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.

Pearson Returns to the Buyer’s Table With Workforce Education Deal

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Since the turn of the century, Pearson has acquired more than two dozen education companies. But last year, as it was selling assets and slashing jobs left and right amid a major reorganization, CEO John Fallon said the company had curbed its appetite for buying startups.

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Edtech Matchmaking: One Teacher’s Strategies for Choosing Better Technology

Digital Promise

When I first started teaching in Philadelphia in 2004, teachers were lucky if they had one desktop computer in their room for students to use, and students attended weekly computer lab classes. Edtech companies may even seek out these schools because they have a very clear mission and framework for implementation. There are lines of communication both ways and the company evolves its product based on input and feedback from teachers like myself.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

EdTech Pioneer Flocabulary Taps Seasoned Leader

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Founded in 2004, Flocabulary began as a revolutionary SAT prep platform that taught vocabulary through rap lyrics. The company's rappers, artists and educators develop videos and activities that are captivating, relevant and research-based.

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

TeacherCast

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.

Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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Already, the Sydney, Australia-based company has pulled back on its social media presence. That’s because the deal coincides with another momentous event on the company’s horizon—one that Ben-Naim says his team and customers have been preparing for.

EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

The article goes on to provide guidance about where an edtech company might focus their efficacy measurement efforts based on the maturity of their product and organization. Fuster, 2004; Schneider & Chein, 2003), schemas and heuristics (e.g., Dietrich, 2004), to name a few.

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10 Ways to Publish Your Game Anywhere

The Game Agency

or 2004) and load into your Learning Management System (LMS). You can use the game you created to train your audience on your company’s history. I deployed the Jump and Match games on behalf of a leading Fortune 100 processor company.

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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.

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.

10 Ways to Publish Your Game Anywhere

The Game Agency

or 2004) and load into your Learning Management System (LMS). You can use the game you created to train your audience on your company’s history. I deployed the Jump and Match games on behalf of a leading Fortune 100 processor company.

Omidyar Network Spins Off Education Portfolio Into Independent Investment Firm

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In the future, Klement says she’d like to invest in more companies and organizations bringing social emotional learning to emerging markets. billion in various sectors since its inception in 2004. The Omidyar Network is going through changes.

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.

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.

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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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!

It’s Time To Unlearn & Relearn Learning

EdNews Daily

That F often transposed into poor work reports or lateral/downward movements in the company. Gruia, “The education pipeline in the United States 1970-2000,” (The National Board on Educational Testing and Public Policy, Boston, 2004).

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

The Hechinger Report

On a laptop in the nearly empty office, he worked on code for a webpage he was developing for his employer, the learning materials company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In half an hour, he needed to join a conference call about changes to the company’s website.

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.

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.

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

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For-profit schools, such as Salter and others owned by its parent company, Premier Education Group, have zeroed in on this market. The company agreed to a total settlement of $3.74 The company agreed to a $3.4 But the company is also expanding.

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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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.”.

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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