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.

Amplify Science - Amplify Education, Inc.

Amplify Science is a breakthrough K–8 curriculum designed from the ground up for the Next Generation Science Standards by the curriculum experts at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and the digital learning team at Amplify. In each unit, students inhabit the role of a scientist or engineer to investigate a real-world problem, providing them with relevant, 21st-century contexts through which to investigate scientific phenomena. Educators who adopt Amplify Science receive a comprehensive curriculum complete with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports. Amplify Science is currently in use by more than one million students after launching in Fall 2016. Amplify Science has been approved by the California State Board of Education, and adopted by the New York City Department of Education, Chicago Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, San Francisco Unified, the KIPP charter network, and hundreds of other districts across the country.

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  • BlueStreak Math - BlueStreak Education, Inc

    Imagine a middle school math class where students knew their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts with accuracy and fluency; where teachers could free teaching time for deeper learning, higher order thinking; where educators could assess student fluency with math operations by close monitoring. BlueStreak Math is the solution changing the landscape of teaching, learning and assessing mathematics. Ground-breaking by combining, real-time multi-player gaming environments with integrated, personalized data-driven learning, BlueStreak produces increased student achievement.

    BlueStreak's blended instruction of math skills and concepts, using the new science of building student expertise, optimizes practice routines with deliberate and engineered practice. Frequent, brief iterations, punctuated by rest and recovery rounds are based on neuroscience.

    Students find that BlueStreak Math is as engaging and entertaining as their games at home. The main objectives are math-based with game-based obstacles, capturing the flag and collecting diamonds. The engineered games make math a critical objective on the path to the game objective. This multiplayer platform of obstacles and objectives involves students in a safe, social-emotional environment taking BlueStreak Math to heights above and beyond all others.

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    OpenNow from Cengage - Cengage Learning

    Designed to help higher education institutions and instructors easily access and use Open Educational Resources, OpenNow from Cengage delivers curriculum-aligned OER content on an intuitive, outcomes-based platform. With courses at just $30 per student per course or as part of Cengage Unlimited, OpenNow offers access to high-quality materials at an affordable price.
    The OpenNow Course Experience provides: quality OER content that is CC-BY licensed; consistent design with four types of assessment and 1200+ questions per course; outcomes-based design with personalized learning, remediation and mastery; improved student engagement through integrated videos; and personalization to meet specific course needs. The OpenNow platform and all content is WCAG 2.0 and uses universal design to work across all devices.
    OpenNow is available for American Government, College Algebra, College Success, Concepts of Biology, Developmental English: Integrated Reading and Writing, English Composition I & 2, General Chemistry, Introduction to Biology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. History, with Introduction to Computing and Introduction to Business coming for fall 2019!

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    Live 1:1 Online Tutoring - FEV Tutor

    FEV Tutor is a vision-driven education technology organization working to affect change in K-12 education. Our partnerships with public schools, districts, charter schools and other organizations allow us to leverage technology and create equitable learning pathways for students powered by live 1:1 online instruction.

    Our research & evidence-based programs are designed and developed to accelerate learning outcomes for any student, with a focus on at-risk and special student populations, while catalyzing overall school and district improvement.

    Our Live 1:1 Online Tutoring programs are built to become a natural extension of classroom teachers (and core learning environment), fit into a school or district's ecosystem, and align with key academic initiatives and outcome goals that we share in with our partners.

    The collaborative design process leverages school/district data to drive data-informed instruction in order to create personalized and targeted learning plans for students. Connecting all key stakeholders (school leaders, teachers, instructional leaders, students, parents/families) throughout the program allows us to adapt FEV Tutor's live 1:1 instruction.

    Measured student achievement outcome results are at the core of our partnerships. Through our Academic Impact Analysis which compares outcomes to benchmark and state assessments, we are able to measure a true return on education, while making a difference in the lives of students & empowering them to succeed.

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    A2i Professional Support System - Learning Ovations, Inc.

    The A2i Professional Support System is an ESSA-Strong, research-proven technology platform that ensures all students will read at, or above grade level, by the end of third grade. A2i is used in K-3 classrooms, and powerfully equips and empowers teachers to individualize instruction. A2i uses algorithms to analyze student assessment data and help teachers understand the type and amount of instruction needed to maximize literacy for each student. It also directs teachers to the best learning activities for whole group, small group and individual instruction. The delivery of individualized instruction in general education classrooms is improving classrooms throughout the country. Through the 7 randomized control trials, 2,000 hours of classroom observations, 13 years of rigorously tested research and development, Learning Ovations proves that 94% of all children who use A2i are able to read at, or above grade level, by the end of third grade. A2i launched in Fall 2018 and debuted in four states, 114 schools, 850 classrooms to serve 22,000 students. This was the beginning of the United2Read project, a five-year Education Innovation and Research expansion grant totaling $14.65 million from the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with Digital Promise, UC Irvine (UCI) and MDRC. The impact is a reduction in the number of students assigned to special education, remediation, and intervention programs, and a stronger foundation for success in STEM and other content areas.

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  • MobyMax - MobyMax

    MobyMax has been a pioneer in harnessing emerging technology solutions to help students learn twice as fast. Since its inception eight years ago, MobyMax's suite of digital tools and unusual differentiated learning/blended learning model have enabled students to consistently gain more than one full grade level after just 20 hours of work.

    The company has developed the only complete and comprehensive K-8 curriculum for 27 subjects, including math, reading, phonics, language, vocabulary, spelling, writing, science, social studies, and state test prep.

    Integrated and automated classroom tools save teachers precious hours with comprehensive assessments, grading and markup tools for writing, accurate diagnostics, IEP reporting, messaging, and real-time progress monitoring. This year, Moby released Assessments, allowing teachers to drill down to discrete skills to get an instant snapshot of where students are.

    MobyMax's built-in incentives, such as badges and contests, encourage students to use the program at home. The interactive curriculum personalizes learning, allowing educators to combine face-to-face education with online learning and resulting in remarkable gains.

    The MobyMax differentiated learning/blended learning model enables students to learn twice as fast. In August 2018, a large-scale independent research study of 4,000 students concluded that students using MobyMax Math showed 53% more improvement than students in the control group who did not use MobyMax.

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