How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

Edsurge

His tablet-run version of the game has the same goal: pick letters to figure out a mystery word. The tablet reads out each letter, building your association between the raised dots and the alphabet. million across 71 deals in 2017.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning , which offers my sense of what those interested in K-12 educational technology can and should take away from this annual polling about schools. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition).

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?Ohio State Will Give Incoming Students iPads. But Do Tablet Programs Work?

Edsurge

But do big tablet programs make sense nowadays? A smaller percentage own tablets. But they also document that there’s not a huge interest in using tablets more and more.” The 2017 study finds that laptops “are king, smartphones are queen” and as for tablets, they’re “on the way out.” Later in the study, it says that although about half of students own tablets, “our data suggest that the tablet market for students may be shrinking.”

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition). Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S. Tagged on: August 27, 2017 Sonos says users must accept new privacy policy or devices may "cease to function" | ZDNet → "The customer can choose to acknowledge the policy, or can accept that over time their product may cease to function," the spokesperson said.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Doug Levin (@douglevin) March 17, 2017. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye the week of March 13, 2017 – 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 11 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it.

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Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

iKross Tripod with adapters for smartphones, tablets, GoPro, and DSLR Camera – [link]. Dates: February 1, 2017 – February 14, 2017 at midnight EST. How Prizes Will Be Awarded : All names of people who leave reviews will be put into a random drawing by the prize administrator.

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Sleep Pod Companies Want to Disrupt Naps on Campus

Edsurge

In 2017, the University of Florida installed two “EnergyPods” from Denmark-based MetroNaps , whose sleep pods were made popular after Google purchased the devices for its employees to take naps at work. Another sleep pod company on the horizon is hoping to address cost concerns by dropping sleep pods onto campuses for free—and instead rely on a paid advertising model. square-feet “devices” come equipped with a twin-sized bed, chargers, privacy curtains and a tablet.

10 Ways to Tackle Back to School Like a Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

6 – Get the Perfect Stylus for your Tablet. Sketchnoting and drawing on tablets are becoming very popular. Whether you need an Apple pen or want to use one of the student styluses, Staples can get you ready to draw and sketch on your iPad, Surface, or another tablet device.

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Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

The CoolCatTeacher

So imagine this: Now you have the ability to overlay digital objects throughout the physical world, and your phone or tablet lets you peek into that “augmented world” and interact with these objects.

Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

And the teacher pushes out a code to the students or they push out that link to the students that they’re able to access and the students will actually respond via video through either their mobile device or through the video camera on their laptop or their tablet that they have.

What U.S. Companies Should Know About Asia's Edtech Market

Edsurge

After a summer of market research and competitor analysis, the company eventually signed off on a collaboration with a Chinese partner, TAL Education. company that has eyed Asia as the next big market. But their story is not a blueprint that will make sense for every company. Between the drastic variations in business culture, social norms and day-to-day education affairs, there are a lot of differences companies should know about (along with a few similarities).

mLevel’s Top 3 Learning and Development Lessons Of 2017

EdTechTeam

As a team, we’ve all expanded our knowledge over the last year, from how to make business more efficient, to learning new technologies, to hosting company-wide brainstorming sessions, to expanding our internship programs. Hear from a few of our team members on what they’ve explored about learning, microlearning, gamification, corporate challenges, and more in 2017. Our promise is to continue to innovate and invest in this area for companies and learners of all kinds.

How AI is changing special education

Neo LMS

Milo comes with a range of pre-programmable curricula, developed by clinical pedagogic experts, that is run via a tablet by the teacher. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a broad range of disorders that include autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

The power of ed-tech in the developing world

Neo LMS

The deal saw the books delivered to over 600,000 government distributed teacher tablets across the country, amounting to over 40 million individual e-textbooks! Similar to challenges faced in Africa with regard to mobile applications, the company also offers SMS-based study tools.

Guest Post: A Technophobe’s Guide to Modern Teaching

EdTech4Beginners

a survey from Pearson Foundation suggested that 6 out 10 college and high school students agree that the use of tablets helped them study efficiently. There’s a barrier, but 2017 is coming up, so maybe, it’s time for a change.

Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

The Hechinger Report

The program, called UPSTART, was developed by a nonprofit company and advertises itself as a kindergarten-readiness program. But most kindergarten-readiness and online preschool software is offered by for-profit companies.

What I’m Reading – June 2017

Reading By Example

They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. What I’ve Read. Evil at Heart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #3) by Chelsea Cain.

5 Things Everyone Should Include In Their Digital Portfolio

EdTechTeacher

With the tools available to use today on our phones and tablets, a few simple apps can help bring your story to life. Create a space where you can add the company logo or individual’s headshot, creating a human connection.

Entrepreneurs in the ring: Fighting to create global prosperity

The Christensen Institute

Conversely, entrepreneurs who target the nonconsumption economy don’t compete with other companies, but rather nonconsumption itself. Whether it be a health clinic in a previously neglected neighborhood, a convenient transportation service that helps Grandma safely make it to and from the grocery store, or an affordable tablet that enables students in underprivileged schools to virtually attend classes at other schools, these innovations create opportunities.

Building Education Technology for the Developing World

Edsurge

During her time there, the company tripled in size and she earned a promotion. Edtech companies entering low-income countries are noticing some of these challenges and are working towards solutions. The company also reduced the size of the app and redesigned math exercises to work better on phones. Sandeep Bapna, Country Director of India for Khan Academy, explained his company’s approach.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

Edsurge

Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. In 2002, our team at Microsoft Education created an LMS for a world where every teacher and student had a tablet computer.

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Will a Netflix Model Work for Textbooks?

Edsurge

Mercier, who’s starting his second year studying business management at City, University of London’s Cass Business School in a couple of weeks, found three of them on a new service called Perlego , a UK-based company which wants to be the Netflix of academic content. Perlego officially launched in January 2017, and raised almost $700,000 for its seed funding round last year. In July 2017, it sold 22 percent of its stake in Penguin Random House.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

A 2015 Pew Research Center report revealed that the disconnected included 5 million households with school-aged children, who either couldn’t afford home broadband or lived in rural areas avoided by for-profit internet companies.

Nearpod Notches $21M in Series B Round to Expand Digital, Virtual Learning Experiences

Edsurge

The funding will be used to “put a senior team in place” and “bring the skills and talents we need to talk to different stakeholders, such as administrators,” says Guido Kovalsky, the company’s CEO and co-founder, in an interview. Founded in 2012, Nearpod initially launched its “interactive lecture” platform for iPads, at a time when many schools and districts swooned over the tablets. The company has since expanded its platform to be compatible with all devices.

Get Ready for the Classroom of the Future

Leadership Lounge

This is part 1 of a 2 part series. In her nearly 18 years as an educational technology administrator and teacher, Traci Bonde has dedicated her career to moving organizations to the forefront of technology integration to prepare students for the new workplace in the most effective manner possible.

How Edtech Developers Design Around ‘Screen Fatigue’

Edsurge

When I think about education technology, images of engaged students in front of computers and tablets come to mind. As the director of business development at Zinc Learning Labs , a literacy company, my bread and butter is communication with educators. Build tech products that are hands-on and not behind screens Edtech is often immediately associated with tablets, mobile devices and computers, but that leaves many important tools out.

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6 EdTech Tools for the Future Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

For an education-focused 3D printing company, check out Printrbot, which wants to bring an affordable 3D printer to every school. There are a lot of companies working on bringing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to K12 schools.

Can children learn from a “mixed-reality” game?

The Hechinger Report

A giant computer screen looms over the table, and a touch-screen tablet is built into the table’s surface. A boy named Damon taps the picture of the smaller tower on the right side of the tablet screen. Some tech companies are also trying to mix hands-on play with digital learning.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

The students live in homes with multiple laptops, iPads, tablets, iPhones – iEverything. The district has already spent more than $3 million since 2011 on tablets, laptops, software programs, fiber optic wiring, and engineers to oversee all the instructional technology.

How to Become the Netflix of Textbooks—and Make a Digital-First Transformation

Edsurge

This new approach is fueled by trends that have impacted academic publishing over the past decade, including: The Rental Market: Companies like Wiley report textbook rental as the major cause for their recent 27% revenue decline in their Q3 (compared to 2016). Digital: In the past two years, sales of ebooks, learning solutions, and other digital products have begun to surpass print for the first time at companies such as McGraw-Hill.

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The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

And many of the public, government-run schools – where 70 percent of all children study – have no computers or tablets. Mindspark ’s program explains basic concepts to students that then allow them to proceed at their own pace on tablets and computers.