A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

Wisewire

With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs. Article Source: [link].

EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

A few weeks ago, EdSurge published an article that echoed many of those same sentiments, most specifically that the overreliance on “gold standard” RCT studies is the wrong approach for edtech.

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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. The Washington Post reported that upon the campaign’s unveiling, more than 50 organizations had endorsed the principles underlying the contract, including the French government, Facebook and Google.

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

Edsurge

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. But their story is not a blueprint that will make sense for every company. Between the drastic variations in business culture, social norms and day-to-day education affairs, there are a lot of differences companies should know about (along with a few similarities).

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

Edsurge

Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. 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.” But the company has also faced less enthusiastic reviews.

How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity

Edsurge

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.

S'Cool Tools, Teacher Voice Edition: Torsh TALENT, Teacher Impact Reports, Listenwise

Edsurge

Teacher Impact Reports Patrick is a Math, Science, STEM & Assessment Coordinator at an Illinois district. EdSurge: What was the problem in your classroom or school that you were trying to solve when you implemented Teacher Impact Reports? Education Data Solutions (EDS), the parent company, has also integrated with our school information system (SIS) to access much of our historical assessment data as well. Our use of Teacher Impact Reports has been the total reverse.

New Report Reveals Inconsistent Privacy and Security Practices in EdTech

Graphite Blog

The 2018 State of EdTech Privacy Report represents the culmination of a three-year examination into how student information is collected, used, and disclosed. Download the report. Data transfer: Seventy-four percent indicated they maintain the right to transfer any personal information collected to a third party if the company is acquired, merges with another company, or files for bankruptcy. ? Seek out companies that have responsible practices.

New Report Reveals Inconsistent Privacy and Security Practices in EdTech

Graphite Blog

The 2018 State of EdTech Privacy Report represents the culmination of a three-year examination into how student information is collected, used, and disclosed. Download the report. Data transfer: Seventy-four percent indicated they maintain the right to transfer any personal information collected to a third party if the company is acquired, merges with another company, or files for bankruptcy. ? Seek out companies that have responsible practices.

Research Finds Online Service Providers Boost Program Enrollment

Wisewire

Universities that contract with an online program management company tend to outperform those that go it on their own. Traditionally, the report noted, OPM companies have signed long-term contracts with schools, incorporating investments in new online programs.

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How to Empower Students With Timely Knowledge Using “The Week”

The CoolCatTeacher

” Instead of reporters going to “cover” events, they instead survey and read through many sources of news and summarize the most important into a simple-to-read 42-page document.

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Colleges Should Build Online Programs, Not New Gyms and Climbing Walls

Wisewire

One article reported that Udacity, a company that creates large-scale online courses, budgeted $200,000 per course, while edX charged $250,000 for its design and consulting services. Original Article Source: [link].

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Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

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How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

Edsurge

In this still from a Byju's provided video, about 20,000 students pack the country's largest indoor arena for a math lesson from the company's CEO in 2013. These company’s teaching methods originated from tutoring sessions held offline by Raveendran himself.

10 Data-Science terms and their applications

Playware Studios

It quite naturally follows the data that Data scientist roles have grown over 650% since 2012, and that hundreds of companies are hiring for those roles [4]. Probability: In any introductory article or discussion about Data Science, Probability is a must mention.

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Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again

ProfHacker

However, there were some other things right from the start that bothered us about the report. We have taken issue with other reports for similar issues. Near the end of the report, we became more skeptical, wondering if the methodology of this study warranted deeper scrutiny.

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Make P.E. great—for the first time?

The Christensen Institute

In Alia Wong’s article for the Atlantic, “ Gym Class Is So Bad, Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It ” she chronicles several of the reasons why, as P.E. The company, PLT4M , has since moved on to work out of its own dedicated office, as it has grown and stretched beyond its origins.

Partnerships that Work: Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers

Digital Promise

Digital Promise Global’s Learner Positioning Systems (LPS) initiative is the conduit to unite products with research through partnerships with edtech companies. Teachers reported that the audio feature allowed all learners, whether or not they could decode quickly, to access knowledge.

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The 32 Million Disruptive Adult Learning Opportunities

Digital Promise

(This blog is excerpted from an article that originally appeared on Forbes.com.). Thanks to reports by Digital Promise , Tyton Partner s and others, we know that there is a significant number of adults—roughly 36 million—in the United States who are low skilled, in many cases lacking basic numeracy or literacy skills. So, I think, there is more room for innovation and for small companies to do well and to be heard.

Adobe Flash 2020 Retirement: The 5 R’s Strategy for Teachers

ViewSonic Education

Once used by almost every major tech company to create computer content Flash is being replaced by more modern and open platforms. ” McAfee recently reported that “Flash continues to offer attackers an exploitable collection of flaws for the immediate future.”

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

EdNews Daily

The key difference in the past few years, however, has been larger funding rounds and valuations across a fewer number of EdTech companies. EdTech unicorns, companies that have reached billion-dollar valuations prior to an IPO, are prominent in the United States and also China.

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18 Unexpected Free Educational Videos Website for Teachers

ViewSonic Education

The Institute of Arts and Ideas brings together their own collection of articles and videos of world-leading thinkers. Bloomberg is a great resource for both articles and videos on current events and news from across the globe. Let’s Tute is an E-learning company based in Mumbai.

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5 EdTech Trends Educators Need To Watch In 2019

EdTech4Beginners

An article by Yoss explains how today’s data-driven discovery methods can uncover hidden correlations , which can then be used to improve processes on a grand scale. Fortune reports that the US government has been funding efforts to solve this phenomenon and train educators. Companies like Florida Power & Light and Pratt & Whitney partner with schools to train STEM instructors to teach them programming while working a paid internship.

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20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

Now that we have screentime reported to us on many phones, track it and work to spend less time looking at your mobile device. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we’re talking with Heidi Sloan, a Virginia 5th grade teacher who has the privilege of reporting on the Iditarod this year, February 19-22, 2018. There are a lot of articles that the mushers write at the EDU of Iditarod does. You can have your kids read the articles.

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The Value of the Online Program Management Industry

Wisewire

Recently, the OPM industry was discussed in an article published in The Atlantic, and the verdict was not favorable toward certain OPM providers. OPM providers are organizations (typically for-profit companies) that help non-profit schools, both public and private, develop online programs.

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

Neo LMS

According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. For instance, Osso VR is a virtual reality technology company founded on the principle of training surgeons with real world skills that can be directly applied when in the operating room.

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23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

The Work You Do Has Power

Tom Murray

The largest taxi company owns no (human driven) taxis (Uber) The largest accommodations provider owns no real estate. Netflix) The largest phone companies own no telecommunications infrastructure. Retrieved from [link] McKinsey & Company (2017). Blockbuster.

Guest Post: Is Virtual Reality For Education All Hype?

EdTech4Beginners

To name a few, San Francisco Unified School District and Polk County Public Schools in Florida are reported to have adopted VR technology, Fortune says. Companies have begun distributing smartphone-compatible cardboard VR sets in the US and organizing events and meetups for teachers.

College Major Myths

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In order for people with STEM majors to keep their edge, they have to invest in continuing education or work for companies willing to make that investment for them, the authors report.

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Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

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. A logic-model literally captures the DNA of a company.

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When an Online Teaching Job Becomes a Window into Child Abuse

Edsurge

Around 6 o’clock on a fall morning in 2018, Jordan sat down at her desk, donned her headset, and logged in to her account with VIPKid , a Beijing-based company that connects native English-speaking teachers like her with children in China for live, online video lessons.

Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

Digital Promise

Based on my experience, companies who have research that validates, or at least indicates, the efficacy of their products gain wider acceptance. While gold-standard randomized control trials are expensive, companies can conduct other forms of valid research at a reasonable cost. How does a company raise awareness and sell into a bifurcated market?

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools is a helpful article that I wrote for Edutopia. Leave Comments on Report Cards and Progress Reports My most treasured report card is from fifth grade. Classroom management can be a challenge.