Should Teachers Take Cash from Edtech Companies?

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When she was in the classroom, Jenny Herrera remembers feeling resentful whenever the school principal would email teachers telling them they needed to stay after school to give feedback to edtech companies. The ethics of teachers advising and working with edtech companies received a lot of attention when the New York Times published a piece on the subject last fall. Unsurprisingly, the panelists brought up the article—and their thoughts on the controversy.

EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

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Over the past several years, MIND Research Institute has been endeavoring to change the conversation around edtech evaluations. MIND’s Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson has made the case time and time again that the “one good study” paradigm is insufficient for edtech practitioners to base decisions on, and that a model of repeatable results at scale is one that should be adopted across the education industry.

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What U.S. Companies Should Know About Asia's Edtech Market

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Last summer, when I was working for ThinkCERCA, which helps students develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, the edtech startup was facing a big decision: should it try and break into the lucrative Chinese market? After a summer of market research and competitor analysis, the company eventually signed off on a collaboration with a Chinese partner, TAL Education. company that has eyed Asia as the next big market. edtech companies.

The Next Edtech IPO Might Be This London-Based Language Learning Company

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Niesner claims the company is on track to hit $40 million in revenue in 2020. There are so many players out there—and a few emerging winners” in edtech, says Niesner, 40. “We The company is still shy of the $100 million revenue threshold commonly associated with IPO-ready companies.

?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

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We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular articles from 2017, as picked by our readers. Microcredentials, and controversial moves and pivots by edtech companies hoping to disrupt the higher education landscape. A few weeks after EdSurge probed the company about the silence, Amazon opened up the resource library to the public. New years mean clean slates, fresh perspectives and goal setting for the months ahead.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game.

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Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

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According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. The EdTech sphere is obviously developing quickly, so some things that seemed impossible only a few years ago have become a standard in the meantime. 5 New EdTech tools to watch.

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Top Edtech Classroom Tools

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At Common Sense Education, the edtech reviewers have seen it all. And to help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “ 50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.” Magnus’ Kingdom of Chess and DragonBox Algebra 5+ : Published by the same company, these games teach chess and algebra in a way that students have no clue they’re learning.

The K-12 Edtech Market Is At an Inflection. But Where Is It Going?

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To keep them engaged, we are now paying for applications that both educate and entertain our little ones while we do things like write this article. As EdSurge reporter Rebecca Koenig points out , some companies have satisfied the demands of parents and their school clients.

How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity

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In an article last week , EdSurge shared a 2013 study by University of California, Berkeley economists Ross Levine and Rona Rubenstein, who analyzed the common traits of entrepreneurs and found that most entrepreneurs were white and male. The next logical question is, are those entrepreneurs’ companies any better, in terms of diversity? A few edtech companies are now using resources to document—and potentially address—disparities in their ranks.

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’

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The company says it has a working prototype and is in conversations with a Long Island school to pilot the headset. The company’s CEO has said that BrainCo aims to develop a tool that can translate thoughts directly into text, or “brain typing.” To support that work, the company plans to use data collected from students using its headsets to compile “the world’s largest brainwave database.” But the company has also faced less enthusiastic reviews.

Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again

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For instance, it is filled with advertisements and there is no statement about how the advertisers impacted or influenced the study – but we know that they sponsored it, and they are edtech companies and commercial publishers, and therefore not uninterested parties. The last part of the report deals with plagiarism detection software, and it specifically targets a peer reviewed article that was published in Hybrid Pedagogy a few months ago.

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Coronavirus FAQ: Everything Schools and Companies Need and Want to Know

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There are efforts to collect and share offerings from companies that want to help impacted schools. NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit philanthropy that funds schools and educational companies, has also started a list. Another effort is Learning Keeps Going , a collaborative initiative from ISTE (EdSurge’s parent organization), Digital Promise, CoSN and others that aims to curate online resources and tools from educators and companies.

EdTech startups launch "Learn From Home Club" offering free resources to students and teachers

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The participating education companies have a combined reach of nearly 600 million users. They far surpassed that number, giving away over 100,000 scholarships, and decided to partner with other ed-tech companies to put together a larger offering.

Checking Your Edtech Assumptions

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This is the first in a series of articles chronicling how education leaders across the country understand the assumptions built into edtech products. Subsequent articles will incorporate data from upcoming Summits across the country. Discovering the right edtech is hard. But how aware are educators of the assumptions behind edtech tools? How many years experience do you have using edtech tools [in a given category]?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

No need to dig far to discern what I think about it as I am quoted in the article. Google – which maintains close ties to the think tank – was alleged to pressure New America to push out a scholar and his team after they made a series of sharp statements about the behavior of the company. Heck, you should see what surprises my inbox holds some days: (I did not take the company up on its offer.). A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition).

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How Teachers Learn About New Edtech Products (Round-up)

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Here’s a taste of what SnapLearning shared, and then click the link and go read the entire article. HOW WE LEARN ABOUT NEW EDTECH PRODUCTS [ROUND-UP]. We connected to 15 teachers in the US who are into edtech and asked them a simple question: How do you prefer to learn about new educational products? If you are an edtech company, don’t miss this post as it is bound to get your wheels turning!

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The Best Edtech for Students Is Backed by Research. Here’s What to Look For.

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The truth is edtech products that foster more learning than would happen in analogue settings can be difficult to find. So naturally, one of the big questions we face is, how can we help ensure effective edtech happens more often?

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

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And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide. 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. Education funders must ensure that these gap-closing edtech solutions are inclusive.

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Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy

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For almost a decade, selling edtech products to schools and districts has felt dangerously like selling a home over the internet. We describe edtech products with all the excitement and adjectives of a fresh listing on Zillow. But when it comes to demonstrating that products “work,” too many companies fall back on testimonials. Everyone, whether an educator, an entrepreneur or a parent, should want edtech products that are effective—ones that genuinely help students learn.

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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

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And we’re filing stories that capture the essence of the edtech industry in 2018. But the edtech industry has hit some bumps along the way, wrestling with collateral concerns from the public spotlight over data privacy and security. A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works). But the company’s most compelling case for reclaiming pole position in the education market isn’t the tablet, argues EdSurge columnist Jin-Soo Huh.

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Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

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At the beginning of the edtech wave, superintendents saw many benefits from using digital resources in the classroom. District IT offices were taking on the same tasks as Fortune 500 companies without the ability to implement them as effectively. For administrators looking to take the focus of edtech away from upkeep and back to learning, moving to the cloud could be the answer. This article was modified and published by EdScoop and eSchool News.

Bigger Deals, Bigger Bets: EdTech Venture Funding Trends Continue in 2018

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The key difference in the past few years, however, has been larger funding rounds and valuations across a fewer number of EdTech companies. For those EdTech companies that cannot access funds, or simply do not wish to raise large sums of venture capital money, their ability to maintain a first-mover advantage, or reach cash-flow positive without capital constraint, could be jeopardized by the presence of well-funded rivals. By Jon Thomas and Spencer Wu.

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Edtechs Build Alexa Skills That Deepen Learning in AWS Challenge. Which Gets Your Vote?

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When Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SXSW EDU collaborate to issue a challenge, the edtech world answers. In July 2019, the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge gave developers a chance to make cutting-edge Alexa skills for creative educational improvements. In July 2019, the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge gave developers a chance to make cutting-edge Alexa skills for creative educational improvements. Edtech companies across the U.S.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. In the edWebinar, “ Strategic Technology Planning and Investment,” which is part of CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent series for edWeb, three superintendents who’ve been in the trenches for all aspects of district edtech plans discussed effective financial planning for technology. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

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While the Wild West era of edtech may be over, there’s still some mystery over how schools decide what digital materials to buy. In the edWebinar, “ Building Authentic Need and Research into Edtech Development,” representatives from a large school district, a small district, a developer, and the research community answered burning questions about edtech procurement. What role do learning goals play when searching for the best edtech?

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

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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. Try Shelfit from EdTech Software. Back to School EdTech Action Step #1: Determine the start page for you and your students. Try Shelfit from EdTech Software.

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Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

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If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an edtech company’s board meeting, or what keeps founders up at night, here was your chance to find out. Earlier this month in New York City, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, AT&T’s program that finds, develops, and invests in promising edtech companies from around the world, hosted an afternoon of mock board meetings with its 2018 cohort. The same principle applies to edtech companies.

What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?

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Those building, funding and using edtech tools must similarly wrestle with these concerns. Now, educators are focused on linking edtech tools directly to student learning outcomes. What’s the dark horse of edtech? (An Technology can collect and harness more data than ever before.

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What Data Will Show That Edtech ‘Works’?

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Data may also be self-reported by teachers and students on surveys developed by companies including Panorama Education or simply Google Forms. Companies design products with specific use cases in mind. Mathematica breaks down the most common types of evidence that accompany edtech products ( See more details in source PDF ): Anecdotal: Impressions from user experience. Descriptive: Measures of outcomes over time, commonly seen in news articles and blogs.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

As such, expect an abbreviated (TBD) publishing schedule for ‘A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News’ in August. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition). This is an area where it would improve the job of edtech developers if we said, 'Here’s what you’re allowed to gather and share.' Sci-Hub can instantly provide access to more than two-thirds of all scholarly articles. EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

No need to dig far to discern what I think about it as I am quoted in the article. Google – which maintains close ties to the think tank – was alleged to pressure New America to push out a scholar and his team after they made a series of sharp statements about the behavior of the company. Heck, you should see what surprises my inbox holds some days: (I did not take the company up on its offer.). A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition).

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Strategy, Serendipity, Sleepless Nights: 3 Edtech CEOs on ‘Great Exits’

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PLATO had reportedly spent about $50 million to buy another company to expand the school grades it serviced. But according to Brekhus, now chief product officer at Renaissance Learning, PLATO failed to effectively communicate how Lightspan fit into the company’s strategy. Instead, a small team should handle those questions while the rest of the employees make sure the company continues to meet the day-to-day needs of its customers.

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition). Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S. " Tagged on: August 23, 2017 Inside the Kids' Privacy Zone | CommonSense Kids Action → This report examines five "pressing" privacy developments: smart toys and smart homes; virtual and augmented reality; digital citizenship; targeted ads; and, edtech.

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition). Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S. " Tagged on: August 23, 2017 Inside the Kids' Privacy Zone | CommonSense Kids Action → This report examines five "pressing" privacy developments: smart toys and smart homes; virtual and augmented reality; digital citizenship; targeted ads; and, edtech.

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