A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). Tagged on: September 11, 2017 Experts Say Mass Adoption of Augmented and Virtual Reality is Many Years Away | SiliconHills → It’s going to take the mass consumer market years to catch up to all the innovation in the augmented reality and virtual reality marketplace, according to a panel of experts at the University of Texas at Austin. Tagged on: September 9, 2017 Do Perks for Teachers Compromise Their Integrity?

EdTech 150

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). Tagged on: September 11, 2017 Experts Say Mass Adoption of Augmented and Virtual Reality is Many Years Away | SiliconHills → It’s going to take the mass consumer market years to catch up to all the innovation in the augmented reality and virtual reality marketplace, according to a panel of experts at the University of Texas at Austin. Tagged on: September 9, 2017 Do Perks for Teachers Compromise Their Integrity?

EdTech 150

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Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Transcript: Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Michelle Zimmerman, PhD, has taught all grades from Pre-K through 10th within the past 17 years, with a focus on middle and high school since 2009. In 2017 she was awarded her second year as MVP by Microsoft for her International contributions to Education influence and was one of 20 educators selected to represent at the Learn What’s Next event in New York .

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3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

This encore episode is the number fourteen episode of 2017 on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. He was recognized as Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2007, and as the recipient of the NEA’s National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was recognized as Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2007, and as the recipient of the NEA’s National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009. 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.

A short note to [Indian and emerging market] e-commerce investors: Be patient for growth, but impatient for profits

The Christensen Institute

This simply means that companies should take the time to figure out their profit formula (how they intend to make money) before scaling their businesses. E-commerce companies, especially those in emerging markets, are growing quickly in order to corner market share. These investments are supporting an Indian e-commerce sector that has grown at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34% from 2009 to 2014.

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. If companies are not hiring or investing, then individuals will not be consuming much because they will not have the income to do so.

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Generic EpiPen is a start, but only innovations lower drug prices for good

The Christensen Institute

In case of EpiPen, industry insiders have already indicated that each device costs no more than $30 for Mylan to produce, yet the company is able to charge as much as $300 per device because it is patent-protected. On December 16th, patients who rely on EpiPen received an early holiday “ gift ” when Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the EpiPen manufacturer, announced that a generic form of the auto-injector would be immediately available at a 50% discount.

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Is the hottest trend in chronic care all it’s cracked up to be?

The Christensen Institute

Since 2009, the program has generated an estimated $9 million in savings due to reduction in ambulance transports, ED utilization and hospital admissions. When a product isn’t yet good enough to address the needs of a particular customer segment (like traditional care for high-need, high-cost patients) companies must integrate, or control the entire product design and production process, in order to improve it.

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Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem?

Edsurge

Under one such approach, the staffing model, learners are employees of a client company. Andela , a startup that trains coders in Africa and hires them out to tech companies around the world, pays a salary to its learners. 2009 Bachelors $40K = $10K/yr @ 4 yrs. 2017 Associates or Bachelors $11-16.5K = $5.5K/year @ 2-3 year for BA completion.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

Edsurge

Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education. They made sure the initiative had clear benefits for each of them, from state politicians of all parties to the local leaders across the urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state, and from educators at all levels to private companies.

Is the hottest trend in chronic care all it’s cracked up to be?

The Christensen Institute

Since 2009, the program has generated an estimated $9 million in savings due to reduction in ambulance transports, ED utilization and hospital admissions. When a product isn’t yet good enough to address the needs of a particular customer segment (like traditional care for high-need, high-cost patients) companies must integrate, or control the entire product design and production process, in order to improve it.

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The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

Edsurge

So states a recent Wall Street Journal report on the tens of billions of dollars that Chinese companies have poured on U.S. To adapt, many companies are investing domestically, particularly in China, where edtech companies raised more than $1.2 Increasingly, Asian companies are also investing abroad to find fresh ideas and tools to bring to their local markets. Edtech Companies With Asia-Based Investors. Based Company. Company.

Illuminate Education Acquires Homegrown Data Visualization Tool, eduCLIMBER

Edsurge

What began as a husband-and-wife skunkworks project in rural Wisconsin four years ago has now become absorbed into an education data company that boasts millions of users across 44 states. From there the tool spread via word of mouth, and within six months the pet project became a company, eduCLIMBER , where Matt was CEO. Illuminate Education was founded in 2009 and claims more than 5.4

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?How Can Educators Strike a Balance Between Blended and Social-Emotional Learning?

Edsurge

That is certainly the case for Alex Kajitani, the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, who lead a session on “Creating a Culture of Compassion” at the conference. He shared his takeaways from talking to HR managers, listing the top three qualities companies are looking for in employees: workers who 1) show up on time, 2) can work on a team, and 3) have empathy. SEL is the core of what companies want.” Down in Anaheim, Calif.,

Strengthening the Workforce Bridge Between Community Colleges and Employers

Edsurge

Yet a sometimes overlooked part of that community are local companies and businesses that hope—and need—to find skilled workers. The company currently boasts more than 220,000 jobs nationwide on its platform, which it shares with local community colleges. Some companies specifically aim to hire veterans). Viridis has been around since 2009, but the current platform has only been implemented in the past couple years.

Illuminate Education Shines Light on Growing Need for Better Data Sharing

Edsurge

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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How one Chicago high school turned the corner using full-time internships

The Hechinger Report

The school, where more than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and 14 percent are counted as homeless, was founded in 2009 to teach skills valued by the booming technology sector. Over lunch at the CNA company cafeteria, a handful of interns chatted with T J Pavlov, a psychology teacher who oversees ChiTech’s Real-World Learning program and regularly checks in at student worksites.

Salesforce Ventures Invests in Viridis to Connect Students, Community Colleges and Jobs

Edsurge

Founded in 2009, Viridis aims to connect the different points in the employment triangle between students, schools and employers. The company taps into local employer databases and government agencies to find job openings and identify the skills required for these roles. Viridis will also be integrated with Salesforce Trailhead , the company’s library of tutorials designed to help its corporate customers train their employees on using the CRM.

DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE: Gaps in financial aid, funding contribute to growing number of Georgians with college loans and no college degree

The Hechinger Report

Alduha Leon takes a quick break while setting up for the travel party he and his business partner hosted in Adair Park in Atlanta on Saturday night, July 29, 2017. In 2009, state appropriations made up 61 percent of the general funding for USG institutions, while tuition accounted for nearly a third of it. By 2017, tuition brought in 46 percent of these schools’ general revenue, and state appropriations had shrunk to 43 percent. “If

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

India’s education system has long lagged behind others, despite the country’s enactment of the 2009 Right to Education (RTE) ACT , which was supposed to give every child in the country the right to a full-time elementary education “of satisfactory and equitable quality.”. It wasn’t possible to see Mindspark in action, so we asked the company a question many who follow blended learning want to ask: how can be sure blended learning is working?

Asking too much of high school graduates but not enough of businesses that employ them

The Hechinger Report

Even though the unemployment rate has improved in the last decade, the class of 2016 joined “a sizable backlog of unemployed college graduates” dating back to 2009, the study found. Real innovation would oblige companies and colleges to see themselves as the 13th and 14th grades. The adage, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” can’t just apply to high school graduates.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

It implemented a 1:1 device-to-student model in its middle schools in 2009, and expanded that to high schools in 2013. In a strongly worded letter ( PDF ) sent to MESE this August, the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) charged the department with cozying up to educational technology companies, decrying the MAPLE/LearnLaunch partnership as a “new corporate-backed effort to reshape public education” and “yet another in a long line of attempts to teacher-proof education.”.

#EduroChallenge Day 3: Working in Virtual Teams

The Thinking Stick

In 2009 I set up a camera to UStream our COETAIL session live from Bangkok as we had two virtual participants. In my opening keynote this year to educators I talk about that collaboration means in 2017 and beyond. However, in 2017 we need to make sure we’re also teaching students how to collaborate across time and space. That is a skill that is highly sought after in companies today.

With $7.5M Funding Boost, Top Hat Launches Marketplace to Challenge Textbook Publishers

Edsurge

That’s the question Top Hat has been hearing from college students and faculty, and why the Toronto company has decided to take on the publishing business. The latest cash infusion is an extension of the company’s $22.5 Throwing its, er, hat into the publishing business marks a big step for the company, which launched in 2009 with a web and mobile classroom response tool to compete with physical hand-held clickers. The company was cashflow-positive last year, he adds.

Can Minecraft Camp Help Open Up The Tech World To Low-Income Kids?

MindShift

There’s gold in them thar cubes: More than 120 million copies have sold since Minecraft launched in 2009.*. Children here can see San Francisco from their city and hear all about nearby Silicon Valley and its bevy of industry-disrupting companies, “but they don’t imagine they can be a part of that industry,” says Jennifer Lyle, the executive director of Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative. Copyright 2017 NPR.

Capstone Sells Digital Reading Platform, myON to Private Equity Firm

Edsurge

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.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

Micro-Credentials: Taking PD to the next level

The Thinking Stick

Communicate, communicate, communicate” ( AIR, 2017 ). Certificate Level : For those that are independent learners but also want company on their journey. This has been a focus of ours ever since we started our first micro-credential (even though that’s not what it was called at the time) in 2009. Since 2009 we have graduated over 1000 educators from this micro-credential and have built a community around the learning that happened through this process.

Teaching Fireworks: Why Zest Simmons Loves Teaching #LoveTeaching

The CoolCatTeacher

When her school partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and A+ College Ready, she started teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition in 2009.

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. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year

Edsurge

He has also been named a Master Educator by Course Hero , an education technology company that produced a short film on Boyer. . Sin Nombre ” (2009, Mexico, directed by Cary Fukunaga)—Gritty, sporadically ultra-violent, adventure/crime/thriller film about a Honduran girl who is trying to immigrate to the United States and meets up with a boy caught up in the violence of MS-13 gang life who also needs to escape. “

Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017).

As Community Colleges ‘Have Their Moment,’ Leaders Face Tough Challenges

Edsurge

Now he’s 29, but that company shut down, and he’s unexpectedly out of work. 38 percent of students who started at a community college in 2009 completed a two- or four-year degree within six years. Steve Moore didn’t expect to go back to college. He dropped out long ago, when he was a “20-year-old-hot-head” and landed a lucrative job at a friend’s start-up. At the time he figured he didn’t need college.

Jobs for the Future Adds Investment Arm with Employee Technology Fund

Edsurge

Going forward, as part of JFF, the fund may take equity stakes in future portfolio companies, although it may still structure some deals as debt financing, which means recipients repay the principal, with interest, in the future. Kerszenbaum declined to say how much his fund has invested in companies or how much it has in its budget, but he says the fund has invested an average of $250,000 across seven deals. The fund closed its first two investments in 2017.