MDR Announces EdNET’s Best for 2011

Top Five “Leaders to Watch,” “Shining Stars,” and “Teachers Select” in the Education Marketplace

Shelton, CT (June 1, 2011) – MDR, with support from Educational Systemics, announces the first-ever winning list for EdNET’s Best. The top five winners across three categories include “Leaders to Watch” in the education business community; the “Shining Stars” products and services that are potential game changers in education technology; and the “Teachers Select” picks for the most useful, free online resources. The inaugural 2011 EdNET’s Best peer recognition program recognizes leaders and innovations in the education marketplace as selected by the EdNET community at large, the EdNET’s Best panelists, and the WeAreTeachers online community.

“We congratulate the top five professionals, education technology superstars, and free online teacher resources for representing the best and brightest of the education marketplace,” said Dr. Nelson Heller, President of EdNET, MDR. “Thousands of votes were cast to determine the first recipients of the EdNET’s Best honor; we are not surprised competition was so fierce given the high-quality caliber of the professionals and products and services that make up our vibrantly dynamic and innovative community.”

The EdNET’s Best for 2011 “Leaders to Watch” Top Five List – in alphabetical order:

Larry Berger, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Wireless Generation
Nick Gaehde, President and CEO, Lexia Learning
Paige Johnson, Worldwide Manager, K-12 Education, Intel
Mark Nieker, President, Pearson Foundation
Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO & President, DreamBox Learning

The EdNET’s Best for 2011 “Shining Stars” Top Five List – in alphabetical order:

DimensionU™ Learning System, Tabula Digita
Discovery Education Science Techbook, Discovery Education
The Geometer’s Sketchpad, Key Curriculum Press
SparkScience, Pasco Scientific
Teachscape Reflect, Teachscape

The EdNET’s Best for 2011 “Teachers Select” Top Five List – in alphabetical order:

BrainPOP Free Stuff
Donors Choose
Google Docs
Verizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity

The recipients on the 2011 EdNET’s Best Top Five List will be officially honored at a recognition ceremony held at the 2011 EdNET Conference, September 25-27, in Denver, Colorado.

About EdNET
EdNET, the education business network, brings recognized industry experts, education business executives, and school leaders together to share insight, explore trends, find opportunities, and build partnerships. The EdNET offerings include EdNET Insight, the decision support service; the EdNET Conference, the “must-attend” education event for leaders in the education market; and the EdNET News Alert, the free weekly e-newsletter, all owned and operated by MDR.

About MDR
For more than 40 years, MDR has been the market’s first choice for marketing information and services for the K-12, higher education, library, early childhood, and related education markets. Powered by the most complete, current, and accurate education databases available in the industry, MDR provides email contacts and deployment, direct mail lists, sales contact and lead solutions, along with social media marketing services and the EdNET community. For more information, call 800.333.8802 or visit


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