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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U.S. continues to slip behind other countries in percentage of population with degrees

The Hechinger Report

In July 2009, President Barack Obama announced an ambitious plan to boost employment by 2019. That number won’t reach 60 percent until 2041, according to predictions by the Educational Testing Service, a nonprofit educational testing company that administers the GRE among other tests.

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.

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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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.

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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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.)

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

Starting Your Own Website: Reclaim Your Hosting

ProfHacker

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft to spend $75M to boost computer science

eSchool News

Microsoft will invest $75 million over the next three years in initiatives to increase access to computer science education for youth. The program pairs engineers from Microsoft and other high-tech companies with teachers to team-teach computer science in high schools.

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.”.

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 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.

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

Doug Levin

We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Fast Company → Cathy Davidson writes: "Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. Tagged on: September 6, 2017 Inequality, 'Brand Ambassadors,' and the Business of Selling (to) Classrooms | Hack Education → Audrey Watters writes: "We should ask what it means when these people are selected by ed-tech companies to be “brand ambassadors”?

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

Doug Levin

We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Fast Company → Cathy Davidson writes: "Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. Tagged on: September 6, 2017 Inequality, 'Brand Ambassadors,' and the Business of Selling (to) Classrooms | Hack Education → Audrey Watters writes: "We should ask what it means when these people are selected by ed-tech companies to be “brand ambassadors”?

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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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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.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that access to computers and other digital devices had no impact on students' proficiency in reading, math, and science. 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.

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Micro-Credentials: Taking PD to the next level

The Thinking Stick

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

It’s called “Course Access” or “Course Choice.” 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. Other options besides Course Access.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

Students have access to hundreds of courses while they are in Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities, but they tend to focus on math, language arts, social studies and science. CHICAGO — By Marquell Brown’s count, he has been locked up “roughly 42 times” since 2009.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Access to the identities of staff and students is one of the main attractions for hackers. 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.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.