Learn360 Brings Streaming Media to K-12 Education


School Specialty Media has launched a new streaming media service targeted specifically toward K-12 education. Dubbed Learn360, the service provides streaming video and audio, as well as still images, including premium content from National Geographic. The service was tested in New Jersey over the fall semester and is now available nationally.

Learn360 is built around School Specialty Media's Sunburst Visual Media. According to the company, it includes content from a wide range of media publishers, including National Geographic, PBS, Goldhil Entertainment, Standard Deviants, Mazzarella Companies, Monterey Media, Rock the SAT, Lou Reda Productions, Allegro Productions, Twin Sisters, and others. Subscriptions provide access to all content, including premium content from PBS and National Geographic. New content will be added on a regular basis.

Streaming video is available in a choice of formats, including QuickTime, Flash, and Windows Media. Audio files come in MP3 format, and still images are available as JPEGs. School Specialty Media said that content is compatible with existing media services.

In addition to providing third-party content, Learn360 also allows educators (and students) to upload their own media, which can then be accessed through the system.

For administrators, the system also includes a customizable module for adding locations and users, setting user roles, adding media and thumbnails, and generating reports through a report wizard.

Other features include:

  • Online professional development resources;
  • A Help Center with Flash-based tutorials;
  • Technical support resources, including e-mail help;
  • Video previews;
  • Classroom activities; and
  • Alignment to state standards through a partnership with Academic Benchmarks.

Learn360 is available now. Pricing varies and can be set at district or school levels through annual subscriptions.

School Specialty Media is exhibiting at the FETC conference Jan. 22 through 25 in booth 1268. More information is available at the links below.

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