2018 Halftime Ka’Ching Report: U.S. Edtech Raises $739M in Venture Funding

Edsurge

Then in May, Francisco bought Renaissance Learning , an assessment developer, from its previous private-equity owner Hellman & Friedman (which paid $1.1 Case in point: Edmodo, the social-learning platform developer, was sold to NetDragon , a Chinese company, for $15 million in cash and roughly $122 million in stock. reportedly set aside $1.8 So far, there have been fewer home-run funding deals than last year. But for the U.S.

What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The ideal would be to have all assignments, assessment, and submittals for each student curated in one spot that automatically updates as the year progresses–and provides actionable reports. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

I have a confession.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''ve been teaching for 14 years and I can''t get students to improve their writing based on my assessment alone no matter how many times I try. I try and band-aid the situation telling the students (and myself) the process will be assessed on Marking Period A, while the final product will be part of Marking Period B''s grade (ok, in rare cases Marking Period C or D). The other part of the problem is in the assessment from the teacher and the effects (or lack of) of the assessment.

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D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything and Reflect

Reading By Example

These assessment opportunities would have looked different for each student: personalized and student-driven, based on where kids were and where we wanted to go. If a student is done with a book, they could write a book review (instead of a book report) for the classroom or school library.

The (Nearly) Invisible Portfolio

The Principal of Change

It is not just assessment of learning, but assessment as learning. There is a lot of learning we can have through these places that many schools are using, but have you ever heard of a potential employer asking a student to see their Edmodo account?

13 Edtech Tools Every Teacher and Student Should Know About

Wisewire

There are many educational apps that were created to enhance teaching and learning, tools for knowledge sharing, instruction, collaboration, practice, productivity, and assessment. 6 Edmodo. Edmodo has “the largest global teacher network.” Original Article Source: [link].

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How You Can Take the Pain Out Of Data-Driven Classrooms

Edsurge

In Support of Formative Assessment As educators, we can use formative assessments to monitor progress while we still have time to reteach, fix misconceptions, and give more practice time. Formative assessments give us an idea of what our students are understanding during instruction, and can be embedded in the lesson activities. The additional beauty in formative assessments is that we can use the data without always having to assign a grade to it.

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Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby

TeacherCast

Should individual teachers have to assess the pros and cons for themselves of systems like Edsby , Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology or Moodle? A given teacher might be using a handful of apps: for learning management (Edmodo? Uniform assessment and reporting.

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All the Upgrades and Updates From Apple, Google and More at ISTE 2018

Edsurge

Frontline Education , a provider of K-12 data software, is developing a new feature (or “skill”) for Alexa that allows administrators to access data, such as teacher evaluation reports and employment rates, through voice-activated commands. A new open platform from Curriculum Pathways, called Crio , lets teachers build lessons using multimedia and assessment features (e.g. Look what the wind blew into the Windy City.

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Learn Why EduSight is an awesome Portfolio Tool For Documenting Student Achievement | @EduSight

TeacherCast

Use Edusight on the web to manage assessment, grading, and standards seamlessly (includes Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and state standards). Edmodo Single Sign On and roster sync.

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10 Epic Tools Busy Teachers Need to Be Aware of

TeacherCast

Nevertheless, if you still use some outdated tools, it’s high time to choose the new ones: Edmodo. Edmodo is actually an online classroom, which allows teachers assign homework, track student progress, conduct quizzes, create discussions and groups, monitor actions of each group member.

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Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” Use the self-grading features of programs like Google Forms to assess student work.

Massive Data Breaches, Billions in Wasted Funds: Who Is Holding Edtech Vendors Accountable?

Edsurge

We were victims of the FAFSA breach, now we are victims again with Edmodo. Most recently, one of the most widely-used education technology companies, Edmodo, had records for. Some districts also make schools report to credit agencies and offer reparations in the form of a credit monitoring service. FAFSA breach ,” says Rachel Stickland, a mother of two, referring to an incident reported in April in which the records up to 100,000 financial aid applicants may have been stolen.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. Together, Edmodo and Clever make it easier for teachers to access Edmodo’s resources, save time planning lessons, and help students master concepts even faster.

Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Students middle school and up (or precocious elementary) can find easy-to-understand facts for a state report or a perspective project evaluating what happened around the world while they were winning a soccer game. They can even create quizzes to assess their learning.

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When Education CEOs and Bigwig Financiers Go ‘Back to School’

Edsurge

In its latest market report , BMO estimates that $1.52 But scrutiny and revelations of predatory malpractice involving misleading students have “left public investors with a sour taste about that sector,” says Jeff Silber, managing director and senior research analyst at BMO and an author of the report. The report also notes a steady climb in the number of mergers and acquisitions across the education industry.

The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

Leadership Lounge

classrooms: Edmodo and Google Classroom — part of Google’s G Suite for Education. • Assessments. In recent blog posts, I’ve been focusing on educational technology initiatives that I consider game changers for K-12 schools.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

”) It was certainly the outcome that investors were hoping for Edmodo , which raised $25 million in 2012, boasting that it had 15 million users. Remember Edmodo? It’s not even an LMS, quite frankly – something Edmodo tried to use as a selling point for a little while.

Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

Edsurge

At this time of the year, some businesses are busy filing expenses and reports. Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? So MIT researchers have been hard at work developing a new kind of assessment to measure all the things we say we care about—like curiosity, creativity and critical thinking. When NetDragon, a Chinese online gaming and education company, bought Edmodo this year , questions emerged over how users’ data privacy and security would be safeguarded.

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Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Assessment as an Ongoing Act of Learning: A Heutagogical Approach: Melanie Booth. Many teachers remember the days of steering students to educational internet sites and having them present reports in PowerPoint.

10 Sites for Blended Learning

Technology Tidbits

3] Proponents of blending learning cite the opportunity for data collection and customization of instruction and assessment as two major benefits of this approach. [4] cut/crop) it, adding questions, and generate assessments to blend learning. What is Blended Learning?

Celebrate the National Day on Writing

Graphite Blog

Whether they're composing song lyrics, film scripts, blog comments, infographics, essays, tweets, video-game storyboards, lab reports, or lines of code, what it means to write no longer conforms to the traditional notion of putting pen to paper. For younger students, or for a less public option, share within your class or school Edmodo community or set up a Padlet wall and have kids mock-tweet links to their writing there. Kids are writing all the time.

Edsby: “What You Should Know About Our ‘New-School’ Learning Management System”

TeachThought - Learn better.

It features tightly integrated capabilities like social learning, school news, group collaboration, assessment management, timetables and calendars, course planning, report cards, and attendance.

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

Edsurge

As EdSurge and others have reported , these companies greatly concentrate in B2C English and tutoring services (and sometimes a combination of both). a good number of edtech products, such as Google Classroom and Edmodo, are designed exclusively for in-school use, and cannot survive without a B2B market.

5 Ways to Promote Writing Across the Curriculum

Graphite Blog

Then, of course, there are all those essays, lab reports, stories, blog posts, explanations of solutions to math problems, and exams; each one has a legitimate place in students' toolboxes as they learn to communicate ideas, information, and opinions. Plus, imagine how much happier the science teachers will be with coherent lab reports that follow a solid organizational plan. Students could apply those new skills by peer-editing lab reports they write in science class.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Washington Post : “ Betsy DeVos was asked to address education reporters at their annual convention. ” Via The Washington Post : “Secret report shows ‘special’ treatment for public officials in D.C. ” That’s the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam (a.k.a. “ Social Capital has hired Marc Mezvinsky as the investment firm morphs its business,” Recode reports. Education Politics.

Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

Suggestions for extensions/apps to be preloaded on Chromebooks Edmodo Google Keep - notes and lists Evernote Web Adblock Plus Evernote Web Clipper WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker GeoGebra math app Read&Write - reading support EasyBib Desmos Graphing Calculator A to Z of Google Services https://docs.google.com/viewer?srcid=0B6dF7rWxc-5aMGMyanRsMW5DbzQ&pid=explorer&efh=false&a=v&chrome=false&embedded=true Real ti me feedback from students for formative assessment.

SimCityEDU sets middle school students to work on a “Pollution Challenge”

Educator Innovator

SimCityEDU , an Educator Innovator partner, is proudly releasing its first game-based learning and assessment product built on the popular SimCity video game platform. is intended to act as a powerful teaching tool for educators, integrating learning and assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards in the same experience. SimCityEDU is a first product out of GlassLab (or Games Learning and Assessment).

Celebrate the National Day on Writing

Graphite Blog

Whether they're composing song lyrics, film scripts, blog comments, infographics, essays, tweets, video-game storyboards, lab reports, or lines of code, what it means to write no longer conforms to the traditional notion of putting pen to paper. Kids are writing all the time.

Here's what you missed at the MidWest Technology Conference 2014 #METC14

MSEDTechie

Follow reputable news sources and journalists/reporters in the field. Screencastomatic - Free online screencast Paul Bogush 15 assessments that don''t suck. I had the pleasure to attend and present at the Midwest Technology Conference in February.

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

Think beyond using digital tools to complete only traditional assignments such as papers and reports. Don’t Assess the Bells and Whistles; Content is King. But when it comes to assessing student work, always remember to go back to those learning goals.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“Publishers Wiley , Cengage , Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education have won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a seller of fake textbooks ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “ Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons this week announced that it would eliminate student loans with scholarships for all students who qualify for financial aid,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Edmodo had raised some $77.5

Hack Education Weekly News

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Meanwhile on Campus… Excellent reporting from The Oregonian’s Bethany Barnes : “Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter.” Inside Higher Ed reports there’ll be 55 layoffs at Meharry Medical College and 24 layoffs at Western Illinois University. ” “ AI and Assessment ” by Donald Clark. ” Research, “Research,” and Reports.

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University of Texas at Austin , related to features unique to that university,“ Inside Higher Ed reports. ” As Vox reports, “The Court announced Thursday that it was unable to reach a decision in the case United States v. ” “ Northwest Evaluation Association To Enter State Assessment Market,” says Education Week. ” asks The Hechinger Report after looking at the country’s rising PISA scores. Education Politics.

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“ Betsy DeVos Refuses to Rule Out Giving Funds to Schools That Discriminate ,” The New York Times reports. ” “GOP lawmakers said Thursday they had planned to subpoena the former chief of federal student aid , Jim Runcie , to testify before a House of Representatives oversight subcommittee and may still do so,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Via Education Week : “Market Is Booming for Digital Formative Assessments.”