Middle Bit: ACT launches new learning platform ‘Mosaic’

ACT this week launched Mosaic, a research-backed, comprehensive learning solution to provide educators, learners, and families with online learning tools and services to address student needs in the classroom and at home, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Integrating several mergers, acquisitions and investments, Mosaic by ACT combines the adaptive academic learning power of ScootPad, open educational resources from OpenEd, Knovation, and curriculum and assessment framework services from ACT SkillSuite; social emotional learning from Mawi Learning and ACT Tessera; and learning and professional resources from ProExam.

Mosaic by ACT features:

  • Adaptive Academic Learning: An adaptive learning platform and extensive curriculum and real-time assessment resources to build student knowledge and skills in mathematics and English language arts. It includes a digital learning library with more than 80,000 curated and standards-aligned resources, as well as social and emotional learning.
  • Social Emotional Learning: An evidence-based solution that drives tangible results using flexible, adaptable assessment, and curriculum and professional development to prepare all students for success.
  • Learning and Professional Services: An extensive catalog of professional development services to help educators apply these resources to implement effective learning solutions.

“Educators, learners, and families are at the center of everything we do,” said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. “As a nonprofit helping millions of learners realize education and workplace success each year, we’re uniquely prepared to apply our expertise in meaningful ways. Mosaic by ACT is the culmination of our strategic approach to transform into a learning organization. We’re broadening our focus from measuring student progress (with assessments) to providing actionable solutions that improve learner outcomes.”

Kimle aquaculture Launches Production Facility, REBRANDS TO MIDLAND CO.

Midland Co. (formerly known as Kimle Aquaculture) announced the launch of an innovative land-based shrimp production facility in Story City, Iowa. Midland Co.’s mission is to raise sustainable, ethical, and delicious seafood.

Using Algae-Based RAS (recirculating aquaculture systems) technology, Midland shrimp are free of hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals. Pacific white shrimp is a warm water species that have a robust flavor profile with a lobster-like richness – sweet but earthy, tender yet firm. Midland’s shrimp are delivered tank-to-table as a part of Midland’s innovative delivery model.

Midland’s technology simplifies RAS systems with a new algae-based wastewater treatment. The algae captures nutrients from water and carbon from the air, leaving the water purified and oxygenated in a single one-step wastewater treatment system. The nutrient-dense algae are then recovered to be used as an alternative regenerative fertilizer. This zero-discharge technology makes it one of the most sustainable forms of aquaculture today.

The commercial demonstration facility is undergoing construction with Accurate Development as the lead construction partner for current and future facilities. The 20,000 square foot facility will be the model for future contract grower-out facilities. Each facility has the capacity to produce 80,000 pounds of shrimp annually.

“Midland Co. is an impressive venture that has made significant strides in a short period of time,” said Jared Johnson, a member of Accurate Development. “I believe in the technology, product, and team of Midland Co. and know that this company will have a high impact for Iowa and is a huge opportunity to diversify protein production and build future regenerative agriculture opportunities.”


Dickinson Law will be hosting a startup webinar on Thursday, Oct. 8.

The free webinar will discuss legal issues that can have a real impact on starting a new venture. 

Attendees will receive information from legal counsel who regularly work with startups as they get their ideas off the ground. Attendees will also hear from guest speaker Michael Ott, president and CEO of Rantizo, an Iowa City-based startup that offers agricultural drone spraying.

Reserve a spot here.