EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

Neo LMS

Ever keen to catch a trend on the upswing, I’ve curated a list of EdTech tools, apps and programs that are not only effective, but teach through joy. EdTech that sparks joy. But what of the more complex arena of senior appropriate EdTech — can it too be joyful?

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

For example, if you need to communicate factual information , do it via email. For example, a student can be praised for their reading progress and given suggestions for improvement on their equations. 4 Great ideas for boosting parent engagement through edtech.

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Help Us Help You: How Schools Can Give Useful Feedback to Edtech Companies

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Over the years, I have taken what teachers have requested and sent a ton of feedback to companies. But I was curious: What do the companies do with that feedback? Edtech developers take feedback from schools seriously. As fall begins in earnest, schools are in full swing.

Where Are the Black and Latinx People in Edtech Companies?

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If you go to the “About Us” page on most websites of education technology companies, you will see many white faces, quite a few female ones and a good scattering of South Asian and East Asian staff. And that’s before we even consider that our edtech products should be solving problems for those who really need it—those from underserved, underrepresented communities who are still behind their peers on many measures, including reading and college completion.

How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

Edsurge

Employees report higher productivity , greater efficiency and less stress , while companies can benefit from lower real estate costs and an expanded talent pool. My former company, Big Universe ( now acquired ) was a fully-virtual operation.

Should Teachers Take Cash from Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

When she was in the classroom, Jenny Herrera remembers feeling resentful whenever the school principal would email teachers telling them they needed to stay after school to give feedback to edtech companies. The ethics of teachers advising and working with edtech companies received a lot of attention when the New York Times published a piece on the subject last fall. So from a company side, pilots can work, but I think it needs to happen much earlier.”

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

Unfortunately, too many of our investments in educational technology (edtech) have fallen far short of our civil rights aspirations. Taking a more critical look at edtech. Shouldn’t we collectively hold the edtech market accountable for failing our diverse learners?

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Challenges Facing Edtech Procurement and Possible Solutions: Part 2

Digital Promise

Despite the challenges educators face when trying to purchase edtech tools, new procurement tools have emerged that support evidence-based decision making when choosing and buying edtech products. Start with a Needs Assessment to Prioritize Students when Purchasing Edtech.

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How edtech supports the success of the Nordic Education

Neo LMS

Our previous blog described the background to Finland’s successful education system and today we’ll unpack that a bit more, but also take a more detailed look at the role edtech plays in that success. The Finnish example. How edtech supports everything: EDUDigi.

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Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning. Have you seen some other edtech tools besides Minecraft that can have this kind of social emotional impact? The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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The EdTech Disconnect

The Christensen Institute

This is the second post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Next time you pick up or read about a new EdTech product, ask yourself a simple question: “Will this product expand or strengthen students’ networks?”

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?How Edtech Companies Are Getting a Foothold in the Classroom

Edsurge

No matter the product, edtech entrepreneurs share one bottom-line goal: sell their stuff. An answer to that lies in the partnerships between companies and the schools they sell to. companies ranging from robotics to assessment tools showed up to share how they plan to bridge this gap. Here are some of the ways edtech companies say they are working with educators to create—and sell—products that succeed in the marketplace and the classroom.

How Do Edtech Developers Use Research?

Digital Promise

Though many edtech companies claim their products are research-based and effective, some educators say they have trouble believing these claims when targeted students and school contexts are ambiguous. Educators should demand edtech companies to incorporate research into their products.

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Which Edtech Companies Are Producing the Best Research-Based Products?

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When edtech entrepreneurs design and develop their products, high-quality research is not always at the top of their minds. After all, it takes extra time, money and effort for edtech developers to use research as they design and develop their products. As Alpha Public Schools administrator Jin-Soo Huh told EdSurge this past summer , “Edtech companies have a responsibility when putting out studies to understand data clearly and present it accurately.”

How Can We Make Edtech More Effective? Focused Content

Digital Promise

As cofounder of Teachley , a small company developing research-based math software for K-6, this question demonstrates a problematic market preference for products that “ cover ” a lot of content, but do not support deeper thinking. The problem with broad coverage in edtech.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game.

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Blackboard Co-Founder Urges ‘Disarmament’ Between Edtech Companies and Academics

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Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. They’re specific to a particular pedagogical approach—if you’re using your portfolios in creative arts, versus whatever the examples may be, simulation-based learning. You recently offered some advice for entrepreneurs starting an edtech company in today’s landscape. You mentioned Parchment, your new company.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech. Vicki: Happy EdTech Tool Tuesday. For example, the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. The EdTech sphere is obviously developing quickly, so some things that seemed impossible only a few years ago have become a standard in the meantime. 5 New EdTech tools to watch.

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Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

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So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. But what goes into building a game-based learning startup—or any edtech startup? Finding a (Sustainable) Business Model Grant Hosford, the co-founder and CEO of codeSpark, an app that teaches kids, ages 5- to 10- years old how to code, advised the audience that you can make some choices for your company that appear good at first and even midway through.

MobyMax Wins 2018 Tech Edvocate Award for Best Global EdTech Company

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MobyMax, the most widely adopted edtech platform in the U.S., was awarded the 2018 Tech Edvocate Award for Best Global EdTech Company. Sept 4, 2018 - MobyMax , the most widely adopted edtech platform in the U.S.,

6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science. 6 Super Science Edtech Ideas. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Our 4 Do’s and Don’ts for Companies Selling to Schools

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They are essential to the survival of companies, and they are neither glamorous nor easy to execute. Company reps think they are providing a useful onramp. As a quick sidenote, and in our opinion, it’s okay for companies to sell goods and services to schools.

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything

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Companies should be able to demonstrate that the product team effectively integrated real-world experiences into developing systems that match with users' needs and capabilities. For example, in evaluating an edtech solution to support the success of low-income rural students, one shouldn’t rely on results from a study involving a middle-class urban school. Editor’s note: EdSurge is participating in the EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium.

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

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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. However, drawing that line may be difficult as education technology companies increasingly hire researchers to analyze data on product usage to drive further improvements—thus blurring the lines between research and commercial data collection.

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What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. Yet, with excitement over new gadgets and possibilities, schools and edtech entrepreneurs alike often miss a key step: defining what the ideal student experience should look like absent technology.

EdTech that connects: Learning relationship management systems

The Christensen Institute

Over the past few years, a new category of EdTech platform has popped up across K–12 and higher education called the learning relationship management system (LRM). As I’ve written about previously, somewhat ironically the EdTech industry is so focused on content delivery and assessment that we rarely see technology tools designed to connect students to peers, mentors, or industry experts. Moreover, companies increasingly leverage technology to enhance employee mentoring programs.

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30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom. This post is actually intended to supplement the “Cycle of Learning Innovation” model that will be publishing tomorrow (7.7.2015), which means this is less about analysis and context and more about the examples.

Edtech Industry Magnate Michael Moe Makes a Pivot

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Together they have run the ASU GSV Summit , the annual must-go-to event for business leaders and investors in edtech. DeVry University was another very successful company, delivering important skills for the untypical college student, as was Education Management Corp.

How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity

Edsurge

The next logical question is, are those entrepreneurs’ companies any better, in terms of diversity? A few edtech companies are now using resources to document—and potentially address—disparities in their ranks. Clever Shares Its Survey Results A few weeks ago, school data provisioning platform Clever released the following survey results in a blog post , as a first step in its endeavor to shed light on the company’s own diversity—or lack thereof.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

These efforts, however, may be thwarted by how EdTech companies go about building software tools and by the current compliance-driven attitude that many curriculum providers take toward meeting the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 , which ensures software and website accessibility to people with disabilities. Frankly, most companies develop a product and 508 compliance is an afterthought.

A Bored Student Hacked His School’s Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?

Edsurge

Specifically, he tried to get into some of the learning and student management systems built by Blackboard and Follett, which are two of the most widely used edtech systems in the country. EdSurge: The student reported the security holes to both companies.

Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again

ProfHacker

For instance, it is filled with advertisements and there is no statement about how the advertisers impacted or influenced the study – but we know that they sponsored it, and they are edtech companies and commercial publishers, and therefore not uninterested parties.

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A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)

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Dubbed “Clever Goals,” the tool lets educators, students and parents see how long a pupil spent on different digital learning programs, along with their “progress,” which is defined differently depending on the kind of edtech software. (It School dashboard showing different product usage by class Clever Goals is the latest product from Clever , a San Francisco-based company that aims to simplify how schools and students use educational software. If you buy it, you better use it.

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Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope

Edsurge

The interview got quite a number of listens, likely because November said that the edtech industry had created a “mess” at one point in the interview. How has the edtech industry created a “mess”—and more importantly, whose responsibility is it to clean up that message, according to November? Your last (brief) interview with us incited a few passionate reactions, from individuals wanting to know what you meant by saying that the edtech industry has created a “mess.”