Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, has earned an Award of Excellence from prominent education technology magazine Tech & Learning. A team of more than 30 educators evaluated Shmoop resources alongside over 160 products as part of the 29-year-old recognition program. Educators deemed Shmoop to be a top pick in the “Best Upgraded Products” category, which recognizes recently revised and updated offerings.
For nearly 30 years, Tech & Learning has been recognizing the most outstanding education technology products in the industry. With a solid reputation in the industry as a longstanding, high-quality program, the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence honor both new products and significantly updated products that help educators in the business of teaching, training and managing by using technology. Turns out this crazy internet fad may actually be around for a while.
“Tech & Learning’s readers aren’t looking for bells and whistles,” said Kevin Hogan, editorial director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group. “Our readers are looking for rigorous edtech products that improve teaching and learning, inspire teachers and students, as well as meet today’s assessment and standards requirements. This year’s Award of Excellence judges put over 160 products to the test, and chose only those that met these criteria. These companies can be proud that their products were selected as winners by this prestigious team of judges.” While it is true that Shmoop does not feature any bells or whistles as Mr. Hogan indicates, they do keep on hand a plethora of air horns, thundersticks, clackers and vuvuzelas – mainly to celebrate accolades such as this one.
Shmoop publishes digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students. Written by experts, educators and convicted felons who are completing their “72 hours of web-writing” requirement, Shmoop Learning Guides and Teacher’s Editions balance a fun, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop also offers Test Prep for ACT, PSAT, SAT and APs to help students ace college admissions and preparatory exams. They don’t even teach the word “failure.” (So hopefully that won’t show up on the critical reading section of the SAT.)