Introduce Computational Thinking with the Music Industry

Digital Promise

We’re excited to release two new resources—a short video and a two-page handout—that teachers can use to introduce students to how the music industry is using data and computation. How teachers can use the music industry to engage students with data.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

Companies like Microsoft are developing apps like Seeing AI ( to help visually impaired learn), real-time translators , alternative keyboards and others.

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.

10 Top Companies That Love To Hire Teachers

EdNews Daily

It’s no surprise that this pillar in the textbook and curriculum industry loves on-boarding talent with education backgrounds. Voted #1 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor by employees’ choice in 2019, and Best CEO in 2018, this education company comes well recommended.

Can outsiders redefine the insurance industry?

The Christensen Institute

Today’s insurance industry faces a daunting set of challenges including deteriorating trust, information asymmetry, misaligned incentives, legacy systems, fraud, and new risks like cyber that are difficult to price. This climate has created opportunities for insurers to rethink their business models, as well as opportunities for new companies to enter the insurance sector. Insurtech companies have received a lot of buzz for their potential to transform the industry.

Making the case for market-creating innovations: a look at Tolaram Industries

The Christensen Institute

In 1988, Tolaram Industries, maker of Indomie Instant Noodles and a myriad of other products, decided to target nonconsumption in the food industry in Nigeria. The company also provides its own power in all 13 plants it runs across the country. The company now sells more than 4.5

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. So what is the state of the industry?

Mark Cuban, ECMC Lead $1.8M Round for Cluster to Develop Industrial Tech Talent

Edsurge

The allure of “tech jobs” and the salaries they command have given rise to new industries, from coding bootcamps to specialized recruiters. Yet the likes of Google and Facebook sometimes overshadow sectors that have been—and remain—core to the American economy: industrial manufacturing. The new roles require new digital skills—with design tools like Siemens NX and CATIA, and companies struggle to find qualified candidates, according to Cluster’s founder and CEO, Kim Taylor.

How to Prepare Students for Jobs in the Self-Driving-Car-Industry

Edsurge

Many roads lead to a career in the self-driving car industry. That painfully obvious pun is actually one of the truest things you can say about this nascent, multidisciplinary enterprise, and it also encapsulates the challenge educators who want to prepare their students to work in this industry are facing today. People working in this industry have a wide range of skills and experience.” One thing all of those companies seem to have in common, says John M.

A Humbled Declara, Once a Darling of the Edtech Industry, Finds a New Home

Edsurge

Instead, it has caught the attention of a European buyer: An Italian blockchain company that builds software to support the “Internet of Things” ecosystem has acquired Declara. She started and sold one edtech company, SynpaticMash. In total, the company has raised $38 million.

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. We need to find a way to change our hiring strategies and help our industry represent the real world. Most edtech companies don’t have bank accounts flush with cash earmarked for targeted recruitment services. Our mission was to make our company reflect the diversity of America.

The Tech Industry is Hijacking School Data. But Decentralized Systems Can Change That.

Edsurge

While there are laws in place such as the Families and Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act that provide a baseline for protecting student privacy, tech companies can avoid these through various loopholes. For example, tech companies use such data to optimize their products and services and to create new ones. My three children—aged six, eight, and nine—enrolled in a US public school last year (having moved from Europe).

Colleges are adding programs in a once-decimated industry — manufacturing

The Hechinger Report

The industry has taken a more tech-intensive twist, making skills like practice in 3-D design — like the work Walker is doing — critical for future employment. Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign vow to revive manufacturing, the industry isn’t expected to rebound to its heyday.

The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy.

Edsurge

For those keeping count, the world is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Take the example of self-driving cars, said Keren Wong, director of development of RoboTerra, a robotics education company. When we educate people in AI and the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, should those engineers and scientists be designing machines specifically to replace human work?”

Google, Expanding on HBCU Pilot, Launches ‘Tech Exchange’ to Boost Diversity in Industry

Edsurge

That’s the impetus behind Tech Exchange, Google’s latest effort to increase diversity in tech and make its own company look more like its users. Google is not unique in the industry — the tech sector has historically underrepresented female, black and Latinx individuals — but the company has taken steps to be transparent about its makeup. Google publishes an annual diversity report detailing the company’s demographic breakdown.

?How Apple, Salesforce and Other “Platform” Companies Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Edsurge

Old and new players are rethinking how, what and where people learn, and, in particular, how to master the digital skills that are increasingly vital to jobs in a widening swathe of industries. For learners to qualify for work that pays well and for companies to source the talent they need, the market around skills-based education needs to evolve quickly to train students in the technology platforms now required for the jobs they seek.

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.

EverFi Rocks the Edtech Industry With $190 Million Fundraise

Edsurge

EverFi is a rare breed of education technology company that can boast a wide reach. Last summer, the company held its retreat at a Native American reservation in Montana, where a team had been introducing its financial education offerings. based education technology company, second only to Bertelsmann’s $230 million investment in HotChalk in 2015. Making this model work, Wincup says, is one of the company’s “trade secrets.to

Can a District Disrupt the Edtech Industry?

Edsurge

As the Director of Business Development at Zinc Learning Labs , I led the company through the application and implementation phases of the SCEC for the 2016-17 school year, focused on products supporting English Language Learners (ELLs). True Partnership All too often in edtech, there’s a feeling that companies and educators are adversaries rather than partners. Educators and education companies want students to succeed, but this shared goal is often lost in the sales shuffle.

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.

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.

Report: The Credentials People Get Are Not Always the Ones Companies Want

Edsurge

Almost 30 percent of industry-recognized credentials American students recently earned relate to careers in architecture and construction. These are just some of the findings teased Monday at a SXSW EDU panel on industry-recognized credentials developed or adopted by businesses to verify students have the technical skills needed for certain jobs. based think tank Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Boston-based analytics software company Burning Glass Technologies. “We’re

Education Technology Industry Network and StartEd Will Host Ed Tech Growth Event in New York

techlearning

and New York, NY) — The Education Technology Industry Network ( ETIN ) of the Software Information Industry Association ( SIIA ), the largest non-profit software industry policy and advocacy association, announced today a partnership with StartEd Inc.,

Should Teachers Take Cash from Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

When she was in the classroom, Jenny Herrera remembers feeling resentful whenever the school principal would email teachers telling them they needed to stay after school to give feedback to edtech companies. The ethics of teachers advising and working with edtech companies received a lot of attention when the New York Times published a piece on the subject last fall. So from a company side, pilots can work, but I think it needs to happen much earlier.”

Dreamforce 2017: Ushering in the 4th Industrial Revolution

MiddleWeb

“Every industrial revolution is defined by trailblazers. We’re in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a wave of innovation and technology, radically transforming our economies, societies, and lives.”.

GitHub’s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools

Edsurge

The company says it’s making these available to any “teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates,” including non-traditional bootcamp-style coding programs. Our mission is to help developers learn to code with the real-world tools of industry.” million companies across the world, GitHub is considered the standard when it comes to software development platforms. More than one million students have taken advantage of these offerings, the company estimates.

Equality Starts With Education: Why the Tech Industry Should Help Lead the Way

Edsurge

I often find myself at Salesforce —a leading San Francisco technology company—looking out the window at the Bay, remembering the little girl who used to dream of this view. The booming technology industry presents many exciting economic opportunities for the next generation. For many of them, this is the first experience they’ve had with a technology company, despite living mere miles from some of the most innovative companies in the country.

Big Names, Brash Claims at SF Edtech Industry Pitch Event

Edsurge

At an industry-focused education technology event hosted by Cooley, a law firm, in San Francisco this past Wednesday, several dozen entrepreneurs and investors gathered to network, scout for new business opportunities and share a mix of practical and questionable wisdom. Companies are focusing on how to assess the skills of their existing workforce, and what they can do to reskill their employees.

A Welder of Digital Curriculum Companies Buys Its Latest

Edsurge

Little did they know then that the first word in its name would become a fitting pun for the private equity firm’s consolidation of education companies. Last week, the firm announced what will be its 14th deal: Glynlyon , a digital curriculum company based in Chandler, Ariz. He ran Kaplan as its CEO from 1994 to 2008, during which he oversaw 67 acquisitions and more than doubled the company’s revenue—to nearly $2 billion —by the time he left.

As Tech Companies Hire More Liberal Arts Majors, More Students Are Choosing STEM Degrees

Edsurge

The study points to estimates from LinkedIn that suggest “between 2010 and 2013, the growth of liberal arts majors entering the technology industry from undergrad outpaced that of computer science and engineering majors by 10 percent.” billion industry around “workforce technology.” Companies specializing in this area focus on connecting talent to opportunity, and startup accelerator LearnLaunch estimates more than 240 such companies have already been funded.

What the closure of 2 bootcamps means for the industry’s future

The Christensen Institute

The truth is that what people tend to refer to as a “bootcamp industry” really involves a massive amount of variability, both in terms of the visions and strategies of different providers. Horn: Given the explosion in coding bootcamps, it seems as though the industry was ripe for consolidation. Do you expect to see consolidation in the industry? A lot of these companies were capitalizing on a short-term market opportunity without a broader vision.

Golden State GDPR: What the Edtech Industry Should Know About CA’s New Privacy Rules

Edsurge

This is a game-changing law that will impact companies in the U.S. Rather, the impact will be felt by all companies that collect personal information of California residents—including those involving minors, which disproportionately impacts K-12 education technology. The law will apply to any company doing business in the Golden State, even if physically located elsewhere. The law requires companies to seek compliance from their service providers and third-party partners.

Value of Education Industry Sector Transactions Nosedives in 2016

Marketplace K-12

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the education industry dropped significantly during the first three quarters of this year, compared to the same time period last year, a new analysis has found. See also: Education Industry Mergers Jumped Significantly in 2016.

Companies Partner to Launch “Be a Maker”Programming Companion App

techlearning

Be a Maker was developed in partnership with everis, an NTT DATA company, and is a part of the organization’s CLOQQ initiative. Jibo creators include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and industry pioneer, Cynthia Breazeal. Jibo, Inc. today announced the U.S.

An Education ‘Intrapreneur’ on the Difficulties Innovating in a Conservative Industry

Edsurge

I mean, I was so peeved at the publishers who come out there and talk about being education companies, but shareholder value trumps all. Not just in business, but what is it that allows people to get breakthroughs in the industries that they're working in or the disciplines that they're working in. In industry, you saw big titans falling to smart, high-potential young people with ideas. So after college, you worked at a computer company then you moved to Texas Instruments.

Education Industry Mergers, Acquisitions Jumped Significantly in 2015

Marketplace K-12

The number and value of mergers and acquisitions in the education industry rose sharply over the most recent year, fueled by deals in professional training and by consolidation in some areas of K-12, a new analysis has found. Fledgling Ed-Tech Companies’ Pace of Early Fundraising Slows.

Research Guidance for Ed-Tech Industry Updated on Usage, Other Criteria for ESSA Evidence Levels

Marketplace K-12

The best practice recommendations for ed-tech companies conducting research has been updated since its 2017 release by a leading industry association.

IMMERSION: Our Hands-on, Info-Packed Event Just for Edtech Companies

Edsurge

Here’s the plan: MORNING: We’ll get an in-depth look at running an edtech company from startup through growth from the cofounder of Remind, Brett Kopf, and the company's CEO, Brian Grey. This is the moment when you will be elbow-to-elbow with peers and industry leaders to work through whatever challenges you face. On April 7, EdSurge will host a one-day clinic on building your edtech business called EdSurge IMMERSION.

Diversifying the tech industry, one party at a time

The Hechinger Report

Indeed, Fast Company magazine reported, “ Fewer than 1% of tech companies with black founders receive venture capital funding.”. So if there is a bigger pool of potential recruits who are black and brown, why are the tech companies not finding them?

Education Technology Industry Network Grows With Addition of Education Industry Association Members

Marketplace K-12

The Education Industry Association, which struggled to keep membership after a downturn in federal funding for tutoring, is joining a division of the Software & Information Industry Association, or ETIN, effective immediately, under an agreement announced today. The move adds about 50 percent more members to that division, the Education Technology Industry Network. Follow @EdWeekMMolnar and @EdMarketBrief for the latest news on industry and innovation in education.