Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

This article takes you through the process while acknowledging what a hassle it is. It is a moral, ethical, and financial imperative for technology companies to develop and iterate their platforms with audience in mind following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity


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.

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The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

The Fault Lines Between Sharing and Shilling for an Edtech Product


At issue is whether “ambassador” programs and other branding efforts, wherein companies give teachers T-shirts, gift cards and other perks, constitute ethical violations. Clearly, the article has touched a nerve in the education community about the fault lines between preaching and pitching products. I’ve followed the guidelines, but when does advocating for the best tools stop and shilling for a product begin?”

Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy


But when it comes to demonstrating that products “work,” too many companies fall back on testimonials. In fact, we’d argue that the best way to ramp and grow a company is to create a compelling portfolio of efficacy. This included guidelines for curriculum and edtech.

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Conducting Edtech Impact Research in the ESSA Era

have recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Ringleader of Admissions Scam Also Ran a College Counseling Firm For Families in China


In some cases, the company also helped the applicants cheat on ACT or SAT tests, or took online classes for them to boost their applications. The Los Angeles-based company, called USA-UES, listed Rick Singer as its co-chairman as of Thursday. Hours after the company and its top leaders were contacted by EdSurge, the company removed Rick Singer’s name and all staff member names from its site, though we grabbed a screenshot before they did (posted below).

Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Educators can do all of that with a set of free tools created by CAST , a nonprofit research and development company dedicated to breaking down barriers to learning. UDL Guidelines. For more research-based articles on education, visit Usable Knowledge. An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students.

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Creativity and Orbiting the Giant Hairball of School

User Generated Education

On the way to getting big, most companies [schools] turn into Giant Hairballs. A world honeycombed with established guidelines, techniques, methodologies, systems, and equations are at the heart of the hairball’s gravity. Resources and Articles.

The Value of Usage Data as the First Step in Edtech Research

explained why usage data studies are beneficial to edtech companies and schools as well as what types of additional studies can provide relevant insights. The professional development company examined, for example, had a high number of users in New York.

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The 5-Second Rule And Other Myths: How to Protect Kids’ Health At School

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Stephen Lewis. Kids swap MRSA easily in communal situations where touching one another, sharing items (even articles of clothing), and generally crowding together are common.

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3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

We would bring these teachers together to connect with each other, have a direct connection with the company, and of course share their knowledge across the schools and districts. When companies and school systems partner to develop educator expertise, everybody wins.

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


These guidelines are based on our years of experience designing and conducting studies to assess the impact of educational technology on learning and draw on what we have learned about sizing up products and their claims.

A Commitment to Confronting Our Bias and Privileges


But here are some guidelines that we at EdSurge will follow on this journey of exploring the concept of privilege, recognizing “white blindness,” and moving from conversations on listicles and Tweets, into practice in our office and in our work. Guideline #1: Recognize the implicit biases in our own work. How do the images that accompany these articles reinforce or reject assumptions and biases? Guideline #3: Start the conversation—in the office, at home, with your neighbors.

Can You Show Netflix in Class? Copyright for Teachers Made Simple


Printed materials, like books and articles, do fall under fair use in some cases—but this can be flexible. There is no hard-and-fast rule, although some districts may set specific guidelines of their own. For example, some might let you make multiple copies of an article or story less than 2,500 words. Company partners like Chevron, Google and Sonic along with individual donors help support teacher projects all over the United States.

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

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: July 30, 2017 Tristan Harris: The Manipulative Tricks that Tech Companies Use to Capture Your Attention | TED → A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want.

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How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

For a closer look at the future of virtual reality in education, dive into this article from the Samsung Insights blog : Immersive Virtual Reality: The Next Frontier in Education. The article explores the growth of virtual reality and the implications in both K-12 and higher education.

Where We Slipped Up


Our past public involvement in conversations surrounding race, bias and inequity has been modest: some articles both by us and by contributors, an occasional meetup. Our resulting post was a collection of questions and guidelines intended to share how we are consciously thinking through these issues as a team and in our public work. Specifically, in an exchange with educator Rafranz Davis, she offered a collection of steps that we then brought into our article.

Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition)


Recognizing that works are now published in a dizzying array of formats, MLA 8 recommends one universal set of guidelines that apply across source types. This lovely chart of guidelines , also illustrates punctuation. The article is italicized and its first letter is capitalized.

Why Our Obsession With Edtech and Workforce Prep Concerns Parents and Public Educators


He added that directory information could be sold to data brokers and marketing companies, and once the school releases this data, it’s public information beyond the parent’s or student’s control. The professor also pointed to a Healthline article which references research showing that overexposure to blue light from smartphones and other electronic devices can contribute to “eyestrain and discomfort.”

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Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. This article was modified and published by eSchool News. The company has evolved to become one of the world’s largest software companies with more than 18,500 employees in more than 50 countries.

Reducing Online Security and Privacy Risk in Your School

Read your school’s social media guidelines and review your privacy settings. This article was modified and published by EdScoop. The company has evolved to become one of the world’s largest software companies with more than 18,500 employees in more than 50 countries.

The Failure of Fast Education


Editor’s note: This article has been edited from the original post, “ Teach Slower to Teach Better ” and republished with permission. I don’t know how to make a new company, or product, or service to teach design that is fast, cheap, and effective.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

Stanford Calls for Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Ed


Note: This article originally appeared in Stanford News. There are laws, both state and federal, and protocols that were established long before big data and the influx of outside companies into higher education. The guidelines center on four core ideas. As college students click, swipe and tap through their daily lives—both in the classroom and outside of it—they’re creating a digital footprint of how they think, learn and behave that boggles the mind. “We’re

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Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

Review the top ten qualities in this Forbes article. On the other hand, an example of collaboration is the leadership team from a corporation deciding on the direction they want to take the company. This post was written in collaboration with Douglas Konopelko.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

Review the top ten qualities in this Forbes article. On the other hand, an example of collaboration is the leadership team from a corporation deciding on the direction they want to take the company. This post was written in collaboration with Doug Konopelko.

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

These systems involve four primary indicators: proficiency on state tests; English language proficiency; another academic factor that can be broken out by subgroup; and a “wild card” item that each state can choose within certain guidelines.

Why Recognizing Dyslexia In Children At School Can Be Difficult


Yet while provisions had been decided at the state level, for one reason or another, they hadn’t made their way down to the district, which was still operating under old guidelines. The district said it is only following guidelines set up by the state of Tennessee.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

What’s New


The partnership will expand access to webinars, articles, and other resources designed to support teachers on how to best use technology for learning and teaching.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

This is part one of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Last year, I started this series – my annual review of the year in education technology – with an article on wishful thinking. That’s another story for another article.).

At Your Wits’ End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This


’ ” This misconception comes in part from the media, she says, and from companies — Apple, Google, Amazon — that advertise parental controls and settings as a magic solution. ” Abby’s mom has sent her articles about research linking teen depression and suicide to screen use. A 2017 article in The Atlantic magazine — “ Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? This story is based on an episode of NPR’s Life Kit.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

I’d hardly know where to begin in writing one, but I want to open this particular article – one that focuses, in part, on the whole “everyone should learn to code” craze – recognizing his great contribution to educational computing as well as his loss. I first read an article by Seymour Papert in a Women’s Studies class in the mid 1990s – “ Epistemological Pluralism ,” which he co-wrote with Sherry Turkle.