The winners reflect how educators seek a variety of technological tools in tough economic times.
Readers spoke out in the largest numbers yet for District Administration’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards. The DA editorial staff spent days sifting through hundreds of submissions and learning about new and innovative education products nominated by readers. Nominations were accepted via the DA Web site from March through Sept. 15, 2011. Each nomination required a testimonial from a school administrator to allow us to understand how the product specifically impacted a school or district. Some products received more than 70 unique nominations. Each winner receives acknowledgement in the magazine, on our Web site, and in our digital edition, plus a winner’s certificate.
Editor in Chief Judy Faust Hartnett, former Products Editor Kurt Eisele-Dyrli, and I researched each nomination and read hundreds of testimonials. In true American Idol fashion, I was the kind judge who found the good in everything, while Judy asked the tough questions and Simon, I mean Kurt, well, he was the critic. All jokes aside, it was a very difficult process due to the many thoughtful and articulate nominations, and it took a few weeks to narrow down the products that had the same number of nominations. We have compiled the list of winners, which includes a wide variety of products to help districts large and small. From student information systems to assistive technology, online professional development and curriculum builders, we’ve got you covered.