40 Years | 40 Finalists | 1 Big Party!

The legacy awards program in edtech has been redesigned for modern products that make an impact.
38 years later, it’s easier to enter and more meaningful to win

Contest Details

Deadline: October 15, 2019
Cost to enter: $595/product + multiple entry discounts

As Tech & Learning celebrates its 40th anniversary, our editors and advisors will recognize 40 outstanding products in our annual Awards of Excellence contest. For 40 years, Tech & Learning has reported on how edtech products are improving teaching and learning. In keeping with this mission, our 2019 Awards of Excellence contest will focus on stand-out products that are improving the way educators work and students learn. To further celebrate, we’ve added a new category this year: Best re-invention of a classic legacy technology. 

Your entry in the 2019 Awards of Excellence program will be not be judged on specifications, but on how these products are improving the way educators work and students learn.

Benefits to you
  • Simplified entry form
  • Creative license - enter using whatever medium helps you best tell your product's story 
  • Highest approval rating possible - evaluation by actual educators
  • All entrants receive an invitation to a special reception at TCEA
  • 40 finalists will be recognized in the December 2019/January 2020 issue of Tech Learning, offering exposure to 84,000+ edtech professionals
What to submit
  • Product name
  • How it's being used in classrooms/schools/districts
  • Description of what makes the product unique in the K-12 market
  • Description of how your product is helping schools improve teaching and learning. Include specific stories and stats as available to help your product stand out.
  • OPTIONAL: You may attach a testimonial to help tell your story (video, case studies, white papers, websites, etc.). These stories don't have to be wrapped up in a pretty PDF or slick professional video. We just want to know how your product is helping schools improve teaching and learning. These stories can include stats on improved test scores, how your product helped one student find success, etc. Many of last year's finalists were able to sufficiently make their cases in the description section of the nomination form without supplemental materials. 
How will entries be judged
Entries will be passed through a panel of Tech & Learning advisors. Evaluation criteria includes:
  • Product uniqueness
  • How the product is helping schools solve specific problems
  • Price value
How to win:
Finalists will be categorized and selected into four categories:
• Best use of a product in a classroom
• Best use a product in a school
• Best use of a product in a district
• Best re-invention of a classic legacy technology


Finalists in each category will be announced in December 2019. 

Frequently Asked Questions

(Q) What if I don't have a customer video or case study?
(A) All products will be considered with or without completed videos, case studies, etc., but this information will help the judges choose the winners. How else can you strengthen your nomination? Do you have statistics from schools that have improved scores after using your product? Has a school or district chosen your product over one of your competitors? What other evidence can you submit to strengthen your nomination? You can include content as simple as a text description of why your product should win.

(Q) What if my product is new and has not yet been placed into schools?
(A) You could include testimonials from pilot sites.


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