BALTIMORE, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project-based learning leader Workbench announces further integration with education platform Clever to expand on the single sign in to Workbench's online communities for makers, inventors and educators and offer complete synchronization with a school's student information system (SIS). The partnership brings Clever's secure sync technology to more students and educators nationwide by allowing users to access Workbench sites with a single, secure login rather than having to remember multiple passwords, while automatically updating student, class, and teacher information from the school's chosen SIS.
Workbench provides access to hands-on, project-based learning to turn students into makers and help educators teach with anything. It partners with industry leaders to create online communities or "workbenches" where educators, students or fans can access and share free lessons using drones, programmable robots, 3D printers and other cutting-edge technology. Users can also upload their own projects. Teachers use Workbench to assign STEM lessons and keep track of student progress. For an example of a Workbench community using the Workbench/Clever integration, visit Sphero's Lightning Lab at http://sprk.sphero.com/.
"Our goal at Workbench is to make it easier for the maker community to create, invent and innovate," said Chris Sleat, CEO of Workbench. "Clever's forward-thinking technology and seamless integration makes them a perfect partner. We are excited to offer Secure Sync technology for our communities to improve the user's experience."
Clever's Instant Login and Secure Sync secure educational login tools allow teachers and students to access hundreds of applications with a single login.
"The integration is helping us streamline setup in classrooms, leaving more time for learning and creativity with our products" said David Millage, General Manager of Education at Sphero.
"We love partnering with exciting, hands-on learning applications like Workbench," said Ben Adida, vice president of Product and Engineering at Clever. "With this partnership, schools across the country will have one-click access to Workbench, which gives time back to teachers and students so they can focus on learning."
Workbench's mission is to partner with ed-tech hardware companies to create online learning communities called workbenches. These workbenches foster an engaged community where users can interact with the company and with one another to share programs, lessons and experiences in order to drive interactive, hands-on learning in the classroom. In addition, the fully integrated and custom learning management system within Workbench allows teachers to assign lessons and monitor student progress.
Workbench has partnered with some of the preeminent names in the education technology field including Sphero, Parrot, and SparkFun Electronics. For more information, visit www.workbenchplatform.com.
Clever is the platform that powers technology in the classroom. Founded in 2012 by educators and technologists who knew that widely available educational apps could improve both teaching and learning, but that tools to deploy and secure the applications were simply unavailable. Today, one in three innovative K-12 schools in the U.S. trust Clever to secure their student data as they adopt learning apps in the classroom. In 2014, Clever won the 'Crystal Clear' award by the Digital Innovation Learning Awards. It is also the trusted provider of the American Federation of Teachers, who uses Clever to secure its own 'Share my Lesson' platform with its teacher members. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners, Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, and GSV Capital, Clever currently has 100 employees and is based in San Francisco, California. For more information visit www.clever.com.
Based in Boulder, CO, Sphero fuses physical, digital, and entertainment experiences to unlock the true potential of play and inspire tomorrow's creators. Sphero was founded by Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson after completing Boulder Techstars in 2010. We're now available in 80+ countries around the globe and have sold more than one million robots to date… and counting. We're here to rattle cages, ruffle feathers, and reinvent entertainment... all for the sake of inspiration and creation. It's time to defy convention and change the way the world thinks about play.
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