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

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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. Schoology would be PowerSchool’s second purchase of a learning management system (LMS), after it acquired Haiku Learning in 2016. The pending deal would combine two established companies with large customer bases.

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

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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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Campuswire Raises $3.6 Million to Improve Online Class Discussions

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Campuswire lacks some LMS features like a gradebook. Oyerinde says his goal isn’t to enter the learning management space but to integrate with other companies that offer individual LMS services at a better quality than one-stop-shops. Piazza, which provides a platform for online class discussion and has been in business since 2009, received criticism for selling certain student data as part of its business model.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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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. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

Global digital tribe

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Tribal identity in the age of the Web transcends ethnicity, traditional cultural expectations and geography (Wheeler, 2009). I once wrote: "Where digital communication has fractured the tyranny of distance and computers have become pervasive and ubiquitous, identification through digital mediation has become the new cultural capital" (Wheeler 2009, p 68). My students tell me they use the LMS when they have to, but they use Facebook when they want to, because their tribe meets there.

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

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As a CFD, she has been part of the training team for LMS’s platforms in eLearning, Bongo, BrightSpace, and MML (MyMath Lab). He then got his Bachelors in Networking and Telecommunication from DeVry University, and while going to school worked for a company that helpe larger organizations relocate and setup new computer systems. He authored two regular columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library" from 2009 through 2019.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

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UPDATE: Here''s a podcast feed link - [link] HACK EDUCATION POSTS LAST WEEK To give you a head start in following along with the podcast, here are Audrey''s Hack Education posts from last week: Pearson’s “Free” LMS Assessing “What Works” in Education Technology UC-AFT Versus Online Education — Labors Issues Versus Learning Issues Are We Creating a Culture of Academic Dishonesty? Valve , the company behind the video game hit Portal, is working on an educational game.

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. . For undergraduates in World Regions, the road to an A is paved with: 1) Weekly book reading quizzes —Each week a quiz is posted on Moodle —a free LMS—with questions arising from the two assigned chapters from The Plaid Avenger’s World.

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