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.

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


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. 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.

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


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


This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. 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.

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

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

A Principal's Reflections

I remember the days when I was not a very big believer in educational technology. As I moved from the classroom to administration, I still saw technology from a mere delivery aspect. Integrating technology and innovating just for the sake of it will never pay off in the long run.

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eSchool News

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


Omidyar Network Spins Off Education Portfolio Into Independent Investment Firm


The spin out is a positive signal for the greater education technology sector, Klement says. “We In March 2018, Omidyar spun out its emerging technologies portfolio as Spero Ventures. billion in various sectors since its inception in 2004.

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.

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.

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). Over the past three years, private equity groups have upped their stake in education technology companies. Currently, he predicts, the financiers in the edtech industry will focus on consolidating revenue-generating businesses. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

When Learning Goes Nomadic


This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. How does higher education use mobile technology to teach? After that shock, discussion began by exploring the full range of mobile technology available in 2019.

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.

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. He said Turnitin has been cashflow positive since 2004. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions

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! A growing corps of entrepreneurs, supported by record-setting investments in education, are creating new technologies, experimenting with business models, and living their own bouts of euphoria and terror. The State of the K-12 Sector The edtech boom of the past two decades promised efficacy and new instructional models.

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. Education Technology Teaching & Learning Higher Education

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

But what exactly is a competency-based education system, and what role does technology play in the design and support of this system? MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out where teachers can turn to fund personalized learning initiatives! Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity.

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


While you may take up the role of champion as a general way of perceiving your fit within your school system, we may find ourselves identifying with one adopter category or another when discussing emergent technology. 2004). Pedagogy TL Advisor Blog edtech Leadership

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


For years, he served as the business partner and editor for Tim O’Reilly’s O’Reilly Media, which itself has become an intellectual (and publishing) nexus for the technology community. (A Come meet Dale Dougherty, Tim O’Reilly and Betsy Corcoran at the SF Edtech Meetup on Thursday, Nov. Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityLater this week, in the tiny town of Bridgeville, Del., pumpkins will fly.

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!


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. Colleges were spending millions networking classrooms and residence halls, and I wondered about the absence of technology in the “front office” for teaching and learning. It was a tools and technology and service provider.

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. 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.”

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


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.

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. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress.

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

Hack Education

I will not be assigning penance today – although as a scholar of history and culture, I do want you (all of us, really) to think about what we’ve done; to think about what we’ve said; to think about the stories we tell about the future of technology and education.