The new product awards categories are among the most popular in all Stevie® Awards competitions. Those in The American Business Awards are especially competitive, at least partially because the ABAs feature the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, a worldwide public vote that gives nominees an opportunity to win a second award, as chosen by the general public, in addition to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards conferred by the scores of one's peers.
Educational products are services are ready to join the spotlight in The 13th Annual American Business Awards, which is currently accepting entries. (The final entry deadline is April 22.) The Stevie Awards have added a suite of new product categories this year just to recognize the products and services that help teachers and educational administrators excel at their jobs.
These new categories recognize applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The 2015 ABAs will recognize educational products and services that were introduced to the marketplace since January 1, 2014. Nominated products and services may be brand new or new versions of existing products.
Information required for nominations to these categories include:
a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the product or service: it's features, functions, benefits, and results to date.
b. In bullet-list form, a brief summary (up to 150 words) of up to 10 of the nominated product's chief features and benefits.
c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges. For new product/service entries these uploads and links might include product demonstration videos, product reviews, images, etc.
Here, then, are the new categories for educational products and services.
S01. Education - Arts & Creativity Solution
S02. Education - Career and Workforce Readiness Solution
S03. Education - Classroom Management Solution
S04. Education - Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
S05. Education - Cross-Curricular Solution
S06. Education - Education Cloud-based Solution
S07. Education - ELL/World Language Acquisition Instructional Solution
S08. Education - Game-based Curriculum Solution
S09. Education - Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas
S10. Education - K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution
S11. Education - K-12 Enterprise Solution
S12. Education - Learning Capacity-Building Solution
S13. Education - Mathematics Instructional Solution
S14. Education - PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution
S15. Education - Postsecondary Enterprise Solution
S16. Education - Postsecondary Learning Management Solution
S17. Education - Postsecondary Learning Solution
S18. Education - Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution
S19. Education - Professional Learning Solution for Education
S20. Education - Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution
S21. Education - Science Instructional Solution
S22. Education - Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution
S23. Education - Solution for Special Needs Students
S24. Education - Source for Reference or Education Resources
S25. Education - Student Assessment Solution
S26. Education - Virtual Learning Solution
"We're really pleased to be able to recognize products and services that serve the needs of educators in this year's American Business Awards," said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher. "We've already received quite a good number of excellent entries in these categories, and we're looking forward to the judges decisions."
Entries will be judged by educators and educational technology experts, and the finalists will be announced in early May. Awards in the ABAs' new product awards categories will be presented in San Francisco on September 11. Attendance is not required to win.
Have you built a better mousetrap to help teachers capture the hearts of minds of students? Nominate your work in The 2015 American Business Awards.