Schoology has announced the release of its open Application Programming Interface (API), developer platform and public content network at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference taking place June 24-27 in San Diego. The Schoology API and developer platform allows third-parties to interact with, and extend, the features and functionality found in Schoology, including the ability to build applications that run directly on the Schoology platform.
For the more than 20,000 schools and districts that deploy Schoology as its preferred learning management system (LMS), the new public API and developer toolkit allows districts to scale and customize Schoology to meet their individual needs. The API appeals to individual developers and leading independent software vendors (ISVs) servicing the education market. Popular third-party applications like Blackboard CollaborateT and Turnitin® are now applications that live and run directly within the Schoology platform.
"We recognized early on that it would be impossible to develop every possible feature or learning resource ourselves," said Jeremy Friedman, Founder and CEO of Schoology. "We believe in the efficiency and quality of community driven content and industry collaboration and are dedicated to providing others with the tools and environment that makes learning together easy and rewarding."
The Schoology application platform will be generally available at the start of the new school year with applications from more than 20 preferred partners, including Turnitin, Blackboard Collaborate, Desmos, LearningStation, Remind101, SchoolTube, Symbaloo, VirtualNerd, iMeet, GoAnimate and others. Custom-built applications using the Schoology API will be featured and promoted in the Schoology App Marketplace and among its highly engaged user-base of more than one million educators, students and administrators.
Schoology is also announcing a new collaborative platform for creating and sharing content. Now educators can share and collaborate by topic, grade-level, common core, state standards, etc. Third-party content such as Khan Academy is now directly integrated into Schoology. In addition to its search capabilities and category filters, the new public content feature lets users rate the material and offer useful feedback to the community. Educators can also save content in their private resource area for future use, or embed content directly into a class with one click.