First Regional Grid from the Global Grid for Learning Powered by EduTone Provides More Time for Teaching and Learning with Easier Single Sign-On Access to All State and District Web-Based Content and Services
EduTone, the company that provides schools with seamless access to web-based resources via its single sign-on platform, the Global Grid for Learning (GGFL), announced yesterday at a special event showcasing Montgomery County Schools’ use of their Platform, that the Alabama Grid for Learning, the first of its customized and freely available regional Grids, was live and available to students, educators and schools across the state of Alabama.
“The Alabama Grid for Learning customizes the single sign-on experience of the Global Grid for Learning for Alabama teachers and learners,” explained Terry Smithson, President of EduTone. “Losing a few minutes every lesson to recover lost passwords or login to web-based resources can really add up – in a negative way – for teaching and learning – not to mention the burden of security when it comes to remembering umpteen passwords or sharing login credentials. The Alabama Grid gives everyone their own single username and password and a single point of access for all web-based resources. It works on any smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. It doesn’t matter if you’re at school, at home or somewhere in between – or what type of operating system you have. On a mobile device, you can also use your web browser or a mobile app to access services.”
Any school district in Alabama can sign up for the Standard Edition of the Alabama Grid for Learning for free at www.globalgridforlearning.com. The freely available Standard Edition of the Alabama Grid includes:
• A single sign-passport that provides a customizable easy foldering and bookmarking environment from which access all of a school or district’s web-based resources – open educational resources, paid subscription services, state-provided resources and user-generated content
• Up to 20 free single sign-on “Connectors” for popular and existing web-based content and services that a school or district subscribes to
• Access to statewide resources such as the Alabama Learning Exchange or the Scantron Achievement Series.
• Access to the Global Grid for Learning’s own Digital Content Library
• Access to True North Lite, its data visualization and analytics service that makes student and staff data more actionable for educators, including school and district level administrative staff.
Schools and districts can easily upload their users into the platform and setup permissions for web-based content and services. Support videos are included for all users and onsite and virtual training days are available for purchase. Schools and districts can also activate additional for-fee features a la carte or upgrade to the Premium Edition of the Alabama Grid for Learning to add more and/or more sophisticated single sign-on “connectors” for more advanced integration of systems. Schools or districts may also elect to subscribe to the fuller featured versions of True North to further leverage its data analytics and dashboarding capabilities or the Premium Edition of the Digital Content Library with over 1.5 million assets.
“The Alabama Grid for Learning not only helps with the content and services schools have today,” added Vallerie Cave, VP of US State Grids, “but makes understanding the usage of web-based services that a district or school subscribes to more transparent. For school and district leadership trying to watch budgets closely, this is a great advantage when it comes to managing renewals and determining return on investment. Additionally, via the Marketplace, school and district administrators can more effectively pilot district-wide, school-wide and multi-school subscriptions to web-based services and subscribe to and set up these services more quickly and scalably, deploying less time, money and people than they have utilize today.”
EduTone is already working with hundreds of schools throughout Alabama as part of its recent acquisition of the education division of Alabama-based Information Transport Solutions (ITS) which included ITS’ data analytics and visual software and a team focused on sales, teacher training, customer service and product development.
Julian Mobbs, EduTone’s CEO, concluded, “The Alabama Grid for Learning is the first in a series of local, statewide and countrywide Grids that we will roll out that will form part of the overarching Global Grid for Learning so that more schools and districts across the U.S. and around the world can benefit from a single sign-on environment – enabling technology to really drive learning and not get in the way.”