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Waterford Reading In the Cloud Earns 2014 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award for Mind-Building Excellence

SANDY, Utah, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Waterford Institute is pleased to announce that its cloud-based, early learning program Waterford Reading has been honored with a 2014 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys.

Waterford Research Institute is a nonprofit research center dedicated to providing every child with the finest education through the development of high-quality educational models, programs and software.

The independent Academics' Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.

Waterford Reading is a winner of the Academics' Choice Smart Media Award in the book category. Waterford Reading provides a complete, cloud-based language arts curriculum for young learners, covering crucial skills like phonemic awareness, phonics, text comprehension, vocabulary, print concepts, readiness skills, writing, and oral fluency.

The Academics' Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners.

According to the review highlights, one reviewer said, "I found the Waterford Early Learning Program to be a useful addition to one's academic arsenal. The program is can be customized to fit the needs of each of one's students. Their courses include language arts, science and mathematics. I was particularly impressed with their selection of literature. I appreciated reading stories that covered the globe."

Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory. The full list of winners is posted online at www.AcademicsChoice.com.

The hundreds of submitted products that are not chosen by the Academics' Choice Awards team (and many that are chosen) are donated to a variety of worthy charities and other organizations across the globe.

About Academics' Choice:
Academics' Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics' Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine "mind-builders" are recognized with the coveted Academics' Choice Award.

About Waterford
Waterford Institute is a nonprofit research center that creates personalized, cloud-based instruction through award-winning curriculum, content and assessment for children age Pre-K to 2nd grade. As a nonprofit, Waterford is uniquely focused on providing accessibility, equity and excellence for our youngest learners to position them for a lifetime of learning and success. For more information, visit www.waterford.org or call toll free at 1-877-499-7997.

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