30March2015 Science Bits Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Science Instructional Solution Our Multimedia Science Lessons project was named finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Science Instructional Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 30 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software. This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. New this year, top awards in three overall Education categories will also be presented. Overall categories include Best PK-12 Solution, Best Postsecondary Solution, and Best Education Solution. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. “This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.” Details about each finalist are listed at siia.net/codies/2015/finalists.asp. About SIIA Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net. The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit www.siia.net/etin. About the Science Bits Product Science Bits is a repository of multimedia science lessons that promote the change from a transmission educational model, based on the transmission of facts from teacher to learner, to a constructivist based on inquiry, critical thinking, discovery and learning-by-doing. To do so, Science Bits empowers teachers with science lessons that adhere to the constructivist 5E model of learning, and promote real understanding as well as engage students in science learning. All Science Bits lessons include dozens of multimedia and interactive resources (videos, animations, simulators, 3D models) and all the guides to teach and learn science by doing science. Science Bits' user-friendly Intranet allows teachers to create groups of students, assign them bundles of content, schedule exams, monitor student progress, and grade open-ended questions, among other features. Main Science Bits benefits: It's an easy and effective way to implement the constructivist 5E Model of learning and learning-by-doing method: because Science is not a body of immutable facts that must be memorized, but an exciting way of obtaining new knowledge and understanding the world around us. It enriches teacher exposition and promotes interaction with students with its wide array of multimedia resources. It's simultaneously available in English and Spanish. To learn more about us, please visit www.science-bits.com.