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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? An Opinionated Guide to Changing Edtech Industry Conferences

Edsurge

They’re abbreviations for major conferences for companies in the education industry. What sets them apart from purely teacher-focused conferences is that industry players aren’t viewed mainly as vendors who pony up for a sponsorship or exhibit booth. The last time I took a detailed look at the industry conference landscape for EdSurge was in 2014. There are also other highly specialized and invitation-only industry conferences. ASU GSV. SXSW EDU.

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.

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

Edsurge

Employees report higher productivity , greater efficiency and less stress , while companies can benefit from lower real estate costs and an expanded talent pool. My former company, Big Universe ( now acquired ) was a fully-virtual operation.

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).

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.

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.

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?”

?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.

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.

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

#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Make Better Use of Industry-Recognized Credentials?

ExcelinEd

The session, How States Can Make Better Use of Industry-Recognized Credentials , came on the heels of last week’s release, Credentials Matter , by Excel in Ed and Burning Glass Technologies. Cindy Hill , principal industrial and organizational psychologist with ACT Inc.

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.

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?

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.

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.”

The Work You Do Has Power

Tom Murray

Advances in technology are disrupting almost every industry, and in almost every country. Take a moment to consider the digital disruption that has already occurred in the following industries (Goodwin, 2015). Retrieved from [link] McKinsey & Company (2017). Blockbuster.

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

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.”.

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.

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.,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.