What a Difference a Year Makes: Celebrating 50k schools!

By Kevin Acocella on

A year ago, Clever was a 40-person team working with 31,000 K-12 schools. There were about 100 learning apps on the Clever platform then. Fast-forward to today, and Clever is 100-people strong! Now we’re helping 50,000 schools (more than a third of the K-12 schools in the country) connect with more than 200 of the best learning apps around.

A new commitment to diversity and inclusion from Kapor Capital

By Kevin Acocella on

As I type ‘Silicon Valley diversity…’ into a Google search bar, guess which word the search engine suggests next? ‘Problem.’ But what about diversity solutions? That word doesn’t come up as a suggestion at all – and comes up less than it should offline as well. That’s why Clever is so proud to announce our support – and commitment – to a great step in the right direction.

Training the Trainers: Preparing for Personal Development

By Brett van Zuiden on

It feels like Back to School was just yesterday, but with the new year, it’s already time to start looking ahead to one of the most critical things applications can do to ensure success in the classroom—Professional Development (PD).

Clever is excited to help apps plan now for how to best support new themes that will be on teachers’ minds for the 2016-2017 school year. Let’s take a look…

Google Apps + Clever Instant Login

By Cat Kamireddy on

One of the best parts of working at Clever is talking to our schools and applications. It’s always awesome to see all the different ways technology is used in classrooms across the country.

But as we talked with more districts, we discovered a finicky problem—schools that use Google Apps but don’t have Google as their identity provider didn’t have a good one-size-fits-all solution to access all of their software. And there are a lot of districts that use Google apps.

What We’re Reading: December Education News of Note

By Kevin Acocella on

Even with the holidays in full swing, it was a busy month for education news. Every Student Succeeds passed, Arne Duncan stepped down and the experts took a look back at the year that was. Check out a few of our favorites below. We’d love to know how our readers think about these topics and encourage you to post your thoughts in the comments section!

Debating technology for our youngest of learners

By Kevin Acocella on

“The technology skills our first grader is developing from using the tablet will be as obsolete in the future as the software she is learning on it.” This was one of the more attention-grabbing points made by a concerned parent in a letter published by the Baltimore Sun in January titled ‘Baltimore County Schools Tech Initiative Fails Young Learners.’

December Product Notes

By Cat Kamireddy on

Just in time for the holidays, Clever’s released a feature for districts and applications to get a head start on connections for the 2016-17 school year, as well as a new way for districts to let us know what applications they want to see on Clever.