E-Rate 2.0: Advice for Companies Navigating Changes to the Program

Marketplace K-12

E-rate For-Profit Education Online Learning Procurement broadband erate edtechBusinesses working with schools can help themselves by closely monitoring applications to the E-rate program, and their use of federal discounts made available, a newly published guide says.

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

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Digital Divides While some may end up with too much of the latest media, others are completely cut off, due to persistent lack of broadband. This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools. Lear(R)n , the company behind the digital LearnPlatform, has recently released its second annual EdTech Top 40 list , which includes everything from assessment tools to operational platforms. .

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US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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education technology companies raised $1.45 edtech startups in 2017. And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. Source: EdSurge One trend is clear: The dollars invested in the US edtech industry has ticked up steadily since 2011 (considering 2015 as an aberration). For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it. EdTech News News new

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

And whether you are personally concerned about issues of privacy (perhaps because you believe you have nothing to hide ), you should be concerned about the ability of even the most sophisticated technology company to keep the data collected about you secure. It’s one thing to be blasé about what a company you’ve chosen to do business with might do with your personal information; it’s another thing altogether when the bad guys have stolen it. EdTech News News new

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The Next Big Trends in #EdTech from @ISTE CEO Richard Culatta at #ISTE19

The Innovative Educator

School bus wifi In communities where students spend a lot of time on a bus, consider using a company like Kajeet to provide internet access during the commute. Innovative educators understand the importance of being in touch with the latest trends in ed tech.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 and 29 Combined Edition). EdTech News News newsSummer. Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project. Blog EdTech News News newsEver wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected?

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Owl Ventures’ New $185M Edtech Fund Has Global Backers—and Ambitions

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Fueled by an explosion of broadband access, education software and, of course, the irresistible allure of financial returns, investors across the world want a slice of the U.S. edtech industry. The new fund (simply dubbed “Owl Ventures II”) will support companies that serve a broad range of learners, from preschoolers to professionals. Another company, Piper, offers a playkit where students can build and learn about computers. education company.

Meet the 83-Year-Old App Developer Who Says Edtech Should Better Support Seniors

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But through learning how to code, she believes that experience offers an even more important lesson to today’s education and technology companies: don’t forget about senior citizens. And while there’s a growing industry around serving adult learners in higher education, companies largely neglect to consider the needs of the elderly. EdSurge spoke with Wakamiya to hear more of her ideas on how edtech can better reach aging generations.

Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

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Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress. By asking three key questions, leaders can get a better sense of their K-12 edtech ecosystem.

?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Moving to the cloud can be good for both vendors and schools It is in the interests of the edtech industry for educators to feel confident about using technology. Edtech cannot afford to let the specter of cybercrime dampen enthusiasm. Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain.

Edtech Needs More Infrastructure, Educator Support in 2017

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While device penetration is increasing and edtech products are proliferating, adequate infrastructure in schools lags behind. Additionally, educators and school leaders need further support in identifying the best technology solutions, effectively integrating edtech in the classroom, and ensuring edtech helps, not hinders, the development of social, collaboration and teamwork skills. only to discover that there wasn’t adequate broadband to execute the lesson.

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Edtech Networking Conference Wraps Up Year

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“It’s not about left wing, right wing -- it’s about giving kids a set of wings,” self-proclaimed policy optimist Gerard Robinson, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, shared with this year's audience at the NY EdTech Week. A pre-event kick off party marked the debut of "the Edtech Factory," a co-working facility managed by entrepreneur-investor John Katzman and his Noodle Companies.

Learning As We Go: Looking Back on the EdSurge 2016 ‘State of Edtech’ Report

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Here’s where we started: Last January, we embarked a project that aimed to look at edtech’s role in the changing picture of K-12 education through three different lenses: through the perspective of investors, entrepreneurs and teachers. We called it “The State of EdTech: Forces and Trends Shaping K12 Edtech” report. Without a reliable communications infrastructure that is smartly used by school leaders, any other part of the edtech conversation is just talk.

Get Inspired By & Connect to #CDEtop30 #EdTech Transformers

The Innovative Educator

Here are 5 sample Tweets to get you inspired: @luvelleb and his team bring tech, community involvement and personal connections to students #CDEtop30 #edtech.@BaltCoPS’ InnovativeEdu champions educator & #StuVoice & strong partnerships w/ #edtech companies #CDEtop30.@keithkrueger

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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It is essential that edtech leaders engage in candid discussions with crucial district stakeholders to identify critical digital equity barriers such as access, connectivity, and opportunities. edWeb Blog Digital equity and access edtech

In The News: On $300 Million Corporate Commitment to Trump Administration’s #CSforKids Initiative

Doug Levin

Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.” Doug Levin, the founder and CEO of consulting firm EdTech Strategies, said that the lack of information raises concerns about effective implementation. Levin was executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association during the rollout of ConnectED, the Obama administration’s initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet and educational technology to schools.

In The News: On $300 Million Corporate Commitment to Trump Administration’s #CSforKids Initiative

Doug Levin

Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.” Doug Levin, the founder and CEO of consulting firm EdTech Strategies, said that the lack of information raises concerns about effective implementation. Levin was executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association during the rollout of ConnectED, the Obama administration’s initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet and educational technology to schools.

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

EdTech Magazine

Here are three different areas of connectivity K–12 IT teams may want to consider when deciding how to configure their schools’ networks: MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how K–12 schools are preparing their infrastructures for IoT integration! 3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV , where Marshall is a general partner. And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. Its other edtech investments include Capella Education and Watermark. Boosted by Broadband Core to the company’s offering is its leveled reading tool, which lets teachers and students find instructional materials that challenge students based on their Lexile-measured reading level.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how libraries can use makerspaces to teach STEM! It’s a coffeehouse feel, warm and inviting,” Superintendent Shawn Bishop told EdTech for a previous story. As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. Libraries may apply annually through the federal Universal Service Administrative Company for eligible components to bolster high-speed internet. .

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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She pointed out that currently there are 3,500 edtech apps available for classroom use, but there are many more tools and apps that teachers and students are finding on their own. edWeb Blog edtech Student Data student data privacy

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A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

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In other words, as the business reaches more students, the company generates higher revenue and more value—financially and with social impact. At a recent panel I moderated alongside Amy Klement of Omidyar Network, Tory Patterson of Owl Ventures, Jennifer Lee of Learn Capital and Esteban Sosnik of Reach Capital we discussed some common themes when it comes to successful companies that drive impactful education outcomes at scale. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

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Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

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Those interactions look a lot different than just evaluating consumer or edtech trends in isolation. It’s hard to make a case that there is still a separate edtech industry. What edtech and consumer trends will be significant for when a teen leaves high school? Despite a lot of progress at every point along this spectrum, XR is a slow-moving edtech trend. One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.”

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. It just isn’t worth the cost to the broadband providers in that area to set up broadband access.

Hillary Clinton Releases Tech Agenda Highlighting Student Loan Debt and STEM

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At a June 27 rally in Denver, Hillary Clinton outlined her Tech and Innovation Agenda that included a number of edtech items. Her boldest claim: That her administration would close the digital divide by 2020 with 100 percent of American families having the "option" of quality broadband. Hillary Clinton may not be in office, but she has enough policy plans on her website for four full years.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” São Paulo has approved a bill that would allow companies to manufacture school uniforms and sell branding and sponsorship opportunities on the clothing. Via Wired : “ Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband.” ProPublica with more news about Facebook and discrimination : “Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads.” The company, formerly known as SlideRule, has raised $11.2

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

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From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. And there were a lot of questionable financial activities going on at the top, including the fact that the school's founder had started his own for-profit management company and gave it a no-bid $5 million contract. Increasingly, that means broadband.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” More on this scramble to serve (profit from) low-income broadband customers in the upgrades/downgrades section below. Via The New York Times : “Tech Companies Expect Free High-Speed Internet for Poorer Americans to Pay Off Later.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” ” Reminder: here are the education companies Palantir founder Peter Thiel has invested in. Via Edsurge : “What Colleges Should Know About A Growing ‘ Talent Strategy ’ Push By Companies.” Via eCampus News : “Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion ?” Saint Francis High School invested $15,000 in the company back in 2012.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. ” Via EdScoop : “Edtech and industry leaders say they’re stuck if they can’t scale.” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ ISTE Unveils Plans to Match Ed-Tech Companies With Educators for Feedback on Apps.” The company, formerly known as PLATO Learning, is owned by Thomas Bravo. The online education company has raised $12.5