Drawing & Painting: Kerpoof Studio

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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. It''s kid-friendly, and again, no sign in is needed to use the tool in it''s most basic form.

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.

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Project Based Learning

The Electric Educator

Here''s an interesting article from smartplanet.com demonstrating an innovative use of distance learning technology. 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. project based learning

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Essential Reading

The Electric Educator

Online learning is a disruptive innovation. 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. A key component of this software will be the ability to accurately assess mastery of learning. blue ocean strategy disrupting class future of education on-line learnin

The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

The Electric Educator

In the context of education, on-line learning is the disruptive innovation. 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. Stewart MacLean , a fellow ed.

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. In the morning session we learned about some of the advanced search features Google offers ( Squared , Similar Image , Timeline ), and then learned more about the Google Apps for Education program. I learned lots of new features on each of these that I will share in a separate post.

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. People of all ages are learning through their iPods, web enabled phones, wikis, blogs, and other web 2.0

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Feeling Change

The Electric Educator

Throughout his book Kotter illustrates this point by sharing real examples of organizations that succeeded in changing by emotionally impacting the members of the company. Online learning is the future of education and we aren''t doing anything to address it. I''m currently reading The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter. I''m part of the vision team at Southfield Christian School that is working toward fundamentally changing the way that we educate students.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. Edtech and Social Emotional Learning. Vicki: Yes, you can use Ed Tech and Social Emotional Learning! Michelle, you’ve done some fantastic work with Social Emotional Learning and Ed Tech.

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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.

Degreed Raises $75 Million to Expand Corporate Learning Platform

Edsurge

During a recent trip to Bangalore to visit a prospective corporate client, Chris McCarthy didn’t know how many people to expect for a talk he was to give on the future of learning. But such requests are not unusual for the CEO of Degreed , provider of a learning platform for professional credentials. For McCarthy, it was a small sign among many that international countries like India had become powerful markets for corporate training companies like Degreed. “A

Report that says online learning growth is slowing misses big picture

The Christensen Institute

For 12 years, the Babson Survey Group in partnership with other organizations, including the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium), has done critical research into the growth of online learning in American higher education that it publishes in the report Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States. But as of late, the research has suggested that the growth of online learning is flattening.

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 Schoolzilla’s life began in 2009 as a project within Aspire Public Schools, a charter network with schools across California and in Memphis.

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Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

In theory, proficiency-based models let students learn at their own pace, speeding up if they grasp a concept quickly, and getting extra help if they struggle. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs. Maine’s march toward a proficiency-law began in 1997, with the adoption of the Maine Learning Results, which set statewide standards in eight content areas.

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. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). Learn More. Visit the Edtech Pilot Framework to learn more about the edtech marketplace.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Rethinking Learning Spaces and Environments

A Principal's Reflections

Pillar #6 - Rethinking Learning Spaces and Environments Digital leadership looks at societal trends as inspirational elements and potential catalysts for change in the structure of the schools themselves as well as the designs of programs. It is a call to action challenging leaders to critically reflect on the learning spaces and environments that embody a school. The end result will be opening the door to learning while creating global scholars.

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Teaching Fireworks: Why Zest Simmons Loves Teaching #LoveTeaching

The CoolCatTeacher

As can be seen from her story, she tells of the love for teaching that ignites learning. Never stop learning! When her school partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and A+ College Ready, she started teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition in 2009. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. LearnLaunch Institute , the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) functions as a professional learning community for 32 district members that aim to implement personalized learning.

For Experiential Learning Programs To Thrive, They Must Bridge K-12 and Higher Ed (and the Workforce)

Edsurge

In a strong job market that values both experience and educational credentials, interest is growing in experiential learning models that fuse traditional academic study with real-world projects and work experiences. In K-12, that has meant increasing popularity for project-based learning, or PBL, accelerated by various innovation initiatives, grants and start-ups. Northeastern is certainly not the only college engaged in experiential learning.

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Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

CHICAGO — By Marquell Brown’s count, he has been locked up “roughly 42 times” since 2009. Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Illinois’ effort to bring online learning to juvenile justice facility classrooms is rare nationwide. Why not learn something while we’re here?”

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

The CoolCatTeacher

For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. If every student learned as fast as they possibly could, they’d all move at different paces, and accomplish things as quickly as they can. Vicki: So we need to personalize learning. That can free up the teacher to spend more individual time with students in small groups, facilitating the learning at that level. There’s a great deal of self-paced learning.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. The Hechinger Report visited schools in India recently and talked to experts about blended learning – which includes an element of online learning with in-class instruction – and the potential it has for helping both teachers and students in the world’s second-most populous country. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution?

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

Edsurge

While many of the present educators seemed to embrace blended learning as not only inevitable but necessary, an anxiety around technology—and a nagging suspicion that something is missing from the conversation—made itself known. For many in attendance, social-emotional learning (SEL), or students ability to recognize and manage emotions and build healthy relationships, seemed to be that missing piece. SEL is the core of what companies want.” Down in Anaheim, Calif.,

eLearning Brothers Expands Family with Two Corporate Training Acquisitions

Edsurge

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.

What I Learned Because of School

A Principal's Reflections

Lately I have been asking myself questions such as what did high school really mean to me, what did it do for me, but most importantly, what did I learn? I hope to eventually own my own company, and without leadership skills my dream would not be feasible. In the fall of 2009 I went on a field trip to Wall Street with my AP History class. Last month I unveiled the first ever guest post on my blog written by one of my students.

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

Edsurge

Learning a new tongue has helped Duolingo grow a horn. For the third time this year, an American education technology company is laying claim to the magical “unicorn” status. The Pittsburgh-based developer of a popular language learning app has raised $30 million in a Series F round from CapitalG, the growth equity investment fund from Alphabet (the umbrella company for Google) and an existing investor in Duolingo. To date, company has raised $138 million.

Top Hat Raises $55 Million to Take on Big Textbook Publishers

Edsurge

Mike Silagadze isn’t shy about his desire to take market share from the largest college textbook publishers through his classroom software company Top Hat. He believes his company’s brand of digital textbooks beats anything Pearson, McGraw-Hill and their ilk can provide. And to help Top Hat accelerate more of those partnerships, the Toronto-based company has raised $55 million in a Series D round, led by Georgian Partners and iNovia Capital.

Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

Edsurge

The term comes from the physical devices that other companies used to sell, where students literally pressed buttons to respond to multiple-choice questions. The Toronto-based company once relied on textbook publishers to distribute its technology. To date, the company has raised $105 million in venture capital. The company says its materials are used by over three million students across 750 of the top 1,000 higher-ed institutions in North America.

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 bottom line here is that feedback matters in the context of learning. The assessment determines whether learning occurred, what learning occurred, and if the learning relates to stated targets, standards, and objectives. blended learning feedback pedagogy

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

Edsurge

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. 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. The company last raised investment capital in 2018 at a $200 million valuation.

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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! Every week, sites, companies, and startups email me trying to get me to blog about their product - and while that's really flattering, this blog can't be bought! Flocabulary is Hip Hop Learning that is Out of this World!

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you are learning about the mini-conference right before or during the event, please join LearningRevolution.com and while you are waiting for your approval we will have a special link for you to use to join the sessions. Bell 5:00 PM A 7-step Plan to Improve Your Online Learning Program for Maximum Student Engagement (60 minutes) with Ernie Delgado 8:00 PM Learning and Leading During Emergency Remote Teaching (60 minutes) with A.J.

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. Heick has since left teaching to start TeachThought , a company that produces content to support teachers in “innovation in teaching and learning for a 21st century audience.”

A short note to [Indian and emerging market] e-commerce investors: Be patient for growth, but impatient for profits

The Christensen Institute

In one of his books, The Innovator’s Solution , Harvard Business School professor and Christensen Institute co-founder, Clayton Christensen, explains that investors and entrepreneurs should learn to be patient for growth, but impatient for profits. This simply means that companies should take the time to figure out their profit formula (how they intend to make money) before scaling their businesses.

TenMarks Shutdown Leaves Teachers Wanting, Competitors Circling

Edsurge

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.