Bark Technologies Joins Forces with Stratix Corporation to Launch Smartmobile Education Technology Program

Bark Technologies | August 12, 2020

Of the numerous challenges educators have faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, none has shed more light on digital inequity than distance learning. That divide is now being addressed — one student at a time — thanks to a new partnership between Stratix Corporation and Bark Technologies. Stratix is a leading provider of managed mobility services in the U.S., and Bark's comprehensive online safety solutions provide content monitoring, screen time management, and web filtering to millions of families in the U.S. — as well as free monitoring and filtering to schools. Working together to serve Detroit Public Schools, the two Atlanta-based companies will deliver 1:1 remote learning capabilities for 22,000 K-12 students across 12 different districts just in time for the start of the 2020 back-to-school season. Students will receive a Chromebook (and accessories) configured with G Suite for Education and carrier-activated hotspots upon request. The devices will also be outfitted with Bark's online monitoring and filtering tools — powered by its sophisticated AI — to help keep students safe. The program includes ongoing repair and support for students and their devices.

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Organizations world over are integrating online training solutions into their existing training methods. While some use catalog courses to train their employees, some choose to build customized training solutions. Both have their place and relevance.However, for large multinational organizations who have already introduced their employees to self-paced eLearning, it may be a good idea to opt for custom eLearning. But why should one opt for custom e-learning courses? What are advantages? Well, check out our infographic below for the same.

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