LoudCloud Systems Announced as Strategic Partner with Shared Learning Collaborative

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Learning Ecosystem Company Selected as the First Market Partner for Nationwide K-12 Initiative to Standardize Education Technology Tools

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LoudCloud is one of the first LMS vendors we are working with to ensure interoperability with the SLC’s technology, which will directly benefit students in pilot state of Colorado, and eventually other districts and states that take advantage of the SLC

LoudCloud Systems, provider of the LoudCloud Learning Ecosystems - Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Higher Education and K-12 - will be creating applications around instructional improvement and learning maps that will be compatible with the technology infrastructure from the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC). Additionally, the two organizations have partnered with Jefferson County School District in Colorado to develop and showcase a Learning Maps application integrated with SLC by early 2013.

The SLC is an alliance of states, foundations, educators, content providers, developers and vendors who are passionate about using technology to improve education. SLC’s goal is to help teachers more efficiently enable effective, personalized instruction. . The collaborative is building a shared technology infrastructure that will support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and help existing and future instructional technology investments in states, districts and schools work better together.

LoudCloud is dedicated to the same goals. LoudCloud is an emerging leader and provider of next generation Learning Ecosystems from K-12 to Higher Education. The company is renowned for intuitive, collaborative, adaptive and intelligent (data and behavior-driven instructional intelligence) features.

“LoudCloud’s partnership with the SLC solidifies our K-12 initiatives and affirms the technological leadership of our learning and teaching ecosystem,” shared CEO Manoj Kutty.

The SLC’s vision is to accelerate student achievement by using technology to enable personalized learning for every K–12 student in the U.S. According to the SLC, “The first step in achieving the goal of effective, personalized instruction is to create a set of shared technology services to provide information and tools that teachers and students can use together throughout each student’s educational journey.” Additionally they state, “With the right technology to deliver effective educational tools and information, teachers can focus their time and effort on the human art and science of teaching — the core of education that makes the biggest difference, not just in student learning, but also in students’ lives.”

According to Victor Alcantara, SLC business lead, “One of the primary tenets of the Shared Learning Collaborative is that the technology systems in our schools need to seamlessly integrate and share information to give teachers better information about the students in their classrooms. LoudCloud is one of the first LMS vendors we are working with to ensure interoperability with the SLC’s technology, which will directly benefit students in pilot state of Colorado, and eventually other districts and states that take advantage of the SLC’s open infrastructure technology.”

LoudCloud’s adaptive technology captures and statistically analyzes over 190 variables from student demographics, course engagement and assessment data to provide real-time profiles and patterns of best practice – instructional strategies, content preference, and teaching styles. The resultant data stream allows teachers to understand how students are learning, and provides them with the necessary tools to make the best interventions. Coupled with its modular component design allowing schools and institutions to “pick and choose” their own individual eco-system, the LoudCloud Learning Ecosystem creates a personal learning environment to provide better outcomes for each learner. The LoudCloud Learning Ecosystem unleashes instructor creativity and teaching potential through an expanded choice of instructional delivery formats and access to a host of instructional tools and content creation capabilities. Instructors can now more easily create lesson plans, share them with their peers, create student learning groups, create new quizzes, develop discussion questions, assign required reading, include author content and manage the overall content and flow of the course than ever before. With enhanced grade book flexibility, LoudCloud improves the instructor’s ability to design a grading algorithm that matches current policies, processes and preferences.

Visit http://www.loudcloudsystems.com/ for more information on the LoudCloud Learning Ecosystem, and re-imagine what is possible in Higher Education and K-12.

About LoudCloud Systems
The LoudCloud Ecosystems have become the preferred choice of institutions across the spectrum of K-12 and Higher Education who believe more is possible, and are not satisfied in accepting the limitations of first-generation learning management systems and instructional improvement products.

LoudCloud Systems is based in Dallas, Texas and has more than 50 years of experience in the education and technology industry. LoudCloud’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board consist of pioneers in the education and technology industries and notable leaders from Stanford University, Harvard University, Grand Canyon University and Fortune 100 companies.

About the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC)
Inspired by the vision of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and nine participating states, the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is an alliance of states, foundations, educators, content providers, developers and vendors who are passionate about using technology to improve education and aim to accelerate the progress of our public schools toward personalized learning for all students. The collaborative is designing a shared technology infrastructure that will support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and help existing and future instructional technology investments in states, districts and schools work better together. This open source technology will allow states and districts to integrate student data that currently exist in different source systems and formats and make it available to content and applications from many providers via an open application program interface (API), which should ultimately reduce provisioning costs and thereby free up resources for great new personalized learning

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