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Is graduate school being disrupted? It’s not that simple.

The Christensen Institute

Still others, like law school, are having to adapt to disruption indirectly, because disruption is affecting the industries where students will go on to work. Disruptive Innovation, which makes products simpler, more affordable, and more accessible, has a track record of up-ending industries and taking down titans. Netflix didn’t post its first profits until 2003. MBA applications are down. Law schools are struggling. Is traditional graduate school being disrupted ?

Why Esports in Schools is a Good Thing

ViewSonic Education

As a spectator sport and as an industry. A 2003 analysis of 15 cases of school shooters found all but two suffered from social rejection. Esports as an industry is an expanding area of study at colleges and universities. Esports are here to stay.

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

Edsurge

Todd Brekhus learned a lesson in effective communication back in 2003. Brekhus’ story was just one shared from the main stage during the last day of the Software & Information Industry Association’s Ed Tech Industry Conference in San Francisco this week. At 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.

What hotels and higher education have in common

The Christensen Institute

In each case, disruptive innovations made products which were simpler, cheaper and more accessible–and then became so successful that they toppled the long-standing leaders of the industry. We’ve see disruption across industries–but not everywhere.

Game-Based Learning Gains Steam in Higher Education: Triseum Raises $1.43 Million to Transform Educational Experiences for Students

EdNews Daily

Triseum has quickly changed the landscape of the emerging Game-Based Learning (GBL) industry. Education, as an industry, is better served when academic rigor presents itself through experiences and technologies students naturally gravitate to.” .

A Paradigm Shift

A Principal's Reflections

It all began around 2003 when the smartphone wars started with Blackberry, but was quickly taken over by the Apple iPhone in 2007. The dying taxi industry and Blockbuster provide stark reminders of this fact. The world continues to change as a result of technological advances.

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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. You may not know it, but education is a very “green” industry. Lesson learned #4: Don’t pursue every industry standard.

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EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

MIND’s Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson has made the case time and time again that the “one good study” paradigm is insufficient for edtech practitioners to base decisions on, and that a model of repeatable results at scale is one that should be adopted across the education industry.

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

Edsurge

The mid-Atlantic region near New Markets’ headquarters in Fulton, Maryland is home to some of the education industry’s biggest names, including Blackboard, EverFi, Laureate Education and 2U. 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. To date, New Markets has invested nearly $30 million across 23 education technology companies since its founding in 2003.

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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. You may not know it, but education is a very “green” industry. Lesson learned #4: Don’t pursue every industry standard.

How to take online mentoring to the bright side

The Christensen Institute

Founded in 2003, Brightside is one of the largest online mentoring models, working with 10,000 young people across the UK every year. The organization finds and trains mentors from across industries and leverages an online platform to connect them with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. I’m delighted to announce that this August I’ll be releasing a book on a new wave of disruption in education: innovations that deepen and expand students’ access to relationships.

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What healthcare innovators can learn from academic coaches in higher ed

The Christensen Institute

The power of CfA’s coach-facilitated model is evidenced by Southern New Hampshire University’s remarkable transformation from a small, traditional liberal arts college with just 2,500 students in 2003, to one of the U.S.’ Healthcare innovators who seek lessons on that subject not just within, but also outside the industry—such as from Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America—might just end up at the head of their class.

A New Social Science? Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields

TeachThought - Learn better.

Overall, the number of statistics bachelor’s degrees has grown from 526 in 2003 to 1,678 in 2013. Our graduates are getting excellent jobs in industry with a statistics degree. Statistics Outgrows All Other STEM Fields From 2010-2013. From a press release.

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Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

In the case of Florida, that movement started with the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) in 2003, which only receives money when students successfully complete a course. In every industry, the early successful products and services often have an interdependent architecture—meaning that they tend to be proprietary and bundled. In addition, differences in usage patterns—and therefore people’s individual needs—are not obvious during the interdependent stage of an industry’s evolution.

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

Edsurge

My first company, Isavix, had several Fortune 500 customers and sold in 2003 to a private group named InScope International. It helps to attend or exhibit at conferences, generate stories in the media and win industry awards.

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

Edsurge

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. 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.

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Expert Tips to Make Educational Travel Attainable for All Students

edWeb.net

She has traveled with over 800 students to Washington, DC since 1993 and to Europe since 2003, and is passionate about providing equity in educational travel for students.

Education Technology and the Business of Student Debt

Hack Education

Here’s why I insist that student loans are ed-tech: if you don’t pay attention to what’s going on with student loan companies – among the most well-funded venture-backed education-oriented companies for the last three years now – then you’re really only painting a partial picture of what investors and what industry is up to. She’s hired student loan industry executives to manage the federal student loan program.

Weekend Reading: Thanksgiving Edition

ProfHacker

" The Tech Industry’s Gender-Discrimination Problem ," by Sheelah Kolhatkar. The short answer is that it’s a virtual world that launched in 2003 and was hailed by some as the future of the internet.

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

The Hechinger Report

James Wiley is a technology analyst with Eduventures, which does consulting work for companies in the predictive analytics industry. By 2012 the conditions were ripe for the predictive analytics industry to take off on campuses around the country.

Disrupting education, the NFL way

The Hechinger Report

Certainly, teams have conducted bogus interviews to fulfill the rule’s requirements without any intention of hiring that person, but since the rule was enacted in 2003, the league has seen a significant increase in the number of black head coaches.

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

eSchool News

In an attempt to continue his legacy, Rogers death in 2003 was marked by the establishment of the Fred Rogers foundation , in his hometown of Latrobe PA, which launched with the goal of supporting the ability of educators to effectively use digital media in their professions.

PBS to Present “Spotlight Education,” A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17

EdNews Daily

Combining current-day footage, at the time of their hoped-for high school graduation, with a wealth of material shot over more than a decade, starting in 2003 when they were just entering their first year of school, the film reveals who has made it through, despite daunting obstacles.

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Shifting From Pedagogy To Heutagogy In Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

The power to learn Heutagogy has come a long way since its initial inception over a bottle of wine and notes written on a napkin in a restaurant in 2000 (Hase, 2002, 2009; Hase and Kenyon, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010; Kenyon and Hase, 2010).

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

The Hechinger Report

School counseling received a substantial overhaul with the 2003 publication of the ASCA National Model , a framework for counseling that was designed to bring clear standards to the field.

?This College Program Wants to Overhaul the Education Culture in Alaska

Edsurge

Nearly 40 percent of students starting at 4-year public institutions took at least one developmental (or college-level readiness) course while enrolled from 2003 to 2009. He says he got his first job in engineering from the connections he made at weekly Friday meetings where industry professionals often came to speak to students—and recruit for jobs and internships.

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A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

Intragroup competency: group process: Through the negotiation of group processes and interaction between members of the group, group norms and mental models are created (Boland & Tenkas, 1995; Conceicao, Heitor, & Veloso, 2003; Jehn & Mannix, 2001; Mohammed & Dumville, 2001; Moreland & Levine, 2001) which then become the basis for evaluating the group’s competency. This knowledge (especially in knowledge based industries) becomes the organization’s product. 2003). 2003).

Organizational learning theories

Connecting 2 the World

The first is based on the idea of organizational knowledge management in which knowledge is codified into information which the organization and individuals can access, monitor, acquire, and store (Allee, 1997; Contu & Willmott, 2003; Raelin, 2008). Akgun, Lynn, & Byrne (2003) further define the organizational learning process as “ a social process mediated by artifacts. 2003). 2003). Organizational Science (2003) 14 (3), 283-296.

6 tips for making educational travel attainable for all students

eSchool News

She has traveled with over 800 students to Washington, DC since 1993 and to Europe since 2003, and is passionate about providing equity in educational travel for students.

The looming decline of the public research university

The Hechinger Report

These schools are desperately needed to diversify economies that rely disproportionately on manufacturing and agriculture and lack the wealthy private institutions that fuel the knowledge industries found in Silicon Valley or along Boston’s 128/I-95 corridor.

Weld North Acquires Performance Matters, Merging It With Truenorthlogic

Marketplace K-12

Performance Matters, which was founded in 2003, provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for formative assessment, data management, and analytics. Our industry requires it,” he said. Follow @EdWeekMMolnar and @EdMarketBrief for the latest news on industry and innovation in education.

Keith Devlin from Stanford: Talking Media, Math, MOOCs, and Silicon Valley Money in Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his "innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics." Media X is Stanford''s catalyst for industry and academic research partnerships on the impact of information and technology on society

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

Edsurge

As recently as 1997, only 27 percent of America’s K-12 school had internet access—a number that skyrocketed to 92 percent by 2003. The edtech industry made big strides during this era. Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges.

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The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

These are industrial documents. In 2003 in Classroom Assessment Practices and Teachers’ Self-Perceived Assessment Skills , Zhicheng Zhang and Judith A. The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. by Terry Heick.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Children'

Hack Education

As I noted in the previous article in this series , the technology industry has continued this year to advocate for changes to both policy and curriculum to expand computer science education. The tech industry made a number of high profile donations and pledges this year, coinciding with the Trump administration’s announcement this fall that it would earmark $200 million in grants for computer science and STEM education.

4 Keys to Student Success Online: Part 1

The Electric Educator

While research regarding best practices for online learning is difficult to obtain due to the relatively infancy of the industry, four key areas of focus critical to program success have been identified. Vrasidas & Zembylas (2003 in Rice 2006) identified high quality materials and frequent teacher-student interaction as key components to student success.

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

NeverEndingSearch

Consider this results of this report in the context of with the decline of the newspaper industry also documented by recent Pew Research Center data. Hoax-Slayer : Australian Brett Christensen has been debunking email and social media hoaxes and spam since 2003.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

Edsurge

education industry has not become so dependent (yet). TAL Education Group , which began as a solo tutoring operation in 2003 and has since grown into a publicly-traded empire, boasting $620 million in revenue in 2015 from a network of over 300 brick-and-mortar tutoring centers. “ You Can’t Make Movies Without China.” So states a recent Wall Street Journal report on the tens of billions of dollars that Chinese companies have poured on U.S. film and production studios.

The Serious & Historic Importance of Media Literacy | Downloadable Posters for Media Literacy Week

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

See [link] How many have died just in Iraq since the 2003 invasion (see [link] )? When people are quick to label any questioning or independent thinking as "conspiracy theories," I ask myself: did you not watch or learn about the tobacco industry misrepresenting the truth for decades?