WAYNE, N.J., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ConnectYard, an education-focused technology company that provides a unique, two-way communication platform that connects faculty and students to build stronger education communities, today announced that the company was named a finalist for the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 27th Annual CODiE Awards. SIIA is the premier trade association for the software and digital content industries. ConnectYard was selected to compete for the Best Education Community Solution Award, becoming a finalist after an intensive product review conducted by educators. Award winners will be announced at the CODiE Awards Reception and Dinner on Monday, May 7, 2012, at the Ed Tech Industry Summit.
"We are extremely honored to be a finalist for this prestigious award," said Chief Executive Officer Donald Doane. "It's especially gratifying since we were chosen by a panel of educators, who got a first-hand look at our capabilities and have the real-world experience to recognize ConnectYard's potential to strengthen their education communities by fostering better communication between faculty and students."
The ConnectYard solution, which seamlessly integrates the text messaging and social media communication tools today's students use with the email and learning management systems platforms faculty and staff use, connects students and faculty without compromising privacy and security. ConnectYard eliminates the need for students and faculty to "friend" or "follow" one another on social media hubs like Facebook and Twitter while allowing students and teachers to send and receive messages in their preferred communication venues.
"With each new incoming class, fewer students rely on more traditional forms of communication like email and learning management systems. Instead, students check Facebook and Twitter multiple times each day," notes ConnectYard Chief Operating Officer Dr. Grant Warner. "However, email and learning management systems like Blackboard and Moodle are the primary platforms faculty and staff use. We tie social and mobile media directly to the learning pathway, ensuring students receive messages quickly and that they and their teachers can communicate using the tools each group prefers."
The ConnectYard solution was selected from a group of numerous high-profile products, earning the finalist honor because of its unique capabilities. A complete list of Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Awards finalists can be viewed at http://www.siia.net/codies/2012/finalists.asp.
Founded in 2007, ConnectYard has grown rapidly by supporting educators' student engagement, retention and graduation rate improvement goals with innovative products like the company's Campus Communications solution, which allows institutions to deliver time-sensitive messages to students, faculty, staff, campus security, first responders and others, leveraging social media accounts, mobile phones and email to promptly deliver important messages. ConnectYard clients include the United States Air Force Academy's Air University, Anne Arundel Community College, Concordia University, Cornell University, California University of Pennsylvania and Dominican University. Find out more about ConnectYard at http://www.connectyard.com/.
ConnectYard provides a centralized social media communications platform for higher education that simplifies and unifies communications across a variety of social technologies, including Facebook and Twitter. The platform can also be used by various departments for institutional messaging, notifications, and emergency alerts. In addition, the platform seamlessly integrates into existing portal and learning management technologies, providing increased communication capabilities for both administrative and academic purposes.
ConnectYard, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. For more information on how ConnectYard can help your institution maximize student recruitment, retention, and much more, please visit http://www.connectyard.com or contact us at 973-494-8063.