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Chicago-based Big Things Inc., a developer of online communities and learning technologies, has sold its social learning platform, MashPlant, to The Source for Learning, a Reston, Virginia-based nonprofit providing quality educational resources to teachers and students.

MashPlant is the only social learning platform that allows students to create, collaborate, learn, and share classroom projects in any digital media format in a certified safe, COPPA-compliant environment.

“We launched MashPlant with the mission to combine the power of social media with the impact of project-based learning,” Big Things CEO Jason Brett said in a statement. “The Source for Learning was an early adopter and became an invaluable partner in the further development of MashPlant, and we could not be more delighted that it will now be a permanent part of their offerings to educators.”

The Source for Learning is a nonprofit organization that specializes in creating, collecting, and curating high-quality, online content for both classroom use and professional learning, and makes those resources available to early childhood and K-12 educators for free.

Source For Learning President and CEO Lynn Rejniak added: "This acquisition will expand access by Chicago educators to more than 15,000 high-quality classroom and professional learning resources for early childhood and K-12 education including social learning assets developed and/or reviewed by master teachers. Further, the acquisition will allow Source For Learning to grow its social learning portfolio by combining the power and ingenuity of the MashPlant platform with rich, relevant content created by The Source for Learning, such as MySciLife, our social learning tool designed for Middle Level Science.”