Education leaders collaborate to support openness, standards and interoperability
Irvine, CA, & Mountain View, CA. (June 25, 2018) – Illuminate Education, a leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), today announced it has been certified as a Google for Education Premier Partner. As part of the partnership, Illuminate Education also selected Google Cloud Platform to power the Illuminate EIP. The collaboration will create interoperability with Google Classroom, streamlined navigation for users, and enhanced insights to drive personalized learning.
As a Google for Education Premier Partner, Illuminate Education is integrating its entire suite of products into the Google Cloud ecosystem, including full support of Google for Education productivity tools. The collaboration will focus on these key components:
- Google Cloud Platform (GCP) – Illuminate has selected GCP as its cloud platform provider and will be migrating its solutions to GCP. Google Cloud Platform, the same platform powering Google Search and YouTube, provides a secure, reliable, high-performance infrastructure with powerful data and analytics capabilities.
- Integration of Google Classroom – Illuminate users will enjoy single sign-on, direct links to Illuminate’s Data & Assessment platform within Google Classroom’s interface, and syncs from Illuminate to Google Cloud around gradebook and assessment results to provide greater interoperability between the two systems. Educators will be able to connect learning activities in Classroom with assessments from Illuminate to create a more comprehensive learning experience.
- Support for Chromebooks – This includes: (1) Full integration of online assessment and learning solutions for students. (2) Secure browsing during testing. (3) Immediate feedback via integration with Illuminate’s Lightning Grader scanning application.
- Machine Learning and Analytics – By combining Google Cloud’s advanced software tools and cutting edge TensorFlow Processing Units with Illuminate’s learning data, Illuminate’s ability to analyze big data sets and drive key predictive insights into student learning and performance will be enhanced.
“The integration between Illuminate and Google Cloud is going to be a game changer and is exactly what we asked for,” said Margaux Cruz, instructional technology teacher on special assignment at Alta Loma School District. “Assignments, assessments and grades will flow between the two systems and make life easier for both teachers and students as they feel like they are living in one platform. I can’t wait to see what else comes out of this partnership.”
Illuminate Education is building additional online assessment support for Chromebooks, including integration of the Respondus LockDown Browser, an industry standard for web-based test security. Illuminate also enabled full Chromebook support for Lightning Grader, Illuminate’s paper/pencil scanning and scoring solution, by utilizing the Chromebook camera to instantly score scan sheets. This provides immediate feedback for teachers on student performance.
“We are thrilled to welcome Illuminate as a Google for Education Premier Technology Partner,” said Emma Fish, head of Google for Education Business Development. “Illuminate’s use of Google Cloud will power data analytics and drive insights into their data sets, enhancing student learning and performance. The collaboration will also save Classroom and Illuminate users time and allow them to interact seamlessly with the two platforms.”
“We’re excited to extend Illuminate’s ‘all-the-data’ concept with Google Cloud Platform because it enables more options for personalized learning and unparalleled insights,” said Bryan MacDonald, chief technology officer at Illuminate Education. “We strive to provide a whole-child perspective so that educators can make the most informed decisions. This partnership will equip educators with better tools to inspire students and close achievement gaps.”
To learn more about the details of the partnership, visit illuminateed.com/google.
About Illuminate Education
Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K-12 software and services. An educator perspective drives all of Illuminate’s solutions, which are designed to maximize instructional time, streamline educator tasks and support data-driven decision-making. Illuminate’s award-winning Education Intelligence Platform consists of a product suite featuring data, assessments, student information, special education and reporting. Illuminate serves more than 1,600 school districts and over 5.4 million users including students, parents, teachers and administrators. Learn more at illuminateed.com.