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6 February 2013

SLC blooms with $100m

The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC), backed by $100m from The Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and others, rebrands as new startup inBloom.

Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor

Big data firm the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC), backed by $100m from philanthropic organisations The Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, has rebranded itself as a new startup inBloom.

The US-based non-profit SLC has been on silent running since it was first formed in 2011, but has been busy behind the scenes. Alongside the rebranding announcement, 21 education technologies have announced plans to develop apps using inBloom’s open API, including Agilix, BloomBoard, CaseNex, Clever, Compass Learning, ConnectEDU, CPSI, Ellevation Education, eScholar, Global Scholar, GoalBook, Gooru, KickBoard, Learning.com, LearnSprout, LoudCloud, PBS, Promethean , Scholastic, Schoology and Wireless Generation.

Also, nine states representing 11 million students announced they were working with inBloom to develop and pilot its services, including Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina.

inBloom is seeking to compile education systems and information that currently lives in a variety of places and formats, and use that information to assist states by lowering costs while also enriching learning applications. The firm said in a press release that this would help deliver insight into a student’s history and how best to help them succeed.

“Education technology and data need to work better together to fulfill their potential for students and teachers,” said Iwan Streichenberger, chief executive officer of inBloom. “Until now, tackling this problem has often been too expensive for states and districts, but inBloom is easing that burden and ushering in a new era of personalized learning.”

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