InspireData Earns Two Top Ed-Tech Honors

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Software for Dynamically Exploring and Understanding Data Receives 2007 "Technology & Learning" Award of Excellence and 12th Annual Education Software Review Award.

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InspireData is an impressive suite of programs designed to help students focus on data collection, manipulation and presentation.

October has been a month of honors for Inspiration Software and its new software, InspireData™, the visual way to explore and understand data. Following closely on the heels of the launch of InspireData 1.5, the software was recognized by both the "Technology & Learning" magazine 2007 Award of Excellence and the 12th Annual Education Software Review (EDDIES) Award program.

With InspireData, students in grades 4-12 use visual learning to build critical data literacy skills by actively exploring and analyzing data using Venn diagrams and bar, stack, pie and axis plots to interpret information and draw conclusions.

"Launched just over a year ago, it is exciting to see how quickly teachers have adopted InspireData to help their students build critical data literacy skills while learning math, science and social studies," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "We are proud to have InspireData honored by these two prestigious award programs."

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the "Technology & Learning" magazine Award of Excellence recognizes the year's most innovative applications that break new ground in some important way as well as best-of-breed examples that demonstrate clear superiority over similar products in the market.

"This year's winning products reflect an impressive effort by publishers to respond to the real needs of schools," said Susan McLester, editor in chief, "Technology & Learning." "The offerings being honored are practical, innovative and central to a variety of district and site operations."

The EDDIE Awards program sponsor, ComputED Learning Center of San Diego, named InspireData
"Best Research Tool for Multilevel." The EDDIE Awards recognize innovative and content-rich programs and Web sites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence, including augmenting the classroom curriculum and improving teacher productivity. Winners are selected from titles submitted by software publishers around the world. Judges evaluate the products for academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach and management system.

Honoring the software, the judges said, "InspireData is an impressive suite of programs designed to help students focus on data collection, manipulation and presentation."

They concluded in their review of InspireData, "This is a solid, informative, easy-to-use program that delivers exactly what it promises, at a reasonable price."

New capabilities in InspireData include an e-Survey function for easy online data collection, more plot and expanded table options, more than 100 content-rich databases, and expanded teacher tools and resources.

Originally funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, InspireData was developed by TERC and is published by Inspiration Software. TERC is a leading educational research and development lab committed to improving mathematics and science teaching and learning.
Inspiration Software is the leader in visual thinking and learning software products and is committed to helping students learn how to learn.

In September, Inspiration Software also launched a book of lesson plans developed to complement InspireData. Designed by educators, "Developing Data Literacy with InspireData" helps teachers integrate InspireData into their science, mathematics and social studies curriculum.

Educators interested in previewing InspireData 1.5 can download free fully functional 30-day trial copies from the Inspiration Software Web site at http://www.inspiration.com/freetrial.

More information about purchasing InspireData 1.5 is available at http://www.inspiration.com/order or by calling 800-877-4292 to talk to an Inspiration Software product specialist or to find a local education software dealer.

About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.'s award-winning software tools, Inspiration®, Kidspiration® and InspireData, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company's visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.

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