January 31, 2014
AFT Media Affairs
Share My Lesson Wins SIIA CODiE Award for Best Crowd Sourced Solution
Share My Lesson has won the 2014 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award for Best Crowd Sourced Solution. A joint venture of the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, Share My Lesson offers one central location for free K-12 teaching resources, including activities, worksheets and lesson plans. The site, developed for teachers and by teachers, provides an online community where educators can share and find teaching resources, crowdsourcing these lessons as they share their expertise.
Launched less than two years ago, Share My Lesson adds this win, announced Thursday, to the following list of accomplishments:
• More than 435,000 subscribers
• More than 4.6 million resources downloaded to date
• Nearly 295,000 resources, including an impressive collection of more than 30,000 resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards
Considered the premier awards program for the software and information industries, the CODiE awards recognize the best solutions in the marketplace. Share My Lesson was selected among other category finalists WorkFusion (CrowdComputing Systems Inc.), Informatica Marketplace (Informatica Corp.) and NetProspex B2B Database (NetProspex) for best crowdsourcing products or services designed for use by media companies, publishers and information providers.
"Share My Lesson empowers teachers to share their lessons. When educators crowdsource, they can find creative, tried-and-true lessons that strengthen their practice and the success of their students," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
"TES and the AFT have an unlikely partnership—an American teachers union with a British education technology company. Yet what we're able to do together to support teachers makes a very real difference every day in the classroom, as nearly a half-million educators and others have discovered," said Louise Rogers, CEO of TSL Education, the parent company of TES Connect.
Kathy Greenler Sexton, SIIA vice president and general manager for the content division, said: "SIIA's 2014 Content CODiE Award winners are some of the most innovative, high-impact content products out there."
About Share My Lesson
Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1.5 million professionals, and TSL Education, creators of TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank aligned to the Common Core State Standards, including advice and guidance to aid in their successful implementation. www.sharemylesson.com
About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other's work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose—to showcase the software and information industry's finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.
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