Top product: Sora, the student reading app

The app allows K-12 students to read ebooks and audiobooks from their school’s digital collection and classroom curriculum as well as the public library on any device.
By: | January 12, 2021

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:

Sora, the student reading app

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What it is: The Sora student reading app allows K-12 students to read ebooks and audiobooks from their school’s digital collection and classroom curriculum as well as the public library. Available on smartphones, tablets, and also desktops via browser, students can read for pleasure and complete assigned reading anytime, anywhere. Sora’s built-in learning tools include exportable notes and highlights, a built-in dictionary, a dyslexic font, and Google Translate. The app offers improved accessibility, incentivized reading with avatars and achievement badges, classroom-specific tools like personalized assignments, reading analytics, and more. Frequent innovative updates are driven by educator and student feedback and performance metrics.More than 35,000 schools around the world have signed up, with hundreds more each month.

Why we like it: We love the partnership with public libraries to include more books. Great SpEd features. Nice to include parent access too during COVID. Impressive stats. We also like that it offers both ebooks and audio books. There is a free option so schools can try it out before committing.

As always, we encourage you to perform your own due diligence before making any investments.

See the full list of winners here.