50 top ed-tech products, straight from educators

ADMS (Performance Matters)

Performance Matters’ Assessment and Data Management System helps educators track students’ progress toward learning goals. “Our school district uses this product to house our local and state assessment data and to provide local assessments to our schools,” said Donna Otzel, K-12 academic services coordinator for Marion County Schools in Florida. “Teachers and school leaders are able to pull reports and review data with ease. School leaders are also able to utilize the Early Warning System to monitor and provide support for students as needed. Performance Matters is a wonderful tool that supports our district goals.”


ALEKS (ALEKS Corp./McGraw-Hill Education)

ALEKS is an artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. It uses adaptive questioning to quickly determine what a student knows, then instructs the student on the topics he or she is most ready to learn. “We are so pleased with the way it tutors the students and helps them reach for higher concepts than those with which they might be comfortable,” said Leslie Horn, marketing and development consultant for EA Young Academy in Texas. “We appreciate the way it helps students learn and practice independently and will continue to use ALEKS for years to come.”


BuildYourOwnCurriculum (School Software Group)

BuildYourOwnCurriculum is an online curriculum portal for the entire school community. It lets students see the standards they’re expected to master, helps teachers customize their lesson plans in alignment with district goals, and shows administrators the learning paths in each building, grade, and classroom. “We are using BuildYourOwnCurriculum to create a clearly aligned, well-articulated K-12 curriculum system-wide,” said Mary Ann Danford, curriculum coordinator for Conecuh County Schools in Alabama. “The teachers are benefiting because so much of the guesswork about what to teach and when has been removed. The students are benefiting because they are receiving a sequential, standards-based curriculum.”



A cloud-based “creation canvas,” Buncee makes it easy for students and teachers to create and share digital stories, presentations, and more. “Buncee is an excellent tool to use in the classroom,” said Abbey Camillery, a teacher at McGann-Mercy Junior High School in Riverhead, N.Y. “It allows me to bring presentations to life, and it allows the students to create Common Core-aligned presentations. I can communicate with my students through Buncee and monitor their progress. Buncee also allows me to grade their work [and] flip my classroom. … My students can’t wait to walk in my room every day, and my classroom has been transformed!”


Career Readiness System (WIN Learning)

WIN Learning’s Career Readiness System helps students learn key workforce skills through personalized education. “The WIN Learning courseware has provided the mechanism for integrating a variety of critical attitudinal, behavioral, and applied competency skills in our district,” said Enrique Medina, director of career readiness for California’s Pomona Unified School District. “The software is [also] helping to bring students up to grade level in core courses, thereby eliminating the need to take additional remediation classes in math, English, or writing.”


ClassVINCI (VINCI Education)

ClassVINCI is a tablet-based learning system for students in the early grades. It consists of specially designed tablets for young students; engaging, game-based learning content; and a learning management system that helps teachers track students’ needs. “The ClassVinci is a wonderful educational tool for the classroom,” said Joy Kesterson, a kindergarten teacher in Lake County, Fla. “My children enjoy playing all of the games that VINCI has created for the Common Core curriculum. The best part is that you can track your students’ progress from your computer. This way, I can see who has what skills and who is still lacking skills.”



Clever is a cloud-based data interoperability solution that enables users to access all of their software with just a single click—eliminating the need for separate user names and passwords. “Clever syncs all ongoing changes to Clever-enabled applications, [so] there is no more time wasted manually updating the student roster in every school-based application whenever there is a change,” said Naressa Cofiedl, director of excellence in programming for Choice Foundation-New Orleans. “Clever not only makes data entry cheaper and quicker but totally mistake-proofs this entire process, so there are no more errors during data entry. Thanks to Clever, we will be able to allocate at least one full-time equivalency and more than 1,000 hours back to teaching and learning this year.”


Digital Techbook Series (Discovery Education)

Helping teachers transition to using digital resources instead of physical books, this digital textbook series covers science and social studies, with math in development. Resources include videos, interactive lessons, reading passages, and glossaries, as well as professional development for teachers. “This resource has been a huge benefit to our students and teachers when it comes to engaging students with science content,” said Kurt Witthoff, K-12 science coordinator for Florida’s Collier County Schools. “Halfway through our third year with this product, our teachers and students continue to speak highly of [it].”


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