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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018


And we’re filing stories that capture the essence of the edtech industry in 2018. But the edtech industry has hit some bumps along the way, wrestling with collateral concerns from the public spotlight over data privacy and security. 2018’s Top 10 Countdown: Business Edition. A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works). They all agreed on one thing: Companies are bought, not sold.

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


Last summer, when I was working for ThinkCERCA, which helps students develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, the edtech startup was facing a big decision: should it try and break into the lucrative Chinese market? 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. edtech companies.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

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Now, that’s good stuff for every K-2nd grade iPad or Google Play enabled tablet! The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security

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Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security. Last month, RealNetworks , the streaming media company that garnered attention in the ‘90s and early 2000s for developing the first audio streaming solution , announced it would offer its facial recognition software, SAFR , for free to over 100,000 school districts. SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!

Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go


based company continued its streak of education announcements with the launch of the Surface Go , a version of the hybrid tablet that Microsoft aims to sell to schools. That same month, Google announced that it was working with Acer to create an education tablet made for Chrome OS, which starts at $329. Resurfacing the Microsoft’s Education Effort The education tablet was once the domain of Apple, whose iPads won headlines and statewide adoptions at the start of this decade.

Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More

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Most of the kids are completely familiar with iPads and tablets and phones, so we have some iPads in the classroom with some folders. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?


It shows that clearly, EdTech is becoming an integral part of our classroom learning. Microbric, an Australian company, created this affordable robot for students to start learning how to code and program in the most engaging manner.

All the Upgrades and Updates From Apple, Google and More at ISTE 2018


Joining them were an additional 6,000 reps from companies big and small. Fractions covers math standards for grades 3-6 and features a storyline and what the company calls “personalized feedback” through an online tutor. The company describes it as a “digital, adaptive personalized learning solution.” New Hardware Belkin Education debuted two versions of its Chrome OS keyboard, which connects to an individual Chromebook tablet via a secure wired connection.

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Amplify’s Been Quiet. Here’s Where CEO Larry Berger Says It’s Going in 2018


It was bought in 2010 by News Corporation, which invested more than $1 billion into the company and rebranded it as Amplify. The company is no longer as high-profile—or as big—as it once was. What have the past years taught him, and where is the company going? He also talked about the challenges facing edtech companies today, including his skepticism towards what he calls an “engineering” model of personalized learning. EdSurge: What is Amplify in 2018?

School’s Out for the Latest Y Combinator Batch, and Here’s What Its Edtech Graduates Are Up to


for startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Summer 2018 Demo Day. Seven of the 134 companies in this batch provide education services—which is a similar percentage from the last cohort. Since the previous Demo Day in March, Tim Brady, a partner at Y Combinator who advises edtech startups, says he hasn’t noticed much in terms of changes in the education landscape. In this latest cohort of edtech companies, only one is aimed at being used in classrooms.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

How strong is the company’s K-12 track record? Finally, as with all new edtech, a successful rollout depends on having a well-thought-out plan. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

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


Starting in fall 2018, all first year students at The Ohio State University will receive iPad Pros. But do big tablet programs make sense nowadays? Phil Hill, an edtech consultant and blogger for eLiterate, doesn’t think so. 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.”

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

At the beginning of the edtech wave, superintendents saw many benefits from using digital resources in the classroom. District IT offices were taking on the same tasks as Fortune 500 companies without the ability to implement them as effectively.

Today's Newsletter: What does 5G Have to do With Edtech?


Beginning today through April 15th, the company is calling on the public to nominate a local middle school in need for the opportunity to become a Verizon Innovative Learning school. Winners receive in-depth and ongoing teacher training, curriculum guides, tablets and 5G data plans.

Q&A: Justina Nixon-Saintil on How Investment Can Improve Equity in STEM Education

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By 2019, Verizon expects to have 150 schools participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning program , the company’s initiative to improve STEM education, according to a recent announcement. . EDTECH: How did the Verizon Innovative Learning program start, and what has it achieved so far?

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K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

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MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how libraries can use makerspaces to teach STEM! It’s a coffeehouse feel, warm and inviting,” Superintendent Shawn Bishop told EdTech for a previous story. With so many school districts going one-to-one with tablets or laptops , libraries are the new meeting space for tech-enabled teamwork. Libraries may apply annually through the federal Universal Service Administrative Company for eligible components to bolster high-speed internet. .

Can Edtech Behind Bars Help Keep People Out?


Nevertheless, the challenge presents an opportunity to companies that aim to offer tools and services at the intersection of education and social rehabilitation. Communication and Education, Hand in Hand One of the newer entrants to this market is Edovo , which offers a tablet-based educational platform for prisons with the explicit goal of combating recidivism and helping inmates obtain employment after their release. We are an education technology company at our core."

Technology Helps Teachers Prevent and Mitigate Bad Behavior in the Classroom

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SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Screen locks and tablets-turned-truant-officers can help manage some bad student behavior, but many students are distracted by outside technology that they bring into the classroom themselves.

Google’s 12 Education Updates Include Classwork and a (Slight) Classroom Makeover


Google Classroom , the company’s online tool that lets teachers, students and parents manage assignments and discussions, will be getting a small facelift as part of 12 updates that Google is announcing at this week’s ISTE conference, an annual K-12 educational technology expo. First launched in 2014, Google Classroom is now used by more than 30 million students and teachers around the world, the company claims. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

Apple’s Strongest Case to Reclaim the Education Market Is Not the New iPad


That was how bubbly Apple employees, decked out in the green-and-yellow outfits that matched the colors of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, welcomed arrivals to the company’s highly-anticipated education event this morning. That Apple chose this selective magnet school as the site for its latest product showcase—rather than, say, the San Francisco Moscone Center or its Cupertino headquarters—reflects the company’s renewed focus on the education market. “We

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4 Augmented and Virtual Reality Projects That Point to the Future of Education


NYC Media Lab merges engineering and design research happening at the city’s universities with resources and opportunities from the media and technology industry—to produce new prototypes, launch new companies and advocate for the latest thinking. A student can use their smartphone or tablet to scan physical textbooks and unlock learning assistance tools, like highlighting, note creation and sharing, videos and AR guides—all features that encourage peer-to-peer learning.

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

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Some companies are already offering clear pathways to help cut down on tracking cookies so schools can feel more confident in maintaining their students’ privacy while still encouraging the use of online resources and devices in classrooms.

SkoleTube Extends WeVideo Partnership by Five Years Thanks to Overwhelming Success in Danish Classrooms


WeVideo is entirely cloud-based, supports all current Microsoft, Apple, and Google operating systems, and is always up-to-date and readily accessible from any mobile device, laptop, desktop, tablet, and increasingly popular Chromebooks.

Google Launches New Feedback Tool ‘Course Kit’ to Eliminate Assignment Uploads


Google is not the only major tech company that has pushed updates in the education space these past few months. inch iPad and the Apple Pencil, as well as a series of upgrades and apps that work with the new tablet. Phil Hill, an edtech consultant and blogger at e-Literate, sees Course Kit as a move by Google to get students, specifically college students, to see Google Apps as the “default for productivity.” Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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


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.

The Big 3's War Over EDU: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft


With that, I think it's worth taking a look at where each of the three big companies stands in regards to Ed. cross posted at David Lockhart is an edtech presenter, speaker, advocate, and coach with over ten years' experience teaching high school social studies.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code

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CSEdWeek and The Hour of Code arrive December 3-9, 2018, and this annual event is bigger than ever. New for 2018! modern browsers, smartphones & tablets. modern browsers, smartphones & tablets. modern browsers, smartphones & tablets.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL SUPPLY COMPANY BUILDING BLOCKS OF SCIENCE 3D ( ) Carolina Biological Supply Company launched the new Building Blocks of Science 3D hands-on unit kits for students in grades K to 5.

Here's How Single Sign-On Saved One District 2,500 Hours of Instructional Time Per Month


The technology belonged to ClassLink , a Clifton, NJ-based provider of web- and cloud-based educational products and services as well as the company’s namesake SSO platform. Our district uses a wide variety of technology—MAC, PC, iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks, cell phones—which can be a challenge for IT departments and teachers. Our edtech coordinator tells me there is more collaborative time for students.

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Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?


That can result in teachers putting tablets in front of kids, letting the technology do the work, and meanwhile calling it “personalized learning” when it’s anything but that. They create learning environments where children crave “tablet time” and engender a superficial motivation grounded in the number of points earned or levels achieved. It’s because technology companies are really good at what they do—selling technology.

Acer Unveils Ultrafast Convertible Chromebook

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Acer is once again aggressively targeting the education market with the first two-in-one 15-inch Chromebook, unveiled Wednesday during the company’s Next@Acer keynote event in New York City. Tablet Has a Touch of Google AR. The tablet pairs with the Google OS to offer a Google Expeditions augmented reality feature, along with a built-in Wacom electro-magnetic resonance stylus and Chrome management console. “In Jena Passut is the managing editor of EdTech: Focus on K–12

Learning Upgrade Debuts GED® Math and HiSET® Math Test Prep Courses


Learners can complete lessons on their own smartphones using the Learning Upgrade App, or use tablets and computers. (SAN DIEGO, CA) Sept.

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award


The Summit Math curriculum, which is compatible with desktops, laptops, and tablets, has 6-8 grade math course offerings, as well as Algebra 1 (+Honors), Geometry (+Honors), and Algebra 2 (+Honors) courses. 2018 Fuel Education LLC.

How Crowdfunding Is Matching Teacher Requests to District Tech Policies


Policies, technical guidelines and even legal fine print can occasionally throw monkey wrenches into school requests for resources, particularly on the technology side (imagine requesting a Windows tablet only to find the district doesn’t support that operating system). Far from the bustle of bake sales and car washes, crowdfunding sites have made it easy for teachers, schools and even district officials to ask for donations of school supplies.

Product Review: DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Enables to Unique Film Production for Students

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pounds, is identical to the Phantom 4 Pro, but adds a 5.5-inch Android tablet affixed to the remote controller. . SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! blogs and produces videos for EdTech magazine. Product Review: DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Enables to Unique Film Production for Students. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:03.