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2014 Top Products

District Administration Top Products

Administrators can use iPads to measure the performance of students and teachers through interactive lessons. The thousands of education-specific apps available for iPad can be used to download textbooks, play educational games and watch videos.

Year: 
2014

This suite of online teaching software tools is designed to help educators teach more effectively and to give students the academic support they need to succeed. eDoctrina comes pre-loaded with several modules that, for example, build paper-based and online assessments. Students can also take online assessments or download assignments they have missed while absent.

Reader Testimony: 

“eDoctrina has been an invaluable data collection tool in our district. We use the system for grades K–12 to support learning in the classroom. The innovation of this program is superb. The customer service is second to none. The integration with our student management system is seamless. I would recommend this program to all districts looking for a data collection tool.” — Michele Ziegler, director of instructional technology, Lancaster Central School District, N.Y.

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2014

These laptops from Google boot up in seconds and have batteries designed to last all day. Chromebooks give students access to a world of information and educational tools through the web and the thousands of educator-approved apps, books and videos in Google Play for Education. The web-based management console allows administrators to configure and manage Chromebooks for a student, school or district.

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2014

The Planboard app helps educators plan their lessons throughout the academic year by aligning with school and classroom schedules. Planboard can provide a synopsis of weekly and daily schedules. A variety of academic standards, like the Common Core, can also be integrated and tracked on Planboard.

Reader Testimony: 

“I discovered Planboard this year and fell in love with the website immediately. It is the perfect teacher tool and I managed to convince my entire middle campus to use it as a lesson-plan template and now our principal made it mandatory. I have cut down on time spent writing lesson plans and submitting them to my principal, and I can spend more time working on my classroom concepts.” — Ashlee Castro, department chair/fifth-grade teacher, Alpine ISD, Texas

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2014

This online adaptive math program made up of Common Core-aligned and standards-based lessons provides students with a personalized and engaging learning experience. KnowRe’s interactive learning map looks and feels like a game with its quest-like assignments and star-based rewards. Students can access more than 1,000 math concept videos when they need targeted support.

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2014

This automated messaging service allows users to automatically send voice and text messages—such as district announcements or emergency alerts. Administrators can send messages to designated groups or to all contacts. Messages can be scheduled ahead of time or transmitted immediately.

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2014

From the nonprofit organization MIND Research Institute, ST Math engages students’ spatial-temporal reasoning capabilities to help them understand and solve multi-step math problems. It is available for K5, Fluency and Math+Music modules, or as a secondary intervention unit, designed for struggling students or as a complement to any math curriculum.

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2014

School and district administrators can connect directly with students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni through a school or district’s custom-tailored app. Apps by SchoolInfoApp feature a newsfeed, event calendars, contact directory, interactive maps, quick links, picture and document galleries, student tools, and social media integration. It works with iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Reader Testimony: 

“This app allows me to communicate quickly and effectively with my entire school community. The faculty, staff, students, parents and community continue to rave about this product. It’s not uncommon to hear comments such as, ‘I can’t believe every school doesn’t have this app.’ The school community has instant access to my posts, schedules of school and athletic events, student handbooks, photos, and anything else that I choose to share.” — Stenette Byrd, principal, Suffolk Public Schools, Va.

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2014

This visitor management system for schools issues instant sex offender and custody alerts while tracking visitors, students, faculty and volunteers. Raptor electronically logs visitor data at check-in and prints visitor badges. Administrators can also customize an emergency panic button that signals specified school officials and first responders.

Reader Testimony: 

“Raptor allows the front office staff to discreetly scan a visitor’s driver’s license to determine whether or not there is a reason that it would be inappropriate for that person to enter our school building. This provides staff, parents and students with the sense of security that they so desperately need in the school setting.” — Julie McVearry, principal, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Md.

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2014

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