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$500K | 18 yrs ago

About ExploreLearning

ExploreLearning is a company that received a SBIR Phase II grant for a project entitled: Modular Online Simulations for Math and Science with Integrated Assessment of Complex, Standards-Aligned Learning Objectives. Their will produce a commercial version of PathfinderPlus, an online system that integrates assessment of complex, standards-based instructional objectives within interactive simulations and makes the resultant data available in a timely and efficient manner to students, teachers and administrators. In order to effectively implement curriculum standards-based educational reforms (e.g., as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act), teachers need guidance in linking students' day-to-day learning to these standards and in adapting subsequent instruction based on students' progress against the standards. Existing educational technology products, however, are explicitly correlated only to the macro-level terminal objectives in each state's curriculum standards. As a result, these products do not provide diagnostic information regarding component knowledge and skills, and they thereby fail to support teachers in understanding more precisely where students are having difficulties within a given terminal objective. PathfinderPlus provides a comprehensive online library of highly interactive learning objects that track student' actions as they use them. The system analyzes the generated data to create assessment probes which yield results that are indexed against a hierarchy of component knowledge and skills related to each state's terminal objectives. This analysis provides students, teachers and other educational stakeholders with a roadmap to success in meeting their state's curriculum standards. In terms of broader impacts, the successful production of a fully functional, commercial PathfinderPlus product will break significant technical ground in the field of large online repositories of interactive learning objects. The deployment of ExploreLearning's XML specification HILO ML (Highly-Interactive Learning Object Markup Language) separates the pedagogical logic of a learning object's adaptive behavior from its technical instantiation. This separation enables the efficient development of the volume of scripts required by a system that covers entire courses (e.g., Algebra). The use of a four-tiered architecture to link fine-grained pedagogical events (i.e., pedagogically-meaningful interactions between students and the online simulations) to macro-level terminal objectives provides a flexible, modular foundation for the system. In terms of impacts on K-12 education, PathfinderPlus will foster alignment with standards-based curricula, support teachers in integrating technology effectively and efficiently into their classrooms, and provide a new approach for measuring the impact of educational technology on student learning. In addition, the system's use of interactive simulations as the medium for assessment enables a broader range of more complex, higher-order instructional objectives to be assessed (e.g., problem solving strategies and skills), as compared to traditional probes used in computer-based applications such as multiple-choice questions.

ExploreLearning Headquarter Location

1800 Valley View Lane Ste 400

Dallas, Texas, 75234,

United States


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Cambium Learning’s ExploreLearning a Two-Time Winner at SIIA’s 2020 Ed Tech CODiE Awards

May 27, 2020

ExploreLearning earns awards for Gizmos and Reflex while Cambium picks up six additional finalist nods across five categories. | Source: Cambium Learning Group, Inc. DALLAS, May 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cambium Learning® Group , a leading educational solutions and services company committed to helping all students reach their full potential, announced today that two of its K–12 businesses—ExploreLearning® and Learning A-Z®—have been recognized by the Software and Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 2020 Ed Tech CODiE Awards. ExploreLearning received two awards in the following categories: Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution: Reflex ® Best Science Instructional Solution for Grades PreK-8: Gizmos ® SIIA , the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced the winners during a special online awards celebration in light of COVID-19 concerns. The announcement drew a global audience with 37 awards given for products and services deployed specifically for the education technology market. In addition to ExploreLearning’s two wins, Cambium Learning garnered six finalist mentions across the following five categories: Best ESL, ELL, or World Language Acquisition Solution: Raz-Plus® ELL Edition (Learning A-Z) Best Mathematics Instructional Solution for Grades PreK-8: Math Reflex (ExploreLearning) Best Science Instructional Solution for Grades PreK-8: Gizmos (ExploreLearning) and Science4Us ® (ExploreLearning) Best STEM Instructional Solution for Grades PreK-8: Science A-Z® Best STEM Instructional Solution for Grades 9-12 and Higher Education: Gizmos (ExploreLearning) “Innovative, research-driven education technology is more essential than ever before,” said John Campbell, CEO of Cambium Learning. “It’s been gratifying to help so many students, teachers and parents during these challenging times. For our passionate product teams at ExploreLearning and Learning A-Z to be recognized across seven different categories is certainly extra special this year.” All of the nominated education technology products and services were first reviewed by educators and administrators, whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then voted on the finalist products, with the scores from both rounds tabulated to select the winners. “Congratulations to the 2020 Ed Tech CODiE Award winners,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the importance of innovative edtech products and services such as those we honor today. This year's class takes a special place among the many amazing products recognized across the 35-year history of the CODiE Awards.” About Cambium Learning Group, Inc. Cambium Learning® Group believes every student has great potential, teachers are mission-critical, and data, instruction and practice work together to drive performance. With a portfolio of award-winning brands, Cambium Learning Group’s digital and blended curriculum, professional learning, and assessment solutions drive proficiency, equity, and other learning outcomes in classrooms everywhere. Brands include Learning A-Z ® (online differentiated instruction for elementary school reading, writing and science), ExploreLearning ® (online interactive math and science simulations, a math fact fluency solution, and a K-2 science solution), Voyager Sopris Learning ® (blended solutions that accelerate struggling learners to achieve in literacy and math and professional learning for teachers), Cambium Assessment (innovative state- and district-level assessment solutions), and VKidz® Learning (online comprehensive homeschool education and programs for literacy and science). Come learn with us at  www.cambiumlearning.com . Media Contact

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