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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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. 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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The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology. What is the bare minimum of learning technology integration in a classroom? Prevailing local technology use? What might be considered a kind of basic standard for education technology in 2016. Technology #edtech genius hour

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

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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.

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. 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.

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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.

How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

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How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching. A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. Tacked-on learning technology can do this. But deep integration of technology–real at-the-marrow fusion of learning model, curriculum, and #edtech?

?Expanding Access to Edtech Isn’t Enough. We Need to Make Sure It Works, Too

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Edtech is a vital precursor to “work tech”—the tools that today’s students will need to leverage in college, career training and eventually the workplace. In an economy that is moving rapidly in the direction of more independent workers executing high-level projects for a variety of employers, navigating an ever-changing ecosystem of new technologies will be a fundamental skill for workers. Rapidly emerging technologies. Education Technology

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. . By LeiLani Cauthen.

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. 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,f many teachers find that at first their students are quiet and focused, clicking away on activities aligned to their instructional needs.

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

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Many leaders spoke about the importance of collaborating across districts for a variety of initiatives—from planning a technology implementation to creating buy-in from teachers and providing professional development opportunities. 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.

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?’’. The post Big question for edtech: But how do we know what’s working? Technology

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

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There are also upstart competitors offering writing tools such as Turnitin and WriteLab, which are attempting to use artificial intelligence technology to parse a student’s submission and offer constructive feedback. 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.

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

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We believe that our place at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts makes it possible to create and amplify our creativity,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage. Other edtech companies have recently rolled out solutions to aggregate data from multiple programs, including Yet Analytics and Clever’s Goals, but the ability to assign a specific activity and receive data back is unique to Apple’s Schoolwork (for now). Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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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. Education Technology Policy & Government Instructional Trends Professional Development

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

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Sigelman, of Burning Glass Technologies, captured this point succinctly: “40 percent of the skills required today for the same job are different than the skills required a decade ago.” edtech funding this decade in 2015 and 2018. Education Technology Events Investors Market Trends

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.). Standard policy adoption and diffusion frameworks can help make this process simple and repeatable. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business Education Market Professional Development

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. MasteryConnect was one of hundreds of edtech companies that capitalized on investors’ enthusiasm and optimism for the industry in recent years. K-12 edtech companies, with $741 million coming in 2015 alone. ( See our report on edtech venture capital for more details.) Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

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

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

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A growing corps of entrepreneurs, supported by record-setting investments in education, are creating new technologies, experimenting with business models, and living their own bouts of euphoria and terror. 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.

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. Education Technology Assessments Mergers and Acquisitions

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

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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. Education Technology Financing Game-Based Learning

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

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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.

Why all screen time isn’t created equally

The Hechinger Report

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. Technology

Change The Conversation–It’s Not About The Thinking

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edtech. Content-based academic standards. As an academic or intellectual exercise. In education, these might be redressed as: What has standardizing content into a narrow range of content areas done to learning? Technology. It’s Not About The Thinking.

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

Doug Levin

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.

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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.

Where Does A Freed Mind Go?

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This is when academics move from a worthy body of knowledge worthy of study to a mechanical and thoughtless process that belies its own wisdom.). We might think backwards not from standards, but from people in their native and chosen places. Where Does A Freed Mind Go? by Terry Heick.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” 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.”

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