InspireData Earns Finalist Honors in Two Categories of the Software & Information Industry Association's 23rd Annual CODiE Awards

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Visual Learning Software for Building Data Literacy Skills Recognized in Best Science, Social Studies Categories

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Every day teachers around the country tell us about the innovative ways they are using InspireData to help their students build data literacy skills while learning science, social studies and math

InspireData™ 1.5 from Inspiration Software®, Inc. , is a finalist in two categories of the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 23rd Annual CODiE Awards. The visual learning software is honored in the Best Science Instructional Solution and the Best Social Studies Instructional Solution categories.

InspireData engages students by letting them see data move before their eyes, allowing them to examine results and explore relationships instantly. This latest recognition comes close on the heels of InspireData's selection as one of the Top 100 Products of 2007-2008 by the readers of "District Administration" magazine and the presentation at the January Florida Educational Technology Conference of a 2007 Award of Excellence from "Technology & Learning" magazine.

Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries. Through a unique combination of journalist and peer review, the CODiE Awards recognize 68 categories of outstanding products and services. This year's finalists represent an impressive array of technology and business excellence, passion and success. They were chosen from more than 1,100 nominations, submitted by more than 600 companies.

"Competition is tough this year and that makes selection as a CODiE finalist a real achievement," said Ken Wasch, SIIA president. "All the companies on this year's list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition."

Students in grades 4-12 use InspireData to build critical data literacy skills. They actively explore and analyze data in science, mathematics and social studies using dynamic Venn, bar, stack, pie and axis plots to interpret information and draw conclusions. Originally funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, InspireData was developed by TERC, a leading educational research and development lab committed to improving mathematics and science teaching and learning. New capabilities in InspireData 1.5 include an e-Survey function to easily publish online surveys and collect the data, more plot and expanded table options, more than 100 content-rich databases, and expanded teacher tools and resources.

"Every day teachers around the country tell us about the innovative ways they are using InspireData to help their students build data literacy skills while learning science, social studies and math," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "It is an honor to have our visual learning software receive this recognition from the education and information technology communities."

In the next step of the CODiE Awards process, SIIA members will select winners in each category. The 2008 CODiE Awards will be presented on May 20 at the CODiE Awards Gala at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. For a complete list of the 2008 CODiE Award finalists, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2008/finalists.asp.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies.

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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