In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

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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There are at least two truisms when it comes to education technology: 1. Soft-launched last summer, the library currently houses more than 100 educational apps, which teachers can browse by subjects or categories (like assessment or presentation tools). Another recent survey found that, on average, districts saw more than 700 different edtech products used each month during the last school year. So far, that includes educators in more than 60,000 U.S.

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

Edsurge

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

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.

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

This is the third post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. In light of my current research on the slim market of network-expanding EdTech tools , Helpouts was a key enterprise-level experiment in connecting people to live experts with whom they might otherwise never have come in contact. So where does that leave us in terms of imagining the viability of a Helpouts-like tool in education?

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How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

Edsurge

Especially for education companies, it requires careful considerations around factors such as your company culture, infrastructure, processes, hiring procedures and customer interactions. Policies At Big Universe, we developed SOPs (standard operating procedures) for every department, in the form of checklists, which served us well for employee onboarding and establishing norms for accountability, expectations and a reminder of what needs to be done when.

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. Eight years ago, some of its customers requested that Empower support the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) , an open data interoperability standard that was then in vogue with K-12 schools and districts. So in 2018, when Empower was pressured by a large district customer to support a different open data standard— IMS Global’s OneRoster—the company was reluctant. “We’d

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Why the ‘Best’ Ideas in Education Technology and Reform Don’t Win

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Education reformers and technologists often lament that the best ideas or tools don’t win. Might those failures have less to do with financial challenges or lack of product-market “fit,” than with a failure to understand the pieces and politics at play in the board game of education?

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

The Hechinger Report

As more than 900 entrepreneurs and educators converge in San Francisco this week, some will talk academic standards, literacy and charter schools. That’s why after attending two major edtech conferences in a row ( SXSW.edu ) and ( ASU/GSV ), I’m heading straight for a panel entitled: “But How Do We Know What’s Working?’’. Not that there isn’t plenty of discussion about education: at ASU/GSV, there was a spotlight on “The American Dream.’’.

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. Among the 1,000 present were former vice president Al Gore, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 300 educators from around the world. Bells signaled transitioned time between hands-on workshops led by educators.

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‘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). Now in its 19th year, the gathering has attracted a growing audience of the “who’s-who” across the education sector—from childcare to healthcare providers, from K-12 to higher education and corporate employers. edtech funding this decade in 2015 and 2018.

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. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

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

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.

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

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Other investors in the round include Chinese education firm TAL Education Group, Follett Knowledge Fund and Plum Alley Investments, along with LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner and senior vice president Mike Gamson, Deborah Quazzo (founder and managing partner of GSV Acceleration) and Sam Yagan (founder of OkCupid). According to her, the education industry looks at “reading and writing as two separate kinds of tools.” Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

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

eSpark

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

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. 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. have adopted the standards while 21 states have standards based on the framework.

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Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

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The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals: Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher -- that’s the right thing to do, that’s the right goal. Higher standards are right. have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. Early Childhood Education.

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

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First, many educational markets are shaped by public policy. For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Second, K-12 education in the United States is primarily a local affair—with states and districts shouldering most of the costs and driving many key policy decisions. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.).

Tomorrow’s New Normal: What It Means for Professional Development

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Due to COVID-19, most of our educational systems reflect a new normal, with hybrid and remote learning, increased use of technology, and teacher professional development. Both districts agreed the pandemic forced everyone to jump headfirst into edtech, whether or not the capacity was there.

The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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Though many teachers remain against reckless #edtech integration, the conversation is clearly shifting from should technology play a central role in the learning process to how should technology be used to promote learning? What might be considered a kind of basic standard for education technology in 2016. In theory, it’s not necessary to have any degree of education technology at all, though even that depends on your content area’s academic standards.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

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MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. The company has raised nearly $30 million from investors that include NewSchools Venture Fund, Learn Capital, GSV Acceleration, Catamount Ventures, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and, most recently, Zuckerberg Education Ventures. K-12 edtech companies, with $741 million coming in 2015 alone. ( See our report on edtech venture capital for more details.)

Schools Say Highest Pressure from Students’ Social and Emotional Needs

EdNews Daily

Alongside this information is the Learning Counsel’s new research that a whopping 27 percent of students nationally have left traditional public education for alternatives, including private schools, charters, online schools, homeschooling and a mix of these. Student rights to equitable education sometimes mean the district can’t even close costly small school outposts to consolidate into central locations. . By LeiLani Cauthen.

To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum

Edsurge

In my work as an education researcher and product manager, I’ve observed dozens of schools and interviewed hundreds of teachers. The pace of a year’s worth of standards can be punishing. Most educational apps and games are meant to be used independently by students. Even in districts without 1:1 devices, digital content can be used to provide context for academic standards and spark classroom discussion and inquiry.

Blending Art and Algorithms, Desmos Sets Out to Reimagine Math Curriculum

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Mashing the arts and math is core to Desmo’s belief that education is interdisciplinary by nature, and subjects should be taught as such. The company licenses its calculator to publishers and other edtech developers for use in their software. It’s an art competition unlike most others.

Magic of the Everyday: Southern CA Educators Share 10 Best Teaching, Technology Practices

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We were similarly awed to get a firsthand look at the work of educators from more than 10 districts—from Los Angeles to San Diego and up to the Inland Empire—who are devising smart ways to deploy new tools and practices in their schools. Over in Lynwood Unified, Patrick Gittisriboongul, Chief Technology Officer, adopted a similar strategy, working alongside educators to create a 5-Step “Playbook” for rethinking the use of technology in schools. When driving into Riverside, Calif.

Change The Conversation–It’s Not About The Thinking

TeachThought - Learn better.

edtech. Content-based academic standards. For example, I love the idea of mobile learning, so I attach positive feelings to it that can lead me to cognitive distortions downstream, where I oversimplify it’s function, or catastrophize our continued misunderstanding of its potential in education. As an academic or intellectual exercise. Maker education? Learning culture education purposeIt’s Not About The Thinking. by Terry Heick.

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 Specifically, the bet is that formative assessments, which can be delivered in classrooms regularly throughout the school year, offer educators a better, timelier understanding of what students know (or don’t) than an end-of-year final test.

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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. It has also impacted the role that teachers play in the mind of educational policy makers and reformers—for good and ill. In contrast, the American education system, despite efforts to centralize elements like academic standards, remains enormously fragmented.

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

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In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. As education entrepreneurs know, growth in K-12 comes hard. But its growth lagged expectations, and Wall Street never took kindly to New Corp’s education excursion.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “ Indiana education officials are taking another look at regulating virtual charter schools.” Immigration and Education.

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What Makes Professional Development Work?

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The panelists recommended that educational leaders take a deep breath and recognize that there is a crisis happening in our districts. For over 20 years, Jill Abbott has been a leader and visionary in education. program (Telecommunications, Education, and Multimedia).

What’s New

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Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms. FARIA EDUCATION GROUP AND RUBICON ( fariaedu.com ) & ( Rubicon.com ) Faria Education Group Limited has acquired Rubicon. edtech market.

How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

But deep integration of technology–real at-the-marrow fusion of learning model, curriculum, and #edtech? 10 Ways Technology Has Changed Education: The Iconic Actions #edtech Should Disrupt. You may dislike standards-based reporting, using labels like “proficient,” or grading with a 1-3 scale. Yes, you’ve got a pile of academic standards that have to be mastered. Grant Wiggins has a great analogy for standards—building code.

Why all screen time isn’t created equally

The Hechinger Report

The thought is so alluring that parents often ask early education teachers what the best apps are, said Lisa Guernsey, speaking at the national seminar of the Education Writer’s Association in Nashville this week. With all its bells, whistles, apps and toys, technology also creates anxiety for both parents and educators, and research is going to have to follow the charge ahead. Knowledge pills, robo-graders, brain implants and other dystopian edtech.

REINVENTING.SCHOOL Thursday with Howard Blumenthal - "What About My Job at School?" #reinventingschool #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

and the Chair and Co-Founder of Education Fast Forward (EFF), which brings together leading global experts and change agents from the world of education. She is the Founder and President of the Network for Public Education (NPE). Department of Education.