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. Its parent company, 3P Learning, promises to price-match on districts’ most recent TenMarks contract. More than a year later, the company has observed a notable uptick in new users for the 2019-20 school year, a sales executive at Freckle confirms.

Omidyar Network Spins Off Education Portfolio Into Independent Investment Firm

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Since 2009, Omidyar Network has invested $200 million in 100 educational for-profit and nonprofit organizations, according to Klement. They include Andela, Khan Academy and Code.org. In the future, Klement says she’d like to invest in more companies and organizations bringing social emotional learning to emerging markets. The Omidyar Network is going through changes.

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A Supreme Court Justice’s Legacy in Edtech

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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 The nonprofit Khan Academy is launching a video-based civics series for students “interested in how government works in the United States,” according to a press release.

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Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

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Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. You know, if I taught math, I’d be harvesting videos from the Khan Academy or places like that, rather than creating my own. Doug: Well, the Science Learning Academy in Philadelphia is one where I visited. You know, we’re not giving the kids the tools in school along with opportunities to collaborate, that they need on the job, that the companies are asking for.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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In one survey, a large majority (80 percent) of math teachers reported that free instructional content from Khan Academy helped them challenge their most advanced students, and a smaller but still significant majority (66 percent) reported that it gave them extra capacity to help their most struggling students make the gains they needed. But in recent years, we've seen a spike in the number of smaller, tightly focused, niche edtech product companies.

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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 company is asking for $10 million by October 2018.

Educational Crises and Ed-Tech: A History

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"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," as Rahm Emanuel, then President Obama's chief of staff, said in 2009 as the world teetered on the brink of recession. So no, Khan Academy did not invent "personalized learning." 150,000 a year to lease coaxial cables from Bell Telephone Company, for example. I was a guest at Desmos today. No, I won't speak at your startup. Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you today.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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” The photographic evidence clearly showed otherwise – the crowds on the mall were visibly smaller than those gathered for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009. The annual Gallup poll gauging the public’s confidence in public schools did reach its highest level this year since 2009. Khan Academy will revolutionize education. It’s the relationship of these companies to information and to education. (A

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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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 Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The company IPO’d in 2015 and finally surpassed Blackboard’s US market share in 2018.