Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Educators Know Their Favorites in Technology

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Educators Know Their Favorites in Technology

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IT'S CLEARER THAN EVER that educators, despite considerable maligning by some education reformers, are enthusiastic about technology and are actively involved in innovating the way education is delivered. That was evident in our Teaching with Technology Survey from our previous issue, and it's reinforced this month in our second-annual Readers' Choice Awards.

More than a thousand tech-sawy educators and administrators voted in our awards program this time around, and the enthusiasm was palpable in their responses.

That's a testament to our readers and to the education technology manufacturers, developers and publishers who continue to excel at delivering the tools our schools need to educate those 50 million students.

The Big Players

Big technology players like Google, Microsoft and Apple are having an enormous impact on education. Google with it's G Suite for Education (formerly Apps for Education) and related software received a plethora of awards, including several platinum and gold honors, while Apple continued to shine with its ever-popular iPad and iPhone.

Microsoft was a hit not only for its traditional office products and its Surface tablet line, but for Skype and Minecraft as well.

Lenovo, HP, Dell, Cisco, Asus and Adobe had strong showings as well.

Ed Tech Companies

But education-specific companies fared at least as well as the tech giants. Lexia, for example, took first place overall in an open-ended question asking educators for their pick for the "most valuable" technology. …

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