The 2011 Edublogs Awards Shortlist (A Shameless Ploy For Votes) #Eddies11

The Web20Classroom

You may remember, last week I did my nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards. I am humbled that I made the short list for Best Twitter of The Year (an award I won in 2009) and this blog is also on the short list for Best Edtech/Resource Sharing Blog. It is truly an honor to be nominated and I am in good company on both lists. This is an annual event highlighting the best in the Edublogosphere and Twitterverse.

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Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

So here is my reflections on 2010 and my predictions for 2011. I wrote a post on December 28, 2009 where I talked about tools that I thought would have a break out year. So education related companies are going to have to be innovative in the apps they create for these devices. Lots of potential there and I bet we will see at least one education company develop learning games for the Kinect. My reflections on 2010, and my thoughts on 2011.

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5 Trends to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the second of my series "5 things to watch in 2011" Future installments will include: Five companies to watch in 2011 Five people to follow in 2011 Five technologies to watch in 2011 Five blogs to read in 201 Reverse Instruction is an innovative instructional strategy that was originally used by chemistry teachers Aaron Sams and Jon Bergman. Look for mobile devices and applications to dominate the news and innovation cycle of 2011.

Reflection: The FedEx Project

The Electric Educator

Autonomy, mastery, and purpose are three concepts that Dan Pink explained with great clarity in his 2009 TED talk. I decided to call this assignment the " FedEx Project " after hearing Dan Pink share about the software company Atlassian and their " FedEx Days." Two ideas have inspired me to try something radically different in my classroom. The first is Google''s 20% time. If you''re not familiar with the idea, Google requires (they don''t suggest or encourage, they require!)

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May 25 - Interview with Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day-- international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.

June 1 - Panel Discussion on "Unschooling"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day-- international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. His experience ranges from spending years working with children at a leading environmental education foundation to serving on boards of universities, of companies, and in the intelligence community. Join me Wednesday, June 1st, for a live and interactive Future of Education panel discussion on "unschooling."

Live Thursday Sept. 15 with Sam Chaltain on "Faces of Learning"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Thursday, September 15th, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT ( interna tional times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). He works with schools, school districts, and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments.

Reflections on an Online Master's Degree - The Stuff That Could Have Been Better


I started my degree in June 2009, and I blogged about my frustration with rubric-only assessment at about the midpoint of my degree program. Through information shared during the degree program and research I''ve done since completing the degree, I believe a third-party company was uploading all course content and the professors may not have had direct access to administrative features of the courseware.

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Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The 2011 Global Education Conference is also fast approaching: November 14 - 18. Ethics and Legalities The New York Times continues its investigation of education giant Pearson and ethics concerns surrounding lavish trips that the company''s foundation has sponsored for state education officials. Valve , the company behind the video game hit Portal, is working on an educational game.

Live Interview on Thursday, February 24th - Case Study on the North Carolina School Connectivity Initiative

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Thursday, February 24th, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am GMT (next day-- international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. By November 2009, only 6.5 Staker has experience as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, a sales manager for Procter & Gamble, and as the co-founder and CFO of Karaeiga, LLC, now Yoostar Entertainment.

The key to facilitating change in chronic care management

The Christensen Institute

In 2009, Clayton Christensen wrote in The Innovator’s Prescription that facilitated networks are an ideal business model for helping patients manage chronic conditions. In 2011, the platform conducted its own trial of lithium treatment for ALS.

ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups


Each company received $75,000 from Village Capital and $50,000 from ETS. It bought Edusoft, an English language-learning tool, in 2011 and purchased assessment provider Questar for $127.5 These two companies were identified through a competition that Village Capital has organized since 2009. The world’s biggest private nonprofit test maker is dipping its toes into the world of education technology investments.

EdTech 101

Google Parts Ways With Longtime Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap


After more than 14 years at Google, my last day is today,” Jaime Casap, the company’s former chief education evangelist, said in a YouTube video posted on June 27. The company notched its first major K-12 customer in 2009, after Casap helped ink a deal with the state department of education in Oregon to deploy Google Apps for Education to its districts. In all large companies, an evangelist role means you’re evangelizing their tools and products.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big


In this still from a Byju's provided video, about 20,000 students pack the country's largest indoor arena for a math lesson from the company's CEO in 2013. The stunt came years before the CEO’s company, Byju’s, launched a learning app that would take the company to 35 million downloads, with 2.7 These company’s teaching methods originated from tutoring sessions held offline by Raveendran himself. The company reported revenue of 14 billion rupees (about USD$196.89

Can Fluent City, Backed By $2.5M in Funding, Build a Modern Culture School?


The New York City-based language company, founded in 2011, offers 10 language classes along with courses in interior design, mixing cocktails and French culture. In an interview with EdSurge, Rohrbach explained how he sees the company as a way for people to keep enriching their lives. The company offers classes in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Last week, education startup Fluent City raised $2.5 million to relaunch and grow its class offerings.

Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

Educational Initiatives, a privately-owned company in India that develops and administers large-scale assessments in private and public schools in India, faced this question when it decided to pursue a social initiative aimed at serving some of India’s most disadvantaged children. In 2011, the company set up five learning centers in densely populated communities in South Delhi to provide elementary school-aged Indian children with instruction in math and Hindi.

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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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

He received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in 2009 for mathematics from California. 2011). 2011). 2011). 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.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO


But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts. The layoffs ranged from junior-level employees to the very top: Cory Reid, who joined in April 2011 and was named CEO in June 2014, is out. Back in the driver’s seat is Mick Hewitt, who co-founded the company in 2009 and served as its first CEO. He adds: “As a venture-funded company, there’s been a decision to get to profitability in the next nine to 12 months.”

Illuminate Education Shines Light on Growing Need for Better Data Sharing


It allows companies to pay employees via direct deposit, and for you to pay others via mobile apps or online banking services. Over the next month, the EdSurge Research team will be profiling companies about how they think, plan, and guide their product development process to address these needs. “We based company says it can deliver to its customers, which include more than 1,500 districts serving roughly 5.5

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

A perfect example of the device-before-pedagogy practice is the now-infamous 2011 Los Angeles Unified School District edtech initiative, which involved the purchase of more than 100,000 iPads for its classrooms to the tune of $500 million without any return on investment in terms of student outcomes. But in recent years, we've seen a spike in the number of smaller, tightly focused, niche edtech product companies.

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Boxlight and Globisens Release New Version of GlobiLab Analytical Software for the Labdisc


About Globisens Established in April 2009, Globisens is an education technology company, focused on delivering the most modern pioneering solutions for K-12 science. In October 2011, Globisens launched the Labdisc all-in-one multi-disciplinary laboratory for every science field including physics, biology, chemistry, environmental studies and geography.

My journey from teacher to teacherpreneur

The Cornerstone for Teachers

In 2009, I turned my passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Brooklyn, NY. I founded my own publishing company and professional development organization called Due Season Press and Educational Services. Why getting married in 2009 changed everything for me, both professionally and personally. How my work as a coach inspired me to write a second book ( Awakened ) in 2011.

Capstone Sells Digital Reading Platform, myON to Private Equity Firm


In 2011, the company launched myON as a digital service with roughly 1,000 digital titles on the platform. Much of the momentum behind myON’s launch was spurred by the popularity of iPads, recalls Todd Brekhus, myON’s President, who joined Capstone in 2009 to expand its digital offerings. Brekhus adds that the company is cashflow positive. PowerSchool, purchased by Vista Equity Partners from Pearson in 2015, has since snapped up nearly a dozen other smaller companies.

Starting Your Own Website: Reclaim Your Hosting


We’ve posted a “ Website Hosting 101 guide back in 2009, a primer for creating your digital presence in 2011 with a guest post by Miriam Posner, and tips on how, and how often to update your website by Anastasia. A few months ago, I gave up the commercial hosting service I used for my professional website in favor of a small company known as Reclaim Hosting.

It’s Game Over for the Institute of Play. But Its Legacy Lives On.


The experimental institution, called Quest to Learn , opened its doors in 2009 and became the subject of many books and articles. That year, the institute reported less than $500,000 in grant revenue—a precipitous drop from previous years (and particularly from 2011, when the organization reported $11.3 was the creation of a network of game-based learning researchers, developers and educators who will continue their work at other companies and organizations.

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

The Hechinger Report

Companies like Amazon and Netflix have been using data tools like these for years to track our clicks and steer us to buy or watch more of their products. James Wiley is a technology analyst with Eduventures, which does consulting work for companies in the predictive analytics industry. It’s grown into a $500 million market with more than 30 for-profit companies selling predictive analytics tools to colleges. And new companies were popping up to sell data analytics packages.

New Interview Series REINVENTING.SCHOOL with Howard Blumenthal - Starts Thursday, May 7th, at 4:00 pm US-EDT #reinventingschool

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari and other companies.

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

The Hechinger Report

million since the last peak, in the fall of 2011 , according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. One way is through acquisitions like the one his university made of the Claremont School of Theology in California, or CST, which is being moved to the Salem, Oregon, campus of Willamette, just as private companies consolidate to increase their size and cost-effectiveness.

When school districts can’t raise funds for facilities

The Hechinger Report

Between the 2008 to 2009 recession and what many in Kansas refer to as “the Brownback years,” school facilities here have taken a serious hit. In 2011, the rural district, USD 377, closed two elementary schools due to low enrollment and to save on operational expenses, Superintendent Gaddis said. Vocational students were tapped to help, gaining real-world experience and, in a few cases, landing job offers from the company as a result, said Assistant Principal Cy Wallisch.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

In 2009, Gates gave half a million to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which describes itself as New England’s largest education-focused philanthropy, to lead a four-state effort to remake the region’s schools. Nellie Mae, which had $430 million in assets at the end of 2009, began investing its own money in Maine, too. In its application for its 2011 grant, Portland pledged to move the entire district to a proficiency-based diploma.

Kids Are Physically Active Just 23 Minutes a Day at School, Study Shows

K-12 Schools - Education News

The scientists used information from the Teen Environment and Neighborhood study, which looked at 928 adolescents between 12 and 16 who lived in both urban and suburban neighborhoods in Baltimore, the District of Columbia/Maryland area, and Seattle between the years of 2009 and 2011.

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?


” Daphne Bavelier , a professor at the University of Geneva, wrote in 2011 that we may have lost the ability for oral memorization valued by the Greeks when writing was invented, but we gained additional skills of reading and text analysis. A 2011 study in the journal Science showed that when people know they have future access to information, they tend to have a better memory of how and where to find the information — instead of recalling the information itself.

Two Elite Schools Face Management, Harassment Challenges

K-12 Schools - Education News

an energy development holding company located in West Palm Beach. Oxbridge Academy was established in 2011 and currently has 580 students enrolled. Parsons, the former president and chief executive of Oxbridge, hired in 2011, was previously the chief financial officer at the Naval Academy. But Koch had hired Parsons even though in 2009 he was accused of maintaining a “slush fund” to operate tailgate parties. (Photo: Oxbridge Academy). William I.

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

Hack Education

These predictions are often accompanied with a press release touting the size that this or that market will soon grow to – how many billions of dollars schools will spend on computers by 2020, how many billions of dollars of virtual reality gear schools will buy by 2025, how many billions of dollars of schools will spend on robot tutors by 2030, how many billions of dollars will companies spend on online training by 2035, how big will coding bootcamp market will be by 2040, and so on.