Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. Companies need to convince districts to participate.

eLearning Brothers Expands Family with Two Corporate Training Acquisitions

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Founded in 2009 and based in American Fork, Utah, the company has amassed 1,500-plus games, quizzes and templates to sell to corporate clients in search of more compelling digital learning materials for employees. The other acquisition, Edulence, was founded in 2002 and is based in New York.

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Niche Raises $35 Million to Rival School Directory Review Sites

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Founded in 2002 and based in Pittsburgh, Niche has raised a total of about $45 million in venture capital. Skurman’s company originally focused on college ratings under the name College Prowler. In 2013, the company rebranded as Niche and added K-12 and neighborhood data.

Top Hat Raises $55 Million to Take on Big Textbook Publishers

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Mike Silagadze isn’t shy about his desire to take market share from the largest college textbook publishers through his classroom software company Top Hat. He believes his company’s brand of digital textbooks beats anything Pearson, McGraw-Hill and their ilk can provide.

Scientific Learning Corp. Releases Second Quarter Results; Jeffrey D. Thomas Assumes CEO Role

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Concurrently, the company announced that Jeffrey D. Before joining Scientific Learning, Thomas was involved with several private-equity backed education companies in CEO and executive chairman positions. Oakland, Calif. —

ISTE 2018: Where I’ll Be Presenting and Joining in the Learning #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

Booth 2002. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the companies mentioned have sponsored blog posts or podcast episodes with me in the past including: SMART, Acer, PowerSchool and Bloomz. My schedule for the Edtech Event of the Year!

Bootcamp profiles: Nashville Software School

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Wark learned on the job, managed large engineering teams, and even started a handful of companies, one of which he took public in 1999. In 2002, after a lifetime of career success, Wark found himself fighting off cancer.

5 Great Ways to Make Your Classroom a Healthier, Happier Place

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A 2002 study found that telephones, desks, water fountain handles, microwave door handles, and computer keyboards are the most bacteria-laden culprits in our workplaces today. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to edit and post it.

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Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors

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In just over a decade, 20 independent education companies have raised more than $2.7 Collectively, 116 directors serve on the boards of these privately-held companies. As much as one-third of edtech companies started during that time have a female CEO or founder. While corporate boards seldom draw the attention of end users, they set the strategic path and hold the power to make fundamental decisions about the companies.

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Buying or Building Research-Backed Edtech? The Government Can Help

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The only other education technology company present, out of 45 total recipients, is Agile Mind , which develops online math and science curriculum and assessments. What distinguishes SBIR-backed companies is the level of research baked into their product development. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science , which has given 85 SBIR awards since 2002. Each year hundreds of companies apply; only a dozen or so win support.

Don’t Rely on Cute Apps and Games to Teach Coding. Turn to Your Students Instead.

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So, having no idea where to begin a curriculum, they turn to so-called experts: companies that sell them products to meet new coding or STEM requirements. In 2002, I founded a summer coding camp, SummerTech, located on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY.

Let’s invest in black kids who pursue STEM the way we do black kids on the football field

The Hechinger Report

Earlier this year, the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company released the report “ The Future of Work in Black America ,” on the potential impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and automation on specific racial groups — and it spells gloom and doom for African Americans.

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From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

They flipped to one-to-one sometime around 2002. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Dave Eggers on Finding Creative Refuge From the ‘Lunacy’ of Technology

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That’s a spirit that is very much a part of 826, a network of elaborately whimsical tutoring and writing centers that Eggers helped launch in 2002. Nínive Calegari and I built it back in 2002 as a drop-in writing and tutoring center for kids in the neighborhood.

Naviance Wields Much ‘Power and Influence’ in College Admissions, Harvard Researcher Finds

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According to company officials, Naviance is used by about 40 percent of high schools in the U.S. Naviance, which provides its tools to districts for about $10 per student, “has found a way to do this that other technology companies have not done, or not as successfully.”.

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Fueled by Big Rounds, Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017

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edtech companies last year, the dollars returned with a fury during the first six months of 2017. Company. Several private-equity-backed companies have invested heavily in the “platform” approach. PowerSchool, owned by Vista Equity Partners, has acquired eight companies since June 2015. The strategy has worked for a few older companies: Kaplan, for instance, began in the test-prep business and has since moved into higher education, corporate training (and a.

Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. And it’s not only “newer” companies like Google or Facebook.

Impero Software Names Richard Fuller as New CEO and Announces its New Austin, TX Headquarters in the U.S.

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19, 2018 – Impero Software has announced the appointment of Richard Fuller as its new CEO to drive the company’s next phase of growth as it bolsters its global business plan. Fuller took over for Sam Pemberton, who moved to a non-executive board position with the company.

Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product – Impero Education Pro – at ISTE 2018

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The company will showcase the new features of its award-winning product this week at ISTE 2018 in booth #630. “We Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. In 2002, our team at Microsoft Education created an LMS for a world where every teacher and student had a tablet computer.

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Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Iterating Toward Openness

Confusion over the meaning of the word “free” (e.g., ‘if my company uses programs licensed as free software, does that mean I can’t charge customers?’) ’) was the original fear, uncertainty, and doubt that kept companies from engaging in this work. In 1996 we closed the company and I went to work for Marshall University, where I was completing my undergraduate degree in music, as its first webmaster.

Silver Lake Acquires Majority Stake in Weld North’s Digital Curriculum Business

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For more than two decades, Jonathan Grayer has made a career out of welding educational companies. In 2010, he pooled his own money with KKR, a private equity firm, to launch Weld North , which has since acquired another 16 edtech companies (and invested in 4 others). These three companies include other assets that Weld North has acquired over time. Overall, nine of the 16 companies purchased by Weld North are part of the group now owned by Silver Lake.

The dark side of education research: widespread bias

The Hechinger Report

Department of Education launched in 2002 to help educators decide which educational products to buy. The first is that a company is unlikely to publish unfavorable results. That might allow an education product company to measure what they’re teaching more precisely.

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Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman

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These are important tasks and I look forward to working with the company as we move forward with this work both in the UK, and the U.S.” Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed

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One of the most-cited versions of the critique is the 2002 book “ The McDonaldization of Higher Education ,” by Dennis Hayes and Robin Wynyard. For instance, a lead developer of the Post-It note at industrial giant 3M has said on record that the company had a terrible experience using a trendy innovation method known as Six Sigma , arguing that it almost “killed innovation” at the company. Do you want fries with that education?

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K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

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On the other hand, cloud-based SIS companies are able to offer best practices for up-to-date security measures at a low cost due to their economy of scale. The Journal of Educational Research 2002;95(5):308–318.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

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Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education. They made sure the initiative had clear benefits for each of them, from state politicians of all parties to the local leaders across the urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state, and from educators at all levels to private companies.

In a Changing Career Landscape, Employers and Workers Need a New Social Contract for Retraining

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Many would point to the high-profile announcements of expanded tuition-assistance programs from companies such as Starbucks , McDonald’s , Walmart and Chipotle as evidence of increased employer investment in employee development.

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Adobe Flash End of Life & the Threat to Education

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For over 25 years, Adobe has been one of the largest and most diversified software companies in the world. The adoption of the internet slowly grew until 2002 where finally over 90% of public school had access to the internet. Quick Take: A waning of an era.

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Fingerprints, Biometics Introduced in Illinois School Cafeteria

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Those concerned have cited a number of lawsuits that companies in the private sector are dealing with on the topic of biometrics, which involves the scanning of fingerprints, retinas, and facial and voice recognition in order to identify an individual. (Photo: Wikimedia, Creative Commons).

38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

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Tuition increased 89 percent from 2002 to 2012, and textbook prices—which cost anywhere from $600 to $1300 today—rose 82 percent over the same period, according to U.S. And these schools have another leg up to other colleges that may be starting from scratch: The initiative awards each institution on average $100,000 to launch their programs, plus technical assistance from OER company Lumen Learning.

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How Silicon Valley schools are trying to boost lower-income students into high-tech jobs

The Hechinger Report

Pathways, Exposure, Academic Connection, Knowledge (PEAK) takes students to local companies such as Google and Facebook, as well as to hospitals, law firms and other businesses. As a high schooler, Kateryn Raymundo interned at Salesforce, a tech company, through the nonprofit Genesys Works.

The 'Woj' Joins Next-Gen Science Startup, Planet3

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She was named California Teacher of the Year in 2002 and has received a pack of other teaching and journalism awards. She’s raised successful daughters, too: Susan Wojcicki is Chief Executive of YouTube; Janet Wojcicki is a Fulbright-winning anthropologist who speaks several African dialects and Anne is chief executive and cofounder of genetics company, 23andMe. Lots of students recount how a favorite teacher helped them find a job.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The news literacy initiative is based in the Stanford History Education Group that Wineburg founded in 2002 to train teachers how to use primary sources and help students critically evaluate historical claims. Northport, N.Y.,

The best PD webinars of 2016—did you watch?

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Literacy a la carte & Fun for Early Learners presented by Kim Adsit, 2002 Teacher of the Year and author. edWeb.net just completed an analysis of their 2016 webinar viewership stats for 2016.