Meet NEO at BETT 2018!


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!

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

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

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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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.,

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.

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 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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

What is Engagement?

The Thinking Stick

Anyway, this week I want to thank Katy McKee for sharing an article with me titled What is engagement in a learning experience? It was put out by GoGuardian a software company that helps filter and monitor student devices. What we know about this generation and engagement.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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When education reforms flounder, where should leaders look next?

The Christensen Institute

Following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative by the Gates Foundation to boost school performance through better teacher evaluation systems, RAND’s researchers found that the initiative failed to produce significant gains in student outcomes. Just like the employees at Basic Aid, a school’s teachers have only so many hours in a day to dedicate to the learning and wellbeing of their students.

Generation Z Is 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.

How the LMS Market Can Transform Teaching and Learning to Benefit All Stakeholders

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

There are many companies in the LMS space, each offering products designed to power up instruction and effectively help districts meet their needs. The Power of the LMS The LMS provides the building blocks to engage all learners in a variety of experiences to meet their diverse needs.

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Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Beginning in fall 2014, the students and teachers at Burbank Elementary School in Hayward, California, embarked on a new and ambitious program to integrate arts across the curriculum.

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Rhode Island Makes Its Pitch to Ed-Tech Developers As Lab for Innovation

Marketplace K-12

Gina Raimondo told a national audience of about 130 people gathered here Thursday for the Digital Promise Education Innovation Clusters meeting that her state’s size and demographics make it a perfect fit for testing educational technology. So she told the company to think of Rhode Island as “a city-state,” and company officials agreed to work there. Providence, R.I.

Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning Inc.

Think Through Math

Acquisition of innovative digital math company expands Imagine Learning’s product reach and creates a total language, literacy, and numeracy solution; transaction bolsters Weld North Education’s industry leading profile in K–12 digital education category. Weld North, an investment company focused on digital and SaaS education solutions led by Jonathan Grayer, acquired Imagine Learning in April 2014. “At For Weld North: Elliot Sloane, Sloane & Company | 212.446.1864.

Redesigning the Learning Experience

Tom Murray

Quite often, a student’s hard metal desk is separated by a packet of worksheets on one side, with a dynamic learning tool on the other. Today’s students must be able to: Problem solve. This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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 Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning


The company got its start in late 2010, spurred by founder Anthony Kim’s work with KIPP Empower , an elementary charter school in Los Angeles. He founded Education Elements to meet that need. As of spring 2016, the company has supported 100 districts nationally, representing 300 schools and 300K students. There are two questions that districts commonly bring to the company: “I bought all of these technology tools and my instruction hasn’t changed.

Finding Innovation in Google Apps for Education


But many districts are failing to tap into the more innovative uses of GAFE, missing opportunities to nurture creativity and critical thinking in students. I have students create a table of contents for their multimedia projects. We use Forms to take inventory of student interest.

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Ultimately, it helps to begin by asking three questions: Why am I exploring a digital learning ecosystem for my students? How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students? Why am I exploring a digital learning ecosystem for my students?”.

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Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools


We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. Today, students have choices when it comes to their education; technology has enabled new school models and a growing number of students are finding success through personalized pathways. It’s true that not all of them are serving the best interests of their students.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning


The rising cost of printed textbooks—as well as tuition and university life—have made them unaffordable for many students. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. In order to succeed in a rapidly changing market, educators, students, and publishers need to evolve. Going digital offers students other benefits, including: Portability— Numerous courses or books can be stored on a single device.

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

The Hechinger Report

Destiny, 18, is like most students in the United States. Surveys reveal a steady decline in student engagement throughout middle and high school, a trend that Gallup deemed the “school engagement cliff.” Students actually learn better when motivated this way.

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