Kidspiration 3 Named as Finalist in 2009 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Awards

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Visual Learning Software Honored in Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas Category

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It is exciting for our visual learning software to add this recognition from the technology industry to its list of honors and awards.

Kidspiration® 3, the visual way to explore and understand words, numbers and concepts, has earned finalist honors in the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards. Launched in 2008, the newest version of Inspiration Software®'s visual learning software for young learners supports students in kindergarten through fifth grade as they strengthen reading and writing skills, build conceptual understanding in math, and develop thinking skills across the curriculum. Kidspiration 3 is a finalist in the Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas category.

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 expert peer review, the CODiE Awards recognize 71 categories of products and services. The 2009 finalists were chosen from more than 850 nominations submitted by 600 companies.

"The competition is particularly steep this year during the 24th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards, making selection as a CODiE finalist a real achievement," said Ken Wasch, president, SIIA. "All the companies on this year's list of CODiE finalists should feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment in making it to this stage."

Capabilities in this newest version of Kidspiration include powerful tools for using visual learning to build math skills, a Word Guide, expanded searchable symbol library and additional enhancements that support vocabulary building, particularly for English Language Learners (ELL) and English as Second Language (ESL) students. This latest recognition for Kidspiration 3 comes on the heels of the 11 awards for excellence from the education, parenting and technology communities that the visual learning software earned in just the first year since its launch.

"Teachers around the world tell us about the amazing ways they are using Kidspiration 3 to help their young students learn across the curriculum and build critical thinking skills," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "It is exciting for our visual learning software to add this recognition from the technology industry to its list of honors and awards."    
The next step in the process brings the finalist products before the SIIA members for their votes to determine the winners in each category. The 2009 CODiE Awards will be presented at a gala event on May 5 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Calif. For a complete list of 2009 CODiE Award finalists, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2009/finalist_list.asp.

For more information about Kidspiration 3, visit http://www.inspiration.com/Kidspiration.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit http://www.siia.net.

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 more than 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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