Platforms can help educators accomplish a variety of challenging tasks, such as powering and tracking personal learning plans, managing assignments and dynamic grouping, supporting the development of standards-aligned projects, combining formative assessment in a standards-based gradebook, and connecting students, parents and teachers anywhere on any device. Today we’re recognizing 33 platforms with widespread use and/or distinctive features.

Learning Platforms

For full reviews of the following, see Getting Smart on Next-Gen Learning Platforms.

  • Agilix: Offers formative assessments, individualized tasks, student-choice activities, and grouping options.
  • Alma: Designed to replace legacy SIS and LMS with a modern data infrastructure that can enable improved student engagement.
  • AltSchool: Helps educators engage students, communicate with parents and collaborate with one another.
  • Blackboard: Provides several platforms including Angel and Moodlerooms.
  • Desire to Learn: A system with a simple, well-designed interface.
  • Edsby: An Ontario-based, K-12 designed, mobile, social and personalized solution.
  • Canvas by Instructure: A leading secondary and HigherEd platform with open courses on Canvas.net.
  • itslearning: A Norway-based system that started in HigherEd, designed primarily for blended learning. Used in some big districts like Houston ISD.
  • Mileposts from Silverback: Boise-based instructional improvement system catered towards personalized learning.
  • Moodle: An open-source, integrated system that helps create personalized learning environments.
  • PowerSchool: Purchased Haiku LMS, and combined it with a leading SIS.
  • Sakai: An open-source, flexible alternative to commercial learning systems.
  • Schoology: An LMS with robust collaborative tools.

Free lightweight platforms

  • Edmodo: This free platform enables teachers to create groups, assign homework, schedule quizzes, manage progress and more.
  • Google Classroom: Create classes, distribute assignments and send feedback (part of G suite for Edu).
  • Microsoft Classroom: Classroom and assignment management (part of Office 365 Education) and now includes Teams (a Slack-like team communication tool).

PBL Platforms

  • Edio is project-based platform that makes it easy to author and track multiple projects. Remote coaching is available for teachers.
  • Project Foundry manages project-based workflow allowing students to plan, track, and assess their work.
  • Workbench is a project-based platform with a big library of projects. It’s used in over 10,000 schools around the world (see feature).

Competency Platforms

  • CourseNetworking. A newer learning platform with social features that offers a “lifelong profile” page to showcase achievements and associated social networks. Mostly HigherEd use but piloted by Purdue Polytechnic High School.
  • Empower Learning. A platform that supports competency-based learning models through content creation, management, and assessment reporting.
  • Engrade. A top gradebook acquired by McGraw Hill now connects curriculum, assessments, and data across the learning cycle. It has the capability to draw content from licensed providers, OER libraries, and teacher-created materials.
  • Epiphany Learning. A platform that supports personalized, interdisciplinary, and competency-based learning.
  • Motivis Learning. A competency-based platform that supports competency-based and traditional learning. Built on the Salesforce platform, Motivis includes an SIS and social features.
  • Novare helps students set goals, manage projects, and build portfolios. Used by leading innovators including Teton Science Schools.

Comprehensive Platforms (LMS & content)

  • Apex: Digital curriculum designed to actively engage students in learning, combining embedded supports and scaffolds.
  • Edgenuity: A comprehensive set of online and blended content and management offerings.
  • Edmentum: Adaptive assessments paired with powerful learning paths for K-8 reading, language arts, and math.
  • FuelEd: Innovative digital curriculum, technology, instruction, and support enabling you to create a learning environment that is just right for your students.
  • SevenStar: Online Christian education option for grades 6-12.

Adaptive Platforms

  • RealizeIt: A Dublin-based adaptive learning platform, mostly focused on HigherEd CTE.
  • Fishtree: An Arlington, VA.-based, adaptive learner-relationship-management tool (see podcast on Columbus MS).

Platform networks

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  • Summit Learning: A free online platform that helps students and teachers personalize learning.
  • Echo by New Tech Network facilitates integrated project-based learning. A big project library allows network teachers to adopt or adapt projects and score results with standards-based rubrics.

Is there a platform you’d add to the list? Share in the comments section below. Check out our other recent Smart Lists at our Smart List Series.

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