Alexa Goes to ISTE: Edtech Companies—and Teachers—Debut New Skills for Learning

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Across the massive, brightly colored expo hall at ISTE 2019 , the annual education technology conference where companies display and demo their latest gadgets, upgrades and software, several vendors showcased the new skills they have developed for Alexa-enabled devices.

EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

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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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What U.S. Companies Should Know About Asia's Edtech Market

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Last summer, when I was working for ThinkCERCA, which helps students develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, the edtech startup was facing a big decision: should it try and break into the lucrative Chinese market? After a summer of market research and competitor analysis, the company eventually signed off on a collaboration with a Chinese partner, TAL Education. company that has eyed Asia as the next big market. edtech companies.

How edtech supports the success of the Nordic Education

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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. How edtech supports everything: EDUDigi.

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The EdTech Disconnect

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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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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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Will more schools embrace student-centric mobile devices? 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?

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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. You recently offered some advice for entrepreneurs starting an edtech company in today’s landscape. Given social, mobile, data-driven algorithms, and all the ways in which the general technology world has changed, I’m surprised that learning management teams still look, feel and taste the way they did back in the day. You mentioned Parchment, your new company.

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

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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. Use the camera feature on any mobile device. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

ISTE 2016: Edtech Companies Pitching a Mile High

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Nine edtech companies, nominated by the incubators that hatched them, will present to an audience of 25 education leaders. The Colorado-based company was formed in 2016 from the merger of two existing organizations: Digital Directions International (est. Lessons are aligned to ELA standards and include at-home extensions that families can use. Ruvna : Mobile-based software that teachers and adminstrators can use to locate students during emergencies.

Mobile Classrooms Bring STEM Where Students Need IT

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Mobile Classrooms Bring STEM Where Students Need IT. Educators are utilizing education technology to repurpose old trailers and buses to create mobile education spaces , classrooms on wheels where students are able to experience what STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) has to offer. With the education spotlight on mobility and education equity , these roving resources may be the next step in using technology integration to narrow the education gap among K–12 students.

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

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Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year.

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Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

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DJI Phone Camera Gimbal from OSMO Mobile [link] – the price has dropped from $399 to $299 from when I bought it so the price I stated in the podcast is actually lower now – a handheld “tripod” for smartphones.

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Brightwheel Acquires MyChild, Targets Early Education With Mobile App

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San Francisco-based startup Brightwheel today acquired MyChild, a Lisbon company making an engagement system for parents and schools. million in seed funding to build a free mobile application for parents to stay updated with their little ones at daycares and classrooms — everything from what they ate at snack time to what number they counted to that day. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

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Read part 1 , part 2 (about audio) , part 3 (about video) , and part 4 (about mobile tech in education). We started with Chris Gilliard’s analysis of how certain companies find stoking outrage and tolerating abusive expressions to be fruitful parts of their business model.

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This Edtech Business Competition Is a Win for the Education Ecosystem

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On October 7, seven talented edtech entrepreneurs will take center stage at the final event of the 2019 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC). Today’s marketplace for education and edtech companies is quite different than it was in 2010.

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Bigger Deals, Bigger Bets: EdTech Venture Funding Trends Continue in 2018

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The key difference in the past few years, however, has been larger funding rounds and valuations across a fewer number of EdTech companies. EdTech unicorns, companies that have reached billion-dollar valuations prior to an IPO, are prominent in the United States and also China.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Similarly, Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, IN, said that understanding the total cost also means having a focus for the edtech initiative.

Virtual Reality Headsets in the Classroom – All-In-One or Mobile?

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For EdTech companies, it is important to understand the requirement of the schools in order to provide the best learning experiences for students the world over. The post Virtual Reality Headsets in the Classroom – All-In-One or Mobile?

More Big Bucks for Tutoring Companies: Varsity Tutors Raises $50M in Series C Funding

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In the heartland of America, one company is raising big bucks in a bid to capture this lucrative market. Louis-based company’s $50 million Series B round, which closed in November 2015. Already boasting 4,000 tutors covering 1,000 subjects, the company is on the hunt for more teachers. Among the goals of the fundraise is to add more topics and experts available for its instant tutoring mobile app, which promises to match a learner with an expert within 15 seconds.

How Edtech Developers Design Around ‘Screen Fatigue’

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I imagine wide-eyed kids with big smiles, just like the ones I see on edtech product pages. As the director of business development at Zinc Learning Labs , a literacy company, my bread and butter is communication with educators. Not only do I want to know what is—and isn’t—working with my product, I also want to stay up to date on edtech trends overall. The trend I’m hearing about from every corner of edtech today is “screen fatigue.”

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The One Thing You Must Have to Compete in Today’s Edtech Market

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13 and founder of the Brooklyn Lab Charter School and InnovateEDU, says early stage companies should prioritize this if they want to get an edge on the bigger competitors. There are companies such as ClassLink and Clever that can help—for a fee, of course. Is your product interoperable?

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How Tech Companies Woo Higher Ed (and What They Seek in Return)

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But Christmas came early for some higher-ed institutions in the form of freebies and discounts from big technology companies. But these efforts are part of a longer-term strategy for these companies to train future workers in their technology. In October, the company and The Ohio State University announced a multi-part collaboration. In 1999 the company and the University of Pittsburgh opened an “Academic Java Center” meant to train and certify students in Java technology.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? An Opinionated Guide to Changing Edtech Industry Conferences

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They’re abbreviations for major conferences for companies in the education industry. That was early in the days of low-cost cloud computing enabling a multitude of new edtech startups, really fast internet beginning its spread to schools, and Chromebooks starting their climb to ascendance in U.S. K-12 classrooms as a 1:1 mobile device. Everyone from large company CEOs and major investors to startups and nonprofit institutions attend. Or of edtech success.

Why Edtech Executives Need to Go Back to School — as Teachers

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When I was a middle school teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District, I looked longingly at the work of sales reps and trainers at edtech companies. If edtech employees were to spend a day teaching, they’d see just how many programs teachers are expected to implement, and just how little instructional time they really have. It’s about the numbers, but not only the ones you think In the company boardroom, numbers matter: How many daily users?

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School’s Out for Summer. For AT&T’s Latest Edtech Cohort, Classes Have Just Begun

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A platform for students to create and run revenue-earning companies. These are three of the eight companies in the fifth and latest class entering the AT&T Aspire Accelerator , now in its fifth year of operation. Hundreds of companies continue to apply each year.

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Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

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If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an edtech company’s board meeting, or what keeps founders up at night, here was your chance to find out. Earlier this month in New York City, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, AT&T’s program that finds, develops, and invests in promising edtech companies from around the world, hosted an afternoon of mock board meetings with its 2018 cohort. The same principle applies to edtech companies.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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The 7 coolest edtech products I saw at FETC

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Lucid is one of those companies that you may not have heard of, but you definitely should! Juice Mobile Power from Bretford. Juice Mobile Power charges all your devices on demand by turning one wall outlet into a smart power hub for the entire room.

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Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator

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He is the founder of Injini , an edtech accelerator based in South Africa, that launched this year to support education startups from across the continent. Previously a consultant and policy adviser to Michael Gove, the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of Education, Martin first explored growth opportunities for international education companies in Africa in 2015, after leaving his gig at Boston Consulting Group. In return, Injini takes up to 15 percent of equity in each company.

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

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It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day. The program announced that last year, participants like tutoring app company GotIt! raised more than $9 million in a recent Series A round , and handheld wireless sensor company PocketLab is now teaming up with Google to bring the pocket-sized lab equipment to the Google Science Journal. It’s the eighth startup project for CEO Cy Megnin, who’s raised $500,000 for the company so far.

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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition).

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6 Ways to Make Edtech Affordable on Any Budget

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Traditional fundraisers are also incredibly effective, including partnering with local businesses to donate a portion of the proceeds earned on a given night to go towards the district’s edtech goals. 6 Ways to Make Edtech Affordable on Any Budget Click To Tweet. Mobile Learning

EdTech as a Tool for the IB Classroom of the Future

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The right edtech tool should be streamlining your goals, not making it more difficult to meet them with additional effort invested. DO: First design your curriculum plan and then find the best-fit edtech tools that align to your core class goals.

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