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. He and two other education technology executives shared lessons learned from both sides of the table when it came to mergers and acquisitions. Education Technology Mergers and AcquisitionsAt the time, he was part of PLATO Learning, a school instructional software vendor now known as Edmentum. PLATO had reportedly spent about $50 million to buy another company to expand the school grades it serviced.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

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To adapt, many companies are investing domestically, particularly in China, where edtech companies raised more than $1.2 edtech startups raised last year. Investors, particularly in China, are looking across the Pacific to check out innovative tools and models that they haven’t explored or implemented back home,” observes Victor Hu, Global Head of Education Technology and Services at Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division. edtech investor, including.

EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

Over the past several years, MIND Research Institute has been endeavoring to change the conversation around edtech evaluations. In the article, titled “ Debunking the Gold Standard Myths in EdTech Efficacy ,” writers Jennifer Carolan and Molly B. 2003).

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New Markets Venture Partner’s Latest Edtech Fund Closes at $68 Million

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When New Markets Venture Partners first began fundraising for its second education technology investment fund, Barack Obama was in office, Brexit for up for debate and iPhones still had headphone jacks. And according to Palmer’s research, 21 of the 23 largest exits in the edtech industry have come from companies based outside of New York or the San Francisco Bay Area. It also gives the foundation a lens into the challenging realities of the edtech startup ecosystem.

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Thinking About Selling Your Edtech Startup? Here’s What to Expect.

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My first company, Isavix, had several Fortune 500 customers and sold in 2003 to a private group named InScope International. Multiples can be higher for exceptional cases where a company boasts rapid adoption growth or proprietary technology.

How School Districts Are Shaping the Edtech They Use

eSpark

Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns, Utica Community Schools saw the lasting impact that using purposeful technology with fidelity can have on student achievement and engagement. Committed to transforming every K-2 classroom in her district, Dr. Johns worked with eSpark to ensure that teachers received the support and professional development they needed to successfully transition to student-centered learning and adjust to new technology.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

One of my very memorable failures was in 2003, when I went to Austin ISD to present to the technology team as the final step of a large purchase. But, when the technology fails and you can’t take a breath no matter how hard you try, it’s called a panic attack.

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

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Not so for Southern New Hampshire University , which has partnered with Rethink Education , a venture firm based in White Plains, NY, to launch a $15 million seed fund to support early-stage edtech startups. 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

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

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New Markets has supported 43 companies since its launch in 2003; edtech startups make more than 90 percent of its deals in the past five years, Palmer adds. Investments in edtech companies in 2016 totalled $945 million, according to estimates from GSV Capital, less than half of the $2 billion tally last year. He expects to see media companies play a bigger role in snapping up promising edtech startups. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community

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Can Virtual Reality Improve Education?

EdTech4Beginners

Advancements in VR Technology. VR technology is increasing at a rapid pace, and with each new app, there is endless learning potential. Author bio: Robert Hyde is a game passionate with great interest in virtual reality and technology devices.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.

The Greatest EdTech Generation Ever – LIVE Blog of Justin Reich’s Keynote

EdTechTeacher

” The idea, though, that the kids had separated from technology was ridiculous as Justin shows a YouTube video on how to make a rainbow loom starbust bracelet that has been viewed over 30 million times! Justin Reich is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, the Richard L.

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4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

One of my very memorable failures was in 2003, when I went to Austin ISD to present to the technology team as the final step of a large purchase. But, when the technology fails and you can’t take a breath no matter how hard you try, it’s called a panic attack.

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

Edsurge

And it’s scenarios like this that put pressure on edtech companies to make their tools more interoperable. As standards come and go, edtech developers are tasked with supporting new technical integrations demanded by school and district customers.

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3 ways Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) paved the way for edtech

eSchool News

Here are three long-lasting influences on edtech from the legacy of Mister Rogers: 1. Using New Technology to Improve Education. Many parents were worried about exposing their children to the emerging new technology, and definitely did not view it as an educational tool.

Use Design Thinking to Develop Critical Skills for a Global Economy

EdTechTeacher

This post first appeared on EdTech Researcher. In my determination to inject technology into the environment, I did not recognize that my own cognitive biases were limiting my ability to really see and experience the learning. 2003).

Chief Privacy Officers: A Small But Growing Fleet in Higher Education

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When Kathleen Sutherland took the helm as Chief Privacy Officer for the University of Colorado in 2003, there weren’t very many people in higher ed she could turn to for guidance and advice. Brian Kelly, director of the cybersecurity program at Educause, a higher education and technology nonprofit, says the trend has followed other business sectors, and that higher ed has seen an uptick in the number of CPOs over the last two years in particular.

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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. . Understand how Boyer integrates technology into his course design. Good Bye Lenin! ” (2003, Germany, directed by Wolfgang Becker)—Black comedy with a semi-romantic storyline that is easily the best teaching device for explaining the Cold War in Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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

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In the education technology business, Larry Berger is considered—if not the smartest guy in the room, then certainly one of the wiser ones. He also talked about the challenges facing edtech companies today, including his skepticism towards what he calls an “engineering” model of personalized learning. And that’s the thing we started doing back in 2003, which has grown and evolved. It’s a much more flexible idea of the technology-to-student ratio.

Teacher: Know Thyself – School Culture Shift is About the People

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While you may take up the role of champion as a general way of perceiving your fit within your school system, we may find ourselves identifying with one adopter category or another when discussing emergent technology. 2003). Pedagogy TL Advisor Blog edtech Leadership

Spirals of Innovation in Schools – From Pockets of Excellence to Sustained Change from Beth Holland

EdTechTeacher

To be successful in a knowledge economy, students will require the ability to complete non-routine tasks, solve unstructured problems, and employ technologies for communication, collaboration, and creation (Autor, & Price, 2013; Collet, Hine, & Plessis, 2015).

“When technology becomes the ‘air and water’ we need in innovative instruction, and learning exists in a seamless and transparent way, then we know we’ve done well for our students. – Dr. Melanie Wiscount, USA

Daily Edventures

Since 2003, I have enthusiastically immersed my instruction and students into technology,” she says. “It It is exciting how every year there are new tools, technologies, and trends which keep my instruction and my students’ learning and assessments in constant renewal.”. Whether through her Edtech blog , Twitter or Skype, Wiscount is committed to opening doors for her students and for other teachers. “I McKinley Technology STEM High School, Washington, DC.

Do You Make Your Learning Transparent to Others?

EdTechSandyK

When you are seen as a technology expert or specialist it may be difficult or embarrassing to admit when you don''t know how or why something technical works, but I think it''s highly important to share when you don''t know.

A Commitment to Confronting Our Bias and Privileges

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This means all of us: students, teachers and administrations—and yes, entrepreneurs and investors in edtech products used every day. Avenue Q parodied this concept with the song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” back in 2003. Like many education technology companies in the Silicon Valley, our demographic makeup does not reflect the education system that we report on. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Community

Wednesday Early - Reforming Ed Reform Panel with Downes, Gardner, Kohn, and Stager

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine?” I love this headline from Campus Technology , which echoes the wise words of Bill and Ted from their excellent adventure: “ Ed Tech Changes … and Stays the Same.” “Why Fixing the Pipeline Alone Won’t End Edtech’s Diversity Problem ,” says Edsurge. ” The report is from the Technology for Education Consortium. (I’ve Education Politics.

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'Robots Are Coming For Your Children'

Hack Education

You hear it all the time, accompanied by a standard set of justifications about the pressing need to reform education: something about the " factory model of education ; something about radical shifts in the job market in recent decades; something about technology changing faster than it’s ever changed before. All of these claims play pretty fast and loose with the facts – with the history of education, with the history of technology, and with the history of work.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review. This group of older borrowers collectively hold $247 billion in student debt, an amount that has roughly tripled since 2003.” This Edtech Company Says It Uses AI. (National) Education Politics.

Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Karen Blumberg Technology Integrator The School at Columbia University BIO : Karen Blumberg is an educational technologist at The School at Columbia University working with faculty and students to integrate technology academically, respectfully, and responsibly.