BIRMINGHAM — STAR Sportsmanship™ — a digital game-based learning program from Learning Through Sports, Inc.® (www.learningthroughsports.com)– has earned recognition again with a recent announcement from the Software Industry and Information Association (SIIA). STAR was named a finalist in the 22nd Annual Codie Awards (www.siia.net/codies/2007 ) in the category for Best Instruction Solution in Other Curriculum Areas.
The Codie Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in software development, digital information technology and educational technology. “The 2007 Codie Finalists represent real winners, even at this stage of the contest,” said Ken Wasch, SIIA president. “Competition is fiercer than ever and that makes selection as a Codie Finalist a major achievement. All the companies on this year’s list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition.”
STAR Sportsmanship is an interactive web-based program designed to change behaviors and teach students about good sportsmanship through modeling and role-playing exercises. STAR versions are available for elementary, middle and high school grades. High School STAR – The Secret of Baldwin High — addresses the temptations of performance-enhancing drugs and the dangers of using such drugs. A program for adults, STAR Coaching™ trains coaches how to teach student athletes and parents to be good sports using tactics that are easily retained and transferred into real-life situations.
The program has been proven effective in improving student behavior on the field and in classrooms and is gaining nationwide attention. The state of Alabama recently credited a statewide sportsmanship initiative — headed up by the STAR Sportsmanship program — with a 40 percent decrease in game ejections in the last year. Other states such as Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida have also adopted statewide initiatives or are expanding STAR Sportsmanship pilots in their schools.
“STAR Sportsmanship is based on proven research into changing behaviors and the ‘on the field’ results experienced by the State of Alabama confirm its efficacy,” said Brian Shulman, founder and CEO of Learning Through Sports. “Being named as a Codie Award Finalist is further verification that our technology and methodology for reaching students is exemplary and worthy of this recognition.”
In the last two years, STAR Sportsmanship has been honored with a 2006 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) for The Secret of Baldwin High and a 2005 BESSIE award by the ComputED Learning Center in San Diego, Calif. The programs were designed and developed for Learning Through Sports by LetterPress Software (www.lpsoftware.com).
STAR Sportsmanship is based on solid research on instructional design using web-based activities and off-line materials to change behaviors through modeling and role-playing exercises. It uses educational video games, known as “digital game-based learning” among educators, to appeal to today’s technology-oriented students. Preview STAR Sportsmanship at www.learningthroughsports.com/star_demo.html.
About Learning Through Sports
Learning Through Sports (LTS) is an educational publisher of interactive sports video games that teach core subject areas and behavioral skills to students in grades K-12. LTS flagship products are Kid’s College, a web-based reading/language arts and math skills intervention program for grades K-8, and STAR Sportsmanship. Kid’s College has been proven effective in raising test scores for underachieving students by providing ongoing diagnosis of skill weaknesses and a fast track to bring students to grade level proficiency. Learning Through Sports was founded in 2001 by Auburn University graduate and football captain, Brian Shulman who is a Birmingham, Ala. native. Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association serves on the LTS Advisory Board. Today, LTS programs have been used by over 5 million students in over 2,500 schools across the nation. For more information, call: 866-552-9192 or visit http://www.learningthroughsports.com.