reviews of the latest interactive products.
Best School Based Secondary Education software
December 2000: The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) released the list of finalists for the 16th Annual Codie Awards, comprised of 39 categories of software and digital content products and services in both the consumer and corporate markets. On this list, in the category of Best School Based Secondary Education Software, was the Words and Their Stories Development Series Web-Based Edition.
SIIA is the principal trade association of the software code and information
content industries. It represents more than 1,000 leading high-tech companies
that develop and market software and electronic content for business,
education, consumers, and the Internet. For more information about SIIA
and/or the Codie Awards, visit www.siia.net
Winner of the 2000 Eddie Award
Winner of the 1999 Eddie Award
The ComputED Learning Lab, located in Cardiff, California, offers an Educational Software Preview Center for teachers and parents, where they may preview software that meets the Lab's high standards. The ComputED Gazette (vol. 5, 1999), the Lab's Web-based newsletter, honored the Words and Their Stories Development Series with the 4th annual EDDIE award (Education Software Review Award) for High School/Secondary Language Arts software. The award, according to the Gazette, is "aimed at recognizing innovative and substantive programs which are appropriate for use by educators to augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity. Winners were selected from titles submitted by software publishers from around the nation. Selection was based on academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and quality of management system."
To learn more about the Eddie Awards, visit their web site: www.computedgazette.com