Would you like to win a Tech Edvocate Award? Keep reading to find out how.

Below you will find pertinent information about the awards process, from how to nominate a person, product, or company to how nominees will be evaluated.

有哪些奖项?

  1. Best Lesson Planning App or Tool
  2. Best Assessment App or Tool
  3. Best Early Childhood Education App or Tool
  4. Best Literacy App or Tool
  5. Best Math App or Tool
  6. Best STEM/STEAM Education App or Tool
  7. Best Language Learning App or Tool
  8. Best Virtual or Augmented Reality App or Tool
  9. Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning App or Tool
  10. Best Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning App or Tool
  11. Best Coding App or Tool
  12. 最佳游戏化应用或工具
  13. Best Learning Management System
  14. Best Blended/Flipped Learning App or Tool
  15. Best Assistive Technology App or Tool
  16. Best Parent-Teacher/School Communication App or Tool
  17. Best Collaboration App or Tool
  18. Best Tutoring/Test Prep App or Tool
  19. Best Classroom/Behavior Management App or Tool
  20. Best Classroom Audio-Visual App or Tool
  21. Best Higher Education Solution
  22. Best Learning Analytics/Data Mining App or Tool
  23. Best Professional Development App or Tool
  24. Best Student Information System (SIS) App or Tool
  25. Best Global EdTech Leader
  26. Best Global EdTech Company
  27. Best Global EdTech Startup
  28. Best K-12 School Leader
  29. Best Higher Education Leader
  30. Best School District Technology Coordinator/Director
  31. Best K-12 Teacher
  32. Best Professor
  33. Best EdTech PR Firm

Categories that do not receive at least two nominees will be deleted, and nominators will receive their nomination fee back.

Items Needed to Fill Out the Online Nomination Form

Below you will find a list of the things that you will need to fill out our awards application form.

  1. Email Address (required)
  2. Name (optional)
  3. Twitter Handle (optional)
  4. Name of Nominee (required)
  5. Nomination Category (required)
  6. URL or Landing Page of Nominee (required)
  7. Description of Nominee (200-1000 words) (required)
  8. Demo Information (optional but strongly suggested) – Instructions on how judges can demo the product, service, or app.
  9. Video Demo (optional) – Entrants can submit a video demo of their product that explains its contribution to the field of education. You can provide a link to your video demo in the space below. It doesn’t have to be a new video.

提名什么时候开始?

The nomination period begins on May 1, 2022, at 8:00 am EST, and ends on July 31, 2022, at 5:00 pm EST.

What is the nomination process?:

Step 1 Complete the Online Nomination Form:Anyone can nominate an individual, company or product for an award, provided that they pay the entry fee.

为个人奖项提名实践教育工作者无需支付报名费。THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING AWARD CATEGORIES:

  1. Best K-12 School Leader
  2. Best Higher Education Leader
  3. Best School District Technology Coordinator/Director
  4. Best K-12 Teacher
  5. Best Professor

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE COMPANIES. IF A COMPANY OR COMPANY AGENT NOMINATES A PRACTICING EDUCATOR FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AWARD, THEY ARE CHARGED THE FULL NOMINATION FEE.

缴交报名费后,你的提名才会被正式接纳。在这一点上,你的候选人晋级为候选人。使用上面列出的类别,填写下面的表单并点击提交。如果我们得到了它,就会出现这样的内容:谢谢!您的投稿已收到。If the form does not show up below,just click here to fill it out.

Step 2 Submit PaymentViaPayPal -OR- Debit/Credit Card/Check:

Individuals, Edtech solution providers, and PR firms are required to pay to enter. Hosting and managing an awards program takes a lot of human capital, money, time, and resources. Your nomination fee helps us to defray these costs. The fee for nominations made from May 1 – May 31 is $249 (early bird special), and for nominations made from June 1 – July 31, the fee is $299. To take advantage of the early bird special, the nomination and payment must be made by the end of May 31st. Multiple nominations from the same organization or company are welcomed. You may also enter the same product in multiple categories, but each category that you enter requires a separate entry fee (e.g., $249 x 5 categories = $1245). TO BE CLEAR, OUR PREFERRED METHOD OF PAYMENT IS BY CHECK, BUT WE OFFER THE FULL COMPLIMENT OF PAYMENT OPTIONS.

Paying by PayPal

To make your payment via PayPal, visit our payment page, which is listed below.

CLICK HERE:https://www.paypal.me/theedvocate/299

必须使用PayPal帐户通过这个链接提交您的付款。一旦您点击上面的链接,您将采取到我们的贝宝支付页面。点击“下一步”,从那里您将需要输入您的贝宝帐户信息并完成支付。请务必将您提名的个人、公司或产品的名称通过电子邮件发送给我们。您也可以通过PayPal付款方式向我们提供注释。

Paying by Credit or Debit Card

If you would like to use your credit or debit card to make payment, just send a request to[email protected]We will use our PayPal account to send you an electronic invoice, which you can pay using a credit or debit card. Simple as that.

Paying by Check

我们也接受支票。一定要包括你所提名的人、公司或产品的相关信息。Send your check to the following address:

The Edvocate
5322 Markel Road Apt. 104
Richmond, VA 23230

Let us know if you require an invoice. We would be happy to provide you with one. Please email us at[email protected]if you have any questions. Within 48 hours after your nomination fee has been paid, your information will be added to our online voting form, which can be accessed below, under the “Popular Vote” section. Or you canaccess it via the following link. Your entry has not been entered unless it appears on this form, so make sure that you confirm its addition.

Step 3 Claim Your Nomination Seal:

Once you have been nominated and your nomination fee has been paid, you are eligible for a nominee’s seal, which is similar to the seal at the top of this page.Click on the following link领取你的印章。让每个人都知道你的成就!不要害羞!

Seals for finalists and winners will be provided as they are announced.

What is the deadline for nominations?

The final deadline for nominations is July 31, 2022

The judging period is from August 1, 2021, to August 21, 2022.

When will the finalists and winners be announced?

入围名单将于2022年8月24日公布;获奖者将于2022年8月31日公布。决赛和获胜者将通过电子邮件和/或Twitter通知。

You can access the announcementby clicking hereon the dates above.

How will nominees be evaluated?

There are two factors that we will use to choose finalists and winners:

Popular Vote (20%):This is the only factor that you can control. Within 48 hours after your nomination fee has been paid, your information will be added to our online voting form, which can be accessed below this paragraph. Once you confirm that it has been added,send this linkto your supporters and ask them to vote for you. Your entry has not been entered unless it appears on this form, so make sure that you confirm its addition. Voting begins on May 1, 2022, at 8:00 am EST and ends on July 31, 2022, at 5:00 pm EST.

Disclaimer:Winning the popular vote shows us that you are popular, but it in no way signals that you will become a finalist or will walk away with the award. As we know, the popular vote in any competition can be manipulated, and although we attempt to safeguard against this, at the end of the day, this type of voting is subjective.

Judges Vote (80%):The finalists and winners will ultimately be selected by a panel comprised of two edtech thought leaders, two PreK-12 teachers, one college professor, two K-12 administrators, one college administrator and two PreK-12 parents. They will take each nominees performance on the popular vote into consideration. Companies and individuals will be judged on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development and/or advocacy of edtech.

Here are our evaluation criteria for products, which appear in the form of guiding questions with accompanying explanations. In the interest of time, we verify this information independently, as opposed to contacting the company. We will only contact the company if we believe it is totally necessary. Also, each company is assessed using the evaluation criteria that relates to their product or service.

Are the developers of the product in the educational field, or are they primarily techies?

技术人员可能擅长创新,但他们通常不知道或不理解教育工作者需要什么样的功能,或如何在课堂上使用这些功能。他们只是简单地按照要求去做,而这通常会导致产品只适合教育工作者需要的东西。如果开发人员从事教育领域的工作,或者雇佣该领域的人员,那么您很可能拥有交付您所需要的产品。在我们的评估中,我们研究了公司或产品开发团队由具有教育背景的个人组成的程度。

Was the product a result of research and teacher input?

产品通常是对确定的需求(无论是真实的还是感知的)的回应。在我们的评估中,我们要问的问题是,公司是否花时间与教师合作,以确保产品满足他们的关切和需求,还是公司决定告诉教师和教育工作者,什么最有效?如果答案是后者,那么您可能要花费大量时间在冗余或不必要的事情上。如果答案是前者,那么该产品更有可能解决教育领域特有的问题。如果公司只依赖于研究,那么产品满足你需求的几率是50%。最终,最好的产品是倾听业内人士意见的结果。

Does the product serve a purpose?

It is important that an edtech product is defined and serves a purpose. Having a defined purpose is also vital when approaching investors. In our evaluation, we test the products to confirm that they serve the purpose that it promises to serve.

Is the product scalable and flexible?

If you are thinking about offering the product to a small focus group, then hope to expand it in the future, you want something that is scalable and flexible. Even if you are only planning on using the product in your classroom, there is the possibility that other teachers in your school will want to try it with their students if it proves successful. If the product is scalable and flexible, you will be able to coordinate with others to bring the technology into more classrooms. In our evaluation, we test the products to confirm that they are scalable and flexible.

Is the product engaging and unique?

Technology should engage students in the classroom, not isolate them. With a marketplace bursting with “innovative” products, the death of many edtech companies is because their product is not unique enough to compete. This is not to suggest that entrepreneurs are not forward thinking but that their products are too similar to products that are succeeding or already have an active user base. Investors are unlikely to invest in products that do not stand apart from their competitors and administrators will not be interested in buying products that they essentially already own. New edtech companies need to do their homework and ensure that their products do not mimic other products and that they offer something new. This is an essential factor if their products are to be a success. In our evaluation, we test the products to confirm that are engaging and unique.

产品是否经过验证?

这是各个行业很多创业公司的共同问题。客户希望看到来自其他用户的验证,尤其是当产品很昂贵或需要花费大量时间学习时。如果没有足够明显的客户满意度,学校甚至可能不想安排初次会议,更不用说投入时间和金钱了。在我们的评估中,我们评估产品被验证的程度。为了在这一部分获得高分,公司必须证明该产品对学生的成功有积极影响。

Does it save student information, and if so how is the data managed?

This is an understandable concern as most of the students are underage. You do not want them to be targeted by marketers and businesses because the students had to register to use the product. You need assurances from the company that this information will be kept private and will be properly secured from hackers. In our evaluation, we research the extent to which each product maintains the security and privacy of its users.

Is their product pricing realistic or sustainable?

The death of any edtech product is unrealistic pricing. As with any product, profit margins should be slim in the beginning. Aim to appeal to a broad market and be aware of pricing models. EdSurge provides a comprehensive insight into pricing models and how startups can optimally price their product in the hopes of both enticing buyers and making a profit. In our evaluation, we assess the product’s pricing model and determine whether or not it is realistic and sustainable.

Did theychoose the right business model?

许多教育科技产品已经将免费增值定价模式作为标准。这对新消费者是有吸引力的(他们喜欢免费获得东西),但如果这些消费者不购买升级,反过来为公司带来资金,这可能不利于教育科技公司。新兴的教育科技公司需要了解如何销售他们的产品,以及如何建立投资者的信心。并非所有产品都能从免费增值模式中受益,开发者需要了解市场上有哪些计划。如果不彻底了解定价和不同的教育科技商业模式,新公司将永远无法获得一分钱的利润。在我们的评估中,我们分析了公司的整体商业模式,并估计了它在多大程度上有助于或损害产品的寿命。

How is the customer service, and how responsive are they to issues and defects?

One of the worst failings of a company comes in the form of inadequate or nonexistent customer service. You should always research products before you make a purchase, and that is when you should look into the customer service offered by the provider. If the sales representative cannot answer questions about customer service, particularly about responsiveness, that should be a big red flag on the product. Because of time constraints, in our evaluation, we will look at online reviews related to the product’s customer service.