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.

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


But the increasingly sophisticated technologies that people have come to rely on should not absolve personal responsibility for learning how to spell, write or communicate, says Dave Eggers. Increasingly there’s less choice about when you use technology and when you don’t.”

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


Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying.

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eLearning Brothers Expands Family with Two Corporate Training Acquisitions


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.

SIIA, a Pioneering Convenor for the Edtech Industry, Scraps Its Conferences


What was once the premier, must-go conference in the education technology industry is now going away. Last week, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced that its education technology group will no longer operate as its own division beginning July 1.

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


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.

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


There’s an outsized focus today on science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM (or STEAM if you prefer to include “arts”) and for good reason. In 2002, I founded a summer coding camp, SummerTech, located on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY.

Blackboard to Sell Open LMS Product for $31.7 Million


based provider of learning management software for K-12, higher ed, government and businesses, has agreed to sell its Open LMS business to Learning Technologies Group, or LTG, a London-based conglomerate of workplace learning software services. Blackboard, a Reston, Va.-based

Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors


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


Tibbetts Award , an annual recognition of high-performing organizations funded by the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs. 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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Live Q&A: Using Technology to Stay in Touch with Parents (Facebook Live). Panelists: Christelle Pasteals (Instructional Technology Coach) and me. Joining us will be blogger Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) and Christelle Pastelas, an instructional technology coach. Booth 2002.

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


This research shows this technology has a lot of power and influence” over students’ college decisions, Mulhern tells EdSurge. According to company officials, Naviance is used by about 40 percent of high schools in the U.S.

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


9, 2018 — (OTC PINK:SCIL), a leading SaaS service provider that delivers neuroscience-based educational technologies, today announced that it has released its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. Concurrently, the company announced that Jeffrey D.

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


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.

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.

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


Similarly, when asked who they believe should pay for retraining programs for workers who lost their jobs because of new technology, 73 percent of Americans said employers. Education Technology Artificial Intelligence Workforce Training Higher Education

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


One of the most-cited versions of the critique is the 2002 book “ The McDonaldization of Higher Education ,” by Dennis Hayes and Robin Wynyard. Some college administrators and edtech executives paint professors who resist innovation efforts as out of touch or opposed to technology. If you want technology to be used, you’ve got to win the argument for it” with faculty members, he said. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. Always eager to associate itself with the latest tech craze, education technology embraced Pokémon Go with great gusto: “ Why Pokemon Go shows the future of learning gamification.” ” “ How Asian test-prep companies swiftly exposed the brand-new SAT.” Under surveillance by companies.

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North Carolina’s Digital Success Story


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.

Carmen Sandiego Is Back. But Can She Fix America’s Geography Woes?


That makes it especially valuable to an education company like HMH, which is best known among teachers and students as a textbook publisher. But it was James Fester, a technology integration specialist and former history teacher in Maplewood, Minn., In 2002, following the Sept.

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


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.

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

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It’s a prime event to draw attention to black talent in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The percentage of jobs that require low levels of digital skill dropped from 56 percent in 2002 to 30 percent in 2016.


From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

So you wouldn’t find, for example, with technology — Albemarle has been in a one-to-one environment for a number of years now, as has Charlottesville City. They flipped to one-to-one sometime around 2002. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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


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. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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


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. Wojcicki is also a fan of technology—when used to support students.

Peter Thiel and the Future (and Funding) of Education Technology

Hack Education

He was the first investor in the social media company in 2004.) I’ve written extensively about “ the Silicon Valley narrative ” and the ideological underpinnings of the technology and education technology industries. He shapes technology products and politics alike. Peter Thiel’s entrepreneurial and investment history, in brief: He co-founded the online payments company PayPal in 1998 with Max Levchin.

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


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


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

What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?


That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. And print-disabled users can use assistive technologies to read scanned books that might otherwise be difficult if not impossible to find in accessible formats. Without Google’s backing and technological abilities, a resource like HathiTrust would have been much harder to create, she says. “We Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman


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

Adobe Flash End of Life & the Threat to Education


For over 25 years, Adobe has been one of the largest and most diversified software companies in the world. Many of their technologies are in our school computers, software programs, and internet applications we use every day. Quick Take: A waning of an era.

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K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide


Using outdated technology not only prevents schools from growth but leaves staff feeling exhausted and burned-out. 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.

Fingerprints, Biometics Introduced in Illinois School Cafeteria

K-12 Schools - Education News

Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 will be joining several other school districts in the area that currently use the technology. So far, the company has worked with close to 100 schools on implementing the system. (Photo: Wikimedia, Creative Commons).

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.

Jefferson Education Accelerator Chooses Agile Mind as Partner

Marketplace K-12

The Jefferson Education Accelerator , a commercial venture that invests in educational technology companies that agree to put their products through rigorous research , has a new partner: the math and science curriculum and assessment provider Agile Mind. Ed-tech companies that take part in the accelerator agree to give up a small portion of equity, in exchange for advice and other support. ESSA: A Guide for Companies.