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That’s a Rap! Nearpod Buys Educational Hip Hop Creator, Flocabulary

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It’s out of the ordinary when Nearpod buys a company. The Brooklyn-based company best known for fusing hip hop with educational content in music videos and instructional activities, has been acquired by Nearpod , which helps educators beam digital content to students’ devices.

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

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While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. 4 Augmented and Virtual Reality Projects That Point to the Future of Education. Cheating on Chegg? How the Company Aims to Catch Tutoring Requests That Go Too Far.

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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. The company’s primary backer also had a change of heart.

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Top Trends Higher Education Textbook Publishers Must Follow

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The state of the US higher education market looks slightly subdued on account of the fact that the government has reduced funding for higher education. billion cut in funding for the education department, compared to a 10% decrease in 2019. This has led to higher education textbook publishers facing the brunt as that’s the only area where students and institutes can reduce their spends, by opting for digital textbooks instead.

Reach Capital’s Newest Education Technology Investment Fund Closes at $82 Million

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And now that Reach Capital is done fundraising, it will return its focus to evaluating pitches from education entrepreneurs, all vying for a piece of Reach’s new $82 million fund. Investing is humbling because we inevitably miss out on or pass on companies that go on to achieve great success in realizing their mission. based firm has established itself as a familiar name within the education technology industry. Engrade (acquired by McGraw-Hill Education).

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. “ Lights go out at Education Department headquarters – and may stay off for some time,” The Washington Post reports. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education.

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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 massive review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. ” (State and Local) Education Politics. ” Immigration and Education. ” Education in the Courts. It’s not directly education related. The language learning company has raised $12.5

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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. Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway.

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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. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Trump Administration Will Rescind Obama-Era Guidelines on Race-Conscious Admissions.” ” asks The Chronicle of Higher Education in turn. Immigration and Education.

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How Merger of Two Textbook Giants Could Impact Course Materials

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That appears to be the hope of officials at the two companies, which have both been trying for years to shift the focus of their businesses from selling print books to shipping software and other online tools, and have recently been experimenting with subscription models.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. Details about the education-related elements of his speech from NPR , The New York Times , Education Week , and The Washington Post. ” More on changing her tune from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Executive Order Falls Short of Some HBCU Leaders’ Hopes.” ” Here it is: the worst education “take” of the year. Immigration and Education.

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Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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Not so fast, say education publishers and retailers. Instead, educators asked how quickly it could print out materials. higher education courseware business despite gains in digital—all because of secondary textbook market’s impact.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. The AP interviews US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos , who laments “she didn’t decry racism enough.” ” Via Politico : “New marching orders from Betsy DeVos’ civil rights chief have the Education Department churning through civil rights complaints. ” Via Education Week : “ ESSA Point Man Jason Botel to Leave Education Dept. ” (State and Local) Education Politics.

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Education Politics. From the Department of Education’s press release : “U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Chief of Staff and Additional Staff Hires.” ” Also on the list of new hires: Robert Eitel , “who had been criticized for his dual role as a top for-profit college official and Education Department adviser, has resigned from his position at Bridgepoint Education.” ” Immigration and Education.

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In Move to ‘Unlimited’ Pricing Model, Cengage Hopes for a Comeback

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The company reemerged a year later intent on growing its digital offerings and making more strategic acquisitions and partnerships. At the recent ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego, EdSurge caught up with Cengage CEO Michael Hansen to capture his thoughts about the (un)affordability of course materials, faculty concerns about digital texts and what the company is looking for in its next acquisition. Tell me a little bit about some of your recent partnerships with companies such as Chegg.

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Edtech Industry Magnate Michael Moe Makes a Pivot

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Over the past decade, Michael Moe and his business partner, Deborah Quazzo, have been central players in building the education technology economy. A decade ago, Moe had two galvanizing ideas—one focused on investment opportunities and one on education. public market cap companies.

Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

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In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans. Under his tenure, Pearson has embarked on a rocky transition to refocus Pearson as a digital-focused education company. But those moves may finally be bearing fruit, as the company reported a 2017 adjusted operating profit of £576 million (approximately US $804 million), one year after posting a $3.3 higher-education courseware and in-school assessment in the U.S.

?Major Textbook Publishers Sue Follett Over Counterfeit Sales

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Three of the country’s largest publishers, Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning, are suing Follett Corporation, a major textbook distributor, on charges of selling counterfeit textbooks in its stores. The companies claim many of Follett’s textbooks are purchased from questionable distributors that sell illegally-copied versions. Other textbook distributors, including Chegg, Inc. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

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Decrease in State Funding: The government has been scaling back on the funding on college education since the great recession of 2008. Post the recession, states cut inflation-adjusted spending on K–12 education by approximately 4% between 2008 and 2013. As per the latest annual survey of state spending by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), state spending per student has declined at public colleges and universities by around 8%.

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5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

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In the TV series Shark Tank, entrepreneurs with budding companies pitch their ideas to a panel of investors who ask probing questions and then decide whether to back the proposals. The Chronicle adopted a modified version of the format during a session at the South by Southwest Edu conference in March, with a panel of experts weighing in on five new products or ideas to fix pressing problems in higher education. But one thing we don’t touch in traditional education is the schedule.

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