Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope


A few weeks back, EdSurge published a podcast interview with education consultant and commentator Alan November, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District Mike Dorsey, after chatting with the two education experts at ISTE. For example, if you have thousands of questions in Khan Academy , but they’re the same questions we’ve always asked in Algebra class, there’s no change in the design of the work.

3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

The event brings together a mix of participants from different parts of education — teachers, administrators, and publishers in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The document was created primarily with secondary education in mind, but among its supporters are some higher-education groups, including the Institute for Higher Education Policy. He said his company’s product “takes video and turns it into an active learning experience.”. Austin, Tex.

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The push for “free” universal education in Africa often falls short—here’s a better way

The Christensen Institute

But even for most who are desperately poor, education is highly valued as a majority of children—more than 70% —attend primary school and nearly half attend secondary school. The average secondary school graduate does not get a job until their early 30s, at which point most are parents.

Diamonds aren’t forever, but there’s still hope for Botswana

The Christensen Institute

There were fewer than 25 university degree holders and only 100 secondary school graduates in the entire country. An example of a company that’s transforming a complex and expensive product into one that’s simple and affordable is EarthEnable.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

01:01 Vicki : So give me an example of how it’s used in your classroom. So that’s just one example of getting the year started off with a thinking routine. So for example, one of the types of thinking is perspective taking. 05:00 Vicki: So you’ve already given us three examples.

How edtech supports the success of the Nordic Education


The Finnish example. There are around 80 education development companies in Finland, and 22 of them participated in EDUDigi.

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The Rise – and Possible Fall – of the Graphing Calculator

Digital Promise

Whether teachers continue to use these tools or ditch them in favor of new ones, graphing technology will likely always have a place in secondary math education. For example, technology can help students connect graphical representations with algebraic equations.

How Kids Really Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

Santha is a great example of using drones in the English classroom. After graduation, I pursued and obtained my Masters in Secondary English Education. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: So give me an example of how you’ve made math visual. So for example, if I’m counting donuts in a box, it’s great to have a context. SolveMe Mobiles , for example, is a great tool online that really makes solving equations visual and very intuitive.

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When College Becomes a Benefit of Employment


Big-name companies are doing this—think Starbucks, Walmart, Chipotle and McDonald's to name a few. Companies are hoping the move will attract workers and keep them from leaving so quickly; for colleges, these efforts can be a source of new students, especially for new online programs.

A ‘Safe’ Smart Speaker for Kids? Startup Chatterbox Promises to Put Privacy First


In education, such privacy concerns are secondary to another glaring issue: that company officials have said their products are intended for consumer use, not as classroom tools. But Chatterbox is not a learn-to-code company.

Innovation & tech: Africa’s only hope in educating hundreds of millions of children

The Christensen Institute

But even then, only one in three children will have access to secondary school. . For example, it will cost sub Saharan Africa more than $4 billion in salaries alone if the region is to achieve universal primary education. This does not include secondary schools or universities. In addition to all this, over the past few years just around 50% of students pass the secondary school exit exam. Today, there are more than 750 million mobile phones in operation in Africa.

Pittsburgh Schools and Developers Share Tips for Improved Ed-tech Pilots

Digital Promise

For example, Karen Wang of Amplify said, “The CMU team was a great collaborator with us. Also, in contrast to traditional evaluations where companies only receive a final report, developers could capitalize on real-time feedback to make product improvements. For example, in South Fayette Township School District , INVENTORcloud changed its program rollout in response to student requests. For example, Miller said, “If I was doing it over again, I would just use one product.

How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

And there we have two divisions, Elementary and Secondary. I’ll give one example. It was a good example of being flexible, and watching what’s coming in, and adjusting… which I love to encourage. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

An example of this might be… if I say “Put those numbers in order: 56, 33, 22, 28.”. Another example of limiting choices is that a lot of parents will ask their kids, “What did you do today?” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Sources of Hope for Education Technology in 2018


Many education technology companies do the opposite: they deepen the moat around the castles of affluence. Against this backdrop, it is difficult to be enthusiastic about, for example, the possibility that this will be the break-out year for virtual reality in K-12 schools. (I Many education technology companies do the opposite: they deepen the moat around the castles of affluence. I have a friendly disagreement with some other investors in education companies.

Guild Education Raises $40M to Help Employers Provide Education Benefits


Walmart, Lowe’s, Discover and Lyft are just a few of the companies that have signed on to offer employees education-as-a-benefit, meaning these companies help students pay for—or completely cover—the cost of tuition for education programs. One company steering the trend is Guild Education , which partners with companies and education providers to offer employees programs ranging from master’s degrees to a high-school diploma.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Applications Open Now #steam

The CoolCatTeacher

To get some examples of the winning projects, here are last year’s winners. These are some of the finalists as selected by Samsung to give you examples of projects they have selected in prior competitions. Secondary School for Journalism *.

AI Is Everywhere. Now It Wants to Teach You Chinese.


Ponddy Education , for example, is a San Jose, Calif.-based King, who also serves as executive director of the Mandarin Institute , acknowledges that her company took aim at a tough subject with its initial product offering. The company’s next target: English.

Bridge International Academies; a model for innovation

The Christensen Institute

It’s a global education problem – and a prime example of nonconsumption, defined as a large segment of the population that cannot afford to purchase and use existing solutions in the market. Bridge, a chain of nursery and primary schools with a mission to deliver affordable education to millions of children in poor countries, is one of the best examples of a market-creating innovation in Africa. Today, 263 million children around the world don’t attend school.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Give us some examples. You know, we’re not giving the kids the tools in school along with opportunities to collaborate, that they need on the job, that the companies are asking for. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it: Edtech that connects students to role models

The Christensen Institute

Academic research has reached the same conclusions as this teacher; the 2016 State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce assessment reported that “the elementary and secondary educator workforce is overwhelmingly homogenous (82% white in public schools).”

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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

01:01 Vicki : So give me an example of how it’s used in your classroom. So that’s just one example of getting the year started off with a thinking routine. So for example, one of the types of thinking is perspective taking.

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What helps kids really learn

The CoolCatTeacher

Andrew Stadel is a Digital Learning Coach for Tustin Unified School District in California, working with secondary math teachers to use and implement technology in meaningful ways to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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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 development industry has the development equation backwards

The Christensen Institute

More than 70% of America was also rural with fewer than 10% of the population attending secondary school. The Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Company, the first railroad in America, is an example. A clothing industry was born thereafter and Singer’s company became one of the first global enterprises in the world. When he died, his company had created tens of thousands of jobs and enabled millions.

College Admissions Tips and How To’s for Parents and Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

I don’t like them to do that prior to the penultimate year in secondary school or high school, because I think it locks them in. I think it helps take a look, like your example, “Huh, maybe I need to try this, or maybe I need to do something new.”

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These Education Books Sparked Conversation in 2018—And Give Us A Glimpse At What’s Ahead


This spurred new conversations about the power and purpose of educational technology today, with many pointing back to Rogers’ work as an example of how educational innovation can thrive well beyond the walls of any school building. One example is around telecommunications and how some nations have skipped land-based lines right to a robust cellular network. Look out for discussions about the implications of this for education providers as well as new school-company partnerships.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

For example, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the future of learning materials writ large. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. These are huge companies that compete directly with each other in many ways.

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. In contrast, post-secondary faculty are generally unconvinced that open materials and scholarship are of sufficient quality to be adopted.

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Why gamification works [Part 1]


Candy Crush, a mobile gaming phenomenon, earns its makers, Swedish-based King Games, big money: $250 million in the company’s last declared quarter alone.

Businesses say students aren’t mastering basic workplace skills. Are they right?

The Hechinger Report

After agreeing to take on 10 summer interns from the Prepare Rhode Island program last summer, Cathy Desjarlais, a human resources manager at biotech company Amgen’s Rhode Island site, had reservations about the new interns, apprehensive they would display the behavior issues Butler described.

GED and other high school equivalency degrees drop by more than 40% nationwide since 2012

The Hechinger Report

“It’s a stepping stone to some sort of post-secondary credential, which determines your economic mobility in life,” said Hilliard, adding that high school degree is a prerequisite to pursue many professional certifications, from emergency medical technician to truck driver.

How the 6 'E's of Social Can Get More Traction to Your Tweets


Big consumer brands like fast food chains and tech companies pour tons of money into understanding the behaviors of Gen Z and using modern-day marketing techniques to reach them. While student-facing edtech companies, colleges and even educators looking to reach this group may know that appealing to Gen Z is essential, many don’t know where to start. Check out this example from ACAC’s Twitter campaign: DYK: One-third of applicants using the #CommonApp are #firstgen students?