As schools get ready for the 2021-22 school year, Tech & Learning announces a new Awards of Excellence program, “The Best Tools for Back to School” to help our readers find the most impressive products and solutions that will support their work in any learning environment.

 For this new contest, Tech & Learning is seeking nominations for products that offer schools versatility, value, and solutions to specific problems to support innovative, effective teaching and learning. From security solutions to LMSs to hardware and software, this new award will recognize both new and legacy technology that support effective teaching and learning practices in the new school year.

Why Enter?

Winning an AOE for The Best Tools for Back to School is more than just a pat on the back from Tech & Learning's editors. It's a fantastic way to showcase your products and their contributions to education: 

Nominee and Winner logos will be distributed for use on product marketing and collateral. 

Winning products will be showcased in a special edition of Tech & Learning distributed to 50,000 district leaders and school administrators. 

An Award of Excellence represents the highest approval rating  - based on evaluation by actual educators using education technology every day. 


How to win

Tech & Learning awards programs can be a great way to show the market that your product has an expert seal of approval, but what are Tech & Learning judges looking for in a winning product?

Here are 3 insider tips:

Tell a story: Include examples of how your products have helped real schools solve real challenges.

Explain the value: The #1 question educators ask is: how much is it? Be up front about your product costs and even if your product cost is on the high end, explain why schools will still see an ROI on the investment.

Connect the dots: Explain why your product can easily integrate with products and systems already in place in schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Awards of Excellence are a legacy award program recognizing innovation in the edtech industry. Tech & Learning magazine’s new Awards of Excellence program, “The Best Tools for Back to School,” is a way to celebrate the most impressive products and solutions that support the work of teachers, students, and parents as they prepare for the new 2021-22 school year. 

Any company that has a product that supports innovative, effective teaching and learning  (it can be a new or legacy product). 


Winning an Award of Excellence tells the industry that your product has been approved by the most important audience - the educators themselves. The top products will be selected and featured in a special edition of Tech & Learning magazine reaching over 50,000 edtech professionals


All entries are due by 11:59pm EST, August 9 2021

Single Entry:  $595

 2-4 Entries: $525 (use code MULTI-2021)

 5+ Entries: $495 (use code MULTI-5-2021)


The categories are broken down into Primary (Tools for K-6 grade education), Secondary (7-12) and Higher Ed. You can enter the same product into multiple categories.


Find Out More About Categories

Yes. There is no limit to the number of products you may nominate. Each requires a nomination form and entry fee(s).

Entries will be passed through a panel of Tech & Learning advisors. Evaluation criteria includes:

  • Ease of use
  • Value
  • Versatility 
  • Product solves a problem


Winners will be announced in August 2021 and featured in a special issue of Tech&Learning. 

If you have any questions about nominations please contact Kate Smith (kate.smith@futurenet.com )




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