Six Red Marbles’ Juba, Waza, and Cabanga All Win 2011 Education Software Review (EDDIE) Awards

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Innovative and Content-Rich Websites that Augment the Classroom Curriculum and Improve Teacher Productivity


Cabanga is a hit....a surprisingly effective and entertaining weapon in the math-apathy war.

Six Red Marbles’ entire suite of online multi-media teaching programs - Juba™, a whole-brain learning exploration for young learners; Waza™, an interactive math readiness adventure; and Cabanga™, a celebrity agent role-playing game for middle school math - have each won a 2011 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE).

The EDDIE Awards, in its 16th year, target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Juba won the Early Learning Pre-Literacy Website Award, Waza the Early Learning Math Website Award, and Cabanga the Middle School Interactive Math Game Website Award. The awards are sponsored by ComputED Gazette.

The EDDIE judges praised Cabanga in their review, stating Cabanga “is a surprisingly effective and entertaining weapon in the math-apathy war …. Cabanga solves a bugaboo that has plagued math games for years, where the student invariably finds the least educational aspect of the game and stays there ad nauseam. With Cabanga, that simply isn't possible.”

“We are so pleased that the EDDIE judges have recognized our programs for being both educational and engaging for kids,” says Sarah White, President and Founder of Six Red Marbles.

Juba, Waza, and Cabanga engage kids in a multi-sensory interactive learning environment based on the latest neuroscience research on how kids learn best. Each whole-brain learning program helps kids develop motivation and a joy of learning through novelty and increased opportunities for success. All programs feature an integrated Spanish/English Toggle allowing kids to seamlessly switch languages for extra ELL support or to learn another language. The seamless adaptive curriculum in Waza and Cabanga supports differentiated instruction, allowing kids to learn at their own pace. Feedback and instructional coaching foster a positive and personalized learning experience.

Correlated to Common Core, State, and ISTE NETS learning standards, as well as NCTM (for Waza and Cabanga) and NAEYC and Head Start (for Juba), each program features a Teacher Dashboard that provides real-time tracking of student progress and access to comprehensive reporting. The online programs are available 24/7 so students can learn anytime anywhere, and the Home Connection feature fosters teacher, student, and parent communication.

Six Red Marbles is an award-winning provider of educational solutions for the early childhood through higher education market. With roots dating back more than 90 years, the company has developed thousands of creative, effective multi-media educational materials for leading publishers including McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson.

In 2010, the company released its own learning programs based on its Natural Learning Approach™—a unique integration of the latest neuroscientific research on learning, Tribal Pedagogy, and interactive online delivery. The approach—which is sensitive to why we learn, what we learn, when we learn, how we learn, and where we learn—creates fun learning environments that inspire kids and put them on personal paths to success.

Each program has won numerous awards this year, including a Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE), a Tillywig Brain Child Award, a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and a Mom’s Choice Gold Award, as well as being named finalists for awards at the SIIA’S 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit.


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