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Education Technology

Administrator-Centric Categories

Best Administrative Solution

Recognizes the best non-instructional business management application or service that supports higher education enterprises. Includes privacy tools, class/lecture capture solutions, network services, human resources/talent management, digital communication/security solutions, scheduling and registration services or student information systems.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of education users?  Does the feature set meet the needs of the administration? 
  •  Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for integrating social media tools, internal data, curriculum, third-party content or standards information?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the key features?   
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and consume and deliver various types of content (data, text, images, audio, and/or video)?
  • Security/Privacy - Does the solution provide suitable and sufficient security and privacy safeguards? 
  • Customization - Is the solution easily customizable for different types of courses, user needs and education scenarios?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for intended users? (e.g. Role administration specific to administrators, faculty/teachers, students, parents, etc.)
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result? 

Best Emerging Education Technology Solution for Administrators

Recognizes a new and innovative technology solution that is designed to solve an administrative problem or improve instructional efficiency and processes for schools or campuses. This new tool could support administrators in their education management or communication functions. All nominated products in this category must be less than three years old.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Relevance - Include examples of the area(s) that would benefit – such as scheduling, communications, inventory and budgeting. Usability - How easily and efficiently can users interact with the product features to achieve the desired result?
  • Impact – To what degree does the technology represent progressive developments within administrative functions?
  • Results - Can this tool help administrators fulfill their functions more effectively and efficiently?
  • Innovation – How is this tool or its features new in its approach or implementation? How unique is this tool?
  • Efficacy - Does the technology incorporate recent research on administrative functions? How this research impacted the development of the product? These areas should be highlighted and show significant impact to achieve desired goals.
  • Disruption – Does the tool have the potential to disrupt the education market in the future? Disruption should include long-term benefits or new outcomes.
  • Applicability – Will this tool significantly impact administrative functions within the organization?

Teacher-Centric Categories

Best Collaborative Community Solution for Educators

Recognizes the online solution designed to provide social learning, collaborative and community support for PK-12 or higher education faculty and administration. Includes tools for communication, professional learning experiences, resource centers, collaboration and planning tools and other interactive, social media solutions between and among faculty, staff, administration, and community.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the educator interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result?
  • Customization - To what extent does the solution support customization by the educator user?
  • Design - To what extent is the web design effective, easy-to-use, and support educators with different styles of use?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on communication in learning, innovative approaches to teaching and collaboration, and/or access to new tools with high user interest?
  • Positive impact -How well does the system produce a positive impact on the education community and/or the learning process?
  • Accessibility - Does this product provide accessibility to people with diverse needs and accommodate different cultures? Can permissions be set so there are different levels such as viewing, editing, admin?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver/ respond with various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?

Best Professional Learning Solution for Faculty & Administrative Staff

Recognizes the best educational application or service designed to support PK-12 or higher education institutions and the educational needs/ professional development of faculty and administrative staff. Includes stand-alone or programs packaged with other products and delivered through an online application, streaming video or other means.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs/accessibility, district needs and education outcomes? Does solution offer customized learning pathways for personalizing instruction? How well does it s
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Feedback - Do learners receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user? Does it offer standards alignment for reporting student mastery of specific learning standards?
  • Accessibility – Is the solution accessible to users with diverse needs?

Content: Approach for Special Learner Categories

Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution

Recognizes the best curriculum solution that uses gaming elements as an integral component of a curriculum or assessment product. Designed for PK-12 or higher education students to enable them to learn or apply concepts by using a compelling game environment that is academically and pedagogically sound and rigorous, both in content and methodology.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user? Do the assessments complement the game-based environment to maximize interactivity within the assessment content itself?
  • Customization - How well does the solution adapt difficulty or content to individual learner performance?
  • Feature set - How well does the feature set incorporated within the solution appropriately meet the needs of the teacher, the student, administrators, and parents?
  • Feedback -How well is feedback to the learner based on individual learner performance, with learner-appropriate, informative, actionable, encouraging and well-timed messages?
  • Game design - How well do the learner tasks in the game accurately incorporate the cognitive processes implicit in the defined learning outcomes?
  • User experience (student) - how well do the elements of game play create a compelling experience that is easy to use without training?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest? Is efficacy research on the innovation provided, along with professional development resources on t
  • Reports - How well do system reports provide actionable information to the student, the teacher, administrators, and parents? Are these reports customizable? Do these reports indicate trends, and do the include recommendations along with results so as to
  • Accessibility / inclusivity - Does the product allow for all types of students? (A product can’t be used within a school setting if it doesn’t follow certain legal standards. Students with hearing disabilities, English as a second language, etc.).
  • Focus / balance - How well does the game balance the design requirements of the game with the learning task performance and feedback?
  • User experience (instructor) - how easily can the teacher integrate the game into the flow of the classroom and curriculum, without formal training?

Best Solution for Exceptional Students

Recognizes the best application specifically designed to benefit students with unique educational needs, including those with physical or learning disabilities, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or those who are gifted and talented in the PK-12 or higher education market. Includes solutions that are 508 compliant and provide instructional materials that are accessible, with accommodations enabled, or developed under the principals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Judges will be looking for:

  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies? (such as immediate corrective feedback)?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user? Does it allow students to demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Integration - Does the solution provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data, IEP goals, or standards information?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative pedagogical approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Accommodations - Do the features incorporated within this product appropriately meet accessibility and accommodation needs of the users? (such as text to speech, use of screen readers, braille printing, etc.)
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs and education or goal-driven outcomes?
  • Reports – does the solution produce useful reports for the user, class, school, families, district etc.? Can students see their progress? How do teachers know when/if to help students?
  • Instructional design – Does the content include instructional strategies that help the teacher to differentiate instruction for diverse students? Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?

Best Virtual Learning Solution

Recognizes the educational solution that best delivers course support, full courses or degree programs online, in either subscription-based or massive, open environments. Includes tutoring, self-paced digital instruction, home-schooling, advanced placement course work, credit recovery, instructional support, personalized learning environments or college credit and targets the PK-12 or higher education market.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user? Do the assessments maximize interactivity and engagement?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs /accessibility and education outcomes?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information? Can the system incorporate easily with other online systems?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user? Are these reports customizable? Do these reports indicate trends, and do the include recommendations along with results so as to inform continuous and personalized learnin
  • Accessibility - Does this product provide accessibility to users with diverse needs?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?

Content: Authoring, Curating Categories

Best Content Authoring Development or Curation Solution

Recognizes the best software solution designed for users to be able to create, modify, design, alter, combine, customize, curate multiple content sources and formats, and share digital content for effective and engaged learning in the PreK-20 learning areas.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Accessibility- Can users access learning objects and collections of learning objects collaboratively? Is the system device agnostic in the updating and monitoring of learning objects and collections? Does this product provide accessibility to people with
  • Customization - How easily can the user customize, alter or modify learning objects from the point of view of design and branding, or organize collections for specific groups (students, parents, etc.) and communicate their availability? Is it possible to
  • Navigation - How easily can the user navigate through the solution and interact with the key features from both desktop and mobile devices?
  • Searchability - Is the content searchable by multiple terms including grade level, standard, subject and topic? Is the metadata fully customizable?
  • Shareability - can the user share learning objects and collections with others through various means such as e-mail and social media?
  • Standards alignment – Is the content aligned to instructional standards selected by the user? Are these instructional standards customizable in the metadata?
  • Cost-benefit and scalability - To what extent it there a cost or benefit to the user developing learning objects in such a system as opposed to creating a custom authoring solution? Does the feature set scale to meet the needs of education users?
  • Segmentation - Is the solution customizable for different types of enterprises, user needs and administrative outcomes? Does it deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for integrating social media tools, third-party content or standards information?
  • Reporting and analytics - Will the system generate useful learning journey data for analytics and business intelligence solutions?
  • Innovation – Is the product using innovative technology, strategies, ideas or, features?
  • Ease of use – how easy is the tool to use?

Best Source for Library, Reference or Education Resources

Recognizes the service that best packages reference, original source materials, library or research information or disaggregated media assets for educational purposes in the PK-12 or higher education markets. This service can include content such as encyclopedias, maps, databases and primary source material.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Content validity - Are users & administrators able to measure/evaluate content validity using the information provided? Will students be able to identify information ethics, authority-bias and other measures of digital literacy? 
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of user needs and outcomes?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their targeted results?
  • Scalability - Does the feature set scale to meet the needs of education users?
  • Reporting and analytics - Will the system produce useful analysis and reports for intended users?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized for the user of various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Accessibility – is the tool accessible to all users?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in social media tools, internal data, curriculum, third-party content or standards information? Does it provide options for Personal Information Management & Research management tools (i.e
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Content: Core Academic Categories

Best Coding & Computational Thinking Solution

Recognizes the best educational solution or platform that teaches students coding and computational skills, logic, problem solving, computer science, and algorithmic thinking. Solutions may include programing language platforms, robotics and coding courses, not excluding hardware options or a blend of hardware and software. Solutions should allow students to think creatively, reason systematically, work collaboratively and share their creations with others.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast)?
  • Publishing, archiving and sharing - Can student’s work easily be shared through social media and/or on the web?
  • Collaboration - How easily can students interact with each other on tasks, activities, problems?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the key features?
  • Assessment Reports (student) – How well does the system produce useful reports for the student?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge of problem solving and computational thinking skills in the targeted areas? Does the solution promote student creativity?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning and standards around coding, innovative approaches to learning, and/or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies? Do learners have the opportunity to act on feedback?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Evidence of success –Can the student share the final product with others inside and outside the tool? Do the student and administrator have a persistent product when done?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs - student and administrator, and education outcomes?
  • Transferability – How easily can you build code in one product and apply it to other products?
  • Assessment reports (administrator) - How well does the system produce useful reports for administrators?  Does the system allow the administrator to aggregate and dis aggregate the data?

Best ESL, ELL or World Language Acquisition Solution

Recognizes the best instructional solution for English as a Second Language (ESL), English Language Learners (ELL), and World Languages for students in the PK-12 or higher education market. Includes course-based language learning curricula and content or online supplemental instruction.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate immediate, corrective feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user? {does the assessment place the student at an appropriate level of language acquisition, are assessments done at levels of frequency to encourage students to progress)
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, pedagogical approaches, such as second language acquisition theories, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas using differentiated instructional methods? Is the curriculum aligned to specific language standards and/or language objectives or
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users, such as including translation features?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user? Does it offer standards alignment for reporting student mastery of specific learning standards?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs and education outcomes? Does it offer customized learning pathways for personalizing instruction based on the students’ language level?

Best Mathematics Instructional Solution for Grades 9-12 & Higher Education

Recognizes the best instructional product that offers mathematics curriculum and content for students in the 9-12 or higher education market. It includes managed classroom/course-based instruction or online supplemental instruction for all student learners so they can learn and apply mathematics concepts and methods. The solution provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment and reflects current curriculum practice.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Pre-Assessment – Does the solution allow for instructors to see where skills are at and help guide instruction with curriculum so that it challenges the users appropriately without frustrating them?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information to provide the students with real life situations that are relatable to them?
  • Usability – Does the solution allow for ease of use on various parts such as testing, lessons, and reports for those that may not have much technical experience/knowledge?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different areas (adding, subtracting, geometry, algebra, etc.) within the content, courses, user needs and education outcomes?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive immediate and/or appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?

Best Mathematics Instructional Solution for Grades PreK-8

Recognizes the best instructional product that offers mathematics curriculum and content for students in the PK-8 market. It includes managed classroom/course-based instruction or online supplemental instruction for all student learners so they can learn and apply mathematics concepts and methods. The solution provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment and reflects current curriculum practice.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive immediate and/or appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Pre-Assessment – Does the solution allow for instructors to see where skills are at and help guide instruction with curriculum so that it challenges the users appropriately without frustrating them?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information to provide the students with real life situations that are relatable to them?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?
  • Usability – Does the solution allow for ease of use on various parts such as testing, lessons, and reports for those that may not have much technical experience/knowledge?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different areas (adding, subtracting, geometry, algebra, etc.) within the content, courses, user needs and education outcomes?

Best PreK / Early Childhood Learning Solution

Recognizes the best digital product providing or supporting learning for children ages 3-5. Includes applications designed for tablets and/or desktop computers, in areas such as pre-literacy and numeracy content, assessment and reporting, for use at home or in early childhood development settings.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of using the solution?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization, the parents and the user?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs in the pre-K learning areas?
  • Accessibility - Does the solution support learners who are deaf, blind or have other learning or unique needs?
  • Is the product intended for early childhood education (Prek ages 3-5)? If no, provide a score of 1.
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various devices and platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for this age user?

Best Reading/Writing/Literature Instructional Solution for Grades 9-12 & Higher Education

Recognizes the best instructional solution for reading, writing or literature curricula and content for students in the 9-12 or higher education market. Includes solutions for learners at all levels, through managed classroom/course-based instruction or online supplemental instruction. Provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment and reflects current curriculum practice.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Pre-Assessment – Does the solution allow for instructors to see where skills are at and help guide instruction with curricula so that it challenges the users appropriately without frustrating them?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate and/or immediate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user and Instructor?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users? i.e. ADA accessibility, etc. Does it keep the user's interest?
  • Usability – Does the solution allow for ease of use on various parts such as testing, lessons, and reports for those that may not have much technical experience/knowledge?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?​
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas? Does it provide the students with real life situations that are relatable to them (i.e cultures, lifestyles, pedagogical knowledge
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?

Best Reading/Writing/Literature Instructional Solution for Grades PreK-8

Recognizes the best instructional solution for reading, writing or literature curricula and content for students in the PK-8 market. Includes solutions for learners at all levels, through managed classroom/course-based instruction or online supplemental instruction. Provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment and reflects current curriculum practice.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas? Does it provide the students with real life situations that are relatable to them (i.e cultures, lifestyles, etc.) Do the students
  • Pre-Assessment – Does the solution allow for instructors to see where skills are at and help guide instruction with curricula so that it challenges the users appropriately without frustrating them?
  • Accessibility – Does the solution meet the general accessibility requirements for students with disabilities, and/or provide information about how accommodations can be accessed?
  • Able to be edited - Will teachers be able to change questions or instructions to meet student needs and fit with local school cultural differences?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the key features?
  • Growth model -Does the solution provide the ability to follow and measure students' growth in learning in a number of years?
  • Usability – Does the solution allow for ease of use on various parts such as testing, lessons, and reports for those that may not have much technical experience/knowledge?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user? Can the teacher monitor/track/print student progress?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate and/or immediate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies? Do learners have the opportunity to act on feedback?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users? i.e. ADA accessibility, etc.
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs and education outcomes? This is a good question, but as this is supposed to be geared towards ELAR (English, Language Arts, Reading), can it be utilized
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?​ Does it offer standards alignment for reporting student mastery of specific learning standards?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?

Best Science/STEM Instructional Solution

Recognizes the best instructional solution for science, technology, engineering and math curricula and content for students in the PK-12 or higher education market. Includes managed classroom/course-based instruction or online supplemental instruction for individuals. Provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment and reflects current curriculum practice.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of STEM content areas, courses, user needs and education outcomes?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Innovation - Does the solution incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?

Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution

Recognizes the best instructional solution for social sciences / social studies curricula and content for students in the PK- 12 or higher education markets. Includes history, geography, government/political science, economics, etc. via managed classroom/course-based instruction, online supplemental instruction for individuals. Provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment, and reflects current curriculum practice.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs and education outcomes?
  • Content quality - Content is free of errors and statements leading to misconceptions. Resources are culturally accurate and free of bias.
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user? Can the teacher monitor/track/print student progress?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the key features?
  • Ability to be edited - Will teachers be able to change questions or instructions to meet student needs and fit with local school cultural differences?
  • Accessibility – Does the solution meet the general accessibility requirements for students with disabilities, and/or provide information about how accommodations can be accessed?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user? Does it offer standards alignment for reporting student mastery of specific learning standards?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies? Do learners have the opportunity to act on feedback?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?

Best Tool for Student Creation or Expression

Recognizes the service or platform with which students create their own animations, videos, interactive stories, art, and/or games. The best tool allows students to demonstrate understanding and critical and imaginative thinking and can be shared easily with audiences (teacher, class, beyond as appropriate). The process of creating will help the student process and apply their own knowledge through original works.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Effective use of technology – The product has an intuitive interface and is robust enough to support student use of multimedia elements if warranted.  The learning curve is appropriate for the age of students.
  • Publishing, archiving and sharing – Student work can be easily shared through social media and/or the web. Students and educators can curate the work to create thematic exhibits.
  • Support - Information and support for users is effective and easy to find.
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or provide access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Feedback - Student receives Channels for students to receive feedback and support in the process of creating documents, designs, projects or products from educators and peers.
  • Adaptability - The tool is appropriate for students with diverse learning styles and abilities/accessibility.

Content: Non-Core Categories

Best College & Career Readiness Solution

Recognizes the best digital product or service that develops 21st Century workforce skills and knowledge for students. Includes applications that help close the gap between a learner's current interest and skills and the needs and expectations in the workplace.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Innovation –Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Accessibility / inclusivity - Does the product allow for all types of students?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Customization - Is the learning solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs and education outcomes?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user? How are the learning goals/outcomes used in the assessment?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result?

Best Cross-Curricular Solution

Recognizes the best software tool for students, educators or administrators that can be used in multiple curriculum areas in the PK-12 or higher education market. Includes productivity and creativity solutions that support learning across different courses or subject areas, such as document creation, graphic design, problem solving or web development.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs and education outcomes?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge and skills in the targeted areas?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?

Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution

Recognizes a new and innovative preK-20 technology solution that is used to solve an instructional problem. It can change how students learn, increase their interest in learning or could open new delivery channels for instruction. All nominated products in this category must be less than three years old.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Efficacy - Does the technology incorporate recent research on the learning process? These areas should be highlighted and show significant impact.
  • Disruption – Does the tool have the potential to disrupt the education market in the future? Disruption should include long-term benefits or new outcomes.
  • Applicability - Is this tool applicable to classrooms or learning centers?
  • Impact - To what degree does the technology Impact the teaching and learning process?
  • Innovation - Is this tool or its features new in its approach or implementation?
  • Learning Results - Could this tool help students gain a better understanding of learning concepts or increase cognitive skills and outcomes?
  • Relevance - How much is this technology needed in the education market? Include examples of the area(s) that could benefit – such as retention, comprehension, higher engagement and successful outcomes such as advancement, participation and experience.
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can users interact with the product features to achieve the desired result? The user community should be clearly identified.
  • Accessibility - Does this product provide accessibility to users with diverse needs?

Best Instructional Solution in Non-Core Areas

Recognizes the best application focusing on non-core curriculum areas for students in the PK-12 or higher education market. These areas include art, music, health, technology, engineering, vocational/career planning, or multidisciplinary topics. Instructional solutions for computer science should nominate in the Best Coding & Computational Thinking Solution category.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in learning standards, curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Instructional design - Is the instruction and content designed to deepen student knowledge, interest, and skills in the targeted areas?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users (including special needs and diverse students?)?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs/accessibility and education outcomes?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for the organization and the user?

Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution

Recognizes the best tool for learners in PK-12 or higher education markets that can be used to increase attention, responsibility, independence and engagement in their learning tasks. Includes Social emotional learning, digital tools that use up-to-date research in learning sciences to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the learner’s skills, interest and time on task by optimizing engagement and supporting personalized instruction.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Positive impact - Could the system produce a positive impact on the education community and/or the learning process?
  • Learner measurements - How effectively will the measurements serve the individual needs of the learner, teacher or parent? Does the system allow for the teacher or parent to pinpoint a need?
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning process or innovative approaches to teaching? Does the system provide access or information to additional sources for support?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of using the tool?
  • Applicability - How applicable is the tools for use in multiple curriculum areas or courses?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the student interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result?

Learning Management & Enterprise Categories

Best Data Solution

Recognizes the best software or digital service that applies data analytics to improve PK-12 or higher education teaching, learning, retention, and/ or growth strategies, and decision-making within an educational or training environment.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Data democratization - Does the product allow viewing of data from different perspectives and roles?
  • Navigation - Can users quickly and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the essential features?
  • Customization - Is the solution customizable for different sources of data, user needs, and business outcomes?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for extracting, cleaning, transforming, and transferring internal/external data, third-party content or standards information?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized for various platforms (e.g., desktop, tablet, mobile)?
  • Reports - Does the system produce useful reports for intended users?
  • Security/Privacy - Does the solution provide suitable and sufficient security and privacy safeguards? (e.g., de-identification, k-anonymity, privacy-preserving practices, GDPR, etc.)
  • Usability - How quickly and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result?
  • Visualization - Is there a system of engagement that visualizes complex data in a meaningful way for technical and non-technical stakeholders?
  • Innovation - Does the product provide a unique solution to a problem?

Best Formative Student Assessment Solution

Recognizes the best formative student assessment solution that identifies a student’s learning gaps and learning standard they have not yet achieved throughout a class or course, and assesses how to close those gaps to improve student achievement. This category is available for PK-12 or higher education solutions.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Growth model - Does the solution provide the ability to follow and measure students' growth in learning in several years?
  • Ability to be edited - Will teachers be able to change questions or instructions to meet student needs and fit with local school cultural differences?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the key features?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized for the user of various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) Cloud-based should be added and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?  
  • Usability - How effective and flexible is the solution to use during actual class instruction to assess student learning as it is happening? How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their target
  • Support – How well does the solution provide support for the educator/faculty? Is the solution customizable to accommodate different user needs? How well does the solution offer users prescriptive assistance based on assessment data?
  • Scalability - Does the feature set scale to meet the needs of education users?
  • Reporting and analytics - Will the system produce useful analysis and reports for intended users?

Best Higher Education Learning Management Solution (LMS)

Recognizes the best digital learning platform designed for students in college (graduate and undergraduate) and trade/professional school learning environments. These online learning platforms allow educators and administrators to develop, design, and manage course content, allow students to access and interact with content and provide data management and reporting tools. Platforms should support a wide range of pedagogical applications, including blended learning, fully online learning, and flipped classrooms.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Positive impact - Could the system produce a positive impact on course development and implementation and/or the student learning process?
  • Customization - Is the system customizable for different types of courses, user needs and educational outcomes?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for intended users? Are these reports customizable? Do these reports indicate trends, and do the include recommendations along with results so as to inform continuous and personalized learning? In short, do
  • Parent Access – Does the platform provide features to allow appropriate parental engagement with their student’s coursework or teachers? Are features specifically designed for parents rather than a modified student or teacher experience?
  • Accessibility – To what extent does the platform support WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standards? Are parent facing features equally as accessible for parents with disabilities as parents without disabilities?
  • Access - Is the platform accessible from devices with out-of-date operating software? Is there offline support for consuming content?
  • Design flexibility - Does the solution offer a similarly feature-rich user experience regardless of the hardware platform (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile) used to view it? Does the platform support interactive/dynamic content or only static/flat content (i.
  • Integration - Does it provide simple methods for effectively linking the platform with a school’s other services, such as the student information system? Are educators able to easily bring in curriculum, third-party content (including apps) or standards i
  • Innovation - Does the system incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest and lasting engagement?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of higher education student end users?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the higher ed student end user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result? Does the user experience equally extend to non-readers?

Best K-12 Learning Management Solution (LMS)

Recognizes the best digital learning platform designed for the K-12 market. These online learning platforms allow educators and administrators to develop, design, and manage course content, allow students to access and interact with content and provide data management and reporting tools. Platforms should support a wide range of pedagogical applications, including blended learning, fully online learning, personalized learning, and flipped classrooms.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Positive impact – Does the system either include assessment capabilities or integrate easily with assessment tools?
  • Reports - Will the system produce useful reports for intended users? Are these reports customizable, exportable, and flexible?
  • Customization - Is the system customizable for different types of courses, user needs and educational outcomes? Does the LMS allow parent views?
  • Privacy - How well does the LMS protect the privacy of users?
  • Integration - Does it provide simple methods for effectively integrating the platform with a school’s other services and data, such as the student information system? 
  • Design flexibility - Does the solution offer a similarly feature-rich user experience regardless of the hardware platform (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile) used to view it? How usable is the LMS on a mobile device? Does the platform support interactive/dynam
  • Access - Is the platform accessible from devices with out-of-date operating software? Is there offline support for consuming content?
  • Accessibility – To what extent does the platform support WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standards? Are parent facing features equally as accessible for parents with disabilities as parents without disabilities?
  • Parent Access – Does the platform provide features to allow appropriate parental engagement with their student’s coursework or teachers?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of education users? How usable is the platform for administrators to view data which can drive informed decisions about the content in the LMS, and students/c
  • Privacy - Does the system adequately protect the privacy of the user?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the K-12 student end user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result? Does the user experience equally extend to non-readers? Is there an administrator view?

Best Summative Student Assessment Solution

Recognizes the best summative student assessment solution that evaluates student learning, knowledge, proficiency, or success at the conclusion of an instructional period to measure student and instructional success. This category is available for PK-12 or higher education solutions.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized for the user of various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) Cloud-based should be added and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?  
  • Reporting and analytics - Will the system produce useful analysis and reports for intended users?
  • Scalability - Does the feature set scale to meet the needs of education users?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the key features?
  • Support – How well does the solution provide support for the educator/faculty? Is the solution customizable to accommodate different user needs?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their targeted results?
  • Able to be edited - Will teachers be able to change questions or instructions to meet student needs and fit with local school cultural differences?
  • Growth model - Does the solution provide the ability to follow and measure students' growth in learning in several years?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Other/Combo Categories

Best Corporate / Workforce Learning Management Solution

Recognizes the best platform, service or provider that supports the efforts of organizations (business, government, academia) to educate employees about specific knowledge that aids in the successful execution of an employee's job. Includes applications that educate on internal processes, practices, expectations and objectives of workplace assignments.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various devices and platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast, Android, iOS) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Feedback – How well does the solution provide learners with personalized feedback that helps reinforce or improve their skill set?
  • Assessment - How well does the solution support feedback, assessment and credentialing of learners?
  • Innovation – How well does the solution incorporate strategies or functionality from the latest research on teaching, learning and assessment?
  • Integration –How well does the solution provide standards-compliant and open capabilities for integration with internally and externally-provided content and assessment, communication tools, and internal data, appropriate to the user type and use cases
  • Privacy – Does the system include security features that protect user data and privacy?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result?
  • Positive impact – How well does the solution support positive impact on course development, assessment, and training? Is it easy to do the things you should be doing (best practices), and hard to do the things you shouldn’t be doing?   
  • Customization – Is the solution customizable for different types of courses, learner needs and outcomes?
  • Accessibility - Does the system support use by different types of users, including those who are deaf, blind or have other unique needs?
  • Reports - How well does the system provide reporting that is flexible, informative and action-oriented?

Best Education Cloud-Based Solution

Recognizes the best cloud-based solution that is available 24/7 to educational users regardless of location, is multi- platform and provides ubiquitous access to faculty, administration and students. Provides all applications and files for anywhere, anytime availability with an Internet connection, using devices at home or at school, from desktops to laptops to tablet or smartphones.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Integration – How well does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in social media tools, internal data, curriculum, third-party content or standards information?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the solution and interact with the key features?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to the user of various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Reporting and analytics - Will the system produce useful analysis and reports for intended users?
  • Scalability - Does the feature set scale to meet the needs of education users?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result?
  • Cost-benefit - To what extent it there a cost-benefit to the user in providing the solution in the Cloud?

Best Educational App

Recognizes the best curriculum or administrative native app, designed for the preK-20 market, that is delivered via smartphones or tablets.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user regardless of any disability or/ a user of any ability interact with the app's features and the content to achieve their desired result?
  • Benefit - To what extent is there a benefit to the user in providing this solution on a mobile device over other platform?
  • Customization - Is the app customizable for different types of mobile devices, user needs/ accessibility and outcomes? Is it 508 standards compliant?
  • Distribution - Is the app easily acquire/licensed and implemented by education institutions?
  • Innovation - Does the app incorporate recent research on screen design and user interests?
  • Scalability - Does the feature set scale to meet the needs of education users?
  • Assessment - Can the student monitor their progress? Can the teacher monitor/track/print student progress?
  • Navigation - Can the user easily and efficiently navigate through the app and interact with the key features?

"Overall" Education Category

Best Overall Education Technology Solution

The Best Overall Education Technology solution is awarded to the product that receives the highest scores of all of the products, from both rounds of judging. Every nominated product is automatically entered into this category at no additional cost, and the winner will be announced at the CODiE Award Winner Announcement in San Francisco, in June 2019.