10 Innovative EdTech Programs Happening In Schools

This year marked the third year of the $200,000 Follett Challenge, which encourages K-12 schools around the US to share their innovative programs that have been put in place to prepare our modern students for the demands of the 21st century.Recently, the 4 semifinalists plus the “People’s Choice” winners —were announced. We thought that their programs were pretty cool and worth sharing. The winners were based on the number of votes they received from the public.

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The grand prize winner (who will be announced in May) will earn a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, while the other three semifinalists will each earn $30,000 in products and services.

The Semifinalists

Elementary School Category

Albert P. Terhune Elementary School; Wayne Township Public Schools; Wayne, N.J.; video: “Augmented Reality Book Trailer Program”

Middle School Category

Memorial Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School; Fair Lawn Public Schools; Fair Lawn, N.J.; video: “Dynamic Math Connections”

High School Category

Belleville West High School; Belleville Township High School District 201; Belleville, Ill.; video: “A Community of Readers”

Magnet/Parochial/K12 Category

Wayland Union Schools; Wayland, Mich.; video: “Media and Technology at Wayland Union Schools”


People’s Choice Winners

Ten $5,000 prizes (also in products and services) will be awarded to the “People’s Choice” winners. (The four above listed entrants make up the remainder of the people’s choice winners).

Kenston Intermediate School; Kenston Local School District; Chagrin Falls, Ohio; video: “The World Is My Stage”

Peeples Elementary School; Fayette County Schools; Fayetteville, Ga.; video: “Peeples Cultural Arts Week”

Hilton Central School District; Hilton, N.Y.; video: “Quest Shakes Up Education”

Eisenhower Middle/High School; Warren County School District; Russell, Pa.; video: “The Hub”

School Eleven; Clifton Public School District; Clifton, N.J.; video: “Blast Off Into Reading”

Edith Scheuerman USD #457; Garden City Public Schools; Garden City, Kan.; video: “Places You’ll Go! Career Tour”