Hospitality & Tourism Interactive Honored as Finalist in 2011 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Awards

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Online Experience for Exploring Careers in the Hospitality Industry Recognized in the Best Education Game or Simulation Category

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Hospitality & Tourism Interactive is a finalist in the prestigious 2011 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. Pearson’s online experience for exploring careers in the hospitality industry is honored in the Best Education Game or Simulation category.

Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement across the software, digital information and education technology industries. Nominated products undergo an intensive review by subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and other respected authorities in education technology.

Through activity-based learning, Hospitality & Tourism Interactive allows students to gain practical experience in developing customer service, service quality and leadership skills. Set in the virtual world of Little Wolfe Island, Hospitality & Tourism Interactive features 16 properties on the island, including a fine-dining restaurant, casual dining establishment, full-service hotel, boutique hotel, tiki bar, casino, water park and ecotourism rainforest tour. Students meet characters (avatars) that share information about their jobs and give activities to complete. Upon completion of the activities, students are given a score that represents their knowledge of that particular learning objective and are linked to an instructor gradebook. Users progress through the characters in each learning module and are rewarded by unlocking new characters and activities.

“Students today want an experiential learning experience that puts content into context. Hospitality & Tourism Interactive brings the industry to life by presenting key topics and objectives across various aspects of the industry, skills-based simulation activities and review materials—all within an engaging and interactive graphical interface,” said Thomas Hayward, Senior Marketing Manager at Pearson. “We are honored that the ed-tech industry recognizes the value of Hospitality & Tourism Interactive in preparing students for successful careers in this burgeoning industry.”

To watch a video about Hospitality & Tourism Interactive, go to http://www.youtube.com/pearsonhospitality.

For the second consecutive year, Pearson tops the list of companies with products named as CODiE finalists, with 15 innovative ed-tech and information management products earning recognition. All were developed based on the company’s commitment to leveraging the power of technology and innovation to prepare today’s students for success in college and careers. Pearson products earning finalist honors span the spectrum of today’s breakthrough education and business technology products, such as mobile learning apps, educational games, technology-driven professional development and robust systems for managing information and data.

In addition to Hospitality & Tourism Interactive, the company’s products moving on to the next round of competition in this year’s CODiE Awards are Briggs/Cochran Calculus; enVisionMATH: Understanding Fractions; EQUELLA; Grammar Jammers Primary Edition; MyLiteratureLab; MyMathLab Algebra I and II; MyMathTest; MyReadingLab; myWorld Geography; PowerSchool; PowerTeacher 2.0; SuccessMaker; SuccessMaker Collaborate; and Words Their Way Online Workshop.

In the next step of the CODiE Awards process, Hospitality & Tourism Interactive will be voted on by the entire SIIA membership, who determines the winner in each category. The CODiE Awards will be announced at the 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco on May 23.

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Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, lwolfe(at)lwolfe(dot)com

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