The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

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.

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From prison to dean’s list: How Danielle Metz got an education after incarceration

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And federal lawmakers from both parties are pushing to allow incarcerated people to access Pell Grants, financial aid that they’ve been barred from using since Metz first went to prison. Related: Will thousands of prison inmates lose access to college?

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Test prep to get into vocational education? Yup, it’s a thing

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Graduation rates at the schools top 97 percent — compared to about 91 percent statewide — and more than three-quarters of graduates continue on to college or other post-secondary education. K-12 News Data and research Higher education access Higher education affordability STEM

Supply and demand: Getting low-income kids into better jobs by getting them into better schools

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Choudhury, though, is adamant about the value of economic integration — and the importance of giving low-income students, in particular, access to educational options. K-12 News Curriculum poverty School choice Solutions STEM Technology access

We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

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About one-third of all black collegians earn degrees in either a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) field or in business, according to my analysis of integrated post-secondary education data system (IPEDS), the national dataset of college outcomes.

3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

The event brings together a mix of participants from different parts of education — teachers, administrators, and publishers in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The document was created primarily with secondary education in mind, but among its supporters are some higher-education groups, including the Institute for Higher Education Policy. He said his company’s product “takes video and turns it into an active learning experience.”. Austin, Tex.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

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Leave this field empty if you're human: Nearly half of first-generation students who did continue went to community colleges, which spend less per student than many public primary and secondary schools , and where the odds of ever graduating are also comparatively low.

Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

The Hechinger Report

Computech is the district’s only “bring your own device” school, and all students have access to a laptop or similar device every day with which they can log in to the portal at any time. Within the first semester, almost 30,000 students had accessed Strides at least once, according to Jansen.

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Diamonds aren’t forever, but there’s still hope for Botswana

The Christensen Institute

There were fewer than 25 university degree holders and only 100 secondary school graduates in the entire country. An example of a company that’s transforming a complex and expensive product into one that’s simple and affordable is EarthEnable.

What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Teen Dating Abuse

The CoolCatTeacher

This resulted in damaging personal struggles and secondary consequences, and even forced her to become homeless and a college drop out. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

The push for “free” universal education in Africa often falls short—here’s a better way

The Christensen Institute

But even for most who are desperately poor, education is highly valued as a majority of children—more than 70% —attend primary school and nearly half attend secondary school. The average secondary school graduate does not get a job until their early 30s, at which point most are parents.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods


A range of specialist companies and private institutions is now providing excellent higher education components, as well as providing ancillary and support services such as examination and certification services, learning support, learning analytics, etc.

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South African students take the lead in protests over college costs and equity

The Hechinger Report

And while the underlying issues of price and access based on wealth and race almost exactly mirror those in the United States and other places, nowhere else in the world has the right to a higher education moved so passionately and quickly to the forefront of the political stage.

2020 Vision (revisited)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Google buys Logitech and a whole host of media companies and university lectures. The GCars also are WiFi access points, creating massive nationwide mesh networks. Since it’s now 2020, I thought it would be fun to revisit Karl Fisch’s video from 2006, titled 2020 Vision.

School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

The CoolCatTeacher

So what are some of the resources that counselors can access that will help them in this area? It’s completely free and very accessible. When they see that there’s a way for them to achieve this goal and support their students, it actually feels very accessible to them.

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Does Child Privacy Even Matter?

EdNews Daily

Her company, PRIVO , works with companies like Disney, as well as school districts. All the big industrial companies from the 20th century have fallen in relative value. The most valuable commodity a company can now own is information. By Charles Sosnik.

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The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education


Our primary and secondary education systems formed around teachers imparting knowledge. Without innovative learning platforms that deliver results, create opportunities for learners and provide access to those most likely to get left behind, society is at risk for continued upheaval.

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Bigger Deals, Bigger Bets: EdTech Venture Funding Trends Continue in 2018

EdNews Daily

The key difference in the past few years, however, has been larger funding rounds and valuations across a fewer number of EdTech companies. EdTech unicorns, companies that have reached billion-dollar valuations prior to an IPO, are prominent in the United States and also China.

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


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. The average price for a Pearson digital textbook subscription for a semester is $40, according to the company.

MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges


Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Coursera is allowing free access to its fully hosted platform, though its code is not open.

Innovation & tech: Africa’s only hope in educating hundreds of millions of children

The Christensen Institute

But even then, only one in three children will have access to secondary school. . This does not include secondary schools or universities. In addition to all this, over the past few years just around 50% of students pass the secondary school exit exam. A Nigerian tech company, , is a potentially disruptive solution that could fundamentally transform the education sector in Nigeria and most other countries in Africa.

The Rise – and Possible Fall – of the Graphing Calculator

Digital Promise

Advocates claim that the calculators provide students access to more powerful mathematics. Whether teachers continue to use these tools or ditch them in favor of new ones, graphing technology will likely always have a place in secondary math education.

ChalkTalk Reemerges to Find Scale in Schools—and More Funders


So the CEO of the Boston-based company sat in on classrooms in over 12 schools. Scaling an education technology company has been an ongoing lesson for Arbaji. Now, two years later, he tells EdSurge he’s pursuing a Series A fundraise to expand the company’s footprint beyond over 50 schools that the platform, and grow its team from 17 full-time employees to about 50. The company had raised $3 million in seed funding. The company is currently not profitable.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie: Well, I am very passionate about the fact that I think that all children should have equal access to education. All Children Should Have Equal Access To Education. Some children have access to quality education, and some children don’t.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


higher education courseware in 2015, down from 50 percent the year before, according to a 2018 report from Macquarie, an investment bank and financial services company. higher education courseware business despite gains in digital—all because of secondary textbook market’s impact.

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Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

When I started making math more visual, I was able to access all the learners in my classroom. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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When College Becomes a Benefit of Employment


Big-name companies are doing this—think Starbucks, Walmart, Chipotle and McDonald's to name a few. Companies are hoping the move will attract workers and keep them from leaving so quickly; for colleges, these efforts can be a source of new students, especially for new online programs.

Tips and Scoops from ASU GSV That You Won’t Find on the Agenda


How powerful would it be if a CEO who just sold his company for a million dollars got on the microphone and said: ‘I worked really hard for this. Under Clifford, the company has made a dozen acquisitions that greatly expanded Frontline’s product suite.

Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes


Using 30+ datasets compiled by the federal government, plus over 5,000 published analytical data sources, you’ll have access to aggregated data about a broad range of institutions, from secondary schools and high schools to higher education.

Innovators worth watching: Ed Leadership SIMS

The Christensen Institute

School leaders access Ed Leadership SIMS through a simple-to-navigate website at any time of the day and wherever they have access to a computer. This is the first installment of a two-part series on innovative forms of educator professional development.

5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

By looking down, they’re trying to access more RAM in their brain in order to solve the problem. Todd: Sometimes I’ve seen that with a mix of sort of up and down, you can sort of see them accessing different quadrants, but mostly it’s left and right.

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4 Amazing New Products from Belkin for Your Office or Classroom | @Belkin


While the majority of companies in the education hardware tech space focus on one particular area, Belkin looks at a classroom trying to integrate technology and asks the question – how could we make this easier for the teachers and students?

How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

When the year is up, they will never be charged again and will have continued access to the Facebook group and all club materials. There is a group for elementary (K-5) and one for secondary. The company I am recommended will pay me if you choose to sign up for this program.

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The 32 million disruptive adult learning opportunity

The Christensen Institute

As Vinod Lobo, CEO of Learning Upgrade, a company that serves the adult learning market with online courses, says in the report: The best part of the adult learning market right now is a lack of a leading company.

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