East Lansing company launches online learning, assessment platform

EAST LANSING—CrossBraining LLC, a digital storytelling and assessment services provider, announced the launch of its platform, an experiential learning and assessment solution for K-12, career and technical students, as well as for corporate education and training.

Also launched are free online lessons for the millions of students now at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CrossBraining provides a multidisciplinary approach for teaching and learning, allowing users to capture their learning process through 45-second video storytelling in the classroom or through remote learning. The platform offers project-based learning activities that enable students to capture video with the use of GoPro and other digital cameras.

“As a former teacher of 22 years, I personally understand traditional testing may not always suit every student’s ability to demonstrate their knowledge,” said Josh Nichols, the company’s founder and CEO. “Our edtech platform was created with that in mind and was designed to empower all learning styles and needs, while also building confidence by bringing real-life concepts to the classroom.”

The cloud-based management platform offers both a teacher and student dashboard. Through the CrossBraining interface, educators can create new lessons that house the necessary details, overview, and goals for each assignment within minutes.

CrossBraining’s built-in digital editing functionality takes the hassle out of video editing, thereby allowing students to easily record and upload their final video product while remaining focused on the lesson. Educators are able to quickly gauge and monitor students’ status at any stage of the assignment to ensure they’re progressing sufficiently or step in to assist if needed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 55.1 million students have been sent home from the classroom. With that in mind, GoPro and CrossBraining are working together to provide free educational lessons for parents and teachers to use for students while they are homeschooling. Lessons can be found on the CrossBraining website, here: https://lessons.crossbraining.com/.

As part of the GoPro #HomePro challenge, the two companies are encouraging educators to share their homeschool lesson plans to social media using the #GoPro and #HomePro hashtags and tagging @CrossBraining. If a lesson plan is picked, that person will be awarded the new GoPro HERO8 Black camera and a year’s subscription to CrossBraining.

“The active learning philosophy of CrossBraining aligns perfectly with GoPro,” said Rick Loughery, vice president of global marketing and communications, GoPro. “We want people to use our cameras to capture and tell stories through unique perspectives that you can only get with a GoPro camera. Whether it is putting it inside a two-liter bottle rocket to show force-in-motion or strapping it to a wooden car to give kids a fun way to show the basics of inertia, GoPro cameras enable new perspectives for students and educators to document learning.”

CrossBraining already serves approximately 7,000 users in the United States. Additionally, through the CrossBraining platform, educators also have access to the ‘CB Community,’ a repository of free lesson plans and resources from other like-minded educators to leverage and build on in their own classrooms.

More at www.crossbraining.com.

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