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.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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At the end of the day, edtech can feel like one more thing on a teacher’s plate. 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. 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.”

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

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At the end of the day, edtech can feel like one more thing on a teacher’s plate. 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.” 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.

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

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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What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

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This is the third post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Helpouts was not growing fast enough to keep up with the projections that the company had set for it.

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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.

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.

‘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). edtech funding this decade in 2015 and 2018.

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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Why Efforts to Improve Teacher Productivity and Efficiency May Not Pay Off

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Investments in teacher training programs when new state standards or social-emotional learning programs are rolled out are recent examples where statewide decisions shape local choices.

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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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.

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. edtech market.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “George Mason’s President Says Some Donor Agreements Fell ‘Short’ of Academic Standards.” “ Are Edtech Companies Doing Enough to Protect Student Privacy? Via GeekWire : “ Project Unicorn signs first companies to help schools handle the hairball of edtech data.” Digital training company QuizRR has raised $1.3

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