Gradient Learning is honored to share that our offering Along has earned the Tech & Learning Award of Excellence: Best of 2023.
Winners were judged by a panel of educators and technology experts on how well their tool supports teaching and learning no matter the learning environment, whether face-to-face, remote, or anything in between—while also being easy to use and providing high value, versatility, and utility. Along also had to showcase how it has helped address critical challenges facing education today.
This award adds to Along’s collection of ongoing accolades. Along recently received the 2024 Top Ed Tech Product Award from District Administration at the Future of Learning Technology Conference (FETC). Earlier this school year, Along also earned numerous “top tool” nods from Common Sense Education. And, Along has been honored by multiple other educational influencers, including Cult of Pedagogy and CODiE.
More than awards, though, it’s the stories that educators share with us that inspire us the most.
For example, Sophia Yargo, from Struthers High School in Ohio, shares an Along reflection question to her 9th-graders each week on “Write About it Wednesdays.”
“Every Wednesday when they come in, I project an Along question on the board,” Yargo said. “It’s important to consider what my students are feeling right now, how I can make them feel more confident, and to be able to help them learn. Having a platform to establish relationships with them in a meaningful way helps them feel heard and impacts how I shape instruction.”
Ashley Snider, from Davie County High School in Mocksville, North Carolina, starts off the week with an opportunity to reflect and connect with her 11th- and 12th-graders that she calls “Mirror Mondays.” During the first 10 minutes of class, students respond to an Along reflection question.
“I want them to have a connection with me, and I want them to have a moment of reflection about themselves, to really be able to see themselves,” Snider said. “They’ve experienced a great number of changes and challenges, and we don’t really teach them to be analytical about themselves and to work on those soft skills that they will need to have after high school.”
To learn more about other Tech & Learning Award of Excellence: Best of 2023 winners, check out the full list.