TenMarks Shutdown Leaves Teachers Wanting, Competitors Circling

Edsurge

School and district users had ample warning about the demise of the adaptive K-12 math and writing software—the company issued a notice on its site 15 months ago—and yet many say that the off-boarding process was not a smooth one. Any time a program is changed or phased out, it can be disruptive to classroom activities, administrators tell EdSurge. Programs like Ascend Math and Mathletics have entire web pages devoted to marketing their tools to outgoing TenMarks customers.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

Edsurge

The trend is not unique to Hollywood; other American businesses— from appliance makers to luxury resorts —are similarly entangled with Asian money. To adapt, many companies are investing domestically, particularly in China, where edtech companies raised more than $1.2 billion in 2016, according to Goldman Sachs. Increasingly, Asian companies are also investing abroad to find fresh ideas and tools to bring to their local markets.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This new weekly blog post / email is replacing the regular email I have sent out for the last couple of years for the now-defunct Host-Your-Own-Webinar program (I still have hopes of resurrecting that near-to-my-heart program, and when that happens we''ll wrap it into this weekly missive). Huge thanks to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science , the founding sponsor of the conference. Send your best wishes to Peggy , Lorna , and Kim !

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. I thought for a good long while about how best to summarize this decade, and inspired by the folks at The Verge , who published a list of “ The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech ,” I decided to do something similar: chronicle for you a decade of ed-tech failures and f**k-ups and flawed ideas.