Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

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The term comes from the physical devices that other companies used to sell, where students literally pressed buttons to respond to multiple-choice questions. The Toronto-based company once relied on textbook publishers to distribute its technology. To date, the company has raised $105 million in venture capital. It has even tried partnering with publishers like Pearson to digitize their print materials, according to Silagadze. From Tech Company to Publisher?

Top Hat Raises $55 Million to Take on Big Textbook Publishers

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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. So far, Silagadze has inked deals with Fountainhead Press and Bluedoor Publishing to convert all the publishers’ content into digital materials over the next three years.

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Report that says online learning growth is slowing misses big picture

The Christensen Institute

For 12 years, the Babson Survey Group in partnership with other organizations, including the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium), has done critical research into the growth of online learning in American higher education that it publishes in the report Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States. But as of late, the research has suggested that the growth of online learning is flattening.

What Happened to the ‘$100 Laptop’?

Edsurge

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. Nestle was one, they contracted with a Uruguayan game company to make Nestle-themed mini games that were specifically installable on the XO.

eLearning Brothers Expands Family with Two Corporate Training Acquisitions

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Founded in 2009 and based in American Fork, Utah, the company has amassed 1,500-plus games, quizzes and templates to sell to corporate clients in search of more compelling digital learning materials for employees. Even with competition on the rise from online course providers that have moved beyond education and into corporate learning, Scivally sees plenty of growth opportunities in the industry, he says. The company’s clients are mostly based in the U.S.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

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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. They made sure the initiative had clear benefits for each of them, from state politicians of all parties to the local leaders across the urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state, and from educators at all levels to private companies. That’s a lesson worth learning.

Recognize Earth Day by Staying Resourceful While Working from Home

Discovery Education

We know that for educators the new normal requires exploring new digital tools to support their students’ progress. Discovery Education is proud to partner with Itron to provide digital learning resources that help students understand the importance of working to create a more resourceful world. Below guest contributor Callie Bendickson , director of corporate social responsibility at Itron , provides some helpful tips for learning to conserve while working from home. .

Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem?

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Loosely defined as affordable programs with strong learning and career outcomes, hybrid colleges often share three design principles: intensive wrap-around student support that directly meets student needs; digital learning programs (often competency-based); and sustainable funding that does not ask students to carry significant debt. Variations on the “learn-while-you-earn” model can also be useful alternatives to standard financing approaches.

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

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In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. LearnLaunch Institute , the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) functions as a professional learning community for 32 district members that aim to implement personalized learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

February 2009: Bellevue, Washington. When Ben Slivka decided to create his own interactive learning software in 2006, the online options for students, parents, and teachers were pretty bleak. What made more sense to them was duplicating their textbooks on CDs or placing them online, thus making them digital cash cows. But digital learning doesn’t work that way. Succeeding at personalized learning made an impression on Slivka. Personalized learning.

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.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Augustine School Classroom Tactics and Strategies and Children's Museum of Art , James Kioko, Neema Educational Centre - Nairobi, Kenya, Enabling Support Foundation Co-creating Open Educational Resources to foster deeper learning and global reach , Dr. William Ju, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Comics Uniting Nations: Using sequential art to further GTE + CTE with SDG instruction , Jeff Barbanell, M.Ed.,

Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In February 2009 the words of the world were collected and given to the Council of Conscience, a gathering of religious leaders and thinkers, who are now crafting the final document. The Charter was launched in November 2009. Karen has presented at conferences around the country about teaching students to navigate social media and working with teachers to develop digital projects that embrace new media literacies.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” This part about a government-created “fake university” caught my eye: Xilong Zhu, 27, who came from China in 2009 to attend college in the United States, enlisted in the Army and was caught in an immigration dragnet involving a fake university set up by the Department of Homeland Security to catch brokers of fraudulent student visas. “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable?

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Challenges to accreditation and certification and the steady drumbeat of “everyone should learn to code” are connected to politics as well as to the business of ed-tech. “ 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.

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 The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning.