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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
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) will be exhibiting at stand G30 at BETT, the world’s largest educational technology exhibition.
Come by for one of our regular 10 minute presentations, talk to someone from the GGfL team on the stand, or even arrange a meeting away from the hustle and bustle of the show in our private meeting room.
For more information about BETT, visit: www.bettshow.com
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) extends a warm welcome to our three new staff members, Robin Ball, Adam Bates, and Martin Suryadarma., who have joined the team following recent international growth.
“We’re delighted to welcome Robin, Adam and Martin to the GGfL team” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director at Global Grid for Learning, who joined the team just over a year ago from UK-based Espresso Education. “They all come from high profile educational organisations and bring with them invaluable experience from the commercial sector, local authorities, regional broadband consortia and central government.”
Robin Ball joins GGfL as Content Manager having spent the previous six years working at Becta, the UK Government agency for ICT in education. At Becta Robin was responsible for developing and disseminating practitioner advice and guidance as part of the UK Government’s e-Strategy.
Adam Bates brings a wealth of experience in delivering digital content solutions into online learning systems having worked as a key part of the education team at Encyclopaedia Britannica for four years. At GGfL Adam will focus on developing customer interaction and engagement with GGfL content services.
Last but not least, Matin Suryadarma joins GGfL as Technical Solutions Manager, bringing with him skills in technology strategy, product development and systems integrations.
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