Top product: Family Playlists on PowerMyLearning Connect

Students teach what they are learning to a family partner at home - a strategy that strengthens students' understanding and social-emotional learning skills.

District Administration® and FETC®’s Top Ed Tech Products of the Year contest spotlights the most innovative new solutions on the market that are helping school leaders meet the ever-evolving education technology needs of their districts and schools.

A panel of experts chose 15 winners from more than 160 submissions, all of which will be featured during the Virtual Future of Education Technology Conference® Jan. 26-29.

Click here for more information and to register for the free 2021 Virtual FETC. 

Here’s a look at one of the Top Ed Tech Products of 2020:

Family Playlists


What it is: Family Playlists® are fun learning assignments that can be delivered via cellphone in 100+ languages. Students teach what they are learning to a family partner at home—a strategy that strengthens students’ understanding and social-emotional learning (SEL) skills. Family Playlists integrate seamlessly into teachers’ existing curricula and are available for grades K-8 in Math Science, and ELA. Teachers find and assign pre-built, standards-aligned Family Playlists to students. Students’ family members receive a text alert in their preferred language. After mastering a concept in school, students teach what they learned in class to a family partner using a collaborative, offline activity—this step leverages the “protÁ©gÁ© effect,” which shows that students understand a concept better after explaining it to someone else. A study on Family Playlists found a statistically significant effect on standardized math test scores, with a .25 effect size, equivalent to 4 months of additional learning.

Why we like it: We can see how this method will reinforce lessons for students and integrate parents’ roles in a more meaningful way. This FREE tool in which students teach what they are learning to a family partner at home has shown impressive results. We like how this platform brings the teacher, student, and parent strengthens what the non-profit calls the “triangle of learning relationships.”

See the full list of winners here.

Eric Weiss
Eric Weiss
Eric is the executive editor of District Administration magazine. He has worked as a journalist at newspapers and in television.

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