Good news stories about EdTech from across the globe


As the year draws to a close I thought we could take a look at how EdTech has transformed schools, students and education this year – in countries across the world. Dotlearn’s technology reduces file sizes to the point where they require only 1/100th of the bandwidth.

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How educators can use edtech to teach students essential real-life skills


Technology in the classroom continues to transform the way that teachers teach and students learn. Edtech doesn’t just enhance current curriculums, though; it can help students learn essential real-life skills. The value of edtech. How edtech can teach life navigation skills.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways. Three ways technology can help increase equity in schools.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

Murray @thomascmurray is the 2017 US “Thought Leader of the Year” and shares what actually works in edtech. What Actually Works in Edtech? Point A: We need to be asking what works because we’re spending a lot of money on education technology.

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Technology is Overwhelming Education: That’s Why We Need More

EdNews Daily

They are going through a very difficult time, trying to modernize and keep up with the technological world around them. Other pressing concerns included increasing technology complexity and a growing sense of educational disequilibrium. By Charles Sosnik.

How I Used Technology In A ‘Healthy Bodies’ Science Lesson


This week, we looked at what happens to the heart during exercise. I started off by showing the students this excellent video as a reminder of last week’s learning: A group discussion followed about what happens to the heart when we exercise.

13 Edtech Tools Every Teacher and Student Should Know About


Today the importance of educational technology goes beyond the use of instructional aids because of the ubiquity and usefulness of technology in everyday life. Students have to learn how to properly use technology at an early age for it to be eloquent in its language.

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Google Makes a Rare Education Technology Acquisition: Workbench


Yet in the education industry, these deals have been few and far in between, especially as many of these companies have opted to build their own edtech tools. It also offers a programming interface where students can do coding exercises and even control bluetooth-connected devices that are integrated with the platform. This marks just the second “edtech” acquisition by Google in its history. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

An Onboarding Course to Help Your New Edtech Hires Empathize With Educators


But the reality is that there are not enough people with this background in the edtech industry. The journey into the edtech industry is different for everyone. Engage Edtech Employees in Extended Learning We call the program Freshman Seminar.

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The Primary Problem with Educational Technology

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There is much that’s wrong with the educational technology (“edtech”) market. However, I’m positive that in the updated version of the EdTech Bible, Corinthians 13:13 ends “the greatest of these is charity scale.”

Is All the Technology in Modern Classrooms a Good Thing?

EdNews Daily

In recent years, the way we communicate, order food, exchange money, and more has all been reimagined to include technological advances. And, technology has reached the education sector. The inclusion of technology in classrooms is constantly increasing.

Empathy Isn’t Enough: Power Imbalances In Edtech Must Shift


This backdrop is essential in considering the role of technology in education for building peaceful and sustainable societies. This is further perpetuated through technological determinism; the idea that the technologies implemented in a society, shape the social norms, values and functions of that society. Technological determinism, globalization and neoliberalism cannot be separated. One answer I hear is that technology must be “adapted to local context.”

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EdTech: Giving the ONE the power to dream

Fractus Learning

As the Director of Green Shoots , a Cape Town based education organisation that utilises EdTech, I am often asked about the benefits and impact of EdTech within a South African context. We start to tackle these issues by using EdTech to help make a change in ONE life at a time….

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


Seven years ago, Google’s artificial intelligence technology was barely able to identify cat videos with passable precision. Founded in 2013, the New York City-based organization offers web-based exercises that asks students to fix and improve sentences.

What Makes a Good Edtech Tool Great?


As a director for Common Sense Education , I’ve enjoyed something of a ringside seat, having edited close to 1,000 edtech reviews written by expert educators. Identify a Real, Solvable Problem The edtech industry has a tendency to misdiagnose the day-to-day challenges teachers and students face. These are political struggles and not something edtech can adequately address. Education Technology Technology Tips Technology in School

How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company


Most of all, have a mission that reminds everyone they are working in an edtech company to build a better world by educating the next generation. Meeting your peers on a periodic basis can be an invaluable exercise.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech


Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. If students missed class or needed additional help, they could go to my website and access the day’s lesson as well as videos and digital exercises from YouTube and Khan Academy. When I Buy Edtech Products, Our Teachers Don’t Use Them… What Do I Do?

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Instructure Co-Founder Goes After Digital Courseware With His Next Edtech Startup


For Devlin Daley’s next act, he’s employed a strategy that worked for his previous education business: visit college campuses to see what technologies made students’ and instructors’ lives harder. Education Technology Assessments Startups

A Quick Return to My #EdTech Foundations

The Playground Advocate

A good friend of mine asked me to share my five best arguments for why technology should be integrated into the curriculum or a teacher's practice. A short-hand version might be: EdTech makes learning-design more impactful and engaging. EdTech empowers future-ready skills development.

Building Education Technology for the Developing World


My move to India was driven by my desire to see the impact of technology in education in the Indian context,” Parida says. As Director of Growth at Zaya, Parida is learning how developing edtech for low-income India slums is quite different than working with American schools. As edtech moves into the developing world, there are new challenges when attempting to reach students in the lowest economic rungs. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Community

4 Ways K–12 Can Maximize the Impact of Immersive Technology in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

4 Ways K–12 Can Maximize the Impact of Immersive Technology in the Classroom. Immersive technologies such as virtual reality and 3D scanning are becoming so hot that educators across the country are beginning to roll them out for students of all ages.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition).

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

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. In the mean time, my “take home” point is that skepticism of claims about the future of technology in education deserve a greater voice. EdTech News News news

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

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. In the mean time, my “take home” point is that skepticism of claims about the future of technology in education deserve a greater voice. EdTech News News news

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Y Combinator’s Newest Batch of Education Technology Startups


Eight education startups are among them, and all but one are focused on helping learners develop chops in programming and artificial intelligence technology. Brady has now overseen 11 cohorts of education technology startups over the past seven years. The curriculum is built by the company, and programming exercises span the gamut from making games in Scratch to working with APIs and large data sets using Python. Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

News from the Y: The Latest Edtech Startups in Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Class


Over Monday and Tuesday earlier this week, entrepreneurs from 189 startups took the stage for Demo Day, the de-facto graduation ceremony for Y Combinator, one of the technology industry’s most recognizable startup accelerator programs. Among the graduates were a half dozen education technology companies. That also applies to “bootcamp” models of online learning, which made up half of the six edtech graduates. Here’s a glance at the newest players in the edtech industry.

When Teachers Build Edtech, Awesomeness Ensues—and Here’s Why


Personalizing with technology isn’t easy—especially when the user has to adjust to the product, rather than the other way around. In fall 2014, Khan Academy quietly released a PDF document that told teachers which Khan Academy exercises are most relevant to students based on their MAP scores. Kamal Pannu, who was a 5th grade math teacher back then, began manually assigning Khan Academy exercises to students using this guidance. “I

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school.

School’s Out for the Latest Y Combinator Batch, and Here’s What Its Edtech Graduates Are Up to


Since the previous Demo Day in March, Tim Brady, a partner at Y Combinator who advises edtech startups, says he hasn’t noticed much in terms of changes in the education landscape. In this latest cohort of edtech companies, only one is aimed at being used in classrooms. Here’s what that one classroom-facing company is offering, and what the other six edtech startups hope to accomplish off the school campus. Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything


Education technology providers dangle the promise of transforming classrooms and equipping previously disengaged students with the skills to become lifelong learners. In the case of education technology, this misguided approach rarely addresses the real needs of students and teachers. When it comes to good decision-making about purchasing technology, it’s a shared responsibility between adopters and providers to make sure tools are the right fit and deliver results.

What is a digital classroom?


We are not yet at the stage where we can ditch the pen and paper however we need to be mindful that we are teaching children whose digital futures are uncertain – we simply don’t know where technology will go. “If In my class we definitely have a balance of technology and ‘non-technology’!

These 4 Quirky, Unorthodox Letters Got People Hired at Edtech Startups


SOMA resident Michael Winters hit “send” today, finalizing the submission of his application to an open position at edTech [sic] journalism site EdSurge. The creative exercise could have backfired. For teachers who’ve decided they want to find an edtech industry job, Kleine stresses the importance of trying different tools and finding one that resonates. Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

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


Of this group, five teams are building education technology tools with support from mentors from Imagine K12, the local edtech accelerator that Y Combinator absorbed last February. Here’s what they’re working on: Lambda School The San Francisco-based startup combines some of the hottest trends in the edtech industry: computer science education, small classes, and income-share agreements. Each course is made up of 70-odd short lessons and exercises.

Are We Designing Girls Out of Education Technology?


We do better as designers and entrepreneurs when we create products that reflect aspirations rather than norms It’s a body of work that may be especially relevant to an edtech community with the potential to shape norms that influence tomorrow’s workplace. When the same exercise was carried out in the matrilineal Khasi tribe, 54 percent of women chose to compete, while only 39 percent of the men did. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Community

Technology Not Going to Solve Data Privacy


He emphasized that edtech is here to stay and that until data privacy policies and procedures are in place, districts, students, teachers and parents are vulnerable to phishing and identity theft. Washington, D.C.

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