3 steps to better edtech integration

The pandemic forced a significant shift from traditional classrooms to virtual and hybrid teaching environments–often before schools and districts were ready. It quickly became apparent that reliable virtual learning tools were a must-have for teachers to be productive.

However, classroom technology is only valuable if it builds a positive learning environment. Solutions must also be scalable for successful reiteration on the technology itself, based on research, data, and analysis. If a school has software that can analyze the effectiveness of academic content based on the average grades of the schools that adopt it, for instance, the statistical data will show the content schools should use to improve student performance.

With integrated technology and software, schools improve student performance and teacher productivity through more accessible application and learning of edtech systems.…Read More

Sourcewell’s Technology Division Kicks off 2021-22 School Year with Launch of SpringMath and Proliftic

ST. PAUL, MINN. (SEPTEMBER 24, 2021)—

In an effort to extend the benefits of its evidence-based solutions to more schools and districts,  Sourcewell’s technology division is revamping the brand identity for its flagship products:  SpringMath (FKA Spring Math), a K-8 math intervention solution and Proliftic (FKA edSpring), a student data integration platform. Both offerings have a new website and will retain the same functionality and support via the Sourcewell Technology Advantage, ensuring educators and students are set up for success this back-to-school season.

“Inspired by the success of our district partners, we are investing in SpringMath and Proliftic–including refreshed branding and new, product-specific websites,” said Jamie Loken, Sourcewell Technology Managing Director. “We believe in the efficacy of these evidence-based solutions–and are actively working to extend the benefits to more students and educators.”…Read More

NetSupport further enhances classroom.cloud’s online safety provision by including integration with Microsoft Teams

NetSupport today announced that its newest solution for classroom management and online safety, classroom.cloud, will now further enhance students’ online safety at all times – and, critically, in any location – by including integration with the widely-used communication and collaboration solution, Microsoft Teams.

With many students equipped with their own school learning devices to enable blended and individual learning to occur both inside and outside of school hours via platforms such as Teams, online safety no longer stops at the end of the school day or applies to only certain applications.

Schools can now widen their safeguarding provision by connecting their Microsoft 365 tenancy to classroom.cloud to allow keyword and phrase monitoring of  Teams channels and chats. Powered by more than 14,000 phrases across multiple languages, classroom.cloud’s keyword and phrase monitoring tool enables schools to monitor what topics their students are typing or searching for across diverse applications and learning environments – helping to identify, support and protect students engaged in any concerning activity. It also allows schools to share and exchange local terms with other schools and add any new ones to their database to further broaden their eSafety net.…Read More

InSpace Announces Integration That Will Bring Virtual Communities, Classrooms and Offices to Canvas

BURLINGTON, VERMONT, August 4, 2021 –   InSpace, a leading online communication platform built by educators for educators, is announcing a full integration with Canvas, the industry-leading learning management system (LMS) by   Instructure, which serves 30 million teachers and students worldwide.  

The integration means that the transformative features developed by InSpace, including video-conferencing for learning and socializing, synchronous and asynchronous chat functions, mobile notifications and virtual office hours for professors and administrators, will be available at the click of a button for Canvas users.  

“We have spoken with hundreds of fellow educators who were dissatisfied with the experience of teaching with video-conferencing platforms that were designed for business, not the classroom. They lacked human interactions and social cues necessary for learning,” said Narine Hall, the CEO of InSpace and a professor of data science and machine learning at Champlain College.  …Read More

CoderZ Recognized by SIIA as Best Coding and Computational Thinking Solution

DERRY, N.H. – July 26, 2021 – The computer science program CoderZ was named winner in the Best Coding and Computational Thinking Solution of 2021 as part of the annual SIIA CODiE Awards. The prestigious CODiE Awards recognize the companies producing the most innovative education technology products across the country and around the world.

CoderZ is a powerful, self-paced virtual learning platform for grades 4-12 that teaches computer science integration by gamifying NGSS and CSTA-aligned curriculum. Any teacher, even those without computer science expertise, can use CoderZ’s proven approach, which uses virtual robots to bring instruction to life. Each CoderZ course develops interdisciplinary skills like problem-solving, collaboration, and grit as well as core knowledge in physics, geometry, literacy, and algebra. CoderZ also offers a professional development program that introduces instructors to the concepts of teaching computer science and computational thinking using an online tool.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced the full slate of CODiE winners during an online winner announcement on June 23, 2021 in light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns.…Read More

7 ways to get teacher buy-in for new edtech

Parent engagement is a driving factor behind any child’s success in school—but a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 teachers found that parents are often disengaged in their child’s learning journey. To harness edtech tools that can help school-home communication, it’s essential to first secure teacher buy-in.

More than half of the teachers surveyed believe parents do not understand the importance of their involvement in their child’s school experience, and they assume education is a teacher’s job–not a collaborative effort between parents and teachers.

As the district technology integrationist in a rural Title 1 district, I continually look for affordable and/or free edtech resources that will bridge the communication gap between teachers and parents. But those resources also require teacher buy-in.…Read More

MobileMind and ClassLink Partner to Provide Districts with Seamless Professional Development

Atlanta, Ga. (June 21, 2021) MobileMind, the modern professional learning hub for schools, is now a certified ClassLink partner, a leader in cloud-based education products, including single sign-on and streamlined class rostering.

Through the partnership, MobileMind and ClassLink customers can leverage ClassLink for user management, and those settings will automatically be applied to the district’s MobileMind learning hub, streamlining district-scaled professional development like never before. The seamless integration satisfies both of the companies’ goals, which is to empower educators through easily accessible technology to ensure positive student outcomes.

About MobileMind
Founded in 2015, MobileMind is a privately held, Atlanta-based educational technology company. MobileMind is a Google professional development partner offering a cloud-based, asynchronous professional learning platform designed to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom to improve student outcomes. MobileMind is the only platform that allows districts to consolidate all of their PD initiatives, from new technology to curriculum to compliance. MobileMind delivers anytime, anywhere access to personalized micro-courses, activity-based learning, digital badging, and reporting to K-12 school districts.…Read More

GiveCampus Will Support Cryptocurrency Donations to Schools

GiveCampus will become the first and only educational fundraising platform to process cryptocurrency donations

Washington, D.C. — GiveCampus, the world’s leading digital fundraising and volunteer management platform for nonprofit educational institutions, announced today that it will begin facilitating cryptocurrency donations for the nearly 1,000 schools on its platform in 2021. This news comes only weeks after GiveCampus launched a first-of-its-kind integration that enables donors to make donations with Venmo, and further expands the broad suite of modern payment options available to donors on the GiveCampus platform.

GiveCampus is integrating with The Giving Block to process cryptocurrency donations. The Giving Block is the leading cryptocurrency solution used by nonprofits including United Way, American Cancer Society, Save The Children, and Team Rubicon. As The Giving Block’s exclusive partner for cryptocurrency donations to educational institutions, GiveCampus will be the sole provider of The Giving Block’s unique technology to colleges, universities, and K-12 schools.…Read More

PTC Wizard Integrates with Zoom

Only Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler with Zoom Video Conferencing

Boca Raton, FL―April 16, 2021―PTC Wizard, developer of the PTC wizard platform, an online parent-teacher conference scheduler, announces full integration with Zoom video conferencing.

Now, it is possible for faculty at middle schools, junior highs, and high schools to enjoy the user experience of personalization and parental engagement. Schools offer benefits of face-to-face communication and the freedom to schedule their parent-teacher conferences without investing valuable time to organize individual Zoom meeting links for every meeting.…Read More

Illuminate Education and Education Advanced Announce Partnership to Integrate Products

Companies will integrate SchoolCity and TestHound assessment tools to improve teaching and learning

In an effort to provide greater visibility and support to K-12 school districts,  Illuminate Education announces the integration of its SchoolCity assessment platform with TestHound, a test enablement tool from  Education Advanced. Through this partnership, school districts will be able to more effectively coordinate assessments and manage student accommodation data.

“Our goal is always to help educators bring teachable moments to light. This includes making the assessment process easier for all our students. By partnering with Education Advanced, we hope to save educators a significant amount of time when planning assessments and coordinating student accommodations,” said Christine Willig, CEO at Illuminate Education. “Users will have additional options for customizing assessments, and the ability to dive deeper into students’ progress and accommodation needs.”…Read More