The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software

The Hechinger Report

In this second installment, software engineer Ben Slivka finally ships his educational software but finds his real customer base isn’t what he expected. CHAPTER 20: Slivka’s Sci-Fi Software Gets Shipped. When Ben Slivka decided to create his own interactive learning software in 2006, the online options for students, parents, and teachers were pretty bleak. They were software writers, and good ones.

What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship

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Research Provides Clarity: Co-engagement Is Key to Success with Screens

The PL2C Blog

Many schools have moved to a one-to-one approach in which children tend to use digital tools in isolation, for example, sitting alone with headphones on, swiping through drills and practice math software. By Liz Kolb.

Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

As more schools went online and demand for education software grew, more companies began designing and commissioning their own studies about their products. Others sell some of the most widely used education software in schools today.

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


Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Jennifer began her instructional career in 2006.

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

Doug Levin

FY 2006 $272,300,000 (President Bush’s request: $0). Rationale: “ The Congress eliminated much of the program in 2006; the request would complete the process. On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

A Call to Remake the Maker Faire


Their message was simple: Think creatively about hardware, much like people think about software. Dougherty had spent most of his professional career publishing books about software and the internet. Dougherty convened the first Maker Faire in 2006 in San Mateo, Calif.,

New York Startup Coursedog Gets Seed Funding to Tackle Class Scheduling


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. Scheduling isn’t for the faint of heart, as anyone who’s tried to find a time and room for a team meeting well knows.

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Educators can no longer ignore the TPACK framework


Koehler, who co-authored a paper in 2006 and another one in 2008 , referring to the above core idea with these exact words. And I’m talking about both hardware — iPads, Chromebooks and other devices, as well as software — apps, productivity and collaboration tools, learning management systems.

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Repost: How I coined the term ‘open source’

Iterating Toward Openness

Over the weekend Christine Peterson published an essay on describing the emergence of the ideas behind “open source software” and how she coined the name twenty years ago. In a few days, on February 3, the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the term “ open source software ” is upon us. As open source software grows in popularity and powers some of the most robust and important innovations of our time, we reflect on its rise to prominence.

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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Computational Thinking Is Critical Thinking. And It Works in Any Subject.


Another activity takes advantage of GIS software, and has students analyzing civil war battle sites by year. Computational thinking is one of the biggest buzzwords in education—It’s even been called the ‘5th C’ of 21st century skills.

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


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 world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur.

AdvancED to Merge With Assessment Maker, Measured Progress to Form $120M Nonprofit


To do so, it offers a range of supports that include observation software and professional development services. The group was formed in 2006 through a merger of three regional accrediting agencies: the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, and the National Study of School Evaluation.

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


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 world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur.

Exploring medical technologies

Learning with 'e's

Indeed, my top three all-time cited academic publications are: Wikis, blogs and podcasts : A new generation of web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice and education (2006) The emerging Web 2.0

Are Free Educational Videos Worth It?


Similarly, when using Google to search for educational videos the results will yield both YouTube videos under the video tab (Google purchased YouTube in 2006) and websites from across the internet.

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Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

According to a 2006 report by the American Psychological Association, “mentored individuals often earn higher performance evaluations, higher salaries, and faster career progress than non-mentored individuals.”

The changing Web

Learning with 'e's

Social software is software that enables people to both read from, and write onto web spaces. It truly is the ‘architecture of participation’ (Barsky and Purdon, 2006) and demands active engagement as a natural part of its character (Kamel Boulos and Wheeler, 2007).

Swarming the Classroom


15] To produces this type of interaction in my online classroom environment, I am using a free decision-making software called Loomio ( 9 (August 2006). [4]

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


Fueled by an explosion of broadband access, education software and, of course, the irresistible allure of financial returns, investors across the world want a slice of the U.S. While some of them are “purely focused on financial returns,” says Patterson, “there are also strategic investors who want to identify leading software solutions with an eye of bringing them back to their region.” Dreambox, a provider of online math materials, dates back to 2006.

Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

Learning with 'e's

Soon there were open colleges, and open learning centres, and then open software appeared - software that could be shared and developed by anyone. The ethos of sharing extends across open content, open source software, open courses and open scholarship.

When Should You Reply to Email?


Reply to email on your own schedule , not whenever your software notifies you a new item has arrived. This study was conducted in 2006 with instant-messaging technology, rather than email, but it might be suggestive for email usage as well.

Khan Academy: Friend or Foe?

A Principal's Reflections

In addition to using Yahoo doodle, he began writing quiz software in 2006. While attending the NSBA Annual Conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Sal Kahn’s keynote on Sunday. Khan is the creator of Khan Academy.

The survival of higher education (2): Changing times

Learning with 'e's

The Social Web is comprised of software that enables people to both read from, and write onto web spaces. 2006). 2006). This is a continuation from yesterday''s post on changing roles , disruptive innovation and the survival of higher education.

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


Founded in 2006, DreamBox has steadily built out a suite of online math programs for elementary and middle-school students. That would imply that students could use DreamBox alone and expect to see gains, she says, but “our software wasn’t designed to be used independent of a teacher.” “I’ve been spoiled by the likes of Reed Hastings and John Doerr,” acknowledges Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning.

University of Chicago projected to be the first U.S. university to cost $100,000 a year

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In order for colleges to manage the complex financial math behind tuition discounting, many have turned to enrollment management companies that provide software to game out their strategies.

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


In 2006, legislators amended the Higher Education Act again, eliminating the 50 percent rule and allowing for-profit colleges to generate up to 90 percent of their revenue from government sources, which most often applied to for-profit colleges offering online courses. Observing the internet revolution, Marc Andreessen famously wrote “ software is eating the world.”

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More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

The Hechinger Report

It’s also bought new software that alerts advisors to students who miss classes or assignments and is expanding career services and helping students figure out what courses they’ll need to get their desired jobs. “We That’s up 4 percentage points since 2006.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Archipelago created hundreds of films, videodiscs, software programs, book series for many of the largest educational publishers in the United States, including Harper Collins, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Saunders, and Prentice Hall.

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


The deal comes after KKR’s allotted capital for its investment in Weld North, which came from KKR’s 2006 fund, had run out. On paper, Weld North Education is made up of three companies: Edgenuity, a provider of online K-12 courses; Generation Ready, which offers K-12 professional development services; and Imagine Learning, which offers math and literacy software for elementary-grade students.

Why I Still Believe in the iPad’s Positive Impact on Classrooms


The computers were equipped with educational software and wireless connectivity. Over one-half of participating school districts allowed students to take home their laptops by 2004; a second RFP was issued in 2006; and the MLTI program expanded into high schools in 2009. Back in 2013, approximately 60% of Maine's participating districts chose iPads. Now, as has been reported , a number of districts have opted to move back to laptops from iPads.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

Hack Education

In October of 2006 , Gartner said that Apple’s “best bet for long-term success is to quit the hardware business and license the Mac to Dell.” “Software is eating the world,” investor Marc Andreessen pronounced in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2011.

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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

The Hechinger Report

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave grants to colleges to buy data tools and software. By 2006, the school was majority minority. Renick says he signed a contract with EAB 2011 before it even had a prototype for the software.

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