CIO Review >> Magazine >> December  2013  Education Technology Special issue

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Have we arrived into the 21st century? Are present day children really equipped for this paradigm shift in education to be lifelong learners? From ikids to higher education, it is a transition in educating the digital generation of learners. It is an amalgamated effort from visionaries, education experts, policymakers and the teaching fraternity to drive in the vision and infuse necessary skills to reach out to every child.

Teacher training programs that facilitate deeper problem-based learning helps students attain higher levels of achievement. The clear edge is about staying current and continuing to absorb experiences and knowledge. The future crafting should be towards advancing the readiness of students for college, career, and global citizenship.

Every aspect of the education system right from preK-12 to post secondary and the adult learning spectrum must respond to the special skill sets required for advanced economies spear heading the global knowledge base. Be it cognitive skills, computational fluency, language skills for global connectivity or computer coding it is the competitive edge that is re-enforcing the 21 century preparedness. Collaborative learning with effective use of technology helps upgrade essential skills for a knowledge based economy.

From re designed classrooms, introduction of Web2.0 tools, gaming, MOOC's, tablets, mobile devices, laptops, simulations etc the patterns of innovation are being constantly remodeled to reach and evolve a globally competitive workforce. It is helping school systems around the world meet the demands of 21century learners and employers. Technology should be seamless and easy to use, as easy as picking up the chalk, for blended learning.

As a prelude to the final CIOReview's Education Solution and Consulting Providers 2013, our selection panel evaluated the capabilities of dozens of promising vendors which was deemed necessary in mitigating the skill gap to power the change towards digital citizenship.

We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Education Solution and Consulting Providers 2013.

20 Most Promising Education Technology Solution Providers of 2013
Company Management Founded Description
Aegis Identity
Englewood, CO
aegisidentity.com
Ralph Armijo
CEO
2011 An identity solution provider for P-20 education
Ambassador Education Solutions
Melville, NY
ambassadored.com
Steven M. Blicht
COO
1973 Connecting students with all required course materials so that colleges and universities can deliver an optimized learning experience with extensive student and faculty support, while also maintaining control and streamlining costs.
Dayton, OH
Bill Diederich
CEO
1984 An industry leader in high performance cabling and connectivity solutions
Westborough, MA

Allen Falcon

CEO

2006 Cloud solutions for small and midsize enterprises
Burlingame, CA

Lance Knowles, Co-founder Douglas Crane, Co-founder

1987 DynEd International provides the most comprehensive lineup of computer based English language teaching solutions
Schiller Park, IL
Lawrence Levy,
President
2008 A higher education technology vendor providing innovative cloud-based CRM solutions built on the salesforce.com's cloud computing platform that span the entire student lifecycle.
Sellersburg, IN
Jim Benson
CEO
2005

Five-Star Technology Solutions helps schoolsreduce costs, and achieve measurable results, with a proven portfolio of technology services and software solutions created specifically for K-12 education.

Sunnyvale, CA
Ken Xie
Founder
2000 A worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM).
NY
Idit Harel Caperton
CEO & Founder
2006 Globaloria is advancing computing innovation education through courses in computer science, game design and coding
Boston, MA
Linda K. Zecher
CEO
1832 A global learning company and one of the world's largest providers of pre-K–12 educational content and solutions for students, parents, teachers and lifelong learners
Lakeland, Florida
David Robinson
Founder
2004 Impulse Point delivers the easiest and least-invasive management solutions to enforce mobile security, BYOD, MDM, and secure wireless WPA2E policies supported by innovative cloud-managed services.
NY
Samudra Sen
CEO
2003 An education technology company, an instructional design and editorial house, a media design and animation studio and a world-class software company rolled into one.
Rochester, NY
Bill Rosenthal
CEO
1982 Providing students with the best learning experience possible through instructor-led training
Farmington Hills, MI
Jason Teshuba, Co-founder
Mike Teshuba, Co-founder
Ryan Whalen, Co-founder
Mike Goulas, Co-founder
2007 Leading Provider of Intuitive Language Training Systems
Sunnyvale, CA
Bami Bastani
CEO
2002 Provider of virtualized wireless LAN solutions that optimize the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility
Agoura Hills, CA
Fred Reeder
Chief Commercial & Operating Officer
1998
Nomadix offers seamless wired and wireless connectivity solutions across public access networks
Carlsbad, CA
Paula Selvidge, Ph.D.
President and CEO
2001 Build online forms, workflow applications and reports without writing any code
Eau Claire, WI
Timm Boettcher
President & CEO
1995 Realityworks provides experiential learning through simulation technology
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jeff Williams
CEO
2003 A crucial partner with districts for real-time attendance tracking, automated interventions, federal program support, special education and mandates
Bradenton, FL

Rick Stern

Founder

1991 Xenegrade provides an integrated cloud based student registration system.