SAN DIEGO and NEW YORK – June 25, 2012 – Schoology, the leading cloud-based, collaborative learning platform for K-20 classrooms, today announced the release of its open Application Programming Interface (API), developer platform and public content network at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference taking place June 24-27 in San Diego. The Schoology API and developer platform allows third-parties to interact with, and extend, the features and functionality found in Schoology, including the ability to build applications that run directly on the Schoology platform – resulting in a seamless and integrated experience for the educators, students and administrators that use Schoology to connect and collaborate every day.
For the more than 20,000 schools and districts that deploy Schoology as its preferred learning management system (LMS), the new public API and developer toolkit extends the value and functionality of the platform, allowing districts to scale and customize Schoology to meet their individual needs. The API appeals to individual developers and leading independent software vendors (ISVs) servicing the education market. Popular third-party applications like Blackboard Collaborate™ and Turnitin® are now applications that live and run directly within the Schoology platform – providing a totally seamless user experience.
“We recognized early on that it would be impossible to develop every possible feature or learning resource ourselves,” said Jeremy Friedman, Founder and CEO of Schoology. “We believe in the efficiency and quality of community driven content and industry collaboration and are dedicated to providing others with the tools and environment that makes learning together easy and rewarding.”
The Schoology application platform will be generally available at the start of the new school year with applications from more than 20 preferred partners, including Turnitin, Blackboard Collaborate, Desmos, LearningStation, Remind101, SchoolTube, Symbaloo, VirtualNerd, iMeet, GoAnimate and others. Custom-built applications using the Schoology API will be featured and promoted in the Schoology App Marketplace and among its highly engaged user-base of more than one million educators, students and administrators.
Schoology is also announcing a new collaborative platform for creating and sharing content. The cornerstone of Schoology’s mission is collaboration, providing a medium for educators to communicate and collaborate beyond the classroom. The new public content feature underscores this goal and extends the functionality of the platform, enabling educators around the world to easily find and share classroom resources while simultaneously building the world’s best repository of educational content. Now educators can share and collaborate by topic, grade-level, common core, state standards, etc. Best-in-class, third-party content such as Khan Academy is now directly integrated into Schoology. In addition to its user-friendly search capabilities and category filters, the new public content feature lets users rate the material and offer useful feedback to the community. Educators can also save content in their private resource area for future use, or embed content directly into a class with one simple click.
“Educators around the world have been developing world-class content using Schoology,” continued Friedman. “Now we are allowing them to share the content they have created with others to help build a more efficient teaching experience. With the release of our public content network, teachers can join a large and growing community that is focused on helping students succeed.”
Visit Schoology at the ISTE 2012 Conference in booth #4736. To learn more about the Schoology developer platform go to http://developers.schoology.com.
New York City-based Schoology is the developer of a K-20 collaborative learning platform that incorporates online learning, classroom management and social networking in one platform. The cloud-based solution is available as both a free, stand-alone product and as a fee-based, integrated enterprise-class solution for schools and districts. Schoology integrates seamlessly with existing school/district technologies to create a single, scalable interface where educators can teach, assess, administer and analyze student progress. Schoology has transformed how educators communicate and collaborate with students, parents and peers. The platform expands the educator’s support and resource network by enabling meaningful academic collaboration through the sharing of best practices and digital content via school-to-school networking and an easy-to-access centralized resource library. For more information visit schoology.com or follow the company on Twitter @schoology.