In education, there’s no shortage of data that could theoretically help educators tailor learning experiences to each student. But because the data comes from so many different sources and in so many different formats, schools may have trouble putting it to use.
In the past year, startups like Clever and LearnSprout have started to help schools liberate their data, and larger companies have slowly begun to release APIs. But a new nonprofit launching Tuesday will hopefully help move the needle even further when it comes to bringing big data to schools.
Supported with $100 million from the Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation and others, InBloom is the outgrowth of the Shared Learning Collaborative, an alliance of states, districts, nonprofits and corporations pushing for personalized learning in the classroom.
“There is a consensus that personalized learning is the way to go,” said InBloom CEO Iwan Streichenberger. “The big question is, how to do you make it happen? How do you share data and make it accessible? We’re a catalyst — a connector between data that exists already to make it easier to access.”
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