How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

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Employees report higher productivity , greater efficiency and less stress , while companies can benefit from lower real estate costs and an expanded talent pool. My former company, Big Universe ( now acquired ) was a fully-virtual operation.

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

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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 Specifically, the bet is that formative assessments, which can be delivered in classrooms regularly throughout the school year, offer educators a better, timelier understanding of what students know (or don’t) than an end-of-year final test.

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Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

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At a time of major change at educational software and assessments provider Renaissance Learning executives decided to add one more item to their to-do list. The company had bought the myON digital reading platform that March to beef up their company’s literacy offerings.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. The biggest challenge in measuring SEL skills is having a true standard. Today, they are committed to assessing students’ progress towards SEL mastery, which they see as essential to understanding where students are at—and to proving their SEL curriculum works. But assessing non-academic skills, it turns out, is no easy task.

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We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

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But while standardized test scores might improve, a recent study found that in 63% of classrooms, students aren’t using technology to “solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.” We’ve made it our mission to build lessons that nurture 21st century academic success and empower extraordinary teaching. Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards.

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Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

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That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We But the individual computerized assessments PLTW has built aren’t exactly what Darling-Hammond had in mind. “Is

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Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. Some entrepreneurs were drawn to the sector after reading it—and made the paper part of their company’s onboarding practice. The company was renamed “Amplify.” Five years later, Berger led a management buyout of the company, backed by Emerson Collective.

‘Back to School’ Hijinks and Lessons for the Education Industry

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But to the BMO’s annual education industry conference, where company executives, investors, bankers and financiers of all stripes descended in their suits and slacks (but very few ties). Company revenues should be above $10 million).

Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?

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And it’s scenarios like this that put pressure on edtech companies to make their tools more interoperable. The company agreed—and made it happen. Empower is hardly the only education company that has had to adapt its wares to support shifting trends in data interoperability.

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Take Two: Clever’s Newest Effort to Help Teachers Try Before They Buy Edtech

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Soft-launched last summer, the library currently houses more than 100 educational apps, which teachers can browse by subjects or categories (like assessment or presentation tools). The San Francisco-based company is best known for its rostering technology that provisions user accounts for software, and a single sign-on service that makes it easy for students and teachers to log into and use tools purchased by district officials.

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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

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Online tutor or homework help companies even have their own website and own application for communication. Ask about the quality of the service of the company or the tutor they worked with. If they have unsatisfied client, chances are you will find them ranting about the company online.

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Illuminate Education’s SchoolCity Product Suite Improves Efficiency with Certification from IMS Global Learning Consortium

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October 22, 2018) - To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, , the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. Irvine, CA.

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

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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.” MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. Education companies have been hit, too.

Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

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If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an edtech company’s board meeting, or what keeps founders up at night, here was your chance to find out. Earlier this month in New York City, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, AT&T’s program that finds, develops, and invests in promising edtech companies from around the world, hosted an afternoon of mock board meetings with its 2018 cohort. The same principle applies to edtech companies. Companies all want more eyeballs and users.

Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

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For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.). The fit of your company and product for the particular region. Standard policy adoption and diffusion frameworks can help make this process simple and repeatable.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. But in recent years, we've seen a spike in the number of smaller, tightly focused, niche edtech product companies.

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What’s New

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This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time.

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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Several software companies have their own repositories, such as Microsoft’s Docs.com, Schoology’s public resources, Canvas Commons, and more. A common set of academic standards could alleviate the discovery issue, but several states have withdrawn from the Common Core State Standards and decided to adopt their own. OpenEd ranks videos based on an analysis of how students do on assessments after watching them.

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Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

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Technology is, in fact, already touching nearly every part of our public education system, from assessments to communication to professional learning. National academic standards ask that students demonstrate “cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic.”

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

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Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. CASEL defines these in terms of specific competencies that can be assessed and mastered: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. . STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.), Kiddom is just a one education technology company.

McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

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McGraw-Hill , one of the “big three” publishers that now refers to itself a “learning science” company, chose the 360,000-item Knovation Content Collection for its Engrade K-12 learning management and assessment platform after vetting “a lot” of possible OER providers, said Christine Willig, president of McGraw-Hill Education’s K-12 group. Marketplace K-12 academic content curation open education resources Publishing

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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

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Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education. First, the standards are not a curriculum but rather a set of learning goals for students.

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

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Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said. K-12 News Solutions standards

What Happens When A Public University Buys a For-Profit Online One?

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Kaplan University had been owned by Graham Holdings Company, which used to own the Washington Post until it sold it to Jeff Bezos. But they had to get to know us, they had to get to know what we stand for and how we manage quality in our classrooms, how we maintain the integrity of our academic standards. A lot of traditional professors might object to that kind of standardization. I'm not saying that at all, what I'm saying is because we have standardized.

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High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way.

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

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It has helped millions of students worldwide to improve their reading and writing skills, master increasingly rigorous academic standards, and prepare for high-stakes assessments. “We