Academics' Choice Announces Summer 2016 Award Winners

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The independent Academics' Choice Awards program and its seals of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as indicators of genuinely effective learning products that stimulate the mind, and provide potential for students to fully develop higher order thinking skills for success in school and life.

Academics' Choice Award Seals

Academics' Choice Award Seals

The prestigious Academics' Choice Award puts us on a stepping stone to scale our business and extend the trust of existing and new clients

Academics' Choice today congratulates all winners of the Summer 2016 Academics' Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The summer winners include brain-boosting products from Bob Books, SuperHealos, Owl Hill Media, wonderkind GmbH, Sami Apps, HoliPlay, ORIGO Education, Kooapps, Smarty Ears, Tribage Game Engineering, World of Liberty, American Educational Products, LilGadgets, Spark!Lab Smithsonian, MindFuel, Matific, Sokikom, Creative Heuristics, Primo Toys, Vijua, Marbotic, Monkimun, Teach My Toddler, Ahoiii Entertainment, Gryphon House, Gallopade, Future Horizons, Oceanhouse Media, and more! A total of 45 products earned the award this summer. The full list of winners is posted online at

The Academics' Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory.

"The prestigious Academics' Choice Award puts us on a stepping stone to scale our business and extend the trust of existing and new clients. It is a real privilege to win the award and see the Advisory Board value the importance of interactive ebook authoring tools, that can create truly engaging learning experiences." - Ayman Abdel-Rahman, Managing Director of Vijua

"Being recognized with the Academics' Choice Smart Media Award is truly an honor! Our slogan is "Connect. Share. Love." and we're thrilled that Academics' Choice has recognized two of our volume-limited headphones, the Untangled Pro Bluetooth wireless headphone and Connect+ wired headphone, as being a kid-safe educational tool that not only facilitates learning, but also encourages children to connect, share and love." - Jason Hembrey, co-founder and CEO of LilGadgets

"Seeing people enjoy and learn from our apps is what drives us to further improve our products, and receiving the Academics' Choice Awards just shows that we are doing it right. It means a lot to us to be given such outstanding recognition." - Chun Kai Wang, CEO of Kooapps

"We are so excited that our innovative product, Dragonistics data cards has been recognised by Academics' Choice. The reviewers were clearly impressed by the engaging data cards and understood how they can be used for teaching statistical analysis to a wide range of ages. The Mind Spring award lets teachers and parents know that our product has been endorsed by a prestigious independent body." - Dr Nic Petty, Director of Statistics Learning Centre, NZ

Many of the products that are evaluated by the Academics' Choice Awards team are donated to a variety of worthy charities including the Kids In Need Foundation and the Toys for Tots Foundation.

About Academics' Choice:
Academics' Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics' Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine "mind-builders" are recognized with the coveted Academics' Choice Awards.


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