Bootcamp profiles: Nashville Software School

The Christensen Institute

Decades before bootcamps even existed, John Wark was a poster child for what Nashville Software School is trying to accomplish. Wark learned on the job, managed large engineering teams, and even started a handful of companies, one of which he took public in 1999.

There’s a reason why teachers don’t use the software provided by their districts

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, education news outlets buzzed with a frustrating, yet unsurprising, headline: Most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. Baker analyzed data from BrightBytes, a K-12 data management company, on students’ technology usage across 48 districts. That data revealed that a median of 70% of districts’ software licenses never get used, and a median of 97.6% They are often open to software as a way to engage those students.

Flexible, Collaborative Software Supports Engaging Curriculum and Student Success

techlearning

Tech&Learning's Content Director Kevin Hogan gets a close look at one of this year's Best of ISTE winner: Gale in Context for Educators.

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

Edsurge

In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. Officials estimate that developing the software has cost more than $100 million in foundation grants and university dollars.

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.

Avoid Death by PowerPoint: Flip Your Meetings

Turning Learning On Its Head

We were talking about how too many corporate meetings turn into death by PowerPoint. This was followed up by several meetings with key scientists to ascertain the threat that the incident posed for the mission. Meetings can also be flipped. So how do you flip a meeting?

Meet the Edtech Grantees of Google’s $25 Million AI Impact Challenge

Edsurge

Those are among the social issues addressed by 20 non-profit and educational institutions that are getting grants from the Google AI Impact Challenge , announced today at the company’s annual I/O developer conference.

A Student Improved a Classroom Tech Solution—So the Company Hired Him

Edsurge

He had learned some coding and development on his own through freeCodeCamp.org , and he had polished some of those skills doing work for a small WordPress related company. Because of privacy laws, the company can’t directly contact its biggest segment of end users. “It’s

Meet the Platform That 'Gets to Know You'—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half

Edsurge

In the year since it launched, the platform has cut in half the time students have to study to obtain the same results, according to company metrics. In the world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur.

Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

The Hechinger Report

The San Francisco resident graduated from nearby Mills College in May 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood education, and today she is getting her dream off the ground with the help of a new child care services company called Wonderschool.

This software turns old laptops into new Chromebooks

eSchool News

Using device-agnostic software called Neverware, districts are breathing new life into old laptops. Neverware, a New York-based startup, makes software that lets older computers run newer operating systems without compromising speed.

Vernier Software & Technology to Host 38 Free Professional Development Workshops this Fall

techlearning

BEAVERTON, Oregon, August 13, 2018 — This fall, Vernier Software & Technology will host 38 free, hands-on workshops around the country to help science educators learn how to best incorporate probeware and data-collection technology into their curriculum.

?5 Things Community College Administrators Wish Edtech Companies Would Do

Edsurge

Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa echoes Teti’s wish, but says edtech companies need to look beyond traditional higher-ed models and think about what kinds of problems two-year institutions and trade schools face. There are so many software options out there, but what we need is a repository to really be able to decipher and categorize what is available,” says McCarty. “It If you could make an education technology wish list, what would it be?

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

Edsurge

Now in its second year, the four-month accelerator program offers selected companies up to $100,000 from Intel Capital—in exchange for up to six percent of equity—and provides access to GSVlabs , weekly workshops and guidance from self-selected mentors like David Min (VP of Strategic Business Innovation at the Walt Disney Company) or Ronald Chandler (former CIO for the Los Angeles Unified School District). prices on a by-school or company basis.

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

techlearning

JUNE 26, 2018 In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America ® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Why ‘Black Box’ Software Isn’t Ready to Teach College

Edsurge

That’s the argument of Candace Thille, who has a love-distrust relationship with adaptive software. Specifically she worries that some companies have made their products a “black box” that professors and researchers can’t understand or control. Thille, an assistant professor of education at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education who previously worked in the private sector, stresses that she’s not against software companies.

Epson BrightLink interactive projectors will be bundled with Smart software

eSchool News

Epson and Smart Technologies are now bundling Smart collaborative learning software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. “We’re By bringing together these leading interactive classroom technologies, we are providing the tools to meet those needs.”.

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LAUSD to get $6.4M in software settlement from Pearson

eSchool News

Tentative agreement addresses issues over software, curriculum use. The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached a tentative $6.4-million settlement over curriculum from education software giant Pearson that the school system said its teachers barely used.

Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

Edsurge

Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. featured 124 companies from 18 countries—marking the largest class in the accelerator’s history. Lambda School allows students to pay nothing upfront, in return for 17 percent of their salary for two years once they get a software-related job that pays more than $50,000. The company will not take more than $30,000 over the two years.) TechCrunch reports the company is forecasting $3.5

Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

Gender is just one part of the diversity problem confronting many technology companies today. As diversity reports from companies like Alphabet, Apple and Facebook reveal, the employee headcounts—especially in senior and executive positions—are overwhelmingly male and white. These companies have committed money, mentors and other resources to provide educational opportunities for underserved communities. And I want to run a video game company.”.

LaGuardia Community College: Where Business and Tech Education Meet

Edsurge

As the need for affordable education grows, community colleges are well positioned to provide post-secondary degrees, credentials or training to meet workforce needs. to help position participants for high-growth, well-paying information technology jobs that require skills such as coding, software development and systems management. “We Large companies including IBM, WalMart and Xerox have signed on as hiring partners to interview qualified graduates of the program. “If

School by Design Spins Off From Amplify to Form Independent Company

Marketplace K-12

The educational technology company Amplify is spinning off a service known as School by Design into a new, separate business that will provide schools with data and technical assistance focused on financial and instructional strategy. School by Design will become its own commercial company and will be led by an Amazon Education executive, Andrew Joseph, who is leaving that post to work with the newly independent business.

Meet Caliper, the Data Standard That May Help Us (Finally) Measure Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting , hosted by the IMS Global Consortium. One of the most exciting and well-attended sessions covered the new IMS Caliper analytics standard, which can capture and share data on student activities in learning apps and software—thus giving teachers and developers a way to measure and glean insights on how students engage with digital tools.

Meet the Mastermind Behind an Innovative, New Way to Teach Math

MIND Research Institute

It is very difficult to create software that will translate into improved test scores,” Peterson, MIND’s co-founder, says. When MIND’s ST Math software launched, only 12,000 students used it. Video produced by NationSwell in partnership with Cisco.

Meet Us at FETC 2016 – Booth 844!

Benchmark Education

This week, Benchmark Education Company will be one of hundreds of exhibitors at this year’s Future of Education Technology Conference, or FETC. ’ You can find Benchmark Education Company at booth 844, where we will be demo-ing our latest technology as well as our popular digital platform, Benchmark Universe.

Agile Development, Meet Online Learning

The Electric Educator

Lately I have been thinking about Agile Software development. In a nutshell, Agile development is a software development philosophy that favors incremental development and response to change over planning, documentation, and final-release software.

What schools can learn from corporate mentoring

The Christensen Institute

Today, companies are investing upwards of $164 billion per year on employee learning and development, including mentoring programs. Take Everwise , for example, a company that functions like an eHarmony for matching professionals with the right career mentor.

5 Companies to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

In September Prezi meeting was launched which enables up to 10 people to edit or view a Prezi remotely. After interviewing many prospective companies I became frustrated with the lack of innovation and impressiveness of their products. million in free software to Michigan schools and sponsoring #edcampdetroit this May. Learn Boost is a startup company that has developed a gradebook program that has great potential.

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New Social Network Is All College, All the Time

Wired Campus

The service is the creation of two Princeton University undergraduates, Michael Pinsky and Vaidhy Murti, who hope to help facilitate connections among college students who might otherwise never meet. “It’s Company Watch Software Startups

Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options

Ask a Tech Teacher

With a reminder that Moodle is Open Source, which means the basic framework can be augmented with just about any addition conceivable (as you’ll see in the section, “ 23 Ways to use Moodle” ), here’s how to start: Download the Moodle software to your school server.

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Happy Connected Educator Month

Kleinspiration

We also developed projects and presentations using various software programs. Within hours, we had a time coordinated that all ten of us could meet. Two days later, we all joined each other''s company in a Google Hangout to continue the conversation.

Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again

ProfHacker

Inside Higher Ed (IHE) recently issued their 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology and we were excited about the big initial finding that more faculty are teaching online and that more are finding that online learning can meet the same outcomes.

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Black Box to Debut New Videowall & More at InfoComm 2018

techlearning

At InfoComm 2018, Black Box will exhibit software-based products that address common pain points in today’s mission-critical digital signage and corporate AV installations. Software News Video displays Ed Tech Ticker

How Can We Make Edtech More Effective? Focused Content

Digital Promise

As cofounder of Teachley , a small company developing research-based math software for K-6, this question demonstrates a problematic market preference for products that “ cover ” a lot of content, but do not support deeper thinking.

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Edtech Matchmaking: One Teacher’s Strategies for Choosing Better Technology

Digital Promise

No matter the approach, schools often struggle to find the perfect technology that will meet the needs of their students and help them achieve their academic goals. In the world of edtech, the process for finding and purchasing new software or devices can sometimes feel like an app-based dating experience, with schools making quick decisions based on little information. This meant I attended occasional meetings with my regional technology specialist and other regional TTLs.

MEL Science Raises $6 Million to Bring STEM to Life with Kits and VR

Edsurge

Moscow internet services company Yandex participated. After that, the company charges $34.90 Those lessons mostly cover chemistry today, but the company is building more content for physics and biology students, Philippov says. But he believes that’s part of his company’s appeal.

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Insights for innovating in emerging markets: Integrate, or outsource?

The Christensen Institute

I remember inhaling the fumes and hearing the sound of loud generators in our neighborhood whenever the national electricity company would cut the power supply. The electricity company did not have the capability to generate or distribute enough power to meet the needs of the country.

Boosting Digital Literacies for a Purpose

Digital Promise

Community providers, such as the University AME Zion Church (UAMEZ) in Palo Alto, California, understand that digital literacy development, like any learning, starts with building trust in the community and meeting learners where they are.

For Startups, Finding the Right App Developer Can Be Tricky

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

How do you find a software developer who understands what you’re reaching for and what you want the app to do? Putting it out there that you are looking for a software developer gets the ball rolling. Next, you set up phone calls and meetings.

How do I know what Contemporary tool will become a Classic?

Tech Helpful

We are in a time where there are many different software options to perform different primary functions. Which companies and platforms will adapt to best meet needs? Which platforms will be replaced due to better companies coming on board?