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. If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Is accessibility baked into to the development process? Their site says: When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, or on twitter.com, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired.

Drawing & Painting: Kerpoof Studio

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers can create student accounts and also limit the features accessible to students using Kerpoof. Kerpoof Studio is owned by Disney and this company has very clear terms of use. Kerpoof Studio is another tool for drawing and creating on the computer.

Essential Reading

The Electric Educator

In this bold article Frey claims that a radical shift in education will occur due to the emergence of standard course-ware software so that companies, universities and school districts can quickly and easily create content that can be accessed from around the world.

The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

The Electric Educator

We expect many companies will attempt to solve this problem, but the market will quickly gravitate towards the one it likes best." Frey believes that ultimately, an iTunes -like system will emerge that will allow individuals and companies to easily create and distribute original courses on every topic immaginable. Schools will become tutoring centers and access points for courses rather than disseminators of instruction. Stewart MacLean , a fellow ed.

Alaska Native students pursue STEM, with great success

The Hechinger Report

When Schroeder finally concluded in 2009 that there weren’t enough university freshmen of Alaska Native descent prepared to succeed in college-level science and engineering courses, he (and the staff who had joined him by then) started a high school program.

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Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

The Hechinger Report

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.

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.

Can You Say Unicorn? Duolingo Raises $30 Million at $1.5 Billion Valuation

Edsurge

For the third time this year, an American education technology company is laying claim to the magical “unicorn” status. To date, company has raised $138 million. A Duolingo spokesperson says the company expects to break even this year and be cashflow positive in 2020.

Jackpot? Kenzie Academy Raises $7.77 Million to Build Tech Talent in Overlooked Places

Edsurge

If one were to name the top tech companies that people want to work for, the FAANG s wouldn’t be a bad bet. Going forward, we don’t think Silicon Valley will be the only place where new companies are being formed.” In May, the company hired Dana Price as its chief financial officer.

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

Edsurge

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. These company’s teaching methods originated from tutoring sessions held offline by Raveendran himself.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

For instance, Osso VR is a virtual reality technology company founded on the principle of training surgeons with real world skills that can be directly applied when in the operating room.

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Sustaining Bangladesh’s economic miracle

The Christensen Institute

Since 2009, Bangladesh’s economy has grown by more than 6% per year, and its GDP per capita has almost tripled. These innovations are important and keep a company and an economy vibrant, but they don’t significantly impact economic development and job creation.

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

For her Schoolzilla company to continue to grow, it needed a larger sales division. based company up for acquisition talks. Schoolzilla, the company perhaps best known for its Mosaic dashboard product, has found a new home with Renaissance Learning , a Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.-based

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GitHub’s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools

Edsurge

That’s the pitch behind GitHub ’s announcement that, starting today, educational institutions will now be able to access—for free—its enterprise and business-level offerings as part of a new GitHub Education package. The company says it’s making these available to any “teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates,” including non-traditional bootcamp-style coding programs. Here’s the company’s features chart.)

PowerSchool Completes Schoology Purchase in March Toward ‘Unified’ K-12 Data Ecosystem

Edsurge

Four years ago, when Hardeep Gulati took over as CEO of PowerSchool, the company numbered around 400 employees. Schoology was founded in 2009 and has been working on data integrations with PowerSchool’s student information system as far back as 2012, Friedman adds.

Here Are the 10 Michelson Runway Startups Vying For Future Funders

Edsurge

But the latest cohort at Michelson Runway, an startup accelerator geared towards higher-ed companies, highlights a broader approach to innovation in education. Now in its third year, MIchelson Runway offers early-stage education companies $25,000-100,000 in investment, along with legal advice, product feedback and opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs and potential funders. The company is asking for $10 million by October 2018.

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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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. I post things I find myself, which includes free access to New York Times articles thanks to my subscription.

PowerSchool to Acquire Schoology, Pairing Major K-12 LMS and SIS Providers

Edsurge

Since 2015, PowerSchool has acquired eight companies. Through these deals, the company has expanded its product suite beyond its original K-12 student information system offering to assessment, enrollment, special education and talent management services.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. So where can people access what you’ve done? There are some outlets that are starting to give you access to already-randomized assessment items.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

Through its mPower Piedmont initiative , which began in 2009, all students in grades 4-12 receive a Macbook Air laptop with home Internet access. Access to the product during the spring pilot period may be free, full price, or discounted.

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Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

But how do we improve access to quality teachers in developing parts of the world where trained and experienced teachers just don’t exist? 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.

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.

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North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

Edsurge

For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018. 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.

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.

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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Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Rethinking Learning Spaces and Environments

A Principal's Reflections

I will be the first one to admit that the learning environments and spaces at New Milford High School looked nothing like this prior to 2009.

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Magoosh Jobs

EdNews Daily

Our mission is simple: create products that give students everywhere access to enjoyable, affordable, and quality test prep. 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.

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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. The product focused on simplifying how teachers and students could access and assign digital materials. Brekhus adds that the company is cashflow positive.

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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Bridge International Academies; a model for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Since 2009, it has built more than 500 schools in India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda, and has educated more than 250,000 children. In Liberia, a United Nations rights expert complained that the country’s decision to “outsource its primary education to a private company” is unacceptable. Today, 263 million children around the world don’t attend school. Another 330 million, despite being in school, receive subpar education.

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.

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.”.

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.*. “To get people to come here and say, ‘No, our child deserves to have access to this,’ ” she says. A version not all have access to, Ames says.