ProfHacker 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

ProfHacker

2016 has been a difficult year, and in the spirit of moving forward you’ll notice lots of suggestions centered around giving not only to those close to us but to larger causes and projects that need support.

Number of international students at U.S. universities hits new high amid Trump worries

The Hechinger Report

Benjamin Waxman, whose company conducted a survey of international students. The two companies plan to complete another survey soon to see how the election is influencing college choices, Waxman said. The number of Indian student visa applications in Australia, for example, fell by 46 percent immediately following attacks on Indian students in that country in 2009. Higher Ed News 2016 Election Higher education affordability Politics

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The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work

The Christensen Institute

Some friends and I founded Poverty Stops Here in 2009 with the goal of alleviating poverty in communities where we worked. But all the poor communities where we worked in 2009, and still work today, are still poor.

Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

Digital Promise

I quickly evaluate if this is a person or company that’s worth a relationship. We luckily found a great local company. Outsourcing our IT, initially we had some bumps, but the company’s responsiveness told us that even though we are a small district, they are committed. This company is in other districts that are 5 or 6 times larger than Avonworth, but they always see it through for us. We appreciate the willingness for the company to customize things to our needs.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

But in recent years, we've seen a spike in the number of smaller, tightly focused, niche edtech product companies. Venture funding in the edtech sector has increased from $385 million in 2009 to an expected $2 billion this year. Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools. In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever.

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The Ford Model T: America was once an emerging market

The Christensen Institute

For example, per capita income in the US at that time was about $6,000 in 2009 dollars. One would expect that Ford would have had investors lining up to invest in his automobile start-up company. The United States in the 1900s resembled some emerging markets today.

The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work

The Christensen Institute

Some friends and I founded Poverty Stops Here in 2009 with the goal of alleviating poverty in communities where we worked. But all the poor communities where we worked in 2009, and still work today, are still poor.

MasteryConnect Raises $4.5M Series C Round to Refocus on Core Product and Profits

Edsurge

Now, the Salt Lake City-based company is back to growing—this time, on the right track, its current CEO Mick Hewitt insists—with the help of a new funding round. This latest round brings the company’s fundraising total to more than $34 million. The modest fundraise comes after the company attempted to expand beyond its core offering, a mastery-based learning platform that aims to help teachers create curriculum and track how students perform against specific standards.

Are schools doing too much?

The Christensen Institute

If the company had tried to separate each of the components—for example, subcontracting operating systems to one outlet and logic circuits to another—the product would have suffered. A recent U.S.

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

Edsurge

But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts. 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.” The company recently launched a mobile app that allows teachers to snap photos of student’s work incorporate them into MasteryConnect’s platform.

Magoosh Jobs

EdNews Daily

Magoosh started in 2009 with four co-founders and a few computers. Magoosh is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Apply Now. MCAT Curriculum Manager at Magoosh (View all jobs). . About Magoosh. Magoosh is fixing a broken test prep industry.

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Will “school choice on steroids” get a boost under a Trump administration?

The Hechinger Report

Under such plans, the funding for a course taken by an individual student goes to the school or online company offering the course, often away from the student’s local district. The signature issue for Betsy DeVos, nominated to be the next U.S.

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

Edsurge

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.

Schoolzilla Acquires Decision Science Labs to Help Districts Make Smarter Spending Choices

Edsurge

But it boasts a voracious appetite when it comes to ingesting education data and, now, another company. The company has raised $1 million in venture funding since launching in June 2014. Founded in 2009, Schoolzilla began as an internal project of Aspire Public Schools, a charter management network in Oakland, to help educators draw actionable insights from the gargantuan bytes of data available from different technology providers. Schoolzilla is not a monster.

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Can all students succeed at science and technology high schools?

The Hechinger Report

percent in 2009 to 19.5 In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics, which tracked more than 20,000 students who started high school in 2009, released statistics that showed a still-startling racial gap in science and technology education.

Pursuing Academic Freedom and Data Privacy Is a Balancing Act

Edsurge

Students for Fair Admissions, which is suing the university for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants, will have access to “academic, extracurricular, demographic and other information” from all undergrads who applied to Harvard between the fall 2009 and spring 2015, omitting names and Social Security numbers. She and her colleagues are currently addressing an issue with Piazza , a company that provides an online conversation forum for classes.

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

Edsurge

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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3 Keys to Building Strong Instructional Leadership Teams

Insight Education Group

The Monitor Deloitte , a management consulting company, has studied and participated in the strategic planning process for organizations from a wide variety of fields.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain. Given the financial and user support challenges facing edtech companies, these economies should translate into benefits for both vendors and schools, and stimulate the edtech market as a whole.

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Seeking a fresh start, battered for-profit colleges give themselves a new name

The Hechinger Report

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, a San Francisco Superior Court judge awarded the state a nearly $1.2 Enrollment at for-profit schools has plummeted by 26 percent since its peak in 2009. The parent company of the Art Institute is shuttering 15 campuses.

Goldman Sachs looks at higher education, very darkly

Bryan Alexander

Goldman zeroes in on rising college costs , unsurprisingly, and offers some recent data: “Since 2009, college fees have risen by 10.6% Their decisions in 2016 might be more legible in light of this report.

Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

Edsurge

The teacher evaluation market has grown dramatically over the last few years, driven by the 2009 implementation of. The fit of your company and product for the particular region. Estimating the size of different markets, and the speed with which they develop, is critical for a host of business decisions. Is a product category big enough to be financially viable? Which customer segments should you target first? When can your investors expect to see a return on their investment?

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

Hack Education

This is the last public talk I’ll deliver in 2016, and I confess I am relieved (I am exhausted!) The very next day, Apple shares hit $97.80, an all-time high for the company. 2009 – the phones in their pockets. 2016 – the phones in their pockets.

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Set to stun

The Hechinger Report

The company does not have an exact count of how many Tasers are carried by school resource officers “because you’re talking thousands, and at some point you can’t even keep track of it,” said Steven Tuttle, the vice president of strategic communications. Knightdale, N.C.

With $3.2M Series A, Viridis Aims to Connect Community College Students and Employers

Edsurge

Other investors in the New York City-based company include the Lumina Foundation , the Carver Family Office, Serious Change, NVC Investments and angel investors such as Carlos Gutierrez (former CEO of Kellogg and U.S. Viridis Learning was founded in 2009 by Felix Ortiz III, who after finishing his service in the U.S. The company currently has 18 full-time employees and plans to expand to 40 with the addition of a new office in Palo Alto, CA.

Without local school boards, parents in poor communities lose their vote

The Hechinger Report

Voting Wars,” an investigation of voting rights and election participation, is the 2016 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia, investigative reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates.

How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

Key to that success, Johnstone says, was that the district had already started teaching math differently back in 2009. Octavio Gutierrez works with a group of students learning English, giving them a preview of what their fluent peers will learn later. Photo: Emmanuel Felton. HAWTHORNE, Ca.

What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship

The CoolCatTeacher

A youth advocate with more than 20 years’ writing and speaking about youth and digital media, Anne has served on three national task forces on Internet safety, including the Obama administration’s 2009 Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which she co-chaired.

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

Hack Education

million – isn’t that significant, I think the timing of the donation is still notable for a number of reasons: Well-known for his libertarian beliefs, Peter Thiel wrote in a 2009 article for the Cato Institute that “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women – two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians – have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.”

Education Technology and the 'New' For-Profit Higher Education

Hack Education

Court filings from the fraud trial did provide some insights into how Trump University operated – high-pressure sales tactics detailed in the the company’s “ playbooks ” that revealed how Trump University employees sold its course packages – these cost up to $35,000 – targeting vulnerable populations in particular and feeding on their socioeconomic anxieties. million from the company between 2010 and 2015 before he stepped down from his role there.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

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.

What can Betsy DeVos really do?

The Hechinger Report

76,000: How many civil rights complaints the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights handled from 2009 through 2016. From 2009 through 2016, it handled 76,000 civil rights complaints and issued 34 policy documents to school districts and colleges.

Two Elite Schools Face Management, Harassment Challenges

K-12 Schools - Education News

an energy development holding company located in West Palm Beach. 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.

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

MindShift

” The bright side lies in a 2009 study conducted by Gary Small, the director of University of California Los Angeles’ Longevity Center , that explored brain activity when older adults used search engines. Heick has since left teaching to start TeachThought , a company that produces content to support teachers in “innovation in teaching and learning for a 21st century audience.” ” Copyright 2016 NPR.