Awards Of Excellence 2009

12/21/2009 By:

Now that the use of technology in schools is no longer a novelty but a reality, it is harder to make and market a successful piece of edtech. Whether it is a classroom device or districtlevel front-office assessment software, it’s no longer about the promise of what a product can do; it’s about the proof. This year’s Award of Excellence winners can be proud of this acknowledgment. Each went through the wringer—poked, prodded, and tested by actual educators in actual schools (see the list of volunteers at right).

NEW PRODUCTS


aha science

WWW.LEARNING.COM/AHASCIENCE

Judges gave high praise to the Aha!Science Whiteboard Edition, a Web-based supplemental science curriculum for grades 3-5, noting that students stay motivated with games and activities, while teachers liked the review of key concepts and differentiated instruction.

APANGEA WRITING WWW.APANGEA.COM/SMARTHELP-WRITING.HTML
Apangea Learning’s one-student-to-one-teacher tutoring technology impressed judges with its comprehensive instruction, range of content, ease of use, and affordability

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY COLLECTION WWW.ATOMICLEARNING.COM/ASSISTIVETECHNOLOGY
Judges across the board touted Atomic Learning’s Assistive Technology Collection as a comprehensive tool—a collection of short show-and-tell video tutorials that help teachers use and apply assistive technology.

AVERMEDIA AVERVISION CP355 INTERACTIVE DOCUMENT CAMERA WWW.AVERMEDIA-USA.COM/ PRESENTATION

AVERMEDIA AVERVISION CP355 INTERACTIVE DOCUMENT

One judge deemed the CP355 “an overhead projector for the 21st century.” With a 3.2- mega pixel camera head and features like Auto Focus and an 80X total zoom including 5X optical-zoom capability, the camera can highlight even small details.

BRAINPOP EDUCATORS WWW.BRAINPOP.COM/ EDUCATORS

BRAINPOP EDUCATORS

Judges gushed over BrainPOP Educators, BrainPOP’s online professional community that supports teachers with lesson plans, video tutorials, professional development, and assorted tips, tools and resources. Judges especially liked the “easy-to-use” site and found relevant material quickly by content area and grade level.

COMPASSLEARNING ODYSSEY HIGH SCHOOL WWW.COMPASSLEARNINGODYSSEY.COM

COMPASSLEARNING ODYSSEY HIGH SCHOOL

Judges reported many benefits of this online assessment and learning tool for high-school students, from its user-friendliness to a very nice student interface and excellent adaptability.

CP-WX410, WWW.HITACHIHOMEELECTRONICS. US/DIGITALMEDIA

CP-WX410

One of Hitachi’s two new WXGA wide-screenformat LCD projectors wowed the judges with its “bright, crisp image” and easy operation. The model’s impressive stats—3,000 lumens and a 500:1 contrast ratio—together with its low noise level and portability make it a powerful tool for large rooms and classroom environments.

DISCOVERY EDUCATION, WWW.DISCOVERYEDUCATION.COM/ PRODUCTS/SCIENCE

DISCOVERY EDUCATION

Discovery Education Science for Elementary’s inquiry-based resources address several learning styles and support literacy instruction across the curriculum. Students enjoy practicing “science like real scientists” through the program’s standardsbased virtual labs and explorations.

DREAMBOX LEARNING K-2 MATH WWW.DREAMBOX.COM

DREAMBOX LEARNING

The new DreamBox Learning K-2 Math curriculum earned high marks from judges for its adaptive instruction, its variety of modules, and its fun factor. One judge reported that the tool had a “great K-2 focus, with just enough repetition for learning without boredom.”

HP DX9000 TOUCHSMART BUSINESS PC, WWW.HP.COM/UNITED-STATES/CAMPAIGNS/ TOUCHSMART/#/MAIN/

HP DX9000 TOUCHSMART

Praised by judges for making teaching “easier than ever,” the HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC was rated an up-to-date and creative classroom tool. The HP TouchSmart software suite and integrated WLAN enable users to easily access information, collaborate and communicate with others, and browse the Internet in a way that judges found “very fun.”

IGNITE! MATH, WWW.IGNITELEARNING.COM/MATH

IGNITE! MATH

Ignite! Learning’s Math software features a combination of media and print activities. Judges liked the “good teacher-support materials,” which include lesson plans and mediareflection questions, and were impressed with the “wide variety of learning tools,” including a glossary, tests, videos, and interactive units.

IN2BOOKS, IN2BOOKS.EPALS.COM

The new ePals Web-based program In2Books garnered unanimous raves from the judges, who praised its innovation and use of social networking to encourage reading. The online program connects students in grades 3-5 with an adult to discuss books that are included in the package, an important factor for many schools, the judges noted.

EPSON DC-06, EPSONBRIGHTER FUTURES.COM/PRODUCTS/ DOCUMENTCAMER

EPSON DC-06

A Thanks to the Epson DC- 06 document camera’s XGA resolution and LED light source, students can see every detail, even in low-light conditions. Judges deemed it “great for school” and noted that the quality is great for a camera of its convenient size.

EPSON POWERLITE 410W EPSONBRIGHTERFUTURES.COM/ PRODUCTS/CLASSROOM

EPSON POWERLITE 410W

The new PowerLite 410W is ideal for the classroom, thanks to its wall-mount capability and ease of use with interactive whiteboards. The short-throw distance leaves plenty of space for students while drastically reducing shadow interference. Judges found this projector easy to use and liked that the wall mount protected it in a classroom setting.

INTELLISLATE, WWW.INTERACTIVEWHITEBOARDS.COM The INTELLISLATE RF

INTELLISLATE DEC

wireless tablet allows teachers to navigate their computer while moving around the classroom. One judge reported that INTELLISLATE allowed him to “write from almost anywhere in the classroom and draw diagrams that would have otherwise been a pain.” He added that the INTELLISLATE allowed students to share their work from their desks, making it a “great tool for collaboration among students.”

INTERWRITEMOBI WWW.EINSTRUCTION.COM/PRODUCTS/ INTERACTIVE_TEACHING/MOBI/INDEX.HTML
Judges loved the INTERWRITEMOBI tablet, calling it the “best tablet out there” and praising its “solid hardware and software integration.” Up to nine tablets can be used to work on content simultaneously, and wireless connectivity allows users to connect to their current computer and projector.

LIVESCRIBE PULSE SMARTPEN WWW.LIVESCRIBE.COM/ EDUCATION/INDEX.HTML

LIVESCRIBE PULSE SMARTPEN

For avid note takers, Livescribe offers a new approach that our judges called “incredibly effective for classroom and school use”—a low-cost mobile computing platform system that consists of a smartpen, dot paper, applications, and development tools. One judge remarked that she had “never encountered such a simple software installation that ‘just worked.’” Another judge commented that this tool would “particularly help students who are struggling with both retention and note taking.”

MERU NETWORKS AP320, WWW.MERUNET WORKS.COM/PS/DEPLOY/ACCESSPOINTS.PHP

MERU NETWORKS AP320

The Meru AP300 Series Access Point is an 802.11n AP that delivers at a full speed 802.11n while supporting current 802.11a.b.g devices. Although it was designed for business, judges found that it adapts very well to school use because of its easy-to-use interface and the capability to control the entire campus from one location.

MOO-O, MOO-O.COM Moo-O,

MOO-O, MOO-O

a reading-improvement program designed for home use but also available for classroom use, allows kids to interact with stories by using a webcam to place themselves in a story that they help create. One judge enjoyed the program, noting that it “could help improve reading fluency” and reading expressively.

LUMENS PS660 DESKTOP HD VISUAL PRESENTER WWW.LUMENSEDUCATION.COM/ PRODUCT-DETAIL.CFM?ID=2

LUMENS PS660 DESKTOP

The Lumens PS660 is a high-definition document camera that offers users one-touch audio/video recording and playback capabilities. Judges loved the 15X optical zoom and large storage capacity: The included SD card accepts up to 32 GB.

MEMORYLIFTER MOBILE CLIENT FOR IPHONE AND IPOD-TOUCH WWW.MEMORYLIFTER.COM

MEMORYLIFTER MOBILE

MemoryLifter, a free virtual flash-card system, recently released a mobile client version for the iPhone and iPod Touch. One judge commented on the cost effectiveness and quality of the learning modules but noted that the current limited application, to iPhones and iPod Touch, may be an obstacle for schools.

AUDIO ENHANCEMENT MICRO-TEARDROP TEACHER MICROPHONE WWW.AUDIOENHANCEMENT.COM/CONTENT/VIEW/142

AUDIO ENHANCEMENT MICRO-TEARDROP

The new Audio Enhancement Infrared Teacher Microphone System earned judges’ praise for “being an easy-to-use way to control input volume.” With a new remote-control feature, a teacher can control the volume of the student microphone as well as the teacher’s own microphone or the auxiliary input level.

NEWSMAKER WWW.ABOUTNEWSMAKER.COM

NEWSMAKER

Students take on the role of news anchors and create their own stories in NewsMaker, a new learning game from EyePower Games. One judge loved the “great set of tools” that helped students write scripts, add effects, record, and publish, adding that teachers do not have to be techies to be able to use the program.

OPERATION: RESILIENT PLANET WWW.JASON.ORG/PUBLIC/WHATIS/CURRORPINDEX.ASPX
The free Operation: Resilient Planet game is tied to state standards and designed to fit within a school’s core curriculum for grades 5-8. One judge remarked that the well-done videos are just “short enough to hold student attention.”

REDCAT, WWW.LIGHTSPEED-TEK.COM/REDCAT.ASPX
This all-in-one audio system requires no installation, and judges highly recommended it for classroom use. The REDCAT features wireless infrared technology, two microphone channels, and can amplify all audio sources. The built-in flat-panel speaker produced superior speech intelligibility and sound distribution. REDCAT is easy to use and an excellent system for providing clear instruction to all students.

RESPONSEWARE WWW.TURNINGTECHNOLOGIES.COM

RESPONSEWARE

ResponseWare, a student response system for mobile learning, lets students respond instantly via the Internet using their PCs, laptops, or mobile devices. One judge noted that this system gives students the ability to put technology

SKETCHPAD LESSONLINK, WWW.KEYPRESS.COM/X22318.XML

SKETCHPAD LESSONLINK

Sketchpad LessonLink provides curriculum materials for the Geometers Sketchpad, including more than 500 activities and demonstrations for grades 3-12. One of our judges loved the “easy-to-use” site, which contains lessons organized by grade level and by strand, along with accompanying video and text instructions. they use every day—their phones and laptop computers— to a very different use in the classroom.

READ TO LEARN PROGRAM, WWW.ATTAINMENTCOMPANY.COM

READ TO LEARN PROGRAM

The Read to Learn software bundle, which includes Attainment’s eReader program, was designed specifically for high-school special-needs students and offers students the ability to either read age-appropriate text or have it read to them in a natural voice. Judges found it easy to install and use and liked the helpful assessments at the end of each e-book.

SMART CLASSROOM SUITE WWW.SMARTTECH.COM/ SMARTCLASSROOMSUITE

SMART CLASSROOM SUITE

Praised by judges for its creative and innovative use of technology, the SMART Classroom Suite combines four of SMART’s educationalsoftware applications—the SMART Notebook, Sync, the Notebook Student Edition, and Response CE. Our judge called the suite a “very effective tool for presenting learning in different styles.”

VIZZLE, WWW.MONARCHTT.COM

VIZZLE

The Web-based subscription software VizZle provides teachers with individualized interactive-teaching materials organized into three categories: create, teach, and share. Our judges appreciated that the interactive, multimedia lessons are “focused on visual learners, especially those with autism.”

WIGGLEWORKS, WWW.SCHOLASTIC.COM/ WIGGLEWORKS

WIGGLEWORKS

Judges loved WiggleWorks, a PreK-3 reading and writing program that offers a “nice combination of materials” including paperback and audio books as well as computer activities. They especially liked the options: Students can record themselves reading or have books read to them in kids’ voices and with added music.

WRITEONLINE WWW.CRICKSOFT.COM/ US/PRODUCTS/ WRITEONLINE

WRITEONLINE

WriteOnline earned positive reviews from our judges for its innovative use of word prediction, speech quality, and customization options. One of the judges appreciated the customizable reading levels and the useful Wordbars, which help students find words related to a topic.

STUDENT PASS AROUND MICROPHONE WWW.AUDIOENHANCEMENT.COM/ CONTENT/VIEW/143

STUDENT PASS

Judges found this handheld student microphone perfect for use in classrooms with poor ambient noise and for general assemblies. Setup is as simple as “plug and play,” and the hand-held nature of the product makes it a great tool for encouraging participation among students.

THE SPARK SCIENCE LEARNING SYSTEM WWW.PASCO.COM/SPARK The SPARK

THE SPARK SCIENCE

Science Learning System is an all-in-one mobile device that integrates probeware with inquiry-based content and assessment. A large fullcolor display and touchscreen make collecting and analyzing data a snap, and one of our judges reports that data collection is where the system “truly shines.”

BEST UPGRADES

ADOBE DIGITAL SCHOOL COLLECTION WWW.ADOBE.COM/EDUCATION/K12/ADSC

ADOBE DIGITAL SCHOOL COLLECTION

The combination of products in the Adobe Digital School Collection made this a winner with our judges, who loved the fact that it groups five of the most often-used Adobe tools together for school use. The package includes document-management and portfolio-creation tools to enhance learning experiences in all subjects.

DEEPNINES SECURE WEB GATEWAY WWW.DEEPNINES.COM/ SECURE-WEB-GATEWAY

DEEPNINES SECURE WEB GATEWAY

DeepNines Secure Web Gateway enables schools to protect, control, and manage Web applications and traffic. One of our judges reports that DeepNines did an “excellent job of Internet filtering and content control as well as network-traffic control.”

DYKNOW MONITOR WWW.DYKNOW.COM/ MONITOR

DYKNOW MONITOR

The DyKnow Monitor, a classroom— management software program, helps educators maintain control of digital classrooms and enforce responsible computer use among students. The judges liked that the central server allows the educator to monitor hundreds of computers at one time.

DYKNOW VISION, WWW.DYKNOW.COM/VISION

DyKnow Vision gives schools easy access to class content and engaging material. The updates on the Vision include a plug-in that allows PowerPoint slides to be part of the system, a feature that earned high marks from one of our judges. The judge added that students can easily have shared workspaces for group projects and that teachers can use the system to connect all students in a class to check comprehension quickly.

EDUPLATFORM, EDUPLATFORM.NET

EDUPLATFORM,

With EduPlatform, teachers can easily create and distribute content based completely on digital resources such as Web pages, multimedia files, PDF documents, and more. Judges loved the EduPlatform for its easy-to-use and intuitive interface as well as for the engaging lessons it produces.

EPSON POWERLITE 85 WWW.EPSONBRIGHTERFUTURES.COM/ PRODUCTS/CLASSROOM

EPSON POWERLITE 85

With 2,600 lumens color and white-light output, the PowerLite 85 projector produces bright, clear images and even includes closedcaptioning functionality. One judge praised the “simple plug-and-play interface,” adding that the “freeze-frame feature was very nice for classroom use.”

AVID SIBELIUS 6 WWW.AVID.COM/SIBELIUS

AVID SIBELIUS 6

The new version of Sibelius musicnotation software includes a wealth of great updates for helping teachers and students score music. A judge pointed out that the recent software updates include more tools for the classroom, such as the ability to send scores to many classroom computers at once, as well as a new audio component that allows students to use a microphone to sing and create an AudioScore.

BLACKBOARD CONNECT 3.1 WWW.BLACKBOARDCONNECT.COM

BLACKBOARD CONNECT 3.1

Blackboard Connect, a connection and notification Webbased program, fosters communication between parents, faculty, and staff. Judges loved the Web site for its variety of features, including the ability to group merge, filter, group by criteria, and group by map location. They found it easy to use and helpful for creating groups immediately.

EXPLORELEARNING GIZMOS FOR ELEMENTARY MATH WWW.EXPLORELEARNING.COM

EXPLORELEARNING GIZMOS

ExploreLearning provides educators with a large collection of interactive online simulations for math and science called Gizmos. Judges enjoyed the interactivity in the new third- through fifth-grade modules and got great use out of the teacher- and student- support materials. One judge added that Gizmos are excellent for use in a variety of classroom settings—for the whole class, groups, or individual exploration.

FARONICS ANTI-EXECUTABLE WWW.FARONICS.COM/HTML/ANTIEXEC.ASP,

FARONICS ANTI-EXECUTABLE

Faronics Anti-Executable, lauded by judges as an innovative approach to fighting spyware and malware, is a powerful addition to existing “blacklist” IT security solutions. Its whitelisting technology ensures endpoint security by allowing only approved applications to run on a computer or server. Judges had success in stopping spyware and malware with the program, finding it a good fit with the layered approach to computer defense.

FARONICS POWER SAVE WWW.FARONICS.COM/POWERSAVE

FARONICS POWER SAVE DEC

Touted as a “very creative use of technology” by judges, Faronics Power Save delivers PC power management that doesn’t interfere with computer users’ needs. The software keeps computers running when needed; determines when computers are inactive, so that they can be shut down; and offers an average return on investment of four months.

FARONICS WINSELECT WWW.FARONICS.COM/WINSELECT

FARONICS WINSELECT

Faronics WINSelect provides a flexible way to configure the functionality and feature set of a Windows computer to conform to the school’s requirements. One judge called WINSelect a “very creative alternative” to the more time-intensive process of creating a working group policy but added that group policies may still be required.

FRAMES 4, WWW.TECH4 LEARNING.COM/FRAMES

FRAMES 4

Judges appreciated this “creative, easy-to-learn” educational software, which enables storytelling through stop-motion animation and Claymation. Students can use Frames 4 to create movies, animated GIFs, and Flash animations, and share their creations in a multitude of ways.

GAGGLE.NET STUDENT EMAIL AND COLLABORATION TOOLS WWW.GAGGLE.NET

STUDENT EMAIL AND

Gaggle.Net provides schools with tools to customize and monitor student email correspondence. On the Gaggle Network, all emails are monitored for inappropriate text, URL’s and images with questionable content and rerouted to an administrator for review. Even within the email service, as one judge points out, Gaggle continues to add useful features such as parent accounts, an Outlook-type interface and homework drop boxes.

KBOX SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT AND DEPLOYMENT APPLIANCES, WWW.KACE.COM
The new KBOX Systems Management and Deployment Appliances deliver a fully integrated systems-management solution and now works with current and forthcoming versions of Windows and Mac OS including Windows 7 and Snow Leopard. The judges said the appliance “gives excellent information in an easy-to-read interface.” They noted that “although the device is a bit of a challenge to set up, the company offers extensive training to purchasers.”

LANSCHOOL V7.2, WWW.LANSCHOOL.COM

LANSCHOOL V7.2,

Now available in a Windows 7–compatible version, 7.4, LanSchool won judges over with its straightforward interface and its effectiveness for classroom use. LanSchool is a classroom-management solution that helps teachers stay in control of their classrooms through thumbnail monitoring. The areas of control extend beyond Internet use to USB and printing restrictions.

MAILMARSHAL SMTP WWW.M86SECURITY.COM/SOLUTIONS/EMAIL_SECURITY/
One of our judges reported that the MailMarshal SMTP e-mail-security solution does an excellent job of filtering the Internet and e-mail and uses a different approach from that of most filters. MailMarshal filters all incoming and outgoing mail at the network/Internet perimeter and also blocks incoming e-mail threats. The software enforces acceptable-use policies and ensures compliance with industry regulations and data-leakage-prevention policies.

MATH XL FOR SCHOOL, WWW.MATHXLFORSCHOOL.COM

MATH XL FOR SCHOOL

Math XL is a Web-based program that offers homework, tutorials, and assessment tools for math that are correlated to Pearson textbooks. One of our judges particularly liked the interactive media activities and quizzes that teachers assign to students. Because quizzes can be customized to focus on specific skills within and across chapters, the program is a helpful tool for students struggling in certain areas.

MEMORYLIFTER 2.2
This virtual flashcard system uses multimedia elements and supports multiple learning modes. Users can create and modify their own flashcards and can choose one of five languages: English, German, French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The MemoryLifter USB Stick technology lets students take learning material with them, and they can use their mobile devices (PDA, mobile phone, or iPhone) to learn the vocabulary and grammar of a foreign language.

IPRISM WEB FILTER (MODEL 20H) WWW.STBERNARD.COM/ PRODUCTS/IPRISM/

IPRISM WEB FILTER

The iPrism Web Filter is a self-contained, appliance-based solution that offers administrators protection from Internetbased threats. A judge found the iPrism an easy-to-use Internet filter as a network appliance but reminds users that other devices are needed to control e-mail and traffic. Updates include enhanced directory navigation and a simplified interface.

LABQUEST WWW.VERNIER.COM/LABQUEST

LABQUEST

For science classes looking for an alternative to using probes with computers, one of our judges recommended LabQuest, a plug and play data-collection interface. The LabQuest device includes graphing and analysis software, a color touch screen with stylus and tether, an AC power adapter, a USB computer cable, and a rechargeable internal battery. The device can be used on its own or with existing Vernier sensors.

RTI PACKAGE FOR THE ACADEMY OF READING AUTOSKILL.COM/PRODUCTS/READING/RTI_PACKAGE.PHP

RTI PACKAGE FOR THE ACADEMY OF READING

The RtI Package for the Academy of READING presents a Web-based solution that connects the key components of RtI, providing tools for intensive training, universal screening, progress monitoring, and more. One judge liked the excellent data it produces, explaining that the program bases results on data-driven decision making.

SAS CURRICULUM PATHWAYS, WWW.SAS.COM/GOVEDU/EDU/CURRICULUM SAS

SAS CURRICULUM PATHWAYS

Curriculum Pathways, funded by SAS and offered free to U.S. educators, provides Web-based curriculum resources in all core disciplines for grades 8-12. One of our judges says the site is easy to use and navigate, noting that the number of resources— all aligned to state standards—is constantly growing. She added that the site uses a good combination of text, video, and Web resources and found it helpful that it offers formative and summative assessments and integrates varied instructional strategies.

SCHOOLFUSION CLASSROOM WWW.SCHOOLFUSIONCLASSROOM.COM

SCHOOLFUSION CLASSROOM

For teachers looking for helpful ways to get students involved in blogging for a class Web site, SchoolFusion offers free and easy guidance. Lauded by judges for its good variety of media as well as its excellent service and support, SchoolFusion proves a versatile resource for creating a variety of multimedia blogs.

SCHOOLRECRUITER, WWW.SCHOOLRECRUITER.NET

SCHOOLRECRUITER

SchoolRecruiter, an on-demand applicant-tracking and -hiring management system designed for K-12 schools, provides a variety of Web-based tools for organizing and simplifying the process. One of our judges says that the updates on the system have made it much more customizable and adds that it can be used both for managing jobs and applicants and for recruiting for career fairs.

NETSUPPORT NOTIFY, WWW.NETSUPPORTNOTIFY.COM

NETSUPPORT NOTIFY DEC

Rated “number one in its class” by judges, NetSupport Notify is a focused software solution that provides on-demand desktop alerts, emergency notifications, pop-up alerting, and oneway- messaging. Judges appreciated the software’s incorporation of “several creative technologies,” central audit log and detailed reporting of all messages sent, received and acknowledged.

NETSUPPORT SCHOOL WWW.NETSUPPORTSCHOOL.COM

NETSUPPORT SCHOOL DEC

NetSupport School is a classroom management solution that helps teachers instruct, monitor, and interact with students on an individual, group, or class basis. A judge reported that the system did an excellent job of monitoring the total use of computers on a school network and lauded the detailed Internetusage reports, which help teachers stay aware of co-browsing among students.

SMART NOTEBOOK SE (STUDENT EDITION) WWW.SMARTTECH.COM/ NOTEBOOKSE

SMART NOTEBOOK

Already a favorite with many schools, The SMART Notebook new student edition won praise from one of our judges for offering a more student-centered approach and encouraging peer-to-peer learning. The interactive learning software, offered in both Mac and PC versions, is easy for students to use, helping them organize digital material, take notes, and keep track of deadlines.

SNAGIT 9 WWW.TECHSMITH.COM

SNAGIT 9

One of our judges calls Snagit the “industry standard for screen capture” and says that “it just keeps getting better.” With an improved interface for easier use, Snagit 9 gives teachers an easy way to find, edit, save, and share screen shots. Judges loved the mini toolbar—new for Snagit 9—which keeps the most frequently used features just one click away.

SPECTOR 360 WWW.SPECTOR360.COM

SPECTOR 360

Spector 360 is a solution for monitoring student PC and Internet use district-wide. One of our judges says the software was developed for business but adapts well to school environments thanks to its useful builtin reports and ease of use. Spector 360 records students’ Web sites visited, e-mails sent and received, chats and messages, keystrokes, files transferred, documents printed, and applications run.

TOTAL TRAFFIC CONTROL, WWW.LIGHTSPEEDSYSTEMS.COM

Touted by one of our judges as “the most effective Web filter and e-mail filter for the K-12 market,” Total Traffic Control provides an integrated solution for managing school networks. The solution unifies Email Manager, Web Access Manager, Security Manager, and Network Traffic Manager into one easy-to-use interface that manages network usage, health, and security. If users get stuck, one of our judges said, he highly recommends the “excellent online knowledge base” and technical support. He adds that the program makes designing custom filters and policies easy, so schools can ensure that their unique safety and policy needs are met.

TYPE TO LEARN 4, TTL4.SUNBURST.COM

TYPE TO LEARN

Type to Learn, a K-12 keyboarding curriculum, offers typing instruction, practice, and assessments to help students build strong skills. While some schools have reported technical errors in other versions, the stand-alone version of Type to Learn 4 earned positive reviews from our judges for its “engaging interface” and “good variety of activities.”

THE JUDGES

Special thanks to Renee Ramig, Director of Technology for the Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek CA, for coordinating the overall awards judging process, Joe Huber, Director of Information Systems, Greenwood Community School Corporation, Greenwood, IN for supervising the evaluation of all network products, and to Chris Lehmann, Principal, and Jeremy Spry, intern, of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, for judging all hardware.Thanks, too, to the following educators for taking the time to evaluate these products and share their honest and valuable opinions:

 

 

Amy Tucker, RSU 16 Technology Integrator, Mechanic Falls, ME 

 

 

Brian Hackett, Instructional Technology, Forest Park High School, Woodbridge, VA

 

 

Darrin Sato, Educational Technology Servicesm, Kamehameha Schools, HI

 

 

David Andrade, Physics teacher and Educational Technology Specialist, Bridgeport, CT.

 

 

David Godsoe , Owner, Clayton Mind & Body Connections

 

Erika Curry

 

 

Frances Newsom-Lang, Instructional Technology Specialist, Office of Educational Technology and Knowledge Management, New York City Department of Education
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Jason Davis, Teacher, Seven Hills School

 

 

Jeff Brain, Teacher/Technology, Del Mar Intermediate, Tiburon, CA

 

 

Jill Galloway, Technology Specialist, New Tech High, Coppell, TX

 

 

Jon Orech, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Downers Grove South High School, IL

 

 

Lisa Pierce, Math Instructional Facilitator, Hot Springs County School District, Thermopolis, WY

 

 

Lora Lovelace, Software Trainer/Technology Specialist, Center Grove Community School Corporation, Greenwood, IN

 

 

MaryAnn Karre, Teacher Librarian, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY

 

 

Melanie Flores, database director, Seven Hills School

Nycolle Woodard, Math Coach/Data Specialist, The Patrolman Robert Bolden School, P.S. 345, Brooklyn, NY

 

 

Patrick Higgins, Jr., Director of Curriculum, Humanities, Sparta Township Public Schools, NJ

 

 

Ronna Van Veghel, Technology Integrator, South School, New Canaan, CT

 

 

 

Scott Meech, Technology Facilitator, The Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth, IL

 

 

 

Tami Vest, Middle Level Applied Skills Teacher and District Webmaster, Greenwood Community School Corporation, Greenwood, IN

 

 

Terry Freedman, independent educational ICT consultant, UK

 

 

 

 

 

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