ETA hand2mind Named CODiE Award Finalist for Best Education Game or Simulation

Fractions iPad App, VersaMate, Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition

VERNON HILLS, Ill - March 26, 2013 - ETA hand2mind, provider of hands-on learning solutions for P-12 teachers, announced today that itsVersaMate™ iPad® App was named a finalist for the 2013 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Education Game or Simulation. The SIIA CODiE Awards

are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been used to recognize product excellence for 27 years. The awards span 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

Inspired by VersaTiles®, a math skills practice solution from ETA hand2mind, VersaMate takes hands-on learning from physical to digital. The math content for VersaMate was developed to meet Common Core State Standards so teachers can easily differentiate their instruction and find new ways to inspire their students to learn fractions.

"The new VersaMate app is unique because it's both fun and educational," said ETA hand2mind CEO Jude Rake. "The app pairs robust educational content with an engaging strategy game so kids learn and practice fractions concepts in a new and exciting way. The more they play, the more they learn."

The VersaMate interface was tested by hundreds of students and teachers both in the classroom and at conferences such as the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). VersaMate will be integrated with the new Common Core Fractions Solutions from ETA hand2mind that will debut this April at the NCTM Annual Meeting in Denver.

"As teachers grapple with new technology and what to do with new iPads, they tell us that they want to make sure their students are using it constructively and not just on mindless games," said Rake. "With this app, educators can trust that students are getting serious educational value because it includes rigorous skills practice aligned with up-to-date teaching standards."

The recipient of the CODiE award for Best Education Game or Simulation will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation's leading education technology conference, the Ed Tech Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 6, 2013.

About ETA hand2mind
The mission of ETA hand2mind is to support P-12 educators and partners in the quest to inspire learning and champion learning by doing with research-based, proven hands-on solutions. The Vernon Hills, Ill.-based company's solutions in mathematics, science, and literacy are unique in the marketplace, providing instructional curriculum, custom-kit solutions for content providers, manipulatives, interactive digital applications, and teacher coaching and development. For more information, please visit

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 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