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Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products

DA is proud to present the 2014 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products.

Continuing to recognize the best of the best, the editors of District Administration magazine are proud to present this year’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products, which were selected from more than 2,400 unique nominations. Up from 1,800 nominations in 2013, this is yet another record-breaking year.

The suite of BrightLink projectors can be used on whiteboards, walls or other light-colored surfaces. Two users can interact with models simultaneously. Built-in annotation technology allows teachers and students to interact with a projected image from various devices, including PCs, tablets, Blu-ray players, VCRs and document cameras.

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2014

The Infinite Campus system is used by 2,000 districts, serving 6.5 million students across 42 states. Infinite Campus includes LMS, and manages special ed, messaging, food service, finance, HR and data analysis all in one seamless system. Its web and mobile-device interfaces promote collaboration among administrators, teachers, parents, students and other education stakeholders.

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2014

Aligned to the Common Core, StudySync comprises web-based reading, writing and critical thinking lessons. StudySync also provides educators with teacher-created writing prompts and assessment rubrics. It includes online access to hundreds of classic and contemporary texts—both fiction and nonfiction.

Reader Testimony: 

“StudySync is professional, highly-engaging content that really connects students to text. The resources are easy to access and use, and provide support for all stages of reading. I found the resources very helpful for independent readers and for differentiating in an instructional setting.” — Mark Davis, reading specialist, Barrington Public Schools, R.I.

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2014

With this web-based platform, teachers can bring a variety of industry professionals, from a chef to a scientist, into the classroom to speak to students. Teachers make requests through Nepris, which automatically matches the skills of professionals to curriculum topic and other activities.

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2014

Built by teachers to motivate readers, this literacy software offers more than 80,000 fiction and nonfiction texts. LightSail embeds Common Core-aligned assessments in each text, allowing educators to monitor students’ daily progress. As students gain in reading level, LightSail adapts their materials, moving readers up a staircase of text complexity and ensuring they read within their zones of proximal development.

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2014

This digital curriculum aims to remove academic barriers by delivering a personalized learning experience that gives each student the support they need to excel. Each APEX lesson includes multiple opportunities for students to explore, apply, practice and confirm their skills through an active learning approach.

Reader Testimony: 

“APEX Learning started as a credit recovery program after school and has expanded into a program called Ranger Academy. Twenty percent of the 2014 class from North Ridgeville High School used APEX learning to graduate on time. Without the APEX program and the ability to offer blended learning for our students, we would not have the success we do in making kids lifelong learners, thus allowing them to achieve long-term goals.” — Rachel Hill, Ranger Academy coordinator, North Ridgeville City Schools, Ohio

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2014

Available in a range of configurations—from 20Mbps up to 5Gbps—these bandwidth-shaping appliances from APConnections are designed for voice and data networks. NetEqualizer’s built-in, rules-based application-level technology dynamically controls traffic-based on current network usage.

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2014

The ParentLink mobile app gives the school community a personalized window into what is happening in class. With this app, educators can post grades, assignments and attendance reports along with news, events and announcements. ParentLink also offers emergency messaging, custom messages, language translation and survey features.

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2014

This software allows schools to quickly send alerts and announcements to parents, teachers and staff by phone, text message or email. The system includes 30 pre-recorded and customizable messages translated into 11 languages. Typed messages can be instantly translated into one of 52 languages.

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2014

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