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Word Raider: Quest Is a 2014 CODiE Awards Finalist for Best Learning Game

  (April 14, 2014)
Word Raider: Quest Is a 2014 CODiE Awards Finalist for Best Learning Game

Brea, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2014

Ballard & Tighe, Publishers announced today that their online educational video game, Word Raider: Quest ( has been named a finalist in the CODiE Awards for Best Learning Game. The CODiEs are the premier awards for the software and information industries, recognizing product excellence for 29 years.

Designed for grades 6 and up, Word Raider: Quest is an educational video game that teaches academic vocabulary, grammar, sentence construction, and complex text. Word Raider is specifically designed to help English language learners, struggling readers, and English-only students prepare for state tests and the Common Core State Standards.

Word Raider blends game-based learning principles with research in vocabulary development, says Mark Espinola, CEO of Ballard & Tighe. To be recognized for the work we put into Word Raider: Quest, in addition to being grouped alongside the other great nominees, is a tremendous honor. We are thrilled.

Co-developed with Filament Games (, Word Raider has the ability to engage and teach students at their own pace through visual, sensory, and interactive scaffolds that build deeper meaning and long-term retention. It also provides a perfect vehicle for learning and assessment.

This years finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products, said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nations leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

About SIIA
The CODiEs are awarded by the Software & Information Industry Association (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. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIAs 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. For more information, visit

About Ballard & Tighe, Publishers
Ballard & Tighe, Publishers ( has focused on developing products for English language learners since 1976. Ballard & Tighe provides testing, instructional, and training products and services to more than 3,500 state, regional, and local school districts throughout the United States and internationally. Ballard & Tighe produces assessment products, English language development instructional materials, professional development programs, and a series of unique social studies programs designed especially for English language learners.

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