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

Digital Promise

Unfortunately, too many of our investments in educational technology (edtech) have fallen far short of our civil rights aspirations. Taking a more critical look at edtech. Shouldn’t we collectively hold the edtech market accountable for failing our diverse learners?

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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.,

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

CoSN is a professional association and advocacy group for district technology leaders with a goal of “empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to create engaging learning environments and provide the tools essential for their success”. Formed in 1992, CoSN works to provide its members with the management, community building, and advocacy tools to be technology leaders in today’s schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” EdTech News News newsIt’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” EdTech News News newsIt’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. She is a past board member and chair of CoSN and is Vice President of Advocacy and Programs for LACUE.

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

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What’s in Your Name? The Importance of Branding for Recruitment in Edtech

Edsurge

Focused branding—especially for the purpose of recruitment—is of particular importance in edtech, as this tends to be a less-than-transparent sector in general. We see evidence of this almost daily on EdSurge’s Jobs Board where opportunities posted by well-known and well-liked companies see as much as 300 percent more traffic than those advertised by companies who’ve yet to firmly establish their brand in the edtech space. Here’s a useful guide to locating “hidden” edtech talent.

Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation

The CoolCatTeacher

She oversees advocacy efforts for the CMA Foundation at the state and federal level, which includes working with more than a dozen community partners to elevate the cause.

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. But what may surprise some readers of the report, released Monday, is what the United States can learn from developing nations when it comes to bringing together all parties interested in edtech. Chile has “little private capital for new business ventures,” according to the report, and an edtech market valued less than a percent of the $9 billion U.S.

Intelitek 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.

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.

10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

Doug Levin

It is predominantly a financial services industry product, growing as it has from the success of Bitcoin as a currency/asset. The post 10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

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Trade Shows: When to Go and What to Do When You Get There

edWeb.net

In a new edWeb series Making the Most Out of Trade Shows , industry veterans discussed key factors in deciding when and where to go and how to make sure events support your company’s overall plan.

Two Lexia Learning Products Honored in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

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The Tech Edvocate awards recognize outstanding products in the edtech industry that are focused on advocating for students by catering to identified classroom and learning needs.

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

Edsurge

Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU. Department of Education, privacy advocacy groups and a school district explore how to find the right balance between the two ideals.

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

Edsurge

Common Sense Privacy Evaluations Common Sense, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization, maintains a database that evaluates edtech tools on whether they are safe for use in schools. When establishing each rating, Common Sense’s privacy team considers federal and state privacy regulations as well as industry best practices. AppCensus Another tool—though not specific to edtech—is AppCensus. Some apps do more harm than good.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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published a new report which addresses latest trends in EdTech in the U.S. Spectrum Industries Inc.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

edWeb.net

“If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. The Five Imperatives of Technology Leadership , the presenters explored how they have shifted their approaches to integrating edtech in the classroom.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Now in its seventh year, the annual gathering brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, educators and industry experts from around the world for four days stacked with panel discussions , workshops , an expo hall , meetups , film screenings —plus plenty of after-hours shindigs. DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. How to Best Serve ELLs with Edtech : As the number of English Language Learners (ELL) in the U.S.

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

Edsurge

While in Big Soda the main players are Coke and Pepsi, their equivalent in the publishing industry are Pearson and Cengage (which has announced that plans to merge with McGraw-Hill). There’s a surprising amount of momentum behind it,” said Phil Hill, a longtime edtech consultant.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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CENTRALREACH PK-12 ( www.centralreach.com/industry/pk-12-education ) CentralReach launches CentralReach PK-12, a collaborative and data-driven software for special education. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Tips for Using Social Media with Educators

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She’s spent nearly than 30 years in the communications and marketing fields promoting education, and is now one of the “go-to” people in the education, special needs and workforce development industries. edWeb is free thanks to the support of education industry and policy leaders.

Newsletter: Used PCs to Chromebooks (Today), New "Privacy Con" Speakers, More GlobalEd.TV, Quotes + News

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

https://technologyrescue.eventbrite.com March 14th, 7pm US-Eastern: Webinar: Using EdTech to Supercharge Student Inquiry and Multimedia Literacy Skills This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the event link.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Again and again, the media told stories — wildly popular stories , apparently — about how technology industry executives refuse to allow their own children to use the very products they were selling to the rest of us. Among its revelations, Jobs’s plans to transform the textbook industry.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” ” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Value of Education Industry Sector Transactions Nosedives in 2016.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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” Via Chalkbeat : “For Betsy DeVos and her former advocacy group, the future of education means ‘ personalization ,’ including virtual schools.” ” Her “former advocacy group” – although considering she spoke there last week, I’m not sure how “former” it really is – is the American Federation for Children. (National) Education Politics.

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It’s building this little web that turns the user into a mostly passive consumer of mostly western corporate content,” says Ellery Biddle, Global Voices’ advocacy director. Via Ed Week’s Market Brief : “ Predictive Analytics in Ed-Tech Create New Questions in K–12, Higher Ed” – a dispatch from an Education Technology Industry Network event. (National) Education Politics. “Who Is Betsy DeVos ?”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Student could read about the actual history of MIT, if they want to think about the ethical implications of their work, and its ties to the military industrial complex. Via Politico : “ Families for Excellent Schools CEO fired after investigation into ‘inappropriate behavior’ ” That’s Jeremiah Kittredge , who’s run one of the best funded pro-charter advocacy groups in the company.

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Via Education Week : “Parent Advocacy Group Warns of Ed-Tech ‘Threats’ ” Via PC World : “Why Google plans to stop supporting your Chromebook after five years.” ” Via The Trade : “Industry worried about confidentiality of blockchain.” Via Edsurge : “Why Your Financial Advisor Doesn’t Recommend Edtech Stocks.” Education Politics.

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“Since 1970, DeVos family members have invested at least $200 million in a host of right-wing causes -- think tanks, media outlets, political committees, evangelical outfits, and a string of advocacy groups. ” “Where to Find Money for Your School’s Edtech Purchases ,” [according to Edsurge](Where to Find Money for Your School’s Edtech Purchases). ” Via EduKwest : “EdTech Market Brief India Q3 2016.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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.” Via Edsurge : “Chasing China ’s Edtech Unicorns: A Cautionary Tale.” Education Politics. “ Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via eCampus News : “The 2 edtech fields with the most potential under Trump.” Via The Guardian : “ Essays for sale : the booming online industry in writing academic work to order.” ” Via Edsurge : “Is Edtech Worsening or Righting Inequities in Education? “New study raises concerns about impact of automated social media advocacy on education coverage,” says Alexander Russo. Education Politics.