IRVINE, CA, Oct. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (1105 Media Inc.) THE Journal, the leading K–12 education technology magazine, today announces the winners of its third-annual Readers’ Choice Awards program.

For THE Journal’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, education technology professionals voted for the software, hardware, and services they consider most vital to the job of educating and supporting America’s 50 million K–12 students.

“More than 1,400 education technology professionals, including IT staff and educators, spoke out about the tools they think have the most positive impact on the mission of education,” says David Nagel, editor-in-chief of THE Journal and editorial director for 1105 Media’s Education Group. “All of the winners deserve high praise for their work in K–12 education and the impact they’ve had on teaching and learning, and we congratulate them for being selected by the teachers, administrators, and technology staff they serve so well.”


2017’s Top Overall Winners

When asked an open-ended question, “What are your three favorite technologies that you currently use in your capacity as an education professional?” the top individual products were:


  • Platinum: Google G Suite for Education
  • Gold: Apple iPad
  • Silver: Lexia Core5


The top product categories were:


  • Platinum: Mobile devices (led by Chromebooks and iPads)
  • Gold: Interactive whiteboards/displays/projectors
  • Silver (TIE):
    • E-learning/learning management systems
    • Reading software


When asked an open-ended question, “What's the most valuable product your school or district added this year?” the individual product winners were:


  • Platinum: Lexia Core5
  • Gold: Google Chromebooks
  • Silver: Google G Suite for Education


The top product categories picked by readers were:


  • Platinum: Mobile devices (led by Google Chromebooks and Apple iPads)
  • Gold: Reading software (Led by Lexia)
  • Silver: Learning management systems (led by Instructure Canvas and Schoology)


2017’s Readers’ Choice Award Category Winners:

(Note: Where no gold or silver winners are listed, all other nominees aside from the platinum and/or gold winners tied with a negligible number of votes.)

Best Reading Program

  • Platinum: Lexia Learning Core5


Best Math Program

  • Platinum: IXL Math
  • Gold: DreamBox


Best Science Program

  • Platinum: Discovery Education Techbook
  • Gold: Mystery Science
  • Silver: FOSS


Best Robotics System/Curriculum

  • Platinum: LEGO
  • Gold (TIE):
    • Wonder Workshop
    • Vex


Best Coding Tool/Curriculum

  • Platinum:
  • Gold: Scratch


Best Assessment

  • Platinum: NWEA MAP


Favorite Learning Management Systems, Course Management Systems & E-Learning Platforms

  • Platinum: Google Classroom
  • Gold: Schoology
  • Silver: Instructure Canvas


Favorite 3D Printer (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Makerbot
  • Gold (TIE):
    • Dremel
    • FlashForge
  • Silver: ROBO 3D


Favorite Education Networks/Professional Communities/Professional Development Systems

  • Platinum: Twitter
  • Gold: Discovery Educator Network
  • Silver: LinkedIn


Favorite Adaptive/Personalized Learning Tool

  • Platinum: Lexia Learning
  • Gold: Renaissance
  • Silver: MobyMax


Favorite E-Portfolio

  • Platinum: Moodle
  • Gold: Blackboard Learn
  • Silver (TIE):
    • Instructure Canvas
    • Google G Suite for Education


Favorite Interventions & Remediation Software

  • Platinum: MobyMax
  • Gold: STAR Reading & Early Literacy
  • Silver: i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction, Math


Favorite “Other” Education Tool

  • Platinum: Khan Academy
  • Gold: Discovery Education Streaming Plus
  • Silver: Discovery Education Science Techbook


Favorite Student Response Systems & Classroom Clickers

  • Platinum: Kahoot!
  • Gold: Promethean
  • Silver (TIE):
    • Poll Everywhere
    • Socratic


Favorite Collaboration Tool

  • Platinum: Google G Suite for Education
  • Gold: Microsoft 365 for Education
  • Silver: Nearpod


Favorite Classroom Management, Culture, or Student Success System

  • Platinum: ClassDojo
  • Gold: PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
  • Silver: Google Cast for Education


Favorite Student Information Systems & Data Management Tool

  • Platinum: PowerSchool
  • Gold (TIE):
    • Infinite Campus
    • Skyward
  • Silver: Edmodo Sync


Favorite Lecture Capture/Screen Recording

  • Platinum: Screencast-o-matic
  • Gold (TIE):
    • Adobe Presenter
    • TechSmith Camtasia
  • Silver: TechSmith Snagit


Favorite Document Camera (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Elmo USA
  • Gold: Epson DC series
  • Silver: SMART Technologies


Favorite Projector (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Epson
  • Gold: Sony
  • Silver: Hitachi


Favorite Interactive Whiteboard, Display, Flat Panel, or Kiosk (by Brand)

  • Platinum: SMART Technologies
  • Gold: Promethean
  • Silver: Mimio


Favorite Videoconferencing & Web Conferencing Tool

  • Platinum: Google Hangouts
  • Gold: Microsoft Skype in the Classroom
  • Silver: Zoom


Favorite Virtual Classroom/Meeting Software

  • Platinum: Google Hangouts
  • Gold: GoToMeeting
  • Silver: Microsoft Skype in the Classroom


Favorite Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Lightspeed Technologies
  • Gold: Smart Audio
  • Silver: Califone


Top Educational Game or Gamified Learning Tool

  • Platinum: Kahoot
  • Gold: Microsoft Minecraft
  • Silver: Prodigy Math


Top Game not Necessarily Designed for Education but Used as a Part of Instruction at Your Institution

  • Platinum: Microsoft Minecraft


Favorite Virtual/Augmented Reality Headset or Hardware System

  • Platinum: Google Cardboard
  • Gold: Samsung Gear VR
  • Silver: Sony PlayStation VR


Favorite Virtual/Augmented Reality Software/System

  • Platinum: Aurasma
  • Gold: PBS Lunch Rush!
  • Silver: Chromville


Favorite Gaming Platform

  • Platinum: Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad)
  • Gold: Sony PlayStation
  • Silver: Microsoft Xbox


Favorite Classroom Presentation Software

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


Office/Productivity Suite

  • Platinum: Google G Suite
  • Gold: Microsoft Office 365
  • Silver: Apple iWork


Favorite Multimedia Authoring Suites & Creative Software

  • Platinum: Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Gold: Apple Creativity Apps
  • Silver: Ubuntu Studio


Favorite E-Learning Authoring Tool

  • Platinum: Google G Suite
  • Gold: Camtasia Studio
  • Silver: Adobe Creative Cloud


Favorite Media Tablet (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Apple
  • Gold: Google
  • Silver: Samsung


Favorite Chromebook (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Google
  • Gold (TIE):
    • HP
    • Dell
  • Silver: Lenovo


Favorite Windows Tablet (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Microsoft
  • Gold: Dell
  • Silver: HP


Favorite Convertible Notebook/2-in-1 Notebook (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Dell
  • Gold: HP
  • Silver: Lenovo


Favorite Education Notebook (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Apple
  • Gold: Dell
  • Silver: HP


Favorite Virtual Desktops and Thin Clients

  • Platinum: Lenovo ThinkCentre line
  • Gold (TIE):
    • HP Thin Client Solutions
    • VMware
  • Silver: Dell Wyse


Favorite Wireless Access Point or Hotspot (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Cisco
  • Gold: Netgear
  • Silver: Extreme Networks


Favorite Network or WiFi Management, Analysis, and Monitoring Tool (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Microsoft
  • Gold: Cisco
  • Silver: Extreme Networks


Favorite Mobile Device Management Solution (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Google
  • Gold: AT&T
  • Silver: JAMF


Favorite Anonymous Reporting Tool

  • Platinum: MySafeSchool
  • Gold: CyberBully Hotline
  • Silver: Anonymous Alerts


Favorite Emergency Notification System

  • Platinum: SchoolMessenger
  • Gold: School Alert
  • Silver: K12 Alerts


Favorite Firewall Software

  • Platinum: Norton 360
  • Gold: Kaspersky
  • Silver: Windows Firewall


Favorite Firewall Hardware/Appliance (by Brand)

  • Platinum: McAfee
  • Gold: Cisco


Top Anti-Virus Tool (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Norton
  • Gold: McAfee
  • Silver: AVG


Favorite Classroom Furnishings and Charging Carts (by Brand)

  • Platinum: Steelcase
  • Gold: Bretford
  • Silver: Childcraft

Detailed winner profiles will be featured on and will appear in the October/November issue of THE Journal, which ships today. 


About THE Journal

THE Journal is the premier resource for K–12 senior-level district and school administrators, IT administration, and instructional technologists who make decisions and influence technology purchases for their districts, schools and classrooms.


About 1105 Media Education Group

The 1105 Education Group, a division of 1105 Media Inc., provides information, insight, and analysis to the education sector, focusing on information and instructional technology. Our content platforms for our core properties (THE Journal, Campus Technology and STEAM Universe) include print, digital, online, newsletters, events, and a broad spectrum of marketing services.




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Carmel McDonagh
1105 Media Inc