Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution

Recognizes a new and innovative preK-20 technology solution that is used to solve an instructional challenge. It can change how students learn, increase their interest in learning or could open new delivery channels for instruction. All nominated products in this category must be less than three years old.

BlueStreak Math, BlueStreak Education, Inc - BlueStreak Education, Inc

BlueStreak Math transforms how students learn math by integrating the elements found in the current industry games with the latest research on skill development. BlueStreak Math provides an integrated solution for teachers that allows them to off-load the task of fluency to technology.  

BlueStreak Math combines a real-time multiplayer experience, in game store, modern techno/electronic music, and is the most “non-educational looking” educational solution ever.  Incredibly different from other solutions as BlueStreak offers real multiplayer cooperative and competitive games that foster the development of SEL skills such as collaboration, strategic thinking and decision making. Students can “play and learn” with students in their class, school and any other BlueStreak users.   BlueStreak Math teaches and assesses math fact fluency, therefore providing the foundation for every math core curriculum.


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    CurrikiStudio - Curriki

    Curriki is the world’s first free and open, interactive learning content development platform designed to accelerate and scale digital the creation of digital learning experiences to help students learn more effectively. The challenge: The state of education went digital overnight as we faced the onset of a global pandemic. The world learned what educators knew instinctively; we were not prepared to support full digital learning programs at scale. The deficits are many; including the lack of comprehensive tools and dynamic curriculum. Today’s lessons are designed for a traditional classroom setting and are stuck in static PDFs. The result: Students report they are less engaged with online learning and teachers lack the ability to deliver interactive learning. With these current challenges, educators and administrators are urgently searching for ways to easily create content for digital learning. With over 200,000 education technology tools available, this task has proven to be time consuming and expensive. Educators and schools are held hostage by the high costs of existing digital curriculum and creating digital curriculum from scratch. This is a challenge that can only be solved by a free interactive learning content development platform. The Solution: CurrikiStudio is a free learning content authoring suite designed to help educators create dynamic and engaging curriculum online. Without any coding knowledge required, CurrikiStudio empowers educators to create, publish, and evaluate immersive learning experiences online in an effort to engage students in a more meaningful way. All lessons are accessible via a LMS and are mobile-friendly, increasing the scalability for impact. Relevant examples with organizations like LA Opera, US Capitol Society, National Parks demonstrate how content can be digitized and made interactive so students in the community can engage in a new way. Partners like TCI are leveraging CurrikiStudio to build interactive learning experiences that inspire students’ curiosity and critical thinking. As a free and open-source education content authoring platform, CurrikiStudio is poised to disrupt the education market by enabling educators, curriculum developers, and other education content designers to apply their curriculum expertise in designing online learning content for all types of learning environments: in-class, online, hybrid, blended, etc. The power is in their hands to build, share, and implement curricula that draws students in, captivates the imagination of learners, engages critical thinking skills, provides fun modes of skill mastery and channels of personalized learning. Not only does CurrikiStudio meet the immediate need for effective remote learning experiences, but it will enable educators to develop a distance learning curriculum for the future.
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  • Landing Zone, InnovateEDU - InnovateEDU

    Through its cloud-based infrastructure as a service platform, Landing Zone is in an ideal position to scale in a way that serves clients and allows researchers to ask and answer novel questions. Landing Zone currently supports 17 school districts/networks and plans to reach 50 by the 2021-22 school year.

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    MobyMax - Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution - MobyMax

    MobyMax has been a pioneer in harnessing emerging technology solutions to help students learn twice as fast. Since its inception ten years ago, MobyMax's suite of digital tools and unusual differentiated learning/blended learning model have enabled students to consistently gain more than one full grade level after just 20 hours of work.

    The company has developed the only complete and comprehensive K-8 curriculum for 27 subjects, including math, reading, phonics, language, vocabulary, spelling, writing, science, social studies, and state test prep.

    Integrated and automated classroom tools save teachers precious hours with comprehensive assessments, grading and markup tools for writing, accurate diagnostics, IEP reporting, messaging, and real-time progress monitoring. In 2018, Moby released a complete Assessments package, allowing teachers to drill down to discrete skills to get an instant snapshot of where students are.

    MobyMax’s built-in incentives, such as badges and contests, encourage students to use the program at home. The interactive curriculum personalizes learning, allowing educators to combine face-to-face education with online learning and resulting in remarkable gains.

    The MobyMax differentiated learning/blended learning model enables students to learn twice as fast. In August 2018, a large-scale independent research study of 4,000 students concluded that students using MobyMax Math showed 53% more improvement than students in the control group who did not use MobyMax.

    MobyMax was recently recognized as a finalist for the 2020 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution.

    MobyMax was also the most awarded EdTech company in 2020, racking up 65 industry awards including the 2020 SIIA CODiE awards for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution for Grades PK-8, Best STEM Instructional Solution for Grades PK-8, Best Summative Assessment Solution, and Best Use of Emerging Technology for Learning in Education.

    MobyMax is used in more than 82% of all K-8 schools in the United States, with over 28 million students registered by teachers.

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  • Muzology's Music-Based Learning Digital Platform, Muzology - Muzology

    Muzology’s award-winning, digital music-based learning platform teaches critical pre-algebra skills and concepts using music videos—created by hit songwriters, curriculum specialists, and learning experts! Many students struggle with learning yet know the words countless pop songs. So we developed a series of rigorous, iterative, engaging math music videos & associated gamified assessments, vertically sequenced from 5th-8th grade and linked to Common Core learning objectives. Each Muzology math music video maps to three in-platform Challenges—formative assessments which get progressively difficult as students 'level-up.' Completion of each Challenge level represents a benchmark for learning. Through the music and lessons in each video, students become enthusiastic about and engaged in learning. As students’ math proficiency increases using Muzology so too does their self-confidence and motivation--creating positive self-reinforcing feedback loops. Multiple studies have demonstrated Muzology’s effectiveness—particularly for low-performing students. Students using Muzology have gone from failing grades to As and Bs in math within months. “I feel so proud of myself now. I’ve never felt that feeling of getting 100% on my tests,” one student remarked of his Muzology experience. Muzology was 1 of 6 top innovative start-ups of 2018 (National School Boards Association), winner of the 2020 Innovation Showcase (SIIA), and recipient of SBIR R&D grants from NSF (2018, 2019) and USDoE (2020).

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    StrongMind Hybrid Courses, StrongMind - StrongMind

    Released Fall 2020, we offer the only standards-aligned core courses designed specifically for hybrid learning in grades 6-12. Courses are created around learning science research, 20 years� experience working with virtual students, and collaborating with hybrid schools around the US Hybrid Courses provide balanced features to support students w/diverse learning styles including opt-in scaffolds like text-to-speech, annotations, hot-linked vocabulary, translation for 18 languages, and hierarchy in presentation of information. Content is presented in multiple ways and modes like video (with transcripts and captions), graphics/infographics, and text. Video, interactive games and practice, augmented reality, interactive media, and real-world application engages students Courses optimize time and place, people, and curriculum, instruction, and assessment to drive outcomes. Hybrid learning enables educators to engage with students more deeply on an individual basis, in small groups, or as a class Hybrid courses emphasize the whole child with embedded SEL activities. Resources, made specifically for hybrid, support teachers in engaging with learners and their families Teacher Resource Guides (TRG) and support from dedicated consultants for implementation planning, kickoff, and ongoing training and program evaluation ensure success. TRGs have multiple lesson plans per activity to support instruction; rubrics; answer keys and exemplars; pacing guides; extension activities for remediation and enrichment; suggested external resources; and extended project-based learning activities per semester. For more usability, schools have dedicated Partner Success Support for training, implementation, and optimization. They have 24/7 access to a Knowledgebase with videos, guides, and the StrongMind Community which brings users together to share ideas Research included extensive studies prior to and in developing hybrid courses. Teams visited schools to see use of space, rationale for models, parent and educator roles, products used, and district and community support. StrongMind also has an innovation lab for testing new courses or concepts with real teachers and students. Teams used in-depth statistical research and broad user design studies in the lab to improve student performance, engagement, and product useability. Courses positively impact teaching and learning with personalized experiences for skills and knowledge acquisition and collaboration for application and critical thinking. They�re flexible enough to meet local needs and work seamlessly in any hybrid or blended model StrongMind recognized traditional brick-and-mortar or fully virtual learning was not ideal for many educators and learners. Our solution is specifically designed to support hybrid learning and was developed prior to current challenges like COVID-19. Courses are backed by research and user-design studies and are meant to support learning models now and in the future

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