Why do we group students by manufacture date?

User Generated Education

Academic standards used by almost all schools are based on the false and incorrect belief of the average student. Our educational system is built on the assumption that there is an average student.”

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

Edsurge

This isn’t because the internet is down or due to a device malfunction—it’s because the online gradebook isn’t able to share data with the student information system (SIS). And it’s scenarios like this that put pressure on edtech companies to make their tools more interoperable.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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).

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

Edsurge

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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What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

Helpouts was not growing fast enough to keep up with the projections that the company had set for it. That’s the same challenge we have to tackle in EdTech as we try to open school systems up to bringing outside experts, mentors, and peers into classrooms.

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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

Ask a Tech Teacher

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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Online Preschool Is Not Education for All

Edsurge

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. The truth is that for children to master the print system or concepts of number, they have to go through complex developmental progressions that build these concepts over time through activity and play.

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

techlearning

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.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

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.

Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

Edsurge

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.

EdTech 101

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

Edsurge

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. An announcement over the PA system reminded everyone that the general assembly session was mandatory—and to not chew gum as no one is above detention. Indeed, the company proved rumors right by unveiling a new iPad. “Welcome to your first day of school!”

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

Edsurge

For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. RTTT offered states grant money to implement education reforms, including the introduction of teacher evaluation systems, and NCLB waivers nudged states further in this direction. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.). The fit of your company and product for the particular region.

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

The Hechinger Report

For-profit schools, such as Salter and others owned by its parent company, Premier Education Group, have zeroed in on this market. Despite their dismal outcomes, for-profits like Premier have taken advantage of a spotty system of oversight to largely fly under the enforcement radar.

The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

EdNews Daily

This would mean that even public schools using any school system hosted on the internet could not use messages that profile users (“hello sixth-grade students, click this link for your reading book”), or invite any minor child users to any service or product of theirs or ones they use from publishers. It doesn’t appear that the text of the law allows for “blanket consent” since the wording is “an operator,” as in singular and thus related to individual systems.

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

Doug Levin

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. As parents, we entrust our children to the public education system in the belief that the decisions made by educators, administrators, and policymakers are in the best interests of our children.

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

The Hechinger Report

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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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

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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Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

Edsurge

It surfaced biased algorithms, irresponsible advertising, privacy incursions, fake news and screen-time addiction—all especially concerning for those of us who believe that while technology is no magic elixir, it is an essential element of our education system. Technology is, in fact, already touching nearly every part of our public education system, from assessments to communication to professional learning.

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

Edsurge

Several software companies have their own repositories, such as Microsoft’s Docs.com, Schoology’s public resources, Canvas Commons, and more. Yet these systems do not often talk to one another—and that poses a problem for teachers trying to find the best resources. 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.

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6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

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 )! Plus, IPEVO is donating TWO interactive white board systems and a document camera.

What’s New

techlearning

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.

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

Edsurge

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.),

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

The Hechinger Report

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

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

eSchool News

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

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

Marketplace K-12

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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Why the Boldest Ideas in Education Come From Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

Edsurge

A child’s wellbeing is as important as their academics.” Transforming misery into agency” is among the visionary goals that co-founder Wisdom Amouzou has for The HadaNõu Collective , which currently operates centers in public high schools that “map authentic experiences to academic standards.” Salvo cites companies like Flocabulary as a competitor, and his company is looking for $650,000 to grow its platform and increase its content library.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

Edsurge

To infuse both real-world scenarios and academic standards into the new exams, as well as topics like leadership that college admissions reps would care about. In scoring a multiple-choice test, just about every dollar after the first is profit for the commercial testing company,” she says, “whereas scoring a test where you've got open-ended answers requires that you train teachers to do scoring.”

STEM 101

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

Edsurge

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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.” Via Techcrunch : “Thousands of academics spurn Nature ’s new paid-access Machine Learning journal.”

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Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

eSchool News

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