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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.

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.

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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 Hat Raises $55 Million to Take on Big Textbook Publishers

Edsurge

Mike Silagadze isn’t shy about his desire to take market share from the largest college textbook publishers through his classroom software company Top Hat. He believes his company’s brand of digital textbooks beats anything Pearson, McGraw-Hill and their ilk can provide.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

But you know, I found that I create so many of my videos, my curriculum, everything that I have. Let’s start watching the September videos. And it wasn’t long before they were refining and refining and refining their videos. But they don’t all have to be your own videos.

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.

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. Millions have studied with us, downloaded our apps, and watched our videos. Apply Now.

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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

The game where you build virtual Lego-like worlds and populate them with people, animals and just about everything in between is one of the most popular games ever made; it’s second only to Tetris as the best-selling video game of all time. A version not all have access to, Ames says.

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.”.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

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

The Hechinger Report

That can be funding the institutions themselves; it also can be investing in financial aid,” said Debbie Cochrane, vice president of The Institute for College Access and Success, a national nonprofit.

Upcoming Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Techbook Series to Help Educators Maximize Instructional Time

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- New Improvements to Techbook Platform will Make Relevant Content Even More Accessible to Teachers and Students - Silver Spring, Md. June 25, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced that upcoming enhancements to its award-winning Techbook series will help educators maximize instructional time by making engaging digital content even more accessible to teachers and students.

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.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act , or ESSA, also provides increased access to funding for physical education by including the subject in its definition of a “well-rounded education.”. “At Related: Fighting hunger in the Mississippi Delta (VIDEO).

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. Learning is not about the content you can put together, the videos you watch, the articles you read.

Dear Google: Please let us use YouTube at School!

The Electric Educator

Sadly, one of my favorites, YouTube , can not be accessed by students in educational settings. My school completely blocks student access to YouTube; both the site and embedded videos. I agree with this policy: there is simply too much garbage on YouTube to allow student access.

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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. It’s an access issue that creates this belief issue,” she said.

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

Hack Education

The very next day, Apple shares hit $97.80, an all-time high for the company. By 2012 – yes, thanks to its hardware business – Apple’s stock had risen to the point that the company was worth a record-breaking $624 billion. 2009 – the phones in their pockets.

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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.

Their Space: Educating Digitally Ethical Teens #sxswedu #theirspace

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2009 - Meeting of the Minds - important work from Common Sense Media on perceptions of social media ethics. de Haan found a video via a Google Alert of a video shot on a school field trip of students setting a bush on fire, including students jumping over and through it. A woman who works for a company that offers memberships to Tweens for movie editing noted that when they suspend accounts for inappropriate use, parents often step in and question the company''s actions.

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

MindShift

We grew up having our questions instantly answered as long as we had access to the Internet. Some argue that with easy access to information, we have more space in our brain to engage in creative activities, as humans have in the past. 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.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

” The photographic evidence clearly showed otherwise – the crowds on the mall were visibly smaller than those gathered for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009. It’s the relationship of these companies to information and to education. (A

Flocabulary Makes My BrainPop!

The Daring Librarian

I blogged about my unabashed love for The Week in Rap back in 2009 on my school library blog.I But this young, talented company, have also added SO many other subject categories of sweet rhymes & songs that immediately engage learning & inspire substantive conversations!

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway. But they’re connected to the new Woz U and a web of for-profit companies – raising questions of conflict of interest and legal compliance.” So many people predicting this company would disrupt higher ed.

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Global Collaboration Week Begins - Find a Project and Connect!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Asynchronously interact with each other by posting text, audio or video greetings and/or multimedia content that informs other participants about their class, school, town or cultures. URL/LINK TO JOIN: [link] Can I get access to Zoom?

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

and aims to address some of the obstacles to broadband adoption -- in terms of cost, access, relevance, and digital literacy. 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.