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Meet The Gates Foundation’s New Deputy Director in Higher Education

Edsurge

She began a long career in education, which included cofounding two social enterprise organizations (one of which helped get 4,000 women off welfare), serving as a Commissioner of San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education and starting two edtech companies. Hiles raised $12 million between 2011 and 2015 for her company, Pathbrite, which she sold to Cengage Learning in October 2015. Heather Hiles towers above most other edtech entrepreneurs. Truly.

LaGuardia Community College: Where Business and Tech Education Meet

Edsurge

As the need for affordable education grows, community colleges are well positioned to provide post-secondary degrees, credentials or training to meet workforce needs. LaGuardia’s program, known as TechIMPACT , will partner with tech education companies including General Assembly, Udacity and The Software Guild to provide accelerated tech training for more than 300 low-income young adults over the next three years. “We

Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope

Edsurge

A few weeks back, EdSurge published a podcast interview with education consultant and commentator Alan November, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District Mike Dorsey, after chatting with the two education experts at ISTE. Alan November One problem is that companies are still making money off of selling those “$1000 pencils” as ways to improve productivity.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

Even before a deluge of fibs and fakery swamped our recent election cycle, Wineburg and company realized that readers of online news need many of the same skills used by a good historian, such as identifying the sources of claims and asking questions about their evidence. Northport, N.Y.,

Chinese “parachute kids” tackle U.S. schools on their own

The Hechinger Report

Visa holders can only attend public secondary schools for one year and must pay tuition to public school districts, fees that normally range from $3,000 to $10,000 a year , according to the U.S. It led me to ‘OK, where are these companies coming from?

Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

Almost 5 million students were enrolled as English learners in US public elementary and secondary school during the 2013/14 school year—that’s almost 10% of the total student population. we will find new ways to leverage technology and digital tools to meet our students’ needs.

Hotspots, YouTube, WiFi, Oh My! How Renton Prioritizes Infrastructure Over Devices

Edsurge

EdSurge will be hosting hundreds of local teachers and administrators, along with dozens of edtech companies from around the country, at our Summit on Dec. In their district-wide tech plan for 2016 to 2022 , Renton set a goal of reaching a 1:1 device-to-student ratio for all middle and high schoolers in the 2019-2020 school year. In late 2014, Renton revived an “Internet Filtering Committee” (IFC), and asked it to meet twice a year to make—and remake—filtering choices.

Want to Teach Kids to Code? honorCode CEO Explains Why You Should Focus on Teachers First

Edsurge

The thing that is really special about our teacher PD program is that we meet them where their content is. We know that in a lot of our Silicon Valley counterparts, though we have tons of unicorn companies out there, there are huge income inequality gaps that happen. Yes, there has been a lot of news over the past year coming out about diversity gaps—gender, the lack of people of color—at bigger tech companies like Facebook. Want the full interview with Jeffrey?

Rangatiratanga: How Tapping Into New Zealand’s Indigenous Concepts Sparked New Educational Gains

Edsurge

You are meeting the learners in the Manaiakalani education program. Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy teachers meet for their training day. The fund provided confidence to the financing company in case parents defaulted on their payments. Our goal is clear: we want to hold onto our students long enough to accelerate them into a normal performance curve for the population as a whole by the time they reach secondary school.

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. Do they opens the door for companies to take the lead on how students learn and how their data is used? make post-secondary options more affordable and accessible through technology enriched delivery models.” There is a natural tension between for-profit companies and nonprofit or mission-driven colleges and universities.

Teachers Want Better Ed-Tech Science Tools. Will the Market Provide Them?

Marketplace K-12

But the ed-tech market in that area is largely undeveloped and has miles go before it can meet educators’ needs. Yet despite all that activity, educators seem far from convinced that there are enough science products to help them meet their needs.

As more Americans retire, we must educate a new generation of leaders by making higher ed affordable

The Hechinger Report

An Accenture study found only 18 percent of 2016 college grads expected to earn $25,000 or less per year, but more than double that —39 percent of 2014 and 2015 graduates —failed to find work that paid more than $25,000 per year. And this is where the skills gap meets the opportunity gap.

Reinventing The School Desk: Tip Tap Tap And The Internet of Things

Fractus Learning

Instant access to student data was a key requirement consistently highlighted through both our primary and secondary research. Tip Tap Tap worked closely with Perch Dynamic Solutions , a leading Irish industrial design company specialising in educational furniture and associated standards.

First MakerBot Innovation Center at a high school opens

eSchool News

After numerous classroom projects and strong demand from their students, they decided in the spring of 2016 with the support of the school district to massively elevate 3D printing by installing a MakerBot Innovation Center, making MOHS the first secondary school worldwide with such an offering.

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

eSchool News

Skyward has launched Qmlativ Education Management System, the next evolution of the company’s SIS and ERP technology. NAPCO’s adaptive motion detection equipment automatically selects the appropriate mode in order to optimize intruder catch and reduce false alarms, according to the company.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

The total dollars invested in 2016 are off by about $2 billion from this time last year; the number of deals are down by a third; and the number of acquisitions are off by about 20%. Even without providing you the final tally of funding for 2016, I can point to other signals about what’s happened to ed-tech startups over the course of the last twelve months – their sustainability, their viability. (Or Or lack thereof – see “ The 2016 Ed-Tech Dead Pool.”).

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises? In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education.

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Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

Hack Education

” With all the charges of fraud and deceptive marketing levied against post-secondary institutions this year – from the University of Northern New Jersey too ITT, from Trump University to DevSchool – we might ask if, indeed, this is the way it works. What are promises that – legally – post-secondary institutions can or must make? Education degrees have long been viewed as an inferior degree issued by less prestigious post-secondary institutions.

What’s the best teacher planner to buy? (an unbiased opinion)

The Cornerstone Blog

Despite the confusingly similar names, these are two completely separate companies/platforms. However, I personally think that April McNair of A Modern Teacher has a version of the teacher binder that is versatile enough to meet the needs of just about any K-5 teacher.

NCLB’s legacy: As the ESSA era begins, have policymakers, educators learned from the past?

The Hechinger Report

To be sure, ongoing ill will over NCLB influenced the bitter, drawn-out negotiations over the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which became ESSA (NCLB was also a reauthorization of the 1965 act).

British universities reach out to the new minority: poor white males

The Hechinger Report

And meeting college students like him, Hood said, “definitely opens them up to the possibility” of aiming higher. Girls in primary and secondary school globally read more than boys and spend more time on homework, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development , or OECD.

The 7 steps to making a statewide test

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit test development group has worked with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary education to make and score MCAS for all but four of the 19 years it has been given.

The Rough Beasts of Ed-Tech

Hack Education

Indeed, I can’t go anywhere these days – inside or outside the US, on- or offline – without hearing panicky questions and proclamations about November 2016, the upcoming Presidential Election, and what the hell is going on with Donald Trump.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016. Trump’s education platform promises to “make post-secondary options more affordable and accessible through technology enriched delivery models.” ” Shares in for-profit higher education companies were up on news of Trump’s election. Via Politico : “Meet Trump’s Cabinet-in-waiting.” Inside Higher Ed profiles homework help company Course Hero. Presidential Politics.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. Under a Trump administration: I very much want ed-tech companies and schools to reconsider collecting so much data about students — Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) November 10, 2016. ” “ How Asian test-prep companies swiftly exposed the brand-new SAT.” Under surveillance by companies.

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In charter-school oversight, as in foreign affairs: Trust, but verify

The Hechinger Report

Trump listens as Betsy DeVos speaks at a “USA Thank You Tour 2016” event at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Mi. 09, 2016. In September 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. President-Elect Donald J.

What’s the best teacher planner to buy? (an unbiased opinion)

The Cornerstone Blog

Despite the confusingly similar names, these are two completely separate companies/platforms. However, I personally think that April McNair of A Modern Teacher has a version of the teacher binder that is versatile enough to meet the needs of just about any K-5 teacher.

The push for “free” universal education in Africa often falls short—here’s a better way

The Christensen Institute

But even for most who are desperately poor, education is highly valued as a majority of children—more than 70% —attend primary school and nearly half attend secondary school. The average secondary school graduate does not get a job until their early 30s, at which point most are parents.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Minecraft adds a new twist to religious education – Daniel Pajuelo Vazquez, Spain

Daily Edventures

My goal was to introduce Minecraft as a tool in Spain’s secondary school religious education. We need to introduce different methods that help students to meet their potential. Secondary Teacher of Computing, Mathematics, Technology and Religion.

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it: Edtech that connects students to role models

The Christensen Institute

Academic research has reached the same conclusions as this teacher; the 2016 State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce assessment reported that “the elementary and secondary educator workforce is overwhelmingly homogenous (82% white in public schools).”

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Powerful Leadership, Vision, and Problem Solving for Districts

The CoolCatTeacher

And they also have an influence when it comes to meeting with legislators and other individuals that make policies. Vicki: So… that’s a lot of meetings to have! How do you make time for meetings with these groups?

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

Fifth graders Davonayshia Hollis, left, and Denaya Rippey, review a group entrepreneurial project for a parent-approved music device, developed in a mentorship program, Thursday May 19, 2016, at Brooklyn’s P.S. 307 in New York. But not enough companies provide these opportunities.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business. Department of Education Secretary in October 2016.

Scheduling for Students First is Essential to Boosting Achievement for All

edWeb.net

Chis currently leads Growth & Impact at Abl, a mission-driven ed tech company offering next-generation scheduling solutions. Prior to Abl, Chris was the CEO of Zaption, an innovator in interactive video for learning; the company was acquired by Workday in 2016.