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Kaplan Test Prep launches free live PSAT prep

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Kaplan Test Prep is launching a free, live PSAT preparation program beginning October 1, with lessons that cover every section of the exam. Free for all students, Kaplan’s PSAT Prep Live will give the 3.8 The PSAT is the kickoff to the college admissions process, and a great score can get students on the college radar for recruitment and scholarship money,” said Lee Weiss, vice president of college admissions programs, Kaplan Test Prep. Each lesson will run live twice, with recordings available for students who were unable to attend or for students needing a refresher.

K-12 Dealmaking: Kaplan Launches New Practice in U.S.; BoomStartup Taking Ed Tech Accelerator Applications

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In addition, BoomStartup announced it will be applications for its ed-tech accelerator program, and Kaplan launched a new global leadership and professional development practice. Kaplan Launches U.S. cities where Kaplan already maintains other operations and educational services, the company said in a statement. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Kaplan Launches New Practice in U.S.; The ed-tech sector has seen recent investments by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who were among those  providing $6.4

Accelerator for Ed-Tech Startups Launches in New York City

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

accelerator digitalpromise donburton edgeedtech jonathanharber kaplan schoolnet startup techstars Each of 10 selected ed-tech startups will receive $170,000 when they are chosen for the first class of this new accelerator in the Big Apple. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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Philadelphia Principal Tells Publishers How They Can Help Schools

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Lisa Ciaranca Kaplan is the principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary  in Philadelphia and the national winner of the  2015 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education. ” To prepare for her keynote speech at the Content in Context 2016 conference, Kaplan asked educators in her school how publishers could make a difference. She Philadelphia.

The best PD webinars of 2016—did you watch?

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We’ve been so fortunate to work with sponsoring companies who’ve helped ensure that these are very valuable and collaborative experiences, including Frog Street Press, Gryphon House, Music Together, and Kaplan Early Learning.”. edWeb.net just completed an analysis of their 2016 webinar viewership stats for 2016.  Bailey, Ph.D., Educator, Keynote Speaker, Instructor for Conscious Discipline.

How one district improved its personalized learning by failing forward

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The group studied ideas from Providence Public High School in Rhode Island, the work of Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey , Maureen Devlin at Wayland Public Schools, the Open College at Kaplan University , and various other templates. In the MSD of Wayne Township , there are several blended and online opportunities available for students. Next page: Why it didn’t work.

Weld North Acquires Performance Matters, Merging It With Truenorthlogic

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Previously, Grayer was CEO of Kaplan, the education company that grew into a $2 billion business over his 14-year tenure. Former Kaplan CEO Makes Big Moves in Education Market. The investment company Weld North Holdings LLC today announced its acquisition of Performance Matters, a student assessment and data analytics company that it will merge with Truenorthlogic, a K-12 ed-tech business focused on continuous educator improvement. The company’s 2015 revenues have not been made public, but its 2014 revenues of $11.9 million were reported to Inc. magazine, 5000 List.

New SAT Format Debuts, Students Pleased with Changes

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However, Lee Weiss, Kaplan Test Prep’s vice president of college admissions programs, advises those studying to take the exam not to skip the essay. The new exam has shifted its focus away from vocabulary words and more toward real-world learning and analysis.  In addition, students no longer lose points for guessing , and the essay is no longer a requirement.

New Accelerator for Ed-Tech Startups Launches in New York City

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Ed-tech Incubators and Accelerators accelerator donburton edgeedtech jonathanharber kaplan schoolnet startup techstars Two ed-tech veterans have joined forces to launch an accelerator in the Big Apple to provide $170,000 in funding to each of 10 selected companies.

Curriculum includes 10 lessons for digital citizenship

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With 35 percent of college admission officers already visiting applicant’s social media pages as of 2014 according to Kaplan, and this predicted to rise to over 50 percent by 2017 according to Social Assurity, Digital Citizenship education, specifically surrounding digital footprint, needs to be key for college readiness. ESSDACK, GoEnnounce launch digital citizenship curriculum.

7 ways schools can get creative with STEAM

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But the move from STEM to STEAM can also impact the way students synthesize abstract mathematical concepts and make new brain connections, according to Denise Douglas-Faraci an associate professor at Kaplan University’s college of education who frequently works with teachers at the intersection of art and math. How every school can create a great STEAM program. Take time to build momentum.

The mindboggling barriers that colleges create — and that end up hurting their own students

The Hechinger Report

Nancy Lee Sanchez, in red, executive director of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, with students she advises. Colleges also charge fees low-income students can’t afford, and that have little to do with their educations, said Nancy Lee Sanchez, executive director of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, who coaches black, Hispanic, and first-generation students. Photo: Michael Hunnicutt.

Edgenuity Acquires Compass Learning to Expand Online, Blended Learning Reach

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Former Kaplan CEO Making Big Moves in Education Market. Edgenuity today announced its acquisition of Compass Learning, bringing together two well-known ed-tech companies whose digital offerings will now span kindergarten through 12th grade. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity , said the combined companies will have about 500 employees between Edgenuity’s Scottsdale, Ariz., headquarters and the Austin, Texas, offices of Compass Learning. Compass Learning provides intervention and skills instruction in math, reading, and language arts for K-8.

Coding Startup Treehouse Trims Staff to ‘Cross the Chasm to Profitability’

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It last raised $7 million in a Series B round led by Kaplan Ventures. Just as plants are pruned to support longer, healthier lives, Treehouse , an online coding education startup, is trimming down. Today, the Portland, Ore.-based based company laid off 22 of its 104 employees, amounting to 21 percent of its team. The company offers online courses in business, design and web and mobile programming. Subscriptions for individuals cost $25 per month or $250 per year. More than 600,000 students have enrolled over time, according to Treehouse Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Carson.

New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund

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His career also includes stops at Microsoft, Schoolnet and Kaplan. Everyone once in awhile they decide they want to get into education,” Palmer says, from Washington Post’s purchase of Kaplan in 1984 and LinkedIn buying Lynda.com in 2015. New Markets is bringing back a familiar face to steer its next education investment fund. Jason Palmer has returned to New Markets Venture Partners , where he spent two years beginning in 2012 as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Jason Palmer. The Fulton, Md.-based based firm plans to raise up to $75 million, of which $30 million has been secured.

Seeking a fresh start, battered for-profit colleges give themselves a new name

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Two big companies, Kaplan and DeVry, quit APSCU last year. In this April 28, 2015 file photo, students wait outside Everest College in Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcripts and information on loan forgiveness and transferring credits to other schools. On Thursday, March 24, 2016, a San Francisco Superior Court judge awarded the state a nearly $1.2 Several have closed.

The Coding Bootcamp Hype Cycle

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Venture capital and public company investments poured into the space, with Kaplan's acquisition of Dev Bootcamp in 2014 marking the start of the expectations “Peak.” Numbers have not been released publicly by Kaplan but it will be a great partnership for the two companies, and Kaplan has shown commitment to marketing and growing the company. As Elrond famously says to Gandalf describing the fateful moment when the One Ring is kept alive by an ambitious king, "I was there Gandalf, I was there 4,000 years ago when it all began." The Gartner Hype Cycle. The "Peak".

Ranku Acquired By Wiley to Help Colleges Market Online Degrees

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In 2013, co-founders and childhood friends Kim Taylor and Cecilia Retelle started Ranku out of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, raising $500,000 in seed funding led by Mark Cuban, GSV and Microsoft Ventures. Seattle-based software company Ranku announced today its acquisition by academic publishing company John Wiley & Sons. Ranku offers a recruitment platform using predictive analytics to help colleges increase online degree enrollment. They built Ranku as a consumer-facing product at first, developing a search engine for students to find and apply to online programs at universities.

Don't hide your online self when applying for college or career

The Innovative Educator

When it comes to college about 24% of admission officers admit to tracking applicants on various social media sites to check an applicant’s digital footprint, according to a 2011 Kaplan Test Prep survey. According to a study by Internet se curity company AVG , two thirds of HR managers will browse social media profiles of candidates. Those that snooped typically found something that hindered the applicant’s chances of acceptance, including photos of alcohol and drug abuse, vulgarity, and evidence of a plagiarized admission’s essay. Innovative educators know this is not the best strategy.

K-12 Dealmaking: Investor Weld North, Learn Launch Make Big Moves

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Jonathan Grayer, chairman and CEO of Weld North and a former chief of Kaplan, said in a statement that his firm is “confident that backing the team at Intellify will have a major impact on how educators design courses of study, track and gauge standardized test results, evaluate learning progress vs. time against task, improve persistence in higher education, and much more.” By Alexa J. Henry. The latest round of deals in the school marketplace underscores investors’ and ed-tech providers’ burgeoning interest in data analytics and instructional technologies.

Charitable giving to higher education is now broken

Bryan Alexander

Kaplan, survey director for CAE.” Kaplan, survey director for CAE] said. There is new data about charitable giving to American colleges and universities, and it demonstrates that we’re doing it wrong. This system is broken, in short. The latest information illustrates major, challenging trends in higher education. billion for athletics. million. Last year 25 did. trends

U. of New Haven and Upstart Coding School Team Up on Master’s Program

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Kaplan. They function in a much more rational and effective manner than most colleges and universities, most not-for-profits, clearly because they’re profit-driven,” Mr. Kaplan said. New Haven brings legitimacy to the project, not just because of its accreditation and the fact that students who complete the program will receive a degree from New Haven, but also because it understands the inner workings of colleges and the responsibilities of faculty members, Mr. Kaplan said. Now one of them has joined forces with a traditional university to build a master’s program.

edWeb attends the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo

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Many of the edWeb learning community sponsors also contributed to the conference this year, including Gryphon House , Kaplan Early Learning Company , Crayola , and Music Together – who was featured as a bronze level sponsor of the conference this year! edWeb team member, Jenifer Morack, attended the conference to present on behalf of Frog Street Press. edWeb Blog

Working Together to Expand Research Use in Education and Ed-Tech

Digital Promise

At the September 2016 Summit to Expand Research Use in Education , educators, technology developers, and researchers met to address an essential question: How can we work together to expand research use in the design, development, and improvement of education programs, products, and practices? Credit: Lane Change Consulting. Below, we share some highlights from the discussion. Moving Forward.

The Case for Learning Engineers in Education

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Bror Saxberg is Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan Inc. This piece was written for The White House Symposium on the Future of Education R&D and Digital Learning, which took place on Oct. 5. It was originally published on Bror Saxberg’s blog and is reprinted with permission. Technology is changing the way almost all industries work beyond recognition. It’s also changing the nature of what skills humans need to succeed. This means we need to think about learning engineering thinking—practical use of science at scale—and we’ll need more learning engineers who are prepared to help us.

Education Technology and the 'New' For-Profit Higher Education

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” There were some high-profile academic hires however, including John Vogel (Dartmouth), Don Sexton (Columbia), Jack Kaplan (Columbia), and Roger Schank (Carnegie Mellon). The for-profit Kaplan bought Dev Bootcamp and the University of Phoenix’s parent company bought The Iron Yard last year.) This is part five of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. Trump University and the History of the Future of For-Profit Higher Education. The President-Elect refused to accept any wrongdoing. briefly mentioned the ongoing Trump University lawsuits in that article. Worse off.

Google Offers Free Cloud Access to Colleges, Plays Catch Up to Amazon, Microsoft

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work with Best Buy, Kaplan and Khan Academy. In several years, nearly all universities will have a cloud computing provider. Google in June announced an. education grant offering free credits for its cloud platform, with no credit card required, unlimited access to its suite of tools and training resources. Amazon Web Services has dominated the cloud service business by being around longest (2006) and nabbing corporate and governmental customers like Comcast, Adobe and the Department of Defense. Google Cloud launched in 2011, but has caught up to competitors to. Google breaking in?  .

Searching for Digital Courseware Solutions? Avoid the Rabbit Hole

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Check out Bryant’s other interviews with Eddie Watson at the University of Georgia and Larry Rudman of Kaplan University. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” The Cheshire Cat’s advice to Alice has parallels in higher ed, especially for faculty trying to make sense of the multitude of digital courseware solutions in order to personalize learning for students. What problem do I need to solve?” can be trickier to answer than it seems. UCF ran a courseware pilot that involved more than 1,700 students in 30 sections over the course of 7 terms. It is hard.

Today - David Risher from WorldReader.org on "Books for All"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In 2011, he was named a Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur. Worldreader uses e-readers, existing mobile phone infrastructure and declining technology costs to put a huge range of digital books in their hands. hope you''ll join us or listen to the recording. That’s our library,” replied the orphanage’s leader. Log in at [link].

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Kaplan Will Offer Free Online PSAT Prep.” Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state’s groundbreaking 1-to–1 student computing initiative, highlighting the growing pains nagging an educational-technology movement now well into its second decade.” ” Via the Huffington Post : “On Wednesday, Maryland Gov. ” I mean, paying for air conditioning in schools would just be a bridge too far. ” Presidential Campaign Politics. Meanwhile on Campus.

Early Learning Educators Lead the Way with Professional Learning Webinars

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Transition Activities that Build Young Brains, Manage Behavior presented by Ellen Booth Church, Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern University, sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning. Kaplan Early Learning Company is a leading international provider of products and services that enhance children’s learning. The 2016 results are in. Early childhood educators! Bailey, Ph.D.,

October 24 - Ed Tech News, Our Weekly Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that an investment firm run by Jonathan Grayer, the former CEO of Kaplan, has acquired Learning House , a company that helps colleges develop online degree programs. Welcome to week two of this new weekly blog post / email, including the round-up of the week''s news and podcast with Audrey Watters. We did try to keep the podcast a little shorter this week--although it wasn''t easy--to much to talk about, and too fun! The Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference starts in just over a week! November 2 - 4, all online, all free. The Classroom 2.0

K12 Inc. Names Stuart Udell, Former Catapult Learning Official, as CEO

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He also worked for 11 years at Kaplan, at one point serving as president of Kaplan K12 Learning Services, building the organization’s school division, according to biographical information released by K12. Major online education provider K12 Inc., a favorite target of critics of the for-profit school industry, has named former Catapult Learning official Stuart J. Udell as its CEO. Udell replaces Nate Davis, who K12 said would remain connected to the Herndon, Va.-based based company by serving as executive chairman of its board of directors. K12 Inc. K12 Inc.

Classes a la carte - I like this!

The Innovative Educator

According to a recent article in Reuters , my former boss John White is disrupting traditional schooling with a model that I like because it puts students first and gives them MANY more choices and flexibility beyond the traditional walls of the school or classroom where so many students are currently trapped today. The naysayers are fearful.  I want more ».

SAT Changes Add Complex Reading, Wordier Math Problems

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College admissions officers say they are waiting to see the scores received on the new exam before deciding how it should be weighed. “It’s going to change who does well,” said Lee Weiss, the vice president of precollege programs at Kaplan Test Prep, one of the nation’s biggest test-preparation programs. For example, the older version featured short sentence-completion questions.

The BIG MentorMob Playlist of Curation Tools

The Daring Librarian

From their blog: "The MentorMob team will be spending the next 13 weeks in NYC participating in the Kaplan/TechStars EdTech Accelerator Program. I think I''ve mentioned before in a previous blog post called MentorMob & the Secrets of the Remix Mash-Up YouTube Generation that I came to MentorMob about a year after hearing of it from the amazing Dr. Joyce Valenza. Photoshop Elements?

Want Healthier Kids? Give Them More Cafeteria Time, Study Says

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Karen Kaplan, writing for The Los Angeles Times, says proponents of this idea have some data to back up their suggestion. In place of fancy chefs, cutesy lunch boxes, and smiley-faced stickers, nutritionists are now making more straightforward suggestions to get the most out of school meals – make the lunch period longer. Lead investigator Juliana F. W. Cohen, Sc.D.,