EdTech Digest Awards 2011: Disrupting the Classroom

Finalists & Winners 

Congratulations to some of the best and brightest in the education and technology world! From a large and crowded field of entries—these products, services and people made the cut to the finalist level. From there, up to three winners were selected for each subcategory. The products, services and people that made this list are innovative, respected and outstanding cool tools, leaders and trendsetters moving education forward into the 21st century—and are all highly commended. “Innovation in education is exploding,” says Victor Rivero, editor-in-chief of EdTech Digest. “There has never been so much activity in this emerging edtech sector, and there’s never been a more exciting time,” he says. “Thousands of companies are hard at work every day transforming education through technology. These people are the doers. They care deeply and passionately about moving education forward and they’re not wondering if education might reform itself—they’re getting smart, disrupting old models, shifting paradigms and making change happen now.” Watch for further in-depth coverage of these finalists and winners throughout the remainder of the year. And now, here are the finalists and winners…

1. Cool Tool Awards: 

new product or service (released in 2009 or later)

finalists (*winners)

StudentManager from Aerohive Networks

Joule 2 from Moodlerooms

NovaAir from Fourier Systems

Graduation Booster from Engaged Minds

VizZle from Monarch Teaching Technologies

The Big Bus 2.0 from Sherston America

Espresso Elementary from Espresso Education

Shuttle 2.0 for Laptops from Higher Ground

Podium for iPad from Higher Ground

Mobile Digital Workspace from Ergotron

MC2 in Agriculture from Scientific Minds

Read Live from Read Naturally

Channel One News Interactive from Promethean

GlobalSYNC from Brainchild

i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction from Curriculum Associates

Framework for Teaching Proficiency System from Teachscape

Capture HD High-Definition Capture Device from Crestron

Online Learning Exchange from Pearson

Cabanga, Waza and Juba from Six Red Marbles

Science Techbook from Discovery Education

*TenMarks Math from TenMarks Education

*LaunchPad from ClassLink

*MobiView from eInstruction

product or service

finalists (*winners)

PD360 from School Improvement Network

My Reading Coach from Mindplay

FreeSpeech Dual-Channel Wireless Mic System from Crestron

Tablet Management Cart from Ergotron

802.11n Wi-Fi Array from Xirrus

Leads360 Enterprise from Leads360

Lesson Planet from Education Planet

*Education Technology Conferences from eInstruction

*Edmodo social learning network from Edmodo

*The Geometer’s Sketchpad from Key Curriculum Press

academic gaming solution

finalists (*winners)

*Sokikom games from Sokikom

*DimensionU from DimensionsU (formerly Tabula Digita)

*Cabanga and Waza from Six Red Marbles

assessment solution

finalists (*winners)

Achiever! software from Brainchild

Red Pen Tool from Sherston America

IGDIs from Early Learning Labs

California High School Exit Exam family of products from Revolution K12

Geometry Software from Revolution K12

*Turnitin from iParadigms

*Lexia Reading from Lexia Learning

*ExamView Suite + CPS student response systems from eInstruction

classroom hardware solution

finalists (*winners)

FreeSpeech Dual-Channel Wireless Mic System from Crestron

*Capture HD High-Definition Capture Device from Crestron

*BrightLink Solo Interactive Module from Epson

*Kineo tablet from Brainchild

collaboration solution

finalists (*winners)

PD360 from School Improvement Network

Webspiration Classroom from Inspiration Software

Graduation Booster from Engaged Minds

*Channel One News Interactive powered by Promethean

*Mobi View and Mobi Learners plus Workspace software with Mobi View from eInstruction

*StudySync from BookheadEd Learning

communication solution

finalists (*winners)

*Student Bullying Reporting System from PublicSchoolWORKS

*FreeSpeech Dual-Channel Wireless Mic System from Crestron

content provider solution

finalists (*winners)

Science Starters from Scientific Minds

Lesson Search from e2020

*Digital Teaching Platform from Time To Know

*Virtual Classroom Suite from e2020

digital textbook

finalists (*winners)

*Communications and Multimedia Technology from Digital Overdrive

*Science Techbook from Discovery Education

district data solution

finalists (*winners)

*Graduation Booster from Engaged Minds

e-learning solution

finalists (*winners)

Red Pen Tool from Sherston America

Joule 2 from Moodlerooms

*Achiever! software from Brainchild

*Virtual Classroom Suite from e2020

*myON reader from Capstone Digital

emerging technology solution

finalists (*winners)

Capture HD High-Definition Capture Device from Crestron

*GlobalSYNC from Brainchild

*Digital Teaching Platform from Time To Know

*ActivExpression from Promethean

green solution

finalists (*winners)

*Agile Platform at the University of Aveiro from Outsystems

interactive white board solution

finalists (*winners)

digits from Pearson

BrightLink 455 Wi from Epson

VizZle from Monarch Teaching Technologies

ActivBoard 500 Series Next Generation

*eBeam Engage from Luidia

IT networking solution

finalists (*winners)

*StudentManager from Aerohive Networks

learning management system

finalists (*winners)

*Joule 2 from Moodlerooms

*PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Staff Training Compliance and Learning Management System

*Achiever! software from Brainchild

mobile (device) solution

finalists (*winners)

webNetwork 6 from Stoneware

*Reflect Live from Teachscape

*Kineo tablet from Brainchild

mobile (app) solution

finalists (*winners)

Leads360 for iPhone from Leads360

*Super Duper Data Tracker Mobile App from SuperDuper Publications

*Dash from Pearson

*Brigance IED II Record Book for the iPad  from Curriculum Associates

open source solution

finalists (*winners)

*Joule 2 from Moodlerooms

presentation solution

finalists (*winners)

Science Starters from Scientific Minds

*Capture HD High-Definition Capture Device from Crestron

*PowerLite 96W from Epson

professional development solution

finalists (*winners)

Autism Training Solutions from Autism Training Solutions

Joule 2 from Moodlerooms

Reflect Video from Teachscape

Teacher Compass PD from Pearson

*PD360 from School Improvement Network

*Discovery Educator Network (DEN) from Discovery Education

*PBS TeacherLine

reporting solution

finalists (*winners)

*Achiever! software from Brainchild

social networking/academic networking solution

finalists (*winners)

*Joule Social from Moodlerooms

*CollegiateChat/CounselorConnect from College Solved

security/privacy solution

finalists (*winners)

*Registration Gateway from Surety and SRC Solutions

STEM solution

finalists (*winners)

*LabQuest from Vernier

*MC2 in Agriculture from Scientific Minds

*TeacherLine from PBS

student academic tracking solution

finalists (*winners)

*Achiever! software from Brainchild

telecomm solution

finalists (*winners)

*Dial-IQ from Leads360

virtualization solution

finalists (*winners)

*webNetwork 6 from Stoneware

*LaunchPad from ClassLink

other subcategory (write-ins)

finalists (*winners)

*social studies: TCI Social Studies Curriculum from TCI

*visual learning solution: VariQuest Visual Learning Tools from Varitronics

*special needs: HELP (Help for English Language Proficiency) MATH for ELL and Special Needs from Digital Directions International (ELL)

*special education: VizZle from Monarch Teaching Technologies (autism)

*special needs: PresenceLearning from PresenceLearning (speech therapy)

2. Leadership Awards: 

founder/ceo

finalists (*winners)

Dirk Gates, Founder and CEO – Xirrus

*Mark Atkinson, Founder and Chief Strategist – Teachscape

*Jeff Solomon, Founder and Chief Evangelist – Leads360

*Bill Goodwyn, CEO – Discovery Education

*emerging leader: Nic Borg, CEO/Co-Founder – Edmodo

school leader (teacher, media specialist, technology coordinator, instructional technology coach, principal, superintendent, etc)

finalists (*winners)

*Winston Brooks, Superintendent – Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico

*Mary Kraus, District Program Manager for Technology Services – Lemon Grove School District, San Diego, Calif.

visionary

finalists (*winners)

*educator: Kevin Carney, Director of Beyond Textbooks – Vail Unified School District, Vail, Ariz.

*Charlotte Danielson, Founder, The Danielson Group

*Berj Akian, Founder, Classlink

*Jim Marshall, Head of North American Promethean

national (U.S. leader on the national stage)

finalists (*winners)

*Maryann Marrapodi, Chief Learning Officer, Teachscape

international (leader making a difference across international boundaries)

finalists (*winners)

*Dale Andrews, Teacher/Author – Digital Overdrive

edtech blogger (solution provider)

finalists (*winners)

*vizZle blog from Monarch Teaching Technologies

PR firm/publicist

finalists (*winners)

Susan Hanson – PR with Panache

*Charlene Blohm and Team – C Blohm & Associates

Leaders & Innovators

finalists (*winners)

*leadership award: Andrew Vreeke from SureScore

*edtech innovator: Jonathan Stowe, COO, Teachscape

3. Trendsetter Awards:

product or service setting a trend

finalists (*winners)

webNetwork 6 from Stoneware

Remark Office OMR v8 from Gravic

HearBuilder from Super Duper Publications

MobiView from eInstruction

PD360 from School Improvement Network

*Capture HD High-Definition Capture Device from Crestron

*Promethean Planet from Promethean

*Atomic Learning Online Professional Development Solution

*school district: Beyond Textbooks program from Vail Unified School District, Vail, Ariz.

leader setting a trend

finalists (*winners)

*company: Discovery Education

*person: Nick Hedges, President and CEO – Leads360

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2 Responses to EdTech Digest Awards 2011: Disrupting the Classroom

  1. Philip Rosen says:

    Victor–it would be nice to have links to all of companies above: 1) It would make for a much better user experience and 2) it would be good to give those sites the link juice. Thanks.

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