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. Why do we hold edtech products to a lower standard than many other educational factors that interact with our students? Shouldn’t we collectively hold the edtech market accountable for failing our diverse learners? Like any business, the edtech industry includes actors that prioritize profit.

EdTech 261

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

techlearning

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., The 2018 EBF is the 15 annual installment of the ed tech event focused on industry trends, legislation and policy impact, professional development, networking, and investment in education technology.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

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.

EdTech 159

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.

EdTech 150

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.

EdTech 150

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

Edsurge

According to the Code.org Advocacy Coalition , across 24 states, only 27 percent of schools serving low-income students offer computer science courses, compared to 41 percent of schools serving their high-income peers. After nine years of investing in gap-closing edtech companies, there are three actions that venture capitalists, foundations and other education funders should take to help close the digital divide. Education funders must invest in gap-closing edtech solutions.

System 112

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

EdTech 150

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

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. an edtech specialist at Abshire Consulting, explained that the E-Rate program is administered by the Federal Communications Commission specifically to help schools with connectivity and internet access, and the US Department of Education does not provide funding for this purpose.

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

Previous Shows Relating to This Topic Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning Making Music with iPads and #edtech Tiffany Kerns – Bio as submitted A common thread throughout Tiffany Kerns’ career has been her dedication to creating meaningful change and advocacy for nonprofit organizations.

CoderZ Named 2020 Tech Edvocate Award Winner for Best Coding App or Tool

eSchool News

The Tech Edvocate Award represents the combined opinion of industry insiders, knowledgeable educators, and interested parents,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of CoderZ. “It’s

Lexia PowerUp Literacy Wins Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning Tool

eSchool News

For the second time in two months, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company (NYSE: RST) has had two of its literacy programs recognized as standouts in a prominent edtech award program.

Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron Appointed to the Association of Test Publishers’ CEO Council

eSchool News

As the Association navigates the challenges of globalization and the unprecedented disruption of a pandemic, ATP welcomes the expertise and guidance of global leaders such as Rob to help us move both the industry and ATP into the future.”.

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

techlearning

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. This year is the second year of the Tech Edvocate awards, which awards outstanding products in the edtech industry that are focused on advocating for students by catering to identified classroom and learning needs.

10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

Doug Levin

I recently availed myself of the chance to join and learn from many of the leading innovators and thinkers in the emerging blockchain industry at the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s DC Blockchain Summit 2016 , which billed itself (accurately, I think) as “a dialogue at the intersection of industry, regulation, and innovation.” It is predominantly a financial services industry product, growing as it has from the success of Bitcoin as a currency/asset.

Sony 237

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

techlearning

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. We are proud that our newest product offerings -- MimioSpace system and MimioFrame kit -- were both named as finalists alongside so many other great products that are making strides in edtech.”

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.

Two Lexia Learning Products Honored in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

techlearning

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

Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year

edWeb.net

In 2016, Technology & Learning selected him as one of the “big 10” most influential people in edtech, and the Center for Digital Education identified him as a Top 30 Technologist/Transformer/Trailblazer. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

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. EdFocus: The Edtech Industry Community is a free professional learning community on edWeb.net that will help you connect with colleagues in the education industry to share information and resources, raise questions, and get advice.

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

techlearning

CODE.ORG ADVOCACY COALITION ( advocacy.code.org ) Since January 2018, 20 states have passed legislation and funded $49 million to expand access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, a group of over 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education. published a new report which addresses latest trends in EdTech in the U.S.

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.

MOOC 72

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. School leaders should encourage educators to use edtech that promotes skills like creativity and problem-solving, which will serve the student no matter what profession they choose.

Learning Revolution Weekly Shows - Thrive in EDU, Teaching by Heart, Reinventing.School, The Connected Classroom, Exceptional Circumstances for Exceptional Children | #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

And organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem Angela earned a BS in Education with a minor in Neuroscience and Master Degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership. As budgets get cut, special education advocacy must be paramount. This work drove the importance of advocacy for education programs for all children.

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. On some college campuses, it’s nearly impossible to find a Pepsi, because school officials have struck a deal with Coca-Cola to be the preferred soda vendor.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

CENTRALREACH PK-12 ( www.centralreach.com/industry/pk-12-education ) CentralReach launches CentralReach PK-12, a collaborative and data-driven software for special education. HERO K12, BV INVESTMENT PARTNERS AND SCHOOLMINT ( herok12.com ) & ( www.bvlp.com ) & ( www.schoolmint.com ) Hero K12 and BV Investment Partners announced SchoolMint will be joining their EdTech Platform. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

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. This webinar will address how edtech tools like Blendspace and TES can: Help you and your students become more transliterate; Foster inquiry based learning; Support standards-aligned approaches to 21st century learning.

Tips for Using Social Media with Educators

edWeb.net

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. He is currently the creative director and co-founder of Point Made Animation, a creative studio specializing in customized training, curriculum, and explainer video for the education industry. edWeb is free thanks to the support of education industry and policy leaders.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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 ?”

MOOC 41

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.