Fifty of the best ed-tech products for schools

LearnSmart (McGraw-Hill)

LearnSmart is an adaptive learning system designed to help students learn faster, study more efficiently, and retain more knowledge for greater success. It assesses and monitors students’ knowledge using adaptive, interactive assessments based on students’ strengths and weaknesses, then maps out a personalized plan for each student’s success.

“I’m using this system to provide practice sheets as well as online homework assignments,” said Shadrick Paris, an assistant professor at Ohio University. “Thus far, the system has worked wonders in helping my students better understand conceptual concepts in chemistry. I’m hearing from students that it helps them approach problem-solving with more confidence.”


LiveText is a web-based application designed to aid in the development of portfolios, course assignments, and standards- or outcomes-based projects. LiveText allows students and instructors to collaborate on classroom assignments, as well as track students’ progress toward meeting outcomes.

“We use this web-based ePortfolio, assessment, and reporting software to monitor student performance and progress, identify opportunities to improve program quality…, and collect and manage key assessment data for accountability and accreditation,” said Lance Tomei, director for assessment, accreditation, and data management at the University of Central Florida.

Mediasite (Sonic Foundry)

Mediasite is an online platform for enterprise webcasting, lecture capture, and event hosting. It completely automates the recording, distribution, management, and analytics of high-quality video and multimedia presentations.

Michael Sutterfield, equipment and applications specialist for the University Of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Sciences, says his school is using Mediasite for “streaming and managing all of our lecture captures.” He appreciates that “everything is included in one place, with no additional downloads of materials required.”

Remote Proctor Now (Software Secure)

Remote Proctor Now leverages students’ own computer webcams to prevent cheating on online exams. It gives anyone with a high-speed internet connection and a computer the freedom of on-demand test taking, and eliminates the hassle of scheduling web proctors, going to testing centers, or commuting to campus.

“About 150 graduate Family Nurse Practitioner students are using this product,” said Doug Davis, manager of technology services at Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. “This has benefitted the School of Nursing by allowing our graduate students to take proctored test from anywhere in the country. Over the course of the FNP program, our students will save money and time by taking proctored tests on their own computer instead of spending extra money to go to a live proctor site. The efficiency of this product … allows us to test our students with security and safety. Remote Proctor maintains our integrity of testing while providing convenience and technical assistance. This allows the students to learn online without having to step into a classroom.”

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