Blackboard Co-Founder: ‘4 Secrets to Building a Tech Company for Higher Ed’

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To mark the 20th anniversary of Blackboard, one of the first LMSes, the company’s co-founder, Matthew Pittinsky, wrote an epic blog post about the company’s history, which includes his advice for today’s edtech leaders. As origin stories go, the founding of Blackboard twenty years ago lacked that single light bulb moment that tech companies like to tell. The winner of the LMS market would be the company with the most widely adopted platform.

That’s a Rap! Nearpod Buys Educational Hip Hop Creator, Flocabulary

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It’s out of the ordinary when Nearpod buys a company. The Brooklyn-based company best known for fusing hip hop with educational content in music videos and instructional activities, has been acquired by Nearpod , which helps educators beam digital content to students’ devices.

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To the next President of the World Bank—it’s time to switch it up

The Christensen Institute

Consider Celtel, the company Mo Ibrahim founded roughly 20 years ago. In the late 1990s, when Sudanese entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim first conceived of setting up a mobile phone company in Africa, many of his colleagues said he had lost his mind. By 2004, revenues had reached $614 million.

Utah’s Edtech Unicorn, Pluralsight Files for Initial Public Offering

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The company has raised more than $200 million in venture capital from investors including Insight Venture Partners and ICONIQ Capital. Founded in 2004, Pluralsight currently offers more than 6,000 online courses on a variety of technical, business and design skills—from architecture to manufacturing, game development and software engineering. The company claims its most popular teachers can make millions of dollars through this model. The long-awaited filing finally happened.

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Is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004, and Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex. Google LLC.

Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B

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A company best known (and sometimes rebuked) for its plagiarism checker has just received one of the biggest checks in the education technology industry. Founded in 1998 by four university students, iParadigms, Turnitin’s previous parent company, launched with a vision to offer tools across different industries, from law to education and technology. Over the years, it saw the most success in education and the company shifted to focus specifically on that market.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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Some entrepreneurs were drawn to the sector after reading it—and made the paper part of their company’s onboarding practice. The company was renamed “Amplify.” Five years later, Berger led a management buyout of the company, backed by Emerson Collective. A friend recently read a 2004 Harvard Business School case study of Wireless Generation’s work in Montgomery County, Maryland, and responded: “Thanks!

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

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In 1998, for instance, researchers from the university formed a spin-off company called Carnegie Learning that popularized the math tutor software developed at the university. More recently, in 2013, a company called Acrobatiq was formed to try to bring lessons learned from the Open Learning Initiative to the market.

Why development organizations should be more like Netflix and less like Blockbuster

The Christensen Institute

In 2000, when Netflix was still a small and fledgling company, it offered itself to Blockbuster, the world’s largest video, DVD, and game rental company for $50 million. Netflix was a very tiny company with mounting losses, and one with a very uncertain future. For example, in order for Blockbuster to grow, the company needed to open and manage as many stores as the market allowed. Fewer than.05% of companies reach annual revenue of $100 million.

CDI Receives Award from Microsoft for Deploying More than 1 Million OS Licenses

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The company provides student and teacher devices, a wide range of classroom technology and accessories, deployment services and warranty programs. The company holds ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications, and processes more than one million I.T.

In Move Towards Nonprofit, Grand Canyon University Sells for $875M

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Grand Canyon Education, a publicly-traded education company, announced today it has sold Grand Canyon University for $875 million to form a nonprofit. But in 2004 Grand Canyon University found itself facing closure—with$20 million in debt—and with less than 1,000 students, and switched to become a for-profit institution. In 2014 officials at the company announced plans to turn the university back to a nonprofit.

The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

The Innovative Educator

Dec 21, 2014, 2356 Stop Making Students Do Work Dec 30, 2014, 2004 Screentime Is Good For #Students + #StuVoice Dec 14, 2014, 1980 10 Ideas for Innovative Math Instruction Mar 31, 2010, 1520 10 Guidelines for #EdTech Companies + Social Media. Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out.

Assessing exports through the lens of innovation

The Christensen Institute

Cementing its reputation as an innovation hub, it now serves as a regional headquarters for some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies, such as BMW, Roche, Novartis, Microsoft, and Apple. The MFA, which set the rules for worldwide trade in textiles from 1974 to 2004, expired on January 1, 2005. Exports are often seen as a solution to the problem of sustained economic development, and indeed they can be.

What if students could study what they love, at a pace that suits their needs?

The Hechinger Report

The Horizon Report, as it is known, began in 2004 and is one of the longest-running publications of its kind. “It’s Students attend classes at Brooklyn LAB school Submitted photo.

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

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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.

To un-muzzle upstart Negros, we need black-owned news media

The Hechinger Report

When I was a newly minted college professor in New Orleans in the winter of 2004, I began writing regular editorials for the Louisiana Weekly , a newspaper devoted to the city’s black community.

New early-college high school to pair students with neuroscientists

The Hechinger Report

For his part, Herbst hopes the model for the Max Planck Academy can be replicated in other cities with research institutes or companies that have research departments, in any field.

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

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He was the first investor in the social media company in 2004.) Peter Thiel’s entrepreneurial and investment history, in brief: He co-founded the online payments company PayPal in 1998 with Max Levchin. PayPal merged with Elon Musk’s financial transaction company X.com the following year, going public in 2002 and then sold to eBay later that year. At the core of the companies that Thiel has founded and funded is surveillance.

What Can WordPress Do for my #GAFE Built School District? | #WordPress

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He co-founded a dial-up ISP in Northern Michigan in 1995, taught "new media design" classes in 1996, pioneered the blog format in the late 1990s, and has since gone on to build large online community sites for General Wesley Clark (2004 presidential campaign), John Kerry, the U.S.

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. Working closely with partners, I spent the years from 1993 to 2004 starting and leading a handful of technology startups.

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How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

Digital Promise

We at Baker & Taylor and Follett are constantly encouraging children, parents, librarians, educators, companies and public institutions to support and enable reading, in and out of school by supporting family reading nights, book clubs and drop-everything-and-read type concepts. Krashen 2004. It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits.

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.

Why Professors Need to Work to Inspire Their Students

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Bain writes in What the Best College Teachers Do (2004): “They consciously try to get students’ attention with some provocative act, question, or statement.” Teaching is a profession where misery does more than just love company—it recruits, seduces, and romances it.

CDI’s Chromebook Division Reaches Milestone by Supporting more than 2,000 School and District Initiatives

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The company provides a variety of Chromebook custom services (white glove), device management, software, warranties, professional development, and the accessories needed to ensure successful implementation of the technology.

Blessings for the Broken Teacher: Students, Kintsugi, and Inspiring Life Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

Aimee: Well, it’s funny that you say that, because a long time ago, 2004, I was nominated and I applied for the Disney Teacher Award, which is no longer. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Preventing the Math Summer Slide

Digital Promise

An early stage education technology company, Cignition, is attempting to break that trend through a summer program that keeps students engaged in mathematics through their online virtual world Fog Stone Isle. 2004). The summer slide, a loss of academic progress during the summer break between school years, has been confirmed in many research studies since an early publication by White in 1906 [1].

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What Does Innovation Mean in Higher Education?

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You can’t walk around any college campus, school district or company without hearing the word “innovation.” Antoinette Siu) According to Wellington Reither, senior advisor to Crow, planning for ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus began around 2004. Yet innovation is not always an idea problem, writes David Burkus , author of “The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas.”.

A New Social Science? Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields

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a statistical-services company based in Rockville, Maryland. “It’s Enrollment in its undergraduate statistics program grew from just 34 majors in 2004 to 224 currently. Statistics Outgrows All Other STEM Fields From 2010-2013. From a press release.

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We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

The Hechinger Report

Although the research varies widely, the business magazine Black Enterprise reported that “[s]tudies show the survival rate of companies that go through an accelerator are three times than that of companies that don’t.”

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

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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.

How Internships Connect First Generation College Bound Students to STEM Careers

MindShift

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.

Live (Early) Friday February 24th with Dennis Littky on Big Picture Schools Schools

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In 2004, he (along with Samantha Grabelle) published a book about the Big Picture Learning design entitled The Big Picture: Education is Everyone’s Business , which went on to win the Association of Educational Publishers’ top award for nonfiction in 2005.

The Pros and Cons of Freelancing

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Having been a freelancer since 2004, I thought I'd share my views on the matter. Having said that, 2018 is very different from 2004 in terms of the options available. There comes a point in some teachers' careers when they consider going freelance.

Inside the $29M DonorsChoose Gift That's Making Teachers Very Happy

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Amani Ghusein Ghusein, who teaches science to grades 3 through 8 at Dawes Elementary School, caught the surprise announcement made on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that cryptocurrency and finance company Ripple had made a huge donation to fund every project on education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose. Instead, teachers submit wishlists from approved vendors and the company purchases and sends the materials directly to schools.

When school districts fall into debt and can’t get out

The Hechinger Report

In addition to the housing development falling through, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, one of the region’s major employers, pulled up stakes in Ann Arbor. The atrium of Whitmore Lake High School, part of a nearly $48 million capital campaign approved by voters in 2006.

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote

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It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies. In 2004, he moved to the OneNote team where he shipped multiple versions of OneNote, while also doing exploring OneNote as a key education tool and working with many teachers and schools around the US and world.

McDonald’s Pays Brand Ambassador to Show Documentary at Schools

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Lisa Baertlein reports for Reuters that the negativity comes at the same time Steve Easterbrook, Chief Executive of McDonald’s Corporation, is fighting to make the 60-year-old business into a “modern, progressive, burger company.”

Report: Teachers in New Orleans Less Local Than Before Katrina

K-12 Schools - Education News

“The percentage of teachers with 10 or fewer years of experience increased from 48 percent in 2004–05 to 70 percent in 2013–14 while the number with 20 or more years of experience dropped by over 20 percentage points,” said the company in a statement.

Tangled up in debt

The Hechinger Report

In Iowa in particular, the companies charge steep prices — nearly $20,000 on average for a cosmetology certificate, the equivalent of a two-year community college degree twice over — and they have fought to keep the required number of school hours higher than anywhere else in the country.

Meet the Mastermind Behind an Innovative, New Way to Teach Math

MIND Research Institute

What our approach does is build spatial-temporal reasoning, and then connect that spatial-temporal reasoning to mathematical understanding,” accomplishing what other software companies haven’t. Video produced by NationSwell in partnership with Cisco.