Istation Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device!

Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) April 06, 2015

Istation, a leader in the educational technology industry, announced today that three of its products have been named finalists for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device.

Istation’s computer-adaptive reading assessments (known as ISIP™) and Istation’s reading instruction received nominations.

Free for Istation subscribers, the mobile app is available for download to iPads and Chromebooks. The Istation iPad app has been downloaded 300,000 times since its August 2014 release, including 80,000 downloads in September 2014 alone. Since its January 2015 release, the Istation Chromebook app has been downloaded 18,000 times.

The apps provide access to Istation’s computer-adaptive assessments and instruction, which dynamically adjust to a student’s individual skill level. Assessments measure a student’s ability and then seamlessly place the student on an individualized learning path within 400 hours of research-based, targeted instruction. In Texas, research proves that if students obtain a certain score on Istation’s assessments, teachers can predict with 95 percent confidence that those students will pass a state standardized test.

Istation’s mobile apps are particularly beneficial for prekindergarten students who don’t yet have the fine motor skills to operate a mouse or keyboard.

“I love to see tweets and emails from teachers sharing pictures of students using Istation on their mobile devices, and we see positive comments posted every day,” said Istation CEO Richard H. Collins. “Schools are now educating digital natives: students who have been using technology since they were born. Keeping these students engaged while ensuring they are learning is a challenge, but we are helping schools succeed. Teachers and families know they can trust us. Istation is not only fun; it works.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 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-related categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models.

“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.”

The Education Industry Summit, which will take place in San Francisco on May 5, is the nation’s leading education technology conference.

About SIIA

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 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. ETIN shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit

About Istation

Istation is an award-winning, all-in-one ed tech resource used by more than four million students and educators around the world. Known for its quality assessments, research-based instruction and trusted teacher tools, Istation accurately measures students’ skill levels with animated game-like assessments. Istation engages students so effectively that they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated. Assessments immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. Teachers have access to a library of thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive and customizable reports are also immediately available for educators, administrators and parents. Istation offers its ISIP assessment in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Reading en Español and Math; as well as instruction in Reading, Reading in Español and Math. Students can also use their Istation subscriptions at home. Since its founding in 1998, Dallas-based Istation has seen tremendous growth. The company’s animated learning program now helps students in 38 states and six countries learn and grow.

NYS Athletic Trainers’ Association Announces 2015 Scholarship and Award Winners during Regional Conference


Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, NYSATA announced and recognized the recipients of its 2015 awards and scholarships during the New York state business meeting at the eastern regional athletic training (EATA) conference in Philadelphia, PA. Plaques were presented to the professional award winner and three student scholarship recipients and NYSATA is proud to promote recognition for these deserving individuals during National Athletic Training Month (NATM).

The Thomas J. Sheehan Award is presented to an athletic trainer whose character, commitment and achievements in the athletic training (AT) profession clearly exemplify the exceptional traits of Thomas J. Sheehan Sr., who is one of the founding fathers of the AT Profession nationally and in NYS and was a long-time Head Athletic Trainer at RPI. NYSATA is proud to honor Said Hamdan with the 2015 Sheehan Award. Hamdan currently serves as the Director of the Health and Wellness Institute at Long Island University (LIU), as well as the Medical Coordinator for Referee Operations for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Throughout his 28+ year career as an athletic trainer in New York State, he has worked for a number of institutions and organizations in addition to his current positions, including, the New York Knickerbockers, I.C.E. Sports Health Group, and St. John’s University. Hamdan also has volunteered his time and energy for a number of professional service activities and positions over the years, including various NYSATA committees and Region Representative, Northeast Conference Athletic Trainers’ Association Past-President, New York City Public School Athletic League Sports Medicine Task Force, United States Olympic Committee (Lake Placid), and volunteer AT for the World Cup Qualifiers and 1992 World Cup (Giants Stadium).

NYSATA awards three undergraduate AT student scholarships annually, which were also recognized during the New York state meeting. The 2015 NYSATA Scholarship went to Samantha Calvet of Hofstra University. Calvet, a third-year student in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), has earned a remarkable grade point average of 3.8 while also being a varsity student-athlete. As part of her education program, Calvet has provided care to women’s lacrosse and men’s basketball at Hofstra as well as work with the wrestling program at Nassau Community College. One of her faculty mentors describes her as “mature, reliable, and professional” and notes further that she is someone who “never gives up on a problem and has an unquenchable thirst to learn.”

Daniel Camillone of the College at Brockport was awarded the 2015 Ed Abramoski Scholarship, named after the legendary former Buffalo Bills Head AT. Currently in his second year in the ATEP at Brockport, Camillone holds an impressive 3.91 GPA and has been placed on the Dean’s List with honors. He has volunteered at the NYS Games for the Physically Challenged and provided care to Brockport’s women’s gymnastics, wrestling and soccer teams as part of his AT education. Camillone was noted by one of his professors as “a comprehensive student engaged in a variety of activities on campus, including the leadership development program at the College.”

The recipient of the 2015 NATA District 2 Scholarship for NYS was Bennett Quigley of Canisius College. Quigley is currently in his second year in Canisius’ ATEP and has achieved a sensational 3.93 GPA, earning him high honors with distinction. Bennett, who has provided care to a variety of sports teams within his educational program, was named the Canisius College Athletic Training MVP for the 2013-14 school year. His clinical mentor describes him as displaying “not only outstanding intellectual ability and drive to excel, but also clinical and empirical knowledge on a level that puts him in an elite group of [up-and-coming] health care profession students.”

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Award and Scholarship recipients on their achievements, service, drive and contributions to the profession of athletic training!

NYSATA, founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1989, stands to advance, encourage and improve the profession of athletic training (AT) by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the physically active in NYS. Athletic training is practiced by certified athletic trainers (ATs), who have expertise in the assessment, emergency management, rehabilitation and prevention of acute and chronic sport-related injuries, illnesses and conditions, including concussions. Comprised of over 1,200 certified and practicing athletic trainers, NYSATA is the state-wide affiliate of the regional EATA and District Two of the NATA.