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.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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based company explained the difficult decision as an effort to return its focus to the education market following a foray into creating consumer toys. These toys would be discontinued the following year—around the time that the company laid off part of its staff.

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.

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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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.

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

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In a previous EdSurge piece , I described how economics and technology trends tend to drive educational innovation by providing models that reformers build into their visions, sometimes unconsciously. Education Technology Policy & Government Instructional Trends Professional Development

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

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There are at least two truisms when it comes to education technology: 1. That gung-ho initiative is something that Mark Racine, director of technology at Boston Public Schools, applauds. 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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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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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.

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. It bears noting that Google Helpouts did not face a technology problem; video-based connections are relatively reliable with sufficient bandwidth.

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Online Preschool Is Not Education for All

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This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. 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.

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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Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

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I invest in education technology, but decades before I knew what a venture capitalist was, I was a history teacher in a small town in America’s heartland where I started my school’s first “Internet club.” I’m a believer in the merits of technology and have written about how technology can be used to broaden access to knowledge , connect people and even improve empathy. Education Technology Technology Trends Digital and Media Literacy Enterprises

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. When districts invest in new instructional technology, many teachers find that at first their students are quiet and focused, clicking away on activities aligned to their instructional needs. It’s no wonder that only 58% of teachers are comfortable using technology in class.

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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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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.

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.

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. The head and the heart are connected, and our schools, curriculum, and education technology should reflect this. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.), The head and the heart are connected, and our schools, curriculum, and education technology should reflect this.

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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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. Education Technology Open Educational Resources Technology in School

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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.

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.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

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Testing for such skills relies heavily on technology and required a significant retooling. 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. Technology-Enhanced What’s easier to agree on is that multiple-choice questions are a poor way to measure soft skills. Education Technology Assessments Technology in School

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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

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The internet and the rapid technological improvement are making the world a little bit smaller and are eliminating barriers to learning. Online tutor or homework help companies even have their own website and own application for communication.

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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.)

Why the Boldest Ideas in Education Come From Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

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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.” The programs aims to spur students to engage and solve problems in local communities through exposure to technology, social activism and environmental sustainability efforts.

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. This is the challenge facing educations like Edward Chen, the Director of Technology at California’s independent. But assessing non-academic skills, it turns out, is no easy task. At Nueva, when it comes to assessment, standards-based grading is king.

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

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There is every reason to expect that both entrepreneurs and enterprising educators will continue to generate new and compelling ideas about how to effectively address the challenges facing public education through technology, and for this we should remain optimistic and hopeful. Yet, at the same time, we must remain clear-eyed and recognize the ways in which technology also introduces new issues and potential threats to the promise of public education.

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. In dozens of conversations with teachers recently, I’ve learned that many are all for new approaches; they are excited about blended learning and its potential to help students work at their individual skill level while receiving real-time instruction as needed, with the help of technology. Technology

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. We have a law school, we have a school of business and information technology, we have a college of social and behavioral sciences, we have an open college, and we have health sciences and nursing. A lot of traditional professors might object to that kind of standardization. Education Technology EdSurge Podcast Community

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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.

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. 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. Then leverage the technology.

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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 )!