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:

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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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6 Comments

Carl
2/22/2015

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
2/22/2015

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

Roz Bahrami
2/27/2015

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!

Jeremy
4/16/2015

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

John
7/27/2015

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

Willy
3/2/2017

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

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