Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap to support students, particularly those most in need. Districts such as Lindsay Unified in California have worked with their local community and government officials to offer free access for families. When districts design their plans for home access, and companies such as Facebook rise to the challenge, kids win.

How to Implement the Hybrid Workplace Model in Your Company

ViewSonic Education

Already adopted by multiple industry-leading firms, the hybrid work model is able to merge company objectives with the rising demand for more flexible work arrangements. The company culture within each country is different and different emphasis is placed on the office life and communication.


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Edtech Companies Need to Engage Families Now

Digital Promise

Remote learning is no longer a remote possibility: The number of edtech tools accessed is nearly 90 percent higher since school closures due to the onset of COVID-19, according to a recently published analysis by LearnPlatform. Recommendations and Next Steps for Edtech Companies.

Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today. Districts such as Lindsay Unified in California have worked with their local community and government officials to offer free access for families. is a non-profit that works to support families in obtaining access at home.

Can the ‘Netflix For Textbooks’ Model Actually Improve Access?


per month for one access to one digital textbook or $14.99 per month to access all of the more than 1,500 titles on the company’s platform, with each plan requiring a four-month minimum. Users also get access to audiobook versions of their texts?available

More colleges and universities outsource services to for-profit companies

The Hechinger Report

Many students don’t realize their programs have been outsourced to a for-profit company they have probably never heard of.” Its revenues grew 44 percent in the first quarter of 2020 and 35 percent in the second quarter , and the company’s stock price is up from $17 to $40 since mid-March.

Facing a white-collar worker shortage, American companies seek a blue-collar solution

The Hechinger Report

That kind of recruiting was a relatively new solution for IBM and other companies that generally require bachelor’s degrees for entry-level white-collar workers. It feels like we’re the kids of the company,” said Haruza, now 27.

Why Tech Companies View the Job Search As Big Business


Technology companies that have disrupted industries across the country have now set their sights on the labor market. These emerging companies bridge the gap between people and jobs by matching, training, and often literally placing candidates into positions.

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away. Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersI’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. For me, that often came in the form of Google Docs with information my students were responsible for and a website for pointing students [.].

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

Top Tech Tools for Equity and Accessibility

Cool Cat Teacher

Top Tech Tools for Equity and Accessibility 00;00;00;04 – 00;00;07;19 John Davis This is the Ten Minute Teacher Podcast with your host Vicki Davis. Extended Episode number 780 – Top Tech Tools for Equity and Accessibility. I'm access to what you are trying to to give them.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Is accessibility baked into to the development process? Their site says: When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, or on, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired. Who wouldn't want content to be accessed by people who are visually impaired? Twitter has not stepped up its accessibility game. Facebook has work to do in their accessibility game.

Could This Montessori Learning Company Be the Airbnb of Education?


Our goal is to build the systems of scale that allow for uncompromisingly good Montessori education that's accessible to the children of the world,” explains Girn. As of August, we have 10 school partners, including public schools, accessing and using our digital curriculum online.

Automated Proctors Watch Students. Now Senators Are Watching These Companies.


Companies offering proctoring tools that monitor students as they take online exams are now being watched themselves—by Democratic senators. Proctoring companies say they have seen usage skyrocket this year, although this has been accompanied by growing outcry.

Amid Objections to Automated Proctoring, One Company Abandons the Practice


We believe that only a human can best determine whether test-taker behavior is suspicious or violates test rules,” said Scott McFarland, CEO of ProctorU, in a statement issued by the company. The use of remote proctoring has surged as colleges shifted to remote instruction during the pandemic.

OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Debate about the fairness of online learning tends to revolve around technology access. And there are indeed sharp disparities in home access to computers and reliable broadband service. Courses must be designed so that content is easily accessible.

How edtech companies are helping schools navigate an uncertain year

eSchool News

In the middle of the abrupt changes to the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, edtech companies offered resources and access to help educators, students, and parents make the best of at-home learning. Related content: How to make remote learning easily accessible.

Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

Students who haven’t had access to technology since mid-March could face significant problems, said Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works for innovation in schools. “If If we can’t get every student access, that’s going to exacerbate the gaps even more.”

10 Top Companies That Love To Hire Teachers

EdNews Daily

Khan Academy is a nonprofit that believes online education should be excellent, accessible, and free to use for anyone in the world. Voted #1 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor by employees’ choice in 2019, and Best CEO in 2018, this education company comes well recommended. For those ready for the challenge of moving with the momentum of a huge company but the agility required by continuous improvement, opportunities for all levels all over the US and internationally await.

One of the World’s Best-Funded Edtech Companies Is Investing In AI Moonshots. Can It Work?


This month the company made clear its ambitious research agenda: to achieve the science-fiction dream of building next-generation teaching aids with artificial intelligence. And the child should be able to write in freehand—they shouldn't need access to a computer.”

K-12 Students Access 100 Million+ Digital Books from their Schools with Sora Reading App

eSchool News

CLEVELAND – June 7, 2022 – Digital book access for reading and listening for K-12 students has reached a milestone. Students using the free Sora student reading app have now accessed more than 100 million books from their school’s digital collections since Sora launched in 2018.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. Rachael Mann on Episode 492 The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the experts tell us. He or she could be in your classroom or mine.

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Can a Hollywood-Backed VR Company Make Science Labs More Effective?


The university is building the course material as part of a partnership with a VR entertainment company called Dreamscape Immersive, which is led by Walter Parkes, who produced Hollywood blockbusters including “Men in Black,” “Minority Report” and “Gladiator.”

Delaware Ensures Every Student Has Digital Access to Curriculum and Choice Reading Titles

eSchool News

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) announced an agreement with OverDrive Education to provide access to online books to every K-12 student in the state. Newsline app books choice Curriculum delaware Department of Education digital digital access digital books eBooks

Ripple Effects Offers Access to Its Educator Ally Program to Support Teachers’ Social Emotional Needs

eSchool News

To give educators much-needed support in the classroom, social emotional learning pioneer Ripple Effects, today announced that through June 30, 2022, it is offering complimentary access to its staff professional development wellness program, Educator Ally.

Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

Digital Promise

This League of Innovative Schools meeting was focused on equity, and showcased how BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students. They also identified new partnerships they will continue with researchers, companies, and fellow League districts. Visitors also previewed a mobile innovation lab (a bus equipped with maker equipment, with a great Twitter account ), which will soon give students across the district access to maker learning opportunities.

McGraw Hill Acquires Kidaptive, an Adaptive and Personalized Learning Company

eSchool News

an adaptive learning platform company with industry-leading expertise in learning science, early learning, and data analytics worldwide. Smith, who joined the company in November 2020. McGraw Hill today announced that it has acquired Kidaptive, Inc.,

Pikmykid and Central Access Announce Partnership to Advance School Safety and Efficiency

eSchool News

18, 2022 – Pikmykid , the premier school safety and dismissal platform, today announces its partnership with Central Access , the leading provider of K-12 education technology tools for the state of Mississippi. About Central Access Corporation. TAMPA, Fla.,

Expanding into Early Childhood Is Good for Edtech Companies. Is It Good for Kids?

ED Surge

Instead, the Norway-based company—which counts Disney as an investor —revealed a new suite of digital games, called Kahoot! It’s the latest example of an established K-12 education company moving into the early childhood space.

Coronavirus FAQ: Everything Schools and Companies Need and Want to Know


Tony Wan, Managing Editor Access and Equity How can we accommodate students who have learning disabilities in online instruction and practice universal design principles? There are efforts to collect and share offerings from companies that want to help impacted schools.

When the Pandemic Hit, Edtech Companies Threw Out Their Roadmaps and Changed Course


In late April, more than a month into COVID-induced school closures, Matt Goodwin, senior director of product management at Instructure, the company behind the Canvas learning management system, explained how the pandemic was upending his company’s development process. “We

Early Childhood: Impoverished families with babies face uneven access to direct aid

The Hechinger Report

The plant is one of the largest owned by Abbott, one of just three companies that provides formula to low-income families through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Can Learning be Equitable if the Student Isn't Able to Access Learning Resources?

Connecting 2 the World

Over the last two days I have attended 2 different #MyFest22 presentations ( Accessibility Crowdsourcing for Digital Literacies Toolkit and Open Learning Journey Week 2 Kickoff) where the heart of the discussion was the question: what happens if a student or community is unable to access learning (tools, resources, content, courses)? What is Learning Accessibility in a Digital Environment? So let's start by identifying what is meant by accessibility.

The Summer of COVID-19 Presents a Unique Opportunity for Education Companies


For companies that target teachers, this is a good time to do some contingency planning as well—to be ready to assist educators no matter what scenario they find themselves in come fall. Companies that provide this assistance to teachers directly will be rich in prospects.

Educators Have Some Pointed Advice For Tech Companies Building the Metaverse

ED Surge

It offers advice to tech companies that are jumping into the metaverse, with principles from learning science for how to shape the development of their products and services. We want it to be equitable—so it's accessible by all kids and not just kids who can afford it.

The Steam Foundation Teams Up with MakerBot to Expand Access to 3D Printing for Students

eSchool News

Founded by Aadhav Prabu and Akshar Raikanti, The Steam Foundation is a California-based nonprofit with a mission to make STEAM education equally accessible to all students in kindergarten through 12 th grade.

Leading K-8 Educational Company Introduces Middle School Science Solution

eSchool News

They will be able to access new content and features throughout the 2021-22 school year, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback and impact future product enhancements. The company is committed to empowering kids to succeed and thrive in the classroom and beyond.

Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?


GEAR UP NC VR App is a partnership between the UNC System, GEAR UP NC, AdmitHub and SeeBoundless production company. GEAR UP schools are given resources to help their students succeed in classes, ensure that their students graduate and, of course, provide their students access to college information. Besides being an avenue to access information, the GEAR UP VR app is dedicated to connecting students to schools that align with their needs and interests.