Guest Post: The Missing Piece: What Most Edtech Companies Need & Only a Few Have

Digital Promise

This common experience illuminates how challenging it can be for educational technology (edtech) companies to communicate what they do and why it is important. This challenge is even harder for edtech companies innovating on the cutting edge.

10 Top Companies That Love To Hire Teachers

EdNews Daily

For example, you can find roles such as “Special Education Paraprofessional” to “Director of Web Services” to “HR Intern.” Voted #1 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor by employees’ choice in 2019, and Best CEO in 2018, this education company comes well recommended. For those ready for the challenge of moving with the momentum of a huge company but the agility required by continuous improvement, opportunities for all levels all over the US and internationally await.

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Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. A Hechinger Report review found dozens of companies promoting their products’ effectiveness on their websites, in email pitches and in vendor brochures with little or shoddy evidence to support their claims.

Teaching Digital Literacy: Resources to Help Students Validate Online Information

Class Tech Integrate

Also known as Information Literacy, Digital Literacy is an important component of what is known as Digital Citizenship. I often hear teachers say, "kids are so lucky now, they can just search for the information they need on the internet. While it may be true, the statement doesn't take into account that students must be critical and validate information that they find.

How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection


Versions of that sales pitch echoed through the cavernous exhibit hall this week at one of the largest trade shows for tech companies selling to colleges. Bold, half-foot tall letters on one company’s display claimed its software had helped a college bring in more than $1 million in new student revenue and led another to a 53 percent increase in new students. Southern Mississippi’s efforts are a good example of the reality on many campuses starting to get into Big Data.

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow


I just really enjoyed learning about why people believe different things around the world and how that informs their actions everyday,” she said. But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world. Liberal Arts Can Be the Key to Scaling In fact, at many STEM companies, employees with liberal arts backgrounds are now also considered keys to growth.

Another Giant Tech Company Pays Record Fines: What Does it All Mean?

EdNews Daily

But news of tech companies breaking laws and paying massive fines really have no meaning. There was a time when doing something wrong could wreck a company. People would stop using a company’s services and that company would take a loss, or even go out of business. But today’s biggest companies are so ingrained in our lives that we wouldn’t consider stopping patronage. There is a reason we don’t turn over our children’s information to complete strangers.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Let's take a look by looking at social media examples. Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web Looking Back - Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 I n 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities.

A Student Improved a Classroom Tech Solution—So the Company Hired Him


Tom Sargent, the information technology administrator at the King David School outside of Melbourne, had seen students try to tweak the school’s technology systems before. He had learned some coding and development on his own through , and he had polished some of those skills doing work for a small WordPress related company. Early in his 10th grade year he had taken an information technology class that had stoked his interest in programming.

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


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. Companies that prey on the vulnerabilities of schools and districts are neither good for the market nor for education. For example, some schools will be focused on rethinking assessment.

This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials


That’s why Blake’s company, Degreed, started a service aimed at giving people a different way to show employers what they know. Blake says companies don’t know how to value, understand or contextualize work people do at their jobs. “At The company says it is working with several employers and professional organizations who have agreed to consider the certification when filling jobs. Perhaps they'll develop competing products, maybe they'll acquire a company like Degreed.

Global Leadership Week - Information and Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools have designed and are hosting virtual or face-to-face events to showcase global thought leadership. Symposium is a collaborative effort of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), CUE, Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL).

New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus


Founded by a father-son duo, the company launched this year with the goal to create “tier zero” for students and tech support before the school year starts, co-founder Ben Sample (the son in the duo), tells EdSurge. The other cofounder, Jay Sample, says a student visiting the company’s website can click a “scan” button to run tests that are each related generally to the requirements stipulated by the LMS or the school.

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything


School leaders can better understand whether a flashy product matches their needs by asking its creators questions about what research guided the conceptualization of the tool, what data informed its specific attributes, and what quality and volume of research has been conducted regarding its effectiveness. What research informed the product development? Each study plays a role in high quality research, but some designs are more informative and statistically valid.

What’s the Difference Between Engineering at a Tech Company Versus a School?


Sam Strasser is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Summit Public Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. But he also has had a long career working as an engineer at companies including Microsoft and Facebook. I worked for a few edtech companies as a engineer and engineering manager and then as a contracted engineer. So, why did you join the particular edtech startups and companies that you did? What’s it like for an engineer to dive into education?

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data


Edward Snowden’s revelation about the National Security Agency’s information-gathering practices alerted the public to the nefarious uses of data collection. Stories pointing to secretive consumer tracking policies and privacy violations from companies like Facebook and Google have stirred further outcries, and education companies are not immune to criticisms either. That’s a far cry from the research published from companies, says Martin.

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Does Your Company Really Need AI? Stanford Executive Course Aims to Demystify the Hype


Artificial intelligence has become a ubiquitous buzzword for tech companies these days, but even though all kinds of founders and CEOs say their product is infused with AI, the meaning of the term varies from advanced machine learning to a smart spreadsheet. In higher education, some worry that using student data to predict their outcomes, for example, could reinforce bias bases.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

The federal government is pushing for more information to be made available about college costs and success rates, saying that will help students avoid incurring unmanageable debt. But much of this information comes from the institutions themselves. The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. Misleading information is not helpful.

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How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity


The next logical question is, are those entrepreneurs’ companies any better, in terms of diversity? A few edtech companies are now using resources to document—and potentially address—disparities in their ranks. Clever Shares Its Survey Results A few weeks ago, school data provisioning platform Clever released the following survey results in a blog post , as a first step in its endeavor to shed light on the company’s own diversity—or lack thereof.

Tuesday Live: Jay Cross on Informal Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, March 19th, for a live and interactive conversation with Jay Cross on his book Informal Learning : Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance. Take, for example, Jay''s "Why is this topic important?" They discover how to do their jobs through informal learning: talking, observing others, trial and error, and simply working with people in the know. Jay Cross is a champion of informal learning, web 2.0,

Some surprising reasons companies are rushing to help their workers get degrees

The Hechinger Report

But unlike conventional tuition-reimbursement benefits, which many companies eliminated during the recession, the new programs increasingly limit students to taking courses from specific providers — often for-profit and online universities and colleges with poor graduation rates. And the portion that the companies do supply is largely tax-deductible. “We’re So successful has it been, the company has raised those ceilings to $10,000 and $12,000, respectively.

5 keys to making the best staff selection


The staff selection process is fundamental for a company to function properly, since hiring the appropriate personnel for each position is crucial for a cordial and productive office environment. These tests should include questions of a psychological, cognitive and strategic nature, in order to have a first indication of the potential of each candidate and to have more information about their main qualities.

U.S. Companies Need Connections, Clear-Eyed Vision in Global Market

Marketplace K-12

Those were some of the takeaways put forward by a panel of company officials and business representatives at the Association of American Publishers PreK-12 Learning Group’s Content in Context conference , being held here this week. In some of those countries, there are restrictions on the government doing business with a foreign company. She said arranging translation of curriculum can represent “the last big obstacle” for an education company working abroad. Philadelphia.

2016 Global Education Conference Starts Sunday - Important Information!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Advisory board members are officially recognized on the website and are asked to actively promote both participation and attendance at the conference, post conference information to social media, encourage educators and students to submit proposals for the conference, host in person viewing parties in your school or workplace, help us find additional partner organizations in their region(s), and if possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference.

How scholarship websites sell students’ information to colleges and publishers

The Hechinger Report

Tabitha Lymburner, who provided her personal information to what she thought was a government-run college scholarship website. No pesky essay or academic or extracurricular information required. ScholarshipPoints and its owner, Edvisors, are among a growing number of companies that collect and then sell prospective students’ personal information by offering them a chance at scholarships, or even simply links to other people’s.

LinkedIn Expands Efforts to Help Colleges Keep in Touch With Students and Alumni

Wired Campus

The social-networking company announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows college students and graduates to add their college affiliation to the education section of their profile by clicking a button on the college’s website or in an email from the college. When they do that, public information from their profile, such as where they live and work and what they do, is then compiled into college-specific metrics. ” Company Watch IT Student Life

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Following the Money in Ed-Tech Investment: Number of Mergers Grows

Wired Campus

Investors are rushing to buy into higher-education-related companies these days, and there’s plenty of consolidation in the market as well. I think this LinkedIn thing with Lynda is a really interesting example pushing towards what’s going to happen next.”. Wheeler, chief information officer at Indiana University. Company Watch IT

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. What specific decisions are informed or influenced by research?

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“Technology has become a part of education and it should be available to everyone.” – Chad Botha, South Africa

Daily Edventures

Botha, who will be attending E2 in Redmond next month, works for Curro , a company that has created different education models that can reach people from different income brackets. “I It was great to see an actual example of children being empowered by technology and have the confidence to teach themselves. Information EducationChad Botha. Training Facilitator. Curro. Johannesburg, South Africa. ChadBotha4.

COVID as catalyst for digital transformation 

Perry Hewitt

But it’s easy to believe when we experience interactions with enterprise companies that are mired in literal paperwork and cumbersome processes that clearly require a digital rethink. COVID will be a catalyst for the companies who have been holding back fully integrating digital initiatives into core operations. Three examples of the kinds of changes playing out today: Distance or remote learning will dominate.

5 insights for innovating in underdeveloped economies

The Christensen Institute

For example, before the advent of affordable mobile phone connections in many parts of the world, billions of people were nonconsumers of mobile telecommunications. Consider this example. These logistics organizations provide services that most companies can rely on.

Ed-tech Developers: Share How You Use Research

Digital Promise

In response, ed-tech developers are using research to inform the early stages of product design and development, and to conduct evaluations of their products’ effectiveness. In an effort to commend these pioneers in the ed-tech industry and inspire others to follow in their footsteps, we want to find and share promising examples of how developers use and conduct research as they build and improve their products.

Developers: Share the Science Behind Your Product

Digital Promise

Still, very little knowledge gathered from the research literature informs classroom practice – an immense challenge that numerous organizations are working to overcome. Digital Promise is collecting and highlighting examples of research-informed product design, development, and improvement to help school districts better understand why and how to identify research-based products that can be implemented in the classroom.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

For example, teachers using the station rotation model can effectively shift the focus from the teacher to the learners so that groups of students must negotiate tasks together. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Company, Inc.

After School Innovation in New Zealand – Matt Richards, New Zealand

Daily Edventures

Ten years ago I was working as the managing editor of a publishing company. A project that I facilitate called is an example of global collaborative learning. It’s a great example of a connectivist learning environment. Information People matt richards New ZealandInnovative education doesn’t just happen during the traditional school day.