Lexia PowerUp Literacy Wins Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning Tool

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For the second time in two months, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company (NYSE: RST) has had two of its literacy programs recognized as standouts in a prominent edtech award program.

How to Do Adaptive Learning Right

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But optimizing a flawed model of education is not in the best interests of our students, and from a learning outcomes perspective may make things worse than they already are. In the case of adaptive learning, education commentator Audrey Watters gave examples of how things can go badly wrong on her blog. Serendipity and curiosity are such important elements in learning,” she asks. This is particularly (but not exclusively) true for K-8 mathematics learning.

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Key Findings and Tips for Adaptive Learning

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The use of differentiated instruction to individualize each student’s learning experience is becoming more common in today’s elementary classrooms, but creating meaningful differentiation for a typical class of 25 students or more can still be a challenge. What should educators and administrators know about adaptive learning? The survey found that instructional leaders overwhelmingly saw the value of adaptive learning to help individualize instruction.

Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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Smart Sparrow , which provides course-authoring tools for faculty and instructional designers to build adaptive courseware, has found a new home in a much bigger nest. Already, the Sydney, Australia-based company has pulled back on its social media presence. That’s because the deal coincides with another momentous event on the company’s horizon—one that Ben-Naim says his team and customers have been preparing for. In 2014, the Gates Foundation awarded the company a $4.5

LeapFrog’s $140 tablet includes some adaptive learning features

eSchool News

New tablet adjusts learning to young learners’ needs. LeapFrog has released a new Android-based tablet for young learners designed to scale learning activities as students grow, meaning it is capable of remembering curricular progress across games, automatically adjusting learning levels, and providing tutorials on demand for students when they struggle. It uses a special browser only allowing access to pre-selected, kid-safe web content.

Smart Sparrow Raises $4 Million to Help Teachers—Not Tools—Drive Adaptive Learning

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market in 2014, Smart Sparrow’s offerings have increasingly been described as “adaptive courseware.” Adaptive’ is just one feature of good learning design,” the company’s founder and CEO tells EdSurge. Good learning design also needs to be engaging, motivational and structured in the right way.”. More than 20,000 online courses have been created by over 8,000 educators, the company claims. His company has attracted big dollars from investors as well.

Meet the Platform That ‘Gets to Know You’—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half

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So it is with some authority that he sings the praises of adaptive test prep technology. Don Phan For the past year, Phan has been using the adaptive test prep platform by The Edge, a Hong Kong-based test preparation, admissions consulting, and academic tutoring business that is expanding into the US. In the year since it launched, the platform has cut in half the time students have to study to obtain the same results, according to company metrics.

Meet the Platform That 'Gets to Know You'—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half

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So it is with some authority that he sings the praises of adaptive test prep technology. Don Phan For the past year, Phan has been using the adaptive test prep platform by The Edge, a Hong Kong-based test preparation, admissions consulting, and academic tutoring business that is expanding into the US. In the year since it launched, the platform has cut in half the time students have to study to obtain the same results, according to company metrics.

Curriculum Gets Personal: An Interview with LearnZillion's Eric Westendorf

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Japan's Ministry of Education had a standard curriculum, but individual teachers could adapt or innovate lessons—and then send their ideas back to the Ministry of Education to be vetted and added to the national curriculum. “So Westendorf melded the lessons he learned in Japan with his Stanford MBA and years of experience teaching and leading schools. EdSurge recently spoke with the CEO of LearnZillion to learn more about his plans to revolutionize curriculum.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. Digital Learning and Tools News

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Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

Edsurge

New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER), or freely downloadable and adaptable learning materials. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free. By removing some existing fees, the company hopes to thread a tricky needle of making OER actually free—while still running a for-profit company.

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Mapping the universe of edtech that connects

eSchool News

When I first joined the Christensen Institute over five years ago we were knee-deep in studying the fast-growing market of tools designed to support blended learning environments. Many consisted of adaptive learning content tools that could support students at different levels in a manner that traditional textbook and lecture-style teaching struggles to do. Coordinating platform companies are not in the business of recruiting new mentors or experts. Want to learn more?

2016 Awards and Accolades for Double-Digit Growth and Company Culture

Think Through Math

Consistent Growth and Top Workplace Rankings a Direct Result of Award-Winning Web-Based Learning Solution’s Positive Impact on Students Across the Country. PITTSBURGH (August 23, 2016) —— Think Through Learning, creators of the award-winning Think Through Math program, heads into “back to school” season as the fastest growing supplemental math program in the U.S. and one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing companies. companies for the third consecutive year.

K-12 Dealmaking: Apple Acquires Learnsprout; Pearson, Knewton Turn to Adaptive Math

Marketplace K-12

Recent dealmaking news includes acquisitions by Apple and Excelligence Learning, and partnership between Pearson and Knewton. acquired the San Francisco-based startup that helps K-12 educators “use data to analyze the past, understand the present, and anticipate the future,” according to the company’s Twitter page. Excelligence Learning Acquires Really Good Stuff: Brentwood Associates -backed Excelligence Learning Corp.

Guest Post: Raising Expectations and Addressing Inequities in Edtech

Digital Promise

Following nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police, I have received a slew of emails from edtech companies containing statements of solidarity and inclusion, explaining that the company supports diversity and does not tolerate racism. No matter the message, if companies haven’t done the hard work of helping mitigate racism and bias in the classroom, many of these statements are too little, too late.

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Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. . Unlike summative assessments, which provide an overall view of a student’s growth from the beginning to the end of a class, formative assessments allow teachers to assess students as they learn and adjust the curriculum to focus on areas where students may need more help. “A

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies. Publicly-traded companies like Wiley generally share the price of their acquisitions, unless the financial impact is considered immaterial to the buyer’s bottom line.

Showing #OpenGratitude for: OpenStax

Iterating Toward Openness

From their website: OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country. They’re one of the oldest organizations in open education and have thoughtfully – and successfully – adapted their approach to the work over the years.

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5 EdTech Trends Educators Need To Watch In 2019

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From using YouTube to learning platforms , technology is increasingly enmeshed with the modern classroom. As education institutions fully embrace integrating technology in their pedagogy, here are 5 EdTech trends educators need to watch this year: Integrated Learning Solutions. Integrated learning solutions provide multi-platform opportunities for children to learn. Learning Analytics. Technology is fast reshaping the education landscape.

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Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

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With school plans for the fall focused less on reopening and more on resuming remote learning, the mixed experience with online instruction from the spring offers many lessons for how district leaders can better prepare for this next go around.

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Cengage, McGraw-Hill Agree to Merge to Become 2nd Biggest US Textbook Publisher

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The new company will retain the McGraw Hill name, but will be led by Michael Hansen, currently the CEO of Cengage. Like other established textbook publishers, both companies have reoriented their businesses around digital offerings. Cengage is now betting its digital business on an annual subscription that gives students unlimited access to all of its digital textbook materials, along with online homework tools and study guides.

New McGraw Hill Assessment Solution Helps Teachers Support Students Who Have Fallen Behind Following COVID-19 Disruptions

eSchool News

As teachers prepare for classes to resume this fall, McGraw Hill today announced the launch of McGraw Hill Rise , a new reading and math supplement with embedded assessment and personalization to help educators identify and address individual learning gaps for each student.

Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. The rest comes from company’s existing investors, including Accel, Atomico, Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, Founders Fund and Sofina. The company says its materials are compliant with web accessibility standards, and shareable through a noncommercial Creative Commons license ( CC-BY-NC-ND ).

Pros and Cons of Using eLearning Software in Your Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Technology allows you to teach and learn from any part of the world with Internet access and electricity. Sure, having specialized software for learning is great, but these will at least start you off on the right foot. Instant verification Online learning software allows controlling the learning process better and watching out for academic dishonesty. Here is an excellent example of an EdTech company that produces valuable content for educators.

Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. Now the company has pivoted, and it is poised to formally announce its own online courseware that will compete head-to-head with those publishing giants. So the company has hit the reset button. The company plans an official launch in January, in hopes that more professors will adopt them for the fall.

The Tech Industry is Hijacking School Data. But Decentralized Systems Can Change That.

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While there are laws in place such as the Families and Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act that provide a baseline for protecting student privacy, tech companies can avoid these through various loopholes. For example, tech companies use such data to optimize their products and services and to create new ones. The agreement can specify which data can be accessed and even for how long the access is permitted.

Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

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The biggest education company in the world is moving away from a production model that has been one of the main drivers in the rising cost of textbooks. And focusing on digital makes the secondary textbook market even less attractive, since students have to buy access directly from Pearson to get course materials. The average price for a Pearson digital textbook subscription for a semester is $40, according to the company. But the company is not cutting the cord with print.

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

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In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. The goal of the software giveaway is to jump-start “learning engineering,” the practice of applying findings from learning science to college classrooms.

Innovators Worth Watching: Osmosis

The Christensen Institute

Osmosis is a web- and mobile-learning platform designed to help medical students and allied health professionals organize, absorb, and apply the knowledge they will need as clinicians. By subscribing to Osmosis Prime, students can access a library of animated video content, flashcards, links to popular third-party resources, licensing exam-style questions, and a customizable study scheduling tool. That said, all this free access is heavily subsidized by paying subscribers.

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

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Michelson Runway , a San Francisco-based accelerator, announced the handful of companies that will be in its inaugural cohort. We’re focusing on higher-ed access and completion and transition into the workforce,” says Michelson 20MM Foundation President Phil Kim. “We Around 200 companies applied for the five spots in the 2016 cohort. Michelson Runway has invested a total of $225,000 in the companies, with each receiving a minimum of $25,000 and some getting more.

Mapping the universe of edtech that connects

The Christensen Institute

When I first joined the Christensen Institute over five years ago we were knee-deep in studying the fast-growing market of tools designed to support blended learning environments. Many consisted of adaptive learning content tools that could support students at different levels in a manner that traditional textbook and lecture-style teaching struggles to do. Coordinating platform companies are not in the business of recruiting new mentors or experts. Want to learn more?

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Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic

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It represents a category of edtech, called “digital courseware” by foundations and industry analysts, that’s changing the way online students learn and faculty teach. Small companies like Acrobatiq, OpenStax and Smart Sparrow—the platform behind HabWorlds—and edtech veterans including Pearson and McGraw-Hill are racing to to develop complete courses that faculty can implement immediately. And like any algorithm, those in adaptive software come with biases.

?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

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A single mom in middle America could learn to code from Google instructor. However, as more online learning companies raise their Series D funding rounds , and players from Duolingo to Coursera try to figure out sustainable business models, we’ve reached a juncture where we need to think about the issues of equity that come with chasing paying customers. Online Learning and Non-traditional Students. This will necessarily require subsidized access.

Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator

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Previously a consultant and policy adviser to Michael Gove, the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of Education, Martin first explored growth opportunities for international education companies in Africa in 2015, after leaving his gig at Boston Consulting Group. These services include access to an in-house “technical team to help support our startups,” Martin adds. “We’re In return, Injini takes up to 15 percent of equity in each company. “We

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Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes

Neo LMS

The days of gauging learning success on the basis of simple metrics like enrollment, attendance, or course completion are long gone! In this case, the data comes from a learning context and can be algorithmically analyzed for trends and patterns. Leveraging big data in a learning context. Historically, data has been used as a tool to market learning opportunities to students and to evaluate metrics that demonstrate why students should choose one learning center over another.