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. Foundry10’s 2018 study focused on technology usage in U.S. Evaluating Edtech Quality and Use Matters.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I changed my email account to a new one I created just for edtech stuff.

Reflecting Upon Teaching With Technology


The following post was written as a reflection on my learning during the fifth and final week of a Teaching with Technology course I am taking as I pursue a master''s degree in educational technology leadership. edtech educational technology lamar pedagogy standardized testing teachin

SixthSense: The Next Evolutionary Leap in Personal Computing & (Hopefully) Edtech?


When looking at my #edtech search, I came across a tweet that actually sent me to the second of the two videos below, which then sent me on a rabbit trail I''m excited to have gone down. I had not heard of SixthSense technology before today. Mistry plans to open source the technology.

Richard Byrne’s Most Exciting Edtech Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Richard Byrne @rmbyrne discusses the edtech tools he’s most excited about today. Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009.

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Research Shows Technology Strategies That Positively Impact Student Learning


The following was written as a reflection on what I learned during the second week of the Teaching With Technology course I am currently taking as part of my masters in educational technology leadership program. educational technology research

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. Edtech and Social Emotional Learning. SEL Observation #2: Using Cross-Age Mentoring with Technology. Even technology – computers in the classroom – can.

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


Most people don’t consider education technology to be such an important industry, but it’s actually gigantic. According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. 5 New EdTech tools to watch.

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Shaping Well-Rounded Youth in a Digital World


And then I was impressed with WHY I believe she is learning that balance - because she has parents who are involved with her and a school and a teacher who see the importance of exposing students to the latest technology tools and teaching them the ethics and safety they need to be responsible digital citizens. I say that knowing it''s not as simple as throwing some technology into a classroom and getting the kids up to speed.

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My Twitter Journey So Far: Using Twitter as a Personal Educational Resource


Technology gurus. I signed on in April of 2009, but didn''t do much with it. The main way I am using Twitter is to find edtech resources. So I started seeing who other good edtech resources were based on re-tweets and learning how to do Twitter searches for other edtech posters and followed them. The people I also highly value are the folks who are classroom teachers and on-site K-12 practitioners of teaching and technology integration.

Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

Teachers have many edtech resources in their toolbox now. During the edWebinar, “ Transform Learning: Track Results for Chromebooks, Google Suite, and Every Application,” presenters Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, TX, and Matthew X.

Carver STaR Chart Presentation


NOTE: This blog post is part of a requirement for Lamar University graduate course EDLD 5306 Fundamentals of Educational Technology. The slide show below will serve as a visual aid when I present to Carver Elementary staff on their most recent S chool T echnology a nd R eadiness (STaR) self-report regarding campus levels of technology access and integration. View more presentations from EdTech SandyK.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. 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.

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A Supreme Court Justice’s Legacy in Edtech


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 Since that day—whether timed with O’Connor’s announcement or in anticipation of the midterm election is unclear—several edtech organizations have taken up the mantle on civics education. Education Technology Government Policy

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Jobs for the Future Adds Investment Arm with Employee Technology Fund


Today, JFF, as it is more commonly known, has acquired Kerszenbaum’s Employment Technology Fund. JFFLabs services include identifying and scaling workforce and edtech technology, incubating early stage produces and services and partnering with companies to solve workforce challenges.

Hindsight: How I *WISH* I had Supported Our Technology Rollout

Tech Helpful

Simon Sinek originally published his book Start with the Why in 2009. Over the last few years, we have created a Technology Integration: Goals and Outcomes for Students document. According to wikipedia, the first iPad was released on April 3, 2010 ( [link] ).

Why Solving the Teacher Shortage Is Critical for Edtech


This issue has many implications for student learning, but one that is often overlooked is that a shortage of qualified instructors can have a crippling effect on a school district’s ability to implement technology effectively. While technology can address a variety of education challenges, the misuse of it can be disruptive to learning. At the same time, enrollment in teacher education programs dropped from 691,000 to 451,000 between 2009 and 2014, LPI says.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments


To adapt, many companies are investing domestically, particularly in China, where edtech companies raised more than $1.2 edtech startups raised last year. Investors, particularly in China, are looking across the Pacific to check out innovative tools and models that they haven’t explored or implemented back home,” observes Victor Hu, Global Head of Education Technology and Services at Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division. edtech investor, including.

ICE 2019: Will K–12 Students Be Ready for the Technology of the Future?

EdTech Magazine

ICE 2019: Will K–12 Students Be Ready for the Technology of the Future? Looking back to 18 years ago, many would have been hard-pressed then to believe the capabilities of the technology available today. “It’s This cellphone is the worst technology your kids will use in their lives.”.

ETS Tests the Waters of Investing in Education Technology Startups


The world’s biggest private nonprofit test maker is dipping its toes into the world of education technology investments. Knack and NurseDash aren’t the first edtech deals for ETS, however. One of these problems that ETS has identified—and invested in—has been popular among the edtech industry and its investors: Knack, based in Tampa, Fla. These two companies were identified through a competition that Village Capital has organized since 2009.

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5 Things Ed Tech Should Not be About (Problems EdTech Should Not Try to Solve)


Technology is by no means a panacea for all of the issues education faces … I started this blog back in 2008 (and formally launched as EmergingEdTech in April of 2009). Future of Education Technology _ Miscellaneous Tools and TopicsI've read, learned, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). " Tagged on: September 6, 2017 More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? I eagerly await reports of whether the technology lives up to its claims, because it sure sounds promising. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). " Tagged on: September 6, 2017 More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? I eagerly await reports of whether the technology lives up to its claims, because it sure sounds promising. EdTech News News news

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?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech


Just when many school districts were starting to feel good about their wireless coverage and internet bandwidth, they face yet another question about technology infrastructure: how good are their defenses against hacking, or what’s more formally known as “cybercrime”? Given that education funding is not likely to increase significantly anytime soon, IT departments need to seek the most cost effective ways to deliver secure technology to their users.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.

Pedagogy Before Technology

The Principal of Change

Pokémon Go will definitely engage our students, but so will any other fancy, new technology. While technology has its place, we first and foremost want to make sure we’re prioritizing effective pedagogy and not simply masking bad practice with a dog and pony show.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money


This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. Several Yuma students with pieces of technology. With these laptops, many teachers rose to the challenge of using digital materials—a new concept back in 2009.

An “Extraordinary” Approach to Bringing Design Thinking into Any Classroom – from Beth


This post first appeared on EdTech Researcher at Education Week. In his 2009 book, Catching Up or Leading the Way , author Yong Zhao argues that students need to engage in creative problem solving across the curriculum to develop the skills required for success in a global economy.

Can Fluent City, Backed By $2.5M in Funding, Build a Modern Culture School?


Back in 2009, President Obama made a nationwide commitment to improve STEM education through more than $260 million in investments. Education Technology Startups Edtech BusinessLast week, education startup Fluent City raised $2.5 million to relaunch and grow its class offerings. Lerner Investments led the round, joined by Learn Capital, New Ground Ventures and 1776.

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


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. 2009).

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The Gates Foundation Spent $200M+ Trying to Improve Teacher Performance, and All It Got Was This Report


In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested hundreds of millions to see whether “ value-added ” models could be used to evaluate, inform and improve teachers’ effectiveness in improving student outcomes. Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech BusinessThe most valuable thing it learned may have come from a report offering a blunt answer: no.

Illuminate Education Acquires Homegrown Data Visualization Tool, eduCLIMBER


Illuminate Education was founded in 2009 and claims more than 5.4 Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech BusinessWhat 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.

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


According to Hewitt, who co-founded the company in 2009, the money will go towards fine-tuning MasteryConnect’s core products, which he describes has four parts: formative assessment, benchmark assessment, curriculum planning and teacher collaboration. Hewitt imagines fellow entrepreneurs and investors will get their own wake-up calls about how quickly or big edtech startups can scale. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools


Founded in 2009, TenMarks developed a web-based, adaptive K-12 math program that included lesson plans, curriculum and exercises. In 2013, TenMarks was acquired by Amazon in a deal that was greeted by the edtech industry as a sign that major technology giants were serious about expanding into education. Among its features was a digital writing assistant that used natural language processing technology to offer “personalized” feedback on word choice and narrative organization.

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


Back in the driver’s seat is Mick Hewitt, who co-founded the company in 2009 and served as its first CEO. MasteryConnect was one of hundreds of edtech companies that capitalized on investors’ enthusiasm and optimism for the industry in recent years. K-12 edtech companies, with $741 million coming in 2015 alone. ( See our report on edtech venture capital for more details.) Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

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


Founded in 2009, Viridis aims to connect the different points in the employment triangle between students, schools and employers. Education Technology Financing Edtech BusinessIf students are truly “customers,” as some developers of higher-ed tools services have argued, then it’s no surprise that the biggest customer relationship management (CRM) provider is throwing its hat—and money—into the education industry.

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


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. BrightBytes , based in San Francisco, says it helps districts see how technology spending impact student learning. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech BusinessSchoolzilla is not a monster.

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Return of the Virtual Reality Hype Cycle (What’s Different This Time?)


This time, a medley of new players—especially technology magnates—are jumping in the fray: Facebook. It nabbed one of the $10 million prizes from the XQ: Super School Project in part for its plans to develop the first-ever virtual chemistry lab, among other ideas it has for the technology. Like any new technology, you don’t want your kid or adult in front of the screen for extended periods.”. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech Business

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


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. For the first 10 years the company remained small, and had been profitable since 2009. Education Technology Financing Edtech BusinessBig numbers are nothing new to Quizlet , one of the most widely-used digital study tools in the United States.

How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year


He has also been named a Master Educator by Course Hero , an education technology company that produced a short film on Boyer. . Understand how Boyer integrates technology into his course design. Sin Nombre ” (2009, Mexico, directed by Cary Fukunaga)—Gritty, sporadically ultra-violent, adventure/crime/thriller film about a Honduran girl who is trying to immigrate to the United States and meets up with a boy caught up in the violence of MS-13 gang life who also needs to escape. “