Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. A Hechinger Report review found dozens of companies promoting their products’ effectiveness on their websites, in email pitches and in vendor brochures with little or shoddy evidence to support their claims.

Google Teacher Academy Reflection

The Electric Educator

I attended the 2009 Google Teacher Academy which was held in Boulder, Colorado this year. Corporate culture at Google is unlike any other company in the world. Google''s products are designed to make the analysis and synthesis of information easy through collaboration. I was with a great group and hosted by a great company. Yesterday, I got to be a Googler for the day.

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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).

Degreed Raises $75 Million to Expand Corporate Learning Platform

Edsurge

For McCarthy, it was a small sign among many that international countries like India had become powerful markets for corporate training companies like Degreed. “A Companies outside the U.S. To date, the San Francisco-based company has raised about $140 million. Founded in 2012, Degreed offers over 1,500 certificates and credentials, aimed primarily at companies looking to develop and upskill their employees.

Using Feedback Logs to Empower Learners

A Principal's Reflections

The most successful companies are successful because they are always looking for ways to improve. John Hattie (2009) found a similar effect size of 0.73

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

Almost a decade after Lynzi Ziegenhagen began work on tools to help K-12 schools with data analysis and visualization, she faced an important decision. 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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Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

Edsurge

Instructure , the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, has agreed to acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect , for $42.5 Founded in 2009, MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform against academic standards. The company claims users in more than 14,000 U.S.

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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. Executives from both companies were unavailable when reached by EdSurge (but we will update the story with additional details and commentary when available).

Schoolzilla Acquires Decision Science Labs to Help Districts Make Smarter Spending Choices

Edsurge

But it boasts a voracious appetite when it comes to ingesting education data and, now, another company. The company has raised $1 million in venture funding since launching in June 2014. Founded in 2009, Schoolzilla began as an internal project of Aspire Public Schools, a charter management network in Oakland, to help educators draw actionable insights from the gargantuan bytes of data available from different technology providers. Schoolzilla is not a monster.

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REINVENTING.SCHOOL - Episode 11 Today, "Basics of Education, Worldwide" #reinventingschool #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

He was lead advisor of the Program for Analysis of Educational Systems (PASEC) from 2001 to 2005, where he was in charge of implementing assessments and analyses of learning outcomes in primary schools in African French-speaking countries. From 2007 to 2009, he was the country sector work adviser at Pôle de Dakar (UNESCO) where he led the support to countries, essentially through education sector analyses and financial simulation models.

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. For decades, at many companies that I worked for, I wasn’t allowed to hire unless somebody had a four-year degree.”. Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analysis firm.

Boxlight and Globisens Release New Version of GlobiLab Analytical Software for the Labdisc

techlearning

The software’s sophisticated data analysis functions help students develop skilled scientific responses by enabling users to perform derivative and regression functions as well as view comprehensive statistics. About Globisens Established in April 2009, Globisens is an education technology company, focused on delivering the most modern pioneering solutions for K-12 science.

Goldman Sachs looks at higher education, very darkly

Bryan Alexander

Goldman Sachs shared their analysis of higher education for investors a few weeks ago, and it’s an important document for people in higher education to consider. Goldman zeroes in on rising college costs , unsurprisingly, and offers some recent data: “Since 2009, college fees have risen by 10.6% Goldman is enormously influential in the finance world, and also in government, two realms with a lot of clout in academic institutions.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

The Hechinger Report

Companies like Amazon and Netflix have been using data tools like these for years to track our clicks and steer us to buy or watch more of their products. James Wiley is a technology analyst with Eduventures, which does consulting work for companies in the predictive analytics industry. It’s grown into a $500 million market with more than 30 for-profit companies selling predictive analytics tools to colleges. And new companies were popping up to sell data analytics packages.

What Happened to the ‘$100 Laptop’?

Edsurge

And so I started thinking about it and fleshing out this idea, and it ended up being just the central point around which a lot of my analysis ended up hanging. I think that they might have come about in the next few years anyway though in 2009 when, in Paraguay at least, when the One Laptop per Child laptops were given out, the first round of them, less than 10 percent of the Paraguayan population had computers. Quite a few big companies.

What Are the Real Motives Behind the Common Core State Standards? Let's Be Honest with Ourselves!

The 21st Century Principal

That post, entitled "Common Core Standards Will Help NC Meet Its Challenges," was written by Caroline McCullen, the director of education initiatives at SAS which already has a multi-million dollar contract with North Carolina to provide value-added teacher data analysis software for teacher and principal evaluations. Because North Carolina NAEP scores declined in 2009, the state''s standards "were lower" there the Common Core standards are needed.

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

Edsurge

landscape analysis of the tactics and tools used by its 15 “Catalyst” districts members that are farthest along with implementing district-wide plans to use digital tools to personalize learning. It implemented a 1:1 device-to-student model in its middle schools in 2009, and expanded that to high schools in 2013. The idea that MAPLE exists to help LearnLaunch-affiliated companies sell products to schools “couldn’t be further from the truth,” says Klau.

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

The Hechinger Report

In 2009, state appropriations made up 61 percent of the general funding for USG institutions, while tuition accounted for nearly a third of it. An analysis by The Hechinger Report of 11 universities that make such data publicly available found that more than 83,000 students were determined by federal calculations to need help paying for school. In 2009, state appropriations made up 61 percent of the general funding for USG institutions; tuition made up nearly a third of it.

Inside a Preschool That Treats the Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

Edsurge

A few months later, the group issued a report that identified 14 states with programs that are addressing this issue and examined the common elements that led to their success: mental health services, a trauma-informed approach, low teacher-to-child ratios and data analysis. and then guides them through a set of breathing techniques from Conscious Discipline , an approach to social-emotional learning that TIP has been using with the children since around 2009.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. 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. The company has raised some $77.5 ” But it’s a content company.

Set to stun

The Hechinger Report

The company does not have an exact count of how many Tasers are carried by school resource officers “because you’re talking thousands, and at some point you can’t even keep track of it,” said Steven Tuttle, the vice president of strategic communications. He added that he does not know of any other companies that provide stun guns to police departments. The department stopped conducting regular surveys after 2009.). Knightdale, N.C. — It was just a dumb fight.

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

MindShift

” Daphne Bavelier , a professor at the University of Geneva, wrote in 2011 that we may have lost the ability for oral memorization valued by the Greeks when writing was invented, but we gained additional skills of reading and text analysis. ” The bright side lies in a 2009 study conducted by Gary Small, the director of University of California Los Angeles’ Longevity Center , that explored brain activity when older adults used search engines.

June 1 - Panel Discussion on "Unschooling"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

His experience ranges from spending years working with children at a leading environmental education foundation to serving on boards of universities, of companies, and in the intelligence community. Previously Aldrich was the founder and director of research for Gartner’s online learning analysis. Join me Wednesday, June 1st, for a live and interactive Future of Education panel discussion on "unschooling."

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

Hack Education

” For me, still framing my work that way – “top trends” – is a purposeful rhetorical move to shed light, to subvert, to offer a sly commentary of sorts on the shallowness of what passes as journalism, criticism, analysis. The very next day, Apple shares hit $97.80, an all-time high for the company. Our Internet service providers today are likely telephone and TV companies; our houses are already wired for new WiFi-enabled products and predictions.

Without local school boards, parents in poor communities lose their vote

The Hechinger Report

In at least 20 states, lawmakers have stripped locally elected school board members of their power in impoverished, mostly minority communities, leaving parents without a voice – or a vote – in their children’s education, according to a News21 state-by-state analysis of school takeovers. Ask most longtime residents and, chances are, their parents worked for one of the Big Three automobile companies, like the Chrysler Corp.,

Are we ready? How we are teaching – and not teaching – kids about climate change

The Hechinger Report

Such descriptions of climate change are muddled and misleading, according to four climate scientists who reviewed them as part of a Hechinger/HuffPost analysis of 32 middle school and high school textbooks and digital curricula and what they say on the subject. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said in an emailed statement that the issues raised by the Hechinger/HuffPost analysis “are important, and our teams are constantly working to evolve and improve our content.”

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

He then got his Bachelors in Networking and Telecommunication from DeVry University, and while going to school worked for a company that helpe larger organizations relocate and setup new computer systems. He authored two regular columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library" from 2009 through 2019. DATE: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 COST: Free REGISTRATION: To register for the mini-conference, join LearningRevolution.com.

Peter Thiel and the Future (and Funding) of Education Technology

Hack Education

million – isn’t that significant, I think the timing of the donation is still notable for a number of reasons: Well-known for his libertarian beliefs, Peter Thiel wrote in a 2009 article for the Cato Institute that “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women – two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians – have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.”

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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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company.

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.

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