2016 – Finalists & Winners

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2016 | Energizing Education

Energizing EducationFrom old school to new school, 21st-century education is in the midst of a paradigm shift. Chalkboards have given way to smartboards, desktop clutter to digital clean, disparate data to dashboard clarity, and isolated teachers to connected educators. Yet while evidence of the power of technology’s transformative effect on matters of learning is all around us, the power to energize education still lies within us. With this year’s program, the dark corners of education are illuminated by brilliant minds at work resolving the challenges educators and students face. Untangling the toughest challenges are resilient souls skipping a can’t-be-done approach for workable, can-do solutions. With new technologies, the age-old purpose of raising the knowledge and ability level of our students and thus the potential for our global society to have a better tomorrow is more firmly within our grasp. We live in exciting times. Education has never stood a better chance at forward progress than it does now. In acknowledgment of the cool tools, leaders and trendsetters undauntedly energizing education, here are our finalists and winners:

=COOL TOOL AWARD FINALISTS: (Finalists listed below – winners marked with *)

edtech cooltool2016edtech cooltool winner 2016new product or service

Math Techbook from Discovery Education

Campus Suite 3.0 from Campus Suite

LoveMath from GPA Learn

RaaWee K12 Truancy & Dropout Prevention System from RaaWee K12 Solutions

Bloomz App from Bloomz*

Personalized Learning from Knewton

Bookopolis from Bookopolis

Verificient from Verificient Technologies

Teachwise Inspire from Teachwise

Kuder Navigator from Kuder

product or service

Speakaboos from Speakaboos

Audisee eBooks with Audio from Lerner Publishing Group

Open English from Open English

GoReact from GoReact

Whooo’s Reading from Learn2Earn

Online Tutoring Platform from Varsity Learning Tools

Private Cloud from Connected Data

Degreed from Degreed

Wowza Streaming Engine from Wowza

TeacherLists from TeacherLists*

academic gaming solution

Arcademics from Arcademics

Matific from Matific

Reflex from ExploreLearning

Motion Force from Filament Games

Makey Makey from Makey Makey

ST Math: K-6 from Mind Research*

Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness from Her Interactive

Bonio from Pagamo

Prodigy Math Game from Prodigy

S’cape app from Brett Shelton

assessment solution

Interactive Cases from Cogent Education*

CoCubes from CoCubes Technologies

Learnosity from Learnosity

Gradeable from Gradeable

Grading Engine from Webassign

CLASS Assessment and Plan Builder from Seas Education

CASE Assessments from TE21

Iluminate Ed from Illuminate Ed

Evaluate from Catapult Learning

MasteryConnect from MasteryConnect

hardware solution

AverCharge C30i from Aver USA

HoverCam Ultra 8 Document Camera from HoverCam*

DeskBoard from Boxlight

zSpace from zSpace

Califone Mobile Peripheral Pack from Califone

ActivPanel from Promethean

DV-MFMV-74 DV PRO MultiVu from FSR

Tripp Lite Charging Stations from Tripp Lite

SMART kapp iQ from SMART

LFB70 Interactive Display from Panasonic

collaboration solution

EDpuzzle from EDpuzzle

Discovery Educator Network from Discovery

eBackpack from eBackpack

Nearpod from Nearpod

Unify from Performance Matters

Knowledge Delivery Systems from KDSI

WebAssign from WebAssign*

Monday Envelope from Monday Envelope

Brainly from Brainly

Hapara from Hapara

communication solution

Juno Connect from FrontRow*

SnapComms from SnapComms

SuperSpeak from Superplus

Bloomz App from Bloomz

Video Communications from Zoom

GoEnnounce from GoEnnounce

360 Alumni from 360 Alumni

Edco from Edco

ClassFlow Desktop from ClassFlow

content provider solution

mozaBook from Mozaik Education

Learning Bird from Learning Bird

Readorium from Readorium

Edgenuity from Edgenuity

Tigtag Science from Carolina Biological

ReadWorks from ReadWorks

IXL from IXL*

Shmoop from Shmoop

Boundless from Boundless

Smithsonian Science How


district data solution

Otus LMS from Otus

eSchoolPLUS 4.0 from Sungard K-12

DataSense from Authentica Solutions

BlenderLearn from SRG Tech

Lea(R)n from Lea(R)n*

e-learning, blended learning or flipped solution

DreamBox Learning from DreamBox Learning

PLP Highlight from Education Elements

Icurio 2.0 from Knovation Learning

LearnBop with Fuel Education

PBS Learning Media from PBS

Softchalk Cloud from Softchalk

mozaBook from Mozaik Education

MobyMax from MobyMax*

LearningBird from LearningBird

PEAK from Fuel Education


emerging technology solution

GoGuardian for Admins from GoGuardian

SkySync from SkySync

3Doodler from 3Doodler

Lightbox from Follett

zSpace from zSpace*

Verificient Technologies from Verificient Technologies

guideWELD LIVE from Realityworks

Chalkable Study Center from Chalkable

Private Cloud from Connected Data

TALC from Extension Engine

higher education learning solution

ThinkThrough Math from TTM

Rafter360 from Rafter

eDynamic Learning from eDynamic Learning

SafeColleges Online from Scenario Learning

DoctoralNet from DoctoralNet

Top Hat from Top Hat*

Chronus Software for Mentoring from Chronus

TT Campus Connect from Trading Technologies

LSAT Channel from Kaplan

Velocify Pulse from Velocify


workforce skills or corporate training solution

Manufacture Your Future from Discovery Education and Alcoa Foundation

Nepris from Nepris*

CreditLab from BankersLab

Bridge from Instructure

Grovo from Grovo


learning management system

Edsby from Edsby

Otus LMS from Otus

Canvas from Instructure*

Schoology from Schoology

LearnUpon from LearnUpon

Docebo from Docebo

SIS-LMS Alma from Alma

Canary Learning from Canary Learning

NEO LMS from Neo LMS

EduOnGo from EduOnGo

mobile solutions & apps

Aruba Networks AP-325 from Aruba Networks

NSB/AppStudio from NS BASIC

Mobile Manager from Lightspeed Systems

Nearpod from Nearpod*

Voxer app from Voxer

-early learning

Learning A-Z app from Learning A-Z

DragonBox Numbers app from WeWantToKnow

Lee con Angel app from Kishmorr Productions

Piano Maestro app from JoyTunes

Istation app from Istation*

Photo Story for Classrooms from Shutterfly

Bloomz App from Bloomz

ABCmouse from Age of Learning

Book Creator app from Book Creator

Waterford iPad app from Waterford Institute

-middle and high school

Pocket Prep from Pocket Prep*

MEL Chemistry app from MEL Science

K12 Periodic Table of the Elements app from K12

MimioMobile app from Mimio

Brainly app from Brainly

IXL app from IXL

Gojimo app from Gojimo

3 Digits app from Dig-It Games

Canary Learning app from Canary Learning

Plotagon app from Plotagon


MindTap Mobile app from Cengage

English Central app from English Central

Top Hat app from Top Hat

GCX app series from Brett Shelton

Prep4GMAT from LTG Exam*

language learning solution

Middlebury Interactive Languages from Middlebury Interactive

Voxy from Voxy

Reading A-Z from Learning A-Z

Busuu from Busuu

Languagenut from Languagenut*

Istation Reading en Espanol from Istation

World Language Series from Breaking the Barrier

TELL from Pearson

Achieve3000 Access from Achieve3000

Mawi Learning from Mawi Learning

parent/student solution

Edsby from Edsby

Family Access from Skyward

STEMscopes NGSS from Accelerate Learning

Silverback Learning Solutions from Silverback Learning Solutions

Tabtor Math from Tabtor

FreshGrade from FreshGrade*

Scholastico PTC from Scholastico

TITAN School Solutions from Titan K12

Iontuition from iontuition

eSchoolView from eSchoolView

presentation solution

HoverCam Solo 8 Document Camera from HoverCam

mozaBook from Mozaik Education*

DeskBoard from Boxlight

AVerVision F70W from Aver USA

ClassFlow Desktop from Promethean

professional development learning solution

Digital Leader Corps from Discovery Education

PD Online from ASCD

PD Learning Network from PD Learning Network

Edthena from Edthena*

Teachscape Reflect from Teachscape

MyLearningPlan PDMS from FrontLine K-12

Truenorthlogic PD (formerly PD Connect) from Truenorthlogic

Atomic Learning from Atomic Learning

Knowledge Delivery Systems from KDSI

Global PD from Solution Tree

classroom management solution for teachers

Kickboard from Kickboard for Teachers*

Bloomz App from Bloomz

JAMF Software Casper Focus from JAMF Software

TenMarks from TenMarks

ClassFlow Desktop from Promethean

GoGuardian for Teachers from GoGuardian

Chalkable Study Center from Chalkable

Canary Learning from Canary Learning

AirWatch Teacher Tools from AirWatch

ClassInsights from WebAssign

security/privacy solution

FlowScape from CyberFlow Analytics

Teq from Teq*

Vectra Networks from Vectra Networks

EventTracker Enterprise from EventTracker

Identity Automation from Identity Automation

Social Media Threat Alert from The Social Sentinel

Verificient Technologies from Verificient Technologies

Mosaic451 from Mosaic451

GoGuardian for Admins from GoGuardian

DataSense from Authentica Solutions

research, reference, or resource solution

College Search Tool from Noodle

RefME from RefME

Research Cluster Grant from Silicon Mechanics

Tigtag Science from Carolina Biological

Scholastic GO! from Scholastic Library*

TeenLife from TeenLife

PBS Learning Media from PBS

The Coherence Map from AchieveTheCore

NuLawLab from Northeastern University

ABC-CLIO Solutions from ABC-CLIO

STEM solution

STEMformation from Discovery Education

Nepris from Nepris

STEMscopes NGSS from Accelerate Learning

Space Station Academy from The Virtual High School


TigTag Science from Carolina Biological*

Redbird Mathematics from Redbird Learning

ScienceFlix from Scholastic Library

Rainforest Journey from EdTechLens

Matific from Matific

personalized learning solution

Axonify from Axonify

Personalized Learning Platform from Epiphany Learning

Highlight from Education Elements*

Fidelis Education from Fidelis Education

FreshGrade from FreshGrade

i-Ready Diagnotic & Instruction from Curriculum Associates

Odysseyware from Odysseyware

GoConqr from GoConqr

OpenED from OpenED

MasteryConnect from MasteryConnect


special needs solution

ReadSpeaker from ReadSpeaker

Raz-Kids from Learning A-Z

DeskBoard from Boxlight

HUE Animation Studio from HUE

Autism Expressed from Autism Expressed

SuperSpeak from Superplus*

Robots4Autism from Robots4Autism

Kurzweil 3000 firefly from Kurzweil

Online Special Education Academic Instruction from PresenceLearning

IEPPLUS5 from Sungard K-12


Wixie from Tech4Learning

edu buncee from Buncee*

EnGenius Neutron Series by exMaster from EnGenius Technologies

Geovisual Analytics Tools from GuideK12

IT Systems Management from Kaseya

Literacy Support from Biblionasium

CEV Multimedia and iCEV from CEV Multimedia

Alumnifire from Alumnifire

Master Teacher Edition from Metria Learning

Lesson Planet Collections from Lesson Planet


=LEADERSHIP AWARD FINALISTS: (Finalists listed below – winners marked with *)

edtech leadership 2016edtech leadership winner 2016edupreneurs (education entrepreneurs), edtech startups

John Katzman from Noodle

Kevin Viau from eDynamic Learning

Parul Singh from Gradeable*

Ji Shen from HoverCam

George Burgess from Gojimo


Rob Waldron from Curriculum Associates*

Rob Mancabelli from BrightBytes

Phil Harrington from Kuder

Saki Dodelson from Achieve3000

Elad Shoushan from LTG Exam

school leader

Mireika “Marie” Kobayashi

Sandra Paul

Lea Ann Lockard*

Erin Waggoner

Kelvin Roldan


Dean Shareski

Jessie Woolley-Wilson*

Pam Lloyd

George Perreault

Gregor Freund



Kelli Campbell



Steve Dembo

Christopher J. Nesi*


PR firm/publicist

J Harrison PR Group

Communications Strategy Group

C. Blohm & Associates

PR with Panache*

L. Wolfe Communications


=TRENDSETTER AWARD FINALISTS: (Finalists listed below – winners marked with *)

edtech trendsetter2016edtech trendsetter winner 2016product or service setting a trend

EdCast from EdCast*

DreamBox Learning Math from DreamBox Learning

Perspectives for a Diverse America from Tolerance.org

TigTag Science from Carolina Biological

Online Special Education Services from PresenceLearning

SMART amp from SMART

Unigo for Higher Education from Unigo Group

Software2 from Software2

Fidelis Education from Fidelis Education

Kickboard for Teachers from Kickboard

leader setting a trend

Mark Schneiderman*

Tim Sullivan

Matt Frey

Rebekah Richards

Tony Austwick & Nick Johnson



OpenStax from OpenStax

Personalized Learning Platform from Epiphany Learning

Bootcamp from Makers Academy

Work & Learning Cluster from MaRS Discovery District

DENapalooza from Discovery Education*

Congratulations to all finalists and winners! Finalists are listed above; winners are marked with an asterisk (*). Finalists and winners badges available upon request.

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