MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation

The CoolCatTeacher

Mastermind groups are innovative ways to create safe spaces for teachers to grow and learn together. In this show, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully.

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Why do we group students by manufacture date?

User Generated Education

The Problem with Grouping Learners by Age. Grouping students by age or manufacturer date is a contrived sorting mechanism. Grouping by Interests Rather Than Age. With groups of same aged peers, there may be no connections other than age.

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CEO Support Groups Provide Perspective, Advice, Lessons

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Having a group of experienced company leaders to share experiences with can help you run a healthy, successful business. The post CEO Support Groups Provide Perspective, Advice, Lessons appeared first on Market Brief.

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10 Top Companies That Love To Hire Teachers

EdNews Daily

Voted #1 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor by employees’ choice in 2019, and Best CEO in 2018, this education company comes well recommended. If I missed a company you’d recommend, comment below or head over to the Educators’ Exchange Facebook group and join the conversation!

10 Companies Hiring Teachers Over the Summer

EdNews Daily

If you are a teacher looking for a summer gig, or unique ways to make extra money over your break, please find 10 companies hiring now. Varsity Tutors is a nationally recognized company that connects students with personalized tutoring services in both academic and test prep subject areas.

MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

Edsurge

For instance, it is unclear whether the group will be adopting one of the standards already being developed for credentials and badges, or building a new one from scratch. “We Others have expressed concern over patents owned by companies for digital credential systems.

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Alexa Goes to ISTE: Edtech Companies—and Teachers—Debut New Skills for Learning

Edsurge

Across the massive, brightly colored expo hall at ISTE 2019 , the annual education technology conference where companies display and demo their latest gadgets, upgrades and software, several vendors showcased the new skills they have developed for Alexa-enabled devices.

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. We used Skype for our daily/weekly, 1-on-1 and group meetings.

Layoffs Hit LearnZillion as Company Shifts Focus to Core Curriculum

Edsurge

For venture-backed education companies, the path to sustainability—and profitability—can be full of difficult twists and turns. Most of the people affected were part of the company’s professional development team, which worked with educators to implement its supplemental curriculum offerings.

CodeMonkey Acquired by TAL Education Group

Edsurge

Save the world” said today that it has been acquired by Beijing-based TAL Education Group. The company, which has 14 full-time employees primarily in Tel Aviv, says that it has 10 million users around the world. Although TAL is huge by contrast—with reported revenue of over $1 billion last year —the deal with CodeMonkey is a first for it, too: Although TAL has an investment portfolio of more than 100 ventures, this is the first non-Chinese acquisition the company has done. “We

Tencent-Affiliated Family Office Leads $15M Investment in Entangled Group

Edsurge

According to Paul Freedman, the name of his company, Entangled Group , is an homage to the physics research that his late father and a colleague undertook that proved Albert Einstein wrong about the theory of quantum entanglement. Inadvertently, the name could also refer to the many education projects that the company has touched since its start in 2015. Entangled has also started nonprofits, invested in companies and even built a few of its own.

Where Are the Black and Latinx People in Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

If you go to the “About Us” page on most websites of education technology companies, you will see many white faces, quite a few female ones and a good scattering of South Asian and East Asian staff. Most edtech companies don’t have bank accounts flush with cash earmarked for targeted recruitment services. In my experience, it doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t have to be a big company to do it. Our mission was to make our company reflect the diversity of America.

Protect your School's Technology Devices via Worth Ave. Group: Property Insurance

Kleinspiration

Group Luckily, Worth Ave. Group has your best interests in mind. has even launched a division of their company to support K-12 Education. iPad insurance laptop insurance TBA teaching blog Teaching Blog Addict technology insurance worth ave worth ave group

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Group Launches Free Chrome Browser Extension

techlearning

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Group today announced Britannica Insights , a free Chrome browser extension. Britannica Insights works with major search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others – on the Chrome browser and is available for download at [link]. Watch the video here.

Class Dojo GROUPS!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I'm very excited for Class Dojo's announcement introducing the group feature to the platform! As a teacher who has struggled with how to assess class participation and continually tweak how to manage group's workflow, now I have my answer! I envision using Class Dojo specifically for days that my students are working in groups, and I want to make sure my freshmen are staying on track and to reward the ones who don't need nudges in the right direction.

To help customers be well, a former weight-loss company thinks beyond the scale

The Christensen Institute

One reason she decided to partner with the wellness company is its focus on community: “I grew up understanding about being active, about being healthy, that was just how I was raised. As my colleague Rebecca Fogg wrote in an earlier blog , the wellness company actively looks for ways to enhance its program by addressing all three elements of members’ Jobs to Be Done—functional, emotional, and social.

Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions

Edsurge

That group of colleges, companies and nonprofits is working to build an openly licensed Open Badges platform for digital certificates that professionals and students can use to show they’ve mastered certain skills (either academic or so-called “soft skills,” like collaboration or problem solving). How, they wondered, could a company claim to have just invented something that is so well known? When the U.S.

Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

Edsurge

So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. Finding a (Sustainable) Business Model Grant Hosford, the co-founder and CEO of codeSpark, an app that teaches kids, ages 5- to 10- years old how to code, advised the audience that you can make some choices for your company that appear good at first and even midway through. It does make it kind of challenging on the structure of the company,” Krajewski said. “If

What U.S. Companies Should Know About Asia's Edtech Market

Edsurge

After a summer of market research and competitor analysis, the company eventually signed off on a collaboration with a Chinese partner, TAL Education. company that has eyed Asia as the next big market. But their story is not a blueprint that will make sense for every company. Between the drastic variations in business culture, social norms and day-to-day education affairs, there are a lot of differences companies should know about (along with a few similarities).

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

Edsurge

Software, guest speakers, singing groups, hardware, professional development programs, online courses, observation tools, data solutions—we’ve received pitches aimed at solving almost every educational problem, real or perceived. Company reps think they are providing a useful onramp.

2018 Workforce Forecast | Herman Group

eSchool News

Every year at about this time, The Herman Group issues its annual forecast. More companies will hire for soft skills and culture fit. . This strategy has many benefits for people and companies. Copyright 1998-2017 by The Herman Group of Companies, Inc.,

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

Edsurge

But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. Companies, too, need to build that kind of inquiry into every step of their work with educators. Education is awash with efforts to personalize learning.

Jon Hancock Named CEO of Electrosonic Group Ltd.

techlearning

Electrosonic is pleased to announce that Jon Hancock has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Electrosonic Group Ltd. and all of its subsidiary companies. I recently joined Electrosonic to take the 54-year journey of the company to its next phase of development.

To Find Diverse Talent, Some Companies Look to College Clubs

Edsurge

College career fairs look like an awkward high school dance: Students circle around company booths, unsure whether to stop and drop off a resume. Companies blindly court juniors and seniors to their floorspace, hoping that they’ll be the right fit for internships and full-time positions. One company is making a business out of helping student associations and companies connect beyond the walls of tri-folds and stacks of resumes at career fairs.

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.

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.

How CA Group Builds Strategic Partnerships that Support School Transformation

Edsurge

CA Group is a consulting firm dedicated to improving education for students in grades K-12. CA Group manages large scale systemic change in schools across a particular region and also supports districts, networks and schools through the process of school model redesign. For the large scale systemic work, the company typically takes a cohort of schools through a variety of workshops to support redesign on a larger scale.

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

techlearning

JUNE 26, 2018 In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America ® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Interactive JTouch whiteboard aims for group work

eSchool News

To facilitate teamwork in classrooms and mid-size conference rooms, InFocus Corporation has unveiled the JTouch Whiteboard (INF6501w), the company’s latest in the line of JTouch interactive touchscreen displays. 65-inch HD touchscreen is intended to enable easy presenting and note-taking.

As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico, Coding Bootcamps Follow

Edsurge

companies to plant roots in Mexico, where lower wages and loose regulations have allured manufacturers for years. the Washington Post reported on the tech boom south of the border, with major global companies like IBM, Oracle and Intel setting up shop in Guadalajara, also known as country’s “Digital Creative City.”. 95 course providers —was largely driven to fill openings at tech companies. company that provides skills-based training programs has followed path.

Survey Says: Parents Think Tech Companies Should Help Build Kids’ Digital Skills

Edsurge

For one, the poll of about 1,000 parents with kids under the age of 18—conducted by public opinion and data company YouGov—found that parents have more positive feelings about their kids using tech in the classroom, as opposed to at home. Specifically, 63 percent of surveyed parents said they were concerned about their kids spending too much time on devices at home, while at the same time 86 percent of the group said they view tech in school as helpful to educating their child.

What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. There is a concern that data is now a strategic resource, and that acquiring companies for their large data sets could be a means by which China could undermine the strategic influence of the United States. companies seeking to expand overseas.

LRP Acquires District Administrator, in Merging of School Media Companies

Marketplace K-12

LRP Conferences, a publisher and conference organizer, announced that it has acquired the editorial and conference company Professional Media Group, LLC. The post LRP Acquires District Administrator, in Merging of School Media Companies appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Conferences Media Mergers and Acquisitions

Build Community & Bring The World Closer Together with Group Insights

techlearning

For the past ten years I've moderated online communities in numerous platforms including Facebook, Ning, Yammer, O365 Groups and Teams, Edmodo and Google Groups. A successful moderator spends time analyzing their group, and in the past year, Facebook has made this a lot easier to do.

Venture Capital Firm, Standards-Setting Group Forge Partnership Around Interoperability

Marketplace K-12

Companies funded by New Markets Venture Partners will receive help from the IMS Global Learning Consortium on "interoperability," or district demands for seamless integration of data across ed-tech products. The post Venture Capital Firm, Standards-Setting Group Forge Partnership Around Interoperability appeared first on Market Brief.

Pearson, AFT Square Off Over Company’s Profits, Focus

Marketplace K-12

The American Federation of Teachers is pressuring Pearson PLC, the global education company, to conduct a business strategy review with an eye to becoming more profitable. “Our strategy is clear,” the company said in the March 17 statement. posing a threat to the company.

What Kind of Group Work Encourages the Most Original Thinking?

MindShift

And he says, “Maybe we could get kids to listen to each other and respect each other if we gave them group projects where they had to put together pieces, just like a jigsaw puzzle.” That gets me thinking about group work in general.

BookNook Raises $1.2M Seed Round to Facilitate Small Group Literacy Instruction

Edsurge

Reading at an early age is best taught in small groups. We’re all about human-to-human learning,” Michael Lombardo, the company’s founder and CEO, tells EdSurge. Working with kids one-on-one, or in small groups, is the most effective way to help students acquire literacy skills.” The company was also a graduate from the most recent class of the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, a program that provides funding and mentorship to education technology startups.

What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

Edsurge

The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Edsurge

Providing courses to companies, and adults not enrolled in a full-time degree program, has long been a way for universities to extend their reach (and pockets) beyond the physical lecture hall. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations. We have always worked with corporations and companies, it’s part of the DNA here at MIT in terms of our research and innovation,” says Piloto.

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