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Alma provides complete SIS, Google Classroom integration

Alma expands partnership with Google, implementing new Coursework API to eliminate double data entry and streamline teacher workflow

Alma Technologies, Inc. has expanded its integration with Google Classroom to include the new Coursework API. Alma is an intuitive student information system (SIS) and learning management system (LMS) that allows districts, schools, and teachers to use Google Classroom from the initial set up of classes to managing assignments to reporting grades, without ever entering data twice.

The partnership combines Google’s popular free toolset for teachers and students with Alma’s all-in-one, user-friendly district platform that simplifies administration and reporting, fosters better school-to-home communication, and empowers educators with increased visibility into the student learning process. Alma enables administrators to roll out Google Classroom district-wide to streamline their technology infrastructure and data management while supporting the individual needs of all their teachers, students, and parents.

“Like many schools, our district has embraced the Google Apps for Education ecosystem. Our teachers use Classroom extensively from the primary grades all the way up through high school. Alma enables us to provide our learners and our teachers with the equivalent of one-stop shopping in this tight integration with the Classroom application,” says John Martin, director for innovation and technology for the Inter-Lakes School District in Meredith, NH. “The beauty of automatic enrollment means that more of my teachers can focus on the educational aspects of their work rather than the administrative chores of enrollment management and transcribing grades into a student information system.”

“Our end-to-end integration with Google Classroom empowers teachers and administrators alike to stay focused on individual student achievement with the confidence that the gradebook and report cards are up-to-date,” said Andrew Herman, CEO and Co-Founder of Alma. “There’s nothing more precious and critical than teachers’ time with their students, so we’re making sure their technology supports them in that effort rather than stands in their way.”

Last year, Alma helped introduce the Google Classroom API to the education community, allowing customers to set up a Google Classroom for every one of their teachers with a single click to automatically synchronize class rosters. With the latest Coursework integration, teachers can opt with one click to have all assignments and grades entered in Google Classroom immediately reflected in Alma. Within Alma, teachers can easily manage their gradebooks, create traditional or standards-based report cards, and send notes to parents. Additionally, administrators can quickly build and interpret real-time data reports. Through Alma’s student and parent portals, families can see grades, teachers’ notes, calendars, and other school information, as well as quickly access each Google Classroom for homework, assignments, and discussions.

Information is synchronized between Alma and Google Classroom in real time. There is no need for third-party data integrators, nightly uploads, or manual entry. Through a single login, administrators, educators, students, and parents can access the information they need when they need in Alma and in Google Classroom. District leaders can minimize software headaches and save money, while helping their teachers maximize instructional time and productivity.

Laura Ascione

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