2016 Campus Technology Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

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Campus Technology is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Our second annual Readers' Choice Awards provide a comprehensive view of the top products and brands impacting higher education today.

Campus Technology, published by 1105 Public Sector Media Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

For Campus Technology’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, education technology professionals voted for the software, hardware and services they consider most vital to the mission and business of higher education.

“We asked Campus Technology readers to share their most-used and best-loved tech tools — and they delivered,” said Rhea Kelly, executive editor of Campus Technology. “Our second annual Readers' Choice Awards provide a comprehensive view of the top products and brands impacting higher education today. Congratulations to all the winners!”

2016’s Readers' Choice Award Winners:

  •     Most Valuable in the Institution

o    Platinum: Guidebook
o    Gold: Instructure Canvas
o    Silver (tie): Chalk & Wire and Google Chromebooks

  •     Learning Management and E-Learning

o     Platinum: Blackboard Learn
o    Gold: Instructure Canvas
o    Silver: Google Classroom

  •     E-Portfolios

o    Platinum: Chalk & Wire
o    Gold: Blackboard Learn
o    Silver: Instructure Canvas

  •     Other Instructional Tools

o    Platinum: Grammarly
o    Gold: Discovery Education Streaming
o    Silver: Learning.com

  •     Student Information Systems

o    Platinum: Ellucian
o    Gold: Oracle PeopleSoft
o    Silver: Blackbaud Student Information System

  •     Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)

o    Platinum: Ellucian
o    Gold: Oracle PeopleSoft
o    Silver: Salesforce

  •     Enterprise Resource Planning

o     Platinum: Ellucian
o    Gold: Oracle PeopleSoft
o    Silver: Campus Management

  •     Student Success/Retention

o    Platinum: Ellucian
o    Gold: Hobsons Starfish
o    Silver: Campus Labs

  •     Content and Website Management

o    Platinum: WordPress
o    Gold: Drupal

  •     Student Response Systems and Classroom Engagement

o    Platinum (tie): Clicker and Kahoot
o    Gold: Poll Everywhere
o    Silver: Turning Technologies

  •     Lecture Capture

o    Platinum: Google Hangouts
o    Gold: Blackboard Learn
o    Silver (tie): Panopto and Echo360

  •     Document Cameras

o    Platinum: Elmo USA
o    Gold: Samsung
o    Silver: WolfVision

  •     Projectors

o    Platinum: Epson
o    Gold (tie): Panasonic and Sony
o    Silver: InFocus

  •     Interactive Whiteboards, Displays, Flat Panels and Kiosks

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

  •     Videoconferencing and Web Conferencing

o     Platinum: Citrix GoToMeeting
o    Gold: Zoom
o    Silver: Skype

  •     Virtual Classroom/Meeting Software

o    Platinum: Adobe Connect
o    Gold: Google Hangouts
o    Silver: Zoom

  •     Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement

o    Platinum: Smart Audio
o    Gold: Califone
o    Silver (tie): AtlasIED and TeachLogic

  •     Captioning Tools

o    Platinum: YouTube
o    Gold: TechSmith Camtasia
o    Silver: Adobe Premiere Pro

  •     Classroom Presentation Software

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

  •     Office/Productivity Suites

o    Platinum: Microsoft Office/Office 365
o    Gold: Google Apps for Education
o    Silver: Adobe Creative Cloud

  •     Multimedia Authoring Suites and Creative Software

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

  •     E-Learning Authoring

o     Platinum: TechSmith Camtasia
o    Gold: Adobe Creative Cloud

  •     Media Tablets

o    Platinum: Apple iPad
o    Gold: Samsung Galaxy Tablets

  •     Chromebooks

o    Platinum: Google Pixel
o    Gold: Dell Chromebooks
o    Silver: Acer Chromebook

  •     Windows Tablets

o    Platinum: Microsoft Surface/Surface Pro
o    Gold: Dell Venue and Latitude
o    Silver: Samsung

  •     Convertible/2-in-1 Notebooks

o    Platinum: Dell Inspiron and Latitude
o    Gold: Lenovo ThinkPad and Yoga
o    Silver: HP Envy and Spectre

  •     Notebooks

o    Platinum: Apple
o    Gold: Dell
o    Silver: HP

  •     Virtual Desktops and Thin Clients

o    Platinum: VMware Horizon
o    Gold: Dell Wyse
o    Silver: HP Thin Client

  •     Wireless Access Points and Hotspots

o    Platinum: Cisco
o    Gold: Aruba Networks
o    Silver: Netgear

  •     3D Printers

o    Platinum: HP
o    Gold: Stratasys MakerBot

  •     Network Management, Monitoring and Analysis

o    Platinum: Cisco
o    Gold: VMware

  •     Mobile Device Management

o    Platinum: Google Mobile Management
o    Gold: AT&T AirWatch
o    Silver: JAMF

  •     Firewall Software

o    Platinum: Windows Firewall
o    Gold: Norton 360
o    Silver: Kaspersky Lab

  •     Antivirus Tools

o    Platinum: Norton AntiVirus
o    Gold: McAfee AntiVirus
o    Silver: Sophos Endpoint

  •     Firewall Hardware/Appliances

o    Platinum: Cisco
o    Gold: Barracuda Networks
o    Silver: Sophos

  •     Emergency Notification Services

o    Platinum: Campus Alerts
o    Gold: RAVE Mobile Safety
o    Silver (tie): e2Campus and SchoolMessenger

Detailed winner profiles will be featured on CampusTechnology.com, and will appear in the October issue of Campus Technology.

About Campus Technology
Campus Technology is one of higher education’s top information sources, with distribution across a website, monthly digital magazine, newsletters, webcasts and online tools. It's the go-to resource for campus professionals, providing in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation. Content includes valuable hands-on articles, best practices, industry trends, expert advice and insightful articles to help administrators, campus executives, technologists and educators plan, develop and successfully launch effective IT initiatives. CampusTechnology.com

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
1105 Public Sector Media Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., provides information, insight and analysis to the Government IT and Education IT (FED/SLED) sectors. Our content platforms include print, digital, online, events and a broad spectrum of marketing services. http://1105publicsector.com

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