Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

Edsurge

From 2006 to 2016, the cost of textbooks increased by 88 percent, more than than nearly any other college student expense—including tuition and fees (63 percent) or on-campus housing (51 percent)—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free. The company is also banking on authors and adopters to check for quality themselves.

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How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship

The CoolCatTeacher

Having co-authored the US’s first parents’ guide to teen social networking, published in 2006, she has also contributed to a number of books and publications, most recently Bullying: Perspectives, Practice and Insights (Council of Europe, 2017).

Reclaiming Your Calling #MotivationMonday with Brad Gustafson

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have created more than 30 global collaborative projects in that time, co-winning the ISTE Online learning award with that first project in 2006.

How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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New York Startup Coursedog Gets Seed Funding to Tackle Class Scheduling

Edsurge

That’s a tall order for any organization—and especially for a small company like Coursedog , which claims its scheduling software can help colleges and universities. Wenig says the company currently has $5 million booked in contracts, and is profitable.

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ISTE 2018: Where I’ll Be Presenting and Joining in the Learning #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been going most years since 2006 and while it overwhelms me, it is truly an awesome learning experience. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Degreed Raises $75 Million to Expand Corporate Learning Platform

Edsurge

For McCarthy, it was a small sign among many that international countries like India had become powerful markets for corporate training companies like Degreed. “A Companies outside the U.S. To date, the San Francisco-based company has raised about $140 million. Founded in 2012, Degreed offers over 1,500 certificates and credentials, aimed primarily at companies looking to develop and upskill their employees.

Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It’s Hard

The CoolCatTeacher

Not the black of mourning, but the formal black of a musician of a prestigious opera company. Adapted and updated from Cellist of the Schoolyard written in 2006, coolcatteacher.com – [link].

A Call to Remake the Maker Faire

Edsurge

After 15 years of inspiring millions of people to be creative and “make” something out of just about nothing, Maker Media, the company behind much of momentum, shut down due to financial shortfalls. Dougherty convened the first Maker Faire in 2006 in San Mateo, Calif.,

Are you ever too old to disrupt? What Penn Foster has been up to

The Christensen Institute

Penn Foster is a private company that operates a private online high school, career academy, and institution of higher education. Currently, the company is rapidly increasing its footprint in the high school space with a range of partnerships, a unique business model, and an eye toward serving large swaths of adults interested in going back to earn a high school diploma. Its high school enrollments saw only modest growth until the company put the product entirely online in 2006.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

Edsurge

education technology companies raised $1.45 And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. edtech industry matures, companies with demonstrable revenue growth are distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack and attracting bigger funders higher up the investment ladder. For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news.

Impact investments: a key to unlocking opportunity and prosperity in emerging markets

The Christensen Institute

Private equity flows to emerging markets more than quintupled from $93 billion in 2006 to approximately $564 billion in 2016. Likewise, venture capital funds, which were responsible for growing companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Apple, are constantly on the prowl for companies that can provide Facebook and Google type IPO successes, even in poor countries.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Moran has served as the Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools since January 2006. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

You know, we’re not giving the kids the tools in school along with opportunities to collaborate, that they need on the job, that the companies are asking for. In 2006 I gave up my job as an elementary principal to care for my wife who had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

K-8 Math Program DreamBox Raises $130 Million from The Rise Fund, Adds Arne Duncan to Board

Edsurge

Those “patient investors,” she says, helped keep company running when its digital math product was still looking for its footing in the education market. Now the company is getting even more spoiled, in the form of a $130 million investment from The Rise Fund. based education technology company in 2018. It’s also a big bump from the $40 million in total venture capital that the company had previously raised since 2010, when Woolley-Wilson took the helm.

Owl Ventures’ New $185M Edtech Fund Has Global Backers—and Ambitions

Edsurge

The new fund (simply dubbed “Owl Ventures II”) will support companies that serve a broad range of learners, from preschoolers to professionals. Already it has invested in Tinkergarten, a platform for where parents can find outdoor classes for young children in their local neighborhoods, and Lingo Live, a language-learning tool for companies. Another company, Piper, offers a playkit where students can build and learn about computers. education company.

Meet the Platform That 'Gets to Know You'—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half

Edsurge

His efforts paid off: he boosted his SAT score by more than 350 points and landed a spot in Yale’s class of 2006. In the year since it launched, the platform has cut in half the time students have to study to obtain the same results, according to company metrics.

Infographic: How the maker movement is growing by leaps and bounds

eSchool News

Electronics maker company littleBits has created a new infographic, in collaboration with Getting Smart, designed to show the rise of the maker movement and its explosive growth, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. In 2006, there were only 22,000.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

Startups and established tech companies are providing a crash course in entrepreneurship, sending engineers and designers into public schools to mentor students. Some companies already encourage their employees to mentor young people through formal or informal programs.

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. In 2006, textiles accounted for 21% of Lesotho’s GDP; by 2013, it accounted for just 12%. Exports are often seen as a solution to the problem of sustained economic development, and indeed they can be.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Moran has served as the Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools since January 2006. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

Moran has served as the Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools since January 2006. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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. Jennifer began her instructional career in 2006. Thought the last 6 months, I have had the privilege of working closely with Microsoft Education to create some pretty awesome podcasts and promotional videos.

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

Edsurge

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. education technology companies each year for the past three years.

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EdTechTeam Receives Google Cloud Education Partner of the Year Award

EdTechTeam

EdTechTeam was recognized for the company’s achievements in helping schools implement and increase meaningful adoption of the Google Cloud ecosystem. EdTechTeam today announced that it has received the Google Cloud Global Partner of the Year Award in Education.

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). The deal comes after KKR’s allotted capital for its investment in Weld North, which came from KKR’s 2006 fund, had run out. These three companies include other assets that Weld North has acquired over time.

Forward-thinking startups announced as Innovation Incubator winners

eSchool News

The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. SIIA program recognizes top innovators at the Education Industry Summit.

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When school districts fall into debt and can’t get out

The Hechinger Report

The atrium of Whitmore Lake High School, part of a nearly $48 million capital campaign approved by voters in 2006. Nationally, school district debt has grown substantially, from nearly $323 billion in 2006 to $443 billion in 2016, according to U.S.

A Supreme Court Justice’s Legacy in Edtech

Edsurge

The former Supreme Court Justice—and the first woman to serve on the country’s highest court—devoted herself to advocating for higher quality and higher priority civics education after she retired from the Court in 2006. And Flocabulary, the company that makes educational hip-hop songs and videos for K-12, offers seven units on civics and added an eighth, focused on voting , ahead of the midterms on Tuesday, Nov.

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

However, the goal of this 2006 game is to promote empathy and understanding for the situation. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to edit and post it.

Carnegie Learning Bets Big on Coding With Acquisition of Globaloria

Edsurge

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

Blessings for the Broken Teacher: Students, Kintsugi, and Inspiring Life Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

Aimee: Several years ago — I think it was 2006 — a student gave me a book for Christmas. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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A Look at Square Panda, the Early Childhood Literacy App Funded by Andre Agassi

Edsurge

Before Agassi hung up the racket professionally in 2006, he established a K-12 charter school bearing his namesake in his hometown, Las Vegas. While Agassi owns a double-digit stake in the company, reaping millions from this deal isn’t the priority. “I Square Panda has been playtested with preschoolers in Head Start programs near the company’s headquarters in Las Vegas, according to company chief executive Andy Butler.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Moran has served as the Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools since January 2006. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Why NCLB failed, and how states can avoid making the same mistakes under ESSA

The Christensen Institute

In 2006, Clayton Christensen published a paper that describes a variety of “tools of cooperation” that organizations can employ when they need to change course. For example, in a manufacturing company, the reasons factory workers come to work might be very different from those of senior managers. Although it may be hard to believe today, Congress passed the 2001 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I wrote “an explainer” of sorts on Thiel and his politics, and I listed the education companies that he’s invested in. Have any ed-tech companies, particularly those funded by Thiel or Zuckerberg or Y Combinator, spoken out about this? Presidential Campaign Politics.

Chinese “parachute kids” tackle U.S. schools on their own

The Hechinger Report

The number of Chinese students on F-1 visas in public K-12 rose from six students in 2006 to 1,008 students in 2016, according to the Student Exchange Visitor Program, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security. It led me to ‘OK, where are these companies coming from?

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.” Since the bond election passed in 2006 for $224 million, enrollment in fall 2015 for the downtown campus reached 10,952. Yet innovation is not always an idea problem, writes David Burkus , author of “The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas.”.