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

Digital Promise

In my nearly 15 years of teaching in Philadelphia, I have seen technology introduced into schools and classrooms in myriad ways. I have spent the last 13 of those years as a technology teacher and coordinator, and an informal technology coach, in three different schools. 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.

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

Edsurge

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. Equally important to our product strategy were “The Two Commandments:” Ease of use and enterprise technology.

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

Edsurge

Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying.

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

Hack Education

He was the first investor in the social media company in 2004.) I’ve written extensively about “ the Silicon Valley narrative ” and the ideological underpinnings of the technology and education technology industries. He shapes technology products and politics alike. Peter Thiel’s entrepreneurial and investment history, in brief: He co-founded the online payments company PayPal in 1998 with Max Levchin.

Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

Hack Education

” This was what the mother of a nineteen-year-old killed by a bomb in Kirkuk said on an HBO documentary quoted by Bob Herbert in The New York Times on the morning of November 12, 2004. I want to start this year’s review of education technology acknowledging grief. I want to start this year’s review of education technology sanctioning, if such a thing is necessary, our mourning. ” Education technology faces an inexhaustible supply of quackery.

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

The Farmington, Utah-based provider of online courses for technology professionals has been on the radars of industry analysts ever since its $135 million Series B fundraise in 2014. The company has raised more than $200 million in venture capital from investors including Insight Venture Partners and ICONIQ Capital. The company claims its most popular teachers can make millions of dollars through this model. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

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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). Education News Featured Innovation Technology

Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B

Edsurge

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.

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. This situation always happens with new technologies.

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

Daily Edventures

For the lucky students in Erin O’Rourke’s classes, learning about technology is a little dramatic. For this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, classroom projects (like her MiEE learning activity ) can range from teaching coding to designing wearable technology.

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

Edsurge

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! Education Technology Startups Entrepreneurship Market Trends

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

Edsurge

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. Education Technology Teaching & Learning Higher Education

Google

EdTechTeam

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.

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

Edsurge

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. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Why Professors Need to Work to Inspire Their Students

Edsurge

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.

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. K-12 News Personalized Learning STEM Technology access

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

Edsurge

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.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

Edsurge

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.

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. Resources are the most tangible; they include people, equipment, technology, product designs, brands, intellectual property, cash, etc. Fewer than.05% of companies reach annual revenue of $100 million.

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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What Does Innovation Mean in Higher Education?

Edsurge

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. He worries about whether innovations like online education or scaled technology strategies can help grow mature, responsible citizens. Companies like Apple and Google consistently lead as the most innovative companies in the world.

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

The Hechinger Report

About one-third of all black collegians earn degrees in either a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) field or in business, according to my analysis of integrated post-secondary education data system (IPEDS), the national dataset of college outcomes.

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

Edsurge

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. Education Technology Financing Edtech Busines

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

techlearning

Chicago IL – July 25, 2018 – CDI Computer Dealers , a leading provider of technology to schools, has earned an award from Microsoft for deploying more than 1 million OS licenses in North America.

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

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year

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He has also been named a Master Educator by Course Hero , an education technology company that produced a short film on Boyer. . Understand how Boyer integrates technology into his course design. Motorcycle Diaries ” (2004, Brazil, directed by Walter Salles)—Buddy road trip film set in South America in 1952 that focuses on the ideological development of a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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

The Hechinger Report

Their annual report, produced by 59 leading experts with online input from others, plots the five-year look ahead for education technology. The Horizon Report, as it is known, began in 2004 and is one of the longest-running publications of its kind. “It’s

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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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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

In places like Albemarle County, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, all the latest education-technology tools meant to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps can widen them instead.

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. China, for instance, exported approximately $155 billion worth of advanced technology goods to the United States in 2015.

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

The Hechinger Report

Yet, the fact remains that too many students still scrounge for the vital internet access their classmates (and technology-enamored school reformers) take for granted. In 2004, President George W. K-12 News achievement gap Investigations Rural schools Technology access

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.

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

TeacherCast

It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies. OneNote in Education: Transforming Learning Via Technology & eTextbooks. After four years teaching both Kindergarten and 4th grade, Jennifer became an Instructional Technology Specialist for Lamar Consolidated ISD.

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

Edsurge

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. And in fact, some officials attribute poor technology purchasing decisions as one of the roots of their troubles. We let technology leave us in the dust. Robert Jones, Dean of Students at Texarkana College Jones remembers things differently: “We let technology leave us in the dust.”