iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. We created Assessment Items.

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. It ensures learning by assessing precisely what people know and what they don’t know without guesswork and doubt skewing the results.

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. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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 Specifically, the bet is that formative assessments, which can be delivered in classrooms regularly throughout the school year, offer educators a better, timelier understanding of what students know (or don’t) than an end-of-year final test.

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ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups

Edsurge

Each company received $75,000 from Village Capital and $50,000 from ETS. ETS is best known for offering assessments like the GRE and TOEFL exams. And ETS contracts with OECD, which creates the global education assessment benchmark test known as PISA. billion in revenues in 2017, ETS claims to be the largest assessment provider in the world, involved in delivering more than 50 million tests across over 180 countries every year.

How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year

Edsurge

He has also been named a Master Educator by Course Hero , an education technology company that produced a short film on Boyer. . We sat down with Boyer to learn more about his flipped syllabus, unique assessments, and the hard work that goes into an easy A. Education Technology Flipped Classroom Learning Strategies Professional Development University Assessment Driven Curriculum EdTech Lexicon Video Instruction

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

techlearning

Launched in 2009, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are digital textbooks for science, social studies and math that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Classroom Assessment Online Education The Wire Education edtech k12 education STEM

A short note to [Indian and emerging market] e-commerce investors: Be patient for growth, but impatient for profits

The Christensen Institute

This simply means that companies should take the time to figure out their profit formula (how they intend to make money) before scaling their businesses. E-commerce companies, especially those in emerging markets, are growing quickly in order to corner market share.

Almost 70% of teachers are not engaged. Here’s why that matters so much

The Hechinger Report

While these qualities may seem like frills, they’ve been demonstrated over time to have powerful correlations with harder metrics, like a company’s profits or a school’s test scores. For example, in 2009, Gallup studied 78,000 students in 160 schools in eight states, finding that a one-percentage-point uptick in a school’s average student engagement was connected to an average six-point increase in reading achievement and eight points in math.

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.

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. The final days are drawing near for TenMarks.

This activity is the most important component of your nation’s GDP

The Christensen Institute

Depending primarily on this measure is akin to a doctor depending primarily on the weight of a patient to assess the patient’s health. During the Great Depression or the Great Recession in 2007 through 2009, for instance, GDP in the United States shrank, implying a slowdown in economic growth.

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MasteryConnect Raises $4.5M Series C Round to Refocus on Core Product and Profits

Edsurge

Now, the Salt Lake City-based company is back to growing—this time, on the right track, its current CEO Mick Hewitt insists—with the help of a new funding round. This latest round brings the company’s fundraising total to more than $34 million. The modest fundraise comes after the company attempted to expand beyond its core offering, a mastery-based learning platform that aims to help teachers create curriculum and track how students perform against specific standards.

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

Magoosh started in 2009 with four co-founders and a few computers. Possess a deep understanding of the MCAT, the content it assesses, and the structure of its questions. Magoosh is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Apply Now.

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MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

Edsurge

But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts. Back in the driver’s seat is Mick Hewitt, who co-founded the company in 2009 and served as its first CEO. He adds: “As a venture-funded company, there’s been a decision to get to profitability in the next nine to 12 months.” Its core offerings include formative assessment products such as Socrative (a startup acquired in June 2014), grading tools and reporting services.

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.

Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

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. In 2011, the company set up five learning centers in densely populated communities in South Delhi to provide elementary school-aged Indian children with instruction in math and Hindi.

TEKVOX Drop-In A/V Systems at the Heart of Next-GenerationEquipment Upgrades in 100 Classrooms at Lone Star College

techlearning

in 2009. It is now deploying the company’s third-generation technology, the Drop-In A/V® system.

It’s Game Over for the Institute of Play. But Its Legacy Lives On.

Edsurge

The experimental institution, called Quest to Learn , opened its doors in 2009 and became the subject of many books and articles. In 2012, the institute helped launch Glasslab, a nonprofit that brought together game designers, educators and assessment experts.

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. That kind of impact, when assessed with any measure of objectivity, is excellent. Today, 263 million children around the world don’t attend school.

Illuminate Education Acquires Homegrown Data Visualization Tool, eduCLIMBER

Edsurge

What began as a husband-and-wife skunkworks project in rural Wisconsin four years ago has now become absorbed into an education data company that boasts millions of users across 44 states. From there the tool spread via word of mouth, and within six months the pet project became a company, eduCLIMBER , where Matt was CEO. based provider of data, assessment and reporting tools for K-12 schools and districts. Illuminate Education was founded in 2009 and claims more than 5.4

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Why We Don't Need a 'Netflix for Education'

Edsurge

If the views expressed by leading edtech companies are any indication, the race to become the first 'Netflix of Education' is gathering steam. Comments from both established learning companies like McGraw-Hill , as well as more recent entrants like D2L and Udemy , reveal a strong push among edtech companies seeking to position themselves as "education's answer to Netflix." One feature of Netflix in particular seems to have captured the imagination of edtech companies.

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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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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 team has since added notation and audio narration features, along with writing and assessment activities. 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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Is the hottest trend in chronic care all it’s cracked up to be?

The Christensen Institute

Healthcare providers visit these patients proactively at home to perform medical assessments, coach them in health self-management, and refer them to local resources for additional health-related needs. Since 2009, the program has generated an estimated $9 million in savings due to reduction in ambulance transports, ED utilization and hospital admissions.

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Is the hottest trend in chronic care all it’s cracked up to be?

The Christensen Institute

Healthcare providers visit these patients proactively at home to perform medical assessments, coach them in health self-management, and refer them to local resources for additional health-related needs. Since 2009, the program has generated an estimated $9 million in savings due to reduction in ambulance transports, ED utilization and hospital admissions.

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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.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. 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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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.

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.

Number of international students at U.S. universities hits new high amid Trump worries

The Hechinger Report

Benjamin Waxman, whose company conducted a survey of international students. The two companies plan to complete another survey soon to see how the election is influencing college choices, Waxman said. The number of Indian student visa applications in Australia, for example, fell by 46 percent immediately following attacks on Indian students in that country in 2009. It seems like students from other countries are assessing their options,” she said.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

DeLorenzo screened the candidates, assessing their capacity for change, and six districts were approved , among them the three districts mentioned above that had already begun experimenting with the model.

The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software

The Hechinger Report

February 2009: Bellevue, Washington. We have deeply integrated assessment into learning. And so, in February 2009 DreamBox was launched. Companies like DreamBox need lots of cash to keep innovating, but the company wasn’t generating that cash and investors were getting hard to find.

Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

Edsurge

The teacher evaluation market has grown dramatically over the last few years, driven by the 2009 implementation of. Other examples include: The market for personalized learning is influenced by competency-based education policies; The market for charter schools is influenced by state-by-state limits on authorizations; The market for student assessments is influenced by state adoptions of college and career ready academic standards (e.g.,

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 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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How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

Key to that success, Johnstone says, was that the district had already started teaching math differently back in 2009. Octavio Gutierrez works with a group of students learning English, giving them a preview of what their fluent peers will learn later. Photo: Emmanuel Felton. HAWTHORNE, Ca.