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State Grids Will Expand Access to State-Specific Open Educational Resources Starting This Fall
Alameda, CA – July 1, 2014. EduTone Corporation announced today that with the recent release of version 5 of EduTone XchangeTM (ETXv5), its Global Grid for Learning, previously known for its growing library of 2,000,000+ high quality digital assets licensed from over 50 publishers, will become a free single sign-on (SSO) solution available to educational institutions around the world through regional, statewide and countrywide Grids for Learning, preloaded with the open educational resources (OERs) available and recommended for a given region and an integrated try-and-buy Enterprise SSO Marketplace.
In the U.S., the newly launched State Grids for Learning, built under the Global Grid for Learning umbrella, will be redefining single sign-on for educational institutions by providing them with a single point of access – via web browser or mobile app – from any personal or institution-owned internet-enabled device (Android, Windows, ChromeOS or iOS computers, smart phones or tablets) for all of an educational institution’s existing apps, SaaS tools, digital files and web links. Free and premium versions of State Grids with more features and functionality will soon be available online and through local EduTone sales partners.
“Beginning in the U.S. – with Alabama, California, Florida and Pennsylvania – State Grids for Learning will provide a single point of access to all of a given State’s OERs and publicly-funded educational web services, making access and usage by educators and students easier and more seamless,” explained Robert Iskander, Founder and Chairman of EduTone.
“The integrated Enterprise SSO Marketplace enables educational institutions to allow any group of administrators, teachers and students to try hundreds of popular cloud-based subscription services they might not currently be subscribing to before institutions invest in them. This includes the ability to instantly provision services across the entire institution – or district, or state, or even whole country. All Grids for Learning will also include free access to thousands of assets within our own Digital Content Library as well as our teacher community portal, WeTheTeachers, a growing community of 75,000 educators,” added EduTone CEO Julian Mobbs.
By upgrading to the Premium Edition of their State Grid for Learning, educational institutions can take advantage of a growing library of SSO, provisioning and data integration “Connectors” to enable interoperability and SSO with their existing web-based resources. Educational institutions can also choose to add their own branded online stores to sell merchandise, raise funds and collect payments.
“The State Grids for Learning program enables us to build off of our strong initial traction selling the EduTone Xchange platform in Alabama,” explained Quincy Minor, President of ITS, a local EduTone sales partner. “The new features and functionality, including the Marketplace, mandated state resources and single sign-on connectors for popularly used services will make the Alabama Grid for Learning only more appealing to the schools and educators.”
State Grids for Learning demonstrate the hierarchical and multi-tenant nature of ETXv5. The platform can be deployed across an individual institution, a whole district or region or at a national level, enabling web-based services to be provisioned quickly and efficiently to any end user group or role defined by the institution. State Grids include a limited number of predefined roles; educational institutions can affordably upgrade to the Premium Edition where they can customize roles to meet their needs.
Comprehensive Cloud-Hosted Solution Now Features an Integrated Try-and-Buy Education Enterprise SSO Marketplace
Alameda, CA – June 30, 2014. EduTone Corporation announced today the release of version 5.0 of EduTone XchangeTM (ETXv5), their multiple award-winning single sign-on (SSO) and identity management platform. ETXv5 redefines SSO for educational institutions by providing them a single point of access – via web browser or mobile app – from any personal or institution-owned internet-enabled device (Android, Windows, ChromeOS or iOS computers, smartphones or tablets) for all of an educational institution’s existing apps, SaaS tools, digital files and web links. Now, through the integrated Enterprise SSO Marketplace, educational institutions and their suppliers have the ability to allow any group of administrators, teachers and students to try hundreds of popular subscription-based services they are not currently using before investing in them.
“Technology enables so much – except when it doesn’t. With ETXv5, we’re freeing up even more time for instruction – not to mention budget – and reducing real technical and administrative challenges that schools face today. Through ‘Connectors’ that hook into web-based resources for single sign-on and automated on-demand provisioning, we’re helping to create seamless teaching and learning experiences without the headaches interoperability can cause. And now we’re more scalable than ever – able to turn on our service to millions of users in a matter of hours, not months,” said Robert Iskander, Founder and Chairman of EduTone.
EduTone’s CEO, Julian Mobbs, goes on to explain, “Our new multi-tenant and multi-store Enterprise SSO Marketplace operates much like a shopping mall. It features web-enabled products from third party content and service providers that are grouped inside catalogs within different stores. Each store carries the brand of one of our white label partners. This gives educational institutions and their end users a new streamlined trial, purchase, provisioning and access experience. The pricing model is designed for institutional purchases and distribution, facilitating volume-based and multi-year discounts as well as flexible licensing models per site, user or device.”
In addition to the integrated Enterprise SSO Marketplace, ETXv5 now facilitates the integration of any school or district SIS data with SaaS enterprise applications, by facilitating the upload of school student/staff/courses roster CSV files at no cost to the institution, while providing authorized SaaS vendors – who need to subscribe to such data – customized and secure API-based Connectors for a small fixed annual fee, irrespective of the number of schools they serve.
“We’ve implemented EduTone in two different school settings – one in North Chicago and one on the Pine Ridge Reservation – where students live in communities fraught with poverty and in schools that operate with funding from donations,” said Thomas “TJ” Lynch, who has served as Director of Campus Management at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, Illinois and Director of Technology at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. “And we were able to cut costs and upgrade our technology to be top of the line. The kids are the ones who benefit and I’m grateful for the efficiencies EduTone Xchange has provided. It’s a new level of technical competence that school leadership never imagined – all in just a matter of months.”
“SSO, data exchange and identity management are becoming hot topics and we’re proud to be a pioneer in this space. We’re actively expanding through a variety of distribution partnerships and welcome inquiries from potential white label partners who wish to customize ETX to meet the needs of their educational clients,” added Terry Smithson, EduTone’s Senior Vice President of Business Development.
About EduTone Corporation
EduTone simplifies the complex world of interoperability to create seamless teaching and learning experiences that save time, money and administrative headaches. The EduTone XchangeTM (ETX) cloud-based educational ecosystem gives institutions in a given district, region or country a single point of access to all of their web-based resources – via web browser or mobile app – on any personal or institution-owned internet-enabled device (Android, Windows, ChromeOS or iOS computer, smartphone or tablet). Educational institutions can access our services for free via a regional Grid for Learning and upgrade to the Premium Edition through local EduTone sales partners or invest in customized solutions built for white label partners for the educational institutions they serve. ETX is a past triple winner of SIIA’s Codie Award, garnering Best Solution for the K-12, enterprise and education categories. EduTone Corporation is a privately held corporation headquartered in Alameda, California, with affiliated offices in the UK and Australia.
Robert Iskander, Founder and CEO of EduTone, gives a rare interview with Tech Sparks, where he discusses the origin, journey and future of EduTone, Inc. and it’s fit in the changing environment of educational technology in the 21st Century.
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL), provider of one of the world’s largest collections of digital educational content, today announced it will be adding over 400,000 curriculum resources from Mary Evans Picture Library, Mirropix, I Like Music, Amdon, Cabri Maths, Maestro Learning and Cambridge Dictionary Online, to its fast growing online service aimed at schools.
The latest content additions mean GGfL now offers schools access to over 2 million digital resources – including videos, interactive activities, images, documents and animations – from over 50 trusted providers.
“Our latest content providers add huge value to the GGfL service and help us accelerate our mission to provide teachers and learners with a single source for high quality, copyright cleared digital education resources from multiple providers,” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director of Global Grid for Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based EduTone. “We have spent the last 12 months refining GGfL’s premium library ensuring that the content is as relevant and appropriate as possible for use within schools; the latest content additions reflect this. Teachers and students who simply register on our service also have immediate access to thousands of free resources as well as a free tool which adds GGfL to Microsoft Office 2010 to enable seamless use of the library inside PowerPoint and Word.”
The Mary Evans Picture Library has been the UK’s leading supplier of historical, vintage and heritage images for almost 50 years. The collection specialises in pictures of the past in the very broadest sense, from prehistoric dinosaurs to the 1970s. Drawing from a rich and varied resource, the collection is comprised of photographs, prints, engravings, illustrations, postcards and ephemera from many periods and the library exclusively represents one of the greatest sources of 19th and 20th century history, the Illustrated London News Picture Library amongst hundreds of other contributors.
As well as operating an award winning online music magazine, I Like Music are the owners of a digital commercial music library that has been created from a world famous CD and vinyl record collection compiled over 50 years. Continuously updated, it’s the only music collection in existence that includes every UK Top 40 hit since the charts began in 1952 and countless more recordings from every genre. It offers the only fully licensed commercial music streaming service available to schools, colleges and universities in the UK.
Mirrorpix is the syndication and licensing arm of Mirror Group, offering unrivalled access to a unique collection of archive and contemporary images and illustrations spanning more than a century of British and world history. Since 1903 their photographers have documented the changing face of Britain and beyond, capturing the events, movements, conflicts, cultural changes, politics and people who together shaped the story of our twentieth century.
Amdon Consulting brings together a unique combination of inquiry-based pedagogy, education management and expertise in interactive content development. A leading serious game developer, it also provides Science and Technology enrichment programmes and e-content.
The CABRI software portfolio has expanded to address all K-12 needs for teaching and learning 2D/3D mathematics in an effective way, with strong interactivity and engagement from students. More than 20 Ministries of Education around the world have deployed CABRI math solutions.
Maestro Learning, Inc. is one of USA’s oldest developers of educational print material and educational software. Maestro Learning’s flagship product is Flink Learning, an online service with 1,000s of online learning activities and a tool teachers and parents can use to create and share their own online learning activities with no programming required.
Cambridge University Press, the oldest and one of the most respected publishing houses in the world, began publishing dictionaries for learners of English in 1995. With clear definitions and useful study extras, their monolingual dictionary can help learners become confident, natural-sounding English speakers.
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) today announced it is working with Microsoft to develop a series of integrated solutions for the education market.
GGfL, originally pioneered by Cambridge University Press and provider of one of the world’s largest collections of digital educational content, is to integrate with Microsoft’s latest productivity applications, providing seamless teaching and learning experiences.
The first of these solutions due for release this month sees GGfL embedded within PowerPoint in Microsoft Office 2010, delivered using Windows Azure, Microsoft’s flexible cloud platform. Teachers and students who register or subscribe to GGfL will be able to download and install an easy-to-use file from the GGfL website which will allow them to search for, stream and drag learning resources from GGfL directly into their presentations without leaving their PowerPoint page.
“The ability to access relevant, high quality, digital resources reliably, quickly and easily is critical for teachers and students,” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director of Global Grid for Learning. “Having successfully brought together multimedia resources from 50 different providers, our aim is to enable that fantastic content to be discovered and used seamlessly by educators and students within software and platforms that they are already comfortable using. Our partnership with Microsoft has enabled our service to be integrated within Microsoft Office, the most commonly used software in classrooms around the world. Hosting our service on Windows Azure ensures that we can deliver the integrated service in locations around the world without loss of performance.”
Steve Beswick, Microsoft’s UK Education Director, said: “We are always looking to add value to our software and applications which is specific and relevant to our end users, and which ultimately improves and simplifies their experience with our products. Our partnership with GGfL does just that.”
More information can be found at http://ggflazure.cloudapp.net.
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL), provider of one of the world’s largest collections of digital educational content, today announced it will be adding to its service over 100,000 curriculum resources from Hutchinson Encyclopedia, Audio Network, Amazing People Club, Eye2eye Software, and Geography Photos.
The latest content additions mean GGfL now offers schools access to over 1.5 million digital resources – including videos, interactive activities, images and animations – from 45 trusted providers.
“The ability to access high quality digital resources reliably, quickly and easily is critical for teachers,” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director of Global Grid for Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based EduTone. “Often teachers have to cope with content subscriptions from several providers and from locations with different logins. Our latest content providers add tremendous value to GGfL and help us accelerate our mission to provide teachers with a single source for high quality, curriculum-relevant teaching and learning resources, both freely available and paid for, from multiple sources.” He added, “We will be announcing further content acquisitions before January’s BETT Show where we will be showcasing the latest version of our new content service, and demonstrating how it will integrate with our freely available web services, MyCurriculum.com – which GGfL recently acquired from the Qualification and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) – and Wetheteachers.com, and how it already works seamlessly with the EduTone XchangeTM single sign-on and identity management platform”.
The Hutchinson Encyclopedia represents the UK’s leading single volume encyclopaedia with over 21 million words and over 80,000 reference resources ranging from articles, maps, diagrams, illustrations, audio clips and animations. The extensive resources, provided by Helicon, an RM company, are regularly updated and include timely information, including an article on the recently created country of South Sudan, for instance.
The Audio Network library will add its collection of professional music tracks, used by many of the world’s leading media companies and covering a very wide variety of styles. The resources are intended for use in a variety of educational applications, from drama teachers using sounds to help describe character traits, to dance teachers using backing tracks for their classes, to student film makers using the music as a sound track to their videos.
The Amazing People Club will provide GGfL with eBooks and audio titles that offer students insights into the exploits, achievements and motivations of some of the world’s most inspirational figures like Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Curie, Mozart, Michelangelo, Darwin, Einstein and many others. Each resource, written in the first person, recreates the life stories of famous people as though they were giving personal interviews.
Geography Photos contributes its library of over 13,000 high quality, copyright-safe and trustworthy images for geography lessons. The Geographical Association recognised the contribution of Geography Photos through an award for its value to education.
Eye2eye Software offers teachers and students photographed points of interest across the whole of Britain with immersive 360 degree panoramas. The resources cover commonly taught topics spanning historic sites, mountain peaks, coasts and interiors.
More information can be found at http://www.ggflondemand.com
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) today announced that it has acquired from the Qualification and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) MyCurriculum.com, the website that enables teachers to explore, create and share content aligned to the English national curriculum within their own peer groups and networks.
“We are thrilled at the prospect of making MyCurriculum.com a key part of the GGfL content service,” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director at GGfL, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based EduTone. “GGfL is committed to unifying access to high quality digital educational content, from commercial, open, free and user-generated sources. This acquisition ensures that the website’s well-constructed tools and resources are kept available to existing users and that the website can achieve its potential by attracting a substantial base of new users. It also gives us a strong platform and brand to leverage our free educational content offering.”
The combination will also offer opportunities for GGfL to extend and enhance its free content service, which currently includes user-generated content from We the Teachers, a community of over 60,000 educators, as well as access to many other open educational resource providers through GGfL On Demand.
With over one million digital resources from more than 40 content providers, including Corbis, Waterford Institute, Intel, Reuters, Bridgeman Education and Science Photo Library, GGfL represents one of the most comprehensive digital educational content collections in the world.
Founded in 2008, MyCurriculum.com users have built up a library of over 1,400 online resources and 500 activities. The site helps teachers to access and develop best practice activities, lesson plans, resources and examples of students’ work.
Educators interested in seeing the MyCurriculum service can sign up for free at www.MyCurriculum.com
Cambridge University Press and California-based EduTone today jointly announced an agreement for EduTone to merge Global Grid for Learning (GGfL), the Press’s innovative digital content aggregation business, into EduTone’s portfolio of education businesses.
EduTone has acquired all of the shares of GGfL and the Press has taken a minority interest in EduTone.
EduTone intends to keep GGfL as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and to integrate its products and services with the award-winning EduTone XchangeTM Platform, enhancing its collection of third-party licensed digital education content, creating global and regional content marketplaces, to be marketed to schools through distribution partners globally.
GGfL will also represent EduTone in Europe, Middle East and Africa, complementing EduTone’s current presence in the United States and Australia.
“The coming together of these two organisations will create a unique force in the education market,” said Robert Iskander, CEO of EduTone. “As the role of technology in schools continues to increase, we are pleased to be able to provide our partners and customers with one of the most comprehensive digital educational content collections in the world backed up by a first class integration platform. The passion displayed by both companies to create breakthrough, innovative services that meet the needs of schools is what will continue to drive our product suite forward and fuel our continued growth.”
Stephen Bourne, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, said: “The Press is proud to have pioneered Global Grid for Learning and we believe that EduTone has the ideal technology base and management focus to accelerate and strengthen its presence in school markets around the world.”
Julian Mobbs will continue to serve as Managing Director of GGfL with Robert Iskander becoming the newly appointed Chairman.
The world’s leading specialist image agency, Science Photo Library, has agreed a licensing agreement with broker and aggregator of digital educational content, Global Grid for Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cambridge University Press.
Over 40 content providers are currently available through Global Grid for Learning (GGfL), including Corbis, Waterford Institute, Intel, Reuters, Bridgeman Education and Cambridge University Press itself, making it one of the most comprehensive digital educational content collections in the world.
Science Photo Library (SPL) is the latest provider to make its resources available through GGfL’s foremost content aggregation service.
Julian Mobbs, Managing Director at Global Grid for Learning commented: “Science is the only universally taught subject in education systems worldwide and we are delighted to provide GGfL’s users with access to content from the leading provider in this area. SPL’s unrivalled collection of scientific images and videos strengthens immensely the GGfL Library, making it even easier for educators and learners to find and discover high quality, relevant and copyright-cleared digital content in a full range of subjects.”
Through GGfL’s content service, teachers and students have easy access to a single source of over one million high quality and copyright-cleared educational resources from multiple, trusted content providers, including images, videos, interactive activities, animations, audio files and documents across a comprehensive range of subject areas.
“Science Photo Library is excited about the partnership with Global Grid for Learning”, said Justin Manton, Business Development Manager at Science Photo Library. “The GGfL platform allows us to continue with our core mission to provide access to the largest unique collection of science imagery in the world to educators and students.”
Science Photo Library (SPL) provides educators with striking specialist images and footage, unrivalled in quality, accuracy and depth of information. It has the largest unique scientific related collection in the world with more than 350,000 images and 15,000 clips to choose from, with hundreds of new submissions uploaded to the website each week.
The integration of the Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) content service into ACP’s eLearning platform CyberSphere will provide a safe and reliable way for teachers and students in Singapore to search, stream and download over one million high quality and copyright-cleared learning resources from trusted and educationally credible content providers.
CyberSphere is a powerful and innovative solution developed by ACP Computer Training, who has recently been awarded the Tender by the Singapore Ministry of Education to provide Learning Management Systems to government schools across the country. The addition of the GGfL content service will give teachers and students a quick and simple means of finding useful and relevant digital multimedia content that supports teaching and learning across the curriculum through the CyberSphere platform.
Over 40 educational content providers are currently available through GGfL, including Cambridge University Press, Intel, Classical Comics, Corbis, Reuters EduPuzzles, and Bridgeman Education, making it one of the most comprehensive digital educational content collections in the world.
Resources include a mix of images, videos, interactive activities and animations, audio files and documents, all of which are copyright-cleared, allowing teachers and students the freedom and flexibility to use, edit and repurpose the digital content for use in lesson plans, homework and coursework.
“We’re delighted that we have extended the opportunity for Singapore schools to access GGfL” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director of Global Grid for Learning, a Cambridge University Press company. “Working with local partners like ACP is a key part of our strategy to bring reliable, relevant and copyright-cleared content to classrooms.”
“ACP is equally pleased to be partnering with GGfL to add further value to our most popular educational solution.” said Mr Alan Poh, Managing Director of ACP. “With GGfL’s content service, CyberSphere will make it as easy and seamless for teachers and students to access the content they need, when they need it and through whatever device they choose to access it.”
More information can be found at http://www.cybersphere.me