Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

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Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Evaluating Edtech Quality and Use Matters. Visit the Edtech Pilot Framework to learn more about the edtech marketplace.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

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Edtech and Social Emotional Learning. Have you seen some other edtech tools besides Minecraft that can have this kind of social emotional impact? The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

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According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. The EdTech sphere is obviously developing quickly, so some things that seemed impossible only a few years ago have become a standard in the meantime. 5 New EdTech tools to watch.

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. Yet these student growth gains are not reflected in most edtech implementations.

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Why Solving the Teacher Shortage Is Critical for Edtech

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At the same time, enrollment in teacher education programs dropped from 691,000 to 451,000 between 2009 and 2014, LPI says. It becomes even more challenging when the teachers being asked to use classroom technology have likely not taken part in edtech professional development to learn how tools are used in a specific classroom or school. Edtech companies have a vested interest in helping states and school systems tackle this challenge.

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The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

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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 edtech startups raised last year. Increasingly, Asian companies are also investing abroad to find fresh ideas and tools to bring to their local markets. edtech investor, including. Based Company.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Fast Company → Cathy Davidson writes: "Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. What does it reveal about how these companies imagine teaching and learning. What does it say about how these companies view “influence” and decision-making power in public schools?" EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Fast Company → Cathy Davidson writes: "Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. What does it reveal about how these companies imagine teaching and learning. What does it say about how these companies view “influence” and decision-making power in public schools?" EdTech News News news

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?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

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Moving to the cloud can be good for both vendors and schools It is in the interests of the edtech industry for educators to feel confident about using technology. Edtech cannot afford to let the specter of cybercrime dampen enthusiasm. Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain.

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How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

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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.

Quizlet Raises $20 Million to Bring More Artificial Intelligence to Its Study Tools

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But there’s another number that also has the company excited. The company has now raised $32 million in total. Founded in 2005, Quizlet is probably best known for its digital flashcards, built by a then-high schooler, Andrew Sutherland, who is still with the company as its chief technology officer. For the first 10 years the company remained small, and had been profitable since 2009. The company offers two subscription plans for individual users (at $1.99

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

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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.

Jobs for the Future Adds Investment Arm with Employee Technology Fund

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Going forward, as part of JFF, the fund may take equity stakes in future portfolio companies, although it may still structure some deals as debt financing, which means recipients repay the principal, with interest, in the future. It started out as an informational meeting about a year ago.

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

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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.” The company recently launched a mobile app that allows teachers to snap photos of student’s work incorporate them into MasteryConnect’s platform.

Here Are the 10 Michelson Runway Startups Vying For Future Funders

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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 four-month program is capped with a pitch night in front of edtech investors.

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

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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." 2009). 2009). Education Technology Market Trends Edtech Business

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Can Fluent City, Backed By $2.5M in Funding, Build a Modern Culture School?

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The New York City-based language company, founded in 2011, offers 10 language classes along with courses in interior design, mixing cocktails and French culture. In an interview with EdSurge, Rohrbach explained how he sees the company as a way for people to keep enriching their lives. The company offers classes in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Education Technology Startups Edtech BusinessLast week, education startup Fluent City raised $2.5

ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups

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Each company received $75,000 from Village Capital and $50,000 from ETS. Knack and NurseDash aren’t the first edtech deals for ETS, however. One of these problems that ETS has identified—and invested in—has been popular among the edtech industry and its investors: Knack, based in Tampa, Fla. These two companies were identified through a competition that Village Capital has organized since 2009.

Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools

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Amazon will be sunsetting TenMarks and its online instructional tools, which were once at the forefront of the company’s K-12 digital education strategy. She emailed the company to learn that it was not. “It A company spokesperson wrote via email that “after a thorough review of TenMarks, we’ve made the difficult decision to no longer offer this service after June 30, 2019.” But the company gave no indication that it would close shop.

Illuminate Education Acquires Homegrown Data Visualization Tool, eduCLIMBER

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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. Illuminate Education was founded in 2009 and claims more than 5.4 Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

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Salesforce Ventures Invests in Viridis to Connect Students, Community Colleges and Jobs

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Founded in 2009, Viridis aims to connect the different points in the employment triangle between students, schools and employers. The company taps into local employer databases and government agencies to find job openings and identify the skills required for these roles. Viridis will also be integrated with Salesforce Trailhead , the company’s library of tutorials designed to help its corporate customers train their employees on using the CRM.

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

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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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With $3.2M Series A, Viridis Aims to Connect Community College Students and Employers

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Other investors in the New York City-based company include the Lumina Foundation , the Carver Family Office, Serious Change, NVC Investments and angel investors such as Carlos Gutierrez (former CEO of Kellogg and U.S. Viridis Learning was founded in 2009 by Felix Ortiz III, who after finishing his service in the U.S. The company currently has 18 full-time employees and plans to expand to 40 with the addition of a new office in Palo Alto, CA.

Capstone Sells Digital Reading Platform, myON to Private Equity Firm

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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. Brekhus adds that the company is cashflow positive. PowerSchool, purchased by Vista Equity Partners from Pearson in 2015, has since snapped up nearly a dozen other smaller companies.

With $7.5M Funding Boost, Top Hat Launches Marketplace to Challenge Textbook Publishers

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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.

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

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The teacher evaluation market has grown dramatically over the last few years, driven by the 2009 implementation of. The fit of your company and product for the particular region. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business Education Market Professional DevelopmentEstimating the size of different markets, and the speed with which they develop, is critical for a host of business decisions. Is a product category big enough to be financially viable?

The 2011 Edublogs Awards Shortlist (A Shameless Ploy For Votes) #Eddies11

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I am humbled that I made the short list for Best Twitter of The Year (an award I won in 2009) and this blog is also on the short list for Best Edtech/Resource Sharing Blog. It is truly an honor to be nominated and I am in good company on both lists.

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

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He has also been named a Master Educator by Course Hero , an education technology company that produced a short film on Boyer. . Sin Nombre ” (2009, Mexico, directed by Cary Fukunaga)—Gritty, sporadically ultra-violent, adventure/crime/thriller film about a Honduran girl who is trying to immigrate to the United States and meets up with a boy caught up in the violence of MS-13 gang life who also needs to escape. “

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

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

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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

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

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K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. K-12 OER Movement appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

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How This Famed Chinese Venture Capitalist Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

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But that technology won’t be entirely homegrown: Chinese companies, particularly those building products or services laced with the machine learning algorithms, are increasingly playing a role in the tools that we call “AI.” He started a venture capital firm in 2009 based in Beijing called Sinoventures. Here’s why he believes that AI—and particularly AI developed by Chinese companies—is fated to rock our world, and how we learn. I think edtech in the U.S.

Illuminate Education Shines Light on Growing Need for Better Data Sharing

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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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Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

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I quickly evaluate if this is a person or company that’s worth a relationship. We luckily found a great local company. Outsourcing our IT, initially we had some bumps, but the company’s responsiveness told us that even though we are a small district, they are committed. This company is in other districts that are 5 or 6 times larger than Avonworth, but they always see it through for us. We appreciate the willingness for the company to customize things to our needs.

?How Can Educators Strike a Balance Between Blended and Social-Emotional Learning?

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But while there were some easy targets—chief among them, the incoming Secretary of Education—those satirized often looked a lot like the people in the audience: a digital specialist who believes there’s an adaptive diagnostic for everything; a superintendent obsessed with virtual reality; a neurotic teacher overwhelmed by edtech: “My kindergartener told me she was flickring ,” she tells her onstage therapist, “so I sent her to the nurse!” SEL is the core of what companies want.”