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Marketplace trend update: 6 ed-tech developments

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
August 3rd, 2016

Don't miss this recap of the latest product news, reports, and research in the ed-tech world

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Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.

For instance, tools enabling digital credentialing help students display their learning accomplishments in ways that colleges and prospective employers appreciate, while online learning platforms and online resources make it easier for teachers to organize materials, find digital teaching tools, and keep track of student learning.

Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Collaborative software provider ClassFlow announced a way for teachers to earn extra cash during the upcoming school year. The new ClassFlow Marketplace is an open community where teachers may buy and sell original teaching resources such as digital lessons, unit plans, assessments, teaching guides, worksheets, and more. All teaching resources purchased in the ClassFlow Marketplace can be delivered to students in the classroom, at home, or on-the-go using ClassFlow’s free delivery features. Teachers select their best original curricular materials, upload the files to the ClassFlow Marketplace in one of many supported file formats, and set their own price. ClassFlow automatically processes the sales transactions and delivers instant downloads of purchased materials to purchasers. Read more.

As educational institutions and employers move away from macro-credentials, Chalk & Wire, a higher education assessment platform, unveiled MyMantl, a Learning Recognition Network that will provide a way for learners, educators, employees, and employers to recognize and showcase a lifelong journey of learning. Learners, beginning in high school, will be able to track their academic and professional achievements and own their portfolio collections of learning, training, mentorship and digital credentialing. In addition to portfolios, MyMantl will offer digital badging tools, competency-based education program designers and job tools. Read more.

Reading Horizons has introduced Reading Horizons Accelerate, an educator platform designed to provide free resources for teachers and implementation support for Reading Horizons products in a blended learning environment. The new Reading Horizons Accelerate platform fully integrates with and supports the digital curriculums for Reading Horizons Discovery (K-3) and Reading Horizons Elevate (Grades 4-12), making implementation simple, sustainable, and successful. Read more.

Florida Virtual School will deploy D2L‘s Brightspace platform as the district’s new learning management system (LMS). The Brightspace platform incorporates personalized learning so teachers can deliver their lessons with much greater flexibility and give each student the personal experience they need to succeed. The new Brightspace Daylight experience is built from the ground up to work on any device and be fully accessible so students and teachers can use smartphones, tablets or any browser-enabled device. Additionally, Brightspace includes real-time learning analytics to provide teachers with engagement data that can help them improve student outcomes. Read more.

This August, Subaru of America, Inc. will spotlight its “Subaru Loves Learning” initiative, part of the brand’s Love Promise philanthropic platform dedicated to supporting causes and passions that Subaru and its customers care about. As part of the automaker’s commitment to education, Subaru retailers will work alongside the American Association for the Advancement of Science and AdoptAClassroom.org to provide students with the classroom supplies and books they need to succeed. For this year’s Subaru Loves Learning initiative, participating Subaru retailers will be matched with local schools in need and will donate award-winning textbooks to help further promote science education. Read more.

In a major move, online and blended learning solutions provider Edgenuity has acquired education software company Compass Learning, creating a suite of digital curriculum products. The acquisition that will expand Edgenuity’s reach across the entire K-12 educational spectrum – empowering schools to achieve their academic goals and improve outcomes for all students. Compass Learning gives Edgenuity a full K-12 math and English language arts curriculum product line, enabling Edgenuity to more effectively meet the growing demand of school leaders and teachers for personalized, targeted learning at all grade levels. Read more.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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