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"We don't build widgets, we build learners"
Education is the ultimate community endeavor. It combines parents, administrators, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, product providers, and the learners themselves - all playing various critical roles. We believe it needs community support to ensure success. The A4L Community has united education technology end users and providers in an unprecedented effort to give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach.
"One offs" and "flavor of the day" cannot continue to be the normal operational pattern in education. Think about if we let each homebuilder put in their own flavor of electrical wiring and outlets in each house they build. That does not work in home building and it does not work in education! What is needed is a set of agreed upon "rules of the road" for what products have to at least reach to allow for the leveraging of critical education resources. SIF stands for the Systems Interoperability Framework (or Schools Interoperability Framework in North America). The openly and collaboratively built SIF Implementation Specifications enable diverse applications to interact and share learning information efficiently, reliably, and securely regardless of the platform hosting those application. It is not a product.
Make sure you ask your software application providers if they develop to 'open standards' so that they can interoperate with other applications, thereby 'future-proofing' your investments.
The A4L Community advocates and promotes the SIF Specification which is:
For additional help and information, why not consider joining the A4L Community?
As a member you can access additional support from our Staff and Community members, gain full access to the Community Site and get involved in specific areas of interest to you, get discounted registration at our events, and help to define the SIF Specification to meet YOUR needs!