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Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

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He envisioned a game-based educational platform used by teachers and students to learn about science and the environment. He had the staff, as many as 35 employees with experience in game and curriculum development. And he had interest from educators who wanted to try Planet3 in schools that included the Las Vegas area. He based the content on the Next Generation Science Standards , a multi-state effort at K-12 science education content completed in 2013.

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Game On: Kahoot Snaps Up DragonBox for $18 Million for Its First Acquisition

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Kahoot is best known for its digital quiz tools that can turn the classroom or corporate office into a raucous quiz show. Last December, following a Disney investment that valued the company at $376 million , the Oslo-based company made clear its intention to build a pipeline for acquisitions. For the first purchase in the company’s 8-year history, it will acquire Dragonbox , which offers a suite of math educational games, for $18 million in a cash-and-stock purchase.

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

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From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. Additional Resources from eSpark Learning.

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

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Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future. This is stuff that’s available not tomorrow with ten grand in classroom funding and 12 hours of summer PD, but today. Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y. Shift From Standards To Habits.

What If Your Co-Teacher is a Computer?

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The staff fully recognized the need to provide the students with a richer learning environment than simply watching videos that led to multiple choice quizzes and eventual unit tests. All of this created a spiral of stress for both the educators and students. At its core, the issue was resolving one of the toughest situations in education: effective co-teaching. Alignment to academic standards is usually more prominent and obvious.

20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Teachers

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One of the most significant challenges facing formal education in the United States is the chasm separating schools and communities. While schools (hopefully) work to update themselves and the way students learn within them, many parents have to work with what’s available to them. So, in pursuit of that transparency, below are some questions parents ideally would be asking you to better clarify what’s happening in the classroom. How is education changing?