Product Certification Provides Transparency to EdTech Marketplace
June 16, 2021 | Washington, D.C. – BSD Education has earned the Research-Based Design Product Certification from Digital Promise. The Product Certification serves as a rigorous, reliable signal for district and school administrators, educators, and families looking for evidence of research-based edtech products that are based in research about learning.
BSD submitted evidence to Digital Promise confirming a link between research on how students learn and the product’s design.
“I’m extremely proud of my team for this tremendous achievement,” said Mark Barnett, BSD Vice President of Education. “This certification recognizes the thoughtfulness put into our platform and the pedagogical foundation that allows it to be the most impactful edtech tool it can be.”
“Educators and researchers continue to uncover important insights about how people learn,” said Christina Luke Luna, senior director of lifelong learning pathways at Digital Promise. “Digital Promise’s Research-Based Design Product Certification recognizes the edtech products that incorporate research about learning into their design and development. Congratulations to BSD Education for demonstrating that research informs product design!”
Through Product Certifications, consumers can narrow their options as they select products based on research about learning before trying it out in their classrooms. Digital Promise launched the Research-Based Design Product Certification in February 2020 and has certified 50 products to date.
The Research-Based Design Product Certification uses a competency-based learning framework, developed in consultation with Digital Promise’s Learner Variability Project advisory board, expert researchers in the Learning Sciences field, and nearly 50 educators across the United States. Further detail about its development can be found in Digital Promise’s report, “Designing Edtech that Matters for Learning: Research-Based Design Product Certifications.”
All developers, educators, edtech investors, and families are also encouraged to sign the Research-Based Product Promise and demand high-quality, research-driven products that support each unique learner. More information on Digital Promise’s Product Certifications can be found at productcertifications.digitalpromise.org.
ABOUT BSD (BUILD SOMETHING DIFFERENT) EDUCATION
BSD Education designs, develops and delivers programs of learning for digital skills, enabling teachers to bring real world technology education to every classroom. This is achieved by providing a project-based technology curriculum for 8-18 year olds that is delivered through an online learning platform with comprehensive training and year round support available. Programs are mapped to a range of international standards and can be implemented immediately by teachers with no prior technology experience. With curriculum for technology courses, all core subjects, career related study and after school and technology camps, BSD can be used by all teachers to give their students the essential technology skills and mindsets to succeed in the future. To stay connected, “Like”, “Follow” and “Share” #BSDeducation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.