Benchmark Education is transforming education for the digital age through custom eLearning development in the classroom. As a premier educational publisher, Benchmark Education is on a mission to support all students with the tools they need to succeed including struggling readers, gifted and on-level students, students with learning disabilities, and those still mastering English as a second language.
By developing educational software and delivering innovative web and mobile applications for teachers, administrators, and parents, Benchmark Education is making its mark as one of the rising leaders in the ed-tech space.
What did the customer need?
Benchmark was looking to scale up their eLearning curriculum development and knew they wanted an outsourced technology partner who could support their internal technical team. They hoped that additional engineering resources would help them get more software products out to market within a short period of time and allow them to surpass their competition.
One of the first eLearning development solutions they wanted to create was “ePlanner”, a flexible planning tool that would integrate with some of their existing online programs to help educational professionals organize and update curriculums and lesson plans.
What was our approach?
The Spiral Scout team began by quickly working to gain a deeper understanding of what Benchmark did as a company and what their business goals were. We assembled a top-tier team of eLearning app developers who could lend their specialized expertise and experience in building the ePlanner tool.
Our team worked closely with the internal Benchmark Education software development team as well as Benchmark product owners who helped provide direction for their digital dream. In addition to allowing teachers to create, edit, view, and delete individual or group lesson plans, ePlanner featured a calendar component with a sophisticated search option. A unique drag and drop interface also let users easily move lessons to different dates (i.e. for holidays or weather cancellations).
While the majority of our work was done remotely from our Minsk offices, we regularly visited the Benchmark team at their offices in New Rochelle, New York. We worked seamlessly together to build out desktop and iPad versions of ePlanner as well as put together documentation to share with other Benchmark departments. This helped with organization and getting sign-off from major stakeholders.
How did we do?
Will R., the Director of Business Development at Benchmark, shared his team’s feedback saying, "Spiral Scout is very reliable, has strong communication skills, and is on top of timelines. They are by far the best outsourcing experience that we have had, both because of their technical competency and their investment in the work."
Lithium as SAAS, Spiral Framework, MongoDB, PHP5, Backbone.js, Twitter Bootstrap, Less.js