I recently had the chance to speak with Nick Franco, the Senior Director of Business Development for ConnectEDU, and discuss how the company plans to use this money to build on current innovations and create new technologies to help close the literacy gap.
Now that ConnectEDU has received this grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, they will be meeting with the other award recipients in late October. These companies, which include 3rd party content developers, and content aggregators (like ConnectEDU), will work together to develop new solutions to not only close the literacy gap, but to improve K-12 education in general.
NYSED recently launched an initiative to catalogue, tag, and organize learning materials in EngageNY, which will make this recommendations framework possible. Imagine a teacher being able to log onto a digital dashboard that shows them exactly where each student stands in relation to specific content and Common Core State Standards.
In the big picture, this is what ConnectEDU has created, a framework for managing digital content. Teachers, administrators, students, and districts can use the ConnectEDU dashboard to manage and analyze student data, discover new learning material, plan and prepare for college or career paths and align learning opportunities to the Common Core Standards, and it’s all in one easy to find place.
Overall, Mr. Franco and ConnectEDU are incredibly excited for the opportunity this grant has provided. This funding will undoubtedly help the company build upon their current momentum and meet their goal of empowering students by informing their academic and career decisions. If your district is looking for a better way to manage student data, recommend lessons, and organize Common Core Standards-based information, I definitely recommend taking the time to check out ConnectEDU.