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2016 Top Products

District Administration Top Products

The Otus Student Performance Platform combines classroom management tools, a learning management system and a student data warehouse. Observing and recording behavioral characteristics—such as attendance and classroom participation—allows teachers to track student engagement. Various assessment types can be created, administered and scored, all within a single system.

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2016

This alert system for administrators and students is vital if and when an intruder enters a school or classroom. It includes a fingerprint-activated safe that also stores anti-intruder emergency items such as pepper spray and a first aid kit. Once a device is activated, an alert is automatically sent to a nationwide monitoring company and local law enforcement.

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2016

Specops Deploy and Inventory software lets users manage computer applications and operating systems more efficiently. It helps to simplify installations, better control local settings and remotely manage multisite deployment of applications. It also helps save operational costs, and allows institutional technology staff to manage systems from anywhere.

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2016

Fishtree is a personalized learning platform that lets K12 educators build lessons, design courses and access insight regarding knowledge gaps across a district. Teachers and designers can adapt open educational resources for alignment to local standards, saving thousands of dollars on textbooks. They can also measure standards mastery, evaluate instructional methods and guide real-time decision-making.

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2016

SchoolInfoApp develops and manages custom mobile apps that help administrators, teachers and staff connect with students, parents and the community. Apps include a newsfeed, events calendar, contact directory, interactive maps, quick links, social media integration and innovative student tools such as digital student IDs and hall passes.

Reader Testimony: 

“SchoolInfoApp served a critical need for our school’s families during the recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area. Through our app, we were able to communicate school closings and reopenings, provide information about available resources for those who lost possessions, and publish messages of encouragement during such a terrible crisis.” —Dana Kelly, teacher, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Louisiana

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2016

Whetstone is an online observation and teacher-coaching assessment platform. It features video observation and coaching as well as custom reports that include real-time data and feedback. Custom rubrics allow users to create their own measurements, and there is a content library featuring instructional videos and coaching plans.

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2016

Teachers can use this web-based platform to bring scientists, chefs and other professionals into the classroom to videoconference with students. When teachers pick a STEAM curriculum topic or project, Nepris finds and invites the right experts to demonstrate how concepts apply to their profession. Students can get extra guidance on their projects or have their work evaluated.

Reader Testimony: 

“Nepris gives students an opportunity to talk with STEAM professionals without leaving the classroom. The videoconferences are highly engaging, and have changed the way my students look at STEAM careers. Without Nepris, these conversations and connections would not have happened.” —Regina Brinker, STEM coordinator, Livermore Valley Joint USD, California

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2016

Office 365 Education empowers teachers and students with free productivity tools for classroom collaboration—including email, websites, online document editing and web conferencing. Shared notebooks let collaborators stay organized and updated on each other’s efforts, and multiple mobile apps across different platforms allow easy communication.

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2016

Skyward’s student information systems and enterprise resource planning tools include family engagement items such as email, course requests and registration. It also offers automation of administrative tasks, paperless student record keeping, state reporting, report cards, manuscripts, curriculum management and online enrollment.

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2016

The laptop can be set up in minutes and last all day on a single battery charge. Chromebooks also provide access to educational tools such as Google Play for Education, which offers educator-approved apps, books and videos. The web-based management console allows administrators to manage Chromebooks for a student, school or district.

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2016

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