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OpenEd Releases Public API for Common Core Resource Catalog

Ed tech developer OpenEd has released a new API that allows anyone to tap into its catalog of more than 250,000 standards-aligned digital resources for K-12.

OpenEd is a free online resource launched last month that aims to be the largest teacher-curated catalog of Common Core-aligned videos and games on the Internet. It provides a searchable database of multimedia resources, a recommendation engine, and the ability to create playlists. It also includes an integrated, free LMS that educators can use for creating courses and organizing their materials. (It works with third-party learning management systems as well).

"While building OpenEd we noticed that there were few tools and APIs available for accessing resources on learning standards," said Lisa Blum, vice president of marketing at OpenEd, in a prepared statement. "This made our job much harder, but also made us see that other EdTech products could use access to Common Core aligned resources. If you are an EdTech company with a need for API access to our resource catalog or just want to use parts of our website code, we want to help you."

At present, several education technology developers — including Nutmeg Education, Edcite, uClass, Blendspace and Themeefy — are working to integrate OpenEd into their offerings, according to OpenEd.

"Using OpenEd's API is an enormous opportunity for a startup like Nutmeg. Access to resources on this scale has, until now, only been reserved for companies willing to work with some of the major publishers," said Jonathan Modica, founder and CEO of Nutmeg Education. "Because of OpenEd, we don't need to go down that path. The API offers an incredible amount of resources and was extremely easy for our team to integrate in to our system."

The full source code for the API is available now on GitHub. The API as been released under an MIT License. Complete details about the new API can be found on opened.io.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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