Classroom Tech Can Drive Student Engagement—But Schools Need to Choose Wisely


The district loaded up on engaging tools to help teachers and students connect and collaborate—TVs in classrooms, whiteboarding devices, and wireless HDMI to name a few. Serendipity struck when Vivi , an Australia-based classroom engagement solution, reached out to Rugg offering a demo.

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


Tom Sargent, the information technology administrator at the King David School outside of Melbourne, had seen students try to tweak the school’s technology systems before. Students will try nearly anything to get around the systems,” says Sargent. “I

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Some students today learn in high-tech environments that their grandfathers couldn’t even imagine when they had to go to school. Considering how fast education technology is evolving, this could remain true when today’s students become grandfathers themselves. Meet us at Booth F302!

Student Engagement Platform ClearScholar Raises $1.25M in Seed Round


How do you engage university students, hear their concerns, and give them both the information that they need and want? But one company thinks it has figured it out, and it’s been rewarded with a few extra dollar signs to prove it. ClearScholar , a student engagement platform where students can receive notifications, store information and virtually interact with their university, today announced it has received $1.25

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.


It’s not because these students and teachers have a peculiar penchant for fetid footsies. Rather, Stinky Feet Day is the students’ hard-earned reward for reaching new benchmarks in silent reading. In 2018, Golden Grove’s Hispanic students’ PYG average was 1.17; for ESE (i.e.,

Serving Mixed Ages Is Hard. Here’s How One Child Care Provider Makes it Work.


As she puts it, she was “leaving a cushion”—a steady job she’d held for 10 years at an e-commerce company in New York—“for a question mark”—running a child care program out of her home. Education Technology Student Engagement Workforce Training Professional Development

In These Divisive Times, Program Pairs Students with Refugees Around the World


In Jill Armstrong’s social studies classes, when students learn about other countries, they don’t just learn from textbooks and news articles, which she says can seem abstract and elusive to teenagers. Case in point: About once a week for the last several months, Armstrong’s humanities students have participated in an hour-long conversation with Ghenwah Kharbeet, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee—only, the students are in class in the tiny town of Greenup, Ky.,

How Do We Get More Girls Into STEM? Build Confidence (and Robots)


In fact, a recent study found that investors may even prefer companies with more women in the workforce. Although many organizations and companies are making strides toward solutions for this society-wide concern, improvements just aren’t coming fast enough.

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


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. By enabling these connections, IMS, the nonprofit group that organized this event, hopes to create a plug-and play-educational ecosystem where tools can freely and seamlessly share information about student learning that educators can use to drive better learning outcomes.

What’s It Like Tutoring for VIPKID, the Chinese Company That Just Raised $200 Million?


Mabry is one of the 20,000 educators working for VIPKID , China’s largest online English tutoring company. The Beijing-based company has now raised a total of $325 million.). Founded in 2013, VIPKID can best be described as a sort of Yelp for Chinese students seeking North American English teachers. At the scheduled time, the teacher and student engage in a live video chat for the lesson, after which the teacher can give parents feedback on their child’s progress.

How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos


Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors. These are now accessible to Course Hero members on the company’s YouTube channel. “We

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To Boost Engagement, Give Tech Savvy Students Interactive Content


As students’ digital literacy grows, schools must match or surpass the level of technology students use outside of the classroom. Offering these multimedia learning environments aren’t just add-on services for colleges; they’re now a necessity to meet students’ expectations—and keep them engaged. Hinds Community College , has observed a shift in the learning needs of students over the last decade as their technology competency has exponentially increased.

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Building Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

As an edtech vendor, you know creating a strong working relationship between your company and any prospective client is key. This includes student demographics, programs, curricula, academic performance, and community engagement.”.

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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. Oh, the dreaded question… “What other content do you cover?”

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How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

School districts should communicate their needs and give candid feedback to developers; at the same time, edtech developers need to meet the needs of diverse learners and educators to improve learning outcomes. Engage with stakeholders to identify and communicate context-specific needs.

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Developing Academic Language Supports Equity

Digital Promise

These “book words” are the academic vocabulary learners need to know and understand to meet their potential in school and beyond. Students whose parents have not attended college, or even high school, can also be at a disadvantage in school due to the lack of recognition of academic language.

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Sphero Announces Acquisition of LittleBits to Expand K–12 Robotics Tools

EdTech Magazine

Sphero , one of the leading companies in K–12 classroom robotics, announced its acquisition of littleBits , inventor of the electronic building blocks for science, technology, engineering, art and math learning, on Friday, Aug.

Impact funds pour money into ed tech businesses

The Hechinger Report

Ed tech companies are benefitting from the rise of impact funds. In September 2019, a young Canadian ed tech company called Classcraft announced that it had raised $7.5 For education companies, impact investing means reporting about different kinds of metrics.

Maker Monday: Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose

The CoolCatTeacher

Meet Next Generation Science Standards. John Spencer saw test scores and engagement ride when he implemented Maker Mondays. John: Well, my first thought is, you know, getting the buy-in from students on Monday is really important.

New Partnership Between EBSCO Information Services and Intellus Learning Announced


EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Intellus Learning , an educational platform as a service company, have partnered to provide academic libraries with a content curation, assignment, recommendation and analytics tool.

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Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun video tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. She also uses this for professional development for teachers when she’s preparing to meet them on-site. Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee.

Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act


He envisioned a game-based educational platform used by teachers and students to learn about science and the environment. But at an all-hands meeting at the company’s Washington, D.C. Some employees hoped the company could turn around and stayed on without pay. “We

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Are You Ready To Teach Online From Home Across Cultures?

EdNews Daily

I have been with the company since November 2016. There are days when I meet new students, and there are days when I teach my regular students, and there is always something new to learn about each student. Students will book your class again and again.

MeTEOR Webinar Alert: Classroom Design for Barrier-Free Collaboration


Typically desks are found in rows with minimal opportunities to enhance learning that research shows optimizes cognitive growth and meets the needs of all students. WHAT: HIGH IMPACT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT™ Webinar – Classroom Design for Barrier-Free Collaboration WHEN: Thursday, Nov.

10 Keys of Purpose Driven Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. They’re action-oriented words because I felt like over the years, just talking to students about grades wasn’t really functional.

Sparking Deeper Learning Through Authentic, Real-World Experiences


Let’s begin with a quick overview of these findings, then dive into practical resources and technologies that can help us enhance authentic experiences to deeper student learning. For instance, instead of learning about science, engaging in the work of scientists, just at a modified level.

How can teachers use VR in the classroom?


These days, using multimedia tools is a foregone conclusion for the well-resourced teacher; technology is enabling greater interactivity and engagement between students as well as with the information they are required to learn.

K-12 Game-a-thon Hall of Fame 2018

MIND Research Institute

The K-12 Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share a game that features creative and unusual solution­­s to mathematical problems. Throughout the process, students developed critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration skills and more. Meet the Judges.

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it: Edtech that connects students to role models

The Christensen Institute

As the New York Times UpShot column recently highlighted, there is mounting evidence that students benefit from teachers who hail from a similar background and gender—and yet the teaching profession remains largely white and female. Most teachers don’t look like their students.

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Generation Z’s Are Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

If institutions hope to evolve to meet Gen Zers’ demands, it will require more than updating the computer lab — it’ll take a keen understanding of how they think. Today’s students understand the value of applicable, on-the-job training versus passive, theoretical coursework.

Online Degrees Find a Spot in Workspaces in 2U-WeWork Deal


2U said yesterday that it had formed a partnership with shared workspace company, WeWork. Any of the 13,000 students enrolled in the graduate degree programs that 2U hosts will be able to use the WeWork offices for free. It’s the second deal cut by 2U chief executive, Chip Paucek, within the last 18 months, and it’s one he hopes will give a boost to both 2U students--and to his company. So, it’ll feel to students like going from Outlook to Slack.”

OPINION: Don’t count teachers out of school redesign

The Hechinger Report

Together, we were able to innovate, plan and produce a flexible school model aimed at improving student performance, engagement and equity. Related: How high school would be different if students could design it. Students in each grade now have PLUS day once a week.


How Humor and Storytelling Help Foster STEM Engagement

While these types of projects can be fun in their own right, adding a story and humor to the lesson increases overall student engagement. This storytelling pathway to a lesson creates a more reliable connection between the student and the subject.


How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

School districts are struggling with the fact that 70% of purchased licenses for edtech programs don’t get used at all within the school year and only 10% of teachers know how often students should use edtech programs to drive learning outcomes.

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