eSchool Media readers chose 40 products as their favorite ed-tech tools.
Which ed-tech products and services do our readers like best? Here are their top 40 choices for the 2013-14 school year.
This past spring, we asked readers to give us their top picks for school hardware, software, websites, and services. Nearly 700 readers responded via one of our three websites: eSchoolNews.com,eCampusNews.com, and eClassroomNews.com.
In nominating their favorite products, we asked readers to tell us how they’re using these products to improve teaching, learning, or school administration—and to what effect. We then chose the 40 best responses, which appear alphabetically by product name.
The result is a list of ed-tech products and services that have proven to be effective. We hope you’ll find this information useful as you consider how technology can help transform education in your own schools.
This is a web-based tool for streamlining the classroom observation process, eliminating paperwork and automatically storing and sorting all collected data. Administrators can create and use their own observation forms, and teachers are engaged with timely feedback to help improve their practice. “[We have] used observe4success to perform classroom walkthroughs and easily provide feedback to teachers using smart phones or iPads. It is so much easier to use than our previous walk-through software,” says Lisa Todd, deputy superintendent at Greenbriar School District in Arkansas. It “has saved principals much time and energy.” http://www.observe4success.com
Tales2Go is a mobile children’s audiobook service that streams thousands of name-brand titles from leading publishers to mobile devices and desktops in the classroom and beyond. The service gives educators and parents unlimited access to play titles on desktops, laptops, and Apple mobile devices, all for one low annual price. Titles and series range from Clifford and Curious George to 39 Clues, Gulliver’s Travels, and Little Women. “As I explored this application, I thought of our struggling readers and how they could find a love of reading by hearing those books that they want so badly to read,” said Andrea Gardner, instructional technology specialist at Westford Public Schools in Massachusetts. “It’s [also] a great addition for any … parent getting their child to love reading!”
For the full list of winners and honorable mentions, please visit eSchool News here.