A LOT of News! (seriously)
Lately it’s been tough to keep up with all the amazing news that has been coming our way. Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve been invited to participate in some of the most important and exciting events surrounding educational technology:
- Invited to the White House to participate in the first-ever Education Datapalooza
- Invited as one of 8 companies to compete in the Reboot America National Challenges competition
- One of 12 companies to be selected to compete in the SiiA Ed Tech Innovation Incubator contest
- Invited to present at the GSV Advisors Education Innovation Summit
- Selected to lead a panel discussion at SXSWedu
In addition, we’ve also had the amazing opportunity to participate in a series of events hosted by Code for America, including:
- Code for America Summit
- Guest blog on the CfA website: “Why I Code for America”
- Code for America Demo Day
- Data Deathmatch - A Hackaton
The hackaton proved to be particularly awesome and validating. A room full of strangers who were generally unfamiliar with education, managed to create some very cool products over the course of 11 short hours. We were blown away and energized to see what could be done with the LearnSprout API.
Needless to say, the team has been extremely busy keeping up with the high demand, but this hasn’t slowed development in the least. When not responding to invitations, demoing and hosting hackathons, the LearnSprout development team managed to do something awesome: The LearnSprout Connect API now pulls live grades!
This opens the door to a world of new possibilities and we’re eager to see how our partner companies might take advantage of this new capability. Some of the ideas we imagined were inspired with questions like the following:
- What exactly, is the correlation between attendance and grades?
- What are the grading patterns by teacher, school, course, grade, etc?
- What would grades look like if grades were geolocated by home residence?
- What data can be combined with live grades to produce an “At Risk” indicator?
- What is the grading and attendance history of each teacher in the district?
The ideas could go on… we’re only limited by our imagination and the wheels are definitely turning.
And so… Yes. It’s been extremely busy. There is an incredible amount of excitement surrounding LearnSprout and the company is being pushed and pulled in a number of promising directions. However, we remain focused on building on our core strength: Improving the biggest, broadest and most robust API for K-12 SISs in existence.
Much more to come gang. Stay tuned!