FocalPoint Education | July 06, 2022
Today FocalPoint Education, (focalpoint.education) a successful edtech innovation firm announced their new strategic partnership with ClassLink, (classlink.com) a leader in single sign-on, class rostering, learning resource analytics, and account provisioning solutions. The new partnership provides greater access to FocalPoint’s LearningTree AI-empowered adaptive learning LMS through ClassLink’s App Library, extending FocalPoint’s wide SSO (single sign-on) capabilities to an even larger spectrum of solutions. ClassLink’s customers will see FocalPoint’s SSO tile to click for easier access, the same as FocalPoint’s existing clients do today.
“This is exciting stuff. “LearningTree uses xAPI data and AI to create true adaptive learning pathways based on each students’ proficiencies. Our ClassLink partnership furthers our strategy to provide education and strategic content partners the full spectrum of FocalPoint’s solutions seamlessly.”
Kiran Athota, CEO of FocalPoint Education
The LearningTree solution is used extensively by both education agencies and strategic partners. It represents a complete re-thinking of the underlying technology used in most e-learning LMS and assessment platforms. The LearningTree technology represents an extraordinary advance in learning experiences, replacing a traditional architecture that originated in the 1990s when the LMS was invented to manage the distribution of curriculum. "Newer LMS solutions show significant evolution and improvement, yet they are built on an old foundation," says Randall Dennis, FocalPoint's Chief Strategy Officer. “The old foundations are ‘long in the tooth’ and struggle to sustain the needs of education in a post pandemic reality. Kiran Athota and LearningTree helps partners build a fresher, stronger foundation.”
ABOUT FOCALPOINT EDUCATION
FocalPoint Education is a metro-Atlanta based firm with extensive experience in educational technology innovations. FocalPoint has successfully deployed bespoke enterprise statewide solutions for Georgia, Rhode Island, Maine and North Dakota, as well as school districts in 14 states. FocalPoint provides their innovative xAPI (Xperience API) platform as a service (PaaS) to education organizations to measure and manage teaching and learning. The platform includes LearningTree (an Adaptive Learning LMS leveraging next-gen AI technology), LENS (learning analytics with a recommendations engine and data warehousing), AssessCloud (a solution allowing educators to develop and manage assessments), and Backpack (a blockchain-enabled credentialing portfolio maintaining credentials for life). FocalPoint’s solutions deliver advanced learning analytics to drive student engagement, match digital resources with targeted student needs and support data-driven, personalized learning. All FocalPoint solutions seamlessly integrate with countless third-party edtech solutions.
ClassLink is a global education provider of access and analytics products that create more time for learning and help schools better understand digital engagement. As leading advocates for open data standards, we offer instant access to apps and files with single sign-on, streamline class rostering, automate account provisioning, and provide actionable analytics. ClassLink empowers 17 million students and staff in over 2,200 school systems.
Gurobi Optimization | July 27, 2022
Gurobi Optimization, LLC, creator of the world’s fastest mathematical optimization solver, announced the launch of Gurobi Compass, its new expert-led training program designed to make the power of optimization more accessible to all.Because Gurobi’s user base now extends far beyond Operations Research professionals, Gurobi Compass aims to help every role have a successful and seamless user experience—across product owners, project managers, software developers, and IT professionals. The program utilizes hands-on workshops, live instruction, and on-demand videos to teach students in the format that best suits their needs.
Dr. Kostja Siefen, head of Gurobi’s Technical Account Management team, explains, Every product and every project team is unique. That's why training can never be a one-size-fits-all program.
And indeed, Gurobi Compass offers highly customized training packages, which are compiled after a complimentary listen-and-learn session where clients can express their specific needs and challenges.
The following are just a few examples of topics Gurobi Compass covers to help all members of a team successfully navigate Gurobi’s products:
Integration and deployment: The program’s trainers can teach users about the wide variety of options available for integrating Gurobi software components into their optimization solutions. Users will explore APIs, client/server separation, and flexible cloud and container deployments.
Modeling techniques: Gurobi Compass can help users translate business problems and dilemmas into proper mathematical representations, which Gurobi can then quickly and easily solve. This training draws on a range of techniques to help modelers develop high-performance model generators that are less error-prone and use fewer lines of code.
Performance tuning: For those who already have a working knowledge of mathematical modeling, Gurobi Compass’s performance tuning module can help users discover new approaches to improving model performance, so they can get the most out of Gurobi’s technology in the least amount of time.
Each of these training modules is customizable, but Gurobi can also go a step further by creating bespoke models on the specific topics that matter most to a team.
“Our Gurobi Compass course was the perfect mix of optimization theory and hands-on exercises. Attendees are now more able to think about our day-to-day work through the lens of optimization. The Gurobi trainers were knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. We had a lot of fun!”
-Members of Gambit Research tested out the program and said of the experience
Each Gurobi Compass training module is designed for up to 150 participants, takes two to three hours to complete, and includes take-home exercises that allow users to immediately practice and apply what they’ve learned.
Gurobi can even combine self-paced training on their learning platform with on-site, hands-on lessons for the most complete learning experience possible.
To learn more about how Gurobi Compass can help your team get acquainted with the world’s most powerful solver, visit www.gurobi.com/products/gurobi-compass/.
About Gurobi Optimization
With Gurobi’s decision intelligence technology, you can make optimal business decisions in seconds. From workforce scheduling, portfolio management, and marketing optimization, to supply chain design, and everything in between, Gurobi identifies your optimal solution, out of trillions of possibilities. As the leader in decision intelligence, Gurobi delivers easy-to-integrate, full-featured software and best-in-class support, with an industry-leading 97% customer satisfaction rating. Founded in 2008, Gurobi has operations across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Over 2,500 global customers across 40+ industries run on Gurobi, including SAP, Air France, and the National Football League, as well as half of the Fortune 10 and 70% of top global tech companies
Savvas Learning Company | June 02, 2022
Pioneer of next gen digital solutions provider for K-12 learners and educators, Savvas Learning Company announced a new addition to its K-5 curriculum called myView Literacy. The program will now consist of a brand new interactive program that is based on the modern Science of Reading research and enabled students to build reading comprehension.
"The ability to read, and read well, is critical for all aspects of life, yet so many students struggle with literacy proficiency, especially given the challenges of pandemic-related disruptions in education. At Savvas, we are committed to developing literacy solutions that provide teachers with engaging literature and targeted instruction, helping to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential."
- Bethlam Forsa, CEO of Savvas Learning Company
MyView enables teachers with the resources they need to inspire the love of reading. It also helps them improve their writing abilities and provides young writers the assistance they need to succeed.
"What I appreciate about teaching withmyView Literacyis that the lessons are detailed and organized, and provide the right amount of guidance and examples for how to teach the concept. My students love nonfiction text and learning about real people in history. With the units inmyView Literacygrouped by genre type — and an equal amount of nonfiction and fiction within the materials — my students can identify the characteristics of each genre more than they could ever before. The stories are so engaging, and my students have enjoyed every story that we have read this year. They can't wait to see what we are going to read this week!"
- Cindy Ventresca, a first-grade teacher at Gayman Elementary School, Central Bucks