Looking at There.com

Nik Peachey

If you want to see what it looks like, there is a video here created by the company, but it's quiet a big download (30Mb) What I like about it. For a while now I’ve been a fan of the virtual 3D world There.com.

Creating a mobile phone website

Nik Peachey

On the home page of their website the company claims that, “Winksite makes it easy to publish mobile websites and communities that can be viewed worldwide on any phone.” With the growth in interest in mobile and handheld learning, I thought I’d investigate one of the many new Web 2.0 type start ups that are offering free (at the moment at least) services for setting up websites and web based communities to be accessed on mobile phones and other mobile devices.

Pronunciation videos

Nik Peachey

The page is there to promote the software that the company ‘Thrass’ is selling. This is a useful site if you are teaching pronunciation. Though it could take some time to load the first time you use it. There is a phonemic chart which has small audio clips of the phonemes along with video clips that show the mouth movements as the sounds are made. (Be Be warned, this is quite a big file) Open pronunciation chart You simply click on the mouth and then watch and listen.

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How Districts Can Inform EdTech Companies to Make Better Products

Education Elements

I was involved in two important decisions in 2007 while serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Maine Township High School District 20 in Illinois. Innovation often requires leading, not following, in technology advancement. First, needing a new Director of Technology to help us advance technology into an essential role to improve learning, I hired a talented young man named Dr. Hank Thiele. Leaders

More Big Bucks for Tutoring Companies: Varsity Tutors Raises $50M in Series C Funding


In the heartland of America, one company is raising big bucks in a bid to capture this lucrative market. Louis-based company’s $50 million Series B round, which closed in November 2015. Already boasting 4,000 tutors covering 1,000 subjects, the company is on the hunt for more teachers. That feature is a far evolution from the company’s humble beginnings in Washington University, where Cohn started the business as a student in 2007. Tutoring is big business.

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ISTE 2016: Edtech Companies Pitching a Mile High


Nine edtech companies, nominated by the incubators that hatched them, will present to an audience of 25 education leaders. The Colorado-based company was formed in 2016 from the merger of two existing organizations: Digital Directions International (est. 2007), a research lab which builds virtual tutors for reading and science. Among the fun and games happening at ISTE in mile-high Denver this year is a pitch competition.

The Magic Number for Any Successful Education Technology Acquisition


When deciding whether a company is viable to be bought, CareMonkey president Peter Bencivenga says the magic number is 90 percent. For him, companies need to clear the bar of 90 percent customer retention in order to be suitable acquisition candidates.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

As 2007 State Teacher of the Year in Rhode Island, Catherine Davis-Hayes is passionate about helping every teacher use the arts in their classroom. She was Rhode Island’s 2007 State Teacher of the Year.

An Onboarding Course to Help Your New Edtech Hires Empathize With Educators


So how do companies hire and develop standout talent who may be new to the sector? Another session examines the business of edtech, first by asking the class to read a seminal paper authored in 2007 (but still relevant to this day) about the industry.

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How one employer surrounds young, first-time employees with a web of support?

The Christensen Institute

s This Way Ahead program, founded in 2007, seeks to place 16-24-year-olds facing barriers to employment in engaging first jobs that will serve as foundations for successful careers. On average, alumni stay at the company twice as long as their peers.

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


In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Some entrepreneurs were drawn to the sector after reading it—and made the paper part of their company’s onboarding practice. The company was renamed “Amplify.”

5 insights for innovating in underdeveloped economies

The Christensen Institute

In response, the mobile telecommunications company Safaricom figured out a way to enable people to send “mobile money” to merchants, friends, and loved ones without going through the cumbersome process of signing up for a bank account.

Physical Bookstores in The Digital Age

Ask a Tech Teacher

When Amazon released the Kindle in 2007 authors began to see the end of times. People have noticed that there has been a slump in sales for Barnes and Noble, and the company has closed many locations. As a parent, I fondly remember browsing bookstores with my children.

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Online Gaming Strategy Sparks Idea for Ed-Tech Startup Business

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

My company had contracts with the biggest publishing houses in the world, like Pearson and McGraw Hill. The program uses computers and game theory to prepare graduate students for careers in a wide range of high-tech companies from Pixar and Google to Northrup Grumman and Caterpillar.

Admissions Scandal, Painful Pivots and Other Themes From ASU GSV


And the presence of executives from companies outside of the industry reinforced that point. Several employers praised companies like Guild Education for connecting them with schools to offer their employees access to college courses and degrees as a benefit. “It’s

M-Pesa: A tale of global prosperity

The Christensen Institute

The Venmo-esque service is the protagonist in tale of global prosperity to which we all can look for lessons on the impact of market-creating innovations —yet the company’s roots are far more humble. In 2007, with this knowledge in-hand, Vodafone’s Safaricom launched an affordable, accessible, and simple solution to fulfill that job: a person-to-person money transfer service, known as M-Pesa.

How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

Digital Promise

We at Baker & Taylor and Follett are constantly encouraging children, parents, librarians, educators, companies and public institutions to support and enable reading, in and out of school by supporting family reading nights, book clubs and drop-everything-and-read type concepts. Atwell 2007. Atwell 2007. It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

The Hechinger Report

On a laptop in the nearly empty office, he worked on code for a webpage he was developing for his employer, the learning materials company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In half an hour, he needed to join a conference call about changes to the company’s website.

The Clock Is Ticking for This Edtech Buyer to Find a Deal


If it seems baffling that companies with no revenue can raise money from private investors ( ahem , as some edtech startups did in the early 2010’s), then EdTechX Holdings might just sound outright crazy at first. EdTechX Holdings is a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC for short. It raises money from the public with the explicit purpose of acquiring a private company. That company then becomes publicly-held, usually through a process known as a reverse merger.

Remake Learning Days Celebrate Hands-On Learning Through Free Events


Remake Learning Days originated from the Remake Learning Network , established in 2007, a network that ignites engaging, relevant and equitable learning practices in support of young people navigating rapid social and technological change.

Game-Based Learning Gains Steam in Higher Education: Triseum Raises $1.43 Million to Transform Educational Experiences for Students

EdNews Daily

New investment into Triseum continues to provide growth opportunities for a company already breaking barriers with over 40 percent of its staff being female. The company’s leading experts in gaming and instructional design are creating rich digital experiences for students. .

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

The Hechinger Report

Lake Oconee Academy was the brainchild of the Reynolds Lake Oconee real estate company. Otho Tucker, who has served as Lake Oconee Academy’s CEO since it opened in 2007, said in an emailed statement that the school is “committed to serving a diverse student population. …

This activity is the most important component of your nation’s GDP

The Christensen Institute

During the Great Depression or the Great Recession in 2007 through 2009, for instance, GDP in the United States shrank, implying a slowdown in economic growth. And in a capitalistic economy, it is primarily managers in companies that do the investing, not governments.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Doug: Well, the people that started this back in about 2007… They just started recording their lessons. 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.

Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

Our education team has galvanized a conversation around transforming our monolithic, factory-model education system into a student-centered one powered by the disruptive innovation of online learning so that all students can realize their fullest human potential—an idea that was not on the radar before 2007.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap


According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007) , the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.”

How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

a consulting company for product designers. 2007). Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity.

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


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.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. Companies like K12, Inc.

How I Became More Productive with Post-it® Brand Products #makeitstick

The CoolCatTeacher

Regardless, I only recommend products that I believe are good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. 2007). ” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to edit and post it.

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Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference Network.

Here's a Neat Infographic on 'The History of the Hashtag'

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

It''s informative and entertaining and it was created by blur Group , a global technology company that specializes in ecommerce. According to the infographic, Chris Messina first suggested using hashtags for Twitter groups in 2007. People ask me about hashtags all the time.

In search of real answers to the EpiPen controversy

The Christensen Institute

The new drug discovery process has become more expensive, leading to less competition and more aggressive profit-taking by drug companies. A new drug pricing regulation, for example, could result in other unwanted side effects, including companies cutting key research and development budgets.

Bucking the Trend

A Principal's Reflections

In a world where politics and education are colliding more than ever, there is a desperate sense of hopping onto the latest trend or buzzword from educational companies and authors that will fix all of our educational problems.

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Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

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 I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

Simbli Users Named 2018 Technology Leaders in National Survey


In 2007, eBOARDsolutions, Inc. CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

CodeMonkey Acquired by TAL Education Group


The company, which has 14 full-time employees primarily in Tel Aviv, says that it has 10 million users around the world. Although TAL is huge by contrast—with reported revenue of over $1 billion last year —the deal with CodeMonkey is a first for it, too: Although TAL has an investment portfolio of more than 100 ventures, this is the first non-Chinese acquisition the company has done. “We We tried to start CodeMonkey for the first time in 2007,” he recalled—but found little support.

How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

The CoolCatTeacher

Mark’s work led to his being recognized as the 2010 Visionary Supervisor/Director of the Year for New Jersey along with receiving CTAUN’s Best Practices Award in 2007 and 2010. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Bookriot : “On Wednesday, August 23, the city council of Escondido, California voted, 3 to 2, to move forward with plans to hand their public library over to the private, for-profit company Library Systems and Services.” million for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated by the Pakistani company Axact, according to a news release from the U.S. The test prep company has raised $244 million total. (National) Education Politics.

Should You Build Your Edtech Product From Scratch? Developers Say No


Started in 2007, Learnosity creates online education assessment and teaching software. developer company. The company boasts millions of active users, but keeps a low profile in the edtech industry because it, like many of the other developers at Educate, are the middlemen who create tools for other developers who want to create education technology products. Our development teams list out features and functionality they need, and I find the companies.”.