HMH Programs Selected as 2012 CODiE Awards Finalists

BOSTON -- Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced it has been selected as a finalist in three categories at this year’s prestigious CODiE Awards.  Presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the CODiE Awards recognize excellence in business software, digital content, and educational technology. Among the HMH programs vying for a top prize is ScienceFusion, an innovative science program for students in grades K-8 and finalist in the “Best K-12 Instructional Solution” and “Best Science/Health Instructional Solution” categories.  By blending print and digital components, ScienceFusion gives students a meaningful way to interact with key topics in earth, life, physical, and natural sciences.  Designed specifically for today′s digital natives, ScienceFusion promotes 21st century learning skills by providing students with a self–paced, individualized learning experience.  Unlike similar product offerings on the market that are predominantly text–based, ScienceFusion is an internet–driven digital program that combines rich media such as video, animation, high–res imagery, Flash animations, clever sound effects and music stings, to promote an interactive and engaging learning environment. HMH Fuse™: Algebra 1, the world's first-ever core math curriculum app for the Apple iPad®, was named a finalist in the “Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution” category.  HMH Fuse™ engages students in ways that traditional education cannot. Using the iPad, students watch engaging video tutorials, swipe through pages, get hints and walk through complex problems at home or on the go. The revolutionary platform encourages the use of personalized lesson plans by combining direct instruction, ongoing support, assessment and intervention in one easy-to-use suite of tools.  Results of a yearlong pilot program at the Amelia Earhart Middle School in California's Riverside Unified School District were recently released, showing that more than 78 percent of HMH Fuse users scored Proficient or Advanced on the spring 2011 California Standards Tests, compared with only 59 percent of their textbook-using peers. “The CODiE Awards continue to represent the best in educational technology and beyond. These nominations speak to HMH’s continued leadership in innovating the most effective programs to educate our children,” said Linda K. Zecher, President and CEO, HMH.  “We hold our educational programs to the highest standard, and we are honored that the SIIA community has included us in this year’s list.” For more information about Science Fusion, visit http://www.hmheducation.com/sciencefusion/.  For more information about HMH Fuse, visit http://www.hmheducation.com/fuse/.  The complete list of finalists is available at http://siia.net/codies/2012/finalist_list.asp. The CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now SIIA.  The original awards program was created so pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work.  Today, the CODiE Awards continue to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services, and to honor excellence in corporate achievement. About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world’s largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships.  With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.