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How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

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Meanwhile, billions of dollars have been spent on edtech by these same school communities. Today’s edtech market is radically fragmented. And edtech companies cater to this fragmentation in their product design and marketing. Schools are not static systems.

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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)

Doug Levin

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. I would not go into the system next year without some evidence of efficacy,” House advises. If you are building new charter schools you need new hardware, new instructional materials, and new school supplies.

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.

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

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At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. 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.

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

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But for education entrepreneurs to reach students at scale, they need access to people, systems and capital. In other words, as the business reaches more students, the company generates higher revenue and more value—financially and with social impact. Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available. Sometimes a CEO has to take a company in a new strategic direction. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. K-12 OER Movement appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Organizations following Kaizen look at a system as a whole and make slow, small steps to improve.

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

Doug Levin

As parents, we entrust our children to the public education system in the belief that the decisions made by educators, administrators, and policymakers are in the best interests of our children. 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.

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

The Christensen Institute

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.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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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We can take note of say, if one person’s stronger in math, how can the system identify the challenge, and then open it up to teachers so they can be better tutors for their students? 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“What Betsy DeVos means for edtech ,” according to venture capitalist Ryan Craig. Here’s an op-ed in The Hill : “College accreditation goes rogue: Another unaccountable system.” 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.