Best Upgraded Software
An enhanced version of AceReader Pro, AceReader Elite offers over 800 tests,
drills, and games to assess and improve students’ reading skills. Judges have
recommended it to schools before, and they say that the new features are
beneficial. One judge pointed out that using “technology to improve fluency” in a
very comprehensive product makes AceReader Elite unique.
Achieve3000 offers a variety of differentiated instruction solutions from
literacy to science for elementary school to adult learners. Judges said
it was “perfect for differentiated instruction in any classroom,” thanks
to its wide variety of topics, pre-developed questions, and activities.
Another judge cited the new, interactive bonus lessons as particularly
helpful for dependent reading comprehension.
CTB/McGraw-Hill’s Acuity assessment solution is designed to support both interim
and formative assessment programs with instructional resources, reporting, and
customization. Judges liked the use of graphics and rubrics and its coverage of the
Common Core standards. One judge cited the data integration and range of grade
levels as standout features.
Barracuda Message Archiver
The Barracuda Message Archiver appliance centrally indexes and stores all sent and received emails for quick search and
retrieval in a secure environment that offers role-based access for administrators and auditors. Judges found it extremely easy
to set up and use, citing the support documents as very helpful. One judge said that it “helps ease email archiving, content
filtering, and searching, which are essential for the business aspects of a school.”
Camtasia Studio enables teachers to create
professional videos, record on-screen activity,
customize and edit content, and share those
videos across devices. Compared to similar
products, one judge found it “more efficient,
easier to use, and feature-filled.” Judges raved
over the “powerful selection of tools and
options,” and liked using the quizzes as a way to
ClassLink’s Launchpad offers a
personalized, cloud-based, virtual
desktop solution that gives school
staff and students access to their
school network files from any
device. Judges called it a great
solution for schools using BYOD
programs. They also found the
management of documents and
programs to be very user friendly.
Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready
Diagnostic & Instruction
Built for the Common Core, Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready
Diagnostic & Instruction offers an adaptive diagnostic
program that provides both teacher-led and individualized
online instruction for a complete blended learning solution.
One judge saw it as “an effective tool for supporting teachers
in providing quality instruction” and said it could provide
remediation for students who might not be successful in a
traditional school setting. The judge noted that the “vast
amount of reporting data is easily viewed and digested,” and
appreciated the multiple support resources, such as student
handouts and graphic organizers.
Discovery Education Streaming Plus
Discovery Education Streaming Plus offers access to over
200,000 standards-aligned digital resources that support
multiple learning styles. Judges believe that the game and
rewards–based approaches will engage students. They
appreciated the ability to monitor whether “students are learning
or merely rushing through the challenges to earn rewards.”
EdgeWave iPrism Web Security
iPrism from EdgeWave offers a Web security solution that includes multilayered protection from threats such as malware, botnets,
viruses, spyware, circumvention tools, anonymous browsing, IM, P2P, inappropriate content, and Web applications. Judges thought it
was easy to use, and had high praise for the comprehensive tech support. One judge added that the reporting features and ability to
“drill down into particulars” made this a great solution for schools.
SchoolReach is a
that gives schools
a dedicated, local
hotline number to
directly to school
officials, in addition to online reporting and archiving messages.
Judges appreciated that it is available for multiple grades and
found it easy to use. One judge added that the reporting and
analytic features are “great for districts.”
DreamBox Learning Math
DreamBox Learning Inc.
DreamBox Learning Math is an adaptive,
online math enrichment program for grades K-5 and
judges called it “very engaging for students.” One judge
found the program “highly usable from a teacher’s
standpoint,” and said that it was easy to identify how
students are doing based on the data collected.
Espresso Elementary, an
online teaching and learning
resource, helps students
connect their classroom
learning with real-world
experience through video
clips and interactive
activities. Judges appreciated the “robust amount” of CCSS-aligned
instructional media, calling it a “welcome resource to support
differentiated instruction and remediation.” They found the site easy
to navigate and said the “at-home access” was key for engaging
The Gaggle iPad app offers teachers
access to a learning platform designed
for blended learning environments, and it
provides a safe and controlled solution for
student mobile devices. Judges loved the
added features for classroom instruction
and Web 3.0 tools. They also liked that
the app continues to be updated with
features as requested by educators.
Kaseya IT Systems Management solution, version 6.3: Remote
Management and Network Discovery capabilities
The Kaseya remote management software version 6.3 release offers improved performance,
usability, and functionality for IT professionals. Judges said it would be very effective
for network managers, while remaining transparent for end users. They found the video
instructions easy to follow, and they appreciated the wide range of available features.
The LanSchool classroom
now offers classroom
management over the
cloud, distance teaching
over the Internet, and
expanded iOS capabilities, among other features. Judges called it a “quality product
that would be very effective in a classroom with devices.” One judge mentioned
that “teachers can see screens clearly, and can intervene quickly when students are
off task,” even from their iPads.
Maple 17 Academic
With Maple 17 Academic, teachers can
demonstrate and explore concepts using
Clickable Math techniques. They also have
access to hundreds of tools designed
for teaching and learning math. It’s the
“strongman of advanced visualization and
mathematics tools,” according to one of
our judges, who rated the new features as
“timely, contemporary, and high-leverage.”
The judge found it easy to use and called
it an “indispensible tool” for teaching
My Big Campus
My Big Campus is a learning management system that offers a safe and engaging
online environment for the classroom. Judges thought that its “features go deeper”
than similar products, citing the collaboration tools and “Pinterest-like bundles” as
helpful features. Additionally, the tabbing and sidebar functions received top marks.
This app lets students access and
read digital files from the Kurzweil
3000-firefly Universal Library,
which features over 2,000 classic
literature documents and books.
One judge said that her special
education department purchases
iPads just to use this app! Judges
also found it useful for adaptive
myON reader personalizes reading for students by recommending books
based on their interests and reading levels. One judge said “the potential is
limitless,” and loved the access across all mobile devices. The judge added
that the tool “could easily be adopted as a response to intervention,” or
even as a way to help students gain “reading success, independence, and
autonomy of choice and voice” as they search for the next book to read.
Net Support School
Net Support Inc.
Net Support School is a classroom training software
solution that lets teachers instruct and monitor
students, as well as interact with students individually
or in a group. Judges raved over the mobile and
Chromebook support in the latest upgrade. They
found it to be a great classroom management
solution overall, especially where 1:1 support is
observe4success is a Web-based tool that
helps administrators maintain effective
instructional practice and classroom culture
within the district through rubrics, reporting
tools, and more. Judges noted that it was
simple to access and create forms. One judge
called it an “outstanding way” of collecting
data to improve teacher effectiveness.
Designed specifically for schools, SchoolMessenger is a notification system that delivers personalized voice messages
to students’ parents in a variety of formats. Judges said that it “meets the diverse communication needs” and added
that it makes “ongoing communication” very accessible. One judge remarked that it was easy to navigate and quickly
communicate to a wide audience.
Schoology is an LMS and social network for K-12 schools and higher
education that allows users to create, manage, and share academic content.
Judges said it was “ideal for classroom use” in terms of communication and
distributing materials. One judge added that it’s similar to Facebook and
other online communities, providing for “almost seamless navigation.”
The SchoolReach notification system lets school administrators send schedule change notices, weather
advisories, lunch balance notifications, emergency alerts, and other important communications through
voice, text, email, and social media. Judges rated it a “great product” that enables “intelligent tracking,
leading to a reduction in false positives.” They particularly liked the parent app with its push technology
“that just makes sense these days.”
Part of the Learning A-Z family, the Reading A-Z solution
features thousands of leveled readers, lesson plans,
worksheets, and assessments to teach guided reading.
Judges said it was easy to find material, and liked the
built-in interactive tools, such as projectables that can
be used with or without an interactive whiteboard.
One judge raved over the “assortment of books and
supporting materials,” and said it would be “perfect for
the elementary school classroom.”
Shmoop University, Inc.
Shmoop University, Inc.
Shmoop University offers a variety of online instructional
resources designed to support students in a range of content
areas, concepts, and standards. Particularly noteworthy,
according to one judge, are the newly redesigned Mythology
section, the essay lab, and the test prep and college practice
exams. The judge appreciated the “volume and scope of
practice exams” as useful resources to support students
through the testing process.
StudySync is a cross-curriculum, Common Core solution for grades 2-12 that includes core
texts, video, and media designed to improve reading, writing, listening, and critical thinking
skills. Judges liked the ability to search for readings by CCSS, grade level, Lexile level, and
content area. One judge found it extremely easy to use and praised its peer review function.
The SnagIt screen capture and
editing tool lets users capture,
edit, and share anything on their
screens. Judges loved the simplicity,
stating that it “does what it sets out
to do,” and adding that students
and teachers alike will find it easy
to use. For teachers in search of
more advanced options, judges
recommend the tutorials and live
The All New ePals
ePals is a social network that’s optimized for K-12 education and features a community of collaborative
classrooms across different cultures and languages. Judges called it a “best in field product” and found
the new and updated features very helpful for teachers. Judges agreed that the new ePals does a great
job of turning a “complex mess” into a “doable solution” that’s easy to use.
TenMarks is a personalized online math program
for K-12 students that offers instruction and
practice resources. Judges pointed out that the
update aligns TenMarks with the CCSS and noted
the availability of “countless new questions for
students.” One judge lauded the built-in “intelligent
analysis of student mistakes” on assessments,
stating that teachers would find it easy to access.
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education
Discovery Education’s Together Counts program helps students learn the importance of leading
an active, healthy lifestyle through the use of resources for the classroom, community, and home.
Judges liked that resources for all three audiences are “brought together under one ‘roof’.” One
judge saw the emphasis on community involvement as a unique feature.
TreeRing is an online resource that lets students create personalized yearbooks,
filled with their photos and memories. Judges liked the “easy-to-use, point-and-click”
interface. One judge added that TreeRing leverages students’ use of the
Internet and social media in creating “what used to be only a print resource.”
Vernier Video Physics for iOS
Vernier Software & Technology
The Video Physics iOS app allows students to take a video of any object in motion and analyze the
motion graphically to scale. One judge called it a “creative and sound way to apply and analyze real-world
physics scenarios.” The judge said that the combination of visual tracking and graphs can meet
a variety of learners’ needs.
webNetwork enables IT administrators to easily implement a
“unified cloud” solution by delivering files, applications, and
reports through a single user ID and password on any device.
Judges said that the ability to have all applications in one
system is a necessity, and they thought that webNetwork
was an effective solution. One judge added that the ability
for administrators to “easily create and maintain similar
profiles” offers a way to “push out” critical tools for different
groups of users.
Pearson’s WriteToLearn is an online literacy tool that
assesses students’ writing skills and gives them targeted
instruction and grammar feedback. Judges found the tool
easy to navigate. Key features, according to one judge,
are the guidance and timely feedback as students develop
essays and summarize text.