Brainscape | December 14, 2022
Brainscape, a leading web and mobile education app, is launching a new digital flashcard collection that offers a "free minimum viable education" in the basics every American should know about the world, but that they may not have learned in school or personal life experience.
"From history's greatest artists, authors, and leaders to the spices, wines, flags, and capital cities of the world, and more, we have consulted with dozens of students, educators, and experts to curate these general knowledge flashcards,"
Brainscape founder and CEO, Andrew Cohen.
And we have done this in fulfillment of a greater goal, which is to democratize access to the benefits of spaced repetition, and to educational opportunity in general, irrespective of socio-economic background. We're essentially providing a baseline education to the world, for free.
Leveling the playing field in education
Brainscape's success has long been credited to spaced repetition, a science-backed learning algorithm that delivers information to the brain in a way that optimizes its ability to retain that information. But over and above helping high school students pass their APs, or professional-level students pass the MCAT or bar exam, Brainscape has held central to its agenda to make the world's knowledge accessible, digestible, and available to all for free.Many people are not privileged enough to have grown up around a holistically educated culture or to have had the opportunity to really apply themselves in school, and we suffer greatly from it later in life," says Cohen, who believes that a well-rounded knowledge of the world helps people to forge connections with others, including potentially career-altering ones. After 5 years of consulting with experts and fierce back-and-forth, what we have arrived at is a collection of 4,000+ flashcards that provide a more convenient and condensed single stream of knowledge than has never been attempted in previous cultural literacy initiatives," concludes Cohen. "And we're only going to keep adding to it in the coming years.
Knowledge rehabilitation and cultural literacy for the 21st Century
The newly-released collection consists of three flashcard packs: Knowledge Rehab ("Everything you wish you'd learned in school" covering subjects like history, earth science, and literature); Street Smarts ("Everything you wish you'd learned in life" covering survival skills, basic home and car maintenance, and fundamental culinary knowledge); and Vocab Workout ("The words to express yourself better" covering more complex, yet useful English vocabulary). Together, these three packs of 4,000+ flashcards aim to bring users up to speed on the essentials of everything, and they come preloaded with every free Brainscape account.
Brainscape is an adaptive study app that allows users to create, find, and share flashcards for hundreds of subjects. With an algorithm grounded in spaced repetition and other cognitive learning principles, the app empowers learners to absorb and retain knowledge more efficiently than with any other study method.
360training | December 30, 2022
360training, one of the top online regulated training providers for environmental, health, and safety, has recently announced the acquisition of a web-based training solution provider, AdvanceOnline. With this acquisition, 360training expands their OSHA Online Outreach program and adds DOT transportation safety training programs, such as CMV Driver and CMV Motor Carrier Management, to their comprehensive library.
AdvanceOnline provides excellent online training. They were among the first to be accepted for awarding official DOL OSHA course completion cards under the OSHA Outreach Program. AdvanceOnline, which has over 120 courses in its portfolio, is a welcome addition to the 360training family of organizations.
AdvanceOnline offers outstanding e-Learning and video-based content to assist businesses in meeting federal health and safety laws, including OSHA Outreach titles such as OSHA 30-Hour Construction, OSHA 10-Hour construction, and OSHA 10-Hour General. They are one of the very few companies with OSHA authorization to deliver these courses, along with providing NYC (New York City) Site-Safety Training.
360training is committed to accelerated expansion in order to fulfill its goal of providing superior training solutions in regulated markets. Because the two companies have similar ambitions, the acquisition of AdvanceOnline fits with the mission.
360training.com, Inc. has been providing online regulatory-approved training to individuals and businesses since 1997, facilitating a secure, healthy environment for their communities. Over 11 million training plans have been provided through 360training, AgentCampus, Meditec, VanEd, OSHA.com, OSHAcampus, TIPS, and Learn2Serve.
AdvanceOnline Solutions, based in Houston, Texas, provides professional and educational environmental health and safety services to enterprises, institutions, and government agencies in the transportation, construction, manufacturing, utility, and energy industries.
With over 75 years of combined experience in consulting, safety training development, and delivery, their team, creates high-quality, affordable web-based and classroom training for students and organizations to maintain and surpass compliance with government, company, and industry-defined safety standards and criteria.
Penda Learning | November 16, 2022
Penda Learning, a Learning 2020 company, announced today that it has finalized an agreement with Scantron for the use of more than 14,500 assessment items in 11 assessment banks that span all science disciplines. These items will be used to expand the assessments currently available with Penda Science — a game-based science curriculum for grades 3–8, physical science, environmental science, and biology. — to include all NGSS performance expectations and state-specific science standards. Unlike traditional assessments, Penda Science interactive assessments challenge students to achieve high scores that earn them points to unlock virtual worlds, customize their avatars, and more. Teachers and administrators can use the line item analysis data to pinpoint learning gaps and personalize instruction within the Penda Science platform for small groups and individuals to help students achieve science mastery.
"This agreement will dramatically accelerate the development of comprehensive assessments within Penda Science. High-quality, validated assessments are critical for teachers to make informed decisions about instruction and intervention in order to support science learning success for all students. We are excited to be able to offer students a more interactive and engaging assessment experience and educators the reliable data they need."
Brad Baird, President/CEO of Learning 2020
The new assessment development is slated to be completed by April 2023. Assessments will be available for diagnostic, formative, and summative purposes. Also new to the Penda assessment suite will be a "quick check" assessment for teachers to use before, during, or after a unit to gauge student learning in order to plan or modify instruction to align with student knowledge.
About Learning 2020
Learning 2020, parent company to Penda Learning, is dedicated to identifying pressing, unfilled needs within the K-12 education market and developing technology solutions that solve these challenges in innovative and cost-effective ways that will positively impact teaching and learning. Formed in early 2019 by Brad Baird and Bill Tudor, experienced education technology entrepreneurs, Learning 2020's current focus is on ensuring all students have access to high-quality STEM instruction whether learning at home or in school.