20 Most Promising Education Technology Solution Providers - 2013

Have we arrived into the 21st century? Are present day children really equipped for this paradigm shift in education to be lifelong learners? From ikids to higher education, it is a transition in educating the digital generation of learners. It is an amalgamated effort from visionaries, education experts, policy makers and the teaching fraternity to drive in the vision and infuse necessary skills to reach out to every child.

Teacher training programs that facilitate deeper problem-based learning helps students attain higher levels of achievement. The clear edge is about staying current and continuing to absorb experiences and knowledge. The future crafting should be towards advancing the readiness of students for college, career, and global citizenship.

Every aspect of the education system right from preK-12 to post secondary and the adult learning spectrum must respond to the special skill sets required for advanced economies spear heading the global knowledge base. Be it cognitive skills, computational fluency, language skills for global connectivity or computer coding it is the competitive edge that is reinforcing the 21 century preparedness. Collaborative learning with effective use of technology helps upgrade essential skills for a knowledge based economy.

From re designed classrooms, introduction of Web2.0 tools, gaming, MOOC's, tablets, mobile devices, laptops, simulations etc the patterns of innovation are being constantly remodeled to reach and evolve a globally competitive workforce. It is helping school systems around the world meet the demands of 21century learners and employers. Technology should be seamless and easy to use, as easy as picking up the chalk, for blended learning.

As a prelude to the final CIOReview's Education Solution and Consulting Providers 2013, our selection panel evaluated the capabilities of dozens of promising vendors which was deemed necessary in mitigating the skill gap to power the change towards digital citizenship.

We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Education Solution and Consulting Providers 2013.

Top Education Companies

An identity solution provider for P-20 education

Connecting students with all required course materials so that colleges and universities can deliver an optimized learning experience with extensive student and faculty support

An industry leader in high performance cabling and connectivity solutions

Cloud solutions for small and midsize enterprises

DynEd International provides the most comprehensive lineup of computer based English language teaching solutions

The number of ELL (English Language Learners) and ESL (English as a Second Language) students are growing at an alarming pace, and educators are unable to keep up with the pace due to the lack of adequate resources and infrastructure.

A higher education technology vendor providing innovative cloud based CRM solutions built on the salesforce.com’s cloud computing platform that span the entire student lifecycle

Five-Star Technology Solutions helps schoolsreduce costs, and achieve measurable results, with a proven portfolio of technology services and software solutions created specifically for K-12 education

A worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM)

Globaloria is advancing computing innovation education through courses in computer science, game design and coding

A global learning company and one of the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 educational content and solutions for students, parents, teachers and lifelong learners

An education technology company, an instructional design and editorial house, a media design and animation studio and a worldclass software company rolled into one

Providing students with the best learning experience possible through instructor-led training

Leading Provider of Intuitive Language Training Systems

Provider of virtualized wireless LAN solutions that optimize the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility

Nomadix offers seamless wired and wireless connectivity solutions across public access networks

Builds online forms, workflow applications and reports without writing any code

Realityworks provides experiential learning through simulation technology

Impulse Point delivers the easiest and least-invasive management solutions to enforce mobile security, BYOD, MDM, and secure wireless WPA2E policies supported by innovative cloud-managed services.

A crucial partner with districts for real-time attendance tracking, automated interventions, federal program support, special education and mandates

Xenegrade provides an integrated cloud based student registration system.