JibJab Bros. Studios has launched StoryBots Classroom, a free resource for educators that includes hundreds of videos, books, and activities for use on interactive whiteboards, tablets, and laptops in the classroom. The product also includes the newly released StoryBots Math Skills, an extensive collection of kindergarten-level, standards-aligned math games and lessons. Teachers can gain free access to the platform by applying to the StoryBots Educator Network. StoryBots leverages JibJab's Starring You personalization technology to allow children to see themselves dancing and singing onscreen along with their favorite StoryBots characters. In addition to the classroom-ready activities, StoryBots offers Teacher Tools—including Class Roster, Lesson Planner, and Group Builder—to help educators manage their classroom and create customized plans that best suit their students’ unique needs.
Educational technology research and development will gain additional levels of perspective with Digital Promise’s launch of the Center for Inclusive Innovation. The goal is to bring in communities of color to participate as “co-creators and collaborators” in educational innovation.