Edtech News, Tips, and Resources from #ISTE19

Teacher Reboot Camp

Below I have curated live interviews, resources, tips, and news with Wakelet , the great free curation tool. This year’s conference was filled with so many exciting announcements by technology companies.

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EdTech startups launch "Learn From Home Club" offering free resources to students and teachers

Educational Technology Guy

The participating education companies have a combined reach of nearly 600 million users. They far surpassed that number, giving away over 100,000 scholarships, and decided to partner with other ed-tech companies to put together a larger offering. elearning free resources remote

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

Edsurge

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.

Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Related Resources Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs , Pre-order — Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources Journal pubs: Howard, N.R. EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms? This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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The Summer of COVID-19 Presents a Unique Opportunity for Education Companies

Edsurge

But educators are a tenacious and resourceful bunch. For companies that target teachers, this is a good time to do some contingency planning as well—to be ready to assist educators no matter what scenario they find themselves in come fall. They’re also seeking information and resources.

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.”

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

Edsurge

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.

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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How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the first of a two-part series discussing relationship building in edtech selection and purchasing. In this first blog post, we’ll address how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers.

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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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Challenges and Possible Solutions for Edtech Procurement: Part 1

Digital Promise

Educational technology (edtech) companies have capitalized on technology’s potential to personalize learning experiences for students, which can result in content that is layered with mechanisms to support the needs of diverse learners. 5 major challenges surrounding edtech procurement.

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6 Cutting Edge EdTech Companies to Keep An Eye Out For This Year at the ISTE Conference!

TeacherCast

This year, I had the opportunity to work with so many great educational technology companies on the podcast and I'm excited to have the opportunity to walk the vendor floor and meet everyone to say THANK YOU for being a part of the TeacherCast podcasting family.

Your Educational Digital DNA - Get Ready for EdTech Innovation

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Getting an accurate view of where your school is in terms of readiness for EdTech innovation is important. Is your school ready for the EdTech revolution? Edtech promises to bring learning from chalkboards to slick computer screens and more.

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Bethany Petty: Using Edtech to Enhance Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Using Edtech to Enhance Learning. Bethany regularly blogs at Teaching with Technology ( [link] ) where she shares resources, ideas, edtech tools, tips, and tricks, as well as reflections from her blended/flipped/gamified high school Social Studies classroom.

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Building Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the second of a two-part series discussing relationship building in the edtech purchasing process. In our first blog post , we addressed how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. As an edtech vendor, you should do the same.

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

Edsurge

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.”

What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. There is a concern that data is now a strategic resource, and that acquiring companies for their large data sets could be a means by which China could undermine the strategic influence of the United States. companies seeking to expand overseas. edtech startups,” Carter explains. “I

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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Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

Edsurge

With the continued funding challenges educators face, it’s crucial to pick an education resource that will yield the best return on investment and support learning outcomes for your district. Yet, with with the wide variety of edtech resources available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Through this work, we’ve developed four key strategies for choosing appropriate edtech resources.

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Edtech News, Tips, and Resources from #ISTE19

techlearning

This year’s conference was filled with so many exciting announcements by technology companies

Phishing Season: Widespread Email Scam Targets Schools, Edtech Companies

Edsurge

Among the companies affected is Amplify , a New York City-based education technology company. The attack compromised personal information for anyone employed by Amplify during 2016, but not customers, including schools and students, the company reports. In a memo sent to its employees earlier this month, the company said it first learned about the phishing attack on Feb. Edtech companies are not the only ones impacted.

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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4 Resources for EdTech Funding

Gaggle Speaks

Luckily, there are a variety of edtech grants and other funding opportunities available. Companies like Smart Technology, Vernier and Epson all have their grant programs. Company Grants. The need for funding to support technology initiatives continues to rise.

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Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company

Edsurge

Those may be commonly-used metaphors to describe ideal workers at fast-growing tech companies. At a SXSW EDU session about improving recruiting, hiring and cultural practices to support diverse edtech organizations, TeLisa Daughtry, founder of FlyTechnista , says that sort of word choice can feel uncomfortable for women and people of color who don’t associate with those terms. “If But even companies that can’t splash out that kind of money can still make a difference.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech. Vicki: Happy EdTech Tool Tuesday. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Coronavirus FAQ: Everything Schools and Companies Need and Want to Know

Edsurge

The EdSurge newsroom is working to answer these questions and direct readers to appropriate resources, where they exist. There are efforts to collect and share offerings from companies that want to help impacted schools.

Top Edtech Classroom Tools

edWeb.net

At Common Sense Education, the edtech reviewers have seen it all. And to help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “ 50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.”

10 free resources to help everyone navigate online learning

eSchool News

As schools across the country make the hurried transition from in-person learning to online classes, edtech companies are stepping up to help by offering free curriculum, PD, and other tools. Here are eight no-cost resources to keep the learning going.

Challenging harmful stereotypes about edtech

The Christensen Institute

If you follow the popular press, you might have noticed the recent New York Times series by technology reporter Natasha Singer aimed to shed light on a dark underbelly of the edtech sector. In her latest piece , Singer scrutinizes the ethics of edtech companies that incentivize teachers to endorse their products. Many actors in edtech or philanthropy have noble aims and laudable results, as do teachers attempting to bring technology into their classrooms.

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EDUCAUSE Adds Emerging Edtech Membership for Small Companies, Hints at Overhaul

Edsurge

EDUCAUSE , the nonprofit that runs one of the largest higher-ed communities of universities and service providers, is opening its doors (and dropping its prices) for small companies looking to join its ranks. The membership-based organization is offering a new option for aspiring members: an “ emerging edtech membership ,” which goes for $750 per year and is available for companies earning less than $1 million per year. Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

ISTE 2016: Edtech Companies Pitching a Mile High

Edsurge

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. Teachers use LessonCast to create and share resources and lessons for their community. Education Technology Incubators Edtech Business Startups

How Teachers Learn About New Edtech Products (Round-up)

Ask a Tech Teacher

HOW WE LEARN ABOUT NEW EDTECH PRODUCTS [ROUND-UP]. We connected to 15 teachers in the US who are into edtech and asked them a simple question: How do you prefer to learn about new educational products? Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class. Education reform Teacher resources

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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). Specifically, LRMs not only enable learning pathways that can guide students on individual paths to success, but also allow users to flex another resource often ignored in the course of instructional design and delivery: relationships. In that sense, LRM companies are embarking on a noble but tricky mission.

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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. See Epic Sketchnoting Resources. Grant writing and awards have brought many resources to her science classroom.

Company and District Partnership: The Secret Sauce to a Successful Edtech Implementation

techlearning

Edtech is only effective when it is implemented with fidelity, and to implement with fidelity requires that user-centered design doesn’t stop with your product. So how do districts find technology companies that are most likely to help them succeed?