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.
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Quizlet | March 06, 2023
Quizlet, an e-learning solutions provider, has recently introduced a fully adaptive artificial intelligence-powered tutor platform, Q-Chat, on OpenAI's ChatGPT API.
Q-Chat integrates Quizlet's huge educational content library of questions and definitions with AI models from OpenAI for students' virtual learning experience. With automation, it conversationally engages students with quizzes to deepen their knowledge and concepts.
Quizlet has invested in AI software to make a more engaging and effective way of study available to students. Collaborating with OperAI, it leverages GPT-3 for multiple uses like vocabulary learning and test practices. In addition, artificial intelligence and machine learning support Learn Mode platform and provides personalized adaptive study experience for the enhanced learning experience. Fast Company recognized its learner-centric strategy for integrating AI into its e-learning platform nationally. It referred to this strategy as 'Smart Grading' in its 'Next Big Things' in Tech awards for 2022 in social good and education. It praised Quizlet's ability to "better assess a student's written response for signs of conceptual understanding, rather than solely rewarding rote memorization."
Quizlet's Chief Executive Officer, Lex Bayer said, "Quizlet has long recognized the potential of AI to enhance studying and learning by personalizing the student experience." He added, "As an early adopter of this technology, we know that when used effectively it can help students deepen their knowledge and learn more efficiently. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with OpenAI and providing our students with more ways to practice and master whatever they're learning."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Quizlet, a global educational platform, has provided consumer learning services and educational technology services since 2005. It empowers students and teachers with innovative learning tools and enhanced learning experiences. It has about 60 million active users per month. It is a popular website and educational application for iOS and Android. It is a Series C startup with the support of Union Square Ventures, Costanoa Venture Capital, Icon Ventures, Owl Ventures, Altos Ventures and General Atlantic. With massive reach and advanced learning tools, it is influencing the education sector worldwide.
ScreenBeam Inc. | February 02, 2023
On February 1, 2023, ScreenBeam Inc., a global leader in wireless display and conferencing solutions, offered a new Grant Program for accredited K-12 education organizations in the United States and Canada. As schools return to in-class activities, with a few remote students, IT teams require technology that meets modern content sharing, connectivity, and collaboration requirements for teachers and students.
The Spring K12 Grant Program from ScreenBeam offers top solutions to achieve equitable hybrid and distance learning across campus. The SBWD1100P (ScreenBeam 1100 Plus) with ScreenBeam Conference Software, provided in the grant, provides wireless display from the teacher and student devices, simplifying connection and collaboration with in-room and remote students. In addition, ScreenBeam Conference software makes it simple to connect to in-room peripherals like cameras, microphones, and speakers.
The SBWD1100P is built with a unique multi-network architecture that includes three physical network interfaces for connecting teacher and student devices. It allows for maintaining security, digital signage, HDMI input, instant alerts and notifications to classroom displays, and centralized management. The solution comes with a three-year warranty and no subscription fees.
Spring K12 Grant Details:
• ScreenBeam will provide 1.06 units of SBWD1100P for every unit of SBWD1100P purchased. For example, purchasing 200 units will avail the buyer of 212 additional units through the grant. • Customers must buy and take delivery of a minimum of 200 SBWD1100P units between February 1, 2023, and March 31, 2023, to qualify for the grant. • A customer can get 500 units at most from the grant. • Products may be bought through ScreenBeam Authorized Resellers. • Proof of purchase is required before shipping granted units.
About ScreenBeam Inc.
Headquartered in San Jose, California, ScreenBeam Inc. is a wireless display and conferencing technology pioneer. It is the only app-free wireless presentation solution that removes all contact points and easily integrates with UC devices to combine the technologies into a single collaborative system. Users can wirelessly present and annotate content on in-room displays for a natural workflow with the solution. In addition, Integrated HTML-based digital signage can convey safety policies to guests and employees when displays are not in use. The company is Microsoft's only co-engineering partner for wireless display and enables seamless hybrid collaboration in any meeting or learning space.