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). LRMs join a larger wave of student-centered, next-generation infrastructure tools that put individual students—rather than instructors, courses, or compliance-driven data collection—at the center of learning systems architecture. In that sense, LRM companies are embarking on a noble but tricky mission.

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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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7 Hot Edtech Topics #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Stacey Roshan, the author of Tech with Heart , talks about seven edtech topics that are sparking conversation this summer both online and at ISTE19.

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

That is why schools should be prepared for these situations and act accordingly, whether it is by translating some school materials or by adopting edtech tools that enable multiple language use. 4 Great ideas for boosting parent engagement through edtech. Being a parent* is hard work.

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5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsor : Urkund Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email.

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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. In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools.

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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.

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. How edtech supports everything: EDUDigi.

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What’s in Your Edtech Bag? #EdTechRations

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsor : PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my “Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom” and an upcoming webinar on “Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System.”

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

Edsurge

Between the creation of a social rating system and street cameras with facial recognition capabilities, technology reports coming out of China have raised serious concerns for privacy advocates. 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. companies seeking to expand overseas. edtech startups,” Carter explains. “I

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Edsurge

Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.”

MobyMax Wins 2018 Tech Edvocate Award for Best Global EdTech Company

techlearning

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.,

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.

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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Learn How School Districts Are Creating A United Communication System Through The Use of Smore!

TeacherCast

In this episode of EdTech in the Classroom, we welcome Rachel and Shlomi from Smore on the program to discuss how educators and school districts are using Smore’s robust platform to communicate with students, their communities, and each other. Edtech in the Classroom Instructional Technology

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. EdSurge sat down with Pittinsky last month to talk about lessons from his time at Blackboard, as well as what has surprised him most about how learning management systems have evolved (or haven’t). How did you even get the idea to make a learning management system, which was a new thing? Though it’s hard to believe, learning management systems were a disruption.)

‘Faculty Information System’ Developer, Interfolio Acquired for $110M+

Edsurge

based Interfolio aims to help simplify the workflow for faculty with software it dubs “faculty information systems.” And the idea has caught the attention of investors: Insight Venture Partners is slated to acquire the DC company for more than $110 million, the Washington Business Journal reports. The company also offers a subscription-based job search and application tool called Dossier where faculty can search for job openings, grants, store letters of recommendation and other.

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

Edsurge

But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. An EdTech Startup that Actually Gets It. Raising $15M to Power Schools with Kiddom Academy, a K12 Operating System.

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. Here's who will be pitching: Boulder Learning : Developing learning systems with virtual tutors. The Colorado-based company was formed in 2016 from the merger of two existing organizations: Digital Directions International (est. Education Technology Incubators Edtech Business Startups

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.

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

Edsurge

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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Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything

Edsurge

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.

Help! This Edtech Company Says It Uses AI. (What Does That Mean? What Should I Ask?)

Edsurge

Artificial intelligence only works when the system is properly trained to make decisions based on an existing data set. Like with many other edtech tools, you will want to evaluate the product by having someone you trust (yourself or a colleague) test the product, looking not so much for errors as for general utility and value. Certain AI-powered edtech tools can be limited in that they only work with a narrow set of curriculum materials, prompts or questions.

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

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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The checklist to choose the right Academic Management System for your academic institution

Linways Technologies

In this first part, we will discuss about the key points that you should keep in mind while choosing an edtech solution or product for your college/academic institution. We want to improve the way we learn, and Linways Academic Management System is how we are trying to accomplish that vision.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

They are the Learning Management System (LMS) I use. Storybrand Productivity System by Donald Miller – [link]. Life Planning System by Donald Miller – [link].

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Why ESSA's Tier System is Only the First Step

MIND Research Institute

The Every Student Succeeds Act (or ESSA) provides schools and districts with funding for technology and also includes non-regulatory guidance on how to determine whether an edtech program is effective. But educators shouldn’t rely solely on this tier system.

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.

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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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.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Total cost of ownership: First, administrators need to look at the expenses from a systemic view. Are they prepared to adapt to other systems?

What Some School Tech Leaders Think of Your Edtech Pitch

Edsurge

I look at outside resources and edtech organizations like CETPA , CUE , iNACOL and ISTE , for example, to connect with people who have tried the products to see if they could be a solution for our teachers.

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Limited Evidence in Edtech: Everyone Agrees – It Isn’t Their Fault

Digital Promise

to address an essential question: How might we collaborate to ensure evidence of impact, not marketing or popularity, drives edtech adoption and implementation? How might we develop a mechanism for funding research on edtech products? Create a type of “Consumer Reports” for edtech.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

Google – which maintains close ties to the think tank – was alleged to pressure New America to push out a scholar and his team after they made a series of sharp statements about the behavior of the company. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition).

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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.”

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

edWeb.net

At the beginning of the edtech wave, superintendents saw many benefits from using digital resources in the classroom. District IT offices were taking on the same tasks as Fortune 500 companies without the ability to implement them as effectively.

Mapping the universe of edtech that connects

The Christensen Institute

This week I’m excited to share a tool that my colleagues and I have been working on for the past few years: a market map of what we’re calling Edtech that Connects. We’ve captured a wide range of edtech tools that are bringing new relationships within reach for students. But I had a lurking suspicion that something was missing from that booming edtech market. Why weren’t there more edtech tools designed to connect students — to new people, supports, and opportunities?

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