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.

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

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The company had bought the myON digital reading platform that March to beef up their company’s literacy offerings. The company decided in-house improvements took too much time. “We The company is not yet profitable but close to break even, says Freckle CEO Sidharth Kakkar.

Age of Learning’s Latest Is a $100 Million Educational Game

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based company, “Adventure Academy” is the culmination of three years of development work, involving roughly 250 employees, including Kevin Beardslee (one of the original developers of World of Warcraft) and more than 3,000 beta testers.

Why do we group students by manufacture date?

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Academic standards used by almost all schools are based on the false and incorrect belief of the average student. Ken Robinson once famously said, “Students are educated in batches, according to age, as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.” (Ken

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ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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Helping students write and reason clearly, critically and concisely is the central mission at her company, ThinkCERCA. Today the Chicago-based company has raised $10.1 A core skill that Murphy wants to help students build is argumentation, and the company’s approach to teaching this is built into its name—Claim, Evidence, Reasoning, Counterargument, Audience (CERCA). Each lesson, Murphy shares, will “break down academic standards around literacy into discrete subskills.” (For

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

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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. million downloads, estimates Jean-Baptiste Huynh, the company’s founder and CEO.

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

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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. With the Clever Library, the company aims to give teachers more agency in finding and trying new products. In early 2016, it launched Co-Pilot to give schools free 30-day trials of edtech software built by other companies.

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 Founded in 2009, MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform against academic standards. The company claims users in more than 14,000 U.S.

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Online Preschool Is Not Education for All

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Cyber schools have been increasing over the last twenty years, and most programs are marketed by for-profit companies. In an education reform climate that has redefined education as academic standards and success on tests, online pre-K programs are an easy sell. Many of the online pre-K programs encourage parents to put their kids in front of computers to do academic drills even if they are in a preschool setting.

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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What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

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Helpouts was not growing fast enough to keep up with the projections that the company had set for it. ” The more success is defined by achievement of common standards, the less likely teachers are to relinquish control of instruction—particularly live instruction.

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

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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. The new solutions result from an explosion of apps, companies, content and marketplaces over the past decade. The “Big Three” publishers have stumbled; new players have stepped in and up to become midsize companies.

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

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But at an all-hands meeting at the company’s Washington, D.C. Some employees hoped the company could turn around and stayed on without pay. “We 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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‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

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For-profit schools, such as Salter and others owned by its parent company, Premier Education Group, have zeroed in on this market. The company agreed to a total settlement of $3.74 The company agreed to a $3.4 But the company is also expanding.

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.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

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Startups and established tech companies are providing a crash course in entrepreneurship, sending engineers and designers into public schools to mentor students. Some companies already encourage their employees to mentor young people through formal or informal programs.

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.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

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I''ll share that information below (during the Twitter chat, I''ll even be giving away two interactive white board systems and a document camera - compliments of the fantastic company, IPevo )!

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.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

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The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them. Most concerning are decisions that have a negative impact on student outcomes (whether academic or social) or in more extreme circumstances even jeopardize the health and well-being of children and youth.

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

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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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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.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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Imagine is owned by Weld North Education, a private equity firm that has amassed a portfolio of more than 10 education technology companies over the years. curriculum market shifted towards purchasing materials aligned materials to Common Core and state academic standards, the organization began building new offerings based on these U.S. standards. Founded by former Kaplan executive Jonathan Grayer, Weld North has purchased 16 companies since 2010.

Tennessee Gives Pearson ‘Emergency’ Test Scoring Contract, Seeks New Vendor

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Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 The company offered a competitive price comparable to what Measurement, Inc. Then, the company was unable to produce enough paper copies quickly enough to meet the state’s demands. In late 2014, Pearson was replaced as the state’s test provider for the Tennessee standardized tests.

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves

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How does this happen–especially when you have a very specific daily learning target you’re trying to meet in pursuit of an academic standard? Allow them to practice, practice, practice in the company of some kind of feedback loop.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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And career preparation here isn’t just a buzzword but more like a guiding principle: When the end-of-day bell sounds, some children transition from students to employees of the district, and earn $10 an hour for working on a variety of projects for local technology companies.

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Game-based platform teaches computer science, coding

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CodeCombat, which offers a platform to help kids learn computer science, announced that it has closed a $2 million seed round of funding from Third Kind Venture Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Allen & Company.

The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

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This caveat is meaningless to most commercial interests like companies that take advertising for something like soft drinks but will be very important in the education field for learning resources. Texas State academic standards, for example, are different than all other States so those lesson products showing in search should be biased by geo-location (optional, obviously, and could be statewide or region rather than pinpoint geolocation.)

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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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. Webinars to learn more about using Kiddom A guide to standards-based grading to make grades meaningful Content integrations for teachers to save time Infographic illustrating how Kiddom inspires Personalized Learning Socio-emotional learning infographic. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.),

Detroit Charter Schools Face Uneven Progress, Some Closures

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Over the past months, the school has suffered financial problems and community concerns about academic performance. The 17-year-old academy has been facing money issues since it began last summer to farm out specific services rather than depend on one management company.

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. For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER).

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Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

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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.” It’s time for the leaders of technology companies to recognize that whether they like it or not, they play a powerful role in our children’s cognitive development and even the strength of our democracy.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. But in recent years, we've seen a spike in the number of smaller, tightly focused, niche edtech product companies.

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The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

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Even in today’s age of standardized testing and emphasis on academic standards, perhaps even because of this recent emphasis, educators are increasingly aware of the need to nurture students’ complete development.

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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Big question for edtech: But how do we know what’s working?

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As more than 900 entrepreneurs and educators converge in San Francisco this week, some will talk academic standards, literacy and charter schools. With all the talk of tech and the pushing of new products and companies (some quite promising) one of the moments I most enjoyed at ASU/GSV came when Arthur Levine of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation reminded a room filled with well dressed investors that they have enormous power to help poor children and improve education.

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

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out.

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

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That has been the value of the clearinghouse, he said; not only pointing teachers and others toward online lessons to fit state academic standards, but providing an Ohio-specific seal of approval. “We