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

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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. Education Technology Events Investors Market Trends

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

So where does that leave us in terms of imagining the viability of a Helpouts-like tool in education? which includes UnitedTeach , a video platform for experts to interface with classrooms) and former Google executive thinks that the market for Helpouts-like tools in education will remain small until we rethink the role of teachers. This is the third post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

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Autonomy, the future of education.

Linways Technologies

Discuss Education BarCamp was organized by Linways Technologies Pvt. to bring together educators, academicians, and education enthusiasts to collectively discuss various methods that can be adopted in the education system to reshape the future of education.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . So the following list of public education terms is useful not so much for the definitions, but for the credibility (or at least authority) of the definitions, as they are sourced from the Department of Education itself, in this case in regards to clarify Race to the Top language and meaning. To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined .

8 Myths about online education debunked

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Online education, which has almost become synonymous with distance-learning, is a serious alternative to traditional education, not only in the US but also in other countries around the world. There’s no disputing the fact that studying to earn a graduate or postgraduate degree via the web is fast growing as an option to the conventional classroom format of education. 8 Myths about online education debunked.

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Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

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

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For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. Yet many teachers still ask: “Why can’t I find the open educational resources I’m looking for?” Education Technology Open Educational Resources Technology in School

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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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Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again

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Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again. The context for this one is simple enough–what mistakes do we constantly make in education that hold us back from the best versions of ourselves? From realizing our collective potential as a construct, field, and industry? Plan backwards from standards. Seem to ignore that mobile learning is central to education’s future. Teaching public education

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

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.

Me Learning: A Student-Centered Learning Model

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The what is decided by academic standards, and the when by curriculum maps and pacing guides–and all of it by anyone but the student. Without that as a context, the ‘learning’ is really a kind of academic training. The Industry Of Learning. What standards?

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

Marketplace K-12

McGraw-Hill Education’s recent selection of Knovation’s curated open education content is a signal that publishers and ed-tech providers are jockeying to find ways to take advantage of open education resources. The move follows news earlier this year that Amazon Education is working on Inspire , a platform on which schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover such resources, known as OER.

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

Game On: Kahoot Snaps Up DragonBox for $18 Million for Its First Acquisition

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For the first purchase in the company’s 8-year history, it will acquire Dragonbox , which offers a suite of math educational games, for $18 million in a cash-and-stock purchase. These titles racked up dozens of media accolades and industry awards, from organizations that include Common Sense Media and Games for Change, an industry association for serious game developers. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Game-Based Learning

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.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

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Education is changing, things are in flux, and there is uncertainty. In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). When OER curation was in its infancy, there were few common standards in place for vetting and cataloging this content. Types of Standard Alignment. The Value of Common Standards in OER.

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Six Steps to Project Based Learning

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The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. And while experts agree that a hands-on approach to core standards leads to significant student growth, even the most innovative districts can struggle to design research projects that are differentiated to meet the needs of every learner. In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction.

7 Principles Of Sustainable Learning: An Agrarian Learning Model

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What would the opposite of the industrial learning model–the existing vision of most public education systems worldwide in the 21st century–look like? How To De-Industrialize School: An Agrarian Learning Model. This is a kind of standardization.

#AskExcelinEd: What is CTE, and how can it serve students in your state?

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At Excel in Ed, we focus a lot on what it takes to develop high-quality state career and technical education (CTE) programs. No matter how you interpret CTE, the larger question is how is your state using the definition of CTE to reimagine education and opportunities for students?

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.

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). So far, that includes educators in more than 60,000 U.S. Third-party software can share student data in ways that violate district or state standards. There is no way for educators to directly buy materials.

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

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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.

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. Education companies have been hit, too. Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

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At some point in your child’s education journey, you’re going to feel the need for tutoring. However, if they are from a different country try to find out if that country’s educational system and academic standard is the same or at par with your own country. A great online tutoring company will have a great customer support, as this is an essential element for almost all industries.

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In 2019, What’s REALLY the Definition of a Teacher?

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Maybe, we need to look at educators in a new context of what teaching really is in most schools, and whether it should be given cultural, economic and technological change. All of these are steeped in the same professional complexity as education, even if it is merely the perpetuation of parental ideas like, “Wait a half hour after eating before swimming or you’ll get cramps.” Causing others to know something is, in fact, at the core of every single industry.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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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Digitizing Curriculum Development: Think Efficiency

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In a recent edWebinar , “Digital Curriculum Development: The Missing Time-Saving Link,” Daniel Ralyea, Director of the Office of Research and Data Analysis at the South Carolina Department of Education, and Mark T.

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Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

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A Question on Testing When building the new tests, PLTW gathered panels of industry experts, educators and psychometricians, or scientists who study how to make tests fair. 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. Such approaches take training, resources and time, in addition to buy-in from districts, states and educators.

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Writing Is Still How We Communicate

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Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. And here we are, and the Common Core Standards (no matter what you might think of them) are asking all teachers to teach writing. But worried math and science (or STEM at large) teachers struggling to cover their own academic standards are missing the incredible learning potential that writing has.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

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Using “Universal Strategies” So how can this help you as an educator? If they have trouble, offer them three choices that align with your curriculum or given academic standards. A Social Studies teacher might offer push-pull factors, industrialism, and factors in social change. 30 Universal Strategies For Learning. by Terry Heick.

The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

EdNews Daily

Recently, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo)and Senator Ed Markey (D-Ma) drafted some modifications to COPPA that have the potential to create an catastrophic damage in the Ed-Tech industry, particularly for all publishers and schools who use literally anything on the internet in educational ways. This is just one more straw to break the proverbial camels back of reasons why the American public wants “out” of our archaic and overly-regulated public education system.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

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That’s why the kind of early learning experiences the twenty 4-year-olds are getting in Ruth Shows’ classroom on a daily basis hold so much promise for educators and parents, who are already seeing how far children have come since the start of the school year. “I Early education sets the train in motion for where children are going to end up.”. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center, which gathers and publishes data on dozens of health and education indicators.

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

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Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m Educators and experts say such programs may engage disengaged students, increase graduation and attendance rates , and help students develop career goals at an earlier point in their lives. “I However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said. K-12 News Solutions standards