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


Once upon a time the learning-management system (or LMS) was a new idea. 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.

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. Use this to help onboard new employees or train current staff on new procedures or systems.

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It’s Time To Unlearn & Relearn Learning

EdNews Daily

In spite of mankind’s amazing potential, it is an ironic truism of modernity that our US educational system is losing massive numbers of young learners each year to boredom, stress, and disengagement (1, 2). The problems associated with an outmoded behaviorist teaching system is ubiquitous.

Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B


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.

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


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.

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. Use this to help onboard new employees or train current staff on new procedures or systems. .

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


At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. 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.

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


One of the biggest concerns by college leaders about buying such tools from commercial vendors is whether colleges will have access to the underlying algorithmic logic—or whether the systems will be a “black box.” 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.

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. The system records every game move, enabling the measurement of cognitive abilities as well as mathematical understanding and skill. 2004).

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


Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

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


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


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.

How Silicon Valley schools are trying to boost lower-income students into high-tech jobs

The Hechinger Report

NASA astronauts would test the device, which analyzes the effects of weightlessness on cooling and heating systems, and send data back to the students. As a high schooler, Kateryn Raymundo interned at Salesforce, a tech company, through the nonprofit Genesys Works. SAN JOSE, Calif. —

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story


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. It’s been successful because the leaders who put the educational initiative in place involved everyone across a broad swath of the educational system from the outset, from the grassroots to the grass tops.

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

The Hechinger Report

For-profit schools, such as Salter and others owned by its parent company, Premier Education Group, have zeroed in on this market. Despite their dismal outcomes, for-profits like Premier have taken advantage of a spotty system of oversight to largely fly under the enforcement radar.

How Internships Connect First Generation College Bound Students to STEM Careers


NASA astronauts would test the device, which analyzes the effects of weightlessness on cooling and heating systems, and send data back to the students. As a high schooler, Kateryn Raymundo interned at Salesforce, a tech company, through the nonprofit Genesys Works.

REINVENTING.SCHOOL Thursday with Howard Blumenthal - "What About My Job at School?" #reinventingschool #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program.

The Pros and Cons of Freelancing


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.

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

MIND Research Institute

To me, it’s not acceptable that so many students exit the school system afraid of math.”. 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.

Report: Teachers in New Orleans Less Local Than Before Katrina

K-12 Schools - Education News

The devastation Hurricane Katrina left in its wake included a hit to the education system , as many schools were literally underwater and remained closed for months.

Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

We then dove into the learning management system ( LMS in the US; VLE in Europe ). Re: maturity, by 2004 there was widespread LMS deployment, but relatively shallow use (relatively few classes, few features and functions used; 80% of activity in 20% of application).

More Now: Robust Infrastructure


Just before I took a position as a district level education technology coordinator at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (in 2004), the district applied for and received a grant to put 1,200 handheld devices (Palm Pilots) into the hands of middle schoolers. He is now President and CEO of the EdTechTeam , a global network of educational technologists that provide professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, nonprofits, and for-profit education companies.

A Billionaire Benefactor, a Disputed Ballot Issue and a Community College Turnaround


Texarkana College adopted new enterprise software and other edtech tools like an early-alert system, but technology was only one aspect of the school’s effort. During the decade between Nelson and Russell’s presidency, Jones says the college purchased a popular learning-management system, called Banner Plus, along with all of the bells and whistles that vendors like to tack on. This is the first part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Dozens of interviews — along with reviews of tax disclosures, Federal Communications Commission filings, and court records related to EBS — show that this educational spectrum is, at least, woefully underutilized — a public resource born of good intentions but wasted by a broken system.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Federal licenses to use spectrum that can carry mobile internet are a hot commodity, coveted by big telecommunications companies with money to spend at the periodic spectrum auctions conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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.

Drama and Technology Combine to Create Magical and Powerful Learning – Erin O’Rourke, Canada

Daily Edventures

We looked at examples by Miral Kotb, founder of the iLuminate dance company, and designer Lesia Trubat’s collaboration of dance and wearable tech, called e-Traces. Bachelor of Education, York University, 2004.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

Institutions for foster kids aren’t doing enough to educate them

The Hechinger Report

According to a national 2015 study, on a single day in 2013, the most recent comprehensive data available, kids in those facilities numbered 55,916, 37 percent below the figure for 2004.

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The History of the Future of Learning Objects and Intelligent Machines

Hack Education

I’m interested not so much in how ed-tech (and tech more broadly) might change cognition or learning, but in how it will change culture and power and knowledge – systems and practices of knowing.

A Glimpse Into the Playful World of Seymour Papert


He was proud about knowing all the parts of the transmission system, the gearbox, and most especially the differential. Later, the name for the LEGO company’s award-winning toy Mindstorms, a robotic construction system for youngsters, was inspired by Seymour's 1980 book of the same name.) In one of our conversations during the fall of 2004, he told me, “I miss the old days of Big Ideas about the nature of knowledge and human learning.”

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

Hack Education

The very next day, Apple shares hit $97.80, an all-time high for the company. By 2012 – yes, thanks to its hardware business – Apple’s stock had risen to the point that the company was worth a record-breaking $624 billion.

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After Decades of Decline, US Catholic Schools Adapting to Survive and Grow

K-12 Schools - Education News

On Friday, the Pope did visit a third-grade classroom at Our Lady Queen of Angels, one of the symbols of the beleaguered Catholic education system. In Memphis, between 1999 and 2004, the diocese reopened nine schools that had closed thanks to large financial gifts.

5 Technologies to Watch In 2011

The Electric Educator

Five companies to watch in 2011 Five trends to watch in 2011 Five people to follow in 201 1 Five Blogs to read in 2011 Josef Dunne, Via Flickr 1. HTML5 The development of HTML5 has been underway since 2004.

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Join Us in Chicago for the Fourth Annual Global Leadership Summit - March 15, 2019

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Global Leadership Summit will provide participants with the unique opportunity to: Develop the capacity to lead classrooms and educational systems that foster in students the will and the skill to tackle problems of real-world significance locally and globally.