4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. However, many technology companies are becoming increasingly aware of how different tools regarded as “assistive technology” could be impactful to everyone. Read more: How to create accessible e-learning design.

How can academic management systems improve daily classroom activities

Linways Technologies

Many of the largest companies in the world are highly investing in edtech and teaching-learning, not to mention the industry leaders who are making great contributions in terms of money and initiatives. Recruitment agency, applicants and job interview.

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How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

Edsurge

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.

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). LRMs join a larger wave of student-centered, next-generation infrastructure tools that put individual students—rather than instructors, courses, or compliance-driven data collection—at the center of learning systems architecture. Moreover, companies increasingly leverage technology to enhance employee mentoring programs.

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Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?

Edsurge

GEAR UP NC VR App is a partnership between the UNC System, GEAR UP NC, AdmitHub and SeeBoundless production company. Through 360-degree videos of the UNC System colleges, students can imagine themselves in an environment after high school.

Companies Say Blockchain Could Have Prevented College Admissions Scandal

Edsurge

Now, several companies that sell student-record systems based on blockchain—the technology behind Bitcoin—are pitching their products as a way to prevent that kind of fraudulent record tampering in the future.

This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

Each company has incredible resources, and each is synonymous with technological innovation. But none will be the company that will change the world with AI. THIS IS THE COMPANY. Equal access to education is the defining challenge in the world today. By Charles Sosnik.

A Bored Student Hacked His School’s Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?

Edsurge

This week on the podcast we’re talking about cybersecurity at schools—and how secure, or in some cases how vulnerable, the tech systems in school systems are these days. Essentially these are the computer systems that store grades and the student records of his school.

Pearson Sells Mixed Reality Learning Unit to a New Company, GIGXR

Edsurge

million in two companies: online bootcamp Springboard and Knowledge to Practice, a medical startup. Now, the publisher confirmed that it has spun off its Immersive Learning team, selling its assets to a new company, GIGXR , based in Venice, Calif.

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.

Don’t Call Them Test Companies: How the College Board and ACT Have Shifted Focus

Edsurge

In a statement on its website in May, the ACT said that it is transforming itself from an “assessment company” into “an organization providing learning, measurement, and navigation support to learners.” The people who started this system were in their own minds idealists,” he told EdSurge.

Targeting ‘Inclusive Access’ Deals, College Bookstores Sue Textbook Publishers and Retailers

Edsurge

At the heart of the case are so-called “inclusive access” programs. Pearson stands by the inclusive access model, which offers real benefits to students, instructors and institutions,” said Scott Overland, director of media relations for Pearson, in an email to EdSurge.

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.

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. Increased STEM funding from private companies comes as Americans raise concerns over the attention science, technology, engineering and math classes get in the U.S. education system.

Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

The Hechinger Report

The San Francisco resident graduated from nearby Mills College in May 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood education, and today she is getting her dream off the ground with the help of a new child care services company called Wonderschool.

National FFA Organization, Tractor Supply Company and Discovery Education Join Together to Provide Scalable Access to Innovative Careers in STEM and Manufacturing

techlearning

During the immersive virtual experience, students will learn more about diverse career opportunities within the industry of agriculture and meet Tractor Supply Company employees. Tractor Supply Company has grown to become the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. “At

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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The Tech Industry is Hijacking School Data. But Decentralized Systems Can Change That.

Edsurge

While there are laws in place such as the Families and Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act that provide a baseline for protecting student privacy, tech companies can avoid these through various loopholes. For example, tech companies use such data to optimize their products and services and to create new ones. However, as it is scattered across the various school systems it remains largely inoperable.

To Find Diverse Talent, Some Companies Look to College Clubs

Edsurge

College career fairs look like an awkward high school dance: Students circle around company booths, unsure whether to stop and drop off a resume. Companies blindly court juniors and seniors to their floorspace, hoping that they’ll be the right fit for internships and full-time positions. One company is making a business out of helping student associations and companies connect beyond the walls of tri-folds and stacks of resumes at career fairs.

As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico, Coding Bootcamps Follow

Edsurge

companies to plant roots in Mexico, where lower wages and loose regulations have allured manufacturers for years. the Washington Post reported on the tech boom south of the border, with major global companies like IBM, Oracle and Intel setting up shop in Guadalajara, also known as country’s “Digital Creative City.”. 95 course providers —was largely driven to fill openings at tech companies. company that provides skills-based training programs has followed path.

How to Protect Education Data When No Systems Are Secure

Edsurge

As schools and districts increasingly rely on digital tools, what have companies and districts learned about safeguarding sensitive information? Survivors from high-profile breaches at two education technology companies—Edmodo and Schoolzilla—shared what they learned at the SF Edtech Meetup on Sept. The conversation focused on how companies and schools can create the protocols and culture to keep everyone smart and alert. Nothing is sacred—or secure—when it comes to data.

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Phishing Season: Widespread Email Scam Targets Schools, Edtech Companies

Edsurge

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.

Edsby: “What You Should Know About Our ‘New-School’ Learning Management System”

TeachThought - Learn better.

Edsby: “What You Should Know About Our ‘New-School’ Learning Management System” by edsby.com. By plugging into previously installed systems, Edsby uses single-sign-on functionality to simplify access.

How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Can proactive instructional design eliminate barriers to access for learners? Will artificial intelligence play a role in improving accessibility? On Tuesday, May 8 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? We talked about the differences between accessibility and usability, legal considerations under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the concept of UDL (universal design for learning).

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

Edsurge

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.

Using single sign-on to streamline edtech access

eSchool News

For years, users have needed to create and memorize a username and password for every system and app. They spend more time trying to remember how to access the program than actually using it, and they clog IT channels trying to recover passwords.

New OpenEd partnerships expand access to resources

eSchool News

The company is announcing new partnerships with LMS companies Otus Learning Management Network and Atlas Learning, and Higher Learning Technology for its test prep apps. Partnerships provide millions more teachers and students with resources for personalizing learning.

As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Edsurge

Besides just new and used print options from the campus bookstore, students might have their pick between print and digital, buying or renting, and in some cases, buying a subscription from a publisher that gives them access to multiple titles by that provider. Caleb Hylton, a senior majoring in information systems technology at Seminole State College of Florida, says his assigned reading is “a lot more digital.”

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

Edsurge

Wayland Baptist University professor Don Ashley received a call this week from a student saying she couldn't log in to her learning management system (LMS), preventing her from attending a live online lesson. 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.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Edsurge

Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.”

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

TeacherCast

Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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The checklist to choose the right Academic Management System for your academic institution

Linways Technologies

We want to improve the way we learn, and Linways Academic Management System is how we are trying to accomplish that vision. Academic Management Systems (AMS) are the future of education. Does the functionality of the system meet or exceed your institution’s needs?

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

For years users have needed to create and memorize a username and password for every system and app. They spend more time in class trying to remember how to access the program than actually using it; they also clog IT channels when passwords aren’t easily recovered.

ClassDojo - free classroom behavior system - announces iOS apps.

Educational Technology Guy

ClassDojo is a free online system that helps teachers promote positive behavior in their classroom by letting them track and share student progress and positive behaviors and areas of concern. Today, they have announced the launch of an iOS app to help teachers be able to use their tool while moving around the room, and even access it when not in the classroom. ClassDojo is free for teachers, and the company is dedicated to keeping it that way.

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