Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

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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. Preface.

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. The move adds about 50 percent more members to that division, the Education Technology Industry Network. Marketplace K-12 Ed-tech education industry marketplace software

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel

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Barriers include strong lobby of the textbook industry in Texas. 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. The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could. For an additional take on this event from someone else who also live blogged it, you can visit this post from Bryan Doyle.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

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CUE Advocacy Update. Ensure school districts have hardware and software. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislationAssembly Bill 2329, Computer Science Plan by Assemblywoman Bonilla was signed by Governor Brown September 27 th, 2016.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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But it’s a move both the industry and founder and CEO Evan Marwell are celebrating. He’d spent his career building and selling companies in various industries, including finance, telecommunications, software and consumer retail.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology

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Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. The initiative supports interoperability, which refers to the ability for different education software, platforms and systems to work with one another. The report commended school districts for increasingly demanding interoperability from vendors, but also recommended that the industry agrees on set data standards.

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

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Online higher education may cost more than it could for students and earn less for universities thanks to a little-known $1 billion industry of for-profit middlemen that gets as much as 80% of the proceeds in commissions.

AV Technology Wins the 2018 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Media Brand, Overall Editorial Excellence

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The Neal Awards, produced by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), honor editorial content excellence and are considered business journalism’s most important accolades. “I

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.

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

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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. From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America.

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. Spectrum Industries Inc.

Looking Back on Build Your Business Radio

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I’ve had guests from all industries offering information and advice on marketing, taxes, legal matters, finance, technology, exporting, and more. Tim Sullivan , formerly with the SBA Office of Advocacy and the Bipartisan Policy Center, but more recently represented the U.S.

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

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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. Exodus publicizes how many trackers—or software that collects data about users and their usage—and permissions are found in each app.

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

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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. But executives from several other industries–in media, health care, finance, and hospitality, among others–also lent their names to the effort.

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

The Hechinger Report

Conferences for teachers from coast to coast brim with representatives from the multibillion-dollar technology industry, many of them promising to help teachers provide customized tracks for education. based education reform advocacy group.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

Early training can also have direct financial benefits: If students get on track to earn a certificate or industry-recognized credential before graduating from high school, they may more easily find work to help them pay for college should they choose to attend.

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

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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.

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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.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

For decades, nonprofit advocacy groups and corporate donors have targeted K-12 education for intervention. apps and software, with some classes much more tech-reliant than others.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

She uses a software program popular among architects and designers. The students learn how to use industry-approved software programs and are often granted paid internships at local design firms and research labs, and Greeley’s planning and development departments.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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

UPDATED: Live Interview on Monday Jan. 31 - Karen Cator on the National Education Technology Plan

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple''s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on the several boards including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.

WHAT’S NEW

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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.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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I use “Silicon Valley” in my work as a shorthand to describe the contemporary high tech industry – its tech and just as importantly, its ideology. But I extend the phrase “Silicon Valley” to all of the high tech industry, not just the chip makers.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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Conferences for teachers from coast to coast brim with representatives from the multibillion-dollar technology industry, many of them promising to help teachers provide customized tracks for education. But for that concept to work, a child must spend a lot of time on the computer, feeding the system with data that the software uses to improve itself. based education reform advocacy group. By NICHOLE DOBO, The Hechinger Report.

What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?

MindShift

Early training can also have direct financial benefits: If students get on track to earn a certificate or industry-recognized credential before graduating from high school, they may more easily find work to help them pay for college should they choose to attend.

The Politics of Education Technology

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It treats “ed-tech” as the result of markets and industry and “innovation,” and not as the result of policy or history. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). “ There is no ‘technology industry’ ,” technology writer and entrepreneur Anil Dash wrote in August. Put simply, every industry and every sector of society is powered by technology today, and being transformed by the choices made by technologists.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

I’ve also written a separate article listing some of the various events that happened in the for-profit college industry this year – closures, lawsuits, sales, and the like. Demanding that schools teach “the right skills” is also one of many examples of an ongoing “innovation” fixation , of how industry is pressing the education system to bend to its needs.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Challenging forced arbitration clauses has been one way the CFPB has taken on the student loan industry. ” The Black Alliance for Educational Options , a charter school advocacy group, announced it will cease operations at the end of the year. Via Buzzfeed : “A Close Ally Of Mike Pence Is Helping The Shady Student Debt Relief Industry.” (National) Education Politics.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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The report is always a big deal in technology circles – “a tech industry event in its own right,” as Wired’s Steven Levy put it in 2012 – and many publications and pundits dutifully cover Meeker’s observations, often adding very little analysis of their own. Why do so many people in the industry insist that this is “essential reading”?

Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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. Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Value of Education Industry Sector Transactions Nosedives in 2016.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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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. Via Honi Soit : “University abandons Cadmus anti-cheating software.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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. Simons in New York will develop software tools and apply cutting edge computing techniques to science often not possible in academia and industry.” ” The software will prevent stories from appearing from people’s news feeds.