Center for Collaborative Classroom Updates Mobile Apps

A nonprofit that helped introduce the concept of social-emotional development into education has teamed up with an educational technology company to update its software. The Center for the Collaborative Classroom recently began working with Werkz Publishing to enhance CCC Access Pro, the Center's mobile app for its Learning Portal.

Since its founding in 1980, the center has evolved into a consultative organization that produces programs and books for helping teachers become facilitators in helping children gain social-emotional and other skills. The Learning Portal was launched last year to help teachers corral and manage program resources and student "reproducibles," create and share digital assessments and reports and get communications, updates and instructional pacing notifications. The portal also offers a dashboard for viewing district data at varying levels of granularity.

The Werkz Publishing platform, PageWerkz, is intended to facilitate the conversion of print content to digital, including building in interactivity; it also include learning management functionality for scheduling and distributing content.

The Center's mobile app, which has both iOS and Android editions, hosts digital versions of all printed manuals and their components. The updated version offers an improved user interface and a new note-taking function that works across devices, letting educators access materials and previously entered notes across their devices. Also, teachers can access their materials in online and offline mode and do searches on what they need on the run.

The updates were done using PageWerkz, whose use "made it easy for us to transform written materials into digital books that can be quickly distributed to teachers everywhere, helping us to deliver education resources on best-in-class technology," said the center's Chief Technology Officer, Tim Millen, in a statement. "PageWerkz integrates flawlessly with our proprietary learning portal, protects our intellectual property and simplifies device management."

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.