Cool Tool | Admittedly

CREDIT AdmittedlyAdmittedly is an online college advisory platform that seamlessly allows high school students, their parents, and guidance counselors to collaborate on the site. The platform utilizes matching algorithms similar to those on dating sites like and OkCupid to match students to ideal schools for them based on their answers to fun personality questions that gauge their interests, academic goals, and location preferences. The site then categorizes each match school into Reach, Target, and Safer categories and presents the data in a fun, interactive, way integrating with other sites such as Instagram for continuously updating images of campus life. Students can then utilize a variety of college prep curriculum tools customized for each student based on their grade and time of year that help students understand the process, manage deadlines, and perfect their applications. Parents and counselors can monitor their students’ progress and can message them directly through the site. Admittedly is a completely free platform for students and parents and has both free and paid accounts for counselors. In the 11 months since the site launched in October 2013, more than 100,000 students have utilized the platform in addition to several community-based organizations and major school districts. Check it out.

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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*

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 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!


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Trends | Keeping Pace with Online Learning

OLC Higher Ed Trends Infographic

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¡Viva! EdTech

Opportunities abound for education innovation in Latin America.

GUEST COLUMN | by Fernando Valenzuela

CREDIT Cengage LearningThere is a new region ripe for edtech investment – Latin America. With around 600 million people, mostly speaking two languages and living in 20 thriving urban cities, Latin America houses one of the world’s largest populations of young people that have recently emerged from poverty. As a result, this group has the opportunity to access benefits that have not been available to previous generations. This has created challenges and opportunities that are being identified by investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, technologists, and media around the globe. And within almost every media discussion within the region – in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia or Peru – there is one repeated concern, the future is centered upon improving education.

These are exciting times for Latin America, and it is only the beginning. There will not be a slow evolution here, but a fast exponential development of the region’s edtech ecosystem. 

For the past five years or so, Latin America has begun to develop, attract and search for innovative solutions to solve their most pressing issues in education, such as:

Brazil, the largest country in the region, offers some of the most interesting developments:

  • Immediately following the US for mobile phone penetration and leading in internet usage, its expenditure per student has increased by 121% from 2000-2008 (ComScore, The World Factbook, and OECD)
  • From 2002 to 2012, the number of students attending college in Brazil doubled to 7 million, but only 17% of Brazilians aged 18 to 24 are in college – a big gap. (The New York Times)
  • For-profits are making inroads in the country to meet the demand for affordable higher ed. Apollo Education Group, owner of the University of Phoenix, has taken a majority interest in Sociedade Técnica Educacional da Lapa, which provides college programs in the country (EducationDive). While Coursera, the for-profit MOOC provider, recently partnered with the University of Sao Paulo and the State University of Campinas in Brazil to create courses debuting this year (EducationDive).

There are ideal conditions in Latin America for innovative disruption in education, and entrepreneurs and leaders are eager to act upon the opportunities. In December 2014, more than 20 Heads of State met in Mexico at the #Cumbre_Iberoamericana, to discuss and prioritize coordinated actions among Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries in the world to accelerate the implementation of radical solutions to these problems.

In addition, The Pacific Alliance was formed to promote an integrated market among Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Chile, with free flow of goods, people and with a clear focus on student mobility.

The edtech community has begun to move to efficiently respond to these challenges and to capture opportunities. Latin America has embraced a number of organizations that care about education: from NGO’s to software companies and venture capitalists.

Innovative educational institutions in the region are also developing wonderful initiatives to improve learning, teaching and the use of technology.

Cengage Learning is developing some of these initiatives, announcing recently a collaboration with US-based edtech accelerator, LearnLaunch, to bring the organizations insight and intelligence to the region via Cengage Learning’s Laboratorio de Innovacion en Experiencias de Aprendizaje (LINNEA). Located in Chihuahua, Mexico, LINNEA is an innovation lab established by Cengage Learning, National Geographic Learning and The Universidad de Autonoma de Chihuahua with numerous projects underway to explore education and new ways to engage learners.

These are exciting times for Latin America, and it is only the beginning. There will not be a slow evolution here, but a fast exponential development of the region’s education and technology ecosystem, connecting Latin America to the World – and leapfrogging into the future.

Fernando Valenzuela is President of Cengage Learning Latin America. He has founded and led successful enterprises in Latin America for over 25 years. He is also the Founder of LINNEA, the first laboratory for innovation in learning experiences in Latin America. He has a degree in computer science from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami. He is an active member of Wharton Fellows, ENOVA Network of Latin America CEOs, the Center for Hemispheric Policy and Council of the Americas. Follow him on Twitter @FerVal100 or contact him through LinkedIn

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Trends | Teaching Digital Natives


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