In the News: Educational Android Apps Improperly Track Children

Doug Levin

Thousands of Android Mobile Apps Improperly Track Children, Study Says.” Levin of EdTech Strategies, a consulting group that has looked closely at the issue of ad-tracking on school district and state education websites. … But from a practical perspective, said Levin of EdTech Strategies, the researchers have highlighted just how significant the children’s-online-privacy challenge is in the mobile age. As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin.

Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security

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Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security. Last month, RealNetworks , the streaming media company that garnered attention in the ‘90s and early 2000s for developing the first audio streaming solution , announced it would offer its facial recognition software, SAFR , for free to over 100,000 school districts. SIGN UP : Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!

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The FTC Has Its Sights on COPPA, and Edtech Providers Should Take Notice

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Against this legal landscape, a recent study of nearly 6,000 of the most popular children’s apps on Android found that “a majority are potentially in violation of COPPA.” What about edtech companies contracted by schools?

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11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year.

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How Tech Companies Woo Higher Ed (and What They Seek in Return)

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But Christmas came early for some higher-ed institutions in the form of freebies and discounts from big technology companies. But these efforts are part of a longer-term strategy for these companies to train future workers in their technology. In October, the company and The Ohio State University announced a multi-part collaboration. In 1999 the company and the University of Pittsburgh opened an “Academic Java Center” meant to train and certify students in Java technology.

Noodle Companies Adds $5 Million Series A to Streamline K-20 Education Markets

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Leading one education company is stressful enough for most people. That’s the challenge that John Katzman, one of the most recognized names in the business, has embarked on with The Noodle Companies. Today, the Noodle Companies, a conglomerate of four subsidiaries serving the K-12 and postsecondary education markets, announced it has raised $5 million in a Series A round from SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition).

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15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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The Ultimate Google Cardboard and Expeditions Resource Guide

Shake Up Learning

Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions are hot topics in the edtech world and with good reason! The Ultimate #GoogleCardboard and #GoogleExpeditions Resource Guide #gttribe #SUL #edtech… Click To Tweet. gttribe #vrinedu #edtech Click To Tweet. Google Cardboard for Android.

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

There is no box

Prior to my arrival, they had been contracting with a local tech services company for their onsite break/fix tech needs. While local IT services companies may do an ok job of break/fix, contracting with them is a ticket to status quo at best and sometimes serious frustration at worst.

Accessing free eBooks with Open eBooks

Class Tech Integrate

Right now, the app only works on tablets (iPad/Android), but the Open eBooks company informed me that they hope to have a web based version out later this year, so if you are a Chromebook district, keep your eye peeled!

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Accessing free eBooks with Open eBooks

Class Tech Integrate

Right now, the app only works on tablets (iPad/Android), but the Open eBooks company informed me that they hope to have a web based version out later this year, so if you are a Chromebook district, keep your eye peeled!

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How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

When you open the Expeditions app on iOS or Android , you will first see the guidelines that you must review and accept. The post How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Virtual Reality in the Classroom – Part 2.

The Guide to Keeping Up with Google - Part 2: Twitter

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Official Google Twitter Accounts: @Android @Gmail @Google @GoogleCalendar @GoogleCardboard @GoogleChrome @GoogleDocs @GoogleDrive @GoogleforEdu @GoogleforWork @GoogleStudents @SolveforX Want more?

Guest Post: A Revolution In Language Practice

EdTech4Beginners

The Android & iOS versions continuously promising to significantly increase learning effectiveness and motivation through several new and exciting features. Tagged: edtech , education , languages , learning , mfl , teaching , teaching languages.

Code With Kids and See What Happens #hourofcode #edtech #edchat #caedchat

Adam Welcome

Most of the kids at my school won’t be programmers or work for a tech company.” Check out this article New EdTech Resource. Dash from Wonder Workshop is an adorable little robot that can be programmed using 5 different apps available on IOS and Android!

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Pilot programs– Often big companies like MicroSoft or Verizon will want to run pilot programs worldwide and provide your school with tons of their devices. The Google Cardboard app for iOS and Android has different virtual reality adventures to explore nature and the world​​​. Teachers can download the free Google Expeditions Android app and take their students on virtual reality field trips around the world. Ingress is another free iOS/Android AR game.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends.

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Getting Started with Google Expeditions and Virtual Reality

Shake Up Learning

Google Expeditions for Android. Google Cardboard for Android. Android Apps edtech educational technology Free Resources for teachers Google Google Cardboard Google Expeditions Virtual Reality google expeditions virtual reality

Class Dojo real-time behavior feedback platform Apps get updates

Educational Technology Guy

They had launched an iOS app this past September, and an Android app after that, to help teachers be able to use their tool while moving around the room, and even access it when not in the classroom. of its Popular iOS and Android Apps ClassDojo 2.0

TITAN Raises $5.2M in Series A to Scale Its School Nutrition Solution

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Brad Blankenship had been working in edtech for nearly 10 years when he noticed that food services—an essential division in any school district—was being neglected. Several years later, in 2015, Blankenship founded TITAN School Solutions , a company that provides cloud-based services around nutrition and meals to K-12 school districts. On Tuesday, the company announced it had raised $5.2 Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Lesson Planning With Chalk

EdTech4Beginners

Chalk is a 5-year-old company that is growing rapidly. It’s now accessible on any iOS and Android devices !). Tagged: edtech , education , lesson planning , teaching , technology. education edtech lesson planning teaching technology

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Thunkable Launches Cross-Platform App Maker That Lets Kids Drag, Drop and Build

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But Thunkable , a company with roots in MIT, is rolling out a new platform where even kids can build games and safety apps across different devices. Today, the San Francisco startup is launching a cross-platform app builder, dubbed “Thunkable X,” that offers a drag-and-drop interface for users to build and deploy apps natively on both Android and iOS devices. Today, the company claims that more than 500,000 users have used the platform to build more than 1 million apps.

After Layoffs and Acquisition, LightSail Education Charts a New, Uncertain Course

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Last September, the company tapped Good Harbor Partners, a Boston firm that advises on business transactions in the education technology industry, to explore strategic and financial opportunities for the company. Lightsail executives met with roughly a half-dozen companies to gauge their interest, according to Gideon Stein, LightSail’s founder and former chief executive. He and Ryan Alexander, the company’s president, are no longer involved in running the company.

This Father Built an App to Level the Playing Field for Struggling Readers

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Venkat Ratnam So Ratnam left his 23-year career as a professional services leader for software companies to create a solution that would help his children and others. Ratnam plans to release Android and web apps so students can use WhizRead with Chromebooks, laptops and Android tablets. Education Technology Language Arts Edtech Business Startups English Language Learning

Oculus Go: First Impressions

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There are so many education technology companies that have dipped there toes into the VR pool, and there are so many startups that are trying to gain a foothold in schools. When you look at every company participating in the Virtual Reality field, I think one thing is for sure.

Food for thought: The data-driven future of food and higher education

The Christensen Institute

Major companies are already thinking about how to package and personalize their goods differently in response to this new way of consuming. This blog was first published by the Sandbox ColLABorative.

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code

Shake Up Learning

modern browsers, iOS and Android. modern browsers, iOS and Android. Keep in mind–most of these curriculums are tied in with the tools of the companies that created them!). The post The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code appeared first on Shake Up Learning.

Noodle Partners Goes After the $1.5B Online Degree Market

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based company today announced it’s raised a $4 million seed round led by Osage Venture Partners, with participation from New Markets Venture Partners, 500 Startups and others. Noodle Partners landed its first customer, Pepperdine University, in March 2016, and the company will launch 10 more online degree programs this spring. Serial entrepreneur John Katzman, who is Noodle Partners’ founder and CEO, compares his latest venture to the “Android version” of OPMs.

An ‘Epic’ Fundraise: Children’s Digital Book Subscription Startup Nabs $8 Million

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based company has now raised a total of $21.4 The company pays a licensing fee for these rights.) Available on the web, iOS, Android and Kindle devices, Epic currently reaches five million children, its co-founder Kevin Donahue claims, with 24 million books read in April alone. He declined to share any ballpark estimates for subscription numbers, only offering that the company is “close” to being cashflow positive. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market

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It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students. Device compatibility: Android, iOS and any web browser. Since then, the company has kept a steady rhythm of new features including new features like email summaries for guardians, polling capabilities , and easier data transition for graduates.

The Big 3's War Over EDU: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft

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With that, I think it's worth taking a look at where each of the three big companies stands in regards to Ed. cross posted at www.bigguyinabowtie.com David Lockhart is an edtech presenter, speaker, advocate, and coach with over ten years' experience teaching high school social studies.

Robot Maker Wonder Workshop Raises a $20M Series B to Expand Internationally

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The company’s flagship products are two round blue robots aimed at introducing students six to 12 to computational thinking. Students use an iOS or Android app to code commands for the robots. The company will make Dash and Dot available in Austrialia, South Korea, China, South America and Europe. That’s why the company is also in search of Chinese and European animators and character designers. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

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

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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. Countless more are available for Android devices.

Microsoft’s Big Bett Updates: Free VR Curriculum and Using a Pencil as a Stylus

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More than 600 exhibitors and 34,000 attendees are expected to descend on London this week for the annual Bett show , where some companies come with a barrage of updates befitting one of the biggest education technology trade shows in the world. But there’s a method to the all new devices, features and curriculum updates, say company officials: to reinforce Microsoft’s position in the education market with tools that make learning more affordable and accessible.