Tech & Learning has announced the winners of the TCEA Best of Show Awards. Thanks to our team of advisors for sharing their time and expertise to explore the latest and greatest announcements from participating vendors. Congratulations to the following winners:
ACER TRAVELMATE SPIN B1 B118
The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 (TMB118) 11.6-inch convertible notebook is an ideal fit for the wide-ranging needs of students and teachers alike. It runs Windows 10 S and provides long battery life so students can power through a full day of school and beyond. The TravelMate Spin B1 (TMB118) convertible notebook features a 360-degree hinge that allows the device to be used in four versatile modes that facilitates all aspects of classroom learning, including Stand and Tent modes for group projects and sharing. The device connects easily to peripherals via Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and one HDMI port.
Capstone 4D adds another dimension to print. Students read and comprehend the text without distracting links and then use their device for bonus information. No device? No problem. All the bonus content is also available online via a code found in the book.
ClassLink OneClick technology enables access to Web-based, Windows, and Google applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. With more than 6,000 single sign-on connectors and extensive use of open technology standards, ClassLink is one of the most comprehensive single sign-on platforms in education today. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.
EDTHENA, VIDEO COACHING PLATFORM
Edthena showcased a new feature to record and upload inside your browser with one click. There’s nothing to install. No plugins. No special permissions. With Edthena, teachers upload videos of their classroom instruction, and colleagues provide timestamped feedback. The platform enables teachers and coaches to participate in collaborative cycles. Educators across the country use Edthena for video-powered professional learning such as PLCs, online lesson study, and virtual walkthroughs.
EXPLORELEARNING, EXPLORELEARNING GIZMOS
ExploreLearning Gizmos is a library of interactive online simulations for math and science in grades 3-12. Gizmos are fun, easy to use, and help students develop a deep understanding of challenging concepts through inquiry and exploration. Research-based, they are correlated to state science standards and more than 300 textbooks. More than 400 math and science Gizmos give everyone something to graph, measure, and compare.
RENAISSANCE FLOW 360
With Renaissance Flow 360, educators can bridge the gap from assessment and planning to instruction and practice, reducing the time spent grading assignments, collecting data, searching for instructional resources, and creating lesson plans. This maximizes educators’ instruction time by giving them the real-time data they need to deliver personalized instruction and practice.
HOVERCAM, HOVERCAM PILOT DIGITAL PODIUM
The HoverCam Pilot is the world’s first fully-integrated, mobile, digital podium. The Pilot allows for educators to teach facing the students to maximize engagement, all while having the latest technology just a touch away. With the ability to wirelessly connect to the HoverCam CenterStage flat panel or any interactive display, the HoverCam Pilot eliminates the outdated AV cart and frees the classroom from the hazard of dangling cords.
NetSupport DNA is a powerful IT Asset Management solution designed to provide real-time visibility of all school or district IT assets and endpoints by constantly tracking, monitoring, and managing all devices on the network, as well as proactively warning of any impending issues. In addition to Hardware & Software Inventory, Software License Management, Software Distribution, Printer Management, and full Custom Reporting, NetSupport DNA includes a unique Internet safety toolkit to help maintain a safe learning environment with early identification of vulnerable students, including Age Appropriate Internet Metering, Keyword & Phrases Monitoring, Webcam Controls and Student Report A Concern features, plus much more.
RENAISSANCE ACCELERATED READER 360
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 engages K–12 students in independent and close reading practice. Students complete close reading activities built into high-interest nonfiction articles, choose their own independent reading books, and take short reading comprehension quizzes. Reliable student data helps educators set reading goals, monitor progress, and diagnose areas of struggle.
VERNIER SOFTWARE & TECHNOLOGY, GO DIRECT SENSOR CART
The new, completely-wireless Go Direct Sensor Cart allows middle school, high school, and college Physics students to easily explore force, position, velocity, and acceleration directly on their Bluetooth-enabled devices with no additional equipment required. The cart reduces experiment setup time and allows basic experiments to be conducted on or off a track. This cost-effective cart comes equipped with built-in sensors, including an encoder wheel to report force, position, and velocity; a 3-axis accelerometer to measure independent acceleration; and a 50 N force sensor to measure push and pull.
ChromeTools provides essential classroom management tools for Chromebooks. Teachers can view student screens, open and close tabs remotely, freeze student screens for “heads-up!” and more.
VIEWSONIC VIEWBOARD IFP6550
The ViewBoard IFP6550 from ViewSonic is a 65-inch 4K UHD (3840x2160) interactive flat panel with a 20-point touch screen for collaborative experiences and delivers incredible next-level functionality for classrooms. The ViewBoard IFP6550 is built with a 20-point touch-enabled panel, which allows multiple students and/or teachers to simultaneously write or draw on the display’s surface with styluses or fingers, or even both at the same time. With a built-in ARM quad-core processor and an Android 5.0 operating system, the IFP6550 offers 2GB memory and 16GB storage.
NetSupport School is a multi-platform classroom management solution supporting schools in maximizing the benefits of technology-led instruction through its range of PC and device monitoring, assessment, and collaboration tools. The latest update (v12.5) offers a completely refreshed interface, enhanced file transfer & file distribution performance, expanded Chromebook support, and the ability to disable student webcams to aid a safer learning environment. Standard features include real-time viewing and control of student screens, Internet and application usage controls, real-time assessment and gamification tools, as well as a range of powerful technician tools to help reduce system downtime.
IMPERO EDUCATION PRO, VERSION 6.3
Impero Education Pro is a combination of internet safety, classroom management, and network administration software for schools. Impero works with organizations to develop its keyword libraries relating to issues, such as bullying, eating disorders, suicide, radicalization and more. Impero Education Pro sends alerts to the designated school personnel if students type or view certain keywords or phrases on devices connected to a school network. Staff can view a screen shot or a video recording of the activity in context, as well as a timeline of the activity. This allows them to address issues of concern, promote good digital citizenship and create counter-narratives.
The WiCS-2100 taps into the power of group dynamics with fun collaboration tools such as visual user lists for moderators and auto layout for sharing content from multiple devices. The WiCS-2100 provides educators with new features specifically designed for more effective collaboration, including full audio and video Chromebook support.