Schoology Launches Integration Platform to Streamline the

Schoology Launches Integration Platform to Streamline the Exchange of
Data With Student Information Systems 
Market-Leading SIS, PowerSchool, Among the First Available
Integrations With Schoology -- Fostering the Open Exchange of Data
Between Vendors; Schoology Encourages Integration With Other SIS
Vendors With $250,000 Open SIS Challenge 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/22/13 --  Schoology, the leading
cloud-based, collaborative learning platform for K-20 classrooms,
today announced the release of its SIS Integration Platform, a
turnkey solution that enables the Schoology collaborative learning
platform to integrate with any Student Information System (SIS) that
provides a web-based Application Programming Interface (API) for
greater efficiency, collaboration and information sharing that
improves the learning lives of students. PowerSchool from Pearson,
the fastest-growing, most widely used SIS, supporting more than 10
million students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries, is the
first SIS to be integrated with Schoology using the SIS Integration
Platform. In conjunction with the SIS Integration Platform, Schoology
has issued a $250,000 Open SIS challenge to other SIS vendors.  
The Schoology SIS Integration Platform is the latest innovation by
the company in its ongoing quest to promote the open exchange of data
by the education technology market. In June 2012, Schoology announced
the release of the Schoology API and developer platform which allows
third-parties to interact with, and extend, the features and
functionality found in Schoology, including the ability to build
applications that run directly on the Schoology platform -- resulting
in a seamless and integrated experience for the nearly two million
educators, students and administrators that use Schoology to connect
and collaborate every day.  
While it has been possible for vendors to build individual
integration applications on their own using the Schoology API, the
SIS Integration Platform provides a unified user interface that
provides consistent, and cross-vendor provisioning and management in
real-time with the Schoology platform. Pre-built with monitoring,
scaling and auto-healing services, the Schoology SIS Integration
Platform is an attractive solution for any organization looking to
in
tegrate their SIS, and for any SIS looking to integrate with
Schoology.  
Vendors are usually hesitant to build integrations with specific
companies because of the development time and effort, as well as
maintenance requirements. The goal of the Schoology SIS Integration
Platform is to alleviate that pain by taking the bulk of the work
away from vendors and allowing them to focus their time on building
robust API's that can be used by everyone. With the Schoology SIS
Integration Platform and functionality provided by the SIS vendor,
data can flow bi-directionally and in real-time. Similarly, Pearson
has developed an open API for PowerSchool and is enabling integrated
technology solutions to be deployed by educators. For instance, with
the PowerSchool integration, new updates from PowerSchool are pushed
to Schoology immediately. Similarly, assignments and grades entered
in Schoology are pushed back to PowerSchool immediately.  
"Pearson is committed to working with partners such as Schoology to
deliver integrated solutions to our customers. We have invested
significant time and resources into developing and releasing an
easy-to-use API built on the RESTful architecture to enable data
integration with PowerSchool," said Oliver Wreford, Director of
Business Development at Pearson. "It is encouraging to see the
immediate use of our API by Schoology. It's a great example of the
industry working together to optimize the use of technology by
education stakeholders and contributors." 
"At Schoology, we are outspoken advocates of openness in educational
data and have long promoted collaboration among education vendors,
developers and educators through the openness of our platform and
product features designed to leverage the efficiency and quality of
community-driven content," said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology.
"The Schoology SIS Integration Platform is so robust and extensible,
that we are willing to wager $25,000 for up to 10 SIS vendors, that
we can have complete system-to-system integration up and running in
just days. We applaud Pearson for their efforts and hope it will spur
other vendors to do the same." 
The Open SIS Challenge 
 The Schoology Open SIS Challenge will take
place now, through May 2013. Schoology has issued a bounty of $25,000
for up to 10 SIS vendors. The idea is quite simple: If you are an SIS
vendor, Schoology challenges you to provide access to a Web API. Once
provided, Schoology will use its SIS Integration Platform to build a
system-to-system integration within 10 business days. If Schoology is
successful, it will provide payment of $25,000 to the SIS vendor.
Participating SIS vendors must provide a Web API and correlating
documentation. For real-time bi-directional information flow, the
vendor must also provide an event notification API or some Webhook
capability. For additional information about the Open SIS Challenge,
how to sign up, and terms and conditions, go to:
www.sischallenge.com. 
Visit Schoology at FETC 2013, booth #811, Jan. 28-31 at the Orange
County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  
About Schoology
 New York City-based Schoology is the developer of a
K-20 collaborative learning platform that incorporates online
learning, classroom management and social networking in one platform.
The cloud-based solution is available as both a free, stand-alone
product and as a fee-based, integrated enterprise-class solution for
schools and districts. Schoology integrates seamlessly with existing
school/district technologies to create a single, scalable interface
where educators can teach, assess, administer and analyze student
progress. Schoology has transformed how educators communicate and
collaborate with students, parents and peers. The platform expands
the educator's support and resource network by enabling meaningful
academic collaboration through the sharing of best practices and
digital content via school-to-school networking and an easy-to-access
centralized resource library. For more information visit
www.schoology.com or follow the company on Twitter @schoology.  
About Pearson 
 Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education
and learning technology, aims to help people make progress in life
through learning. Pearson's leadership spans preK-12, higher
education, and corporate learning globally. Pearson's other primary
businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.
For more information about the K-12 Technology group of Pearson,
visit www.pearsonschoolsystems.com. 
Media Contacts:
April H. Burghardt
PR Consultant for Schoology
april@gabdata.com
646-246-0484 
 
 
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