2015 – Finalists & Winners

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2015 | Continuing a Transformation

CREDIT DreamboxWith this year’s program we are shining a spotlight on the best and brightest tools, leaders, and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution. The finalists and winners below are part of a greater story of 21st-century education transformation. In keeping with the mission of EdTech Digest, we are proud to share these cool tools, bold leaders and innovative trendsetters that we hope will inspire learners and leaders everywhere. The people behind these methods, ideas, apps, platforms, products, services, and environments for learning — are getting workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of. They are reshaping the education culture, and they are creating a new and better future for students everywhere. We are very excited to recognize them and we salute them for their achievements. Well done, continue, and with that — here are the finalists and winners:

=COOL TOOL AWARDS (Finalists listed below – winners marked with *)


new product or service (released in 2013 or later) 

Access Points from Aruba Networks

Early Warning Module from BrightBytes

Virtual Music Tools from Connections Academy

Sensei from Edmentum

Lead & Transform from ISTE

The Radix Endeavor from MIT Education*

Science How from Smithsonian

Teams from Teaching Channel

Zaption from Zaption

Virtual Reality STEM Lab from zSpace

product or service

Axonify from Axonify

Educurious Solutions from Educurious

Reflex from ExploreLearning

Taken Charge from Galvanize Labs

Grovo from Grovo

Lesson Planet from Lesson Planet

MediaCore from MediaCore*

Milestone Documents from Milestone Documents

NAO from RobotsLAB

Online High School from Smart Horizons

academic gaming solution

Arcademics Plus from Arcademics

Classcraft from Classcraft*

Classroom Inc from Classroom Inc

Curiosityville from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Dreambox Learning from Dreambox Learning

Taken Charge from Galvanize Labs

Inanimate Alice from The Bradfield Company

Math and Language Arts from IXL

Med Term Scramble from Pearson Higher Ed

Numbershire from Thought Cycle

assessment solution

Snapshot for Schools from Edmodo*

Edulastic from Edulastic

EssayTagger from EssayTagger

LearnBop from Fuel Education

Paragon K12 from Hanover Research

Learnosity from Learnosity

Benchmark Now from Naiku

ClassFlow from Promethean

CASE Assessments from TE21

WriterKEY from WriterKEY

classroom hardware solution 

BrightLink 595Wi from Epson*

MultiDock Cart from Griffin Technology

Survivor All Terrain from Griffin Technology

Carrier 30 Cart from LockNCharge

Interactive Display System from Penveu

collaboration solution

Activate Instruction from Activate Instruction

Secure Content Locker from AirWatch

AvayaLive Engage from Avaya

eBackpack from eBackpack

Nearpod from Nearpod

CrowdAssess from TAG Assessment

SCORE21 from TE21

Teams from Teaching Channel

Far-Plane: Beyond Boundaries from Triad Interactive

WebAssign from Advanced Instructional Systems*

communication solution

ClassDojo from ClassDojo

GoEnnounce from GoEnnounce

Remind from Remind

Custom Mobile Apps from SchoolMessenger*

Website and LMS Solution from SharpSchool

content provider solution

A.D.A.M. OnDemand from A.D.A.M.

Copia Class from Copia Interactive

netTrekker from Knovation*

LearnZillion from LearnZillion

Odysseyware from Odysseyware

ReadWorks from ReadWorks

Shmoop from Shmoop University

SpringBoard Digital from The College Board

Bring Science Alive! from Teach TCI

PEAK Personalized Learning Platform from Fuel Education

district data solution

Early Warning Module from BrightBytes

Snapshot for Schools from Edmodo

LongLeaf Solutions from LongLeaf Solutions

Mileposts from Silverback Learning*

eSchoolPLUS from SungardK12

e-learning solution

A.D.A.M. OnDemand from A.D.A.M.

Copia Class from Copia Interactive

EduSystem from Dreyfous & Associates

Icurio from Knovation

LearnBop from Fuel Education

Milestone Documents from Milestone Documents

PBS Learning Media from PBS

Online High School from Smart Horizons

Science How from Smithsonian*

WebAssign from Advanced Instructional Systems

emerging technology solution

Secure Content Locker from AirWatch

Axonify from Axonify

Edulastic from Edulastic

Globaloria from Globaloria

ADVANCEfeedback from Insight Education Group

LeadID from LeadID

Custom Mobile Apps from SchoolMessenger

National School Supply Lists from TeacherLists

Waggle from Triumph Learning

Virtual Reality STEM Lab from zSpace*

learning management system

A.D.A.M. OnDemand from A.D.A.M.

Curiosityville from Curiosityville

EduSystem from Dreyfous & Associates

Edsby from Edsby*

NEO LMS (formerly EDU 2.0 for School) from NEO LMS

Taken Charge from Galvanize Labs

My Big Campus from Lightspeed Systems

OpenEd from OpenEd

Schoology from Schoology

mobile (device) solution

Networks Mobility Suite from Aerohive

Enterprise Mobility Management from AirWatch

Amplify System from Amplify

Casper Suite from JAMF Software

Mobile Manager from Lightspeed Systems*

EVO 40 Cart from LockNCharge

Nearpod from Nearpod

ClassFlow from Promethean

Custom Mobile Apps from SchoolMessenger

Think Through Math from Think Through Math

mobile (app) solution – early childhood, elementary

Apptivate from ParentLink

Launchpad Mobile from ClassLink

Reflex from ExploreLearning

Math and Language Arts from IXL

LearnWithHomer from LearnWithHomer*

Reader Bee and the Story Tree from ReaderBee

Kids Lingo Letter Sounds from Rosetta Stone

SPIRE Touch Phonics from School Specialty

Shutterfly Photo Story from Shutterfly

Smarty Ants Reading World from Smarty Ants

mobile (app) solution – middle and high school

LaunchPad Mobile from ClassLink

Elements 4D from DAQRI

EduSystem from Dreyfous & Associates

eBackpack from eBackpack

Gizmos from ExploreLearning

Gojimo from Gojimo

AP Exam Prep Apps from K12

Digital Citizenship App from Learning.com*

Virtual Nerd Mobile Math from Pearson

iLit from Pearson School

mobile (app) solution – post-secondary

Copia Class from Copia Interactive*

Kurogo Mobile Platform from Modo Labs

Pearson Writer from Pearson Higher Education

Course for Android from Rosetta Stone

Study Tools from StudyBlue

parent/student portal solution

ClassMate from Harris School Solutions

Edsby from Edsby

Mileposts from Silverback Learning Solutions

Student and Family Access from Skyward*

Home Access Center from SungardK12

presentation solution

edu.buncee.com from Buncee

PowerLite 585W from Epson

Nearpod from Nearpod

Nepris from Nepris

Mediasite from Sonic Foundry*

professional development solution

STEMCoach from Accelerate Learning

Atomic Learning from Atomic Learning

Digital Leadership Corps from Discovery Education

LearnZillion from LearnZillion

Lesson Planet from Lesson Planet

The Academy for Blended and Online Learning from PLS 3rd Learning

Cloud from SoftChalk

Professional Development Profile from TeacherMatch

Learn from Teachscape*

Teq from Teq

social networking/academic networking solution

Chronus Software from Chronus

eSplice from eSplice

GoEnnounce from GoEnnounce

My Big Campus from Lightspeed Systems

Sociability from ParentLink*

security/privacy solution

Security Monitoring Suite from ERPScan

Human Monitoring System from SharpSchool

Student Management Suite from Skyward

Log & Event Manager from SolarWinds

X-Series Platform from Vectra Networks*

STEM solution

Hummingbird Duo Robotics Kit from BirdBrain Technologies

STEM Camp from Discovery Education*

Dreambox Learning from Dreambox Learning

Rainforest Journey from EdTechLens

Twig Science Videos from Carolina Science Online

Filament Learning Games from Filament Games

High School Intervention from ST Math

STEM solution from PBS Learning Media

Bring Science Alive! from Teach TCI

Virtual Reality STEM Lab from zSpace

student academic tracking solution

ClassMate from Harris School Solutions*

Embibe from Embibe

GoEnnounce from GoEnnounce

Teacher Dashboard from Hapara

Kickboard Instructional Management Solution from Kickboard

SPEDinsight from Presence Learning

Mileposts from Silverback Learning Solutions

eSchoolPLUS from SungardK12

Boardmaker Online from Tobii Dynavox

Varsity Learning Tools from Varsity Tutors

virtualization solution

LaunchPad Suite from ClassLink

Gridstore from Gridstore

N-Series Thin Clients for Citrix from Ncomputing*

Cloud from SoftChalk

Virtualization Manager from SolarWinds

special needs solution

ABPathfinder from ABPathfinder*

Launchpad Suite from ClassLink

Clicker 6 from Cricksoft

Excent Enrich from Excent

Kurzweil Education from Kurzweil

NBC Learn K-12 on OLE from Pearson

Robots4Autism from RoboKind Advanced Social Robotics

IEP Plus from SungardK12

Virtual Speech Center from Virtual Speech Center

WriteToLearn from Pearson Education


Literacy Support: BiblioNasium from BiblioNasium

Refurbished Technology: Mac to School

Literacy Solution: myON from Capstone Digital

Digital Textbook: ABC-CLIO Solutions

IT Networking Solution: Meru Networks*

Open Source Solution: LearningBird

=LEADERSHIP AWARDS (Finalists listed below – winners marked with *)



edupreneurs (education entrepreneurs) and edtech startups

Tom Lauwers

E. Alana James

Quim Sabria

Michael Golden*

Moira Hardek

Own It! from GrandKey

Steve Schoettler


Brett Kopf

Youth Digital


J. Reid Whitaker

Aditi Avasthi & Nishant Menon

Mary Lee Schneider*

Jennifer Medbery

Ross Shanken

Beth Te Grotenhuis

Mark Rowan

Chet D. Linton

Todd Brekhus

school leader

Shaun Kirk

George Perreault

Dave Evans

Jorge Pineda

Kim Cary* (higher ed)

Maryellen Elia* (K-12)

Kyle McCartney

Gus Goodwin

John Tomkowiak

Howard Liebman


Kevin Custer

Britten Follett

CEV Multimedia

Nick Sheltrown

Robert Coughlan

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Peter H. Reynolds

Karen Billings*

Joe Mazza

Keith Oelrich

PR firm/publicist

J Harrison PR

PR with Panache*

L Wolfe Communications


Scott Kinney, Discovery Education*

Nate Brogan, SchoolMessenger

=TRENDSETTER AWARDS (Finalists listed below – winners marked with *)


etd-TS-win-2015product or service setting a trend

ABPathfinder from ABPathfinder

Axonify from Axonify

Brain Hive from Brain Hive

Clarity from BrightBytes*

Pathblazer from Compass Learning

Educurious Solutions from Educurious

GoGuardian from GoGuardian

Own it! from GrandKeyEd

Samsung School from Samsung

Lexia Reading Core5 from Lexia

leader setting a trend

Charlene Blohm*

Ross Shanken

Brett Kopf

Howard Liebman

Martin Lind


School Improvement Innovation Summit*

Tynker coding for kids

>> To all 2015 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program finalists and winners: a very hearty congratulations!