Q&A: Looking to the Future of Classroom Tech with Tom Murray

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Frank Smith One of EdTech's 2015 Top 50 K–12 IT bloggers talks about the technologies that are creating sweeping changes in the industry. Classroom Curriculum Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Policies Wireless

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report.

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Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

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Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech. And about 70 percent of students say that they use edtech tools outside of schools on a weekly basis. Those numbers suggest edtech is steadily marching into schools and classrooms.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Such opportunity requires high-speed broadband in every school and Education SuperHighway is working to make that opportunity a reality. The organization helps to lead federal and state action on K-12 broadband initiatives, and getting fiber to schools in need, and as a nonprofit, all tools and services are offered free of charge. The Forum is led by Internet privacy experts and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” EdTech News News newsIt’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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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). Blog EdTech News News news

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

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There was also plenty of rain in the education technology industry, where venture capitalists and private-equity investors unleashed a deluge of cash. 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. For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news. edtech assets. For many U.S.

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition). " Tagged on: September 14, 2017 Alphabet Continues to Have Highest Cash Holding in Internet Industry | Market Realist → Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN), and Baidu (BIDU) have the largest cash holdings among their peers in the Internet sector. A large amount of cash on hand means a lot for these companies given the dynamic nature of their industry.

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition). " Tagged on: September 14, 2017 Alphabet Continues to Have Highest Cash Holding in Internet Industry | Market Realist → Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN), and Baidu (BIDU) have the largest cash holdings among their peers in the Internet sector. A large amount of cash on hand means a lot for these companies given the dynamic nature of their industry.

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From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

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A Rising Tide of Inequality Edtech efforts at broadening access to opportunity often falter when running up against entrenched forms of inequity and discrimination. As an anthropologist and learning scientist who has studied many edtech movements over the years, I recognize a familiar pattern of technology-fueled optimism being squashed by entrenched social and cultural structures. In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives.

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). EdTech News News news

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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.

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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. We’re seeing broadband deployment scale across the world, and an enlightenment from institutional investors to the fact that web-based software will be used globally in education,” Patterson observes. That will further strengthen the case for early-stage edtech investing.”.

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

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And while there’s a growing industry around serving adult learners in higher education, companies largely neglect to consider the needs of the elderly. But she believes the education technology industry can and must better serve elders like her who are not only curious about technology, but who are often forgotten in today’s rapidly changing society. “We 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

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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.

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The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education

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And in this environment, the education industry sees an unprecedented transformation due in part to a new industrial revolution. During the past decade, we have seen only the beginning of changes in the education industry. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

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There are many things to consider when deciding which digital education solution will best suit your needs, but having a clear idea of the purpose and functionality of these edtech resources will help make these purchasing decisions easier.

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How Indian Tutoring App Provider Byju’s Got So Big

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He offered online live and video classes through broadband and satellite to teach students beyond the centers’ walls. Sequoia India had already made two education technology investments before Byju’s, and Ravishankar knew the industry’s risks.

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

Leveraging the Cloud to Address District Challenges

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An IT leadership survey from cosn.org lists the top three IT priorities in K-12 education as cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity, data security, and budgets. edWeb Blog cloud cloud computing edtech Educational Technology

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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TCV is no stranger to the education technology industry, having chipped in on two $50 million-plus investment deals for Varsity Tutors, an online tutoring startup. 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.

Common Sense Survey: Homework Gets More Digital for Teens and Tweens

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But the takeaways for educators and the edtech industry are most obvious in the sections on homework. Common Sense is weighing in on kids’ use of media in a detailed new report this week.

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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.”

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Proposed Sessions What Can We Learn from 3,000 EdTech Reviews? For the past four years, Common Sense Education has been rating and reviewing edtech. This unique data offers valuable, industry-leading insights on what's good and what's not in edtech, including the key gaps and blind spots in the market, points of oversaturation, usage trends, and what teachers really want. Is the Best EdTech for ELLs Hiding in Plain Sight?

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

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Take Deer Isle-Stonington High School , off the coast of Maine, as one example : Students participate in credit-bearing projects with local fishermen and boat builders to gain academic and practical skills and to better understand Deer Isle’s thriving lobster industry. And because the lobster industry props up the whole Deer Isle community, these types of partnerships are particularly important for the region’s future economic health and sustaining its human capital pipeline.

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“ 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.” ” From MIT’s Justin Reich : “Five Answers About EdTech Experiments: A Response to Benjamin Herold.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Edsurge’s Jeff Young and Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill both asked industry analyst Trace Urdan for his take. I’m waiting for Tressie McMillan Cottom’s response, as she’s certainly unlikely to hype the industry angle and will surely raise the important issues surrounding equity, “lower ed,” and justice.

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Value of Education Industry Sector Transactions Nosedives in 2016.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

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” “Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people,” Ars Technica reports. monthly subsidies toward cellular phone service or mobile broadband. ” Via School Transportation News : “How Predictive Analytics Can Help the School Bus Industry.” “What role does research play in EdTech decision-making?” (National) Education Politics. The New York Times broke the story this week that “ Justice Dept.

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Via Wired : “ Ajit Pai ’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People.” Via Edsurge : “ Jefferson Education Accelerator Winds Down, Rebrands to Focus on Edtech Reviews and Procurement.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics.

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Via Edsurge : “ Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers.” Edsurge on ”Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company." Everything about our lives has moved beyond the industrial era. ” Via CItyLab : “The Problem With America’s New National Broadband Map.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” Ref Rodriguez, like most of the current members of the LAUSD school board, has strong financial backing from the charter school industry. “Great EdTech Success Story Turns Into The Biggest Philanthropic Story of the Year,” Getting Smart argues , pointing to Curriculum Associates ’ donation of its stock to the Iowa State University Foundation. ” Via YourStory : “Despite drop in funding , edtech still presents a huge opportunity.”

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Larry Hogan (R) declared via executive order that beginning in September 2017, the Maryland school year won’t start until after Labor Day – a decision that prompted sharp criticism from school leaders, who are accusing Hogan of favoring the tourism industry over education.” Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov.