WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

The Christensen Institute

Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. based education company that is part of a nonprofit consortium in the state. million online courses in 2014-15.

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Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students?

MindShift

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. based education company that is part of a nonprofit consortium in the state. million online courses in 2014-15. LEXINGTON, Miss.

Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

The Hechinger Report

She leaned in toward her laptop and looked at a sentence that read, “Bake me a cake.” The program, called UPSTART, was developed by a nonprofit company and advertises itself as a kindergarten-readiness program. Those learning experiences can’t be replicated in an online setting. “I

A 17-year-old wants to spice up science classes and, eventually, democratize education

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. On laptops and Chromebooks, though, the labs still work.

School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. We’re the buyer and there are tons of companies out there. Future of Learning.

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Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections. They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything. Future of Learning.

Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

The Hechinger Report

Teachers use the Desmos “ Activity Builder ” tool to create a series of self-paced math challenges using an online graphing calculator. The hush was troubling, because students learn a lot from debating ideas, sharing feedback and collectively exploring big questions.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

. Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amidst “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

The freedom to mess up, repeatedly, is a core appeal of this club known as CoderDojo , a loosely-connected global network of coding workshops for kids ages 6 to 18, including this Boston outpost that meets in the borrowed offices of the tech company LogMeIn. Read more about Blended Learning.

Eduro Learning: Changing Culture and Minds

The Thinking Stick

There has been a lot going on with my new adventure that is Eduro Learning. Kim Cofino and I, along with 5 others, founded the company last May. Beyond one-off PD days and looks at long term embedded learning.

Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

In today’s market, the Surface is a great product for anyone who wants the functionality of a laptop and the convenience and usability of a best-in-class tablet without having to carry around two devices. In contrast, companies that succeed at disruptive innovations generally take the capabilities of the new technology as a given and look for markets that will accept the new definition of what’s good. It does everything their old laptops could do, plus more.

Virtual Technology: A Solution to Rural Isolation

Digital Promise

A 2008 state audit found that parents were pleased with how much they learned with these home visits. While Hughes knew the research on how blended learning supports adult learners most effectively, the decentralized nature of RSU 3 made the face-to-face part of blended learning very difficult, if not impossible. Virtual Learning: A Human-Centered Approach. A virtual learning center is different than distance or online learning.

Education Looks Eastward: Snapshots from Beijing's Global Education Technology Summit

Edsurge

Teachers are revered , most families spend about a third of their income on their children’s education, and most students spend at least an hour a day on some kind of online learning. It’s also a place where companies are racing into technologies that raise tough ethical issues. Online education boom Even just a few years ago parents in China were highly skeptical of online education. He gave a short talk about his company at the conference in Chinese.

Easy, painless ways to help your kids with their homework

Neo LMS

Educational technology and e-learning, or the act of using the Internet as a teaching tool, are gaining popularity. A quick Google search will provide many websites and companies, such as Tech Rocket , which specialize in online learning for kids.

What’s in a Name? Inside the Pricey, ‘Laborious’ Process of Education Rebrands

Edsurge

INACOL—the International North American Council for Online Learning—would henceforth be known as the Aurora Institute , a name taken from the Latin word for “dawn.” AltSchool became Altitude Learning. The company has since been acquired and the domain is no longer active.

Why Edtech Executives Need to Go Back to School — as Teachers

Edsurge

When I was a middle school teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District, I looked longingly at the work of sales reps and trainers at edtech companies. It’s about the numbers, but not only the ones you think In the company boardroom, numbers matter: How many daily users? For many edtech companies, they are also concerned with numbers around the impact and efficacy of their products, in ways that can help educators see measurable student growth.

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Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs

Edsurge

Data’s influence on modern education is immense; it drives policies, impacts funding—it even affects decisions about which tools and services edtech companies create for educators. Rambo, president of MCH Strategic Data , is working to provide edtech companies with high quality, reliable data that helps them connect with education professionals and understand trends in schools and districts. How does the data you gather help support edtech companies and in turn educators?

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Outsourcing campus IT: what next?

Bryan Alexander

This week we learned that one Michigan campus will outsource its entire IT department. Will I be able to call them up on the day before my lab and say, ‘Can you come and update 24 laptops before tomorrow?'” What can we learn from questions around outsourcing others?

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

Teacher shortages force districts to use online education programs

The Hechinger Report

On most afternoons, Jeremiah Smith, founder of an afterschool and summer program called the Rosedale Freedom Project, can be found sitting side-by-side with his students as they peer at laptops, trying to get through their assignments. McKenzie worries the online program has set him back. “It

Harnessing benefits, reigning in downsides of virtual schools

The Christensen Institute

For example, in business, most companies simply look at the average demographic likely to use a given service and what features on average those people say they want. Fordham instead presents constructive recommendations for improving virtual schools—and online learning and schooling more generally. The call to support statewide online course access also makes sense. At a high level, others who study online learning and I believe this idea makes sense.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution? Related: Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop). ” that by 2019 half of all high school classes will be taught over the internet ; Raised questions about a new study on personalized learning ; Added four new incidents to the K-12 cyber incident map ; and. Tagged on: July 20, 2017 Are iPads and laptops improving students’ test scores? Enter personalized learning (PL)." Summer.

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Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

About 20 students gazed at their laptops, an online poll open on each screen. Then, without missing a beat, she switched the smartboard display and launched into a multiple-choice quiz using a game-based online learning platform called Kahoot!

Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

Pros and cons of building a district-specific online platform. The online education movement has pushed K-12 schools and districts to rethink the way they develop and deliver content. This is better than saying, ‘You’re an algebra teacher, so go build us an [online] algebra class.’”.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

high school students have the opportunity not just to take an online class for credit but a significant proportion of their course load online. New data analyses by NCES offer an updated assessment of the adoption of online learning by high schools: More than 4 in 10 U.S. percent) did not offer any entirely online courses to high school students during the 2015-16 school year. percent offered ‘a majority of all classes online;’ and, 3.6

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

high school students have the opportunity not just to take an online class for credit but a significant proportion of their course load online. New data analyses by NCES offer an updated assessment of the adoption of online learning by high schools: More than 4 in 10 U.S. percent) did not offer any entirely online courses to high school students during the 2015-16 school year. percent offered ‘a majority of all classes online;’ and, 3.6

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first | Ford Foundation → The 'Digital Standard' aims to help consumers understand how a range of digital products measure up when it comes to security and privacy, so they can make educated choices about what to buy and use—and to help guide companies in building and designing products that take consumer privacy and security seriously.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. The company has raised some $77.5 Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system. ” But it’s a content company.

Outsourcing campus IT: what next?

Bryan Alexander

This week we learned that one Michigan campus will outsource its entire IT department. Will I be able to call them up on the day before my lab and say, ‘Can you come and update 24 laptops before tomorrow?'” What can we learn from questions around outsourcing others?

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned? Personalized learning is the No. So what is personalized learning, exactly? “Because learning is a collaborative process.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Educators wanted students to engage more and apply their learning in meaningful ways.”.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

opens door for student loan companies to ignore state authority.” This isn’t really financial aid per se, but it’s part of the larger suite of financial products that schools (and the companies they partner with) push.

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