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OpenEd Announces All-Star Board of Directors

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LOS GATOS, Calif., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenEd (, the largest K-12 educational resource catalog, announced today the formation of its board which now includes Dr. Richard Ferguson as chairman, and Marc Randolph.

Richard Ferguson's career in education spans more than five decades and includes teaching at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. His 38-year career at ACT, sponsor of the most widely used college readiness test, included responsibility for the organization's development and research units. He was president and CEO of ACT for 22 years. Dr. Ferguson's deep background in educational research and testing affirms OpenEd's commitment to providing highly effective, research-based resources for teachers and students.

"OpenEd provides a unique array of formative assessments, instructional programs and analytical tools," said Dr. Richard Ferguson. "OpenEd's user-friendly platform collectively empowers teachers and school administrators to help individual students achieve national college-ready standards."

Marc Randolph was co-founder of Netflix, serving as their founding CEO, as the executive producer of their web site, and as a member of their board of directors. Prior to founding Netflix, Marc was on the founding team of more than half a dozen other successful start-ups.

"Having worked with Netflix, it's intriguing to see the principle of video recommendation being applied to education," said Marc Randolph. "I'm looking forward to working with OpenEd to assist in driving awareness of this great service amoung teachers, administrators, parents and students. I am thrilled to join OpenEd's board and look forward to working with its management team and staff to accomplish its mission."

OpenEd holds the largest K-12 educational resource catalog with the most Common Core aligned videos, games and assessments. OpenEd's unique education recommendation engine determines just the right resource to use for any learning standard and any student. All of this is exposed open source with an open API now used by many edtech companies including Knowmia, Nutmeg Education and Edcite.

"It's an honor to have this braintrust guiding OpenEd," said Adam Blum, CEO and co-founder of OpenEd. "Dr. Richard Ferguson's knowledge of K-12 assessments is unparalleled and Marc Randolph brings a wealth of experience in marketing, along with true expertise from Netflix in consumer media consumption and recommendation engines."

With the largest catalog of standard-aligned videos and games - all curated by educators - OpenEd provides teachers and parents with a free, simple tool to find videos, games and assessments that enliven lesson plans and aid students in class or at home. OpenEd provides teachers with powerful content to refresh their lesson plans, blend media content into classroom lectures and aid students with their work in class or at home.

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About OpenEd
OpenEd was founded in 2012 with the goal of enabling teachers to have access to the best educational resources for their students, with a focus on finding the right resources to teach Common Core standards. To do this, OpenEd has built the world's largest catalog of educational videos, games and assessments. OpenEd is committed to keeping all content available free to all educators worldwide. For more info visit

Anders Steele