MinecraftEdu Creators Struggle to Find a Second Hit

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Those developers, whose company TeacherGaming pivoted sharply after Microsoft took over MinecraftEdu two years ago, are facing tough times—and laying off staff—as they try to craft a niche in a crowded educational gaming landscape that has struggled to attract broad interest from schools. In the past few days, the Finland-based company has decided to shrink its staff to about eight, down from 13 (and a peak of 18 employees a few years ago).

?Updates, Upgrades and Overheard: What Was Unveiled at ISTE 2017

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It’s also a time when companies of all sizes and ages announce their latest updates and tools. MICROSOFT CLASSROOM IS NO MORE. Instead, educators will be able to use Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. The re-branded product still offers many of Classroom’s services, like organizing class assignments and providing feedback to students, but now the product will come with more collaborative messaging features (think Slack for Microsoft education).

The Cause That Unites Chief IT and Academic Officers

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Canvas , whiteboards and a company called Blackboard. hulking gathering of higher-ed technology staff, faculty and companies. No longer, he says, does it make sense for colleges to divorce technology from teaching and learning. As schools increasingly outsource services to companies, “going from managing staff to managing vendors requires a whole new set of capabilities and skills for CIOs [chief information officers],” he tells EdSurge.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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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.

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” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” ” Also via Wired : “Companies Are Cashing in on Reality TV for Tots.” ” Via Techcrunch : “Comparing Apple , Google and Microsoft ’s education plays.” The company has raised $4.8 The company has raised about $1.4

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Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. “ Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive? “Lifelong learning” and multiple choice quizzes for two to five year olds. E-Literate claimed this week that “ Canvas Surpasses Blackboard Learn in US Market Share” – with some additional analysis about “What’s Important about the Blackboard Market Share News.”

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Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there. But despite all these cuts, big companies rolled out New Products this week that were perhaps Very Exciting if you’re into New Products. Microsoft is doing a desktop PC thing. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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” There’s more on legal battles involving student loan companies in the business of financial aid section below. From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 Ramona Pierson , the founder of Declara , is now the head of learning products at Amazon ( according to LinkedIn , at least). “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students? The third: lifelong learning.

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On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” ” Trends to watch: investors’ interest in English language learning (software). Accelerate Learning has raised $10 million from Owl Ventures. Education Politics.

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” Via McClatchy DC : “Forced to watch child porn for their job, Microsoft employees developed PTSD, they say.” ” They’re suing the company. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” edX is offering an online master’s degree with Georgia Tech : an OMS (online master’s in science) in Analytics. Education Week has a Q&A with Stanford professor Larry Cuban on personalized learning and progressive education.

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