Strategy, Serendipity, Sleepless Nights: 3 Edtech CEOs on ‘Great Exits’

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Todd Brekhus learned a lesson in effective communication back in 2003. PLATO had reportedly spent about $50 million to buy another company to expand the school grades it serviced. But according to Brekhus, now chief product officer at Renaissance Learning, PLATO failed to effectively communicate how Lightspan fit into the company’s strategy. We send emails, we have meetings face to face,” he said.

How can teachers use VR in the classroom?

Neo LMS

Launched in 2003, by San Francisco-based Linden Labs, Second Life is a comparative dinosaur in Internet Years. Despite its user base plateauing out in 2008, the company is now planning a second wind for Second Life with a laser focus on the educational terrain.

Indistar: Taking the Creativity Out of School Improvement Through Standardization and Imposed Conformity

The 21st Century Principal

Companies manufacturing educational products know this, and make all kinds of promises that their products will lead us to the "Land of Eternal Achievement." 2003). "The problem with conformity in education is that people are not standardized to begin with."

Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?

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And it’s scenarios like this that put pressure on edtech companies to make their tools more interoperable. The company agreed—and made it happen. Empower is hardly the only education company that has had to adapt its wares to support shifting trends in data interoperability.

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A New Social Science? Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields

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a statistical-services company based in Rockville, Maryland. “It’s Across the country, universities and colleges are dedicating new resources so their respective statistics departments can expand to meet this growing demand.”. Statistics Outgrows All Other STEM Fields From 2010-2013.

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Expert Tips to Make Educational Travel Attainable for All Students

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Travel companies may provide base prices, but this doesn’t include things like insurance, tip money, optional excursions, and more. Holding regular monthly meetings, and providing that schedule to families at the beginning of the year, keeps everyone in the know.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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In meetings with his academic adviser during the second semester of his freshman year, Robinson said he learned that though his GPA was solid, the school’s computer algorithm saw trouble. Companies saw a business opening to soak up these foundation grants.

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Rethink Education, Southern New Hampshire University Launch $15M Edtech Seed Fund

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Both SNHU and Rethink will take equity in the companies. The conversation leading to the partnership, according to SNHU President Paul LeBlanc, was raised during a university board meeting in October. Under LeBlanc, who joined SNHU in 2003, the university has established a reputation for experimenting with new educational services and tools. The group has invested in 30 edtech companies since its launch in 2012, mostly through Series A and B rounds. “We’re

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. education technology companies each year for the past three years.

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America’s colleges struggle to envision the future of diversity on campus

The Hechinger Report

Krislov was vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan in 2003 when the Supreme Court ruled in Gratz v. Kids write about it,” said Nondorf, and offer views from “part of the country or a part of the world you might not have heard if you didn’t meet that person.”

6 tips for making educational travel attainable for all students

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Travel companies may provide base prices, but this doesn’t include things like insurance, tip money, optional excursions, and more. Hold meetings for families. During the meetings at Olson’s school, teachers would introduce families to each other.

Amplify’s Been Quiet. Here’s Where CEO Larry Berger Says It’s Going in 2018

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It was bought in 2010 by News Corporation, which invested more than $1 billion into the company and rebranded it as Amplify. The company is no longer as high-profile—or as big—as it once was. What have the past years taught him, and where is the company going? He also talked about the challenges facing edtech companies today, including his skepticism towards what he calls an “engineering” model of personalized learning.

Your Talent Tech Stack for 2018

Gaggle Speaks

A community of practice with over 1000 members in a range of companies ranging from 5 to 166,000 people strong. Average respondent’s company size. Average company size on self reported headcount is 4558 employees. We’ve come a long way.

Kia Motors America, DonorsChoose Team Up for Teacher Appreciation

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“Kia and our dealers are dedicated to helping DonorsChoose.org meet its five-year goal and continue making a positive and lasting difference for students and teachers in need,” said Tim Chaney, vice president, marketing communications, KMA.

How School Districts Are Shaping the Edtech They Use

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Having just celebrated our company’s sixth anniversary, I reflected on a few of the magic moments that have pushed us to where we are today and exemplify the grit, innovation, and healthy skepticism of the district leaders we work with. For the past six years, district Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler has championed and thoughtfully questioned our strategy for meeting the needs of every learner.

NCLB’s legacy: As the ESSA era begins, have policymakers, educators learned from the past?

The Hechinger Report

8, 2003. In a recent report, Education Week dug deep into student proficiency rates on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) from 2003 through 2015.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

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In 2003, the Gates Foundation gave RISC $5.8 Ragan Toppan, a junior at Deering High School, took part in a walkout last fall to protest a change in the school’s grading policy. Kelly Field, for The Hechinger Report.

How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year

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He has also been named a Master Educator by Course Hero , an education technology company that produced a short film on Boyer. . What other world leaders is Angela Merkel meeting with? 7) World Leader Twitter assignment —Choose to portray one of 200 world leaders during the semester and tweet at least twice a day about what that leader is doing, thinking, feeling, where he or she is, and with whom he or she is meeting.

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

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For example, a graduate with an associate’s degree in accounting may be competent for recording inventory, but not creating a company’s tax return. It also becomes a tangible representation of tacit knowledge for both group members and those outside of the group (Conceicao, Heitor, & Veloso, 2003; Yaklief, 2002). 2003). 2003). 2003). Organizational Science (2003) 14 (3), 283-296. 2003). 2003). 2003). 2003). 2003). 2003).

The Politics of Education Technology

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“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

The History of the Future of E-rate

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While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy. The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that CIPA does not violate the Constitution.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Children'

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In November, Bloomberg reported that WeWork , a co-working space startup that acquired both the coding bootcamp Flatiron School and the meet-up company MeetUp this year, planned to open a private K–12 school in one of its facilities. ” “Children are ready to start creating their life’s work when they’re 5,” WeWork co-founder Rebekah Neumann told Fast Company.

Needing students, Appalachian colleges reach out to fast-growing Hispanic population

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The proportion of students in kindergarten through 12 th grade nationwide that is Hispanic has increased to 25 percent from 19 percent since 2003, while the black, non-Hispanic population has dropped to 16 percent, and the white, non-Hispanic population, to 50 percent from 59 percent.

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Truth, truthiness, triangulation and the librarian way: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world

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content farm or content mill : a company that employs a staff of freelance writers to create content designed to satisfy search engine retrieval algorithms with the goal of attracting views and advertising revenue. Meet CORA (the Community of Online Research Assignments).

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Breaking with longstanding tradition – through Democratic and Republican administrations – President Trump will not host a meeting with this year’s American Nobel laureates.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Frustrated with the slow resolution of loan forgiveness claims at the Department of Education, two borrowers have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and loan servicing company Navient in federal court.”

Why teacher-authors don’t give everything away free (& neither should you)

The Cornerstone Blog

I also had to create a preview file so that teachers could see what they’re getting, and not have to download (or purchase) dozens of different things hoping to find something that would meet their needs.

Teaching from Home and Still Making a Difference: Meet Katharine from 51Talk

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I have been teaching English as a Foreign Language since 2003, so over 14 years. Upon completion I was offered a job teaching English to business managers at an international company and worked there for a few months before being offered a job teaching children and young adults.