ReadSpeaker | November 22, 2021
ReadSpeaker, a text to speech platform for students, today announced a collaboration with PowerSchool, the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education. Integrating ReadSpeaker with PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom™ Schoology Learning brings tools of accessibility directly into the learning management system, providing students, faculty and administrators with key tools to support reading, writing and studying while also addressing accommodations mandated in Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).
ReadSpeaker promotes a Universal Design of Learning experience for ALL students and teachers. For administrators, the learning tool interoperability (LTI) is easily implemented with a key and secret, providing quick and easy access.
ReadSpeaker is available directly within Schoology Learning, bringing seamless audio solutions to the digital learning landscape, and allowing schools to quickly and easily integrate audio across all platforms and content. Audio tools are a proven aid in empowering educators to help students stay motivated at any grade level. By integrating ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technology into Schoology Learning’s comprehensive reading, writing and studying toolsets, students can become more autonomous learners.
“From day one, ReadSpeaker’s mission has been to provide top-of-the-line accessibility solutions, but we are especially excited about this opportunity as it broadens our reach within the K-12 education space. As longstanding leaders in bringing accessibility to the higher education market, we jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the leading provider of K-12 education technology, PowerSchool. With the level of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it is our duty to do all we can to support students of all ages and abilities as hybrid learning environments and alternative ways of learning continue to gain popularity.”
Matt Muldoon, President, ReadSpeaker NA
PowerSchool’s Partner Program is an exclusive collection of Independent Software Vendors (ISV partners) and Learning Application partners who are critical to our customers and the company’s mission to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their potential, in their way. From the office to the classroom to the home, PowerSchool helps schools and districts efficiently manage state reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, registration, attendance, funding, learning, instruction, grading, assessments and analytics in one unified platform.
ReadSpeaker is the most trusted, independent digital voice partner for global brands. With more than 20 years of industry experience, ReadSpeaker offers brands sophisticated text-to-speech solutions and expert hands-on assistance to create the most engaging bespoke voice interfaces. ReadSpeaker offers both SaaS and licensed solutions to support varying channels and devices, and consistently maintains brand trust through its commitment to data privacy. To date, the company – which provides more than 30 languages and 90 voices – has created more than 10,000 digital voice interfaces for brands around the world.
PR Newswire | July 22, 2020
The fallout from COVID-19 threatens a postsecondary education system—a system essential for preparing a skilled workforce—according to a new solutions brief from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED). Developing the Future Workforce: Revitalizing Postsecondary Education and Training After COVID-19 calls on policy and business leaders to not only sustain postsecondary education in its various forms, but also to reform it to better serve students and employers over the long run. Even prior to COVID-19, the postsecondary education system faced several financial and programmatic problems.The CED brief outlines the challenges facing colleges, job training programs, apprenticeships, and other forms of postsecondary education and training amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the role many of these establishments play as employers, exporters, and contributors to regional economic strength and long-run productivity—and the public returns of advanced education—Congress should help offset the one-time economic shocks and adjustment costs associated with the pandemic, particularly for those institutions best positioned to improve the career outcomes of the largest numbers of students affordably and effectively.
Skillshare | October 27, 2021
Skillshare, the largest online learning community for creativity, today announced the launch of Chroma Courses. With enrollment beginning this month, the multi-week, immersive, small-group courses will have limited seating and feature exclusive content from Skillshare's most in-demand teachers, live Q&As, and personalized feedback on assignments. Skillshare Chroma Courses bring together the best of both worlds: the ease and accessibility of online learning with the personal community and connection traditionally reserved for in-person learning. Chroma Courses will provide learners with instructor access, personal guidance, a peer community, and accountability in meeting their learning goals.
The launch of Skillshare Chroma Courses comes as online learners have expressed new needs coming out of COVID-19 quarantines. Online learners value high-touch access to teachers, particularly ones they know and admire, and especially as a way to receive direct feedback on their work. Online learners also value interaction with peers when there is a shared experience, for example when they have worked on the same project. With live, small-group formats, Skillshare Chroma Courses will deliver unprecedented access to direct, personalized feedback from some of Skillshare's most in-demand teachers. As always, each course will have a project component so that members can learn by doing.
"The future of learning is personal, project-based, and feedback-driven. With Skillshare Chroma Courses, we are building on Skillshare's key differentiator in the learning space - our community - to forge even deeper connections between our members and our teachers. We are also thrilled that Skillshare Chroma Courses support creators on Skillshare with even more opportunities to build their audience and revenue."
Matt Cooper, CEO of Skillshare
The Skillshare community is home to more than tens of thousands teachers and presents exponential growth opportunities for those navigating the $100 billion creator economy. Skillshare Chroma Courses are another pathway for creators to grow their audiences with deeper interactions and take advantage of the built-in reach to Skillshare's 13 million members. With Chroma Courses, teachers will be able to support their learners through better collaboration, personalized feedback, more communication channels, and in-depth content.
The first Skillshare Chroma Course, a pilot with Skillshare Originals teachers, famed design duo DKNG, offers an insider's view of Vector Illustration For Merch. Members are learning DKNG's favorite tools and techniques in a four-week course with 25 peers, which also includes live teacher Q&As, exclusive content and tools, and personalized feedback on projects from DKNG.
Skillshare is the world's largest online learning community for creativity. With more than 13 million registered members and over 30,000 video-based classes in a wide range of creative disciplines from graphic design to photography to painting and illustration to interior design—taught by industry experts including Aaron Draplin, Kelis, Emily Henderson, Thomas Frank, and Jeff Staple —Skillshare's mission is to make the creative life possible for everyone around the world.