More colleges and universities outsource services to for-profit companies

The Hechinger Report

As with much in higher education this academic year, the real activity was online, where the university was busy launching a new virtual master’s degree in data science and an online program in computer science for people who already have bachelor’s degrees. MEDFORD, Mass. —

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Drawing & Painting: Kerpoof Studio

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

There are many options available within Kerpoof studio, and some are more educationally appropriate than others. It''s important that students using this tool have a clearly identified learning goal when using Kerpoof in an educational setting or they will just play. Kerpoof Studio is owned by Disney and this company has very clear terms of use. Kerpoof Studio is another tool for drawing and creating on the computer.

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The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

The Electric Educator

blogger, recommended an article titled " The Future of Education " by Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute. I read this somewhat lengthy article which predicts drastic changes in the educational culture as we know it today, and was struck by the plausibility of Frey''s ideas. I would strongly recommend this article to anyone interested in the future of education. 10 years ago, on-line education was a thing of the future.

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. School closures in all 50 states have sent educators and parents alike scrambling to find online learning resources to keep kids busy and productive at home. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. Some companies are trying to gain a foothold in a crowded market.

Essential Reading

The Electric Educator

Those of us planning on being in education for a while need to think about, prepare for, and understand the coming changes in education. The Future of Education by Thomas Frey. 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.

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. 52 educators from the US and Canada gathered in the upper level of the Boulder office in front of a large wall on which dual images were projected. Our final session featured a new s earch curriculum being designed to help educate students in essential skills of the 21st century.

Project Based Learning

The Electric Educator

Several very large companies (Nokia, Sony, Philips, Rolls-Royce) are having their interns and management candidates participate in online business scenario "tournaments" as part of their training. Project-based learning is one of the new educational buzzwords floating around and this would certainly fall into this category. Here''s an interesting article from demonstrating an innovative use of distance learning technology.

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First 100% Online Christian School

The Electric Educator

I have been blogging about the pending change in education for some time now. There are many educational companies that offer online courses to augment the course catalogue of existing schools ( Michigan Virtual University and Seven Star Academy to name two), but there aren''t very many dedicated online schools. Mark''s is positioned to be a leader in he coming educational shift. future of education on-line learning

Youtube goes educational.the times, they are a changing!

The Electric Educator

On March 27, Youtube announced the creation of , a dedicated video channel for lectures and material from leading higher education institutions in the United States. Now your first reaction to this addition by Youtube might be, "it''s about time that there is something useful and educational on youtube, I''m sick of watching song parodies sung by teenagers in the mirror or action shots of people being stupid."

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What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship

The CoolCatTeacher

A youth advocate with more than 20 years’ writing and speaking about youth and digital media, Anne has served on three national task forces on Internet safety, including the Obama administration’s 2009 Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which she co-chaired. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Sean O’Sullivan, Founder And Managing Partner Of SOSV – A Global Venture Capital Firm With 1000+ Portfolio Companies And $800M+ Assets Under Management


MapInfo went on to become a public company with over 1,000 employees. An advocate of STEM education, the O’Sullivan Foundation has funded organizations such as the Khan Academy, CoderDojo, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. What types of companies do you look to invest in?

How a $40M Investment Aims to ‘Mainstream and Modernize’ Montessori Education


No wonder, then, that “Montessori education is often seen as niche and elitist,” says Joel Mendes, executive director of Prepared Montessorian, a program that provides training to teachers and parents in Montessori methods. based company has raised $70 million in venture capital.

Google Parts Ways With Longtime Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap


One of the most visible faces of Google’s education efforts—who helped lay the groundwork for its dominance in the U.S. education market—has left the organization. After more than 14 years at Google, my last day is today,” Jaime Casap, the company’s former chief education evangelist, said in a YouTube video posted on June 27. Nor was there much thought about an education business. These seeds would help Google grow into a dominant force in the education market.

How higher education’s own choices left it vulnerable to the pandemic crisis

The Hechinger Report

What this whole crisis has done to higher education is just exposed the cracks that have been there for over a decade of financial mismanagement.” American higher education is composed of thousands of colleges and universities, with different track records and results.

ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups


The world’s biggest private nonprofit test maker is dipping its toes into the world of education technology investments. ETS (short for Educational Testing Service) recently invested in two startups— Knack and NurseDash —in partnership with Village Capital , an early-stage venture capital firm that aims to support social-impact entrepreneurs. Each company received $75,000 from Village Capital and $50,000 from ETS. based program for seed-stage startups in education.

Teaching Fireworks: Why Zest Simmons Loves Teaching #LoveTeaching

The CoolCatTeacher

You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Zest Simmons – Bio as Submitted Inspired to become an educator by her own teachers, Zestlan Simmons, a National Board Certified teacher, was once told by a family friend to “reconsider her options” when she shared her dream. Education ELA/ ELL Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Monday Motivation Teachers

Omidyar Network Spins Off Education Portfolio Into Independent Investment Firm


Today, the Omidyar Network does so again—this time for its education portfolio. Imaginable Futures will exist with its own board within the greater Omidyar Group, says Imaginable Futures managing partner Amy Klement, who previously led Omidyar’s education investment activities. Since 2009, Omidyar Network has invested $200 million in 100 educational for-profit and nonprofit organizations, according to Klement. The Omidyar Network is going through changes.

Educational Crises and Ed-Tech: A History

Hack Education

I want to talk to you today about the history of educational crises and education technology. That means, for one thing, you end up with a Secretary of Education or with a prominent investor/philanthropist or governor or pundit claiming that schools haven't changed in hundreds of years. ", we can consider perhaps that public education, particularly in some places, has been neglected since the very start. We have seen this repeatedly in education.

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


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." I'm not saying measuring learning is easy, but it's everything in education. 2009).

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Illuminate Education Acquires Homegrown Data Visualization Tool, eduCLIMBER


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. This week, eduCLIMBER was acquired by Illuminate Education , an Irvine, Calif.-based Illuminate Education was founded in 2009 and claims more than 5.4

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GitHub?s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools


That’s the pitch behind GitHub ’s announcement that, starting today, educational institutions will now be able to access—for free—its enterprise and business-level offerings as part of a new GitHub Education package. The company says it’s making these available to any “teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates,” including non-traditional bootcamp-style coding programs. Here’s the company’s features chart.)

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


June 25, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced that upcoming enhancements to its award-winning Techbook series will help educators maximize instructional time by making engaging digital content even more accessible to teachers and students. This new feature helps educators easily assign and track student work. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,

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


In its current form, our higher education system amplifies national inequities—when it could be doing the opposite. In the last few years new postsecondary models have started to spring up on the fringes of higher education, programs such as Da Vinci Extension , Match Beyond and PelotonU. As an organization, we focus on those for whom higher education isn’t a given. Under one such approach, the staffing model, learners are employees of a client company.

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. Once an educational technology (edtech) tool is in a school, the hard work is just beginning due to a number of potential hurdles and challenges that leadership and educators need to overcome. Blog Developers Educators Entrepreneurs Learning Experience Design Marketplace Researchers Uncategorized

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


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.”

Illuminate Education Shines Light on Growing Need for Better Data Sharing


It allows companies to pay employees via direct deposit, and for you to pay others via mobile apps or online banking services. In education, however, interoperability has lagged behind other industries and services. So what does it take to make interoperability work for students, educators and parents? 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

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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% Graduates studying lower paying majors such as Arts, Education and Psychology face the highest risk of a negative return.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This week, REINVENTING SCHOOL digs into the numbers, the trends, the policies that shape the contours of school, education, and learning in our 21st-century world. Jonathan Supovitz is a Professor at The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and the Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Jean-Marc Bernard is a Senior Education Economist with Global Partnership for Education.

Duolingo Just Raised $35M. Udemy Got $50M. Both Are Valued Billions More.


Two of the fastest growing and most highly valued education technology companies are going down the alphabet as they raise subsequent rounds at higher and higher valuations. This latest investment gives the Pittsburgh-based company a valuation of $2.4

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” 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.

eLearning Brothers Expands Family with Two Corporate Training Acquisitions


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.

Quizlet Just Raised $30M at a $1 Billion Valuation. But Don’t Call It a Unicorn.


Unicorns don’t exist, except as an analogy for private companies supposedly worth at least $1 billion. But Glotzbach’s point is that camels are hardy and steady—just as he hopes his company can be. Guild Education ( $1B ). He says that’s the approach for the cash infusion from this latest round, which was led by General Atlantic, a private equity firm that has backed big education companies across the globe. Education Technology Financing

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Jackpot? Kenzie Academy Raises $7.77 Million to Build Tech Talent in Overlooked Places


If one were to name the top tech companies that people want to work for, the FAANG s wouldn’t be a bad bet. Going forward, we don’t think Silicon Valley will be the only place where new companies are being formed.” Today, the Indianapolis-based company raised a Series A round totaling an auspicious $7.77 Leading the round is Rethink Education, a New York-based education investment firm. In May, the company hired Dana Price as its chief financial officer.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday! This is an amazing and free online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world. The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. The hidden treasure of the Global Education Conference is volunteering--you will love it!