D2L | January 25, 2023
On January 24, 2023, D2L, a worldwide learning technology firm, relaunched the D2L Teaching and Learning Studio, a platform for teachers, academics, instructional designers, and education leaders to discover new, inventive, and strategic methods to assist in the development of superior learning experiences.
The D2L Teaching and Learning Studio allows educators to enhance personal and professional skills, join a community of like-minded educators, and gain knowledge of both innovative and existing teaching strategies and practices.
The VP of Academic Affairs at D2L, Dr. Cristi Ford, said, "It's so important as educators and learning practitioners to keep our fingers on the pulse of change, to hear from our peers, and to expand our perspectives, knowledge, and know-how when it comes to creating learning experiences that resonate with students and get results." She added, "That's why I'm so happy we have the D2L Teaching and Learning Studio to share wisdom, ideas, and stoke the passion within us all to teach–and to learn."
(Source – PR Newswire)
The D2L Teaching and Learning Studio comprises the following:
Teaching and Learning blog: A variety of thought-provoking, results-oriented writings by experts, thought leaders, teachers, and lecturers on creating more engaging and meaningful learning experiences and perspectives on education trends, difficulties, and opportunities.
Master Class Series: In areas such as social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and inclusive learning environments, educators have access to free, high-quality professional development courses that concentrate on mastering the art and science of teaching.
Teach & Learn podcast: The new Teach & Learn podcast, hosted by VP of Academic Affairs at D2L, Dr. Cristi Ford features honest talks with some of the brightest minds in K–20 education.
D2L is a worldwide learning innovation firm that assists enterprises in reshaping the future of work and education. It believes that everyone deserves access to a high-quality education regardless of age, ability, or geography. It is revolutionizing the way the world learns, empowering students of all ages to do more than they ever thought possible. The tools, partners, and enormous ecosystem of D2L facilitate the online and in-person education of millions of students. Its expanding worldwide staff is motivated to create learning products that will alter the world by humanizing technology. D2L Corporation, D2L Ltd., D2L Asia Pte. Ltd., D2L Europe Ltd., and D2L Australia Pty Ltd. are members of the D2L family of enterprises.
PowerSchool | January 31, 2023
On January 30, 2023, PowerSchool, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, released updates for its PowerSchool Unified InsightsTM and PowerSchool Unified Classroom® solutions. The updates include LearningNav and ContentNav, new data-driven personalized learning products, and a new resource library inside Unified Insights MTSS, providing educators with verified, research-backed tools and strategies. The company also announced time-saving software Clouds, designed to give educators a more connected approach to engaging, planning, and monitoring the unique needs of their students.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest "National Report Card" results show the impact of learning disruptions that students have experienced. It illustrates declines in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders in the United States, with math scores experiencing the greatest drop since NAEP testing began in 1990. Each student is at a different stage in their learning journey, indicating that educators require tools and resources to address individual student needs, personalize learning, and optimize their operations.
The updates, expected to roll out in the first half of 2023, provide the following:
LearningNav, an intelligent platform using machine learning and AI to provide personalized learning paths that adjust to the student's needs. An educator can view a student's starting point, select learning goals, and then review a constantly adapting personalized pathway recommendation for that student. Once the pathway is assigned, students can cover it at their own pace.
ContentNav, an update to Unified Classroom, is a one-stop shop for high-quality, pre-approved content that simplifies access to resources such as district-created materials, curated partnership content, and open education resources, which will support teacher instruction.
Resource Library, released by PowerSchool Unified Insights MTSS to help educators address students' individual needs. This library will provide educators with vetted, research-backed strategies and tools.
The company's new Clouds, that are persona-specific options that have been integrated and built to enhance how educators serve their students by bringing all necessary tools into one centralized location. The six Cloud types offered are Student Information Cloud, Personalized Learning Cloud, Educator Recruitment Cloud, Educator Effectiveness Cloud, Student Success Cloud, and Workforce Development Cloud.
Based in Folsom, California, PowerSchool provides cloud-based K-12 education software. Its mission is to supply the education ecosystem with unified technology that enables educators and students to fulfill their potential in unique ways. Schools and districts can manage state reporting and related compliance, finance, human resources, special education, talent, registration, funding, learning, instruction, assessments, grading, attendance, and analytics in one unified platform. The company serves around 45 million students worldwide, with 12,000+ customers, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.
Pixotope | December 07, 2022
Pixotope, the leading software platform for end-to-end realtime virtual production solutions, is thrilled to announce that the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Creative Industries has officially joined the Pixotope Education Program, the company’s educational and community-building initiative designed to help enable the next generation of Virtual Production talent.
“University of Gloucestershire is an incredible partner for the Pixotope Education Program. Our relationship is founded on open communication about the needs of today's virtual production students and how we can work together to meet those needs,”
Pixotope Education Program Manager, Carina Schoo.
Based out of the University’s Cheltenham, U.K. campus, the school’s state-of-the-art Media Centre features the same facilities used by media production professionals around the world. The bi-directional relationship between the School of Creative Industries and Pixotope ensures that students get hands-on experience with the technology and workflows they need to be successful in their careers in virtual production. Faced with rapidly evolving technology and production techniques, the School of Creative Industries at University of Gloucestershire needed to ensure that its courses remained ahead of the curve in terms of technological innovation. The Pixotope Education Program delivers this by providing direct access to the tools and industry experts powering virtual production today. Our partnership with Pixotope is part of a major investment in our virtual production facilities,” says Dr. Tom Bradshaw, Employer Engagement & Employability Lead, University of Gloucestershire School of Creative Industries. Working with industry is something we do every day to ensure that our curricula are up to date, that our students have the latest industry insights, and that industry in turn has access to our bright and creative students. The success, impact, and enrichment of the program are owed to the participation of world-class educational institutions as well as esteemed industry partners, like leading U.K.-based virtual production studio, The Level. Kevin Cooney, Founder at The Level says, “The Pixotope Education Program is an exciting initiative because we can tap our network to help fill in the gaps and prepare students for their career. There’s so much learning happening every day in virtual production; we’re still fleshing out job titles and roles across the industry so I can only imagine how challenging it must be for educators to keep pace. Looking ahead, University of Gloucestershire plans to work with Pixotope to develop a Masters programme as another pathway to building the virtual production talent pipeline. Bradshaw concludes, "The jobs market in the creative industries does not stand still and nor do we. Through our education partnership with Pixotope, we are preparing our students to be in the best possible position for securing the best graduate jobs of the future.”
Pixotope is at the forefront of democratizing virtual production and empowering content creators with accessible software solutions for boundary-pushing immersive storytelling. Proven on the most demanding productions in the world, Pixotope offers media content owners and producers a reliable and sustainable Virtual Production Platform for real-time Augmented Reality, Extended Reality and Virtual Sets.