PD In Focus Named a Best Education Technology Product in SIIA CODiE Awards

Interactive, On-Demand Content Delivery System Developed by agencyQ

Online PR News – 18-September-2010 – – Washington, D.C.– agencyQ, a Washington, D.C.-based digital agency, announced that PD In Focus™ , an interactive, web-based professional learning application, which it developed for ASCD, was recently honored with a Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award in the Best Professional Development Solution category.

The skills of today’s educators are of utmost importance in improving student outcomes and fostering their ability to compete globally. ASCD came to agencyQ searching for a new method of content delivery via the web. ASCD also wanted to provide its more than 170,000 members including principals, teachers, superintendents and professors of education in 136 countries with economically affordable and essential professional learning resources. agencyQ is a social media agency that has a diverse award winning team that excels in internet marketing research, corporate website development, enterprise content management and other technology-driven solutions.

Working on content development strategy solutions, agencyQ designed and built PD In Focus as a commercial-grade content-delivery platform, providing educators with searchable, streaming video content of research-based teaching practices in action. The video content is organized into themed channels and draws from the best of ASCD’s rich professional development library and authoritative sources.

“With PD in Focus, educators can personalize and customize their on-site professional development experience which translates into more meaningful, more sustained professional learning,” said Linda Scraper, director of online product development for ASCD. “agencyQ’s expertise and creativity in designing our content-delivery platform helped us deliver targeted professional development to each educator.”

“How to effectively distribute content to international audiences using web technology is a challenge many associations face,” said Tim Neill, president and CEO of agencyQ. “ASCD is a prime example of an organization succeeding in meeting members’ needs.”

The CODiE 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 and philanthropic efforts.

About the CODiE Awards

The CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software and 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. The CODiE Awards hold the distinction of being the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, which provides member companies with a unique opportunity to earn praise from their competitors. Now in its 25th year, the CODiE Awards program has raised the standard for excellence and serves as prestigious representation of outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industry.

About ASCD

Founded in 1943, ASCD is a nonprofit educational leadership association that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead. We provide expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership. ASCD's membership comprises more than 170,000 principals, teachers, superintendents, professors of education, and other educators from 136 countries. Our association also has nearly 60 affiliates throughout the world.

Laura Berry
ASCD
lberry@ascd.org
703-575-5461
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About agencyQ

Founded in 1999 as Q-Industries, agencyQ is a creative digital agency that excels in the core practice areas: Digital Marketing, Corporate Website Design, Technology and Creative. agencyQ’s account teams combine industry-leading subject matter expertise with a client-focused perspective – imagining, designing and delivering integrated solutions that attract, convert and retain customers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. – with an office in Columbus, Ohio – agencyQ serves a global portfolio of commercial, government and association/nonprofit organizations.

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