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. Case in point: He began receiving messages from a private-equity firm interested in his education data management platform, DataCation, after publishing an article in 2014 about how his product found traction in a market where IBM and Pearson had struggled, and sold to over 5,000 schools. At the time, he was part of PLATO Learning, a school instructional software vendor now known as Edmentum.

What resources would you suggest for professional book studies on reading instruction?

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Reading Essentials (Routman, Heinemann, 2003). What Really Matters for Struggling Readers (Allington, Pearson, 2011). As noted in a previous post , we (our instructional leadership team) are loosening up the reins a bit this year with professional development. Instead of a scheduled set of PD days with pre-determined agendas, we are making time for ourselves to engage in self-directed studies with a reading instruction resource of choice.

The New Media Consortium: its sudden death and what comes next

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I’ve known and worked with the NMC people since around 2003. As Kim Pearson quickly realized, This is a shock. — Kim Pearson (@professorkim) December 19, 2017. Yesterday many of us learned to our shock that the New Media Consortium ( NMC ) was going to be liquidated.

The New Media Consortium: its sudden death and what comes next

Bryan Alexander

I’ve known and worked with the NMC people since around 2003. As Kim Pearson quickly realized, This is a shock. — Kim Pearson (@professorkim) December 19, 2017. Yesterday many of us learned to our shock that the New Media Consortium ( NMC ) was going to be liquidated.

What Video Games Like Doom Teach Us About Learning, According to GBL Guru James Paul Gee

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The Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University has been playing video games for four hours every day since 2003, solving puzzles and battling bosses in games such as Doom, Darksiders 2 and Uncharted 4. Gee: The first game I played was Adventures of the New Time Machine , in 2003. There are publishers like Pearson, tech companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google. I’ve only been doing it since 2003.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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And the idea of pivoting away from that at the exact moment Pearson, Cengage, and McGraw-Hill are adopting that approach seems a bit too convenient. But because Pearson has the exclusive rights to distribute this title, there is no competition and you’ll pay over $200 for a new copy. Beginning in 2003 and continuing consistently thereafter I have depicted learning resources as words in a conversation , and applied the logic of language to the logic of reuse.

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

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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. As a result of solid leadership, great product, friendly government policies and large enterprise contracts, SchoolNet rode the accountability and assessment wave to almost $40 million of annual revenue and a $230 million acquisition by Pearson in 2011.

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This group of older borrowers collectively hold $247 billion in student debt, an amount that has roughly tripled since 2003.” ” Mindset marketing from Pearson : “3 steps to upgrade your GRIT in education.” ” GRIT is one of Pearson’s “mindset”-oriented career success programs. “ Pearson Closes DRM-Free eBookstore , Will Delete All eBooks From Customers’ Account,” The Digital Reader reports.

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Pearson and Chegg are partnering for textbook rentals. Via Mark Guzdial’s Computing Education Blog : “University CS graduation surpasses its 2003 peak, with poor diversity.” Education Politics. From the Department of Education’s press release : “U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Chief of Staff and Additional Staff Hires.” ” And what a fine bunch.

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The Politics of Education Technology

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” “Net neutrality,” a term coined in 2003 by Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, is the principle that all Internet traffic – regardless of source or content or user – should be treated equally. And Silicon Valley tech investors, as well as large education corporations like Pearson, are behind this. This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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As well as teaching a graduate course at Columbia Teacher''s College in Educational Technology and directing the Technology and Innovation at The School, he is an author for Pearson''s Interactive Science Program (a K-8 Science series for 21st century schools).