Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

The Future of eLearning - 10 Trends To Be Aware Of

ViewSonic Education

For those who don’t know what it is, eLearning refers to learning that utilizes electronic means to create a more dynamic and instructive learning environment. Adaptive Learning. Social Learning. Video learning. Mobile Learning.

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Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

One of education technologies’s greatest luminaries passed away this year. I’d hardly know where to begin in writing one, but I want to open this particular article – one that focuses, in part, on the whole “everyone should learn to code” craze – recognizing his great contribution to educational computing as well as his loss. In turn, Microsoft released an educational version of the popular block-building game this fall.

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out opportunities for schools to apply for personalized learning funding!

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Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

Edsurge

Throughout the past decade, Knewton ’s adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. These innovations have allowed us to in-source our adaptive learning capability, and thus we are phasing out our agreement with Knewton for select areas of our global product portfolio.”

“This way of working has changed my way of understanding education.” – Oscar Herrero, Spain

Daily Edventures

Microsoft Innovative Educator Oscar Herrero says his favorite classroom activities involve gamification, using virtual reality, and collaborative questionnaires to inspire his students. They adapt learning to today’s society.”. Oscar Herrero. ICT and PE Teacher.

Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

Edsurge

David Samuelson, Age of Learning's head of global schools, told EdSurge in an interview that the product (currently geared at Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade) is essentially the ABCMouse consumer product—a collection of multi-subject learning activities—with all the necessary K-12 add-ons, like curriculum and professional development. “It’s It’s rare that you have the ability to to take consumer technology and offer it to schools,” he said.

Just who are the people behind today’s educational software?

The Hechinger Report

In this first installment, software engineer Ben Slivka — inspired by science fiction — dreamed of creating truly adaptive learning software. Blended Learning Computers Technology

What next with the LMS? A conversation with Phill Hill, continued

Bryan Alexander

What will the learning management system ( LMS ) become? Student Success – Does the LMS improve learning? Does Microsoft have an LMS? Adaptive learning and analytics – Who is the market leader in Adaptive learning and analytics driven learning (sriram) .

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Guest Post - How Artificial Intelligence will Empower Future Classrooms

Educational Technology Guy

While formal education in several parts of the world is still associated with the widely-accepted traditional brick and mortar schools, the global education fraternity has opened up to e-learning. Hence, hands-on activities are important and count as a form of experiential learning.

New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund

Edsurge

His career also includes stops at Microsoft, Schoolnet and Kaplan. The four focus areas include career credentialing, digital and adaptive learning platforms, STEM and computer science instructional tools and data analytic services for schools. From this second fund New Markets has already made several investments: Practice (formerly ApprenNet), a mobile video-based learning tool; Credly , a digital credentialing platform; and Noodle Partners.

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Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

Edsurge

The region boasts an unusual concentration of highly-valued tech startups—Domo, Qualtrics and Inside Sales are among them—along with big education companies, including Instructure, the developer of the Canvas learning management system. Luminaries in the edtech industry, including Richard Culatta (ISTE CEO and former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here.

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What next with the LMS? A conversation with Phill Hill, continued

Bryan Alexander

What will the learning management system ( LMS ) become? Student Success – Does the LMS improve learning? Does Microsoft have an LMS? Adaptive learning and analytics – Who is the market leader in Adaptive learning and analytics driven learning (sriram) .

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Adapting to the New Classroom

techlearning

Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. These out-of-the-box blended learning solutions can also help nontraditional students find their own paths. Microsoft Office 365 ? Learning Ally ? Adaptive keyboards and mice ?

4 K-12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

EdTech Magazine

From learning analytics tools providing students with instant feedback on their work to virtual reality facilitating field trips to faraway lands to 3D printers filling makerspaces, the classroom looks quite a bit different than it did just five years ago.

Personalized Learning Won’t Be So Easy: Thoughts on the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative by @hejames1008

TeacherCast

Perhaps I’m a little jaded, but when I read about Mark Zuckerberg’s and Priscilla Chan’s letter to their daughter which stated that technology would create a world where personalized learning was available to everyone, I thought: “No it won’t.”. The letter states that the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative that has been created as a result will work for the next handful of decades to “better human potential,” and one way is through advances in educational technology.

The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software

The Hechinger Report

When Ben Slivka decided to create his own interactive learning software in 2006, the online options for students, parents, and teachers were pretty bleak. For decades, the big textbook publishers had offered up catalog after catalog of new and updated textbooks that were plush and expensive, something akin to Microsoft’s computer-based software. And so, for the same reason Microsoft delayed shifting to the web, the textbook publishers delayed going into online education.

K-12 Dealmaking: McGraw-Hill Ed. and Cengage Make Acquisitions

Marketplace K-12

In recent dealmaking news, McGraw-Hill Education acquired Redbird Advanced Learning, LLC, a digital personalized learning company; in addition, educational content company Cengage acquired WebAssign. Join the Conversation Visit Education Week’s K-12 Technology Leaders Group on LinkedIn and share your thoughts about the most pressing ed-tech issues facing school districts. Raises $10 Million: Game-based learning platform Kahoot!

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

This is the second part of my much-abbreviated look at the stories that were told about education technology in 2018 – and in this case, the people who funded the storytellers. I assumed that they looked to see if the company could do what it promised – financially, technologically. The technology did not work. DreamBox Learning (adaptive learning): $130 million. DadaABC (English language learning): $100 million.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. Amplify Fractions covers math standards in grades 3–6 and uses adaptive learning, interactive storytelling, and a personalized digital tutor to help students conquer fractions.

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WHAT’S NEW

techlearning

Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. Each learning space is equipped with a 20’ 2” (6.16

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They Said it Better Than I Can

Mistakengoal.com

Here are some of the blogs that I follow that regularly impress me: e-Literate : Led by Michael Feldstein , this group of authors routinely post insightful and detailed information about technology and U.S. higher education e.g., What Faculty Should Know About Adaptive Learning , State of the Anglosphere’s Higher Education LMS Market: 2013 Edition. Microsoft Social Media Collective Research Blog : The title of this blog tells you almost all you need to know.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” Microsoft has released an early access version of its Minecraft : Education Edition. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57 Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” ” Via Techcrunch : “Comparing Apple , Google and Microsoft ’s education plays.” Eupheus Learning has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Sixth Sense Ventures.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” – “This includes how long-distance learning programs are defined.” Via The Washington Post : “ A South Carolina school district just abolished snow days – and will make students learn online.” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “Teaching Tech-Based Farming: Microsoft Backs Program for Ag Group’s 650,000 Students.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.” ” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.” ” The Linked Learning Alliance is a voluntary certification program for California’s high school career academies. “Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Paul LePage has called for a review of his state’s groundbreaking 1-to–1 student computing initiative, highlighting the growing pains nagging an educational-technology movement now well into its second decade.” ” Carl Straumsheim writes that “One of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’s most popular massive open online courses is adding a feature not seen in any of its other humanities MOOCs: instructors grading essays.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

It’s a partnership with Microsoft. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99 Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ Minecraft Party to Raise Money for Technology in Philly Schools.” ” Campus Technology rewrites the press release that Examity will be used for identify verification and proctoring in edX classes. Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. “ Credly Receives Open Badges Certification ,” Campus Technology reports. “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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October 24 - Ed Tech News, Our Weekly Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Teachers and the Future of Education" (the importance of teacher voice in education discussions, "Hack Your Education" (thinking about self-directed learning--Audrey''s in this proposal), and "Technology, Pedagogy, and the Silver Bullet" (addressing the myopia of some ed tech business ventures). Audrey is a writer for the NPR education technology blog MindShift , for the data section of O’Reilly Radar , and for the Edutopia blog. Another big step for gesture-based learning ?