Explode the Code Online Honored as Finalist in 2011 Software & Information Industry Association Codie Awards

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School Specialty’s Online Phonics Tool Recognized in Best Reading/English Instructional Solution Category

Explode The Code Online is just one example of School Specialty’s growing commitment to offering our customers powerful technology tools for personalizing learning and helping students build critical skills.

School Specialty Literacy and Intervention’s Explode The Code® Online phonics program is a finalist in the 2011 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The online literacy tool is recognized in the Best Reading/English Instructional Solution category.

Explode The Code Online, powered by CurriculaWorks, was selected from among 425 education technology programs nominated by 80 companies. The CODiE Awards showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and honor excellence in corporate achievement.

Explode The Code Online provides K-4 students with direct phonics instruction to build essential literacy skills. Learning is individualized using continuous assessment of responses, response patterns and completion times. An engaging, game-like interface and reward system make learning fun for students. In addition, teachers and principals benefit from Explode The Code Online’s reports that monitor progress at the student, class and school levels, supporting them as they make key instructional decisions. And, because this is an online product, students can use Explode The Code to build their skills at school, home, or at an after-school program.

“Explode The Code Online is just one example of School Specialty’s growing commitment to offering our customers powerful technology tools for personalizing learning and helping students build critical skills,” said George Kane, Vice President of Products and Innovation for School Specialty. “We are proud to have our online phonics program recognized by our colleagues in the ed-tech industry with this prestigious honor.”

In the next round of the CODiE Awards process, Explode The Code Online will be voted on by the entire SIIA membership. Winners will be announced on May 23 at the CODiE Awards Reception and Dinner at the 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit.

About School Specialty
School Specialty is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops and provides preK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help educators, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit http://www.schoolspecialty.com.

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