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Drawing & Painting: Kerpoof Studio

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Kerpoof Studio is another tool for drawing and creating on the computer. It''s kid-friendly, and again, no sign in is needed to use the tool in it''s most basic form. It''s important that students using this tool have a clearly identified learning goal when using Kerpoof in an educational setting or they will just play. Kerpoof Studio is owned by Disney and this company has very clear terms of use.

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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. Website traffic to the homepage for IXL, a popular tool that lets students practice skills across five subjects through online quizzes, spiked in March. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. Some companies are trying to gain a foothold in a crowded market.

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. Once the tools to easily create and distribute courseware is available, an explosion of content will occur similar to the way that iTunes created a market for podcasts.

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

Neo LMS

5 New EdTech tools to watch. In this post, we will show you the top five new techno tools that you might use in your university. With such tools at your disposal, you can not only discuss certain themes but also show them to the students.

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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. From there the tool spread via word of mouth, and within six months the pet project became a company, eduCLIMBER , where Matt was CEO. based provider of data, assessment and reporting tools for K-12 schools and districts.

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Quizlet Raises $20 Million to Bring More Artificial Intelligence to Its Study Tools

Edsurge

Big numbers are nothing new to Quizlet , one of the most widely-used digital study tools in the United States. But there’s another number that also has the company excited. The company has now raised $32 million in total. Founded in 2005, Quizlet is probably best known for its digital flashcards, built by a then-high schooler, Andrew Sutherland, who is still with the company as its chief technology officer.

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.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Even if you don’t have multiple ages on campus, this can be accomplished through Skype or other video conferencing tools. Have you seen some other edtech tools besides Minecraft that can have this kind of social emotional impact? And that’s such a fantastic tool. Michelle Zimmerman, PhD, has taught all grades from Pre-K through 10th within the past 17 years, with a focus on middle and high school since 2009.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

He received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in 2009 for mathematics from California. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

eLearning Brothers Expands Family with Two Corporate Training Acquisitions

Edsurge

Over the course of about 10 chapters, players read about different tools they can use to repel an animated robot attack on a facility they’ve built. The game explains why certain tools—door badge readers, for example—are government mandated and illustrates cybersecurity best practices to employ at work. To support that pursuit, eLearning Brothers has acquired two companies: course-building tools provider Trivantis and learning management system provider Edulence.

Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Once an educational technology (edtech) tool is in a school, the hard work is just beginning due to a number of potential hurdles and challenges that leadership and educators need to overcome.

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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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.

Can You Say Unicorn? Duolingo Raises $30 Million at $1.5 Billion Valuation

Edsurge

For the third time this year, an American education technology company is laying claim to the magical “unicorn” status. To date, company has raised $138 million. A Duolingo spokesperson says the company expects to break even this year and be cashflow positive in 2020.

Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

Edsurge

Top Hat got its start in the “clicker” business, offering a web-based and mobile classroom response tool that lets instructors gauge whether students understood the lesson (or paid attention). The Toronto-based company once relied on textbook publishers to distribute its technology.

Create Safe Spam Friendly Email using Kids Email Today! | @KidsEmail

TeacherCast

About Company ([link] ([link] established in 2009. She works hard to provide a safe e-mail service for kids, and helps educate parents on tools to help keep their children safe from online threats like cyberbullying and strangers. Brittany has worked for Kids Email for nearly 3 years and has helped in providing sensational growth to the company.

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

Almost a decade after Lynzi Ziegenhagen began work on tools to help K-12 schools with data analysis and visualization, she faced an important decision. 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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The key to facilitating change in chronic care management

The Christensen Institute

In 2009, Clayton Christensen wrote in The Innovator’s Prescription that facilitated networks are an ideal business model for helping patients manage chronic conditions.

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. At the time, Google had been selling an enterprise version of its work productivity tools, and Casap got the university to sign up. 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.

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 deal, which officially closed on Monday, marks the latest step in PowerSchool’s march to create a platform that connects the different digital tools that students and teachers use in everyday instruction. Schoology was founded in 2009 and has been working on data integrations with PowerSchool’s student information system as far back as 2012, Friedman adds.

ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups

Edsurge

Each company received $75,000 from Village Capital and $50,000 from ETS. It bought Edusoft, an English language-learning tool, in 2011 and purchased assessment provider Questar for $127.5 These two companies were identified through a competition that Village Capital has organized since 2009. The world’s biggest private nonprofit test maker is dipping its toes into the world of education technology investments.

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Campuswire Raises $3.6 Million to Improve Online Class Discussions

Edsurge

And yet, Tade Oyerinde took the plunge in 2014, leaving the University of Leeds in England to dedicate his time to developing a tool to improve digital communications in the classroom. “My He was inspired to develop a better campus communication tool than the one offered through Leeds’ learning management system. Most of those tools suck so much that professors default to email,” Oyerinde says.

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Using Feedback Logs to Empower Learners

A Principal's Reflections

The most successful companies are successful because they are always looking for ways to improve. John Hattie (2009) found a similar effect size of 0.73 Best of all they can serve as an empowerment tool to help kids exert more ownership over their learning.

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

Edsurge

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. Executives from both companies were unavailable when reached by EdSurge (but we will update the story with additional details and commentary when available).

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 K-12 market for classroom assessment tools is expected to reach $1.7 Founded in 2009, MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform against academic standards.

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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.

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. Among the offerings on display at its demo day on June 13 were a structured gap year program, a tool for pronouncing names correctly and financial lending based on academic merit. The 10 groups presenting Wednesday were the accelerator’s second cohort, and 14 companies have gone through the program so far.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

Edsurge

But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts. Back in the driver’s seat is Mick Hewitt, who co-founded the company in 2009 and served as its first CEO. He adds: “As a venture-funded company, there’s been a decision to get to profitability in the next nine to 12 months.” Its core offerings include formative assessment products such as Socrative (a startup acquired in June 2014), grading tools and reporting services.

Recognize Earth Day by Staying Resourceful While Working from Home

Discovery Education

We know that for educators the new normal requires exploring new digital tools to support their students’ progress. For the first time since 2009, global emissions are predicted to decline , but unfortunately, they are predicted to roar back when social distancing orders lift.

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.

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. the fund will continue to support education-to-career pathways for parents, and quality early-learning tools and access to childcare programs.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

They’re on the lookout for digital programs that are designed specifically for middle school students, highly adjustable, and equipped with robust data tools for teachers. Through its mPower Piedmont initiative , which began in 2009, all students in grades 4-12 receive a Macbook Air laptop with home Internet access. Embedded tests or tools to measure student growth throughout the year. Piedmont City School District is located in a small rural town in northeast Alabama.

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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. Programs like Ascend Math and Mathletics have entire web pages devoted to marketing their tools to outgoing TenMarks customers. Its parent company, 3P Learning, promises to price-match on districts’ most recent TenMarks contract.

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. based startup, which offers data warehousing and visualization tools for schools and districts, has acquired Decision Science Labs. The company has raised $1 million in venture funding since launching in June 2014. In 2013, Schoolzilla spun off as an independent company, and currently serves over 100 school systems across more than 25 states.

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