Yes There’s ‘Disruption’ in College Market, But the Bigger Trend Is Growth of ‘Enabler’ Companies

Edsurge

And, over the last year – alongside the disrupters – firms that provide technologies that help colleges and universities operate and deliver in a digital world have garnered some of the more significant venture funding rounds, including for example Panopto (lecture capture), Kaltura (video), Examity (remote proctoring), and Knewton (analytics), among others. In this way, as a recent example, the U.S.

US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019

Edsurge

By comparison, in the first six months of 2018, companies raised $750 million across 62 deals. educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to support educators and learners across preK-12 and postsecondary education. edtech companies in the first half of 2019.

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Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

Iterating Toward Openness

In it, he reflects on several topics, including his honest misgivings about the recent OpenStax / Knewton partnership announcement. While that last may seem counterintuitive (why would a for-profit company pay it’s employees to give their work away?)

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How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education

Edsurge

What’s more, for each of these choices, there are additional decisions about which media to use (video, audio, hands-on), whether to give concrete examples, and more. Newkirk calls his company Acuitus , in hopes of encouraging sharpness of thought.

Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

Hack Education

Companies have been selling their products – textbooks, workbooks, maps, films, and so on – to schools for well over a century. Pearson, for example, was founded (albeit as a construction company) in 1844 and acquired along the long history various textbook publishing companies which have also been around since the turn of the twentieth century. Their products will make teachers’ work easier, faster, companies have always promised.

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

NPR Learning and Tech

Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his "adaptive learning" platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem. "We

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State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds

The Hechinger Report

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sought to find out, and gave money to 14 colleges and universities to test some of the most popular “adaptive learning” software in the marketplace, including products from a Pearson-Knewton joint venture, from a unit of McGraw-Hill Education called ALEKS and from the Open Learning Initiative. Another example is to use the technology to allow students to skip some prerequisite hurdles.

What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

MindShift

Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his “adaptive learning” platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem. “We literally have more data about our students than any company has about anybody else about anything,” Ferreira said. Have you ever seen a school data wall? In a struggling Newark, N.J.,

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

What’s different about the trend today is that educational technology companies are eagerly marketing software under the “personalized learning” label. It also invested in software like ST Math and the reading program Lexia, created by the Rosetta Stone company.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

The Long Life of a Data Trail

Graphite Blog

Within educational technology, tech companies can acquire data via multiple routes. BetterLesson is an example of a site like this - a teacher creates an account, and only teacher data gets collected. Examples of applications like this include most educational apps sold in the Apple and Google app stores, and some online learning sites. A very incomplete list of examples here include Knewton, Infinite Campus, eScholar, Schoolnet, Learnsprout, or Clever.

'The Ed-Tech Mafia'

Hack Education

Why, for example, would Microsoft famously put out a study in 2015 saying that humans’ attention spans are shorter than goldfish’s? A company that really drives the ideology that underpins how we talk about the future of school and tech. Over the companies that get funded.

The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

Hack Education

And indeed, according to my calculations too, the amount of money invested in education technology companies is up from this time last year and up from this time in 2015 as well. So far this year, there have been 95 investments in ed-tech companies, totaling $1.8

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

Hack Education

Facebook, like many digital technology companies, promises that in exchange for collecting your personal data – your name, your age, your gender, your photos, metadata on your photos, your location, your preferences, your browsing and clicking habits, your friends’ names – it will deliver “personalization.” ” A personalized news feed, for example. ” Data can be shared with any company that Facebook deems necessary.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Wayne Johnson, the head of the department’s financial aid division and a former executive at a student loan company , says that those “non-traditional” servicers could include companies like Visa , Amazon , or Goldman Sachs. ” The Wall Street Journal profiles InfiniLaw , a company that runs for-profit law schools. ” According to Edsurge , Knewton is now a courseware company and not a “robot tutor in the sky.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Conversation : “What we can learn from closure of charter school that DeVos praised as ‘shining example’ ” The school in question: the Excel Academy Public Charter School in DC which was closed for poor performance. Yes, “that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies.” ” Here’s a list of the companies that work with ERDI. The company made MinecraftEDU which was acquired by Microsoft.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

It also treats “ed-tech” primarily as a product built by engineers, not for example, constructed through the practices of educators or students themselves – problems with education are, in this framework, engineering problems. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. What will happen to encryption , for example?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

He’s a partner at Founders Fund, which has invested in Knewton, AltSchool, Uversity, ResearchGate, If You Can, Upstart, Declara, and Affirm. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Its Crunchbase description is great : “TX-based edtech company.” Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“These Universities Are Training the World’s Top Coders,” according to Fast Company , which claims the best “coders” (whatever the hell that means) come from the Russian Federation College, ITMO University (Russia), Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School (China), and Ho Chi Minh City University of Science (Vietnam). Jose Ferreira is stepping down as the CEO of Knewton. The IMF has invested $15 million in test prep company BYJU’s.