Press Release: Schoology Contract with Uruguay Powers Plan Ceibal 1:1 Learning Initiative
Schoology Helps Latin American Students Prepare for Global Market by Learning English, Gaining Tech Skills
NEW YORK and MONTEVIDEO – June 12, 2014—Schoology has signed a contract supplying all schools in Uruguay with the Schoology learning management system. Schoology will be powering Uruguay’s ambitious 1:1 instruction program, Plan Ceibal, to deliver instruction and resources while connecting students and teachers in a learning-centered, secure community platform. Click to Tweet.
Plan Ceibal—¬¬considered by countries throughout Latin America and the world to be a model for teaching students English and technology skills—has already provided more than 620,000 laptops and no-cost internet to students and teachers in Primary and basic cycle of Secondary and Vocational Education. In addition to promoting technical proficiency, another goal of Plan Ceibal is to teach English to students, reaching beyond its borders to find qualified educators.
With Schoology, students in the Plan Ceibal program will have increased access to qualified educators, and will be able to more easily share resources, use a standard curriculum and strengthen their sense of community regardless of where they live or their economic status.
“Uruguay is the first country in the world to give a laptop to every child in public schools, and we’re thrilled that Schoology is the fabric connecting all their content, students, and resources in one seamless, integrated learning platform,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology. “Plan Ceibal is an ambitious and highly regarded initiative, and we’re excited to be selected as their partner to help improve learning nationwide.”
One factor leading Uruguayan officials to select Schoology is its highly intuitive, modern interface that maximizes student engagement while minimizing the time needed to train staff on the system. Additionally, Schoology breaks down potential language barriers since the platform easily switches between Spanish, English and several other languages.
“Plan Ceibal has had different stages since its conception in 2007. We have fulfilled the technical infrastructure with laptops for every student and teacher in public education, Internet in all educational facilities, and fiber optics in all urban schools and middle schools. Since 2012, we are investing in tools for better pedagogy and better learning,” said Miguel Brechner, President of Plan Ceibal. “We have selected Schoology with a lot of enthusiasm as we believe that it will be a very good tool for teachers and students. In our holistic approach for pedagogy and technology, we believe that Schoology will be a very relevant player in the integration of these two fields.”
In traditional, online and blended classrooms, Schoology manages curriculum, assessments, grading and other classroom management tasks. Schoology makes instruction refreshingly relevant by encouraging communication and collaboration, enabling teachers to evaluate student mastery, and improving student outcomes with a personalized, media-rich, integrative learning experience.
New York City-based Schoology—used by nearly five million users in over 50,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world—combines dynamic learning management, an easy-to-use collaborative interface and next-generation API integration into one innovative solution. Schoology transforms learning into a media-rich interactive experience where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to raise student achievement worldwide. Available as a free stand-alone product and as a fee-based integrated enterprise-class solution deployed in schools or across districts, Schoology is user-centric and scalable for any blended learning environment. More information at schoology.com or @schoology.
About Plan Ceibal
Plan Ceibal is a social inclusion program that aims to transform education in Uruguay, equalizing educational opportunities for all children and youth in the country, democratizing access to ICT services, while providing better conditions for teacher´s work. It promotes the customization of the teaching process and promotes values such as autonomy, exploration and collaborative work. Through ICT (laptops, internet, educational platforms in mathematics, content management systems, educational objects, a videoconferencing network to enable remote teaching, robotics, science sensors) teachers and students have more resources to use in classes and at home.