Inspiration Software Takes Top Honors in 15th Annual Best Educational Software Awards


Kidspiration 3 and InspireData Recognized for Innovation, Educational Excellence


PORTLAND, OR. – April 28, 2009 –
Two Inspiration® Software, Inc. visual learning software tools are winners in the 15th Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES). This award program, sponsored by ComputED Learning Center, San Diego's leading computer education resource, targets innovative and content-rich programs and websites which provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Winners are selected from titles submitted by software publishers from around the world.

Kidspiration® 3, the newest version of Inspiration Software's visual learning software for young learners, took top honors in the Early Elementary Thinking Skills category. InspireData® 1.5, the visual way to explore and understand data, was named best software for data exploration. This is the eighth year in a row that Kidspiration has been honored by this award program and the third consecutive year for InspireData.

"It is exciting to have our visual learning software tools continue to earn recognition from the ComputED Learning Center's education award program," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "Visual learning plays an important role in helping students build 21st century skills and we are committed to developing powerful tools for integrating this instructional strategy into teaching and learning."

Kidspiration 3 supports students in kindergarten through fifth grade as they strengthen reading and writing skills, build conceptual understanding in math, and develop thinking skills across the curriculum. Since its launch in early 2008, the visual learning software for young learners has earned 12 prestigious awards across the education, parenting and technology communities.

Students in grades 4-12 use InspireData to investigate, analyze, and represent data and information in dynamic graphs and charts. InspireData’s tools make it easy to change variables and plot types so students can explore data in multiple, meaningful ways. Free 30-day trials of Kidspiration 3 and InspireData can be downloaded at For more information, call 800-877-4292 or visit to find a local education dealer.
About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.’s award-winning software tools, Inspiration®, Kidspiration and InspireData, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded more than 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company’s visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.

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