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inBloom Inc., Launches to Enable Personalized Learning Through Easier Access to Information and Technology

 inBloom Inc., Launches to Enable Personalized Learning Through Easier Access
                        to Information and Technology

New nonprofit organization is working with nine states representing more than
11 million students, with support from a wide range of education technology
companies.

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2013

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today the Shared Learning Collaborative
(SLC) announced the launch of inBloom Inc., a nonprofit provider of technology
services aimed at connecting data, applications and people that work together
to create better opportunities for students and educators.

Currently, school districts are racing to adapt materials and assessments for
the Common Core State Standards, and publishers are working to keep up with
new academic requirements. At the same time, educators are being inundated
with an escalating amount of data and technology in multiple formats, creating
a disjointed system that makes it extremely hard for teachers to tailor
instruction, curriculum and learning approaches to meet the needs and
aspirations of individual learners.

"Education technology and data need to work better together to fulfill their
potential for students and teachers," said Iwan Streichenberger, CEO of
inBloom Inc. "Until now, tackling this problem has often been too expensive
for states and districts, but inBloom is easing that burden and ushering in a
new era of personalized learning."

The inBloom™ data integration and content search services enrich learning
applications by connecting them to systems and information that currently live
in a variety of different places and formats while helping to reduce costs for
states and districts. This comprehensive view into each student's history can
help those involved in education — from teachers to administrators to parents
— see students' progress, gain insights into how they might do better and act
quickly to help each student succeed. It also helps educators locate
standards-aligned instructional resources from multiple providers and match
them with their students' needs.

"inBloom lets us compile and access assessment data from more than a dozen
different systems," said Tom Stella, assistant superintendent of schools,
Everett, Mass. "This information, paired with relevant content that maps to a
student's individual needs, helps maximize a teacher's time and a student's
learning potential by letting them focus on in-class teaching and learning."

In addition, the inBloom framework enables technology providers to develop and
deploy products without having to build custom connections to each state and
district data source. This means more developers will have the opportunity to
create new and powerful applications to benefit students, with lower
implementation costs and faster time-to-market.

Twenty-one education technology companies have already announced plans to
develop applications that will work with inBloom through the service's open
API. Many of these applications will be demonstrated at SXSWedu in Austin,
Texas, March 4–7.

Nine states, representing more than 11 million students, are participating in
the development and pilot testing of the inBloom technology services to ensure
they meet the needs of states, districts, teachers and students. They include
Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New
York and North Carolina. Five states have already selected districts to be
part of the pilot testing: Jefferson County Public Schools, Colorado; McLean
County Unit District No. 5 (Normal) and Bloomington Public Schools District 87
(Bloomington), Illinois; Everett Public Schools, Massachusetts; New York City
Department of Education, New York; and Guilford County Schools, North
Carolina.

Student data privacy is a top priority for inBloom, and protections for
student privacy, including compliance with FERPA, have been addressed
throughout the design and ongoing operations of the services. InBloom worked
with its pilot states and districts and a panel of student privacy and
security experts to create the policy that governs its handling of sensitive
data.

About the Shared Learning Collaborative

The Shared Learning Collaborative is an alliance of states, districts,
educators, foundations and content and tool providers passionate about using
technology to improve education. The SLC developed all the inBloom software
components and has worked with education technology companies and developers
to encourage the development of inBloom-compatible applications.

About inBloom Inc.

inBloom Inc. is a nonprofit organization established to carry forward the
mission of the Shared Learning Collaborative, which is to work to make
personalized learning a reality for every U.S. student. inBloom provides
technology services that allow states and public school districts to better
integrate student data and learning applications to support sustainable,
cost-effective personalized learning. inBloom is funded with initial
philanthropic support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie
Corporation of New York. For more information about inBloom, visit
www.inBloom.org.

Partner Quotes

BloomBoard
"BloomBoard is incredibly excited to partner with inBloom. Standardizing the
complex data sets coming from disparate information systems across the
education world will help scale innovation in profound ways."
- Jason Lange, CEO and co-founder, BloomBoard Inc.

Clever
"Clever helps top education software integrate with school systems in under
five minutes, and we're thrilled to bring that experience to schools adopting
inBloom."
- Tyler Bosmeny, CEO, Clever

Compass Learning
"inBloom and its partners are transforming digital learning by helping
educators find the right content for each student at the right time—this is
the essence of personalized learning."
- Arthur VanderVeen, vice president of Business, Strategy and Development,
Compass Learning

CPSI
"As the provider of the CPSI Early Warning System to identify early indicators
for student failure, CPSI is proud to partner with inBloom in making the Early
Warning System possible for K–12 teachers."
- Michelle Elia, president, CPSI Ltd.

Ellevation Education
"As a fast-growing provider of technology solutions to ELLs and the educators
that serve them, Ellevation is excited to partner with inBloom, continue
innovating, and serve more districts across the country."
- Jordan Meranus, Co-founder and CEO, Ellevation Education

GlobalScholar
"For personalized learning in K–12 education technology, GlobalScholar is
proud to partner with inBloom with a Web-based instructional management system
providing on-demand content individualized for students."
- Kevin Brueggeman, CEO, GlobalScholar

Goalbook
"At Goalbook, our mission is to empower schools to personalize learning more
effectively. inBloom allows us to draw student data and recommend the most
relevant goals, and to publish Common Core and UDL-aligned instructional
content in one shared platform."
- Daniel Yoo, CEO, Goalbook

Learning.com
"Learning.com is proud to support Colorado and Jefferson County in their
forward-thinking work with inBloom. Through our integration of the Colorado
DREAM Project, we can help enable teachers to reach students at the point of
need."
- Douglas Gastich, vice president of Business Development, Learning.com

LoudCloud
"We are proud to be the first LMS partner working with inBloom. We'll be
working with Jefferson County, Colo., on a Learning Maps application; our
partnership with inBloom bolsters our K–12 initiatives and technological
leadership."
-Manoj Kutty, CEO LoudCloud Systems

PBS
"As America's largest classroom, PBS is proud to partner with inBloom to
provide educators with innovative resources to meet the needs of today's 21st
century learners."
– Rob Lippincott, Senior Vice President, PBS Education

Scholastic
"Scholastic Education, provider of the world's most thoroughly researched and
documented technology programs, including READ 180, is proud to partner with
inBloom to raise reading achievement for struggling readers."
- Margery Mayer, president, Scholastic Education

inBloom is a trademark of inBloom, Inc.

SOURCE Shared Learning Collaborative

Contact: Barbara Roos, Waggener Edstrom, +1-503-443-7855,
broos@waggeneredstrom.com
 
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