How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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Students can also choose from two additional exercise-focused electives — dance and personal fitness — which for some students can mean a 40-minute exercise period every day. A row of exercise balls in a classroom at Kaleidoscope Academy. APPLETON, Wisc.

Can You Say Unicorn? Duolingo Raises $30 Million at $1.5 Billion Valuation

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For the third time this year, an American education technology company is laying claim to the magical “unicorn” status. To date, company has raised $138 million. A Duolingo spokesperson says the company expects to break even this year and be cashflow positive in 2020.

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Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

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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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TenMarks Shutdown Leaves Teachers Wanting, Competitors Circling

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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.

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

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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. million companies across the world, GitHub is considered the standard when it comes to software development platforms. GitHub is where many companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, host their open-source projects. Here’s the company’s features chart.)

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.

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. Additionally, as part of this exercise, watch for the leading indicators of adoption. Estimating 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?

Flocabulary: Hip-Hop Learning That is Out of this World!

The Daring Librarian

Longtime Flocabulary Fangirl I've been a Flocabulary & Week in Rap fangirl since they came on the scene and have blogged about them back in 2009 and 2011.and they just keep getting better!

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. . If you try to have regimented exercises, every single person has to do the exact same thing. A few years after John Boyer began teaching world geography at Virginia Tech , a survey revealed that 58 percent of college-aged Americans could not locate Japan on a map. Sixty-nine percent could not find the United Kingdom. Boyer raced ahead undaunted.

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

MindShift

” 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. Internet searching, Small says, is like a brain exercise that can be good for our mental health. Heick says his company recently started working with schools and organizations in a few states, including North Carolina, Texas and New York, to develop lesson plans.

ProfHacker 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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And if for some reason you need more ideas than what’s here—or if you’re just feeling nostalgic, as is befitting this time of year—take a look at our lists from 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , and 2009.

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