We’re excited that today Edmodo CEO Vibhu Mittal is at the White House for the Open Education Symposium held by the U.S. Department of Education. At the event, he’ll be presenting Edmodo Spotlight, our teacher-curated resource sharing platform, to the various education leaders in attendance as part of our ongoing commitment to open education.
The Symposium marks efforts by the Department of Education to expand and accelerate the adoption of openly licensed educational resources. As stated by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan: “In order to ensure that all students – no matter their zip code – have access to high-quality learning resources, we are encouraging districts and states to move away from traditional textbooks and toward freely accessible, openly-licensed materials. Districts across the country are transforming learning by using materials that can be constantly updated and adjusted to meet students’ needs.”
We’re proud to be part of this initiative, and honored to be one of only three companies (alongside Microsoft and Amazon) to present at the event! Edmodo Spotlight is our latest effort to enable easier content & resource discovery and sharing among teachers and schools. An extension of the vast educator network on Edmodo, Edmodo Spotlight empowers educators to upload and share helpful resources, review resources from all over the Web, and curate collections of their favorites, including original material from educator peers, as well as from third-party publishers. With one simple click, teachers are able to distribute a resource within Spotlight to their entire Edmodo classroom as part of an assignment or a quiz, making it a seamless experience for uninterrupted learning workflow.
When we think of the shifting digital content landscape in a K-12 education context, Vibhu puts it best: “On Edmodo, we see how important teacher connections are to advancing professional development and student learning on a daily basis. If we’re able to surface teacher-created resources that help move the needle in the classroom to other teachers around the world, this content discovery and recommendation model has great potential impact on our ability to correlate resource consumption with learning outcomes.”