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Edtech Companies Need to Engage Families Now

Digital Promise

How can edtech shift from a focus on district administrators and classroom educators to better understand families’ needs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic? 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. Provide Transparency About Edtech Products.

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. Once an educational technology (edtech) tool is in a school, the hard work is just beginning due to a number of potential hurdles and challenges that leadership and educators need to overcome. Foundry10’s 2018 study focused on technology usage in U.S. Evaluating Edtech Quality and Use Matters.

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Different students need the ability to access their learning differently, and we should help facilitate that as teachers. But districts also need to make sure that the “packaged curriculum” intended to personalize instruction is accessible and effective for all students and allows teachers the degree of flexibility that Cox described. Frankly, most companies develop a product and 508 compliance is an afterthought.

Can ‘Equity-Based Pricing’ Make Edtech Products More Accessible?

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based company is planning to apply that principle to make its software license pricing more equitable for schools and districts. BookNook, which develops software for reading and literacy instruction, announced last week that it will adopt an “equity-based pricing model,” whereby the company will provide discounts to schools that serve a high percentage of children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program (or more commonly known as free or reduced lunch).

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. 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.

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Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today we take a dive into digital equity and the issues we should all consider — and it is not just those with poverty who may not have access. EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms? Technology, Knowledge and Learning. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 23(2), 1-3. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show. Nicol Howard on episode 482 Dr. Nicol R.

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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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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 [.].

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

Some obstacles can be assisted with the support of technology. 4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. The following tips provide strategies for using technology to create inclusive learning environments. Assistive technology, by definition, relates to any equipment that supports a child with a disability and increase or maintain their functioning in different settings. Read more: 6 Awesome examples of EdTech for the visually impaired student.

Pandemic Pivots: Edtech Edition

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In education, the shuttering of campuses and classrooms has been a windfall for purely digital companies—some of which are attracting plenty of private capital. Substitute teacher services company Swing Education is creating private homeschools. Here are some edtech pandemic pivots to watch. After the pandemic hit, the company held out hope that enough schools would reopen in the fall to sustain its business. Even before then, the company had already taken a big hit.

EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

Neo LMS

Ever keen to catch a trend on the upswing, I’ve curated a list of EdTech tools, apps and programs that are not only effective, but teach through joy. EdTech that sparks joy. But what of the more complex arena of senior appropriate EdTech — can it too be joyful? We try not to make our blog “all about us”; our readers visit NEO Blog for objective insight into the challenges, trends and future of EdTech, not blatant self-promotion.

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Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

Students Speak: How Technology Can Transform Learning

Digital Promise

But what impact do these devices have on us, and are we using technology to its fullest potential? In my public high school, we rarely interact with technology, at least not productively. You probably won’t see many of us using technology to find creative ways to communicate with and express our ideas to diverse audiences or to research new ways to fix our planet, like you might at other schools. Barriers to providing all students with access to technology.

What Every Edtech Company Needs to Know About Schools and Data Privacy

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New federal and state laws —and a greater focus on the issue by districts—are giving edtech companies a lot to consider. Specifically, companies may run into roadblocks with legal or data privacy officers if they don’t meet key criteria regarding legal terms, data privacy and security that districts and schools need to see based on local, state and federal legislation. They may wish to allow students to access their data post-termination.

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The Next Edtech IPO Might Be This London-Based Language Learning Company

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Of all the education technology startups that could go public next, there’s one that’s likely not on your radar: Busuu , a London-based developer of a language-learning platform. Niesner claims the company is on track to hit $40 million in revenue in 2020. The company has raised $4.4

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we have grown reticent to question its value when its use may not support evidence-based practices. Unfortunately, too many of our investments in educational technology (edtech) have fallen far short of our civil rights aspirations. Taking a more critical look at edtech.

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What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

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Between the creation of a social rating system and street cameras with facial recognition capabilities, technology reports coming out of China have raised serious concerns for privacy advocates. These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. companies seeking to expand overseas. edtech startups,” Carter explains. “I

How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the first of a two-part series discussing relationship building in edtech selection and purchasing. In this first blog post, we’ll address how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. Part two will discuss how edtech vendors can return the favor to develop great working relationships with educators. 8 tips for educators to build strong relationships with developers during the edtech purchasing process.

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

To answer this question, schools need to take into account the various challenges that parents face, including busy schedules, struggles to keep up with new technology, or even speaking a different language than the main language of instruction. Accessibility. That is why schools should be prepared for these situations and act accordingly, whether it is by translating some school materials or by adopting edtech tools that enable multiple language use.

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For the Edtech Innovation Today’s Learners Need, Look Not to Companies, But to Campuses

Edsurge

On the tails of Educause, with its Startup Alley and all the announcements of what’s new and hot in edtech , it leaves me wondering: Are we missing the innovation happening in our own backyards? When we focus our attention with laser precision on the edupreneurs who start new companies as the primary source of change, what do we miss? Much like with the entrepreneurs who build companies, these intrapreneurs see a need and find a way to solve for it.

Google Aquires Baltimore-Based Educational Technology Firm Workbench

Wisewire

Workbench, a Baltimore-based education technology firm, has been acquired by Google , the companies announced. Sleat told The Baltimore Sun at the time that the idea for the company came from observing the type of lessons his own children, then ages 11 and 14, were receiving at school.

The EdTech Disconnect

The Christensen Institute

This is the second post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Next time you pick up or read about a new EdTech product, ask yourself a simple question: “Will this product expand or strengthen students’ networks?” Adults in the working world, particularly those participating in the knowledge economy, use technology each and every day to remain connected and to grow their networks.

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The Post-Pandemic Outlook for Edtech

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The sudden shift gave leaders at DreamBox Learning, a math education company headquartered nearby, an early glimpse at the upheaval to come and an inkling that digital teaching tools would soon be in high demand around the country. Soon, schools would be inundated with sales pitches from edtech companies, and it didn’t take long before they started pushing back against those that seemed predatory. For the edtech industry, the pandemic poses a paradox.

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Companies Partner to Provide Oral Reading Fluency Tool

eSchool News

Savvas Learning Company , a next-generation learning solutions provider for K-12 education, announced it is partnering with Analytic Measures Inc. AMI) , an educational technology company, to provide a fully automated assessment tool that uses artificial intelligence and voice technology to measure K-5 students’ reading abilities. ABOUT SAVVAS LEARNING COMPANY.

Building Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the second of a two-part series discussing relationship building in the edtech purchasing process. In our first blog post , we addressed how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. This second part discusses how edtech vendors can return the favor to develop great working relationships with educators. As an edtech vendor, you should do the same.

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

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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. This is even greater now as teachers attempt to master authoring and conferencing tools, learning platforms and other technology that may be completely novel, foreign and for many, unwanted.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game.

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Phishing Season: Widespread Email Scam Targets Schools, Edtech Companies

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Among the companies affected is Amplify , a New York City-based education technology company. The attack compromised personal information for anyone employed by Amplify during 2016, but not customers, including schools and students, the company reports. In a memo sent to its employees earlier this month, the company said it first learned about the phishing attack on Feb. Edtech companies are not the only ones impacted.

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

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Tony Wan, Managing Editor Access and Equity How can we accommodate students who have learning disabilities in online instruction and practice universal design principles? Students who have learning disabilities can be more comfortable using technology tools than their classmates as they often already rely on digital aides for their everyday learning, says Stephanie Del Tufo, an assistant professor specializing in literacy education at the University of Delaware.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech. Vicki: Happy EdTech Tool Tuesday. And then all the content and the videos and the images and links, they’re all in one spot for the kids to access. Also, people have used it to create, like we’ve had a summer technology institute, and we’ve created our schedules for that institute within FlipSnack and then shared the FlipSnack book out. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

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So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. But what goes into building a game-based learning startup—or any edtech startup? Finding a (Sustainable) Business Model Grant Hosford, the co-founder and CEO of codeSpark, an app that teaches kids, ages 5- to 10- years old how to code, advised the audience that you can make some choices for your company that appear good at first and even midway through.

EdTech that connects: Learning relationship management systems

The Christensen Institute

Over the past few years, a new category of EdTech platform has popped up across K–12 and higher education called the learning relationship management system (LRM). Looking ahead, these platforms could serve as an architectural backbone to an education system that optimizes not only for what students know, but also their access to networks and power. Moreover, companies increasingly leverage technology to enhance employee mentoring programs.

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Building an Effective EdTech Strategy - Bring together workload, collaboration, and education

ViewSonic Education

After a long wait, the Department for Education (DfE) announced its EdTech strategy in early April. The strategy laid out the government’s expectations of a closer relationship between schools and the EdTech companies who supply them. Collaboration underpins the most successful technology companies. Tackling Education Workload with Edtech. The onus for this is, rightly, placed on EdTech providers. Aiding Special Education with Edtech.

CampusLogic Raises $120M in Biggest Funding Round for US Edtech So Far in 2020

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education technology startup goes to a provider of financial-aid tools for higher-ed institutions. This marks the first education investment for the San Francisco-based firm, whose portfolio includes many highly-valued technology companies and ones that went public, including Facebook, Slack and Spotify. The company has since added more services to support the vision of its founder and CEO, Gregg Scoresby, to become a full-fledged “student financial success company.”

Celebrating Adult Literacy and Technology

Digital Promise

We believe technology can play an important role in adult education and family literacy by providing, at a minimum, anytime, anywhere access. In our work over the last two years, we’ve been heartened by the efforts we see around technology and adult education. In addition, many other traditionally K-12 edtech companies, like Achieve3000 , have begun to look into ways their products might serve adults. More programs looking to adopt technology.