Today, New York City’s Department of Education announced the winners of their Gap App Challenge, an initiative created to encourage New York’s tech community to develop innovative apps and games that specifically help improve middle school student math outcomes, or help administrators and teachers enhance learning and engagement The Department of Education teamed up with Mayor Bloomberg for this initiative, and opened the contest to individuals, edtech companies, teams, and non-profit organizations alike to participate.
Over 200 applicants submitted apps and games, and ultimately four winners were selected. The top winners received around $15,000 each, and more importantly, the opportunity to connect with schools within New York City’s iZone program so that their tools might be adopted by schools and districts throughout the city.
The winners included the following:
- KnowRe [Best Instructional App] – This company develops online adaptive learning services for mathematics by personalizing curriculum and tracking progress for each individual student who uses the site.
- Hapara [Best Administration/Engagement App] – This company created a teacher dashboard for Google apps, which organizes student work and communications by class within all Google apps into an accessible dashboard for easy use by teachers.
- Mathalicious [Second place for Best Instructional App] – This company creates lesson plans for teachers that help them incorporate Common Core Standards while applying them to real-world topics that engage students by inviting them to think critically.
- LiveSchool [Second place for Best Administration/Engagement App] – This is a behavior tracking and analytics app that helps teachers improve student culture using a real-time, user-friendly interface.
winners of the contest? Were there any that should have won instead? Sound off in the comments below, or tweet your thoughts to @Technapex or @ce_doyle.