EAU CLAIRE, WI, April 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Realityworks, Eau Claire, Wisconsin based experiential learning company, today announced that teachWELD Welding Simulator was named a finalist for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for best instructional solutions in other curriculum areas. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.
This year's program features 31 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. 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 Tuesday, May 13.
The teachWELD Welding Simulator incorporates hardware, software and curriculum. Its online, game-like interface gives students a hands-on learning experience in basic welding form and proper technique within a safe virtual environment. Students' learning is evaluated through diagnostic and welding integrity assessments for each welding exercise allowing instructors to manage the classroom more efficiently and give students more one-on-one instruction time.
"The teachWELD welding simulator was designed to help alleviate the skills gap that the welding field is currently experiencing. It allows a greater amount of students access to the tools needed to develop their skills," stated Timm Boettcher, President of Realityworks. "With our simulator students have been able to refine their techniques in a shorter period of time and become greater assets to companies."
"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 119 products," said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. "I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit."
For more information on teachWELD visit http://realityworks.com/categories/welding-solutions
Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp
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. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA's members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit http://www.siia.net/education.
About Realityworks, Inc.
Established 19 years ago to better address teen pregnancy prevention, parenting skills, child abuse and neglect through educational products, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Most famous for their RealCare Baby infant simulator (formerly known as Baby Think it Over or BTIO), Realityworks has developed several other simulators and programs over the last decade that address career preparation areas like business management, finance and entrepreneurship, and most recently, welding through the teachWELD Welding Simulator. With simulators in 62 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 89 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact. For more information, visit http://www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.
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