2015 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

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THE Journal, published by 1105 Public Sector Media Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards.

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The winners of our Readers’ Choice Awards represent the best of a very vibrant, dynamic niche of the technology sector, one that has grown tremendously over the last few decades.

In THE Journal’s first ever Readers’ Choice Awards, education technology professionals voted for the software, hardware and services they consider most vital to the job of educating and supporting America’s 50 million K-12 students.

“The winners of our Readers’ Choice Awards represent the best of a very vibrant, dynamic niche of the technology sector, one that has grown tremendously over the last few decades,” said David Nagel, 1105 Public Sector Media Group’s Editorial Director of Education. “What was once science fiction — or even fantasy — when we first began covering education technology in the 1970s and 1980s is now commonplace in America’s schools. We’re proud to honor those whose work — both commercial and open source — has contributed so much to education.”

2015’s Readers Choice Award Winners:

  •     LMS & E-Learning Software

o    Platinum Winner: Google Classroom
o    Gold Winner: Edmodo
o    Silver Winner: Blackboard Learn

  •     Education Networks/Professional Communities

o    Platinum Winner: Discovery Educator Network (TIE)
o    Platinum Winner: Skype in the Classroom
o    Silver Winner: Teaching Channel

  •     Adaptive/Personalized Learning

o    Platinum Winner: DreamBox
o    Gold Winner: Pearson SuccessMaker
o    Silver Winner: Curriculum Associates i-Ready

  •     E-Portfolios

o    Platinum Winner: Moodle
o    Gold Winner: Blackboard Learn
o    Silver Winner: Instructure Canvas

  •     Interventions & Remediation Software

o    Platinum Winner: Scholastic Read 180
o    Gold Winner: i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction, Math
o    Silver Winner: Read Naturally

  •     Other Instructional Tools

o    Platinum Winner: Discovery Education Streaming Plus
o    Gold Winner: Discovery Education Science Techbook
o    Silver Winner: Grammarly

  •     Student Response Systems & Classroom Clickers

o    Platinum Winner: Kahoot
o    Gold Winner: Socrative
o    Silver Winner: Poll Everywhere

  •     Collaboration Tools

o    Platinum Winner: Google+ Hangouts
o    Gold Winner: Skype in the Classroom
o    Silver Winner: Smart Amp

  •     Classroom Management Systems

o    Platinum Winner: Kickboard
o    Gold Winner: NetSupport School
o    Silver Winner: InterCLASS

  •     Student Information Systems & Data Management

o    Platinum Winner: Pearson PowerSchool
o    Gold Winner: Edmodo Sync
o    Silver Winner: Skyward

  •     Lecture Capture

o    Platinum Winner: Screencast-o-matic
o    Gold Winner: Adobe Presenter
o    Silver Winner: iSpring

  •     Document Camera

o    Platinum Winner: Smart Document Camera
o    Gold Winner: Elmo USA Visual Presenter series
o    Silver Winner: AVerMedia AVerVision

  •     Projectors (by Brand)

o    Platinum Winner: Epson
o    Gold Winner: Hitachi
o    Silver Winner: InFocus

  •     Interactive Whiteboards

o    Platinum Winner: Smart Technologies
o    Gold Winner: Promethean
o    Silver Winner: Epson

  •     Videoconferencing & Web Conferencing

o    Platinum Winner: Microsoft Lync
o    Gold Winner: Polycom (TIE)
o    Gold Winner: Cisco Telepresence

  •     Virtual Classroom/Meeting Software

o    Platinum Winner: Google+ Hangout
o    Gold Winner: GoToMeeting.com‎
o    Silver Winner: Blackboard Learn

  •     Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement

o    Platinum Winner: Smart Audio classroom amplification system
o    Gold Winner: Lightspeed classroom audio system
o    Silver Winner: Califone

  •     Classroom Presentation Software

o    Platinum Winner: Microsoft PowerPoint
o    Gold Winner: Prezi
o    Silver Winner: Google Slides

  •     Office/Productivity Suite

o    Platinum Winner: Microsoft Office/Office 365
o    Gold Winner: Google Apps
o    Silver Winner: Apple Productivity Apps/iWork

  •     Multimedia Authoring Suites & Creative Software

o    Platinum Winner: Adobe Creative Cloud
o    Gold Winner: Apple Creativity Apps

  •     E-Learning Authoring

o    Platinum Winner: Camtasia Studio
o    Gold Winner: SmartBuilder
o    Silver Winner: Adobe Creative Cloud

  •     Media Tablet

o    Platinum Winner: Apple iPad
o    Gold Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab/Tab Pro
o    Silver Winner: Google Nexus (TIE)
o    Silver Winner: HP Pro Slate

  •     Chromebook

o    Platinum Winner: Google
o    Gold Winner: Acer
o    Silver Winner: Samsung

  •     Windows Tablet

o    Platinum Winner: Microsoft Surface/Surface Pro
o    Gold Winner: Samsung Windows tablets
o    Silver Winner: HP Stream/ElitePad

  •     Convertible Notebooks/2-in-1 Notebooks

o    Platinum Winner: Lenovo ThinkPad/Yoga
o    Gold Winner: Dell Venue/Inspiron
o    Silver Winner: HP Elitebook Revolve/Specter

  •     Education Notebooks

o    Platinum Winner: Apple (MacBook, MacBook Pro)
o    Gold Winner: Dell (Latitude, Inspiron, Vostro, Precision ...)
o    Silver Winner: Lenovo (ThinkPad, etc.)

  •     Virtual Desktops and Thin Clients

o    Platinum Winner: ClassLink LaunchPad (TIE)
o    Platinum Winner: HP Thin Client Solutions
o    Silver Winner: Lenovo ThinkCentre (TIE)
o    Silver Winner: Dell Wyse

  •     Wireless Access Points & Hotspots

o    Platinum Winner: Cisco Systems
o    Gold Winner: Netgear
o    Silver Winner: Extreme Networks

  •     3D Printers

o    Platinum Winner: Stsratasys MakerBot

  •     Anonymous Reporting Tools

o    Platinum Winner: MySafeSchool
o    Gold Winner: CyberBully Hotline
o    Silver Winner: Anonymous Alerts

  •     Emergency Notifications

o    Platinum Winner: SchoolMessenger
o    Gold Winner: Blackboard Connect AlertNow
o    Silver Winner: School System Alert

Detailed winner profiles will be featured on THEJournal.com, and will appear in the October issue of THE Journal.

About THE Journal
THE Journal is the premier resource for K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, IT administration and instructional technologists who make decisions and influence technology purchases for their districts, schools and classrooms.

About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including the public sector (FED/SLED) information technology community; enterprise computing; industrial health, safety, and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105's offerings span marketing services; print and online magazines, journals, and newsletters; seminars, conferences, and trade shows; training courseware; web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States. https://1105media.com

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