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.

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.

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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.

How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

Edsurge

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. Southern Mississippi’s efforts are a good example of the reality on many campuses starting to get into Big Data.

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.

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. That information may not get sold just to one company, but to a bunch of companies.”.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Let's take a look by looking at social media examples. The law ( 29 U.S.C § 794 (d) ) applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information 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.

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

Edsurge

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. Early in his 10th grade year he had taken an information technology class that had stoked his interest in programming.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.” Nonprofit Digital Promise agrees, and on August 9, the nonprofit launched an effort to collection and evaluate quality examples of how companies conduct and research in designing and improving their products. Here are the top companies in each category.

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

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?

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything

Edsurge

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.

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.

5 keys to making the best staff selection

GoConqr

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. Education GoConqr Blog Posts companies company employees resources smart links staff selection

How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity

Edsurge

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 FutureofEducation.com 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?"

2016 Global Education Conference Starts Sunday - Important Information!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Help us spread the word about this unique and free professional development event, and we will list your organization’s information on our web site. We are grateful for companies and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected learning.

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.

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.

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3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Some 32 national organizations unveiled a statement of “Student Data Principles” during the conference, outlining a guiding philosophy that included a commitment to collecting only the minimum amount of information needed to help students succeed. He said his company’s product “takes video and turns it into an active learning experience.”. Austin, Tex.

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

“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 Information EducationChad Botha. Training Facilitator. Curro. Johannesburg, South Africa. ChadBotha4.

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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5 Ways to Customize Your Teacher Professional Development This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s blog post and podcast episode, we’re sharing five real-world examples of teachers who used their summer to improve their classroom and earn professional development credit. So, Krysia, you have some examples for us of relevant, impactful, learning.

Data is a poor judge of opportunity

The Christensen Institute

In 2018 Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar company. In fact, history is full of examples of companies that overlooked or even rejected what turned out to be lucrative business ventures. But that success wasn’t limited to the company’s financial statements.

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

Keeping it simple and to the point makes it easier for parents to cut through the noise of information overload. For example, if you need to communicate factual information , do it via email. And edtech companies have taken notice of this trend.

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Making a Pitch for Social Entrepreneurship

User Generated Education

I call it a perfect STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) unit – see [link] for more information about this unit. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits. ( [link] ).

Boosting Digital Literacies for a Purpose

Digital Promise

The Tech Team ministry provides ample opportunities for learners to develop skills across the four broad categories of digital literacy as defined by Dudeney, Hockly and Pegrum (2013): language; information; connections; and re-design. Information Literacies.

Could Minecraft disrupt traditional instruction?

The Christensen Institute

Informal learning communities launched Minecraft summer camps or library-sponsored competitions. It didn’t offer teachers useful data to inform instruction.

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