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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.

The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

The Electric Educator

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.

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Project Based Learning

The Electric Educator

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. Re-working our educational system to eliminate worksheets and scantron forms and replace them with projects and real-life application is going to take a lot of work! Here''s an interesting article from smartplanet.com demonstrating an innovative use of distance learning technology.

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

techlearning

Serving more than 70,000 students in the North Houston area, Lone Star College has one of the first and largest managed Audio/Visual systems in higher education with over 1,000 classrooms spanning ten campuses. in 2009.

PowerSchool Completes Schoology Purchase in March Toward ‘Unified’ K-12 Data Ecosystem

Edsurge

Four years ago, when Hardeep Gulati took over as CEO of PowerSchool, the company numbered around 400 employees. The newest addition comes courtesy of Schoology, a K-12 learning management system provider that PowerSchool announced it was buying last month.

Campuswire Raises $3.6 Million to Improve Online Class Discussions

Edsurge

He was inspired to develop a better campus communication tool than the one offered through Leeds’ learning management system. Campuswire works with most major learning management systems, also called LMSes.

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

Neo LMS

However, the whole system changes with the introduction of 3D learning. 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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Omidyar Network Spins Off Education Portfolio Into Independent Investment Firm

Edsurge

Since 2009, Omidyar Network has invested $200 million in 100 educational for-profit and nonprofit organizations, according to Klement. In the future, Klement says she’d like to invest in more companies and organizations bringing social emotional learning to emerging markets.

Here Are the 10 Michelson Runway Startups Vying For Future Funders

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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. Key to making this system work, Viridis CEO Felix Ortiz tells EdSurge, is data interoperability that connects information stored across different education and employment systems. “We’re

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

Edsurge

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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Why Solving the Teacher Shortage Is Critical for Edtech

Edsurge

At the same time, enrollment in teacher education programs dropped from 691,000 to 451,000 between 2009 and 2014, LPI says. As a result of these factors, many school systems are struggling to hire and retain qualified instructors in certain geographic regions and areas of specialization, such as STEM, English language learning and special education. Edtech companies have a vested interest in helping states and school systems tackle this challenge.

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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.)

The Importance of Simplicity in Customer Experience

CUE

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.

Illuminate Education Acquires Homegrown Data Visualization Tool, eduCLIMBER

Edsurge

What began as a husband-and-wife skunkworks project in rural Wisconsin four years ago has now become absorbed into an education data company that boasts millions of users across 44 states. In 2013, systems engineer Matt Harris wrote a program to help his wife, a school psychologist, collect and analyze data to help her students. From there the tool spread via word of mouth, and within six months the pet project became a company, eduCLIMBER , where Matt was CEO.

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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

And also, you can take failure out of the system, because nobody ever fails anything that they haven’t finished yet. 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.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

We use Moodle as a Learning Management System. That’s what you would need to find out first, is what system is your district using? He received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in 2009 for mathematics from California.

Are schools doing too much?

The Christensen Institute

His piece very convincingly argues that school systems spend inordinate resources and mental energy on providing student services, like food and transportation, to the determinant of focusing on their most valuable job: instruction. A recent U.S.

3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

We live right now in a world that the educational systems are very rigid. At least here in the United States, and a lot of school systems around the country. It’s just this system development over time. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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. Data is fragmented across different systems that don’t “speak” to one another. 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 We are an all data system,” says Mark Walls, Chief Product Officer at Illuminate Education. “We’ll

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North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

Edsurge

Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education. It’s been successful because the leaders who put the educational initiative in place involved everyone across a broad swath of the educational system from the outset, from the grassroots to the grass tops.

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.

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. Because the education system is so different.

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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Why We Don't Need a 'Netflix for Education'

Edsurge

If the views expressed by leading edtech companies are any indication, the race to become the first 'Netflix of Education' is gathering steam. Comments from both established learning companies like McGraw-Hill , as well as more recent entrants like D2L and Udemy , reveal a strong push among edtech companies seeking to position themselves as "education's answer to Netflix." One feature of Netflix in particular seems to have captured the imagination of edtech companies.

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Schoolzilla Acquires Decision Science Labs to Help Districts Make Smarter Spending Choices

Edsurge

But it boasts a voracious appetite when it comes to ingesting education data and, now, another company. The company has raised $1 million in venture funding since launching in June 2014. Founded in 2009, Schoolzilla began as an internal project of Aspire Public Schools, a charter management network in Oakland, to help educators draw actionable insights from the gargantuan bytes of data available from different technology providers. Schoolzilla is not a monster.

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A Supreme Court Justice’s Legacy in Edtech

Edsurge

I feel so strongly about this topic because I’ve seen first-hand how vital it is for all citizens to understand our Constitution and our unique system of government, and participate actively in their communities.” 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

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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. When employers use the system, “they’ve looked at the pathway and have a good idea of the type of graduate they’re going to get.”.

Bridge International Academies; a model for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Since 2009, it has built more than 500 schools in India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda, and has educated more than 250,000 children. In Liberia, a United Nations rights expert complained that the country’s decision to “outsource its primary education to a private company” is unacceptable. Unfortunately, these complaints are misguided and could cause a devastating shock to an already fragile education system in many poor countries.

3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

We live right now in a world that the educational systems are very rigid. At least here in the United States, and a lot of school systems around the country. It’s just this system development over time.

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

The Hechinger Report

Georgia State’s analytics system color codes a student’s risk of dropping out and Robinson’s file was showing yellow, a sign that his plan to go into nursing was risky. It’s grown into a $500 million market with more than 30 for-profit companies selling predictive analytics tools to colleges.

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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. For the past two years Cerritos has been working with Viridis to deploy this system, beginning with mapping the business administration program, which offers certifications in eight skills from management to human resources. The company currently boasts more than 220,000 jobs nationwide on its platform, which it shares with local community colleges.

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

Digital Promise

When we talk about advancing K-12 educational systems and outcomes, we have to know the people involved, their goals, what takes up their time — especially when their effectiveness is a lever for student success. I quickly evaluate if this is a person or company that’s worth a relationship. We luckily found a great local company. This company is in other districts that are 5 or 6 times larger than Avonworth, but they always see it through for us.

It’s Game Over for the Institute of Play. But Its Legacy Lives On.

Edsurge

The experimental institution, called Quest to Learn , opened its doors in 2009 and became the subject of many books and articles. Students were asked to apply subject-matter information they learned by building problem-solving and systems-thinking skills.