New Los Angeles Grid for Learning will Enable Easier Account Creation and Maintenance and Increased ROI for District and Subscription Services They Work With
ALAMEDA, CA – October 22, 2015 – EduTone, the company that provides schools with access and identity management tools to make sure technology doesn’t get in the way of learning, announced today that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officially selected the company to provide the District with a SaaS-based Educational Data Integration Service (EDISon) to more effectively transfer student and teacher data between the District and the approved vendors they work with.
“Ensuring more students can more easily take advantage of the content and services LAUSD makes available and creating scalable processes to set up new subscriptions and provision services year-to-year is what the District’s EDISon project is all about. The initiative will also give the District data in formats that can be used for reporting and analysis at local, state and federal levels,” explained Julian Mobbs, CEO of EduTone.
EDISon is designed to streamline the creation, maintenance and support of student and teacher user accounts for LAUSD’s digital content and web-delivered services. EDISon will make it easier for both LAUSD and their vendors to support students, teachers and staff in setting up and maintaining access to hundreds of resources in thousands of classrooms throughout the District.
“EduTone’s strong reputation in single sign-on and data interoperability for schools and businesses serving the educational community can now be an integral part of EDISon. We look forward to working with LAUSD and their business partners to reduce the overall effort, time and cost associated with provisioning content and services for students and teachers. By automating processes and simultaneously increasing student access to educational resources, usage, return on investment and learning will all improve,” added Mobbs.
As part of EDISon, EduTone will launch the Los Angeles Grid for Learning, a new LA-specific version of its cloud-based Global Grid for Learning single sign-on platform, to facilitate data integration and data transfer for LAUSD schools and their approved vendors.
Beyond data transfer as part of EDISon, schools and districts can use the Los Angeles Grid for Learning to take advantage of:
- A single sign-on Passport for teachers and students that gives everyone just one username, password and point of access to all web-based content including open educational resources, paid subscription services, state-provided resources and user-generated content.
- Free and low-cost single sign-on “Connectors” for popular and existing web-based content and services that a school or district subscribes to.
- Access to the Global Grid for Learning’s own Digital Content Library with over 1.5 million assets.
- A single sign-on Marketplace to more effectively pilot district-wide, school-wide and multi-school subscriptions to web-based services and subscribe to and deploy these services more quickly and affordably.
“Losing a few minutes every lesson to recover passwords or login to web resources really adds up, compounded by potential security issues when comes to remembering umpteen passwords or sharing login credentials. The LA Grid 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. Beyond being the mechanism by which EDISon data will be transferred, the LA Grid presents schools with a great opportunity to reclaim instructional time and increase access to web-based educational services,” concluded Mobbs.