Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products

DyKnow Cloud

Teachers and students can collaborate across desktops, laptops and tablets with this web-based classroom management tool. With activity tracking capabilities, teachers can control students’ permissions before or during class. The DyKnow Cloud also has assessment tools, such as real-time status updates, pre-prepared/real-time polling options and after-class analytics.


Designed for the school transportation industry, this software includes a vehicle maintenance module to track work orders, bus parts inventory and invoices. TransTraks’ student database and field/athletic trip module helps keep track of students and buses. The program’s employee timekeeping feature also includes biometric fingerprinting clock-in.

Surface Pro 3

This tablet can be laid flat to handwrite notes with a stylus in class and can be switched to laptop mode to record lectures. The Snap feature allows two apps to be open side-by-side on Surface Pro 3 so students can view research while they write a paper. Users also can store documents, videos or photos on the OneDrive cloud storage.


For grades 3–12, ALEKS is an adaptive online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn't know. Educators can use detailed progress monitoring on student mastery of Common Core and other state standards. ALEKS Math courses are available in both English and Spanish.

Fast ForWord

This software aims to remediate the underlying difficulties that keep struggling readers and English-language learners from making progress. Fast ForWord starts with cognitive skills such as memory, attention and processing speed, and works from the bottom up using the principles of neuroplasticity.


With this cloud-based management software, administrators can recruit, manage and register volunteers across an entire district. Volunteers can create EZVolunteer accounts to update contact information, choose events to work on and record service hours. Administrators can also notify registered volunteers by email about upcoming activities and track sign-ups.


Schools can use eBackPack to build web pages that provide news, alerts, instructional materials and individual teacher pages to the community. eBackpack also features safe and secure digital cloud storage for student and staff work, and assignments that are eRate eligible. It works in all browsers and on the iPad, and can be used as a network drive on PC and Mac computers.

School Counselor Central

This software provides school counselors with tools to manage current practice with students. The reporting feature tracks student meetings and weekly counseling services. School Counselor Central also creates student profiles and monitors their graduation track.

ExploreLearning Reflex

This online program helps students become proficient in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. ExploreLearning Reflex is adaptive and individualized. It also continuously monitors each student’s performance to create the optimal experience for every child. Educators can also monitor and support student progress.


A complete digital literacy curriculum for K8, EasyTech features self-paced lessons and games to practice skills, and quizzes to check for understanding. EasyTech provides detailed instruction in keyboarding, mouse basics, word processing and other core technology skills. It’s also tablet-ready and available on iPad and Android tablet devices.