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Documents & Projects Lockers

iSPY is so much more than a deep
search engine for education.

iSPY is an intuitive, AI-driven SaaS platform where you are able to search across the world’s best education platforms, and where you also get your own personalized workspace with collaboration tools. This means, that in addition finding the best educational opportunities, you can set up and manage all your school programs and projects in one place — and have a place where you can share your projects or program selections with your team. Cool, right?

All you have to do is set up a profile. By doing so, you will tap into the power of iSPY Education where you can opt in to our match-making services and take advantage of all the workspace tools including projects and lockers.

By creating a new school project, you are creating a collaboration space for you and your team. You can tie this to a particular school or to a specific class or program. Within each project you can create document lockers where you are able to upload school information and program descriptions. You could even upload and maintain a record of completed classes, grades and transcripts. Lockers are also used to store the programs that you find and are interested in. No need to search again. Just pin them to your locker for easy access.

Oh, and did we tell you that you and your team can comment on and like any program you have saved in your locker? And if you have questions on any program, you can just reach out to the provider within the system.

That’s right. Search, compare, collaborate and communicate — all in one place.  And breath a little easier.

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Let’s talk about process…

Process. What fun, right? However, process can improve our lives with the right tools.


As education moves online, finding all the great programs available takes far too much time and is too difficult.

Our teammate, Karen was exploring alternative 6th grade math programs during the pandemic. There was no easy way to do so. She searched for weeks online, called different schools, and spoke to just about everyone she knew. Yikes!

Complexity & Simplicity

So why are there no aggregators currently? Because the task is very complex, programming supply is not sufficiently modularized, and success today requires too much effort from the user.

iSPY is about being simple! Making it easier for users to find the programs most relevant to them and also, to make it easier to work with parents, counselors and teachers.  We are using advanced technologies to power search to identify the best, most relevant programming and match that programming to specific students.


On iSPY, we can save you time, money and a few headaches too. You can always search from the first page. However, the key with iSPY is to register and create a profile. This will give you a set of tools that take you father than aggregated search. You will have access to project folders, documents folders and collaboration tools.

Creating a profile will also allow us to use our advanced technologies to match your needs to great programs that exist. We will be able to send you programming opportunities based on your specified needs.

So what’s your biggest headache — Not knowing where to begin? We’ve got that covered. Having to search too many sites and page through too many irrelevant options? We’ve got that covered. Managing and keeping track of options? We’ve got that covered. What about getting input from your team? We’ve got that covered too.

In the time of COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19

Who would have thought that we would have a global pandemic in 2020! Sheltering in place, masks, hand sanitizers, remote work and school from home.

What a year!

Can you imagine if the pandemic had hit before the internet? Thank goodness for tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, Discord, What’s App, and Signal. Technology has truly helped to connect people who could not otherwise be together.

We are now 17 months into this global pandemic. While we are all hoping to get back to normal, the Delta variant may have other plans. Regardless of what happens, education has been transformed forever. 

While there had been a move to more online programming, it was growing at a slower, steady pace. The pandemic threw gasoline on the fire. While it was a bumpy transition for many, schools built online programs using tools like Zoom and Discord to deliver education to our kids. The number of education platforms has grown quickly. And now, 75% of  schools say they plan to operate online, at least in some capacity.

This shift, however, has shined a bright light on a couple of very important issues facing education.

  • The first is the high cost of education and how digital technologies
    can bring those costs down.This is at a time when young people
    were already questioning the cost of education.
  • The second is that online programming can offer an exceptional
    for students and parents seeking the highest quality education,
    regardless or borders and boundaries.
  • The third is the inequity in education and the digital divide. Studies show
    that upwards of 33% of students have limited access to digital tools
    or broadband, or both.

If, as a student, you had access to digital tools and broadband during the pandemic, you were probably ok. At least, you were starting with a solid foundation. For children who did not have access to digital tools, they had greater difficulty and many fell far behind.

Post pandemic, most experts believe that we will continue to have a hybrid education environment from kindergarten on up. Education choice will become more important to individual parents and students. Ensuring that students and learners can get access to the education they want and need will become a critical driver in the future, and for an affordable cost.

iSPY Education is a powerful tool that will help make education accessible to all. 

iSPYEd is an AI drive, intuitive SaaS platform that allows the user to search across education platforms and make sense of the massive number of online education programs available. Do a search on 6th grade math. On Google, you will see over 180 million results.

Why are there no aggregators currently?

  • The task is complex
  • Supply is not sufficiently modularized
  • Success requires significant effort from the user

iSPY Education addresses each of these difficulties using a combination of  advanced technologies and human resources. iSPY Education will simplify the complexity and make the process more user friendly. Stay tuned for more information!

Email hello@ispyeducation.com to be added to our mailing list and to get on the invitation-only list for beta access.

Leslie Hughes is the CEO and Founder of iSPY Technologies, Inc. 
Expertise blending content, creative and technology. Strategy, operations and P&L experience spans start-ups to $100MM+ corporations.  Public and Private Board experience. MBA.

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How iSPY Came To Be

The idea behind iSPY struck me far back in 2005. I had been hired as CEO in a turnaround situation by a UK/US stock photo and film business. They were a public company (penny stock) and had been on a buying spree. The business I inherited was a bit of a mess. The company had acquired 7 businesses and had no idea what to do next. Nothing had been integrated.  Each was in a different stage of moving to digital. They were being sued, had less than adequate tech,  no idea how to even begin to address the millions of images that needed to be edited, digitized and made available online. So, I hired a small but incredibly talented group who came in, rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

Early into our journey, the Creative Director came to me asking for help. There was no easy way to search our competitors and compare what we had to what our competitors offered. We created a rough search aggregation tool that allowed us to do just that. It was rough but our team could search and compare content  side by side and against the competition. It was a very useful tool saving us time and money, and allowing us to curate content in a much more effective way. It was at that time that a light bulb went off.  How cool would it be to make this kind of tool available to customers. They could search multiple image providers simultaneously saving a ton of time, and compare results.  But then, life went on.

Fast forward to 2015, I had started a small market strategy and consulting business. That company, VisualSteam, conducts an annual survey of creative pros on stock image licensing. In 5 years of surveys, the most common complaint was about how difficult and time consuming it was to find images. The clients told us the average search for an image takes 4.25 hours, and they generally searched at least 3 agencies. A little over a decade after my original idea, I decided it was time, actually long overdue, for a tool like iSPY.

I incorporated iSPY in 2016.  In 2017, we launched our prototype. This was followed by our beta site, and then in 2018 we launched our SaaS platform solution for visual content called iSPY Visuals.

Two years later, the pandemic hit.  Our team, like many others, struggled with the new Zoom schooling. The quality of education varied and many parents began looking for alternative options to keep their kids engaged.  Our teammate, Karen, asked why there wasn’t a tool like iSPY Visuals for education.  (To read Karen’s story, click here) We loved the idea and started to explore what existed in the edtech space. We were surprised that there are no real education aggregators, let alone with the tools that we are building.  So the idea of iSPY Education was conceived. We are passionate about wanting to make the world of education accessible to all. We also want to partner with companies to help underserved communities (but more on that in another post). We are building a prototype now and yes, we are looking for funding.  We hope to launch our beta site in early 2022.

So that’s my story. I appreciate the tremendous support from the early investors who supported iSPY Visuals, our team, and all the people interested in what we are doing and willing to give us a try.  It has been a fun ride so far but we are really just getting started.

Leslie Hughes is the CEO and Founder of iSPY Technologies, Inc. which first launched iSPY Visuals, an intelligent search tool and workspace for visual content users, and iSPY Education. Hughes has over 20 years experience blending content, creativity and technology. She was President of Bill Gates’ Corbis Images, and President of the Markets and Products Group for Corbis Corp. She became an entrepreneur 10 years ago. Hughes has consulted or been part of 6 start-ups and 12 acquisitions.  She has an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, is the proud mother of two and lives and works in New York.

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