It's easy to get caught up in platforms offering developers riches, or big mashup acquisitions. Now, we like all sorts of applications, but we often don't take time out to recognize those looking to create change through APIs. In the case of the three recent mashups we list below, each uses the DonorsChoose API and is attempting to help classrooms raise money and supplies.
Online bookseller Erapublications has an API for its in2Era web service for selling ebooks through online distributors. According to its documentation, this RESTful API, which requires an authentication key, integrates its catalog onto your site. Distributors get a cut of the sales.
Google announced a number of enhancements to its Google Classroom tool. Among the enhancements are API updates that streamline integration with third party apps. Now, third party apps can add and modify student coursework. This brings native Classwork functions to 3rd party apps.