Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

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Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks.

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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. On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Few education companies have successfully pulled off a freemium business model. “It’s

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.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. With this awareness, I ask myself some questions when choosing instructional materials and assessments.

The Business of Education Technology

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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. The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.” These companies almost all share the same investors too.