Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Effective Advocacy. The problem with the main earlier label, “free software,” was not its political connotations, but that—to newcomers—its seeming focus on price is distracting. These are huge companies that compete directly with each other in many ways. Preface.

New Advocacy Campaign Calls for Banning Facial Recognition on College Campuses.

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Though that particular instance isn’t true, the scenario taps into the very real concerns that privacy activists have about the potential application of face surveillance software on college campuses.

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Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman

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Austin, TX, May 18, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools, today announces Philip Walters as its new board chairman. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product – Impero Education Pro – at ISTE 2018

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Chicago, June 24, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools today announced the latest version of its award-winning product, Impero Education Pro V7. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel

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We spend rediculously large sums of money to the same companies every few years for repackaged content. also need to get telecommunications companies to run fiber to rural areas which they are reluctant to do because it is not profitable for them. Having hardware and software that helps effectively diagnose student need and place them in learning materials that they need is critically important. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel.

Impero Software Names Richard Fuller as New CEO and Announces its New Austin, TX Headquarters in the U.S.

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19, 2018 – Impero Software has announced the appointment of Richard Fuller as its new CEO to drive the company’s next phase of growth as it bolsters its global business plan. Fuller took over for Sam Pemberton, who moved to a non-executive board position with the company.

How our district uses tech to fight cyberbullying

eSchool News

The role of monitoring software. Another way schools can get in front of the issue is by using monitoring software to keep an eye on what students are doing while on the school network. This includes using monitoring software. Monitoring software acts as a safety net.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

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(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. Recently, though, Amplify tweaked its software.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

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Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day.

Education Technology Industry Network and StartEd Will Host Ed Tech Growth Event in New York

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and New York, NY) — The Education Technology Industry Network ( ETIN ) of the Software Information Industry Association ( SIIA ), the largest non-profit software industry policy and advocacy association, announced today a partnership with StartEd Inc.,

Education Technology Industry Network Grows With Addition of Education Industry Association Members

Marketplace K-12

The Education Industry Association, which struggled to keep membership after a downturn in federal funding for tutoring, is joining a division of the Software & Information Industry Association, or ETIN, effective immediately, under an agreement announced today. SES providers ranging from large, publicly held companies to small “mom-and-pops” needed to adjust, and many of the smaller ones went out of business.

Are Schools Helpless, Hapless When it Comes to IT Privacy and Security?

Doug Levin

Instead, advocates have focused almost exclusively on the practices of companies serving education. Advocates would have us believe that school districts are incapable of making responsible decisions about technology-related privacy and security issues affecting students.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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He’d spent his career building and selling companies in various industries, including finance, telecommunications, software and consumer retail. Drawing on what he knew best, Marwell ran his nonprofit with the urgency, pacing and risk-taking that is more typical of for-profit companies.

Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

The Hechinger Report

Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. Even though the companies are often taking the bulk of the tuition revenue the degree programs pull in, the firms still aren’t profitable in many cases.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology

Edsurge

Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. This in turn helped the Chilean edtech ecosystem by helping edtech companies scale and subsequently invest in smaller markets. “In The initiative supports interoperability, which refers to the ability for different education software, platforms and systems to work with one another.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. The companies are collaborating to provide personalized reading instruction to help educators increase students’ literacy comprehension and proficiency.

How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

We offer our colleagues at peer institutions and edtech companies nine considerations for cultivating innovation on campus and beyond. The DIG team identified and prioritized additional needs and quickly added members with expertise in user experience design, behavioral science, data science, software development and innovation advocacy.

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

Edsurge

A recent New York Times investigation found that many companies receive such precise, extensive data on their users that they—and anyone else they share this information with—could easily identify a single individual and pinpoint their location. That user data is often sold to or shared with other companies, such as advertisers who have a vested interest in behavioral data, and it’s not as anonymous as people think. Some apps do more harm than good.

Boxlight Recognized by The Edvocate as a Finalist in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

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Finalists were selected by a panel of educators and K-12 parents who reviewed the submissions that were entered and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development or advocacy of edtech.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

The Linux operating system is one of the most incredible success stories of the open source software movement. There is a popular myth that most of the people writing open source software do this work in their spare time for altruistic reasons. Developers who are known to be doing this work on their own, with no financial contribution happening from any company” represented only 8.2% These are huge companies that compete directly with each other in many ways.

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Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

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The company has evolved to become one of the world’s largest software companies with more than 18,500 employees in more than 50 countries.

?Without Addressing Basic Needs, Student Success Strategies Fall Short

Edsurge

Even in places like Seattle where the economy is booming and private companies have partnered with institutions to create their own job pipelines , students are still struggling with these issues. As massive tech companies like Microsoft increase their footprint in the region, housing prices have soared and members of the community—including students, faculty and other staff members—are struggling to afford to stay at the institution.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Edsurge

From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America. EdSurge’s managing editor, Tony Wan, will pose these questions to Bill Fitzgerald (New Knowledge), Doug Levin (EdTech Strategies), Courtney Goodsell (Impero Software) and Stephanie Cerda (administrator at Austin Independent School District). Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers.

Business Execs, Governors Push Congress to Put $250M Into K-12 Coding

Marketplace K-12

A number of top executives, a bipartisan assortment of governors, and multiple advocacy groups have issued an open letter to Congress calling on the government to devote $250 million to computer coding education for students, along with professional development in that subject for teachers. The petition accompanied news that many of the business leaders and companies that signed the letter were pledging $48 million of their money to to support coding.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S.

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Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

edWeb.net

But, they also saw a large number of resources being recommitted to just this one aspect of education: space for server farms, money for hardware and software upgrades, overworked personnel, etc.

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

Both the wider internet and the narrower education space are filled with companies and organizations that provide value-added services around openly licensed software and content.

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

The Hechinger Report

“There’s a really tremendous gulf,” said Katie Berger, senior policy analyst for higher education at the nonprofit advocacy organization The Education Trust.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

And various technology companies — from no-name startups to behemoths like Pearson — boast of new programs meant to facilitate this style of education. And they suspect that education technology companies may be promising more than they can deliver.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment. The software helps schools foster communication and coordination of instruction and care for students in special education programs.

The CARE Framework

Iterating Toward Openness

We know that in parallel contexts, like open source software or Wikipedia, long-term sustainability can be possible with only a tiny fraction of all the beneficiaries of the open work contributing directly. They believe there are those who should not be allowed to benefit from OER – namely, companies. In a more nuanced version, they don’t believe companies should be able to benefit from OER without giving something back.

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June 17th - Library 2.0 Mini-Conference on "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" - Speaker Listing

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

TechSoup is a San Francisco headquartered high-tech nonprofit whose mission is to tech up charities and public libraries worldwide by providing software, hardware, and the knowledge to use them. While at OCLC Jennifer helped to develop and then manage the Geek the Library advocacy program.