Ideaphora and Gooru Partner to Help Universities Improve Student Outcomes With Open Resources and Courses

Posted on November 14, 2016


Partners to develop new free offering for higher education that integrates concept mapping tools with catalog of digital content and powerful analytics

PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 14, 2016) – Despite growth in online course enrollment, higher education institutions are challenged with high attrition rates in these courses. To boost student retention in online and blended learning courses, Ideaphora has partnered with Gooru to develop a new offering for college students and universities that will increase student engagement and success in digital coursework through concept mapping and the tracking of student progress and understanding.

The new offering will combine the respective expertise from each partner. Gooru, a non-profit organization, blends powerful assessments and analytics with a catalog of learning resources to enable educators and researchers to “open-source” effective content and practice, amplifying the success of personalized learning from one classroom to all classrooms everywhere. Ideaphora’s technology deconstructs digital content into meaningful concepts for students to analyze and connect in a visual map. The Ideaphora online concept mapping platform helps educators foster students’ higher order thinking skills and assimilate information from digital content in a way that’s seamless, effective and personalized. Together, Gooru and Ideaphora will collaborate to expand Gooru’s learning navigator in service of higher education.

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Ideaphora Classroom Empowers Students to Construct Lasting Knowledge from Digital Content

Posted on September 14, 2016


New online concept mapping environment makes students’ thinking visible as they interact with digital content to support formative assessment, personalized learning

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 14, 2016) – Spending more than $3 billion on digital content, such as videos and ebooks, with plans to increase use of these materials, schools and districts need to ensure their investment yields improved learning outcomes. Today, Ideaphora launches its online concept mapping environment for classroom use, helping educators foster students’ higher order thinking skills with digital content.

According to the 2016 CoSN IT Leadership Survey, nearly 90 percent of district respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50 percent digital within the next three years. However, digital content is only transformative in the classroom when it reaches higher-order teaching and learning.

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Ideaphora Launches Concept Mapping Tool for Digital Teaching and Learning

Posted on August 2, 2016


New online concept mapping environment fosters deeper learning as students create concept maps side-by-side digital resources


PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 2, 2016) – While educators are increasingly choosing to #GoOpen, these digital materials are only transformative when they support higher-order teaching and learning. Today, Ideaphora launches its online concept mapping environment for individual use for educators and learners – from elementary to college level – to use open education resources and other digital content in ways that are immersive, effective and personalized.

Ideaphora offers the first browser-based concept mapping tool that integrates seamlessly with a wide range of digital content, including open education resources. The tool aids users in deriving lasting knowledge and critical thinking skills from digital content, such as ebooks and videos.

“Ideaphora is an effective and universal tool for teaching and learning,” said Christi Collins, second grade teacher for Wise County Public Schools in Wise, Virginia. “My students used Ideaphora to collect and organize information, visualize their thinking, brainstorm, and demonstrate understanding. Ideaphora motivated them to self-assess and improve their learning.”

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Ideaphora Secures Private Investment From BrainPOP®

Posted on June 27, 2016


New funding will be used for product development and sales support of startup’s subscription-based concept mapping tool launching this summer

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (June 27, 2016) – Ideaphora, the only provider of knowledge mapping technologies that seamlessly integrate with digital content, has raised funding from its initial partner, BrainPOP®. The investment bolsters Ideaphora’s product development and sales and marketing efforts as it prepares to launch a subscription-based online concept mapping environment. The terms of the financing were not disclosed.

Ideaphora is developing a browser-based knowledge mapping tool that will integrate with a wide range of digital content, including open education resources, for districts, schools and educators to promote higher order thinking skills. Improving students’ assimilation of digital content is critical as schools and districts increasingly transition away from print. Since releasing a beta version of its tool in the fall of 2015, Ideaphora has conducted more than 25 classroom pilots with teachers and students across the United States and the globe.

Previously, Ideaphora’s technologies were only available via the content providers with whom they partnered, such as BrainPOP. Available to BrainPOP customers, Make-a-Map™ powered by Ideaphora enables students to draw connections among concepts, images, and clips from BrainPOP educational movies. By interacting with the videos and building concept maps, students increased time on task and their understanding of the material they watched.

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Ideaphora Launches in Edmodo Spotlight

Posted on June 9, 2016


Ideaphora Integrates with Edmodo to Provide Convenience of Single Sign-on, Automatic Class Rostering

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (June 9, 2016) – Ideaphora, the only provider of knowledge mapping technologies that seamlessly integrate with digital content, is now available in Edmodo Spotlight. As a result, teachers and students can easily access Ideaphora through Edmodo’s single sign-on experience and automatic class rostering.

Edmodo users seeking to use Ideaphora in their classroom can simply click to run the application from Edmodo Spotlight and enjoy automatic and easy access. Teachers can select one or more of their classes that are already set up within the Edmodo platform to give their students access to Ideaphora and begin assigning concept mapping activities to support personalized learning. Educators can also log into Ideaphora from its home page using their Edmodo credentials.

“Teachers love Edmodo, and our partnership provides them with a seamless way to apply concept mapping in online and blending learning environments,” said Mark Oronzio, CEO and co-founder of Ideaphora. “It’s critical that students’ thinking and learning process is unimpeded by cumbersome technology.”

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Ideaphora Recognized in 8 pieces of ed tech news to note from SXSWedu 2016 by Education Dive

Posted on March 22, 2016

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Also in beta is Ideaphora‘s long-brewing standalone platform. For a refresher, the platform helps learners organize knowledge maps around digital content to demonstrate concepts learned, with key concepts autopopulated for users to drag and drop onto their map. The tool has been available to BrainPop users for some time, and co-founder and CEO Mark Oronzio told Education Dive that students created 250,000 maps in this school year alone.

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Ideaphora Announces Grants for Educators to Integrate Knowledge Mapping With Open Education Resources

Posted on March 17, 2016


Four educators will be chosen to receive grants of up to $1,500 each to incorporate knowledge mapping with OER to foster college and career readiness

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (March 16, 2016) – Ideaphora, the only provider of knowledge mapping technologies that integrate with digital education resources, is offering four grants to support innovative educators who seek to promote higher order thinking skills and deeper learning by applying concept mapping in blended learning environments. Grant recipients will earn money for attendance to a professional development conference, a yearlong subscription to Ideaphora, and the opportunity to publish their work and insights.

One grant of $1,500 and three grants of $500 will be awarded to educators who demonstrate creativity, innovative teaching methods and the ability to foster students’ critical thinking. To apply, educators must submit lesson plans and examples of student work using Ideaphora that illustrate how they’ve paired the pedagogical approach of knowledge mapping with digital content, in particular open education resources, such as Wikipedia articles and YouTube education videos. Applicants also must explain the teaching and learning outcomes of their lesson.

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Ideaphora recognized in 9 ed tech developments to note from ISTE 2015 by Education Dive

Posted on July 8, 2015

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We were first introduced to Ideaphora‘s knowledge-mapping tool earlier this year at SXSWedu. While it’s still most notably integrated into BrainPOP’s platform, where it’s expected to see a few new updates roll out in the coming months, an announcement with more details for a standalone version on Edmodo is expected to come at Edmodocon. The standalone is compatible with YouTube videos and PDFs, with PowerPoint presentation and HTML page compatibility in the works. Ideaphora is also in integration talks with several states that have curated content libraries.   Click for More Information

Ideaphora’s New Technology Applies Knowledge Mapping to Digital Content for Deeper Learning

Posted on June 29, 2015


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Startup launches first knowledge mapping environment for students and teachers that integrates seamlessly with the growing array of digital education content

PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) June 29, 2015
More schools are shelving print materials and converting to digital education content, such as videos and ebooks, as it becomes increasingly available and accessible. Yet, students often have difficulty assimilating information derived from these resources that are passively consumed. To foster deeper learning, Ideaphora, a provider of knowledge mapping technologies for digital education, is launching a browser-based tool for individual teacher and student use that works side-by-side with any online content for unprecedented convenience and focused learning.

Ideaphora is the first knowledge mapping environment that integrates seamlessly with digital content. Knowledge mapping is a proven instructional strategy that educators have used in the classroom for years, but previous tools were limited to pen and paper or software that’s overly complex or disparate from the content – none of which enable educators to maximize the rich learning opportunities afforded by today’s digital education resources.
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Ideaphora Selected to Participate in GSVlabs EdTech Innovation Lab

Posted on June 17, 2015

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With its early success, Ideaphora was chosen by GSVlabs to be a part of a special community of promising edtech startups and receive mentorship, support.

PORTLAND (June 17, 2015) – Ideaphora, the only provider of knowledge mapping technologies that integrate with digital education resources, has earned a place among other rising startups in the prestigious and in-demand Innovation Labs program from GSVlabs. The edtech startup, which has garnered early success partnering with companies such as BrainPOP, will receive mentorship and the support of a community of innovative companies, business leaders and investors.

“We’re honored to be selected to participate in this valuable program from GSVlabs,” said Mark Oronzio, CEO and co-founder of Ideaphora. “This recognition demonstrates the long-term impact of our technology in education as a catalyst for critical thinking and deeper learning in the classroom and beyond.”
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