EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

ReadSpeaker Announces Collaboration With PowerSchool to Support K-12 Literacy Through the Availability of Text to Speech Digital Learning Capabilities

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.

About ReadSpeaker
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. 

Spotlight

The eLearning industry is never static. Just as technology continues to evolve, reinvent itself, and thrive (or die) in all technology-reliant industries, the same is true in eLearning specifically, and learning and development (L&D), broadly.In eLearning in particular, we have seen evidence of this through shifting budget allocations for eLearning programs, the increasing prevalence of eLearning in different global geographic markets, new and emerging trends in technologies that support eLearning, and the everincreasing role of social learning as a key L&D priority.Further, many organizations are now exploring new opportunities and experimental approaches to L&D that include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, technology-supported personalized learning, and Big Data analytics.

Spotlight

The eLearning industry is never static. Just as technology continues to evolve, reinvent itself, and thrive (or die) in all technology-reliant industries, the same is true in eLearning specifically, and learning and development (L&D), broadly.In eLearning in particular, we have seen evidence of this through shifting budget allocations for eLearning programs, the increasing prevalence of eLearning in different global geographic markets, new and emerging trends in technologies that support eLearning, and the everincreasing role of social learning as a key L&D priority.Further, many organizations are now exploring new opportunities and experimental approaches to L&D that include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, technology-supported personalized learning, and Big Data analytics.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

One League Connects the World's Gifted Changemakers to World-Class Education and Opportunity

One League | September 05, 2022

One League, a new global education institution connecting the world's promising changemakers to best-in-class education and opportunity, today announced its launch.One League offers an Ivy League quality graduate-level education, via globally accessible live, synchronous online classes, with curriculum curated and licensed from Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), and Stanford Online. The organization offers a two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA), along with a MicroMasters® in Statistics and Data Science from MITx, and a Certificate of Achievement in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Stanford Online. One League fellows are championed by the organization's extensive coalition of industry executives and leaders and receive guidance, support, and access to opportunities to seek venture funding to propel world-changing ideas. One League's inaugural class of 60 fellows has received a 100% tuition-free scholarship covering all expenses of the program, as well as a monthly technology access stipend. The fellows represent over 30 countries including Afghanistan, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Uganda, and the United States. The cohort includes a Forbes 30 Under 30 Awardee, a Presidential Award Winner, a Human Rights Fellow, a Global Prize Winner to Combat Energy Poverty, and a Top 100 Women in Technology Awardee. Fellows are working on audacious projects such as realizing energy equity across Africa, creating agents of change in Southeast Asia, and building technology incubators in the Middle East. The class includes survivors of war, first generation college graduates, refugees, ethnic and cultural minorities, and sole breadwinners for their families living under the poverty line. One League is founded by Umaimah Mendhro, an accomplished Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Harvard Business School alum. Mendhro grew up in rural Pakistan and lived in exile in Saudi Arabia, with limited access to formal education for much of her life. Mendhro went on to attend two Ivy League institutions, Cornell University and Harvard Business School, where she was amongst the top 5% in her graduating class. She applied her education to build a multi-million-dollar e-commerce brand, VIDA. One League fulfills Mendhro's lifelong mission to empower changemakers and unlock human potential around the world. "Our mission is to democratize access to privilege and opportunity. One League's Inaugural Class has the ambition, grit, and potential to become future leaders in their countries, build economic engines in their regions, and ultimately help raise nations out of poverty, if only given a seat at the table.Our inaugural class represents the millions of gifted individuals who acutely experience the vast global challenges our world faces today. They each have the empathy and capability to build the critical solutions our world demands, given the opportunity." Umaimah Mendhro, Founder and President of One League All One League classes are conducted in real time via online sessions. Fellows join from their respective countries to learn from award-winning faculty. The MBA program is led by a set of distinguished One League faculty, who have taught at top-tier institutions, authored award-winning books and published articles, and are dedicated to the rigor of One League's world-class learning opportunities. Distinguished One League faculty that will teach the Harvard Business School curriculum using the HBS case study method, includes Dr. Rob Austin, Dr. June Cotte, Dr. Noel Maurer, Dr. Partha Mohanram, Dr. Gautam Mukunda, and Dr. J. Peter Scoblic. "Harvard Business Publishing is pleased to support One League in their mission of democratizing access to world-class management education. The delivery of the core curriculum through the case method pioneered at Harvard Business School is evident of One League's commitment to rigor and high-quality learning experiences that should be accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their means," said Ellen Desmarais, Senior Vice President of Higher Education at Harvard Business Publishing. "We're thrilled One League joined the MIT IDSS Alliance to expand our joint mission to provide top-notch online learning with hands-on group interaction. We strongly share One League's commitment to providing high-quality education regardless of financial circumstances," said Professor Devavrat Shah, Faculty Director, MITx MicroMasters® program in Statistics and Data Science. "Our collaboration with One League and other institutions opens the door for more students, regardless of means, to develop an innovation and entrepreneurial mindset, learning from leading faculty at Stanford and from industry experts to solve real-world challenges and create lasting positive impact," said Carissa Little, Associate Dean, Global and Online Education, at the Stanford School of Engineering, and Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Professional Development, which manages Stanford Online. One League is providing access to the knowledge, networking and opportunity that are hallmarks of top-tier educational institutions. One League has created a Global Mentorship Board that connects each fellow with an accomplished industry leader for the duration of their two-year program, as well as for two years after graduation. Mentorship Board members are alumni of Harvard, Stanford, and MIT and include over 50 industry leaders and executives from business, technology, finance, healthcare, education, social impact, strategy consulting, and venture backgrounds. They include Bobby Barnes, John Coleman, Dalia Rahman, Ajay Sudan, Aduke Thelwell, and Board Chair Esther (Hsu) Wang. One League is a Public Benefit Corporation, is funded by a $1 million restricted grant Mendhro directed from her e-commerce company VIDA, which was initially backed by Google Ventures, Y Combinator, and other investors About One League: One League is a new global education institution that is connecting the world's gifted, underserved changemakers to world-class education and opportunity, irrespective of financial means. The organization collaborates with highly select top-ranking universities to offer life-changing education, via live synchronous sessions, led by world-renowned faculty members. Each One League fellow is championed by the organization's extensive coalition of industry executives and leaders, and receives access to competitive opportunities for recruitment and to seek venture funding to propel world-changing ideas.

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LearningMate acquires JobReady.Me, creating a complete employment readiness platform for colleges and workforce agencies around the world

LearningMate | July 12, 2022

LearningMate, the leading technology and content solutions company supporting edtech companies, educational institutions, government, and workforce agencies around the world, today announced its acquisition of JobReady, an online platform delivering high-quality, affordable, relevant career pathways and credentials for the 21st century to a million job seekers and career shifters. In recent years, demand for new types of credentials has risen rapidly, and JobReady has helped workforce agencies, community colleges, and universities respond to this demand. The combination of the JobReady platform with LearningMate’s services and Frost's content management suite creates a powerful, end-to-end, lifelong learning and credentialing solution for workforce agencies and educational institutions to meet the fast-changing needs of employers and job-seekers across the world. “In the past 18 months, JobReady has issued thousands of job-aligned credentials and created learning pathways for hundreds of careers, empowering colleges, workforce programs and training organizations to rapidly configure and establish affordable options for job seekers,” said Bill Hughes, CEO and founder of JobReady. “By joining the LearningMate family, the team will have access to the resources and technology capabilities needed to support this rapid growth and meet the needs of job-seekers and employers everywhere.” “LearningMate and JobReady share a common vision for lifelong learning. I am excited to welcome JobReady customers and employees to the LearningMate family, JobReady customers will benefit from a world-class services team backed by one of the largest Edtech solutions companies in the world.” Samudra Sen, LearningMate’s CEO About LearningMate LearningMate is a Straive group company that focuses on the needs of next-generation learners. The company builds on a strong foundation of learning design with progressive technology, digital media, and engineering solutions to connect today’s learners, educators, administrators, policymakers, and content creators with the information, tools, and solutions they need to be successful. With six consulting offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and India, LearningMate serves a global clientele of education publishers, traditional and non-traditional EdTech companies, K-20 schools, universities and career colleges, government agencies, non-profits, corporate learning departments, and education consortia. Learn more at http://www.learningmate.com. About JobReady JobReady is an adult-education and workforce development solution that connects learners to careers and provides affordable career skills training to individuals to improve their job readiness. Together with its partners JobReady offers a unique combination of a deep, career-fit assessment and curated career-aligned course collections from thousands of courses, enabling job seekers to follow upskilling pathways that lead to jobs and promotions. Initial pathways include cybersecurity, data science, project management, IT and networking, software development, skilled trades, manufacturing, project management, business skills, leadership, and certifications.

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New Zealand Based EdTech Company WuKong Education Announced the Upgrade for Its Technological Interactive Exercise Product

WuKong Education | August 12, 2022

WuKong Education, a New Zealand based EdTech company, announced a new round of upgrades for its technological teaching assistant product "WuKong Interactive Exercise". Fully embodying WuKong's "7-step Learning Method", namely the seven key steps of "Previewing - Learning - Reviewing - Consolidating - Reflecting - Examing - Applying", the upgraded product effectively combines the process of "learning" and "practising" to strengthen students' learning effects with diversified, interesting and scientific learning forms, so that learners can firmly grasp what has been learnt and really enjoy the learning process. WuKong has initiated the research and development of its interactive exercise product in July 2021. In September 2021, the product was put into use in the graded reading courses of WuKong Chinese, a famous Chinese curriculum product under WuKong Education. In October 2021, it was applied to WuKong Math as well. Since the launch of the product, its functions experienced several rounds of upgrades and have been continuously optimized according to various learning and teaching needs. This round of upgrades further enriched the contents in the question bank. Furthermore, based on AI interaction, voice recognition and other technologies, in-class knowledge can be integrated into the lively and interesting interactive homework display page, so as to effectively satisfy students' personalised learning needs and after-class reviewing needs. The product can also meet the demands of 1-on-1 class, small class, large class and other classroom types, as well as students at different learning levels. On the other hand, the upgrade of interactive exercise product also provides convenience for teachers. Teachers from WuKong can leave feedback on the homework submitted by students in real time through the product's voice interaction function, which improves the efficiency of online teaching, shortens the process of homework feedback, and enables teachers and students to communicate more effectively after class. "Since 2019, our IT team has invested millions of funds in the research and development of technological platforms and data platforms. We have built the industry's leading teaching quality management system and intelligent learning situation tracking and analysing system. Based on the continuous expansion of the market and the increasing needs of our learners, we have developed a set of relatively mature teaching content systems and technology platforms to meet users' personalised learning needs." - Cicy, Chief Education Officer of WuKong, said during the London EdTech Week We believe that for the majority of parents today, the most precious thing is to nurture their children's interest in learning. WuKong hopes to fully stimulate their children's interest and thinking in learning by means of technological empowerment. As one of the world's most popular education technology companies, our expectation is to help children grow happily and wisely, and to be a trusted companion in the learning process for families around the world said Cicy. Mrs. Zhang, a Tsinghua University graduate who is currently teaching in WuKong Education, expressed her reflections on the upgraded product: the WuKong Interactive Exercise can customize the exercise layout, automatically distribute homework in the system. Once the students submitted their exercises, I can also receive instant notifications and provide them with real time voice with feedback, which is really convenient and makes me feel like I'm getting closer to my students! Practical cases of the integration of technology and education are not rare in recent years, and technological innovations have brought more possibilities to the online education industry. Under this background, more and more EdTech enterprises are injecting investments in their scientific and technological research and development, hoping to bring more intelligent education products and services to learners. WuKong Education is among this marching army as well.

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