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. In the world of edtech, the process for finding and purchasing new software or devices can sometimes feel like an app-based dating experience, with schools making quick decisions based on little information. Implement the long-term, matchmaking type of approach to edtech decision making.

10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017

Ditch That Textbook

In 2004, I was about to start my first teaching job. Ed Tech edtech educational technology global connections global education skype skype in the classroom virtual field tripsThat’s when I got introduced to the world. I went on a 10-day mission trip to Uruguay.

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


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. edtech industry since Instructure, another Utah-based company, went public in November 2015. Education Technology Financing Edtech BusinessThe long-awaited filing finally happened.

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EdTech Pioneer Flocabulary Taps Seasoned Leader


Founded in 2004, Flocabulary began as a revolutionary SAT prep platform that taught vocabulary through rap lyrics. Flocabulary , a learning platform that brings the K-12 curriculum to life through its standards-aligned hip-hop videos, today announced the appointment of Din Heiman as president.

EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

Over the past several years, MIND Research Institute has been endeavoring to change the conversation around edtech evaluations. In the article, titled “ Debunking the Gold Standard Myths in EdTech Efficacy ,” writers Jennifer Carolan and Molly B. Dietrich, 2004), to name a few.

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Grad Seminar on EdTech Part 2: How Can Digital Audio Enhance Teaching and Learning?


Bryan Alexander Audio has a long history that is important for edtech folks to understand. I described the form’s birth circa 2004, with creators quickly inventing ways of telling stories by digital audio, which echoes of radio theater. We didn’t conclude that digital audio was a universal tool for all learning, but found it one powerful strategy in the edtech ecosystem. This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University.

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eSchool News

David Lockhart started teaching high school history in 2004. Featured on eSchool News STEAM Teaching & Learning blog edtech makerspaces VRHe had to find that thing that made his lessons stand out, and he saw it with technology.


Omidyar Network Spins Off Education Portfolio Into Independent Investment Firm


billion in various sectors since its inception in 2004. Education Technology Workforce Training Future of Work Early Learning Nonprofits Investors Edtech BusinessThe Omidyar Network is going through changes.

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


She posted her first request—for a microscope—back in 2004, and since then has put up a steady stream of project proposals aimed at bringing the latest resources and technology to her students. “I Education Technology Financing Edtech BusinessOn Tuesday night, Chicago teacher Amani Ghusein stayed up late to watch TV. She had heard there might be a special announcement relating to one of her favorite education websites, DonorsChoose.org, and was curious to know more.

The Progression of our Lower School Technology Integration

Tech Helpful

This is the progression of technology integration at CCS lower school since I came on staff in January of 2004 as a part-time related arts computer teacher. curriculum edtech elementary edtech future goals journey technology integration

The Hottest Posts Everyone's Reading

The Innovative Educator

Post Page views A Few of My Fav #EdTech Things in 2014 Dec 28, 2014, 2527 Student-Friendly Social Media Guidelines Make a Gr. 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.

Why design thinking isn’t just for techies

eSchool News

Founded in 2004 by a few Stanford professors including faculty director David Kelley, the d.School offers courses to all students at Stanford, no matter their major. I was really intimidated when I first heard about design thinking. I also had a lot of questions: What is design thinking?

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


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). Many of the companies that are now part of Weld North Education have been around for more than a decade: Edgenuity (formerly known as e2020, founded in 1998); Generation Ready (2000); Imagine Learning (2004); Compass Learning (1969, then known as Prescription Learning); Think Through Learning (2002).

How Some Chicagoans Are Unlocking the 'School Choice' Puzzle


When it first opened its doors in 2004 as a part of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the organization took a leading role in opening charter schools across the city—130 of them, to be exact. Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech BusinessChoice can be a powerful thing —provided you can evaluate, and act on, the options available to you.

Teacher: Know Thyself – School Culture Shift is About the People


2004). Pedagogy TL Advisor Blog edtech Leadership“Courage is contagious.

10 Types of Digital Activities to Engage Teenagers

Teacher Reboot Camp

I began teaching teenagers in 2004 in Texas. My new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions , has 10 digital missions to help teachers support their teenage students in establishing their identities and defining their goals using technology and digital devices.

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out where teachers can turn to fund personalized learning initiatives! The number of states with policies in place to promote and facilitate competency-based systems has grown from just a handful in 2004 to 43 states in 2018.

3 Actionable Ways to be a Courageous School Leader Today


I think back to August of 2004 when I interviewed for my first teaching position. Dr. Natasha Rachell, a passionate educator, is an alternatively certified high school science teacher turned edtech enthusiast!


When Learning Goes Nomadic


The edtech seminar I'm teaching this semester recently explored the post-desktop world, and to get students thinking about the differences, I began with a quick exercise, asking them to rearrange the classroom into old-school rows.

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


To do that, it has partnered with the Empirical Educator Project , a group of colleges and edtech companies led by e-Literate , a popular education blog, that holds summits and encourages participants to try each others’ tools and approaches.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

FY 2004 $695,900,000 (President Bush’s request: $700,500,000). State Educational Technology Directors Association ( SETDA ) annual reports of program implementation: 2004. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B


He said Turnitin has been cashflow positive since 2004. billion, the deal is the larger than the total amount that edtech startups raised in 2018, which reached a new peak last year at $1.45 Turnitin is a great acquisition for Advance Publications, which has only invested in partial stakes in edtech companies in the past,” said Mary Jo Zandy, managing director at Berkery Noyes, an investment bank that also advises on mergers and acquisitions (but not on this one).

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


A friend recently read a 2004 Harvard Business School case study of Wireless Generation’s work in Montgomery County, Maryland, and responded: “Thanks! The State of the K-12 Sector The edtech boom of the past two decades promised efficacy and new instructional models.

Harnessing the Maker Spirit: Dale Dougherty’s New Book, ‘Free to Make’


Come meet Dale Dougherty, Tim O’Reilly and Betsy Corcoran at the SF Edtech Meetup on Thursday, Nov. But in 2004, Dougherty leaned over during a cab ride and suggested they start a quarterly publication that would be like “Martha Stewart for Geeks,” complete with “recipes” for homemade projects and techie ingredients lists. “It Later this week, in the tiny town of Bridgeville, Del., pumpkins will fly.

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


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. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War ” (2004, South Korea, directed by Je-kyu Kang)—Two brothers are forcibly drafted into the South Korean army at the outbreak of the Korean War and end up fighting for survival—on different sides of the conflict.

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.

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


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. In recent memory, we launched Blackboard in 1997 and took the company public seven years later in 2004. Once upon a time the learning-management system (or LMS) was a new idea. In fact, the notion emerged about two decades ago.

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. Graduation rates didn’t budge above 13 percent between 2004 and 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This is the first part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround. For more, check out parts two and three coming soon.

Why Design Thinking Isn't Just for Techies

Graphite Blog

" Founded in 2004 by a few Stanford professors including faculty director David Kelley , the d.School offers courses to all students at Stanford, no matter their major. Schools often assume that design thinking is a "techie thing" and send their edtech coordinators and directors to design-thinking workshops. I was really intimidated when I first heard about design thinking. I also had a lot of questions: What is design thinking? Isn't it just for techies?

Transparency is the New Black

The Daring Librarian

Until you feel the power of it by following EdTech leaders and subject specific chat''s it''s hard to believe how amazingly powerful it is! I''ve written about the importance web presence and transparency since I started this blog.

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'The Brave Little Surveillance Bear' and Other Stories We Tell About Robots Raising Children

Hack Education

Sidenote: Someone from the Clayton Christensen Institute recently invoked the history of household appliances in an op-ed for Edsurge , asking “Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine?”