The Best Educational Products of 2018 that Promote Cognitive Development

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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 develop critical thinking thinking skills for success in school and life.

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Academics' Choice today congratulates all winners of the Fall 2018 Academics' Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The fall winners include brain-boosting products from Project Genius, Oxford University Press, MIND Research Institute, Geo Journey, 77SPARX Studio, Not Parent Approved, City Creek Press, ClassLink, toucanBox, Allpony, JumpStart, Kids Discover, Hoot Reading, Thinkplay, SimplyFun, Weigl Publishers, Bob Books Publishing, Rosevallee Creations, LeapFrog, and more! The full list of all 2018 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.

"We are thrilled and honoured to receive the 2018 Academics' Choice Smart Book Award," said Carly Shuler, Co-Founder and CEO, Hoot Reading. "We are inspired by the potential that technology brings for both teaching and learning. We believe that the three key features of our program - our certified teachers, technology, and educational programming - create a personalized experience for each reader and offer incredible potential for helping them to learn in new and unique ways."

"We are deeply honored that our Times Alive™ App won an Academics' Choice Smart Media Award. Times Alive™ is full of animation, songs, and games to teach students to learn the times tables. Our picture and story method of memorization has been proven effective and is based on the award-winning book, Times Tables the Fun Way. The Educational Community knows that this award is only won by products which reach the high standard of excellence expected from the Academics' Choice team. What a great honor for Times Alive™." - Judy Liautaud, Founder, City Creek Press, Inc.

"It's wonderful that the Academics' Choice Awards prestigious judging panel of leading educational institutions and age appropriate reviewers validate that a game that starts with a burp contest can also provide brain boosting benefits." - Stacy Katz and Maximina Revis, Co-Creators of Not Parent Approved

"Here at Geo Journey we're delighted with the recognition that our Space Journey subscription has achieved. It's a privilege to be awarded an Academics' Choice Award especially in the Brain Toy category which reinforces the educational value of our product. The award will provide a platform for us to continue to grow our brand." - Christina Armstrong, Founder, Geo Journey

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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Stephanie Howard
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