Impact at Scale: The Learning Platform Series

It will soon be easier to create a sequence of powerful learning experiences for students — and do it consistently well at scale. More than a thousand people powered by a half a billion dollars of venture funding are hard at work on next-gen platforms.

For the next six weeks we’ll be reviewing progress on next-gen learning platforms. We’ve already discussed how learning will work in the near future,  what next-gen learning platforms should do, and how and why students should own their own learning record.

What are we looking for? The districts and school developers we’re working with want a platform that:

  • Powers personal learning plans
  • Supports development of standards-aligned projects
  • Makes it easy to to combine proprietary, open, district, and teacher developed content
  • Combines formative assessment in a standards-based grade book
  • Integrates with other system, provides single sign-on for lots of apps, and
  • Connect students, parents, and teachers anywhere on any device.

The series includes product reviews on leading platforms including:

What should we add to the list? Comment below or tweet us with @Getting_Smart with #LearningPlatforms.


This blog is part of the Learning Platforms Series brought to you by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more, stay tuned in for the final published project, Getting Smart on Next-Gen Learning Platforms and check out additional posts in the series:

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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I'd like to see how Schoology stacks up against those on your list. If Edmodo is on that list, I'm pretty sure Schoology should be.

Tom Vander Ark

Jay Keuter, Chief Information Office at Vancouver Public Schools (@jaykeuter), said @fishtree_edu would be an intriguing addition to your #LearningPlatforms series

Roz Bahrami

I'd like to see how SkyPrep would compare against others in that list. Very interested to see what the reviews for all these platforms will be!


What about Learning Management Systems for CMS like Joomla!, Wordpress and Drupal?


What about Haiku Learning (@haikulearning) for your #LearningPlatform series?


I'm curious if there's an industry consensus on what is the best personalized learning platform as of 2017?

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