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Digital Learning Platform Clever Expands Footprint to Canada

The K-12 platform, used by a majority of schools throughout the U.S., has announced that its offerings are now available for schools across Canada, and adhere to many of the country’s privacy laws.

Students sitting in front of monitors in a classroom, the closest of which says “learning” on the screen with a student pointing to it.
A widely popular K-12 digital learning platform based in California has expanded its reach in North America, now offering its service in Canada.

When Clever was acquired by global ed tech company Kahoot! last year, the intention was to spread the wings of the San Francisco company to other parts of the world. Now, schools in Canada can use the tool in English, according to a news release earlier this month.

The expansion into the Great White North coincides with a moment in time when administrators and educators in the country are looking for ways to shore up student privacy, the release said. Clever’s platform, which is free to schools, offers a paid identity management tool, which launched earlier in the year.

Mildred Weiss, an ed-tech specialist in Alberta, said that schools using the platform have saved loads of time in the classroom setting up devices and troubleshooting login problems thanks to the Clever platform.

“We also have to meet the requirements for our cybersecurity insurance provider, so having Clever adds that extra layer of security that we need to protect our students,” Weiss said in the statement.

The platform follows certain privacy and security standards that adhere to laws overseeing both public and private schools in Canada which secure student data from loss as well as unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure, the release said. The company has also signed the Student Privacy Pledge, is a part of the Student Data Privacy Consortium and has the highest rating from the Common Sense Privacy Program, the release said.

In addition to security, the Clever platform provides schools a home for all digital resources used by both the educator and the students, and data is shared from the school’s student information system to securely created accounts on third-party applications, the release said.
Giovanni Albanese Jr. is a staff writer for the Center for Digital Education. He has covered business, politics, breaking news and professional soccer over his more than 15-year reporting career. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Salem State University in Massachusetts.