AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
SOFTWARE AND WEB-BASED: NEW PRODUCTS
123D Circuits lets students design and simulate circuits in a collaborative online environment, where several
users can work on the same projects simultaneously. Students can choose from Breadboard, Schematic, or
PCB Editor views. Judges said the product allowed for a great deal of flexibility, and said it was easy to get
into as well as fun to create with.
Aerohive Client Management
Aerohive Networks’ Client Management application reduces the burden of
onboarding and provisioning school-issued and BYO devices with unique
credentials to maintain security of resources. Judges liked that the portal is
completely Web-based, making it ideal for large or multi-campus deployment.
They also liked the ability to set up different rules for different classes,
students, and devices.
Alma is a cloud-based SaaS solution designed to improve K-12 student
outcomes by providing educators with a 360-degree view of their
students’ learning process. Alma simplifies and streamlines workflow and
communications, all through an intuitive and easy-to-use platform. Judges
found Alma to be a complete and easy-to-use LMS that provided a safe
classroom technology environment. They found it could be easily integrated
into the existing curriculum.
Barracuda Firewall offers customized
network protection that can be easily
configured in minutes. The nextgeneration
firewall is ideal for school
networks of all sizes, providing security
and connectivity regardless of location.
Judges found it quick to install and
easy to set up, and particularly liked the
customizable user interface.
Barracuda Copy offers a secure way to
save and store student projects that are
created on shared computers, tablets,
and mobile devices. Students and
teachers can collaborate on assignments,
distribute and submit homework, and
more, through a simple drag-and-drop
interface. Judges found it easy to upload
and share documents, and appreciated
the simple and straightforward design.
Channel One News Curriculum
Channel One News
Channel One News Curriculum offers daily,
standards-aligned curriculum activities
tied to each day’s show and a searchable
library of Channel One News’ non-fiction
videos based on world events, feature stories,
and notable biographies, all available on demand.
Student-centered activities integrate ELA
with core subject areas and are supplemented
with vocabulary, discussion questions, quiz
questions, and information about the standards
that align to the activities. Judges loved the
short, professional videos on current topics that
are tailored for student understanding. They also
appreciated the vocabulary and quiz questions,
saying they helped spark discussions of the
Promethean’s ClassFlow all-in-one teaching platform lets teachers synchronize all classroom devices
and deliver lessons across connected learning environments. Teachers can create and present interactive
multimedia lessons across tablets, laptops, interactive whiteboards, or display panels. Judges found it easy to
navigate and use ClassFlow, and thought it could be easily integrated into the existing school environment.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
HMH’s Collections is an English Language Arts program for grades 6-12 that provides a multifaceted digital
approach to prepare students for the future. The program is organized into groups of multi-genre texts that
provide a foundation for Common Core instruction. Judges loved the unique capabilities and thought it
could be easily integrated into an existing curriculum.
Digital Literacy & Citizenship iBooks
Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education’s K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum on Apple’s iBooks consists
of eight multimedia iBooks textbooks, available for free. The offering features the entire Common Sense
Education curriculum and includes both Teacher Editions and Student Workbooks. Judges appreciated
that the curriculum is free and standards-aligned, and thought it was ideal for schools with existing 1:1
The free Door 24 iPad app motivates students in grades 4-8 to boost their math skills
through game design. The app develops computational fluency and number sense,
offers practice with expressions, equations, and algebraic thinking, and encourages
flexibility and perseverance in problem-solving. Judges said the app appealed to
students, teachers, and parents. They also said teachers could encourage students to
use the app every day, either before, during, or after math lessons.
DreamBox Math for iPad
DreamBox Learning, Inc.
Dream Box Learning Math is a rigorous, standards-aligned,
K-8 curriculum that’s available in English or Spanish and
motivates students through virtual manipulatives. The
program offers reporting to help teachers differentiate
instruction and check student progress. Judges liked the
“expansive game options” and found that it truly engaged
Education Galaxy offers engaging
online assessment that prepares
students for state tests. The program
rewards progress throughout the
year, and is built to the rigor of the
CCSS. Judges thought Education
Galaxy offered a lot of potential in
terms of the ability to view reports
through many lessons. The judges
added that set-up was a cinch,
particularly with touches like the
bulk upload feature.
ExitTicket is a real-time, systems-level assessment solution designed by teachers for teachers. The solution
supports student data transparency between teachers and administrators to create personalized remediation and
differentiation responses. One judge recommended the Standards App, available for an additional but minimal
cost, which lets students and teachers monitor results. Judges also liked the ability to use multiple devices and
platforms with the free version.
Field Trip Library
Field Trip Library is a browser-based resource for K-12 that engages students while simplifying complex events
and concepts. Currently available modules cover topics from Lewis and Clark to the World Wars and Global
Energy Resources. Judges loved the variety of resources and said they truly enhanced instruction. They also said
the product illustrates data in an interactive and unique visual format.
Goalbook Toolkit is a professional
learning tool that supports teachers
in creating personalized goals and
applying evidence-based strategies
to remove learning barriers when
planning instruction. The resources
cover Pre-K through 12th grade in
reading, writing, math, social and
emotional learning, ELL, and more.
Judges appreciated the UDL resources
and found that Goalbook offered a
creative application for goal-setting
and creating instruction for students
at all levels. One judge in particular
called it a groundbreaking idea to
seamlessly integrate IEP goals with
CCSS and UDl.
GoNoodle lets teachers
“brain breaks” to
are healthy for
and brains, and
engagement, since students are
rewarded along the way. Judges
thought GoNoodle offered a creative
use of technology and a useful way to
track student progress. They also said
it was fun for students and held high
Graphite by Common Sense
Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education’s Graphite is a free service that helps educators
discover, share, and use the best apps, games, Web sites, and digital curricula.
Graphite offers unbiased, rigorous ratings and insights from a community
of educators and childhood development experts. Judges loved the rich
resources, tools, and constant improvements. They also noted that tutorials are
provided in a short video format and are designed to help teachers navigate,
write field notes to share, and create lesson plans.
KnowRe’s flagship product is a cloud-based adaptive learning program
designed for secondary math that engages students with gamified
learning. KnowRe assesses a student’s strengths and challenges, creating
a personalized curriculum to address learning gaps. Judges loved the
“clever videos” and “real life applications,” finding that they really engaged
students. They also liked that students need to earn credits in order to
advance, which helps ensure that students complete sections and review
Lexia Reading Core5
Lexia Reading Core5 is a technology-based
reading program for students of all abilities from
grades pre-K through 5. The program offers a
personalized learning path for each student, with
scaffolding and explicit instruction designed to
support students when they struggle. Judges
gave Lexia Reading Core5 high marks for its ease
of use and effectiveness in the classroom.
The Möbius Project
The Möbius Project helps
academic institutions move
their math-based, STEM
courses online. The online environment includes
natural math notation,
exploration, and more.
Judges found it a great
product to supplement
math instruction, and liked
the interactive way to “see”
mathematical solutions. They also appreciated that the program lets students review problems until
they understand the concept.
Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes
Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences consists of three components that provide
expertise on the difficult subject of genocide: a virtual textbook that’s constantly updated to stay current,
perspectives that support critical thinking, and a supporting reference library on genocide. The program
won high scores across the board, particularly for its appropriateness for use in a school setting, as well as
offering something unique and relevant for students.
Nepris connects companies with K-12 teachers, offering professionals
who can explain real-world concepts to students, help with collaborative
projects, or provide coaching and career advice. Judges found it ideal
for the existing school environment and thought it offered something
unique for students and teachers alike.
Net Texts is a two-part system that
includes a content management system
(CMS) and an app. The CMS has
aggregated open educational resources
organized into textbook replacement
courses. Teachers can customize
courses by mixing and matching their
own material with Open Educational
Resources that are tagged and sorted
by subject, grade, and CCSS. Judges found it engaging for students and easy
to use. They also appreciated the content-rich Web site, with its highly-rated
Open Educational Resources.
One Call Now
Developed with school administrator insight, the Safe School Helpline is an anonymous hotline service
that includes direct and confidential access to a trained staff of live crisis counselors, 24/7. Judges called
it a “must-have” for school safety and crisis intervention teams. They also thought that the completely
anonymous feature makes it a trustworthy solution for all parties involved.
OpenEd provides teachers with educational resources – mostly free – to personalize learning and help students
succeed. OpenEd’s catalog includes standards-aligned lesson plans, assessments, videos, and games. Judges gave
OpenEd high scores for its ability to be smoothly integrated into the existing school environment. They also
thought the resource offered unique capabilities for educators.
Otus Mobile Learning Environment
The Otus LMS is designed to make technology easy to use and accessible for students and teachers. The mobile learning environment, accessible across all Web-enabled devices, is free for education users and has no ads or in-app
purchases. Judges liked the Google Drive integration and the high-quality features, such as a recognition tool that
tracks positive student behaviors and the icon that tracks class participation.
The new Pearson Realize LMS
offers standards-aligned content,
flexible class management tools,
and embedded assessments that
instantly deliver data to teachers.
The system enables teachers to
use student performance and
usage data to target instruction.
Judges found it easy to integrate
the LMS into the existing school
environment, and appreciated
the useful features that simplified
Shutterfly’s Photo Story iPad app lets students showcase their projects in digital and printed
book formats. Photo Story is CCSS-aligned and helps students document their stories with
text, photos, audio clips, and Doodle drawings. Judges found it great for school projects and
for the school environment as a whole.
PREPWORKS Adaptive Algebra EOC Course
The PREPWORKS Algebra EOC Course helps students prepare for advanced math classes and college, as well as improve on
standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. The PREPWORKS program is available across all mobile devices, and can be completed
on a customized schedule to suit students’ and teachers’ needs. Judges liked that the program uses pre-assessments to provide a
remedial curriculum that’s tailored to each student. They also found the site easy to navigate and straightforward for student use.
PresenceLearning Online Counseling
PresenceLearning’s live, online counseling service gives schools access to licensed counselors,
social workers, and school psychologists to address students’ behavioral and mental health
needs. Judges thought the product was effective for the entire school, and found it easy to
navigate the software.
Pearson’s Q-interactive administers the types of one-on-one assessments that are typically given by school
psychologists and speech pathologists. The system processes
assessments through two iPads connected with Bluetooth.
The teacher uses one iPad and controls the student’s iPad,
ultimately reducing testing time and offering real-time
scoring, audio recording, and quick editing of tests. Judges
thought Q-interactive efficiently assesses a student’s areas of
strength and weakness. They were also impressed with the
feature set, particularly the recording option that lets school
psychologists review testing sessions.
Read&Write for Google
Read&Write for Google helps students who are struggling with learning difficulties
or ELLs to boost their reading and writing skills through Google Apps. The Chrome
extension provides support for Google Docs, the Web, and other common file types
accessed through Google Drive. Judges liked the innovative use of a Google Chrome
extension for the classroom, and appreciated the number of student support tools,
including a calculator and text-to-speech capability.
Scoot & Doodle
Scoodle Jam is a free iPad app, designed to help educators engage
students with interactive projects. Users can draw, write, type, import
photos, and sync canvases to collaborate together in Edmodo Connect
or Facebook. Judges liked the colorful, kid-friendly graphic organizer
templates. One judge added that students over the age of 13 have an
option to collaborate in “creative jam sessions” with Facebook friends
through a synced canvas feature and video chat options, an engaging
feature for teens.
SignNow by Barracuda
Barracuda Networks’ SignNow enables secure, private eSigning
of documents from any mobile device, saving teachers time on
making paper copies and manually tracking down signatures and
forms. Teachers can also automate workflows and track the status of
documents in realtime. Judges noted the product has many features
that let the sender customize a document to reduce confusion. They
also said the ease of use for both the user and sender would ease the
implementation of SignNow.
TabPilot Tablet Manager
TabPilot Learning Systems
TabPilot Tablet Manager is a cloud-based management system that lets teachers control classroom tablets
while providing IT administrators with MDM features to secure and manage the devices. Teachers can
limit the apps available during class time, freeze and monitor screens, and distribute content. Judges raved
over the control and flexibility in management on the administrative and teacher ends. They found it easy
to manipulate profiles on devices, enabling use in many ways to meet a variety of needs.
TalentEd Records is a customizable process management software that streamlines and
automates the most complicated, time-consuming tasks and workflows for teachers.
High scores across the board made this product a winner. Judges found it ideal for the
existing school environment and rated the innovative use of technology very highly.
TechSmith Relay lets users create and share videos. Teachers
can record from anywhere with the desktop and mobile recorder,
and then easily organize videos to provide access to various
groups as well as integrate into an existing LMS. Judges liked the
ease of use and ability to measure learning outcomes through the
video assessments and scoring analytics. One judge added that
Relay would be perfect for a flipped learning environment.
TestRocker ACT Preparation
The TestRocker ACT preparation program is broken
into three steps: plan, learn, and practice. Students
begin with a diagnostic test that provides a customized
study plan, and then work through over 2,000
questions and videos in modular fashion. Finally,
students practice with timed quizzes and full-length
tests. Judges thought the program was ideal for use in
schools, and gave high scores to the unique capabilities
of the program.
Travels With Music
Listen for Life
Travels With Music offers a multimedia, cross-curricular exploration of world cultures with
master musicians as tour guides. The program covers 15 cultures, including Chile, India,
Morocco, and the USA, through the use of 300 video and audio segments. Judges found it
“different and refreshing,” and appreciated the simple, easy-to-use interface. Another judge
applauded the graphics as well as the embedded video, music, and reading materials.
Virtual Nerd Mobile
Virtual Nerd Mobile Math offers anytime,
anywhere access to a library of over 1,500 high-quality
math tutorials, and is available for free on
the App Store. The tutorials cover fundamental
concepts for middle and high school students,
organized by topic and standard. Judges rated
it a unique product that encouraged students to
remain engaged in math beyond the classroom.
They also liked the ease of use and helpful
Voces English Grammar & Writing
Teacher’s Discovery Classroom
The Voces English Grammar & Writing eTextbook helps students in grades 9 and 10 build skills
from basic grammar knowledge to different types of writing models. The eTextbook contains lessons,
practice exercises, video writing prompts, flash cards, and more. Judges called it an “inventive use of
technology” and stated it could be seamlessly integrated into the existing curriculum.
Wandoo Planet is an Internet discovery app that encourages children to read
more frequently. The app uses an adaptive learning algorithm to make book
and activity recommendations tied to students’ interests. Recommendations
are driven by what other kids with similar interests have curated for themselves.
Judges liked how Wandoo Planet uses different elements from a range of media
presentations, such as ratings, characters, and motion-like games.
World’s Worst Pet
The World’s Worst Pet free iPad app is designed for students in grades 4-8
and offers additional practice on Tier Two vocabulary—high-utility words
that appear across a range of texts, including literature and informational
text, and a focus of the CCSS. Judges found it easy to use and thought it
kept students engaged. They also liked that the game got more challenging
as players moved up.
SOFTWARE AND WEB-BASED: BEST UPGRADES
123D Design for Desktop
With the 123D Design app, students can create 3D printable designs on their
desktop and tablet devices. The included parts and example projects introduce
users to design ideas and help them get familiar with design concepts. Judges
found it ideal for students and staff members alike, particularly for schools
incorporating a Maker Space. One judge added that 123D Design could be
smoothly integrated into multiple subject areas.
The Acuity College and Career Readiness (CCR) assessment solution for
grades 3-8 helps teachers measure student progress and achievement toward
the new readiness standards. Educators can easily create instructional
remediation and enrichment plans based on students’ assessment results, for
targeted and individualized support. Judges found it convenient that Acuity
offered premade assessments as well as the option to let teachers create their
own assessments. They also found it easy to use from an educator’s standpoint.
Barracuda Backup is a flexible, fully automated, disk-based backup
solution that’s available as a virtual or physical plug-and-play appliance
for onsite backups with offsite and cloud-based replication. The software
securely stores data in multiple locations. Judges liked that backups can
be coordinated with other devices or the cloud. One judge noted a helpful
feature—when the initial configuration is done, the device gives a clear
indication of issues through color-coded displays.
Barracuda Message Archiver
The Barracuda Message Archiver lets school administrators retain and retrieve
all emails (including deleted messages) while reducing storage requirements.
Users can seamlessly access old emails through the Outlook add-in, mobile
apps, and the Web. One judge raved over the quick set-up, particularly for
exchange users. Judges also liked the use of indexing, for complete searches.
Barracuda Spam Firewall 400
Barracuda Networks’ Spam Firewall provides comprehensive email
security for schools through inbound and outbound traffic filtering and
encryption to protect communication. Administrators can set granular
policies for network optimization to ensure critical applications are
prioritized. Judges praised the granular control, and found it easy to use
Barracuda Web Filter
The Barracuda Web Filter keeps students safe through Web content
filters and granular policy management for CIPA compliance, network
security, and bandwidth management. The solution includes integrated
mobile filtering for 1:1 initiatives and BYOD settings, both on and off
campus. Judges liked the easy set-up and the ease of navigation across
The ClassLink LaunchPad offers
a personalized cloud desktop
solution for Web and mobile
users, delivering single sign-on
access to school resources from
teachers, and students get
personalized access to files
and applications on any device.
Judges liked the ease of access
to files stored on devices, in the
cloud, and on the district network.
They also found it quick to set
up and easy to use, thanks to its
The CyberBully Hotline offers anonymous reporting for schools and helps them create a
reporting program. The latest branded school tip line offering lets schools create a custom
name for the solution, a local hotline number, and promotional materials. The company has
also released a new mobile app that helps administrators report directly from their mobile
devices. Judges found it a strong tool against bullying and school violence, and appreciated
the convenience of dealing with events as they are reported, thanks to the mobile app.
Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook
Discovery Education’s Social Studies
Techbook offers a complete digital
solution that features standardsaligned
content to build literacy,
critical thinking, and citizenship
skills. The series is currently available
for middle school courses, including
US History, World History, and
World Geography and Cultures.
Judges loved the functionality and
thought it offered a great deal of
educational value to the social studies
Drive Vaccine protects PCs from changes,
simplifying computer set-up in libraries
and schools where many different users
might access a single PC. Drive Vaccine
automatically restores PCs to the
desired state whenever the workstation
is restarted. Judges gave high scores
toward the ease of use for IT staff. One
judge pointed out how helpful it was to
configure the software on a schedule,
automating the process of continually
returning multi-user workstations back to
a preset configuration.
ExploreLearning Gizmos offers a library of interactive online simulations
in math and science for grades 3-12. The program includes research-based,
flexible tools for teachers and is ideal for all classroom settings, from
individual to group to whole class instruction. Gizmos can be used with an
LCD projector or interactive whiteboard. Judges said the Gizmos Math and
Science app in particular offers a wide assortment of simulations, from 2D
Collisions to Uniform Circular Motion. They rated the simulations as highly
interactive and said they could be used in conjunction with class lessons
where instructions would be provided.
Designed for K-12, Gaggle’s Safe
Classroom Learning Management System
features built-in processes and classroom
workflows to promote productivity for
students and teachers alike. Additionally,
for schools using Google Apps for
Education or Office 365, Gaggle Safety
Management enhances compliance with
the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Overall, judges found it easy to use and
work with Gaggle. They also appreciated
that it allows for in-class and online hybrid
The iLit (Inspire Literacy) mobile app is a
comprehensive digital literacy tool that fosters
reading growth for students in grades 4-10. The
intervention program offers personalized learning
support tailored to students’ instructional needs,
and features interactivities as well as reward systems
to motivate students along the way. Judges found
it incredibly easy to use, and said the design was
eye-catching. They added that the teacher resources
seemed abundant, as did the text selection for
itslearning is a cloud-based,
personalized learning platform
designed to simplify teaching and
foster parent involvement. The
platform includes teaching and
learning tools for course management
and delivery, curriculum management,
professional development, reporting,
and analytics. One judge found it the most robust and comprehensive classroom organizer they’d ever
tried. The judge added that it was very intuitive to use, with no need for help pages or instructions.
The Kno app, part of Intel Education, is an interactive eTextbook and PDF eReader that lets students highlight,
take notes, and journal. Judges liked that Kno works across multiple platforms, and gave it high marks for unique
capabilities and ease of use.
Kurzweil 3000-firefly is a
that delivers content and
tools to help students read,
understand, and demonstrate
their learning. The latest
version includes nearly 40
updates to Kurzweil 3000 for
Windows, Mac, and the Web-based
“firefly.” Judges liked
the “uncluttered toolbars” that
provide easy access to features,
and particularly enjoyed the
option to customize tools
to meet an individual user’s
LanSchool is a classroom
management solution that
supports PC, Mac, Linux, and
Thin Clients. The latest version
supports Chromebooks and offers
an improved multi-platform
software update through the
LanSchool Connection Service.
Furthermore, LanSchool 7.8
Teacher’s Assistant is now
available as one app for both the
iPhone and iPad. One judge stated
that for schools looking to control
access to online information,
LanSchool was a solid product.
Another judge praised the
communication features—students can send questions
privately as well as request help.
LearnPad is a classroom tablet solution that supports and simplifies teaching and learning. Teachers can supervise
and control student devices, lessons, and activities for differentiated instruction and access to digital content.
Judges thought the built-in classroom management tools made it easy for teachers to ensure that tablets are useful
in the classroom. They also found it easy to add and remove resources as well as to update lessons.
MimioMobile App with MimioStudio 11
The MimioMobile app extends the functionality of MimioStudio classroom software to
the use of Apple and Android tablets and smartphones for student collaboration, formative
assessment, and desktop control. Teachers can create and present lessons on interactive
whiteboards, projectors, and displays from Mimio and other manufacturers. Judges raved
over the collaboration features, as well as the assessment and screen-sharing capabilities.
One judge added that the availability for various devices supports BYOD or mixed lab use.
Mobile Manager applies and inherits policies with
a smart hierarchy that’s tailored to each school.
Regardless of whether a school uses iOS, Mac,
Android, Windows 8, or other tablets, Mobile
Manager allows users to access learning any time
and from any device. Administrators and teachers
can push apps, control policies, roll out or wipe
devices, and run reports quickly and easily. Judges
appreciated the thorough online tutorials and
noted that administrators can configure policies,
push apps, and view reports based on the basic user
types of Teacher and Student.
My Big Campus is a collaborative
community that’s built around
a learning management system
and offers teachers and students
the tools to access and share
information. Judges said that My
Big Campus serves both teachers
and administrators well as a class
management system. They added
that it can help students stay
organized, by providing a one-stop
location for due dates, grades, and
myON is a personalized digital literacy platform that provides unlimited access to over
7,500 enhanced digital books with multimedia, real-time assessments, and reading tools
such as in-book highlighting. Resources are based on embedded Lexile assessments that
measure student reading growth. Judges liked the easy means to access interactive books for
all grade levels, and the suggestions for books that are based on student requirements.
Nearpod is a mobile learning
platform designed for the
synchronized use of mobile
devices in education. Teachers
can create content and assess
students in real time. Users
can convert their existing
presentations into mobilefriendly
content, delivered to
student devices, and get instant
feedback through features
such as polls, quizzes, and
open-ended questions. Judges
called it an “innovative tool”
that provides many options for
student interactions. One judge
thought it would be especially
useful for math classes where
tools are sometimes limited.
NetSupport School is a classroom
software solution that lets teachers
instruct and monitor their students
from the individual to entireclass
level. The solution enables
teachers to deliver content while
monitoring all student PCs to
maintain student focus. Judges
found it perfect for a BYOD
environment, and loved the new
Question and Answer module,
which lets teachers deliver instant
student and peer assessments
through different questioning
Odysseyware’s research-based core curriculum, assessments, and targeted learning tools
offer administrators, teachers, and students a learning solution that can be customized and
used in a variety of instructional settings. Odysseyware includes embedded interactive, multimedia instructional videos, learning games, and animations. One judge
noted that the range and number of subjects and courses offered was very impressive. The judge added that students and teachers can monitor progress, address problem
areas, and exchange notes.
Read&Write Gold offers literacy support and exam reading for PC and Mac
computers. The software comes in the form of a discreet toolbar that integrates
with applications such as MS Word, the Internet, and more. Students can work
independently in class, on coursework, and during exams. Judges said tools can
be quickly and easily learned, as well as simplified or adapted for each student.
They also liked the accompanying videos and manual, designed to help
students and teachers use the software to its fullest potential.
Reading A-Z offers over 1,300 leveled fiction and nonfiction books,
grouped into 27 levels of reading difficulty. The Web site also provides
resources designed to help K-5 teachers differentiate instruction and
promote inquiry and engagement in the classroom. Judges found it very
easy to integrate into their existing curricula, and said it was user-friendly
for students and teachers alike.
Ready Teacher Toolbox
Designed as a companion for Curriculum Associates’ Ready program, the Ready Teacher Toolbox arms educators
with additional resources to help students master the CCSS, including research-based activities, downloadable
lessons, and guided tutorials. Judges found it to be rich in resources for new and seasoned teachers alike, and
appreciated the finely detailed, grade level appropriate PDFs and interactive video lessons.
Rollback Rx is a comprehensive Windows restore software that lets IT administrators quickly restore PCs to any
previous state. Administrators can go back to any point in time, from minutes to months. The solution supports multi-boot,
multi-OS workstations and works with VMWare and Virtual Machines. One judge called it a much-needed
product for multiple user environments, and found it easy to set up and install. Another judge praised the helpful
embedded help menu.
Science A-Z delivers
over 3,500 differentiated
resources bundled into
“units” that are offered at
three reading levels within each grade span (K-2, 3-4, and 5-6). Current units
include Life, Earth, Physical, and Process Science. Judges liked the addition
of the Focus Books as well as other updates that help create an accessible
approach to teaching science while integrating NGSS
and CCSS for ELA. One judge added that searching
for resources was easy and the navigation was wellorganized.
Shmoop University, Inc.
Shmoop University, Inc.
Shmoop offers teaching content in a teen-friendly,
approachable style. The academically
rigorous materials are designed to help
students understand how subjects relate to
their daily lives. Judges thought the features
and tools were particularly student-friendly. They also gave it high marks for
originality and value in the classroom.
Camera with Sphere
2 and ClassCast
AVer Information, Inc.
TabCam wirelessly captures and broadcasts live
classroom content to iPads, Android tablets, and
PC/MAC laptops in real-time. The new student
engagement software, Sphere2, adds enhanced
visual capabilities to lesson creation, one-to-one
student engagement, and collaboration. Judges
loved that they could stream live video from the
camera directly into their tablet or computer.
One judge added that TabCam is perfect for
teachers who want to flip their classrooms, thanks
to the Whiteboard mode that supports full video
recording while annotating lesson elements.
Tales2Go is a Netflix-like subscription service that streams name-brand audiobooks to
desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, both inside and outside the classroom. The program
offers users instant, unlimited, and simultaneous access to the catalog. Judges appreciated
the ease of use and range of content, and loved that Tales2Go could be used across multiple
platforms and devices. One judge added that the service gives students access to audiobooks
on a technology that fits their style.
TeacherLists.com is a free,
online resource for posting
and sharing school supply lists.
Schools can quickly and easily
post and share their lists, and
parents can receive the lists
whenever needed, even on
their smartphones. High scores
across the board made this
product a winner, and judges
particularly noted the ease
of navigation as a stand-out
Tinkercad is an easy-to-use, browser-based 3D
design and modeling tool that lets users create
toys, decorations, jewelry, and more. Judges
found it easy to use and called it a “wonderful
application for basic 3D design.” They also found
it fun and interesting just to explore the product,
and were sure their students would as well.
Turnitin’s cloud-based service provides
originality checking, online grading, and peer
review to save teachers time and offer feedback
to students. Judges loved the ease of navigation
and thought the product was ideal for any school.
Hardware and Network: New Products
Acer C720 Chromebook
The Acer C720 Chromebook, powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, provides up
to 8.5 hours of battery life and boots up in less than seven seconds. The 11.6-inch
ComfyView HD display offers a clear view of Web sites, images, and video.
One judge commented on the “excellent feel to the case” and the “awesome
speed.” Judges also found the processing time to be fast and efficient.
Acer TravelMate B113-M-6889
Acer America Corp.
The TravelMate B113 notebook PC boasts over seven hours of battery life and high performance with
up to an Intel Core i3 processor, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, and up to a 500GB hard drive. Its 11.6-inch display features an anti-glare surface and vivid HD (1366x768), and the entire unit is just one inch
thin and three pounds. Judges called it a “solid little laptop” ideal for the Windows environment, and
found it very effective for a classroom machine.
ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K
The ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K is an Ultra HD live production switcher with 6G-SDI technology that includes built-in full motion DVE, a large media pool
with full motion clips, and a built-in multi-channel audio mixer. According to one judge, this product is on the “cutting edge of video production studio equipment,”
thanks to its advanced broadcast features. Another judge added that the technology is easy to pick up for novice live video producers.
The Belkin Secure Wired
Keyboard is perfect for
standardized testing, since
Bluetooth wireless keyboards are
not always permitted in school
testing environments. The batteryfree
keyboard connects directly
to a single iPad, and the design is
sturdy and child-friendly. Judges
raved over the construction quality,
finding it durable for student use.
They also liked the plug-and-play
convenience of the keyboard.
Casio America, Inc.
Casio’s XJ-UT210WN offers 3100 lumens and an ultra short-throw ratio of 0.28:1, along with WXGA resolution
and required connectively plus a suite of application tools. Judges praised the “extremely short-throw” projector’s
high image quality, and found it easy to set up and remarkably lightweight at under 13 pounds. One judge noted
that there is no need to replace the bulb, leading to potential cost savings.
VINCI Education’s ClassVINCI is a game-based learning tablet designed for early childhood learning
and powered by real-time analytics and reporting. The program includes the syllabus, lessons, and
assessments to give young students an incentive to work hard to achieve benchmarks including state
ECE and Common Core standards. Judges liked the high-quality graphics and said the device was
sturdy, well-made, and appealing to students.
Epson BrightLink 595Wi
The Epson BrightLink 595Wi
is a touch-enabled 3LCD
interactive ultra short-throw
projector that delivers
3,300 lumens of brightness
and PC-free interactivity
capabilities. The projector
comes with an external
module that mounts to a wall
or to an existing whiteboard,
enabling finger touch control
and annotations. Judges raved
over the ease of use on the
pinch and zoom features, and
loved the large, bright picture.
Epson PowerLite 570
The PowerLite 570 from
Epson is an ultra short-throw
designed for the K-12
classroom, that offers unique
collaboration options for
BYOD and one-to-one
classrooms. Teachers can
wirelessly connect up to 50
devices and share students’
work from up to four device
screens (PCs, tablets, and
phones) at the same time.
Judges liked the moderator
features and wireless iPad
connectivity. They also gave high marks to the video quality.
Wall Mount 10
Ergotron’s Tablet Management Wall
Mount 10 is a low-profile wall mounted
enclosure that syncs, charges, and
stores up to 10 iPad, iPad mini, or iPod
Touch devices, with or without cases.
Indicator LED lights show which
devices are fully charged and ready
for use. Judges said the wall mount
provides “secure and convenient
storage,” and liked that it’s easy for
teachers to see if devices are fully
Luidia’s Equil Smartpen captures
handwritten notes, sketches,
and diagrams, and transfers the
content to Android, iOS, Mac,
and Windows devices and the
cloud, for editing, enhancing, and
sharing. Users can store notes
on the receiver’s memory and
import when they’re ready. Judges
praised the form factor and
found that the battery life seems
sufficient for the school day.
Vernier’s Go Wireless Temp sensor is
a rugged, stainless-steel temperature
sensor that enables students to collect
scientific data using iOS devices. The
sensor is supported by a free app that lets
students view and record temperature
readings. Judges rated the quality and
durability highly. One judge added that it
would be perfect for a physics classroom
HuddleVU Collaboration System
The HuddleVU collaboration system lets up to seven users share and view their laptops, tablets,
and smartphone screens on a main display. HuddleVU includes all necessary video-switching
equipment, control hardware, display power control, and color-coded captive HDMI cables for
simple deployment. Judges appreciated the easy installation and found that it fosters instant
LG Chromebase Monitor
The LG Chromebase is an all-in-one computer powered by the Google
Chrome operating system that features a 21.5-inch widescreen full HD In
Plane Switching (IPS) display in a space-saving design. The IPS display allows
for smooth viewing of images, like action scenes and sports. Judges loved the
fast boot-up time, as well as the compact design. One judge added that the
Chromebase would be an “incredible asset in any classroom setting.”
Little Scholar Educational Tablet
School Zone Publishing
The Little Scholar tablet prepares students for pre-K through 1st grade
learning. The tablet comes preloaded with School Zone’s learning curriculum
that covers math, reading, spelling, geography, science, and more. Little
Scholar includes over 200 apps, books, songs, and videos. Judges found the
tablet easy to use and loved that there were no advertisements or distractions
to divert student attention.
M322W Portable Projector
NEC Display Solutions
The NEC Display 3,200-lumen M322W portable projector delivers high contrast
images at a ratio of 10,000:1 and offers filter-free maintenance. Users can transmit
images directly from computers, tablets, and smartphones using DisplayNote and NEC’s
Wireless Image Utility. Judges thought the projector had “plenty of brightness” and found
it ideal for all lighting situations. They also appreciated the selection of inputs, and rated
it easy to operate.
MW853UST Ultra Short-Throw Projector
BenQ America Corp.
BenQ’s MW853UST ultra short-throw projector features dual-screen
capabilities to enlarge the projection area,. The projector
supports collaboration on screens up to 150 inches, using up
to four PointWrite pens or finger-touch. The MW853UST has
an integrated wall-mount plate and offers 3D, PC, and Blu-ray
readiness. The brightness and large projection area won over our
judges, as did the audio volume and quality.
The penveu interactive display system
is a handheld device and base unit that’s
designed to address issues with interactive
whiteboards. Users can write, draw, control
their applications and content, and save
screen captures from anywhere in the room.
Judges thought it was great for classrooms
that have a projector but not an interactive
whiteboard. They also said that teachers
liked the ease of use and mobility.
The Prodigi Duo 2-in-1 electronic magnifier is
a Personal Vision Assistant that incorporates
a table-top magnifier and hand-held magnifier
in one simple package. Text can be magnified
as much as needed, without loss of image
quality. Users can also switch from reading
documents to listening to them with one touch.
Judges found it had lots of applications in the
classroom with students who are learning-disabled,
and praised the high-quality video
Swivl is a lecture and presentation tool that simplifies the capture,
production, delivery, and sharing of educational content. The tool comprises
a robotic mobile accessory, app, and connected cloud service, and lets
educators use the technology they already own to create multimedia videos.
Judges found Swivl ideal for easily recording video lessons, and said it was
well designed as well as durable enough for school use.
AVer Information, Inc.
The Aver TabCharge CT2 holds up to 40 Chromebooks, iPads or other
tablets, laptops, or Netbooks (up to 14” in screen size) in two easy-access
sliding shelves. The
unit monitors devices
in groups of ten and
determines the best
saving time on charging.
Judges found the cart to
be durable and well made
in its space-saving design,
and particularly liked the
shelves that slide out for
easy device access and
zSpace STEM Package
zSpace offers an interactive learning experience through virtual technology
for K-12 and beyond. The zSpace Virtual Reality Lab comprises 12 stations
and education software packages, and each station includes
a full HD display, glasses, and stylus that can be used to
interact with virtual images. For instance, students can
dissect human hearts, explore volcanoes, and test physics
outcomes in Jupiter’s gravity. Judges
liked the library of models and learning
applications, and found it was
perfect for schools trying
to support or establish a
HARDWARE AND NETWORK: BEST UPGRADES
Samsung Chromebook 2
Samsung Electronics America
The Samsung 11-inch Chromebook 2 offers faster performance, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, and a slim
design with a reinforced metal frame to guard against drops. The Chromebook 2 can be centrally managed
from the Web-based Google console, making it easy for teachers to configure laptops across the classroom or
entire school. Judges found the Chromebook 2 to be very rugged and well designed for student use. They also
liked the additional management features.
SRCOOL12k Portable AC Unit with
SRCOOLNET Remote Management
Tripp Lite’s SRCOOL12K Portable AC unit is a portable AC unit designed as a full-fledged IT
device with support for remote management through SNMP, Web, SSH, and telnet. Users can
monitor conditions at remote sites, receive alerts, and adjust settings such as fan speed and cooling
temperature. One judge cited the portability of the unit as the best feature, as schools could locate
servers in different areas. The judge also liked the easy-to-use Web interface.