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


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). EdReports has become a real big deal in K-12 publishing,” he said, referring to the nonprofit that reviews textbooks for alignment to academic standards. I think the supplemental-core division is a construct of the publishing industry.” edtech funding this decade in 2015 and 2018.

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. 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. A few months ago, Google Helpouts —a barely two-year-old effort to connect users to on-demand experts via video chat—folded.

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


Another recent survey found that, on average, districts saw more than 700 different edtech products used each month during the last school year. In early 2016, it launched Co-Pilot to give schools free 30-day trials of edtech software built by other companies. Third-party software can share student data in ways that violate district or state standards. Education Technology Edtech Business StartupsThere are at least two truisms when it comes to education technology: 1.

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


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. Most of all, have a mission that reminds everyone they are working in an edtech company to build a better world by educating the next generation.

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


According to her, the education industry looks at “reading and writing as two separate kinds of tools.” Each lesson, Murphy shares, will “break down academic standards around literacy into discrete subskills.” (For Education Technology Financing Edtech Business“Everyone’s worried about people having to learn how to code,” notes Eileen Murphy.

Schools Say Highest Pressure from Students’ Social and Emotional Needs

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Then a re-write of academic standards that had to be mapped to teaching and learning, constantly in revision. Fixers are almost universally introspective insiders, tweaking the existing standard structure. . True personalization is being done in nearly every other industry, but not here, not at scale. Digital Featured Technology EdTech LeiLani Cauthen SEL The Learning CounselBy LeiLani Cauthen.

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?


Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments. Though the session topics varied widely, they all had one single theme: how can the edtech industry work together to create digital learning environments that better serves all students?

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


From this perspective, the strategic use of professional development can be seen as equivalent to the specialized training that workers receive in other industries. 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)


A follow-up post will explore what’s changed (or not) on the supply side—both industry and investment. The State of the K-12 Sector The edtech boom of the past two decades promised efficacy and new instructional models. But poorly integrated standards, curriculum, assessment, and intervention materials have always been a problem.

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


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. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all method of evaluating schools has been criticized as incentivizing low academic standards. ESSA encourages districts to bring edtech into the classroom.

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


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. Kelly met him through Planet3 co-founder Albert Yu-Min Lin when Lin received an award sponsored by Switch, Kelly told EdTech Digest at the time. A Most Difficult Game The struggles of Planet3 are not unique to the educational game industry.

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