GG4L facilitates affordable and secure data exchanges between its members. To achieve its goals, GG4L offers four solutions:
- GG4L Connect,
- GG4L Compass,
- School Passport, and
- GG4L Catalyst Catalog.
The organization also provides sponsored grants to support initiatives based on Safer Schools and Future-Proof Skills.
GG4L Connect is a data integration platform that secures exchanges between different information services. The GG4L Connect Platform offers pre-built, standards-based integrations to many of the SISs, data warehouses, and edtech applications. APIs and developer kits support custom integrations.
GG4L School Passport is an SSO service that is an additional layer on top of GG4L Connect. School Passport helps school districts securely and cost-effectively distribute GG4L-compliant applications and content to students and staff using standards-based SSO, identity management (IDM), and identity federation services. School Passport can work with any school’s or LMS, SIS, third-party applications, and devices.
GG4L Compass provides analytics to help schools measure the usage, effectiveness, and overall impact of solutions and programs. The solution tracks the use of digital content and resources through the Passport Managed Access service. It then reports on student outcomes and the use of digital resources by correlating content to usage.
GG4L Catalyst matches funding available from GG4L Sponsors with GG4L Member Schools who wish to deploy edtech solutions as part of a sponsored GG4L Impact Initiative. Using Catalyst, the GG4L team provides end-to-end program management starting with initial funding and continuing throughout the program life cycle until it is completed and validated.
GG4L initiatives are sponsor-funded programs that allow developers to deploy education technology that addresses specific problems and measures the effectiveness of technology in schools. The GG4L Impact Team creates initiatives in close consultation with sponsors and schools, which help schools implement and manage 1 and 3-year impact initiatives.
The Safer Schools Initiative, led by, GG4L and McREL, is a grant available worldwide that is focused on edtech applications that support a safer school environment to enable teaching and learning. Solutions range across 7 research-based domains:
- campus security,
- physical health and wellness,
- emotional and behavioral health,
- emergency preparedness and management,
- digital safety,
- community engagement, and
- healthy school and district culture.
“Future-Proof Skills” is a new strategic impact initiative centered around STEAM and business education along with career readiness, validation, and inventory for schools worldwide. The initiative aims to attract edtech vendors, content publishers, corporate sponsors, education foundations, and research organizations which focus on STEAM and Business Skills, pathways to higher education, and specialized careers to solve the anticipated future shortage in various skill sets.
Similar to the Safer Schools Impact initiative, Future Proof Skills aims to create a validated framework for a continuous improvement process that needs to be adopted by schools worldwide. Future-Proof Skills will ensure that schools are preparing a future workforce that is ready to tackle new and emerging opportunities in various new fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Robotics, and Cybersecurity.
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- If I work with Edlink will I automatically be OneRoster/LTI/Clever (etc) Certified?
- The Challenges of Using the LTI Standard for K12 and Higher Ed LMS Integrations
- The History of LTI
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