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. 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.

Curriculum Associates Featured on Inc. Magazine’s 37th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies


5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

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She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

Empatico: A Breakthrough Way to Promote Empathy (And It’s Free)

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2005). The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies that I can recommend.

To the next President of the World Bank—it’s time to switch it up

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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.

Ringleader of Admissions Scam Also Ran a College Counseling Firm For Families in China


In some cases, the company also helped the applicants cheat on ACT or SAT tests, or took online classes for them to boost their applications. The Los Angeles-based company, called USA-UES, listed Rick Singer as its co-chairman as of Thursday. Hours after the company and its top leaders were contacted by EdSurge, the company removed Rick Singer’s name and all staff member names from its site, though we grabbed a screenshot before they did (posted below).

Quizlet Raises $20 Million to Bring More Artificial Intelligence to Its Study Tools


But there’s another number that also has the company excited. The company has now raised $32 million in total. Founded in 2005, Quizlet is probably best known for its digital flashcards, built by a then-high schooler, Andrew Sutherland, who is still with the company as its chief technology officer. For the first 10 years the company remained small, and had been profitable since 2009. The company offers two subscription plans for individual users (at $1.99

Boxlight to Host Third Annual “Boxlight STEM Day” on November 8


– Between 2005 and 2015, STEM employment grew by 24.4 The company improves student engagement and learning outcomes by providing educators the products they need for the 21century classroom. percent, over five times more than non-STEM employment over the same period.


Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test?


Last summer, the San Francisco-based company invited several dozen educational publishers and organizations to create and sell materials to Quizlet users, as part of a closed beta program. Today, the company announced it is inviting any content creator, including individual educators, to apply for its Premium Content program. Founded in 2005, Quizlet has become a popular source among students for its user-generated digital flashcards. Content may be king.

Is Education Entering the ‘Age of Alternatives’?


For example, in her 2005 book “ Schooling America ,” Patricia Graham divided a century of educational history into the following “Ages”: An “Age of Assimilation” (roughly 1900-1920) when universal education and a common curriculum helped schools assimilate immigrants into American life, as well as assimilating distinct American cultures (rural/urban, poor/middle class, etc.)

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

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Next Generation Science Standards and 2005 Alabama Course of Study: Science. Depending on the number and level of detail of submissions, some additional communication with companies may be required before making a decision.

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Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class


Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. featured 124 companies from 18 countries—marking the largest class in the accelerator’s history. The company will not take more than $30,000 over the two years.) Both my co-founder and I come from small towns, where we were surrounded by brilliant people who don’t have the opportunities that we enjoyed,” Austin Allred, the company’s co-founder and CEO, tells EdSurge.

Building Education Technology for the Developing World


During her time there, the company tripled in size and she earned a promotion. When it launched in 2005, the idea of a $100 laptop for the world’s poorest children captured the backing of Google, eBay and UNDP. Edtech companies entering low-income countries are noticing some of these challenges and are working towards solutions. The company also reduced the size of the app and redesigned math exercises to work better on phones.

Transcription and Accessibility—New Partnerships from Microsoft and Amazon


A Microsoft spokesperson says over email that this technology is publicly available, and that the company is aware of dozens of K-12 schools that are using it in the classroom. The company says its transcription technology is also useful at a broader level. Singer said Echo360 was considering other companies—it “had the full range of all the major companies in the world that do this type of work.”

Fueled by Big Rounds, Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017


edtech companies last year, the dollars returned with a fury during the first six months of 2017. Company. Several private-equity-backed companies have invested heavily in the “platform” approach. PowerSchool, owned by Vista Equity Partners, has acquired eight companies since June 2015. The strategy has worked for a few older companies: Kaplan, for instance, began in the test-prep business and has since moved into higher education, corporate training (and a.

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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.

Can a Neuroscience Video Game Treat ADHD?


On the homepage of the health technology company Akili Interactive , there sits an intriguing line of copy: “Time to Play Your Medicine.” That tagline serves as something of a futuristic mission statement for the Boston-based company, which focuses on bringing brain-training video games to market and is seeking to produce the first FDA-approved game treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Since its founding in 2005, the lab has tested a variety of games.

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Has ‘Shift’ Happened? Revisiting a Viral Video From 2008


One in eight couples married in 2005 met online.”. So I always need a graphic design company to step up and help with the graphic part.

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Grant Wiggins, Champion Of Understanding

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Our colleagues at ASCD have also verified Grant’s death, as has Grant’s professional development company, Authentic Education. Sometime around 2005 I think, I was walking through the booths at a major conference. Grant Wiggins, Champion Of Understanding. by Terry Heick.

Nearly half of education-vendor websites tested had security problems, audit reveals

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More than 780 breaches in schools, resulting in the disclosure of more than 14,790,000 records, have been reported since 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse , a California-based nonprofit consumer advocate. Credit: Frazer Hudson/Getty Images.

What Universities Can Learn from Udacity’s ‘Gig Economy’ Service


Called Blitz, the service lets companies propose a project, and then Udacity provides a cost estimate and puts together a team of alumni engineers to complete it. Once the project is finished, companies have the option to hire “Blitzers” full-time. The company offers a money-back guarantee to students who complete its nanodegree programs—bundles of classes in app and web development and engineering. The company defines “job” as full- or part-time and freelance work.)

Carnegie Learning Bets Big on Coding With Acquisition of Globaloria


Both companies trace their lineage to top-pedigree universities: Carnegie grew out of research on computer-based instructional systems started by Carnegie Mellon researchers. Carnegie Learning spun out as an independent company in 1998. Barry Malkin , a former Apollo executive who made the call to buy the company in 2011, took over as Carnegie’s CEO after its 2015 sale. After it became an independent company in 2014, Harel raised another $3.5

Smart Sparrow Raises $4 Million to Help Teachers—Not Tools—Drive Adaptive Learning


Adaptive’ is just one feature of good learning design,” the company’s founder and CEO tells EdSurge. The Australian company, now based in San Francisco, has signed on 150 universities, along with another 50 companies and organizations, for its “digital courseware platform,” the term that Ben-Naim is much more at ease with. More than 20,000 online courses have been created by over 8,000 educators, the company claims. The company does offer pre-made courses, too.).

From Corona to Lexus: Toyota’s ascent (and why you should care)

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automakers’ market share of cars and light trucks reduced from 87% in 1970 to a mere 57% in 2005? The forces in any company push executives towards the former conclusion. Undoubtedly, Toyota is one of the most formidable automakers in the world today. How did a Japanese automaker make an indelible mark on the U.S. automotive landscape?

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

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Digital Promise and other nonprofit organizations including EveryoneOn and The Learning Accelerator have been working with companies and schools to ensure these programs and offers are making their way into the hands of teachers, students, and families across the country.

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Another small college is closing, unless a for-profit buys it

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According to Wikipedia , GUS “owns and operates several private for-profit colleges and universities in the UK, Canada, and Europe as well as other brands and companies in the education sector such as the e-learning platform InterActive.”

Carnegie Learning Gets a Makeover After Private Equity Investment


In the 1980s, researchers developed an adaptive-tutoring math system used in high schools and colleges, and the tool was spun out as an independent company in 1998. Since then the company has swapped hands between other private-equity firms and private investors. The company also provides professional development services, which he says account for roughly a third of the company’s business. He declined to share whether the company is turning a profit.

After Almost 4 Years as a For-Profit, Kuali Raises $10M from Owl Ventures


Nearly four years later, the Utah-based company is taking another business leap, with a $10 million investment from edtech venture capital firm Owl Ventures. The Kuali Foundation formed as a community source nonprofit around 2005 by a group of universities who wanted to create an affordable and customizable alternative to the millions of dollars campuses spend on administrative software systems that dominate the market, such as Ellucian or Oracle’s PeopleSoft.

Tangled up in debt

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Only a few weeks after getting her cosmetology license in 2005, she was hired at a local Great Clips. Shaw left in 2014, saying the company’s owners looked at students “as dollar signs.”. “I Mr. Becher said the company had sued to “protect the students” from a subpar education.

Report that says online learning growth is slowing misses big picture

The Christensen Institute

Initially, the research arguably gave a reasonably complete view of the state of online learning in all of higher education, as it showed online learning growing rapidly with growth rates of over 20 percent in 2003, 2005, and 2009. Udacity’s Open Education Alliance with AT&T, Google, and others as well as Coursera’s Course Specializations in partnership with companies are just two examples of this.

Fraudulent Tutoring Program Grifts $1.2mil from Detroit Schools

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The charging document states that Carolyn Starkey Darden, 69, of Detroit stole the money between 2005 and 2012. Starkey-Darden cheated the students of Detroit Public Schools out of valuable resources by fraudulently billing for her company’s services,” said David P.

Huntington Beach City School District Uses Boxlight’s MimioSpace to Transform Classrooms into Forward-Thinking, Collaborative Learning Environments


The company aims to improve learning and engagement in classrooms and to help educators enhance student outcomes, by developing the products they need. OnPoint Established in 2005, OnPoint was created to provide exceptional service and support to education-based institutions.

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

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He was the first investor in the social media company in 2004.) Peter Thiel’s entrepreneurial and investment history, in brief: He co-founded the online payments company PayPal in 1998 with Max Levchin. PayPal merged with Elon Musk’s financial transaction company the following year, going public in 2002 and then sold to eBay later that year. In 2005, Thiel launched his investment firm Founders Fund.

Why We Don't Need a 'Netflix for Education'


If the views expressed by leading edtech companies are any indication, the race to become the first 'Netflix of Education' is gathering steam. Comments from both established learning companies like McGraw-Hill , as well as more recent entrants like D2L and Udemy , reveal a strong push among edtech companies seeking to position themselves as "education's answer to Netflix." One feature of Netflix in particular seems to have captured the imagination of edtech companies.

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Guest Post: Connect Technology to Education by Tim L. Cooley


In 2005, before eReaders were available, a father turned to the internet to create a digital system to distribute his comic books as “eComics.” Companies are now seeing the incredible potential for edutainment through mobile applications and the most impressive is Fingerprint, “the first mobile learning and play networks for kids and their grown-ups.”

’15 by the numbers

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By far the fewest blog posts I have written since I started the blog in 2005. For better or for worse there are now four different companies that I am a part of and each of those have me creating and producing content in some way shape or form for them. Who starts four companies?

Federal grant aims to boost low-income test takers in Mississippi

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Some low-income students may already qualify for a $31 test fee reduction via The College Board, the company that designs AP curriculum and exams. State superintendent Dr. Carey Wright says the grant will help create equitable opportunities for students to earn college credit in high school.

Just who are the people behind today’s educational software?

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February 2005: Bellevue, Washington. So Slivka decided to launch a new company partly inspired on long-ago science fiction reading, such as Enders Game by Orson Scott Card and The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson—books that weave futuristic education tools into the narrative.

Teachers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

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Between 2005 and 2017, public schools in the U.S. The movement manifests itself in corporate tax breaks, which don’t require companies to contribute their fair share to state taxes, a significant part of districts’ budgets. Striking Tacoma Teachers walk a picket line, Thursday, Sept.

In this New Hampshire high school, internships shape the future of learning

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KEENE, N.H. — Harrison Hicks, 16, sat at a small corner desk in the offices of Filtrine Manufacturing Company, a maker of water filtration equipment, drawing circles as his mentor, Josh Flagg, watched. New Hampshire did this, for all schools, in 2005.