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October 11, 2012

EverFi Demonstrates Universal Authentication Solution at the White House's 'Education Datapalooza'

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

EverFi, Inc., an education technology company for critical skills, recently demonstrated its universal authentication solution at the White House's "Education Datapalooza," an event that provides platform for innovators and entrepreneurs who use freely available data to build products, services, and apps. The solution was demonstrated by EverFi CTO, Adam Wenchel in the opening session of the White House event.

"At EverFi, we are huge data nerds, and we closely examine how much time our teachers and students spend in every part of our learning platform," said Wenchel. "The average EverFi teacher spends 12 minutes managing student accounts in a 50-minute class period, and the usability of our system is above average. EverFi's goal is to help all teachers spend less time troubleshooting login issues so they can focus on student learning."

The universal authentication solution is developed by EverFi in collaboration with Mozilla (News - Alert) and North Carolina's Anson County School District. With the solution, students can log onto the EverFi platform and other online education systems using a single login backed by their existing Anson County e-mail address.

"Until now, every seventh grader in Anson County had to remember eight different logins," said Anson County Superintendent Dr. Greg Firn. "Adopting EverFi's single authentication technology was remarkably easy, and now teachers can see all of a student's digital learning badges in one place, not scattered across eight systems. Universal authentication is the foundation for a lot of great interoperability."

Recently, Cardinal Bank certified 200 participants in the EverFi program at a North Virginia High School. The course was available, free of charge, in 60 North Virginia Schools thanks to a partnership between Cardinal Bank, the Genworth Foundation, North Virginia's State Department of Education and a variety of not-for-profit and school district-affiliated organizations. These organizations work together in order to provide teachers with the training they require in order to successfully implement and maintain the program for students.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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