IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

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The IBM Foundation has launched a free, online software to transform the way K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn. The software, called Teacher Advisor with Watson , uses Watson artificial intelligence technology to help teachers instantly find math resources.

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. Today, Google Maps is an open ecosystem for accurate, real-time geospatial and navigation data. The existing standards for this kind of data were like a Babylon of different languages, understood only in their own domain (such as medical training, human resources, K-12 or postsecondary).

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

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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. A report published in January suggests that most software licenses purchased go unused. In early 2016, it launched Co-Pilot to give schools free 30-day trials of edtech software built by other companies.

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

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We primarily used Craigslist for all hires except sales and software development. We screened them using a pre-interview questionnaire built in Google Form. It’s no secret that remote work is growing rapidly, thanks to advancements in communication and productivity tools.

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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.

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. For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER).

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After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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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. Technology companies including Google, Oracle and Cisco also gave support through providing hardware and database services. This week, two online math instructional developers found themselves in the crosshairs of private equity firms.

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

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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.” We’ve made it our mission to build lessons that nurture 21st century academic success and empower extraordinary teaching. Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards. This piece originally ran on Edsurge.