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. A Hechinger Report review found dozens of companies promoting their products’ effectiveness on their websites, in email pitches and in vendor brochures with little or shoddy evidence to support their claims.

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. In the red ocean, companies compete to drive costs down while attempting to maintain or raise their quality. Furthermore the companies in the red ocean spend most of their time reacting to the actions of the competition.

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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.

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.

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. To support that pursuit, eLearning Brothers has acquired two companies: course-building tools provider Trivantis and learning management system provider Edulence. In Trivantis and Edulence, Scivally has made two long-time partners part of his company.

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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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. He adds: “Schools should have one seamless way to travel between their student information system, learning management systems and assessment tools through common data sharing experiences and capabilities.”

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

Edsurge

PowerSchool has reached an agreement to acquire Schoology, a provider of learning management systems with a sizable footprint among K-12 schools and districts. 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.

First-of-its-kind, all-electric mobile preschool

eSchool News

The Vail Valley Foundation’s Magic Bus is based on Winnebago Industries’ standard J33SE zero-emission commercial vehicle, utilizing Motiv Power Systems’ all-electric EPIC Ford F-53 chassis. Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are in part made possible by cornerstone partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, GMC, and TIAA Bank. The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and traded under the symbol WGO.

Google Parts Ways With Longtime Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap

Edsurge

After more than 14 years at Google, my last day is today,” Jaime Casap, the company’s former chief education evangelist, said in a YouTube video posted on June 27. The company notched its first major K-12 customer in 2009, after Casap helped ink a deal with the state department of education in Oregon to deploy Google Apps for Education to its districts. Breakdown of mobile device shipments in the K-12 education market by operating systems.

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. Educators can also use the platform for announcements, and students are encouraged to help each other through a point system that rewards users for answering peers’ questions. Campuswire works with most major learning management systems, also called LMSes.

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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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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.)

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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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.

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.

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.

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. Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade.

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HBCUs entering the game: Black colleges join the esports bandwagon

The Hechinger Report

So this school year, they are launching esports classes and joining esports organizations and leagues that will allow students to improve their gaming skills, while also networking with tech companies.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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. Schools instead should start unbundling—outsourcing nonacademic services to other agencies and providers across the system—and redouble their commitment to teaching and learning. A recent U.S.

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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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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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. After her death in March of 2009 I decided to see how I could use my expertise to help busy educators and parents hone their skills and knowledge.

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 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.

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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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.”.