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

Edsurge

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.

Which Edtech Tool Should I Choose?

Digital Promise

How can educators feel confident that an edtech tool supports learning? As an educator, I struggled to find reliable information about edtech tools as nearly every product I looked at claimed that it was based on research. The post Which Edtech Tool Should I Choose?

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How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

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Versions of that sales pitch echoed through the cavernous exhibit hall this week at one of the largest trade shows for tech companies selling to colleges. We walked the exhibit hall here looking for new ways that companies are offering this Big-Data-driven transformation.

Will this semester forever alter college? No, but some virtual tools will stick around

The Hechinger Report

There will be some important lasting impacts, though, experts say: Faculty may incorporate online tools, to which many are being exposed for the first time, into their conventional classes. Coursera is providing 550 colleges and universities with free access to its online courses.

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.

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m showing love to my dear teacher friends by just sharing all the tools and tips that have me excited right now.

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Indebted to your mentors? One company’s business model tests repaying connections that paid off

The Christensen Institute

It’s hard to put a price on relationships—and that means that many mentorship organizations and tools struggle to build a sustainable business model. As my colleagues Richard Price and Alana Dunagan have written , ISAs are an emerging financing tool sweeping higher education and alternative credential programs. Julia: We’re in deep agreement that who you know matters, but that access to networks can be a barrier to entry for many looking to break into a given industry.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Fruth describes this new data access landscape as a teeter-totter effect.

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Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security. Despite these benefits, many districts’ infrastructures do not meet the standards of the Federal Trade Commission’s Principles of Fair Information Practice , which outline best practices to ensure student privacy and protection.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density.

Colleges Face Investigations Over Whether Their Use of Social Media Follows Accessibility Regulations

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Nearly 200 colleges face federal civil rights investigations opened in 2019 about whether they are accessible and communicate effectively to people with disabilities. Courts are saying you need to procure digital goods and services that are accessible for everybody.”

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

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In the world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur. 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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In the world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur. 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.

Thriving SAT Scores: Meet Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert and Shark Tank Winner

EdNews Daily

A few weeks after the first meeting, Shark Tank called me with a request to send in a an eye-catching and creative video pitch. I closed a deal with Mark for $250,000 in exchange for a 20 percent equity stake in my test-prep company. SAT Scores: A New Number.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

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Now in its second year, the four-month accelerator program offers selected companies up to $100,000 from Intel Capital—in exchange for up to six percent of equity—and provides access to GSVlabs , weekly workshops and guidance from self-selected mentors like David Min (VP of Strategic Business Innovation at the Walt Disney Company) or Ronald Chandler (former CIO for the Los Angeles Unified School District). prices on a by-school or company basis.

Meet the All New Flipgrid! #flipgridfever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We’ve been teased for months with what improvements were on the way to this already phenomenal tool, and at a live stream announcement, the details were released. Better Access for All Learners. Flipgrid is always evolving because they are a company who listens to their users.

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote

TeacherCast

One of my favorite moments at ISTE 2015 came while interviewing the OneNote team and I had the opportunity to meet the guys who actually CREATE Microsoft OneNote. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

Top 6 Tools for Virtual Instructional Coaching

EdTechTeam

With all the virtual tools out there, it can be overwhelming for coaches – and especially new coaches – to know what is going to work best for their needs. Here are a few tools that have become increasingly more popular for educators in the digital age. Tool #1: GroupMe.

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KinderLab Robotics Meets Rigorous Review Standards to Join STEMworks Database

techlearning

The overarching goal of offering students access to a plethora of tools and resources is to create a new population of young people who are STEM-literate, and to improve the economic competitiveness of our future workforce. “We

Assessments Become More Accessible With Speech Synthesis—and an Almost Human Voice

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Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are behind next-generation improvements in a range of software tools for students with sensory or learning disabilities. Häkkinen leads the Accessibility Standards and Inclusive Technology Research Group at ETS, the 60-plus-year-old nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization that administers K-12 state exams along with the well-known GRE and TOEFL, among other tests.

New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus

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Founded by a father-son duo, the company launched this year with the goal to create “tier zero” for students and tech support before the school year starts, co-founder Ben Sample (the son in the duo), tells EdSurge. The other cofounder, Jay Sample, says a student visiting the company’s website can click a “scan” button to run tests that are each related generally to the requirements stipulated by the LMS or the school.

Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

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Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. featured 124 companies from 18 countries—marking the largest class in the accelerator’s history. Of this group, five teams are building education technology tools with support from mentors from Imagine K12, the local edtech accelerator that Y Combinator absorbed last February. The company will not take more than $30,000 over the two years.) TechCrunch reports the company is forecasting $3.5

Rethinking Teaching with Available Canvas Tools

Tech Helpful

He said his background was in sales when he joined the Instructure/Canvas team and he wished he had access to this post when he started because he felt it would have helped him understand what Canvas can do for educators better.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

The promotion allows teachers and schools to test out the Bloomz Premium subscription, which offers exclusive tools to communicate and coordinate with their parent community, such as unlimited storage for teachers and administrators, engagement reports, premium calendar, and more.

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

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June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “ Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. It’s been a fantastic tool to use in the classroom.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Sphero Announces Acquisition of LittleBits to Expand K–12 Robotics Tools

EdTech Magazine

Sphero Announces Acquisition of LittleBits to Expand K–12 Robotics Tools. The merger will bring the companies’ hardware, software, curricula and training programs — used by nearly 6 million students and 65,000 teachers worldwide — together under one roof, according to the Sphero press release.

9 Features of EdTech Applications That Developers Should Standardize in 2019: A Wishlist for EdTech Companies Everywhere (#4 is our favorite)

My Paperless Classroom

Luckily this is not a challenge teachers have to meet alone. Do you think edtech companies should standardize for the sake of classrooms everywhere? I love working on tools available in multiple platforms because it promotes student access.

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Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun video tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. She also uses this for professional development for teachers when she’s preparing to meet them on-site. VICKI: Happy Ed Tech Tool Tuesday. TERYL: Vicki, Flipgrid is a newer tool.

6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. Melissa: Well, the tech tools I’ve pulled out right now are a mixture of tech tools that teachers can use for data collection and also for students.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

The student and teacher would meet and work to gain the skills on the letter sounds and then could show their knowledge with that metadata that’s attached to the badge. Vicki: So choosing the different goals they want to meet next, out of say, twenty or thirty opportunities to level up.

150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

The CoolCatTeacher

Once you have everything in place, there will be times when you want students to play certain apps based upon their needs and the standards that you’re trying to meet. I think the easiest thing about this tool is that everything is in one place.

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Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks

The CoolCatTeacher

Introduction: Meet the Viral Video History Teacher – Mr. Betts! The main intention of the video is educating not just my students, but all students that have access to it. I know that’s going to be more accessible to the kids — if I can make my content into their songs.

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