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. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. Companies need to convince districts to participate.

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. I was encouraged to train my students to become better consumers of information.

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Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

The law ( 29 U.S.C § 794 (d) ) applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. In 2009 Berner s-Lee expanded that view finding the World Wide Web Foundation to promote Internet accessibility and equality for all.

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 is much more than simply delivering information to students. Stewart MacLean , a fellow ed.

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

The Electric Educator

Large companies are realizing that there is a huge demand for educational training and information. The two largest and most innovative companies that I can think of are Apple and Google. Google (which owns Youtube) is quickly becoming one of the most formidable companies in the world and one of Apple''s greatest rivals.

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Planet Google

The Electric Educator

Starbucks, Apple, and Google are three companies which have amazing quantities of creativity and innovation. I have determined to take a closer look at these companies to try and find out the source of their creativity, innovation, and industry perception. Stross has an engaging writing style and includes lots of interesting inside information about the corporate culture at Google; however he does suffer from a tendency to jump from one topic to the next.

Jobs for the Future Adds Investment Arm with Employee Technology Fund

Edsurge

It started out as an informational meeting about a year ago. 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.

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

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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The key to facilitating change in chronic care management

The Christensen Institute

Facilitated networks provide a platform for users to exchange ideas, information, goods, and services with peers and relevant professionals. This model provides a connection of resources and information for a disease that is not fully understood.

PowerSchool Completes Schoology Purchase in March Toward ‘Unified’ K-12 Data Ecosystem

Edsurge

Four years ago, when Hardeep Gulati took over as CEO of PowerSchool, the company numbered around 400 employees. Having all the information together in one place,” says Gulati, “offers educators a better way to create a personalized learning experience in PowerSchool.”

How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

Edsurge

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.

PowerSchool to Acquire Schoology, Pairing Major K-12 LMS and SIS Providers

Edsurge

Since 2015, PowerSchool has acquired eight companies. Through these deals, the company has expanded its product suite beyond its original K-12 student information system offering to assessment, enrollment, special education and talent management services.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

The results of that pilot will inform future purchasing decisions. For more information about the district, watch this short documentary: Changing a Rural Community’s Expectations Through 24/7 Learning. Contact information.

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Using Feedback Logs to Empower Learners

A Principal's Reflections

The most successful companies are successful because they are always looking for ways to improve. John Hattie (2009) found a similar effect size of 0.73 The valuable information in many cases aligns with what the research has said constitutes good feedback.

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

Edsurge

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

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

Doug Levin

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.

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National KidWind Challenge Champions Announced in Windy City

techlearning

Since the first event in 2009, the KidWind Challenge and its partners have provided this opportunity to more than 15,000 students across 22 states. For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit: kidwindchallenge.org.

The Importance of Simplicity in Customer Experience

Customer Bliss

I mostly work with enterprise B2B technology companies in my day-to-day work as a global strategist. Since 2009, a stock portfolio comprised of publicly-traded brands which focus on simplicity has outperformed major indices, and by a lot.

IPEVO VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode 8MP Document Camera

Kathy Schrock

IPEVO P2V CAMERA (2009) __ OVERVIEW Fast forward to mid-2020, and IPEVO has just released their 8th gen model, the newly updated IPEVO VZ-R HDMI/USB document camera. Full product manuals and information may be found here.

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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. Financial institutions can then use the information to make lending decisions.

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

Edsurge

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. It shares this information with local community colleges, which can then tailor their course offerings to job opportunities, and share these pathways to employment on their websites.

Pursuing Academic Freedom and Data Privacy Is a Balancing Act

Edsurge

Students for Fair Admissions, which is suing the university for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants, will have access to “academic, extracurricular, demographic and other information” from all undergrads who applied to Harvard between the fall 2009 and spring 2015, omitting names and Social Security numbers. Now universities, the overseers of student data, are charged with the double task of keeping that information safe and also protecting student privacy.

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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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What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

The Hechinger Report

On a laptop in the nearly empty office, he worked on code for a webpage he was developing for his employer, the learning materials company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In half an hour, he needed to join a conference call about changes to the company’s website.

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. Illuminate Education was founded in 2009 and claims more than 5.4

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Boxlight and Globisens Release New Version of GlobiLab Analytical Software for the Labdisc

techlearning

About Globisens Established in April 2009, Globisens is an education technology company, focused on delivering the most modern pioneering solutions for K-12 science. For more information about the Boxlight story and its product offerings, visit [link].

A Supreme Court Justice’s Legacy in Edtech

Edsurge

It is my great hope that our nation will commit to educating our youth about civics, and to helping young people understand their crucial role as informed, active citizens in our nation,” she writes. “I In 2009, O’Connor founded iCivics as a way to make the core tenets of civics “relevant and remarkably effective” for middle and high school students through online, interactive games and resources. “I

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

Edsurge

speaking at the GDC Education Summit in 2012 (Photo credit: Official GDC / Flickr ) When the institute launched, foundations with an interest in education wanted to learn about how game design theory and principles could inform the creation of more engaging educational experiences.

Why Solving the Teacher Shortage Is Critical for Edtech

Edsurge

At the same time, enrollment in teacher education programs dropped from 691,000 to 451,000 between 2009 and 2014, LPI says. Edtech companies have a vested interest in helping states and school systems tackle this challenge. Illustrating success is critical for edtech companies to renew contracts and close sales. Edtech companies should post video tutorials and other supporting materials to help teachers who are unfamiliar with using their products.

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

Edsurge

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 Amazon didn’t offer much information, either. 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.”

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

The Hechinger Report

Companies like Amazon and Netflix have been using data tools like these for years to track our clicks and steer us to buy or watch more of their products. James Wiley is a technology analyst with Eduventures, which does consulting work for companies in the predictive analytics industry.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

For information on the guests and items mentioned in this show, scroll down to the bottom of this post. *. Michelle Zimmerman, PhD, has taught all grades from Pre-K through 10th within the past 17 years, with a focus on middle and high school since 2009.

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

Doug Levin

We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Fast Company → Cathy Davidson writes: "Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. " Tagged on: September 6, 2017 The Cruel Irony of the DACA Database | The Ringer → The Obama administration convinced hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to submit their personal information to the government for protection from deportation.

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