Finding Potential Partnerships at ISTELive22
Last week, NGPF attended ISTELive for the first time ever! The International Society for Technology in Education conference has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential education events. As NGPF continues to build on successful partnerships with EdTech leaders BrainPOP, Kahoot!, Nearpod, and Newsela, one of our goals for the event was to identify new EdTech partnership opportunities to help advance the NGPF community’s mission. Which of these 11 potential partners would you be most excited about? Vote here.
Canva for Education
Canva is a popular online graphic design tool that launched their education product last year to rave reviews and impressive growth (28 million active users in its first 9 months). In relation to NGPF partnerships, we were particularly interested to learn about the educational templates feature. Here's how it works:
- Curriculum publishers create activity ideas related to their content.
- Canva's designers build matching templates and augment with beautiful design features before publishing them on the Canva platform.
- Teachers can then use the templates as fully interactive activities for their students.
Our imaginations are running wild with the curriculum possibilities!
By total market share, Instructure’s Canvas is a top 5 Learning Management System with a particularly strong presence in the largest school districts in the U.S. Helping teachers facilitate NGPF resources through Canvas is high on NGPF’s partnership priority list, so we look forward to diving deeper with their team.
NGPF already embeds Edpuzzle into several curriculum resources, including the Video Library, Edpuzzle Thursday, FinCap Friday, and individual activities in the Semester Course. We love this tool because it helps add engagement and accountability to any video. How much more will we accomplish if we partner with Edpuzzle? We’re excited to find out!
Find Your Grind
Our neighbor on the floor of the ISTELive Expo Hall was Find Your Grind, an innovative learning platform that helps students backward plan their career paths based on their desired lifestyles and core values. Teachers who use NGPF resources on Career, Paying for College, Behavioral Economics, Budgeting, and Alternatives to 4-year College will love their resources and approach.
Happy Teacher PD
Happy Teacher offers online, graduate level professional development courses that help educators move up the district payscale in a more flexible, affordable, accessible way than traditional programs. When we met their team at ISTE, they mentioned their Budgeting course for teachers makes use of NGPF’s resources! We hope to see a future NGPF Speaker Series appearance from Happy Teacher PD.
Kami is a student feedback tool we heard about from educators, but hadn't yet seen in action until we got a demonstration at ISTELive. The Kami app allows teachers to upload any document (even a PDF) and make it interactive for students. Teachers can leave feedback for students in written, video, audio, screen grab, and text-to-speech formats. We’re curious to explore ways to integrate the Kami app with NGPF resources.
Together with GoGuardian and Edulastic, Pear Deck is a popular learning platform that takes Google Slides and adds teaching superpowers like formative assessments and a huge variety of question types. Would you like to see us in their content orchard?
While NGPF is no stranger to Quizizz (find several pre-built Quizizz games on NGPF’s Unit Review page), this engaging learning platform has recently launched a new hub for Schools & Districts, along with an impressive library of crowd-sourced Quizizz lessons. Could NGPF become one of the first curriculum partners for this awesome learning platform? Time will tell.
Soundtrap for Education by Spotify
Soundtrap takes a concept similar to NGPF's Podcasts in the Classroom and centers it on student voices. With Soundtrap, students collaborate - either remotely or in person - to produce music and podcasts together. If you want to encourage your students to express themselves in creative ways beyond writing and presentations, this new education platform from Spotify might be the tool for your classroom. Look forward to a future NGPF Speaker Series appearance from Soundtrap!
Do you ever get flustered by tab overload while juggling your priorities as a teacher? Symbaloo is a freemium tool primarily used by educators to make grid-organized browser homepages. You can customize your grid with tiles that link to your favorite learning apps, curriculum resources, calendars, and more. We look forward to exploring ways we can work together with Symbaloo to elevate financial education as a top priority for teachers everywhere.
Wayfinder recognizes that socio-emotional learning (SEL) is more than the next education buzz phrase. Born at Stanford University Design School, Wayfinder is a personalized learning platform that allows teachers to check in with students and build SEL capacity with over 800 intervention activities.
Want to learn more about Wayfinder? Patrick Cook-Deegan, founder and CEO of Wayfinder, is scheduled to join the NGPF Speaker Series Friday, July 8 at 9:00am PDT.