Ed-Tech Companies: Big Data Analytics Must Result in Helpful Human Actions

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

School districts are using algorithms to analyze student data, but those metrics must be usable for educators to impact student learning. The post Ed-Tech Companies: Big Data Analytics Must Result in Helpful Human Actions appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog ai Artificial Intelligence big data Data Privacy little data machine learning Startups

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A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

Wisewire

With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs. The latter has spawned even more competition, from a new set of companies charging fees for specific services, rather than the bundles that the OPMs have historically used. Some companies have already found a niche and are doing well, said Kim.

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How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

Edsurge

CHICAGO—Big Data will save you. Versions of that sales pitch echoed through the cavernous exhibit hall this week at one of the largest trade shows for tech companies selling to colleges. Bold, half-foot tall letters on one company’s display claimed its software had helped a college bring in more than $1 million in new student revenue and led another to a 53 percent increase in new students. The company is moving “aggressively,” he said, to expand to more campuses next year.

Guest Post: The Missing Piece: What Most Edtech Companies Need & Only a Few Have

Digital Promise

This common experience illuminates how challenging it can be for educational technology (edtech) companies to communicate what they do and why it is important. This challenge is even harder for edtech companies innovating on the cutting edge.

What Every Edtech Company Needs to Know About Schools and Data Privacy

Edsurge

The data privacy landscape looks a lot different than it did even a few years ago. New federal and state laws —and a greater focus on the issue by districts—are giving edtech companies a lot to consider. Specifically, companies may run into roadblocks with legal or data privacy officers if they don’t meet key criteria regarding legal terms, data privacy and security that districts and schools need to see based on local, state and federal legislation.

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When Education Giants Stumbled and Data Ruled

Edsurge

They were the most powerful companies in education. They bought other companies to try to blend assessment and curriculum as they also continued publishing. Companies that aim to provide student data in a usable fashion, like Schoology , still provide value.

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Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. A Hechinger Report review found dozens of companies promoting their products’ effectiveness on their websites, in email pitches and in vendor brochures with little or shoddy evidence to support their claims.

Federal Lawmakers Tell Ed-Tech Companies to Turn Over Data-Collection Details

Marketplace K-12

Three Democratic senators requested information on the data-collection practices of a group of ed-tech companies from across the industry. The post Federal Lawmakers Tell Ed-Tech Companies to Turn Over Data-Collection Details appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessment / Testing Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Data Data Privacy Formative Assessment

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’

Edsurge

Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. The video’s narrator explains: “School administrators can use big data analysis to determine when students are better able to concentrate.” The company says it has a working prototype and is in conversations with a Long Island school to pilot the headset.

Instant Access to Data Gives Schools New Power

eSchool News

Districts across the country have long struggled with the ways they extract and analyze data in PowerSchool. The needs of schools have changed dramatically in recent years”, said Matt Betts, President and founder of Level Data. “It’s We built this to make finding and using data easy.

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Improving Frontline Workforce Talent Development with Data

Digital Promise

Adult education providers intend to deliver services to support adults in attaining the skills necessary to find and keep good jobs and sustain independent lives, but they worry a lack of data and data analysis capacity inhibits staff from evaluating and improving their services. And, employers worry about the longevity of a company with high turnover rates, record low unemployment rates, and an absence of a talent pipeline.

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K-12 Companies Improve on Data Privacy, But Questionable Practices Abound, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

Four out of five ed-tech products and services reviewed by Common Sense Media don't meet minimum standards to safeguard student data privacy, the organization says. The post K-12 Companies Improve on Data Privacy, But Questionable Practices Abound, Report Finds appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Data Data Privacy

Pearson K12 Spinoff Rebranded as ‘Savvas Learning Company’

Marketplace K-12

Savvas Learning Company will continue to provide its K-12 products and services, and is working to support districts with their remote learning needs during school closures. The post Pearson K12 Spinoff Rebranded as ‘Savvas Learning Company’ appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Data Mergers and Acquisitions Online / Virtual Learning

What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. There is a concern that data is now a strategic resource, and that acquiring companies for their large data sets could be a means by which China could undermine the strategic influence of the United States. companies seeking to expand overseas.

Calif. Attorney General Cautions Ed-Tech Companies on Data Privacy

Marketplace K-12

Senate, issued recommendations for securing sensitive student information out of concern about companies' potential to collect specific types of data. Attorney General Cautions Ed-Tech Companies on Data Privacy appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Data PrivacyKamala Harris, a Democrat running for U.S. The post Calif.

Follow the Law on Privacy During COVID-19, FTC Tells Ed-Tech Companies

Marketplace K-12

The FTC says companies should be aware of the applicability of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to remote learning, yet added that the statute shouldn't prevent innovation.

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

Edsurge

Edward Snowden’s revelation about the National Security Agency’s information-gathering practices alerted the public to the nefarious uses of data collection. Stories pointing to secretive consumer tracking policies and privacy violations from companies like Facebook and Google have stirred further outcries, and education companies are not immune to criticisms either. In academic research, the data collection has to be done for a project approved by university board members.

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How GDPR Is Pressuring Schools and Ed-Tech Companies to Improve Data Privacy

Marketplace K-12

Europe's sweeping data-privacy law has slapped new requirements on ed-tech companies--and on the schools in the European Union that they serve--to safeguard student information. The post How GDPR Is Pressuring Schools and Ed-Tech Companies to Improve Data Privacy appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Data Data Privacy International / Global Markets

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Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments. When it comes to assessing student knowledge levels, data has empowered more schools to choose formative assessments versus summative assessments. .

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How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

edWeb.net

In a recent edWeb.net edWebinar , Jena Draper, Founder and General Manager of CatchOn; Mike Schwab, Education Team at Google; and Suzy Brooks, Instructional Technology Director for Mashpee Public Schools, MA, point out that in order to combat this deluge of technology, it is imperative that school districts address the tech usage data that impacts and drive success in classrooms. Data Analytics. Data Privacy.

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Education Company Chegg Acknowledges Data Breach, Puts 40 Million Users on Notice

Marketplace K-12

The online textbook and tutoring company said it was notifying users, and regulators, of a massive data breach. The post Education Company Chegg Acknowledges Data Breach, Puts 40 Million Users on Notice appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Chegg Data Privacy

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A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

A chilling, must-read study report just released (May 2015) by the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), “ Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions ” should serve as a clarion call to advocates and policymakers to broaden their focus on what exactly is at issue with respect to student data privacy and how we must move forward as a sector to address it.

Companies Partner to Provide Oral Reading Fluency Tool

eSchool News

Savvas Learning Company , a next-generation learning solutions provider for K-12 education, announced it is partnering with Analytic Measures Inc. AMI) , an educational technology company, to provide a fully automated assessment tool that uses artificial intelligence and voice technology to measure K-5 students’ reading abilities. Reports in Real Time key reading skill scores and shows trend data. ABOUT SAVVAS LEARNING COMPANY.

Digital security and safeguarding student and staff data

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published on April 9th, 2019, in Education Technology , as the first part in a series regarding safeguarding data in educational institutions. We all know about the importance of data security. The thing is, educational institutions of all shapes and sizes have to manage a lot of sensitive data, be it related to their students or the faculty body and everyone who ever sets foot on the school’s premises.

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Microsoft Acquires Education Data Platform From Brightbytes

Marketplace K-12

Microsoft is acquiring DataSense, a data integration platform developed by the company Brightbytes. The post Microsoft Acquires Education Data Platform From Brightbytes appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Data Data Privacy Mergers and Acquisitions Microsoft

Coronavirus FAQ: Everything Schools and Companies Need and Want to Know

Edsurge

There are efforts to collect and share offerings from companies that want to help impacted schools. NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit philanthropy that funds schools and educational companies, has also started a list. Another effort is Learning Keeps Going , a collaborative initiative from ISTE (EdSurge’s parent organization), Digital Promise, CoSN and others that aims to curate online resources and tools from educators and companies.

Webinar Offers K-12 Companies Advice for Navigating Student-Data Privacy Laws

Marketplace K-12

EdWeek Market Brief will host a webinar on April 27 to help K-12 companies craft smart strategies for complying with federal, state, and local data-privacy laws. The post Webinar Offers K-12 Companies Advice for Navigating Student-Data Privacy Laws appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Data Data Privacy Product Development

University Data Science Programs Turn to Ethics and the Humanities

Edsurge

Data scientist Mark Madsen has been programming and crunching data long before buzzwords like artificial intelligence and machine learning were common. began receiving requests from local colleges and universities asking for tips about crafting their data-science curriculum. Madsen, who advises software companies these days, is still concerned by that attitude, and about how he sees it impacting industry practices—and society more broadly.

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Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data

Edsurge

Institutions have access to more student data than ever before—but it's hard to really grasp what that means, since many of the digital tools that colleges use are from third parties or companies that keep their algorithms private. EdSurge caught up with him recently to hear the story about his hunt for his own data and what he thinks colleges could do to make that technology a bit more transparent. So it wasn’t a very straightforward process of accessing this data.

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?How Apple, Salesforce and Other “Platform” Companies Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Edsurge

For learners to qualify for work that pays well and for companies to source the talent they need, the market around skills-based education needs to evolve quickly to train students in the technology platforms now required for the jobs they seek. She might know the theory behind data science but not how to use Tableau. They’re going to need the help of the platform companies themselves. Why should platform companies step into this space?

Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes

Neo LMS

The answer is Big Data. Generally speaking, Big Data is the collection of large sets of data. In this case, the data comes from a learning context and can be algorithmically analyzed for trends and patterns. Leveraging big data in a learning context. Data sharing.

Protect and Recover Your Data with creative.space’s New Snapshot Features

eSchool News

A snapshot is simply an exact picture of the state of your data at a certain point in time. Since its initial launch, the creative.space software has been designed for creatives to streamline tasks that normally require specialized technical knowledge while ensuring data security.

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Sleep Pod Companies Want to Disrupt Naps on Campus

Edsurge

Students at Texas A&M sign-up to reserve the sleep pod for 30-minute or 1-hour naps, and officials can see that data to monitor how often and when the devices are being used. Another sleep pod company on the horizon is hoping to address cost concerns by dropping sleep pods onto campuses for free—and instead rely on a paid advertising model. And the company is set to deploy its first pod at the University of Arizona this December.

This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

Each company has incredible resources, and each is synonymous with technological innovation. But none will be the company that will change the world with AI. THIS IS THE COMPANY. The company that could change the world is a little-known technology company with a rather innocuous sounding name: Value Spring Technology. Ali can also perform complex highly manual data processing like data integration/fusion, but at computer speeds and capacities.”.

Curriculum Associates’ CEO Reflects on K-12 Marketplace as Company Marks 50th Anniversary

Marketplace K-12

Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, assesses the K-12 marketplace of the future, while marking a major milestone at his company. The post Curriculum Associates’ CEO Reflects on K-12 Marketplace as Company Marks 50th Anniversary appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Artificial Intelligence Assessments / Testing Business Strategy Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Data Personalized / Adaptive Learning