Wolfram Offers Next Innovation in Education Technology with Wolfram Education Portal
January 18, 2012—Wolfram today announced the launch of the Wolfram Education Portal, providing teachers and students alike with a new way to integrate technology into learning.
The Wolfram Education Portal, available at education.wolfram.com, comes equipped with dynamic teaching tools and materials such as an interactive textbook, lesson plans aligned to the common core standards, and many other supplemental materials for courses, including Demonstrations, widgets, and videos, all built by Wolfram education experts.
"Wolfram has long been a trusted name in education, as the creators of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Wolfram Demonstrations Project," says Crystal Fantry, Senior Education Specialist at Wolfram. "We have created some of the most dynamic teaching and learning tools available, and the Wolfram Education Portal offers the best of all of these technologies to teachers and students in one place."
The Education Portal, currently in Beta, contains full materials for Algebra and partial materials for Calculus, but will continue to grow and improve. Wolfram plans to expand the Education Portal to include community features, problem generators, web-based course apps, and the ability to create personalized content.
Wolfram developed the interactive textbook by working with the CK-12 Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission to produce free and open-source K–12 materials aligned to state curriculum standards and customized to meet student and teacher needs. The available Algebra textbook takes CK-12's Algebra I FlexBook and makes it dynamic with Wolfram technologies, including Wolfram|Alpha widgets, Wolfram|Alpha links, interactive Demonstrations created in Mathematica, and the Computable Document Format (CDF).
Wolfram has a longstanding commitment to providing educators and students with the highest quality products and materials to enhance the learning experience. These resources include Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, CDF, the Demonstrations Project, and Computer-Based Math, as well as Course Assistant Apps. Each Course Assistant App is custom-designed specifically for today's popular courses, using an intuitive interface that guides users through the coursework to help solve problems, not just give answers.
CK-12 currently provides free STEM content for middle and high school. Offerings include FlexBooks® digital textbooks, an SAT prep site, and an interactive Algebra 1 curriculum. CK-12 is in the process of providing a next-generation system for learner-focused features like guided learning, analytics, and feedback for students. To learn more, visit CK12.org.
For more information and to explore the Wolfram Education Portal, pleasevisit the website.