Digital Promise EdTech certification

February 23, 2020

Digital Promise names the first cohort of products to receive an EdTech certification

Digital Promise names the first cohort of products to receive an EdTech certification

The selection criteria involves a competency-based learning framework which has been created through a rigorous collaboration with a group of learning experts and specialists.  The first group of organisations to receive this EdTech certification are:

Actively Learn, Amplify, BrainQuake’s Wuzzit Trouble, Cignition, CommonLit, The Concord Consortium’s CODAP, Goalbook, Lexia Core5 Reading, Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, Newsela, Speak Agent, ST Math and Woot Math

A non-profit organisation, Digital Promise is working to close the digital learning gap in the US and encourage innovation in EdTech.  It has received donations from high profile philanthropists including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to visit the Digital Promise website and sign the Research Based Product Promise.

More info on the EdTech certificate program is available here: https://productcertifications.digitalpromise.org/

“Research about how people learn is core to the theoretical framework that drives product design and evident throughout the product. The product team shares the research behind the design publicly…We’re hoping this is the beginning, and that it will create an impetus for them to ground products in research, or find research that grounds it,” Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise

Beyond the product certification program, Digital Promise leads a large number of STEM and EdTech learning initiatives, including a Global 360° Story Lab.

The Lab promotes immersive storytelling using 360° technology and virtual reality.  It encourages public participation through three projects:

  • Join MY World 360°
  • The 360° Production Guide
  • 360° stories

A collection of immersive stories created by students can be viewed here: https://global.digitalpromise.org/360-story-lab/360-filmmakers-challenge/gallery/

Digital Promise also operates another global project titled: Reinvent the Classroom in collaboration with HP, Microsoft and Intel.  This involves three programs:

  • HP Teaching Fellows
  • HP Spotlight Schools
  • Learning Studios

Further information on Reinvent the Classroom is available here: https://global.digitalpromise.org/reinvent-the-classroom/

Read more about EdTech here: https://www.global-edtech.com/edtech-definitions-products-and-trends/