Southlake’s eDynamic Learning, a leading North American provider of digital curriculum for electives and career and technical education courses for schools, has acquired Thinking Media, the company behind Learning Blade and Ready for Industry.
eDynamic Learning said this is its fourth industry acquisition, furthering expanding access for students and teachers to industry-leading career exploration curriculum and a growing suite of college and career readiness tools.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
“Learning Blade and Ready for Industry offer an impactful expansion of the tools and resources from eDynamic Learning to further support our mission of guiding students’ passion to purpose,” eDymanic Learning President and CEO Jerry Wooden said in a statement. “By reaching learners at pivotal stages of their academic development, we can guide them to visualize and prepare for their futures and ultimately, enter the workforce ready for success with the necessary knowledge, skills, and certifications for a wide range of industries.”
Learning Blade engages middle school students in STEM
The company said that Learning Blade introduces students in grades five through nine to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), CTE, and computer science careers through interactive and engaging online tools via “mission”-based storylines.
Students work together in teams to accomplish goals and explore more than 100 careers by completing more than 400 online lessons, project-based lessons, and presentations. Parent resources, 3D printing, and design thinking lesson plans are also provided.
Learning Blade’s newly released Introduction to Coding course is widely used to introduce computer science to middle school students.
Preparing students for high-demand careers
The innovative Ready for Industry (RFI) platform creates a career bridge for learners by providing essential industry knowledge for the five highest-demand industries across the country: healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, construction, and logistics, eDynamic Learning said.
Designed to address career preparedness and awareness, RFI provides 20-hour courses suited for high schools, community and technical colleges, and adult education programs, the company said. The program has also worked in collaboration with National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) to create an industry-recognized credential program in all five industries, the company said.
“By joining eDynamic Learning, more students and adults will have the ability to discover and better prepare for high-demand careers that align to their interests and meet the needs of the workforce. With this new relationship and our successful statewide strategy, we are excited to have more support allowing even more states and organizations to have access to these innovative tools.” Sheila Boyington, co-founder of Learning Blade and Ready for Industry, said in a statement.
eDynamic Learning materials used in over one-third of U.S. high schools
eDynamic Learning is the K-12 publishing industry’s largest provider of college and career readiness solutions. It offers online courses for grades 5-12 with more than 250 career-focused elective and career technical education courses.
eDynamic Learning is a leading provider of simulation-based educational content with over one-third of all U.S. high schools using the Knowledge Matters- Virtual Business line of simulations, the company said.
SAI Interactive, which does business as Thinking Media, has been an Inc. 5000 company for the past two years and was named Small Business of the Year by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.
It was founded by Sheila and Dr. Dane Boyington, who have developed a series of innovative tools for the education technology field.
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