EdTech Digest Awards 2012: Standing Room Only – WINNERS

Sure, it’s only spring, but it’s already hot, hot, hot! The edtech space is sizzling with activity and the sharply increased volume of entries in this year’s EdTech Digest Awards Program indicates a marketplace further heating up with innovation, creativity and solutions—all at a very frenzied pace. It’s an overflow room this year with more than double the amount of entries as last. Not to be confused with the late ’90s dot-com scene, this crowd stands in stark contrast, identifiable more by hard-won wisdom and less by hollow hype. Technology and talent are stably coming together for education in a time of great budgetary change where old models continue to crumble as a new normal yet emerges. With school budgets cut by some $20 Billion in California alone over the past three years, vapid glitz-and-glamour solutions have no place when there are plenty of authentic, tried-and-true providers (or at least stable beta startups with built-in, on-the-fly quality improvement mechanisms). The best solutions are earning their places as they build out and scale up; they deliver with ease and efficacy, and in short, they’re real. Venture capitalists seem to think so, too. Over the last few years, they’ve provided at least a $1.97 Billion vote of confidence in educational technology companies closing more than 438 new deals with no signs of letting up. Behind the quality products and services, the apps and platforms, the content and clicks—are real leaders in the space who are under no illusion as to what it takes to get things done. These trendsetters, both people and products, are making it standing room only when it comes to the palpable, electric energy in the edtech sector today—and that’s very good news for the future of education. With still more excitement to come, let’s nonetheless go up on stage, front and center, and tear open the envelopes to announce the 2012 EdTech Digest Awards Program finalists—and winners!

COOL TOOL awards

New Product or Service – Finalists (winner = *)

-icurio from Knovation Learning

-Qtopia from Qwizdom

-EchoSystem 5 from Echo360

-Algebra Readiness from Revolution K12

-Insight 360 from eInstruction

-SuccessMaker Speed Games from Pearson

-Dreambox Learning Math from Dreambox

-Alleyoop from Pearson

-CommonCore360 from School Improvement Network*

-Mind Leap from mindleaptech

-Noodle from Noodle Education

-ActivExpression2 from Promethean

Student Academic Tracking – Finalists

-ClassMate from ClassLink

-mCLASS Beacon AP Science from Wireless Generation*

Other Cool Tool – Finalists

-LaunchPad from ClassLink* (best virtualization solution)

-ClassMate from ClassLink

-StudyBlue from StudyBlue* (best student study tool)

-Vision Pro from Netop

-DigitalMedia Presentation System from Crestron

-Digits from Pearson

-Curriki from Curriki* (best open education resource)

-HELP Math from Digital Directions

-VizZle from Monarch Teaching Technologies

-TenMarks Math from TenMarks* (best blended learning solution)

-eduPad Studio from edupad

-eBOARD from eBOARDsolutions

-PossibilityU from Cambium Enterprises

-Variquest Learning Modules from Varitronics

Product or Service – Finalists

-Stylus Pro 7700 from Epson

-Turnitin from iParadigms

-iBoss web filters from iBoss

-VMathLive from Cambium Learning Group

-The Geometer’s Sketchpad from Key Curriculum Press

-LessonPlanet from LessonPlanet

-AirWatch from AirWatch

-Top Hat Monocle from Top Hat Monocle*

-Inside Out from A.D.A.M.

Academic Gaming Solution – Finalists

-ST Math from Mindresearch

-SuccessMaker Speed Games from Pearson

-Ko’s Journey from Imagine Education*

-GRAMMonster! from McGraw-Hill

-FriendsLearn from FriendsLearn

-TNT Reading Tutor from BrainTrain

-GameUp from BrainPOP

-VocabularySpellingCity from SpellingCity

-iTooch Elementary from edupad

Assessment Solution – Finalists

-iReady CCSS Screener from Curriculum Associates

-Insight 360 from eInstruction

-WritetoLearn from Pearson

-Naiku from Naiku

-Observation 360 from School Improvement Network

-mCLASS Beacon from Wireless Generation

-Academic Merit from Academic Merit*

Classroom Hardware Solution – Finalists

-EchoSystem 5 from Echo 360

-DigitalMedia Multimedia Presentation System 300 from Crestron

-QuickPack Classroom AV System Package from Crestron*

-OnCue Basic Presentation Controller from Crestron

-NOVA AIR from fourierEDU

Collaboration Solution – Finalists

-Collaboration Tools from ePals

-Insight 360 from eInstruction

-EQUELLA from Pearson

-My Big Campus from Lightspeed Systems

-Collaborate from Blackboard

-PD360 from School Improvement Network

-PD360 Community from School Improvement Network

-Nearpod from Panarea Digital*

-myTrack from eScholar

-mCLASS Beacon AP Science from Wireless Generation

Communication Solution – Finalists

-Attendance Discovery from ParentLink

-TeacherReach from ParentLink*

Content Provider Solution – Finalists

-espresso elementary from espresso education

-Class.com Algebra 1 from Cambium Learning Group

-Shmoop from Shmoop

-Glencoe Writer’s Workspace from McGraw-Hill

-Shakespeare in Bits from mindconnex*

Digital Textbook – Finalists

-iBook2 Textbooks for Algebra 1 & Geometry from Pearson

-Networks: A Social Studies Learning System from McGraw-Hill*

-World History, Our Human Story from K12

-Miller & Levine Biology iBook2 Textbook from Pearson

District Data Solution – Finalists

-Complete Data Warehouse for PK-12 from eScholar*

-mCLASS Beacon from Wireless Generation

E-learning Solution – Finalists

-myON reader from Capstone Digital

-SuccessMaker Speed Games from Pearson

-vMathLive from Cambium Learning Group

-Glencoe Writer’s Workspace from McGraw-Hill

-eLearnApp from eLearnApp

-E3 Imagine eBooks from E3imagine

-Shakespeare in Bits from Mindconnex

-Haiku Learning Management System from Haiku Learning*

-Education, Academy, Learning from Colorado Connections Academy

-eLearning Solution from ePals

Emerging Technology Solution – Finalists

-LaunchPad from ClassLink

-Crestron DigitalMedia Multimedia Presentation System from Crestron

-Sophia.org from Sophia*

-Flow from SMALLab Learning

-AirWatch from AirWatch

-Mobile platform from ScholarChip

-TenMarks Math from TenMarks

Green Solution – Finalists

-MakeMeSustainable from Noveda Technologies*

-LaunchPad from ClassLink

Interactive Whiteboard Solution – Finalists

-BrightLink 485 Wi from Epson

-Abrams Interactive Science from Abrams

-Insight 360 from eInstruction

-Class Dojo from Class Dojo

-StarBoardLink from Hitachi

-eBeam Edge for Education Projection from Luidia*

Learning Management System – Finalists

-Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 from Blackboard

-CLG from itworx

-Connexus School Management System from Colorado Connections Academy

-OpenClass from Pearson*

Mobile Device Solution – Finalists

-Insight 360 from eInstruction

-PowerSchool for Parents from Pearson*

-Mobile Filter from Lightspeed Systems

-Anthro Tablet Charging Cart from Anthro

-NOVA AIR from fourierEDU

Mobile App Solution – Finalists

-Echoplayer from Echo360

-Mobi 360 from eInstruction

-Mobile Filter from Lightspeed Systems

-ParentLink Mobile from ParentLink

-Blackboard Mobile Learn from Blackboard

-MiLAB from fourierEDU

-TopHat Monocle from TopHat Monocle

-Featured Movie App (iOS) from BrainPOP*

-Murky Reef Think & Play from Frolyc

-AppPak: Safe App Delivery for Schools from Carrot App Dev

Presentation Solution – Finalists

-PowerLite 93+ from Epson*

-QuickPack Classroom AV System Package from Crestron

-Nearpod from Panarea Digital

-TechnologyWorkstand 2095 from SecurityWorks

Professional Development Solution – Finalists

-OnTrack from ClassLink

-LiveView from therenow

-PD360 from School Improvement Network

-CommonCore 360 from School Improvement Network

-Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching from PBS Teacherline

-PD Online from ASCD

-Academic Merit from Academic Merit*

-Edthena Professional Development from edthena

Social Networking/Academic Networking – Finalists

-LearningSpace 2.0 from ePals

-My Big Campus from Lightspeed Systems*

-PD 360 Community from School Improvement Network

-ASCD EDge from ASCD

STEM Solution – Finalists

-Adaptive Curriculum from Adaptive Curriculum*

-LateNiteLabs from LateNiteLabs

-NOVA AIR from fourierEDU

-Simulation Science Tools from Colorado Connections Academy



-Andrew Grauer

-Fred Singer

-Rob O’Leary and Grant Wright



-No Child Held Back* (new consortium)

-Randy Wilhelm

-Berj Akian

-Matthew Peterson

-Frank Ferguson and Rob Waldron

-Nic Borg* (co-founder/CEO)

-Ellen Siminoff

-Murugan Pal

-Shawn Bay

-Miles Gilburne

-Kim McClelland

-Rudy Crew

-Barbara Freeman

-Bhargav Sri Prakash

-Charlene Blohm & Associates* (PR firm)

-Martin Lind

-Michael Parrales

-Steven Engravalle

-Jamieson McKenzie

-Trever Reeh

-Scott Devries

-Brad Flickinger* (educator)

-Steve Temming

-Dalinda Alcantar


Product or Service Setting a Trend – Finalists

-studysync from BookheadEd*

-Edmodo from edmodo

-Adaptive Curriculum from Adaptive Curriculum

-eSchoolView Content Management System from eSchoolView

-Raptivity from Harbinger Knowledge

-Ko’s Journey from ImagineEducation

-VizZle from Monarch Teaching Technologies

-GlogsterEDU from Glogster

-SPARK from School Specialty

-ePortfolios from Somerville, Ma., High School

Congratulations to all finalists and winners!

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