A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

Wisewire

With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources.

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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.

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses including a course for history / social studies teachers.

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How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project is an Example. Our middle school, like many other middle schools, have teams made up of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math. Give us an example of one of the winning projects.

How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

Edsurge

A study by the International Workplace Group estimates that 50 percent of people globally work outside their headquarters for at least 2.5 My former company, Big Universe ( now acquired ) was a fully-virtual operation.

How Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

Tech entrepreneur Fred Singer is the CEO and founder of Echo360 , a company which he launched after a visit to his son’s classroom. Singer has funded and led a wide range of digital companies over the past twenty years, and the list of business and charitable boards on which he serves is long.

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How Well Do Soft-skill Badges Work for Job Seekers? New Study Aims to Find Out.

Edsurge

That’s the kind of deeply human attribute employers say they’re looking for in job candidates as companies try to adapt to modern changes in technology and business strategy. Companies want skilled employees, and talented students want jobs.

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

Edsurge

He had learned some coding and development on his own through freeCodeCamp.org , and he had polished some of those skills doing work for a small WordPress related company. Because of privacy laws, the company can’t directly contact its biggest segment of end users. “It’s

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

Edsurge

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. More companies in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM—fields are hiring workers with liberal arts backgrounds, according to a recent report. “It’s Wong worked at several fintech firms before joining the mobile payments company.

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

Edsurge

And while many entrepreneurs claim that their products are 'research-based," it's difficult for consumers to determine whether the studies they cite or conduct are of a certain caliber. 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.” Here are the top companies in each category.

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.

The Next Edtech IPO Might Be This London-Based Language Learning Company

Edsurge

Niesner claims the company is on track to hit $40 million in revenue in 2020. The company is still shy of the $100 million revenue threshold commonly associated with IPO-ready companies. The company reached 25 million users by 2012 and 55 million users three years later.

Some Professors Fight Study-Help Sites. Other Professors Now Use Them.

Edsurge

Soon someone from the company reached out to her to offer her full access to the site for free, which costs students either $39.95 The company invited her on an all-expense-paid trip to its annual conference on teaching at its headquarters in San Francisco. Rutgers professor Kristen S.

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These bold Nigerian companies are targeting nonconsumption, and winning

The Christensen Institute

Take Arnergy Solar Limited for example. With an innovative business model that allows customers pay a subscription fee that’s cheaper than their current energy spend, local companies are able to easily adopt Arnergy’s solution.

Get inspired by Project Based Learning! 3 Awesome PBL case studies

Neo LMS

The key concept is active learning , which dovetails neatly into today’s topic where I will share with you three incredible Project Based Learning (PBL) case studies, that I hope will inspire you to be more ambitious in designing, developing and implementing PBL in your classroom.

I LOVE Bella & Harry Books: Teach Social Studies & Add Augmented Reality to Bring the Books to Life!

Kleinspiration

I''ve been wanting more books for my social studies collection. I contacted the company to see if they could send me one of each book for my classroom library. Below is an example of the printables available for the Cairo book. The Adventures of Bella and Harry!

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Vetting Social Studies Resources Is Important. And Hard. Here’s How to Do It Well.

Edsurge

This article is part of our upcoming guide, Social Studies: It's Time to Reinvest. What’s at stake in social studies education? The content of modern social studies curricula is highly contested, and evolving rapidly and sometimes radically.

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Pearson Efficacy Study Highlights the Challenge of Letting Students Retest

Edsurge

Emily Lai, Director of Formative Assessment and Feedback at Pearson But new, externally audited, efficacy research from Pearson about one of the company’s third-party apps shows a significant correlation between increased retesting and lower overall course performance. The results of the study pose big questions for reform-minded educators who advocate for students to have multiple chances on exams.

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.

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

Edsurge

Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. They’re specific to a particular pedagogical approach—if you’re using your portfolios in creative arts, versus whatever the examples may be, simulation-based learning. You recently offered some advice for entrepreneurs starting an edtech company in today’s landscape. You mentioned Parchment, your new company.

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. What types of studies have been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of product? Studies can vary from qualitative user interviews to quantitative controlled trials—and everything in between. What were the results of these studies with my type of school or students?

Study: Why Some Children’s Apps Might Not Be as Safe as You Think

Edsurge

According to the authors of a study on the privacy protections in children’s apps, perhaps not much. A recent study, published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, looked at whether 237 apps certified compliant with the child privacy law, COPPA, do a better job safeguarding privacy than a larger sample of non-certified apps. If the company does not do so, it loses its COPPA Safe Harbor seal. Take Ma’Chell Duma, a parent in Seattle, for example.

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How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

Edsurge

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. However, drawing that line may be difficult as education technology companies increasingly hire researchers to analyze data on product usage to drive further improvements—thus blurring the lines between research and commercial data collection.

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Study of 4,000 Students Shows a Gain of One Grade Level After 30 Minutes of MobyMax Language Per Week

techlearning

A study of more than 4,000 students from 230 randomly selected U.S. A study of more than 4,000 students from 230 randomly selected U.S. The study results validate the MobyMax method,” said company co-founder Glynn Willett. A copy of the study is available here.

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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.

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.

How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity

Edsurge

In an article last week , EdSurge shared a 2013 study by University of California, Berkeley economists Ross Levine and Rona Rubenstein, who analyzed the common traits of entrepreneurs and found that most entrepreneurs were white and male. 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.

Walmart Chooses Three Colleges Where Its Employees Can Study For $1 a Day

Edsurge

Employees pay $1 a day to participate, and the company covers “tuition, books and fees,” according to an explanation of the program on the retail giant’s website. Since Walmart is limiting its program to majors that are related to business, it is a bit more “related to Walmart’s interests” than similar efforts by other companies, but Gallagher argues that the trend is largely positive. Walmart was one of the first large companies to partner with higher education.

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Study says New Orleans schools spend more on administration and less on teaching after charter transformation

The Hechinger Report

The findings come in a study released today by the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. The goal of the study was to assess how school spending patterns have been affected by the city’s shift to charter schools after Hurricane Katrina.

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Did That Edtech Tool Really Cause That Growth? How to Watch Out For Faulty Efficacy Studies

Edsurge

Companies, unsurprisingly, are happy to help "prove" their effectiveness by publishing their own studies, sometimes in partnership with third-party research groups, to validate the impact of a product or service. Is your edtech efficacy study up to par? Digital Promise invites edtech developers to share their studies for review. But it’s also up to companies and startups to question their own commissioned research.

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

Edsurge

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. Alan November One problem is that companies are still making money off of selling those “$1000 pencils” as ways to improve productivity. So, can companies and educators co-exist peacefully in the world of edtech, while also working to redefine education?

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

The Hechinger Report

It’s probably the largest and most rigorous study of adaptive learning to date. Although the study was conducted exclusively at colleges and universities, Means said she suspects researchers would find similar results with adaptive software used at elementary, middle and high schools. “Every piece of learning software I’ve ever studied gets positive effects in some places and not others,” said Means.

As Bootcamps Look for Novel Ways for Students to Pay For Their Studies, Many Try ‘Deferred Tuition’

Edsurge

It seems to me of another example of how there are so many rules in the system now that make it hard to do ISAs. According to Daniel Filous, vice president of marketing at App Academy, the company chose to change the plan for both its east and west coast locations to comply with a. Coding bootcamp App Academy was an early adopter of the student-financing option known as an income share agreement, or ISA.

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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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