Blackboard Co-Founder Urges ‘Disarmament’ Between Edtech Companies and Academics


Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. He has seen the situation from both sides, having spent years as a leader of Blackboard (he co-founded it 20 years ago), then heading back to school to get a PhD and become a professor, all before returning to business to become CEO of Parchment. Let’s rewind 20 years, to when you co-founded Blackboard. How are we going to use the technology for teaching and learning?

How educators can make use of edtech into the classroom


The success of educators nowadays is based on the interrelation between mastering their subject matter, pedagogy and the technology that supports teaching. Teachers need to choose and use the right educational technology — or edtech — to elevate teaching as well.

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Blackboard Co-Founder: ‘4 Secrets to Building a Tech Company for Higher Ed’


To mark the 20th anniversary of Blackboard, one of the first LMSes, the company’s co-founder, Matthew Pittinsky, wrote an epic blog post about the company’s history, which includes his advice for today’s edtech leaders. As origin stories go, the founding of Blackboard twenty years ago lacked that single light bulb moment that tech companies like to tell. At Blackboard we packaged learning management into three tiers. It was a tools and technology and service provider.

A Bored Student Hacked His School’s Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?


Specifically, he tried to get into some of the learning and student management systems built by Blackboard and Follett, which are two of the most widely used edtech systems in the country. Blackboard didn’t respond either, which also frustrated him.

It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology. Schools don’t want technology. Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology itself holds answers for education. As we know, it is technology’s ability to save teachers time or focus student attention that can be advantageous. Recently, THE Journal went a step further calling for less attention to technology and more to curriculum. “As

K-12 Dealmaking: Workday Acquires Zaption; Dreamit Partners With Blackboard

Marketplace K-12

In the latest dealmaking news, Workday acquired online learning platform Zaption, while Blackboard teamed with Dreamit to support ed-tech startups. We are excited to expand our reach by rebuilding our technology as part of the fabric of Workday’s applications, including the highly anticipated Workday Learning.”. Dreamit, Blackboard Partner to Support Startups : Startup accelerator Dreamit and Blackboard Inc.

Edtech Earnings Roundup: How 2U, Chegg, Instructure and Pluralsight Fared in Q2 2019


The latest quarterly earnings for publicly traded education technology companies was especially rough for 2U , which revised its loss guidance for the year and stated that it expected enrollment challenges to its core business of running online graduate programs with universities.

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Disruptive technologies in Education industry


From ancient gurukuls to blackboards to Virtual Reality headsets, the way education has been imparted has transformed drastically over the last few decades. Globalization and Technology advances over the last decade have significantly altered the landscape of the education sector.

New Markets Venture Partner’s Latest Edtech Fund Closes at $68 Million


When New Markets Venture Partners first began fundraising for its second education technology investment fund, Barack Obama was in office, Brexit for up for debate and iPhones still had headphone jacks. The mid-Atlantic region near New Markets’ headquarters in Fulton, Maryland is home to some of the education industry’s biggest names, including Blackboard, EverFi, Laureate Education and 2U. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). Blog EdTech News News news OER

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition). EdTech News News news OER

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe


Dreamit Edtech network to get their “lemon lists” of concepts, statements, and business models that edtech entrepreneurs may want to think twice—or thrice—about. Chatbots are hip and cool these days and, while I agree that they have a lot of potential, most of the pitches are simply applications that turn IBM Watson’s natural language processing technology loose on a university’s existing FAQ page. So now that you know how to make an edtech investor cringe… please don’t.

Fueled by Big Rounds, Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017


edtech companies last year, the dollars returned with a fury during the first six months of 2017. edtech startups is already at 88 percent of the total in 2016 ( which was $1 billion ). Just three years ago, some of the biggest firms on Sand Hill Road—Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, Benchmark Capital—were happily putting money into edtech startups with unproven revenue models. Home-run bets and financial windfalls are rare in the edtech industry.

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


Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying.

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What can we do to help students be more successful in online courses?

IT Bill

“ I tried to categorize the students’ responses around themes – here are the top ten… Reliable Technology – specifically the learning management system (LMS). E-Learning / Distance Learning Educational Techology - EdTech Student Success and Completion accessibility Blackboard Community College feedback learning technologies quality assurance quality matters student success

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Students ask for more video with their learning

IT Bill

E-Learning / Distance Learning Educational Techology - EdTech Emerging Technologies Blackboard emerging technologies mobile Online Rich Media smartphone tablets video A few years back we invested in the streaming video service – Films on Demand. The service integrates with our campus portal and the Lakeland Library to permit faculty the means of integrating educational video into their course materials.

New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund


New Markets has supported 43 companies since its launch in 2003; edtech startups make more than 90 percent of its deals in the past five years, Palmer adds. Investments in edtech companies in 2016 totalled $945 million, according to estimates from GSV Capital, less than half of the $2 billion tally last year. He expects to see media companies play a bigger role in snapping up promising edtech startups. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community

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Beware Edtech’s Equivalent of the Flashlight App


And with the sort of clarity that makes one feel a little dumb, it struck me: the great technology trend reversal of our times is hurtling at us. This shift is happening in education technology as well, notably with the learning management system (LMS). Edtech products designed on the LTI standard can serve as “plugins” to these LMSs. It is both impractical and unfair to expect every professor to invest their time in figuring the world of unbundled edtech out.

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Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies

EdTech Magazine

Learning Comes Alive with Virtual Reality and Other Audio/Visual Technologies. Our schools utilize 3D printers, promote and teach coding skills as early as first grade, and are just beginning to explore augmented and virtual reality technologies,” Blount says. Cherokee is one of many districts nationwide that are using interactive displays and other audio and tactile technologies to get students more engaged with science, technology, engineering, math and other subjects.

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


This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” to one another. So far, data sharing capabilities are fairly limited in today’s education technology tools, because there is no standard agreement on how to share data between them. Today, a growing number of edtech companies are also signing on to use Caliper, which offers improved data architecture and ease of implementation.

How to Monetize Your Education Technology Product (Hint: Positioning Is Paramount)


Lately I’ve seen quite a few edtech companies that hope to graduate from offering a free product to actually monetizing it. Either way, it is important for all edtech entrepreneurs, especially those who develop instructional technology for use by teachers and students in the K-12 grades, to understand how to position their products for maximum sales success. Edtech companies that offer supplementary content or a digital tool for teachers and students are best sold bottoms-up.

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. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Saturday, January 31st - The 2015 Student Technology Conference (Online!)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The 2015 Student Technology Conference (StuTech 2015), a student-organized global conversation about technology in education, takes place Saturday, January 31st from 9am - 9pm US-Eastern Standard Time.

4 Ways to Apply Interactive Whiteboards to the SAMR Model

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Discuss and understand the SAMR Model of educational technology integration. Let us take a look at the SAMR Model and how it applies to interactive whiteboards as an EdTech. Modification: The technology allows for significant educational task redesign.

How to Package Your Digital Assignments

Shake Up Learning

When you create an assignment online using your preferred tool, be that Google Classroom, Canvas, Edmodo, Blackboard, Google Docs, Google Sites, Hyperdocs, whatever…give learners ALL of the information online and in ONE place. . gsuiteedu #googleedu #edtech… Click To Tweet.

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

As a digital learning coach and consultant with more than ten years working in instructional technology, I have learned quite a few ways to help teachers integrate technology. For those of you who have been integrating technology for a while, some of these may seem obvious.

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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. Using, students are able to test classroom technology before they set foot on campus. Jay Sample, says that as technology and education evolve, more courses are relying on learning systems to deliver content or facilitate discussions. Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

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5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. I wanted to talk today about why I think Teachers Using Technology are Super Heroes.

5 ways Agora can make collaboration in your classroom easier

Indiana Jen

So instead of worrying about where you’re going to find the time to go over project submissions and feedback, let technology do what it does best – automatically track work submitted, interactions and organise the data beautifully. Technology does the rest.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm


In those days the platform was called Venture Lab, and 78,000 students from 150 countries signed up for its first course, which was on technology entrepreneurship. Conversations with Devonshire Investors started at the ASU+GSV Summit, an education technology conference, this past April. Miller will remain as CEO and will report to Scott Kinney, managing director of Devonshire’s education technology group, who is now Chairman of the NovoEd’s board of directors.

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. Remember that Google is a technology-vision company that is comfortable putting out new tools before they understand how the tools will be used. It is still worth watching and an important edtech tool.”. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech Business

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Google Launches New Feedback Tool ‘Course Kit’ to Eliminate Assignment Uploads


As of now it integrates with many learning management systems, specifically, ones that support the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard , such as Blackboard. In June at ISTE, the annual K-12 education technology expo, Google unveiled 12 updates to education tools, including Google Classroom. Yeskel says the technology represents a shift from the traditional method of uploading and downloading files. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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5 ways Agora can make collaboration in your classroom easier

Indiana Jen

So instead of worrying about where you’re going to find the time to go over project submissions and feedback, let technology do what it does best – automatically track work submitted, interactions and organise the data beautifully. Technology does the rest.

Can Entrepreneurs Balance Educational and Financial Returns?


While the emergence of “edtech” and the growing tide of investment towards this industry has led to a seemingly endless proliferation of new startups claiming to be in service of education, the perception of many educators, including some of my professors at Penn, is often one of skepticism. Or it may be that even some of the most well-funded and hyped edtech efforts have flopped or pivoted , leaving students and teachers scrambling. Blackboard Inc.,

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market


It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students. Google Classroom, which is a core app within G Suite for Education, is reminiscent of learning management systems like Schoology or Blackboard or Canvas—but is free for any educator and works on Chromebooks, iPads and other mobile devices.