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.

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. I''m currently reading The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter.

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Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

SnapChat has a ways to go to meet the needs of their disabled users. In 2009 Berner s-Lee expanded that view finding the World Wide Web Foundation to promote Internet accessibility and equality for all.

Jobs for the Future Adds Investment Arm with Employee Technology Fund

Edsurge

It started out as an informational meeting about a year ago. That meeting with Jobs for the Future , which over the past 35-plus years has established a reputation for creating public policies and workforce development programs, proved to be fruitful.

Special Ed Teletherapy Provider PresenceLearning Gets a $27 Million Boost

Edsurge

Long before the pandemic forced schools to close, though, districts have been turning to online companies to fill staffing shortages. million “teletherapy” sessions since the company started in 2009.

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.

The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work

The Christensen Institute

Some friends and I founded Poverty Stops Here in 2009 with the goal of alleviating poverty in communities where we worked. But all the poor communities where we worked in 2009, and still work today, are still poor.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

Through its mPower Piedmont initiative , which began in 2009, all students in grades 4-12 receive a Macbook Air laptop with home Internet access. The school district will review submissions and select product(s) that meet their needs and can be up and running in classrooms by March 2.

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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. You can find out more details of the IPEVO VZ-R HDMI/USB and learn about the company's other products on the IPEVO site !

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MasteryConnect Raises $4.5M Series C Round to Refocus on Core Product and Profits

Edsurge

Now, the Salt Lake City-based company is back to growing—this time, on the right track, its current CEO Mick Hewitt insists—with the help of a new funding round. This latest round brings the company’s fundraising total to more than $34 million. The modest fundraise comes after the company attempted to expand beyond its core offering, a mastery-based learning platform that aims to help teachers create curriculum and track how students perform against specific standards.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Rethinking Learning Spaces and Environments

A Principal's Reflections

Do they meet the needs to learners today? I will be the first one to admit that the learning environments and spaces at New Milford High School looked nothing like this prior to 2009.

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#EduroChallenge Day 3: Working in Virtual Teams

The Thinking Stick

We have no office space, yet we meet and work together all the time. In 2009 I set up a camera to UStream our COETAIL session live from Bangkok as we had two virtual participants. That is a skill that is highly sought after in companies today.

Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

Educational Initiatives, a privately-owned company in India that develops and administers large-scale assessments in private and public schools in India, faced this question when it decided to pursue a social initiative aimed at serving some of India’s most disadvantaged children. In 2011, the company set up five learning centers in densely populated communities in South Delhi to provide elementary school-aged Indian children with instruction in math and Hindi.

The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work

The Christensen Institute

Some friends and I founded Poverty Stops Here in 2009 with the goal of alleviating poverty in communities where we worked. But all the poor communities where we worked in 2009, and still work today, are still poor.

Magoosh Jobs

EdNews Daily

Magoosh started in 2009 with four co-founders and a few computers. Note: Please feel comfortable applying, even if you don’t meet all the requirements for the position. Magoosh is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Apply Now.

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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. People get busy with the day-to-day and keep pushing emails and meetings around, which adds to complexity and reduces clarity (email tone is impossible to infer, etc.).

Privilege for the poor: Farming giant gives back — to its workers children

The Hechinger Report

They own The Wonderful Company, the $4.6 The company is also the world’s biggest processors of almonds and pistachios. Lynda Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company on the charter schools she and her husband have opened in California’s Central Valley.

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. Meetings, not so much.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Meet Next Generation Science Standards. He received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in 2009 for mathematics from California. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

Digital Promise

I just stepped out of a meeting, actually, with two teachers helping them design a project that we hope will lead to the building of a food truck. I quickly evaluate if this is a person or company that’s worth a relationship. We luckily found a great local company. Outsourcing our IT, initially we had some bumps, but the company’s responsiveness told us that even though we are a small district, they are committed.

Is the hottest trend in chronic care all it’s cracked up to be?

The Christensen Institute

Traditional healthcare solutions–uncoordinated, dizzyingly complex, and optimized to address episodes of acute illness or injury–have proven woefully inadequate in meeting such needs. Since 2009, the program has generated an estimated $9 million in savings due to reduction in ambulance transports, ED utilization and hospital admissions. This enabled the firm to dominate the early computer industry when mainframes weren’t yet meeting customer needs.

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With $3.2M Series A, Viridis Aims to Connect Community College Students and Employers

Edsurge

Other investors in the New York City-based company include the Lumina Foundation , the Carver Family Office, Serious Change, NVC Investments and angel investors such as Carlos Gutierrez (former CEO of Kellogg and U.S. Viridis Learning was founded in 2009 by Felix Ortiz III, who after finishing his service in the U.S. The former, launched with support from Paul Freedman’s Entangled Ventures , helps community college students plan their courses to meet career goals.

It’s the Dawning of a New Day in the Job Market. Here’s What That Means for Higher Ed

Edsurge

Early reports indicate that many blue-chip companies have begun to freeze or rescind hiring offers to graduating students. Consistent with past recessions, many companies are being forced to cut or freeze benefits such as 401(k) contributions. As 2020 kicked off, the U.S.

Is the hottest trend in chronic care all it’s cracked up to be?

The Christensen Institute

Traditional healthcare solutions–uncoordinated, dizzyingly complex, and optimized to address episodes of acute illness or injury–have proven woefully inadequate in meeting such needs. Since 2009, the program has generated an estimated $9 million in savings due to reduction in ambulance transports, ED utilization and hospital admissions. This enabled the firm to dominate the early computer industry when mainframes weren’t yet meeting customer needs.

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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 Horton, who teaches math and writing to fourth- and fifth-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, says this is the first program that she and a coworker have found that meets their needs for math and writing instruction.

TEKVOX Drop-In A/V Systems at the Heart of Next-GenerationEquipment Upgrades in 100 Classrooms at Lone Star College

techlearning

in 2009. It is now deploying the company’s third-generation technology, the Drop-In A/V® system.

Strengthening the Workforce Bridge Between Community Colleges and Employers

Edsurge

Yet a sometimes overlooked part of that community are local companies and businesses that hope—and need—to find skilled workers. The company currently boasts more than 220,000 jobs nationwide on its platform, which it shares with local community colleges. Some companies specifically aim to hire veterans). Viridis has been around since 2009, but the current platform has only been implemented in the past couple years.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

India’s education system has long lagged behind others, despite the country’s enactment of the 2009 Right to Education (RTE) ACT , which was supposed to give every child in the country the right to a full-time elementary education “of satisfactory and equitable quality.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

In meetings with his academic adviser during the second semester of his freshman year, Robinson said he learned that though his GPA was solid, the school’s computer algorithm saw trouble. Companies saw a business opening to soak up these foundation grants.

Micro-Credentials: Taking PD to the next level

The Thinking Stick

Meet the mentors and learn more about the micro-credentials in this webinar. Certificate Level : For those that are independent learners but also want company on their journey. You don’t mind or you want to meet others taking the same journey as you.

U-Nest Raises $2 Million to Enhance Its App to Help Parents Save for College

Edsurge

The Pepperdine University alum’s student loan payments came on top of raising her and running an online security company. This brings the company's total funding to date to $2.45 The app meets bank-level security standards, according to the company.

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. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. In Illinois, Marquell Brown got a firsthand look at the improvements made from 2009 to 2017.

Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem?

Edsurge

Loosely defined as affordable programs with strong learning and career outcomes, hybrid colleges often share three design principles: intensive wrap-around student support that directly meets student needs; digital learning programs (often competency-based); and sustainable funding that does not ask students to carry significant debt. Under one such approach, the staffing model, learners are employees of a client company. 2009 Bachelors $40K = $10K/yr @ 4 yrs.

Asking too much of high school graduates but not enough of businesses that employ them

The Hechinger Report

Beginning with the class of 2020, all Chicago Public School students who meet traditional academic requirements necessary to graduate must also present a post-graduation plan before they can cross the stage to receive their diploma.

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

The Hechinger Report

A 2009 Stanford University study found that fifth, seventh and ninth grade students in California who passed the state physical fitness test and those whose fitness improved between fifth and seventh grade scored better than their less fit peers on the state’s standardized tests.