When Students Design Their School: If You Give a Kid a LEGO, He's Going to Ask For.


This week I have the pleasure of speaking at Blackboard World in D.C. When I arrived at Blackboard World, I knew the first stop I had to make, the student maker space. Blackboard invited students from all ages to participate in a day of creating their ideal learning environments.

New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus


It turned out that Blackboard Collaborate, the LMS that WBU’s Anchorage satellite campus uses, is not compatible with Safari, the internet browser the student was using. Founded by a father-son duo, the company launched this year with the goal to create “tier zero” for students and tech support before the school year starts, co-founder Ben Sample (the son in the duo), tells EdSurge.

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Meet the All New Flipgrid! #flipgridfever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Flipgrid now integrates with multiple platforms including Google Classroom, Canva, Edmodo, Blackboard, Moodle, Sway, WordPress, Powerschool, Schoology, Brightspace, OneNote, and Teams. Flipgrid is always evolving because they are a company who listens to their users.

Meet Caliper, the Data Standard That May Help Us (Finally) Measure Edtech Efficacy


Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting , hosted by the IMS Global Consortium. Today, a growing number of edtech companies are also signing on to use Caliper, which offers improved data architecture and ease of implementation. OpenEd published a new white paper and sample code at IMS showing how any edtech company can use Caliper to measure efficacy of these blended learning resources.).

5 Companies to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

In September Prezi meeting was launched which enables up to 10 people to edit or view a Prezi remotely. After interviewing many prospective companies I became frustrated with the lack of innovation and impressiveness of their products. While Blackboard dominates the marketplace, BrainHoney is a very impressive CMS geared toward the K-12 market. Learn Boost is a startup company that has developed a gradebook program that has great potential.

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Output or compliance?

The Principal of Change

The basic premise (I suggest you read the whole article ) is that a 17 year old working at BlackBoard (a technology company), is ridiculed for using their phone during a meeting by some older adults, because it looks like he is texting, while he is actually taking notes.

New Ownership for an LMS Giant: Private Equity Firm to Buy Instructure for $2 Billion


The company says its tools are used by more than 30 million people across the education and corporate learning markets. The company was founded in 2008 and went public in 2015 (at $18 a share), and plans to continue to operate with its same management team after the acquisition.

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Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

She also uses this for professional development for teachers when she’s preparing to meet them on-site. It could be Google Classroom, it could be Schoology, it could be Blackboard, it could also be Microsoft OneNote.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm


The pair then started the company in January 2013. A study published by the company suggested that students who worked in groups were 16 times more likely to complete an online course class than their peers who took it individually. The company initially focused on working with universities like Stanford and Princeton to offer undergraduate-level courses, but has since pivoted away from hosting MOOCs directly for public consumption. “We

Bankers, Buyers and Warriors: Reporter’s Notebook From the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit


Nearly a dozen entrepreneurs we talked to said they each received upwards of 20 emails from investment banking groups, inviting them to meetings in private suites. Almost all of the PreK to 12 programming clustered in the Little America hotel, while the post-secondary, workforce training and company suites clustered in the more opulent Grand America across the street. Take Blackboard , which has bought 15 companies since 2014.

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Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software


In 1998, for instance, researchers from the university formed a spin-off company called Carnegie Learning that popularized the math tutor software developed at the university. More recently, in 2013, a company called Acrobatiq was formed to try to bring lessons learned from the Open Learning Initiative to the market. That group says it plans to announce more details about the partnership at its upcoming meeting in early May. "We

New Higher-Ed ‘Matchmaking’ Event Aims to Bridge Education Technology Silos


A pair of consultants who run a popular edtech blog plan to start offering events—in hopes of getting people at colleges and companies who don’t usually talk to each other to join forces on innovative teaching efforts. The consultants—Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill—are best known for the blog they co-publish, e-Literate , and for their coverage of the many existing edtech meetings held by vendors and associations.



BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( benchmarkeducation.com ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets.

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Technology Is Helping Prison Education Programs Scale. What’s the Catch?


Several have started their own companies. A company called JPay, which provides correctional services, including music, money transfers and education, facilitates the technology-enabled learning through a secure version of the Canvas learning management system called Lantern.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

We had two people meet in our rooms a few years ago — Will Piper , who is at the University School of Milwaukee , and Pedro Aparicio , who is a teacher in Mexico City.



In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment. Among the new updates includes Blackboard Gradebook integration.

A Timeline of Google Classroom’s March to Replace Learning Management Systems


While many schools and districts continue to use existing learning management systems, such as Blackboard, Canvas , Moodle and Schoology , Google’s Classroom platform is increasingly catching teachers’ eyes. Along the way, the company has added features for teachers to manage several classes and invite collaborators, as well as adding the API for administrators and developers to integrate Classroom with outside applications.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

For Some Students, #DeleteFacebook Is Not Really an Option


She says if she was still using Facebook groups, she doesn’t think the recent news about the company would bother her. It was difficult for her to say in the loop about fundraisers and meetings that her university would hold. In the past years, the education technology industry has given rise to a number of companies that have tried to create “Facebook for schools” tools to help connect students and teachers with one another—without all the other personal life updates.

Income-Share Agreement Providers Want to Woo Higher Ed. But Will It Work?


According to Katie Blot, who recently joined Vemo as chief operating officer, the company has its sight set on growing the number of traditional colleges and universities it partners with. says Blot, who joined Vemo after working as the chief strategy officer at Blackboard. Bush administration, sees a parallel between the financing model her company helps higher-ed institutions set up and the gainful-employment regulations the Department is trying to roll back.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology


Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. education technology companies each year for the past three years.

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The History of School Websites

Slate and Tablets

I’ve seen many teachers get angry at students for not checking the website for meeting information, summer work, and the like. Enter Blackboard. I have many things to say about Blackboard, but one can’t fault their ingenuity and their status as a pioneer of the industry during a dark era. Blackboard united many of the tasks that a school might want to do online under its own design and software umbrella.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

The Closing of LearnCentral.org

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today, Blackboard Collaborate has announced the end-of-year closing of the LearnCentral.org social network for educators. As we all know, not every Web project succeeds, but you helped to explore the exciting combination of what we liked to call the "LC3:" a social network for educators, a personalized repository for collecting and sharing educational resources, and synchronous meeting capability. Here''s the official letter from Maurice Heiblum, President of Blackboard Collaborate.

Live Thursday May 31st with Khalid Smith and Nicole Tucker-Smith on Educational Entrepreneurship and Startup Weekend EDU

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Thursday, May 31st, 2012 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT ( interna tional times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all. NovoEd co-founder Amin Saberi was replaced by Ed Miller, a former Blackboard exec. Blackboard replaced its CEO. The company also will pay $8.5

Here’s What College Advisors Wish the Tools Built for Them Would Really Do


Even in the age of online lectures and digital courseware, college advising has remained relatively low-tech: sketching out degree plans with a pencil and paper during one-off meetings between students and advisors. That’s starting to change, though, as more companies and campuses create technology-augmented advising systems like predictive analytics, self-service course registration platforms and early-alert tools.

A new teacher vows to help in a classroom full of need: “Under the right conditions, they’d be stars”

The Hechinger Report

The grant described the need for new teachers as a crisis: “In New Orleans, building pipelines to meet the demand for excellent teachers is perhaps the most pressing citywide challenge we face.”.

Global Education - Epic Year Ahead Starts with the Global Education Fair + Global Collaboration Day

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Check out the work of leading global educators, companies and nonprofit organizations at the Global Education Fair, a free, virtual meet and greet for teachers and school districts.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

Hack Education

Facebook, like many digital technology companies, promises that in exchange for collecting your personal data – your name, your age, your gender, your photos, metadata on your photos, your location, your preferences, your browsing and clicking habits, your friends’ names – it will deliver “personalization.” ” Data can be shared with any company that Facebook deems necessary. Blackboard claims Blackboard’s personalized learning products work.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” ” Edsurge gets the company’s take on criticisms of its business model. Happy 20th anniversary to Blackboard. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via NPR : “Outcry After Louisiana Teacher Arrested During School Board Meeting.” awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Here’s How A Student Loan Debt Relief Company Preyed On Its Customers.” ” The company: the Student Loan Assistance Center. ” From the press release : “ Blackboard Announces Organizational Changes to Better Serve Clients Worldwide.”

The Consensus Around “Open”

Iterating Toward Openness

The Open Source Initiative defines open source as software licensed in a way that meets ten criteria. Even Blackboard was originally a Linux/apache/mysql/perl, or LAMP, app!). Members of the open community immediately recognize such behavior and call it out as openwashing : “to spin a product or company as open, although it is not.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the Phoenix New Times : “Meet the Creationist Helping to Change Arizona School Standards on Evolution.” Actually it’s Trilogy Education’s bootcamp , as the UO is outsourcing instruction to this company. Blackboard is rebranding Moodlerooms as Blackboard Open LMS. Companies Should Know About Asia’s Edtech Market.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.


Can Notifications Encourage Struggling College Students to Succeed?


Innovative predictive analytics are essential for businesses, especially tech companies. “It’s our mission to democratize data,” says Mark Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer with the higher ed software company Civitas Learning , a leader in this field.

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