Tech & Learning Announces Finalists for Awards of Excellence Contest

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Future US, the leading information and event producer for professional communications, entertainment, and education technology markets, has announced its 2018 finalists for the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence.

“To win a Tech & Learning Award of Excellence (AOE) isn't just a badge of participation. It is an endorsement that your product or service meets the standards of the most innovative edtech educators working in classrooms today,” says Kevin Hogan, Managing Director of Content for T&L. “Since 1982, T&L has sought out and celebrated the best in education technology through the AOE. It used to be a simple review of speeds and feeds. In this year’s contest, nominated products were judged on two key factors: their uniqueness in the classroom, school, or district, and whether or not the nominated product solved specific problems.”   

Tech & Learning advisors selected 10 finalists in three categories—Best use of edtech in a classroom, school, or district. All finalists will be invited to a special reception at TCEA where the top winners for each category will be announced. 

This year’s finalists include:

Finalists: Classroom                     Finalists: School                  Finalists: District

Acer C732T                                       Bloomz App                         HoverCam
Chromebook                                                                                   Pilot3 

Education Galaxy                            Unicheck                               Otus

Formative Assessment System     MobyMax                             PowerGistics
for Teachers (FAST™) by                                                               Charging Towers FastBridge Learning           

Califone® Grouplink™                   FreshGrade                          Edmentum
Bluetooth Jackbox                                                                          Exact Path 

MERGE Cube                                    x2VOL by                               Kids InfoBits

Mango Classroom by                      NEO LMS                               Shmoop  
Mango Languages 

Promethean                                     NetSupport DNA                  Barracuda
ActivPanel                                                                                         CloudGen
                                                                                                            Firewall &

PowerSchool Unified                     The Epson BrightLink             Impero
Classroom                                        Interactive Display                 Education
Qball                                                 MindPlay  Literacy                   CatchOn

NetSupport School                         zSpace AR/VR                           ClassLink
                                                          Laptop                                        Analytics 

“Our advisors spent many hours reviewing the nominations, doing additional research on the products as needed, and applying their expertise as some of the nation’s top innovators in the field,” says Christine Weiser, Content Director for T&L. “Being selected as a finalist in the refreshed Awards of Excellence is a true stamp of approval that these products are making an impact in the way schools teach and learn.” 

The following products also received good reviews from the judges, and will be recognized as Honorable Mentions in the 2018 Awards of Excellence Contest:

AVer Information’s CP3 Series Interactive Flat Panel 
BenQ RP704
BrainPOP Creative Coding
Clever Kids University PreK, Powered by Footsteps2Brilliance
CoderZ by Intelitek
ExploreLearning Gizmos
Fablevision Fab@School Maker Studio
GoGuardian Admin
Learning Ally audiobook solution  
Metametrics Lexile and Quantile Growth Planner
MimioFrame by Boxlight
NWEA MAP Reading Fluency
PaperCut MF
PBS LearningMedia
Pearson Project Imagine: U.S. History Grades 9-12 

For more information about the Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence, contact Christine Weiser. Learn more about the honorees in the December/January issue of Tech & Learning.  

Thanks to our judges:

Phil Hintz, Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56 (IL); Matthew X. Joseph, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, Milford Public Schools (MA); Jerri Kemble, Assistant Superintendent, Leading, Learning & Technology, Lawrence Public Schools (KS); Frank Pileiro,  Supervisor of Technology, Linwood Public Schools (NJ); Andrew Wallace, Director of Technology, South Portland Maine Schools.