How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself

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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?

Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

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A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states. Some, such as California, state that all digital materials must have a printed counterpart. In states that mix adoption and local control, like Utah, a commission reviews, vets and ultimately recommends instructional materials, although districts have final say.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

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Zeynep Tufekci shares her experiences more broadly (beyond education) in this provocative talk from June 2016: I’ll be spending some time later this week with friends and colleagues at the EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium and look forward to the dialogue. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition). STAT → Is this the future of edtech? EdTech News News news

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What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech

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To survive shrinking school budgets education companies must, now more than ever, make a robust show of their product’s efficacy—something that few have been able to demonstrate convincingly. Another strategy that House suggests is “bundling”—meaning if the federal government is cutting professional development funding, it would be wise for companies to offer educator professional development supports in conjunction with their core services. “If

New Website Details State Policies for Acquiring Digital Learning Content

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association has launched an online tool to help ed-tech companies, states, and districts learn about digital instructional material procurement. Ed-tech Procurement State Policy acquisition digitalresources edtech procurement

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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Helping students write and reason clearly, critically and concisely is the central mission at her company, ThinkCERCA. Today the Chicago-based company has raised $10.1 A core skill that Murphy wants to help students build is argumentation, and the company’s approach to teaching this is built into its name—Claim, Evidence, Reasoning, Counterargument, Audience (CERCA). This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons.

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

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The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies. The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials.

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials. Stories of EdTech Innovation. As with any instructional materials, quality is key.

Renaissance and Learning A-Z Partner to Promote Literacy

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The companies are working together to provide personalized reading instruction. edtech News Literacy Ed Tech Ticker

Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test?

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Digital distribution and getting online materials directly to consumers, on the other hand, has proven tougher to crack. Last summer, the San Francisco-based company invited several dozen educational publishers and organizations to create and sell materials to Quizlet users, as part of a closed beta program. Today, the company announced it is inviting any content creator, including individual educators, to apply for its Premium Content program. Content may be king.

Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

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portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans. Under his tenure, Pearson has embarked on a rocky transition to refocus Pearson as a digital-focused education company. The company’s revenue from U.S. a semester to access all of the company’s digital higher-ed materials.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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Some entrepreneurs were drawn to the sector after reading it—and made the paper part of their company’s onboarding practice. The company was renamed “Amplify.” Five years later, Berger led a management buyout of the company, backed by Emerson Collective. The new solutions result from an explosion of apps, companies, content and marketplaces over the past decade. The “Big Three” publishers have stumbled; new players have stepped in and up to become midsize companies.

Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools

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Amazon will be sunsetting TenMarks and its online instructional tools, which were once at the forefront of the company’s K-12 digital education strategy. She emailed the company to learn that it was not. “It Horton, who teaches math and writing to fourth- and fifth-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, says this is the first program that she and a coworker have found that meets their needs for math and writing instruction.

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. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

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Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. Supply of new companies has reached a fever pitch.

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. Its other edtech investments include Capella Education and Watermark.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

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In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. So, when you have many ways of teaching material, nearly every student learns better. An Instructional Coach. ” Education does have “instructional coaches.”

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The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Each of these broad purposes is valuable and important, and few would argue with the proposition that we need more high-quality information and research to guide decisions about school reform and improvement efforts and about how to personalize instruction. Four, we must ensure that all instructional materials – no matter their form or medium – remain available for public inspection and review. There simply is no room for instructional black boxes in public education.

To Succeed, Ed Tech Must Be Easy to Use, Good Fit, Analyst Says

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“Those that don’t will be companies that get to $22 million in revenue and go away,” said Hoverman, whose firm is an international consultancy that provides services to education providers, policymakers and investors. Looking ahead, a long period of tech adoption is coming up as the print-to-digital transition continues because most K-12 instructional materials and assessments are still print-based. Denver.

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award

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These next generation Summit Math courses were developed as part of a digital-first curriculum for schools that want to engage and personalize learning for each student and empower teachers with powerful instructional materials,” said Sean P.

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

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Blended learning—the technology enabler of many forms of personalized learning—leverages the flexibility of online learning to break the constraints of the traditional whole-class, single-pace instructional model to differentiate instruction more effectively to students’ needs.

Curriculum Associates to Be Owned by Iowa State University--For Now

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When one of today’s hottest edtech companies was founded, Intel Corp., the kingpin of computer chip companies, was barely a year old, and the microprocessor had not yet been invented. pulled off another intriguing move: Creating a way to support a public university without losing its edge as a private company. Over the past five years, the company has been following a hockey-stick growth curve: It had $39 million in sales in 2012; last year’s sales topped $190 million.

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.

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

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In the absence of answers to this question, it is too easy for teachers and administrators to become unwitting brand ambassadors for companies seeking to integrate their products into the classroom, regardless of impact on student learning and success.

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Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education

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Blum: At ACT (which acquired OpenEd),we’re focused on the question of: If you’ve identified the learning gap, what’s the best instructional material to help the student? Not just ACT material; we want to give you the best instructional resource we can find. Say I’m a teacher, and an edtech company says “my math tool is AI-backed.” Don’t doubt it: Machine learning is hot—and getting hotter.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“What Betsy DeVos means for edtech ,” according to venture capitalist Ryan Craig. Here’s a trend to watch in 2017 : companies and organizations who “help” schools buy ed-tech : The Hechinger Report looks at a couple of these , LEAP Innovations and LearnLaunch. No mention that these are backed by big companies and venture capitalists. ” Edsurge writes Fast Company’s list of the “ most innovative education companies.”