Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Digital instructional materials outpace print, study says

eSchool News

Teachers now are using more digital instructional materials than print materials in the classroom, according to a new study from Education Market Research (EMR)/Simba Information. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

edWeb.net

According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. Rather than a single book or set of books, most basal programs now include a number of materials to facilitate learning.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks.

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6 Cutting Edge EdTech Companies to Keep An Eye Out For This Year at the ISTE Conference!

TeacherCast

This year, I had the opportunity to work with so many great educational technology companies on the podcast and I'm excited to have the opportunity to walk the vendor floor and meet everyone to say THANK YOU for being a part of the TeacherCast podcasting family.

Curriculum Associates Named One of the 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and One of the Largest Private Companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal

techlearning

May 24, 2018—The Boston Business Journal announced that Curriculum Associates has been named to their 2018 “Fast 50” list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts for the fourth consecutive year. Companies that did not show growth from 2016 to 2017 were excluded.

Curriculum Associates Featured on Inc. Magazine’s 37th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

techlearning

5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

ADVANCED & MEASURED PROGRESS ( www.advanc-ed.org ) & ( www.measuredprogress.org ) Measured Progress and AdvancED will join forces to form a unique and far-reaching nonprofit educational company focused on data-driven tools for school improvement.

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Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools

Edsurge

Amazon will be sunsetting TenMarks and its online instructional tools, which were once at the forefront of the company’s K-12 digital education strategy. She emailed the company to learn that it was not. “It Horton, who teaches math and writing to fourth- and fifth-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, says this is the first program that she and a coworker have found that meets their needs for math and writing instruction.

New Website Details State Policies for Acquiring Digital Learning Content

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has launched an online tool to help ed-tech companies, states, and districts learn about digital instructional material procurement.

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners

techlearning

June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

Edsurge

Helping students write and reason clearly, critically and concisely is the central mission at her company, ThinkCERCA. Today the Chicago-based company has raised $10.1 Founded in 2012, ThinkCERCA offers a set of digital tools and lesson plans to help educators teach critical thinking skills across a variety of subjects, including English language arts (ELA), math, social studies and science. The company currently numbers 45 employees across the country.

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

Almost a decade after Lynzi Ziegenhagen began work on tools to help K-12 schools with data analysis and visualization, she faced an important decision. For her Schoolzilla company to continue to grow, it needed a larger sales division. based company up for acquisition talks.

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Want to Help Schools Closed by COVID-19? Don’t Pitch Them Right Now.

Edsurge

Among them are companies directly reaching out to teachers and administrators, offering to help ease that transition. Often, these pitches entail free or discounted software for products ranging from instructional materials to virtual conferencing tools.

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. Supply of new companies has reached a fever pitch.

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

Edsurge

To some surprise, most of the sales and adoption of its openly licensed materials have come so far from schools that ask for printed versions. Kiddom , a startup based in San Francisco, will offer core curriculum materials from the nonprofit publisher on its curriculum management system.

New Certification Rewards Education Products Backed by Research

Edsurge

And earlier this month, the nonprofit announced that 13 education companies had become the first to earn the distinction. Last fall, Digital Promise invited about 100 companies to participate in beta testing. Then the company did “a bit of retrofitting as the product developed.”

EdReports.org Evaluates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Mathematics as the Highest-Rated K–8 Mathematics Program

techlearning

Expert educators from EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials, found that Ready Mathematics met expectations for all evaluation criteria across all grade levels after concluding its recent review of the program.

HMH launches marketplace to connect educators, developers

eSchool News

New online marketplace destination to discover, share and sell digital learning tools and teacher-created content now live. Digital Learning and Tools Innovation Corner News

Study: Adaptive, gamified approach can boost math scores

eSchool News

This study has revealed what we have known all along: Front Row is making an impact on students in a real and meaningful way, helping us to reach our goal of providing the best available instructional materials and technology for teachers globally.”.

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Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

Edsurge

That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV , where Marshall is a general partner. And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Few education companies have successfully pulled off a freemium business model. “It’s

Helping Teachers Reach Every Student

EdNews Daily

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about the men and women who are creating today’s EdTech companies. The method teaches children to read by providing training and direction instruction materials for teachers and individualized software instruction for students.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade.

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OPINION: ‘The online courses we’re creating right now are ways to survive in uncertain times, not to thrive in online education’

The Hechinger Report

colleges and universities are working to deal with the public health and logistical implications of the coronavirus in a global emergency, we’re seeing a rushed move to use online education tools, often from private, for-profit companies. As U.S.

How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

Edsurge

And edtech companies cater to this fragmentation in their product design and marketing. Curriculum and instructional materials live on websites, in the cloud, on paper, in LMS’s, in Google Drive or OneDrive. The Role of Edtech: New Tools for New Tasks As the D.C.

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The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

In my view, at least four such assurances are needed in a digital age: One, we must ensure every student has access to the digital tools they need to succeed in school. From textbooks to tests and from research papers to group projects, public education is in the midst of a sea change in how it provides learning opportunities to its students, in the tools it offers, and in what it expects its educators and students to use.

Curriculum Associates to Be Owned by Iowa State University--For Now

Edsurge

When one of today’s hottest edtech companies was founded, Intel Corp., the kingpin of computer chip companies, was barely a year old, and the microprocessor had not yet been invented. pulled off another intriguing move: Creating a way to support a public university without losing its edge as a private company. Over the past five years, the company has been following a hockey-stick growth curve: It had $39 million in sales in 2012; last year’s sales topped $190 million.

Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic an Approved Assessment Provider

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We are proud to support Ohio educators with this tool, helping them identify students’ needs and individualize instruction.” Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools.

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: Edpuzzle is my new favorite flipped classroom tool. She’s the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year. I am very honored to serve as one of the two national advisors for Future Ready Schools , representing the Instructional Coach strand.

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

techlearning

June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “ Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Boston Business Journal Names Curriculum Associates a 2018 “Best Place to Work” Winner for the Fourth Consecutive Year

techlearning

In total, 80 companies were honored at the BBJ’s awards program on Wednesday, June 20 at Boston’s Symphony Hall. As in past years, honorees were divided among five company categories: Extra Small (20 to 49 employees), Small (50 to 99 employees), Medium (100 to 249 employees), Large (250 to 999 employees), and Extra Large (1,000 employees and over). “We Company rankings were also published in a special supplement in the June 22 edition. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

Given the popularity of these tools within the K-12 sector, I’d hazard that anywhere from a third to half of all U.S. This is how everyone should want companies to respond – in education and beyond – when presented with evidence of a potential security incident. After all, all software has bugs and can be exploited, and one test of the mettle of a technology company is how well it monitors and responds to incidents.

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Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

Edsurge

Commonlit is a source for free, high-quality instructional materials designed to support literacy development (grades 3-12.). ReadWorks and Reading Counts both provide curriculum and tools to help increase reading stamina (grades K-12.).

Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

techlearning

More than just scores, Lexile and Quantile measures are a tool for educators to help personalize instruction and an easy-to-understand measure that can be discussed with parents and other stakeholders.