iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. We created Assessment Items.

How Kids Really Learn

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.

Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope

Edsurge

A few weeks back, EdSurge published a podcast interview with education consultant and commentator Alan November, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District Mike Dorsey, after chatting with the two education experts at ISTE. Alan November One problem is that companies are still making money off of selling those “$1000 pencils” as ways to improve productivity.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

You know, we’re not giving the kids the tools in school along with opportunities to collaborate, that they need on the job, that the companies are asking for. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

The push for “free” universal education in Africa often falls short—here’s a better way

The Christensen Institute

But even for most who are desperately poor, education is highly valued as a majority of children—more than 70% —attend primary school and nearly half attend secondary school. The average secondary school graduate does not get a job until their early 30s, at which point most are parents.

ChalkTalk Reemerges to Find Scale in Schools—and More Funders

Edsurge

So the CEO of the Boston-based company sat in on classrooms in over 12 schools. Scaling an education technology company has been an ongoing lesson for Arbaji. Now, two years later, he tells EdSurge he’s pursuing a Series A fundraise to expand the company’s footprint beyond over 50 schools that the platform, and grow its team from 17 full-time employees to about 50. The company had raised $3 million in seed funding. The company is currently not profitable.

The Thank You Project #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsor : PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my “Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom” and an upcoming webinar on “Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System.”

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Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

Edsurge

That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We But the individual computerized assessments PLTW has built aren’t exactly what Darling-Hammond had in mind. “Is

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A Glimpse of the Future: What the K-12 Classroom Will Look Like in 2025

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Given that my experience is limited to middle school and high school students through my test-prep company and my critical-reading web app, SmartyReader , I’ll highlight my own insights in hopes of sparking a larger discussion of how the K-12 classroom will look in 2025.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

And you know as well as I do that when kids get hold of a misconception, if we wait until there’s an assessment and then we catch it, it’s already so deeply rooted that it takes that much more time to undo it. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Learn Why Edsby Is A Great Learning Management System For Your School | @Edsby

TeacherCast

Edsby is a robust, cloud-based, mobile learning management system that incorporates social learning, course planning, assessment management, and much more into a simple, easy to use package for the entire school community. About Company. Company website: [link].

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Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

And that means navigating the debate between segmentation and collaboration that dominates secondary education today. Five Formative Assessment Tools Recommended by Teacher Experts.

Empower Educators to Teach Writing with PD, Practice and Tools That Extend Their Reach

Edsurge

based educational software company best known for its plagiarism-detection tools. Revision Assistant's Secondary Education Prompt Library —middle and high school writing prompts organized by grade level. These are some of Patti West-Smith's favorite resources about writing instruction and assessment: ReadWriteThink.org. "On The caterwauling about the inability of U.S. students to write well goes back decades.

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The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

A study by Macquarie University in Australia and educational technology company Makers Empire confirms what’s easy for educators to observe — 3D lessons engage students , enabling them to learn advanced concepts and skills. The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments.

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Turn the Page: Looking Beyond the Textbook for Culturally-Responsive Curriculum

Edsurge

As the leader of an education company, it was a sobering reminder of the complexities and responsibilities involved in creating curriculum. So how can curriculum publishers and educational companies be meaningful partners in creating culturally-responsive classrooms?

Acquisition & the Teacher

Fractus Learning

Acquisition is what happens to all individuals while they’re traversing the world, whether alone or with company. This will first of all knock her confidence and will also set off a secondary process of trying to find when it is and is not appropriate to use this word.

Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes

Neo LMS

As a campus administrator, you need to assess whether your institution is competitively positioned over other organizations offering students similar courses. The days of gauging learning success on the basis of simple metrics like enrollment, attendance, or course completion are long gone!

The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

Hack Education

And indeed, according to my calculations too, the amount of money invested in education technology companies is up from this time last year and up from this time in 2015 as well. So far this year, there have been 95 investments in ed-tech companies, totaling $1.8

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

Edsurge

higher education courseware in 2015, down from 50 percent the year before, according to a 2018 report from Macquarie, an investment bank and financial services company. higher education courseware business despite gains in digital—all because of secondary textbook market’s impact.

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‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief

Edsurge

Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn had become increasingly frustrated with Summit Learning. The Secondary School for Journalism is one of about 380 schools nationwide using Summit Learning, a personalized learning program that involves the use of an online instructional software, called the Summit Platform. Dear Mr. Zuckerberg: Students at Secondary School For Journalism have suffered and faced many hardships because of the Summit Learning program.

Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

iterating toward openness

Improvement in post secondary education will require converting teaching from a solo sport to a community-based research activity. However, we’re just one company. Finally, we align each assessment item with the outcome it is designed to assess.

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AI Is Everywhere. Now It Wants to Teach You Chinese.

Edsurge

A growing number of vendors are offering AI-powered language-learning apps to companies and the general public ( Speexx , Busuu , Duolingo ) for hundreds of languages, but Ponddy’s products were developed specifically for secondary and university teachers of Mandarin.

Lexia Learning Releases New White Paper for Educators

techlearning

21, 2018) – According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ reading assessment, only a third of the students in each of the grades evaluated scored at or above proficiency. BOSTON (Feb.

Two Lexia Learning Products Honored in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

techlearning

We’re proud to have both Core5 and PowerUp recognized as robust technology-based products that are personalizing literacy instruction for elementary and secondary students, alike,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde.

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it: Edtech that connects students to role models

The Christensen Institute

Academic research has reached the same conclusions as this teacher; the 2016 State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce assessment reported that “the elementary and secondary educator workforce is overwhelmingly homogenous (82% white in public schools).”

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Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. Prior to landing her librarian dream job, she was both a secondary and primary classroom teacher. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Teachers Want Better Ed-Tech Science Tools. Will the Market Provide Them?

Marketplace K-12

The report draws from market research, as well as the experiences of companies selected to receive support to create ed-tech science products as part of a competition run by a venture fund project called NewSchools Ignite.

The development industry has the development equation backwards

The Christensen Institute

More than 70% of America was also rural with fewer than 10% of the population attending secondary school. The Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Company, the first railroad in America, is an example. A clothing industry was born thereafter and Singer’s company became one of the first global enterprises in the world. When he died, his company had created tens of thousands of jobs and enabled millions.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

iterating toward openness

I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses.

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DQC Announces New President & CEO

Leadership Lounge

What differentiates the Mayfield Innovation Center from traditional classrooms is evident not just in the virtual reality technology, the 3-D printers or the open architecture that make the two-floor, 30,000-square-foot building seem less of a secondary school than a Google satellite office.

Nearpod Notches $21M in Series B Round to Expand Digital, Virtual Learning Experiences

Edsurge

The funding will be used to “put a senior team in place” and “bring the skills and talents we need to talk to different stakeholders, such as administrators,” says Guido Kovalsky, the company’s CEO and co-founder, in an interview. The company has since expanded its platform to be compatible with all devices. The app initially focused on allowing teachers to build their own multimedia-rich presentations and assessments, beam them to students’ devices, and monitor their activities.

Bridge International Academies; a model for innovation

The Christensen Institute

In Liberia, a United Nations rights expert complained that the country’s decision to “outsource its primary education to a private company” is unacceptable. Today, Bridge provides secondary school scholarships for some of its primary school graduates, understanding the value of an excellent primary school education diminishes without access to secondary school. That kind of impact, when assessed with any measure of objectivity, is excellent.

Lexia PowerUp Literacy Wins Tech & Learning“Best of Show”Award at ISTE 2018

techlearning

It’s a yeoman’s task and we take it seriously in selecting these companies and their products.” PowerUp empowers secondary teachers—regardless of their background or expertise in reading—to deliver the exact instruction each student needs to become a proficient reader.

What’s Next for Pearson? (Not Buying Your Education Startup.)

Edsurge

For Pearson, the world’s largest education company, some of its recent tumult in past years have been self-imposed, even deliberate, under the helm of John Fallon. The sales include iconic brands such as The Financial Times and the company’s stake in The Economist and Penguin Random House. The company’s U.S. In 2016 the company reported a $3.3 Roughly 60 percent of the company’s revenues are now digital or digital-enabled.

Building Effective Edtech Business Models to Reach the Global Poor

Edsurge

Yet, as edtech companies became laser-focused on figuring out their business models, the emphasis on serving the poorest students in the poorest countries dwindled. We are an impact investing firm that funds early-stage companies tackling problems of poverty. In 2015 we began operations in Latin America and almost immediately began looking for edtech companies with the potential to address the structural challenges affecting schools. primary and secondary education.

Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator

Edsurge

Secondary schools can only take in 36 percent of students who finish primary school. Previously a consultant and policy adviser to Michael Gove, the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of Education, Martin first explored growth opportunities for international education companies in Africa in 2015, after leaving his gig at Boston Consulting Group. In return, Injini takes up to 15 percent of equity in each company. “We Sometimes a school chain will even buy out a company.”

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

And you know as well as I do that when kids get hold of a misconception, if we wait until there’s an assessment and then we catch it, it’s already so deeply rooted that it takes that much more time to undo it.

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Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

Almost 5 million students were enrolled as English learners in US public elementary and secondary school during the 2013/14 school year—that’s almost 10% of the total student population.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. How strong is the company’s K-12 track record?

How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In

Edsurge

But as educators and edtech companies look to track the most effective tools and practices, two big questions are at the fore: How do we measure technology’s effectiveness? Administrators were a bit more tempered in their responses, expressing hesitation about whether live observation is the be-all, end-all in assessing edtech impact. Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, felt the same.