Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education


An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Leaders of the two companies have, in fact, publicly stated that they plan to create an unlimited subscription service that would combine all of both company’s digital titles if the merger is allowed to proceed.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


We spend rediculously large sums of money to the same companies every few years for repackaged content. Barriers include the system we are in and the fact that teachers don''t send lobbyists to Austin. 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. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. When an educator is unprepared and unable to access high-quality resources to meet our unique learners’ needs, the system penalizes the educator.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

So school counselors have this ability to look at the system as a whole and to support students. School counselors have this ability to look at the system as a whole. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email.

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Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data


Institutions have access to more student data than ever before—but it's hard to really grasp what that means, since many of the digital tools that colleges use are from third parties or companies that keep their algorithms private. You log in to the system and you leave the window open.

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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.

How our district uses tech to fight cyberbullying

eSchool News

It is the primary job of the education system to teach our children. It involves creating positive school climates, adopting rigorous reporting systems, and educating students and parents about digital citizenship and how to use social media responsibly.

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

Doug Levin

One cannot be said to have secure IT systems in the absence of a meaningful privacy policy; likewise, one cannot ensure privacy if one’s IT systems also are not secured. Instead, advocates have focused almost exclusively on the practices of companies serving education.

#AskExcelinEd: How has access to computer science education increased in the past year?


Can you imagine a world without smart phones, smart TVs or the multitude of other automated systems that make products we use daily safer, cheaper and more enjoyable?

As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

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We have to engage in a movement,” Susan Patrick, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group known as iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), told the cheering crowd of 3,000 true believers.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology


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.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative.

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Educational Leadership for Social Good


EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation , dedicated to effecting positive change in schools, and currently supporting a number of advocacy programs including the Our Voice Academy and the nonprofit Student Voice Foundation.

Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?


Here’s how his system will work: “Let’s say you want to do something on sickle cell anemia,” Lue says. Lue says that he hopes the LabXChange system will be a prototype of a next-generation learning platform, and that future versions could include adaptive learning features that would offer students different material based on their demonstrated skill level.

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Tolerating failing schools in New Orleans — so long as they’re for black kids

The Hechinger Report

Our Voice Nuestra Voz, a non-profit education advocacy group in New Orleans, analyzed the school performance scores data and found that approximately 15,000 students attend these failing schools.

It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

Dangerously Irrelevant

Plus we need hundreds of millions of dollars to give to companies so that they can create a dozen or so jobs. State department educational policy advocacy: “Evidence-based” or puffery?

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

And so, yes, I’ve kind of started very quickly after accepting the award for Instructional Technologist of the Year, then TCEA – as many of our state affiliates has a strong advocacy arm for educational opportunities here in Texas.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

One of the things that we really spend a lot of time doing is trying to help people “unlearn” some of what I think that we built into the system over time that people just came to accept. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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


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


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.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

And I think sometimes that when we see the final product of a school, or a teacher, or a school system that looks really good and has been done really well, it feels insurmountable… Vicki: It does. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Teachers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

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were underfunded by $580 billion in federal dollars alone — money that was specifically targeted to support 30 million of our most vulnerable students,” says a new report published by the education advocacy nonprofit, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

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

iterating toward openness

Content is infrastructure, and working to increase the adoption of OER is like working to build an interstate highway system. Rather, people get excited about all the places they can go and all the things they can do once the highway system is in place. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a systems thinking panel at the Ashoka U conference. The Linux operating system is one of the most incredible success stories of the open source software movement.

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Colleges Enlist Peer Mentors to Make Campuses More Welcoming to Neurodivergent Students


Instead, student- and professor-led support systems are more focused on the fundamentals of “college life and trying to be an independent adult,” says Isabelle Morris, a recent graduate of Stanford University who is Autistic.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


ASSIST EDUCATION & APEX LEARNING ( ) & ( ) ASSIST Education and Apex Learning enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools.

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

The Hechinger Report

It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

And our revolutionary educational rating system, Common Sense Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Total cost of ownership: First, administrators need to look at the expenses from a systemic view. It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes I’ll walk in, and I discover a teacher that I wasn’t even aware of in the system — because we’ve got, you know, over 1200 teachers in Albemarle. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

Dangerously Irrelevant

These, personnel sharing arrangements, and other successes are a testament to the hard work of our educators, school systems, and communities. Roark is correct about our tone but I will also note that educators’ current policy advocacy is not working.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

For example, postgraduate earnings are now being gleaned from tax records, and graduates’ average debt, by program, from the government’s National Student Loan Data System. College graduates in the academic year just ended.

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When school districts can’t raise funds for facilities

The Hechinger Report

The nation’s school districts spend about $46 billion less per year on facility upkeep than is needed to maintain “healthy and safe” learning environments, according to a 2016 report from the 21st Century School Fund, a research and advocacy organization.

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort


The company, which is based in Oakland, counts LinkedIn and PathSource among its competitors. They are a collection of all the documents the company has compiled on a single scientific concept. Cognitive ToyBox This company ’s CEO, Tammy Kwan, said its touch-screen games focused on early childhood assessment can help teachers uncover insights about their students. She wants to change the system that led to her brother’s death.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.


For instance, Union County College, in New Jersey, recently forged a deal with Cengage to give the campus a steep discount on the company’s Cengage Unlimited subscription if they buy in bulk.