School Fuel announced today the launch of its first mobile learning platform designed for K-12 schools and organizations.
School Fuel provides customized app and resource libraries aligned to Common Core Standards helping schools deliver the right apps to the right students at the right time - on any device. At launch, School Fuel provides nearly 1,000 free curated iOS and Android applications. Participating schools have immediate access to this quality app library and can easily add additional apps and digital learning resources to share with students.
Schools using the popular Google Apps for Education solution can install a free version of School Fuel from the Google Apps Marketplace.
“With over 1.5 million mobile apps, smart phones and tablets present infinite opportunities for learning, yet the world of apps, e-books and digital textbooks are not organized for learning,” said Matt Mervis, Co-Founder and CIO of School Fuel. “School Fuel delivers a powerful yet lightweight platform to discover, manage and deploy the best apps for learning.“
How It Works
School Fuel helps teachers uncover, manage and distribute the best tools for learning. From the School Fuel administration console, educators populate app and resource libraries based on subject areas, grade levels and Common Core standards. Students then quickly access these apps, files, digital texts and links on nearly any device, including phones and tablets.
Educators Need Help Finding Great Apps for Learning
iPads and mobile learning tools are seeing rapid adoption in US schools, with iPad sales alone nearly doubling in the last year. According to a recent Pew study, nearly 75% of youths between ages 12-17 use cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices to access apps and the Internet. “As our schools move quickly to adopt iPads, Android tablets and encourage BYOD, it was clear that we needed support finding, managing and deploying great apps for learning,” said Dr. Peter Dillon, Superintendent, Berkshire Hills Regional School District. “School Fuel helps our teachers deliver apps, ebooks, files and videos that drive student success.”
Bring Your Own Device With School Fuel Puts Learning at the Center
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) makes it difficult to get a common set of high quality tools to students given the wide range of phones, tablets and other mobile devices students bring into the classroom. Designed with BYOD in mind, School Fuel lets teams deploy a common set of apps and resources to students on their own devices anywhere.
“While BYOD presents a great way for schools to increase technology access and reduce cost, it is difficult to organize mobile resources for learning and get everyone on the same page,” said Deb Socia, Executive Director, Tech Goes Home. “School Fuel has been a great tool for us to put apps at the center of our work and increase engagement with students and parents.”
About School Fuel
School Fuel is a privately held company co-founded by Matt Mervis and Robi Kellerman. Started in 2012, School Fuel is the first in a series of product offerings focused on accelerating mobile learning in education. The School Fuel team includes experienced educators and technologists who bring over 20 years of experience working in learning and technology. With offices in South Egremont, MA and New York, NY, School Fuel is currently forming partnerships with schools and organizations seeking to leverage mobile learning in order to accelerate student success.