Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security. As data becomes integral to K–12 education, administrators face new challenges to ensure they keep students’ information safe. . 3 Security Tools to Keep K–12 Student Data Safe.

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

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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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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.

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How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

edWeb.net

While it is believed that the barrier to district leaders and classroom teachers using more data is that they don’t have time to look at it, 33% of districts and teachers say the real challenge is that information is in too many places for them to access. Data Analytics.

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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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Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes

Neo LMS

How can you ensure that your courses meet expectations? 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.

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

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Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting , hosted by the IMS Global Consortium. This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” to one another. Imagine how much more helpful that data could be if he or she could see how long, or how many attempts, each student made.

Using Data and Collaboration to Improve the Healthcare Workforce

Digital Promise

Despite a number of unique challenges faced by the healthcare industry as they develop talent pipelines, innovative Human Resources directors from hospitals around the country have started to focus on data and data sharing to overcome these barriers. Invest in, Use, and Share Data.

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Avoid Death by PowerPoint: Flip Your Meetings

Turning Learning On Its Head

We were talking about how too many corporate meetings turn into death by PowerPoint. This was followed up by several meetings with key scientists to ascertain the threat that the incident posed for the mission. Meetings can also be flipped. So how do you flip a meeting?

Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation

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We are the first web filtering company to receive this distinction. . iKeepSafe’s California Privacy Badge is the first independent assessment program specifically tailored to student data privacy legislation, including the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA ) among others. To achieve this badge, companies must meet all requirements outlined in primary federal and California laws.

How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself

Edsurge

The privately-held education company used to focus on making print instructional materials for K-12 schools. Today, there are six million current active users on i-Ready, the company’s flagship digital product. based company, to learn more about that reinvention, and the lessons he’s learned in the process. How did you transition from a traditional company focused on providing workbooks to an edtech company? The company] has continued to grow.

Meet the Edtech Grantees of Google’s $25 Million AI Impact Challenge

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Those are among the social issues addressed by 20 non-profit and educational institutions that are getting grants from the Google AI Impact Challenge , announced today at the company’s annual I/O developer conference.

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

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But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. Rather than fighting, they work as a team to figure out if the platform can adapt to meet the needs of a range of educators.

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data

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His own school experiences have since fueled his drive to support data-driven personalized learning in an effort to make today’s schools engaging, fun and free of “the stress and angst” many students feel. I’m in the trenches, meeting with schools and superintendents, and I see what they struggle with. Fundamental to realizing this vision is helping teachers truly “see” their students through usable, connected data—specifically by encouraging adoption of the Ed-Fi Data Standard.

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Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?

Edsurge

This isn’t because the internet is down or due to a device malfunction—it’s because the online gradebook isn’t able to share data with the student information system (SIS). And it’s scenarios like this that put pressure on edtech companies to make their tools more interoperable.

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Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

The Hechinger Report

The San Francisco resident graduated from nearby Mills College in May 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood education, and today she is getting her dream off the ground with the help of a new child care services company called Wonderschool.

Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Wired Campus

Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. We’re getting to the point where we’ll be profitable as a company.”.

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School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be

The Hechinger Report

Schools collect reams of data that could help teachers make decisions in the classroom, but getting all that data into one system, formatted the same way, is a pressing challenge for districts. It’s data interoperability. Today’s classrooms generate reams of data.

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Teacher Lesson Planner + Personal Organizer + Data and Assessment Binder = Teacher Anchor (All in One Awesomeness!)

Kleinspiration

When I knew she was coming out with her newest item, Teacher Anchor , I decided to hold off on purchasing my new planner from another company. A huge bonus the Teacher Anchor offers is the entire data piece.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

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Now in its second year, the four-month accelerator program offers selected companies up to $100,000 from Intel Capital—in exchange for up to six percent of equity—and provides access to GSVlabs , weekly workshops and guidance from self-selected mentors like David Min (VP of Strategic Business Innovation at the Walt Disney Company) or Ronald Chandler (former CIO for the Los Angeles Unified School District). prices on a by-school or company basis.

Why K–12 Districts Should Use HCI to Improve Their Data Centers

EdTech Magazine

Why K–12 Districts Should Use HCI to Improve Their Data Centers. K–12 schools need powerful data centers now more than ever as their infrastructures feel the increasing weight of new technology integrations, data analytics initiatives and the rising number of personalized devices.

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CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

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JUNE 26, 2018 In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America ® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Companies Are Bought, Not Sold: M&A Advice From 3 Edtech CEOs Who Survived the Process

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The industry has since consolidated, due in part to an uptick in mergers and acquisitions by education companies and private equity firms. Data from investment bank, Berkery Noyes suggest these deals have grown at a steady clip since 2013. Source: Berkery Notes data from 2015 , 2017 and 2018. So what is it like—and what does it take—to sell a company? She and her fellow panelists all also agreed on another thing: Companies are bought, not sold.

Data Analytics Can Drive Startups in the Right Direction

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

On an adjacent wall hangs a TV with a rotating screen of our company-wide performance metrics dashboards. Panorama Education works with 6,500 schools to collect and use data in areas that are traditionally hard to measure, like school climate, family engagement, and social-emotional learning. As an organization, one of the central premises of our work is that data can help people improve processes and structures and can spur professional growth for individuals and teams.

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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

The Hechinger Report

Georgia State is one of a growing number of schools that have turned to big data to help them identify students who might be struggling – or soon be struggling – academically so the school can provide support before students drop out. Related: Federal data shows 3.9

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Meet Your Staff Where They Are: Streamlining with Google Classroom

Fractus Learning

Announcements and to-do lists are sent, files are shared, and companies and associations sell their products and services. I can cover those questions during our first staff meeting, so send those questions my way! Information is sent to educators daily through email.

What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

Edsurge

The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet Someone Amazing!

The Playground Advocate

Sometimes meeting someone new changes your whole perspective on the world, and collaborating with someone new can change how you understand the work that you do. Ask yourself what are my goals for my students and try to find a project or a partner to meet those goals.

New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus

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Founded by a father-son duo, the company launched this year with the goal to create “tier zero” for students and tech support before the school year starts, co-founder Ben Sample (the son in the duo), tells EdSurge. The other cofounder, Jay Sample, says a student visiting the company’s website can click a “scan” button to run tests that are each related generally to the requirements stipulated by the LMS or the school.

Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

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Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. featured 124 companies from 18 countries—marking the largest class in the accelerator’s history. The company will not take more than $30,000 over the two years.) Both my co-founder and I come from small towns, where we were surrounded by brilliant people who don’t have the opportunities that we enjoyed,” Austin Allred, the company’s co-founder and CEO, tells EdSurge.

One-third of U.S. schools use this data technology

eSchool News

Clever now working with thousands of schools and vendors for data privacy in education. One-­third of K­12 schools in the United States have adopted Clever to secure student data, the company announced. Data IT Newsletter News Top News

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?Less Digging, More Acting With Schoolzilla’s New Data Dashboard

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Dealing with school data can be a beast. But Schoolzilla , an edtech company that aggregates and helps analyze student and district information, is trying to change that—and make large gigabytes of data a little bit easier to digest in the process. Today, the company released a new dashboard tool called Mosaic District Progress Monitoring to help school leaders curate and track district performance indicators and help guide the decision-making process.

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To Bring Analytics to College Classrooms, New Effort Starts With ‘Data Laundry’

Edsurge

But its leaders have found that getting all the data into a form that professors can actually use presents a messy challenge, requiring what one project leader is calling “ data laundry.” To be clear, this is not data laundering, which would suggest that information is being whitewashed to make it seem more positive. But they hope to create a process that others can use, and to push edtech companies to more closely follow standards so that there’s less cleaning work needed.

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Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. Furthermore, at launch, Pokémon Go demanded users sign over a great deal of personal data and grant permissions to the app that, for a time , gave it access to a user’s entire Google account. Is all that data secure?

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Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

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According to data compiled by Quartz, the percentage of females enrolled in the discipline has actually declined, from nearly 40 percent in the 1980s to under 20 percent today. Gender is just one part of the diversity problem confronting many technology companies today. As diversity reports from companies like Alphabet, Apple and Facebook reveal, the employee headcounts—especially in senior and executive positions—are overwhelmingly male and white.