Tech & Learning.com - Best of 2021 - February 2022

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SECONDARY EDUCATION WINNERS

MAXCases Explorer 4 Work-In Case Mackin MackinVIA MackinVIA is a free digital content management system that provides schools, students, and educators with access to their collection of ebooks, read-alongs, audiobooks, databases, and videos. MackinVIA provides access to more than 3 million multimedia digital resources. “This product has a great model for learning: it lets the school curate its own content” said our judges, adding that “it solves a problem for those of us that are still in a hybrid or virtual situation.”

The MAXCases Explorer 4 Work-In Case with Pocket is a protective case that doubles as a carrying bag. Features include a weather-resistant exterior, improved stability and stay-put elastic straps. Available in 11” and 14” sizes to accommodate most Chromebooks, MacBooks, and laptops. T&L’s judges liked the slim profile, interior airflow channels, the ID card location, and expandable pocket, and called it one of the best they’ve ever seen.

MobileMind MobileMind ManagedMethods ManagedMethods ManagedMethods is a Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform for K-12 school districts. The platform monitors district Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 email, file sharing, chat, and video apps 24/7/365, and empowers district IT admins with full visibility and control of their cloud environment. T&L’s judges said, “This program is critical for school IT teams to protect student data and monitor student safety.”

Mango Languages Mango Classroom Mango Classroom is the language education solution that bridges the gap between textbook learning and real-world conversations. Mango aligns with ACTFL proficiency standards and the 5Cs of the National World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The judges called the courses “well-designed,” and particularly liked how the multiple course offerings will help districts expand course offerings for students, even when a languagequalified teacher isn’t available.

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MobileMind’s cloud-based, asynchronous learning platform allows districts to consolidate all of their PD initiatives, including educational technology, curriculum, and compliance. MobileMind delivers anytime, anywhere access to personalized, gamified micro-courses, activity-based learning, digital badging, and reporting. Our judges called it “flexible and comprehensive,” and said, “This gives teachers the on-demand solution they need for PD.”

Move This World Move This World SEL Curriculum Move This World provides socialemotional learning experiences for preK-12 students, educators, and families. The platform allows educators and families to easily incorporate short interactive SEL lessons into their students’ schedules every day. “Move This World is a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum for students of all ages that begins with the early childhood years and progresses through grade 12,” said the judges.NetSupport Inc.

NetSupport Inc. classroom.cloud Classroom.cloud is a cloud-based classroom management and teaching platform. Teachers can broadcast screen and audio; interact with students on surveys, questions, chats and help requests; and use ‘allowed’ and ‘restricted’ lists of applications/ websites to keep everyone on task. Our judges said, “This product has a very good suite of tools that allows teachers to deliver content as well as control student devices during direct instructions.”

NoRedInk Co. NoRedInk NoRedInk’s online writing curriculum includes diagnostic tools, skills practice, and scaffolded writing activities. The program engages students based on their interests, boosts their skills with adaptive practice, and guides them through the writing and revision process. T&L’s judges said, “NoRedInk’s SEL writing prompts are aligned with strategies teachers can use to support SEL in the classroom such as affirming identities, building community, creating emotional safety, fostering academic mindsets, and promoting academic reflection.”

Pathway Innovations, Inc. eGlass eGlass is an illuminated transparent writing glass with a built-in camera that allows teachers to write while facing their students. “eGlass is THE tool for interactive classroom teaching for both in-person and hybrid or concurrent lessons simultaneously!” the judges said. “The software that reverses the teacher’s handwriting so that the teacher can see what they write correctly is outstanding and the ability to add graphics and multimedia to lessons in real-time is amazing.”


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