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.

Essential Reading

The Electric Educator

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.

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The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

The Electric Educator

Frey believes that on-line education will become the standard form of education, but two things must be developed before this can occur: "The primary missing pieces are a standard architecture for an organic courseware module and the software necessary to build this courseware. Stewart MacLean , a fellow ed. blogger, recommended an article titled " The Future of Education " by Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute.

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

techlearning

– Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”), and K-12 science technology pioneer Globisens have released a new version of the GlobiLab analytical software for the Labdisc portable STEM lab.

The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software

The Hechinger Report

In this second installment, software engineer Ben Slivka finally ships his educational software but finds his real customer base isn’t what he expected. CHAPTER 20: Slivka’s Sci-Fi Software Gets Shipped. February 2009: Bellevue, Washington. When Ben Slivka decided to create his own interactive learning software in 2006, the online options for students, parents, and teachers were pretty bleak. They were software writers, and good ones.

Netflix’s founder saves the day for one education software startup

The Hechinger Report

After Hastings sees DreamBox in action at a Rocketship school, he e-mails his friend Dan Kerns, DreamBox’s chief architect (the two worked together several years earlier; in Silicon Valley, all the best software engineers know one another) to say, nice job. That chain of events started with Danner’s search for adaptive software to use in Rocketship schools. “We But Danner couldn’t find that software, anywhere. This was 2009.

Starting Your Own Website: Reclaim Your Hosting

ProfHacker

We’ve posted a “ Website Hosting 101 guide back in 2009, a primer for creating your digital presence in 2011 with a guest post by Miriam Posner, and tips on how, and how often to update your website by Anastasia.

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. The company’s clients are mostly based in the U.S.

Jackpot? Kenzie Academy Raises $7.77 Million to Build Tech Talent in Overlooked Places

Edsurge

If one were to name the top tech companies that people want to work for, the FAANG s wouldn’t be a bad bet. Going forward, we don’t think Silicon Valley will be the only place where new companies are being formed.” In May, the company hired Dana Price as its chief financial officer.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

For instance, Osso VR is a virtual reality technology company founded on the principle of training surgeons with real world skills that can be directly applied when in the operating room.

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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.

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.

ProfHacker 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

ProfHacker

And if for some reason you need more ideas than what’s here—or if you’re just feeling nostalgic, as is befitting this time of year—take a look at our lists from 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , and 2009. Our family’s budget software of choice is YNAB (You Need A Budget).

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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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GitHub?s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools

Edsurge

The company says it’s making these available to any “teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates,” including non-traditional bootcamp-style coding programs. million companies across the world, GitHub is considered the standard when it comes to software development platforms. GitHub is where many companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, host their open-source projects. Here’s the company’s features chart.)

Campuswire Raises $3.6 Million to Improve Online Class Discussions

Edsurge

In his view, most existing software have concentrated on file hosting, but have neglected to develop a friendly user interface for educators and students. Samani says he’s used Campuswire for about two years now after receiving an email from the company.

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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. The final days are drawing near for TenMarks.

This activity is the most important component of your nation’s GDP

The Christensen Institute

During the Great Depression or the Great Recession in 2007 through 2009, for instance, GDP in the United States shrank, implying a slowdown in economic growth. And in a capitalistic economy, it is primarily managers in companies that do the investing, not governments.

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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. I attached the sturdy metal bottom plate, plugged it into my Mac, open the IPEVO Visualizer software, and I was ready to go!

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

Edsurge

Salesforce Ventures , the investment arm of the customer relationship management software provider, has invested an undisclosed sum in Viridis Learning. 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.

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.

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.

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.

How This Famed Chinese Venture Capitalist Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

Edsurge

But that technology won’t be entirely homegrown: Chinese companies, particularly those building products or services laced with the machine learning algorithms, are increasingly playing a role in the tools that we call “AI.” He started a venture capital firm in 2009 based in Beijing called Sinoventures. Here’s why he believes that AI—and particularly AI developed by Chinese companies—is fated to rock our world, and how we learn. education technology companies.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. Most analysts -- and the school district itself -- blamed the failure on buggy software.

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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. She and her colleagues are currently addressing an issue with Piazza , a company that provides an online conversation forum for classes.

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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 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.” But the company gave no indication that it would close shop.

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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Goldman Sachs looks at higher education, very darkly

Bryan Alexander

Goldman zeroes in on rising college costs , unsurprisingly, and offers some recent data: “Since 2009, college fees have risen by 10.6%

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

Edsurge

So states a recent Wall Street Journal report on the tens of billions of dollars that Chinese companies have poured on U.S. To adapt, many companies are investing domestically, particularly in China, where edtech companies raised more than $1.2 Increasingly, Asian companies are also investing abroad to find fresh ideas and tools to bring to their local markets. Edtech Companies With Asia-Based Investors. Based Company. Company.

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.

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. up time with all software system updates occurring seamlessly online.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain. Given the financial and user support challenges facing edtech companies, these economies should translate into benefits for both vendors and schools, and stimulate the edtech market as a whole.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Districts have spent thousands of dollars on consultants and software upgrades, and the racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps that the law was supposed to help eliminate remain largely unchanged.