Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

If technology doesn’t disrupt the very notion of the textbook first, its future is surely digital. Update the examples and sample questions to improve student engagement or the quality of instruction? The post Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology. Schools don’t want technology. Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology itself holds answers for education. As we know, it is technology’s ability to save teachers time or focus student attention that can be advantageous. Recently, THE Journal went a step further calling for less attention to technology and more to curriculum. “As

How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

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Meanwhile, billions of dollars have been spent on edtech by these same school communities. Today’s edtech market is radically fragmented. And edtech companies cater to this fragmentation in their product design and marketing. Edtech can enable and house the holistic blueprint.

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Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

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A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states. Some, such as California, state that all digital materials must have a printed counterpart. In states that mix adoption and local control, like Utah, a commission reviews, vets and ultimately recommends instructional materials, although districts have final say.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent an ethical framework to guide our decisions, I am increasingly of the mind that the answers to the important questions about educational technology are ‘turtles all the way down.’ Zeynep Tufekci shares her experiences more broadly (beyond education) in this provocative talk from June 2016: I’ll be spending some time later this week with friends and colleagues at the EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium and look forward to the dialogue.

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What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech

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Selling an education technology product to public school districts in the United States has never been easy. A lot of schools want to make their technology purchases by the end of the year so that products come in time for the next school year and news of a possible $3 billion in cuts is devastating,” House explains. This could really truncate a lot of decisions about buying technology, software or subscriptions.” Education Technology Government Policy

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons. Teachers can choose a lesson in the program, which guides students through a multi-step process to analyze the reading materials and write a response essay. ThinkCERCA jostles with major textbook providers, such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to be the provider of core ELA instructional materials. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies. The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials.

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies. The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials.

Renaissance and Learning A-Z Partner to Promote Literacy

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Renaissance ® announces Learning A-Z, a literacy-focused pre-K–6 educational provider of technology-enabled learning resources, as its latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner. The companies are working together to provide personalized reading instruction.

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials. Office of Education Technology’s GoOpen Site. Stories of EdTech Innovation.

How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself

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The privately-held education company used to focus on making print instructional materials for K-12 schools. But eventually, it started incorporating technology in its offerings. How did you transition from a traditional company focused on providing workbooks to an edtech company? We used the success of that and actually the learning of that—from the Common Core—to start on the edtech side. And so, we use technology to make that better and better.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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A growing corps of entrepreneurs, supported by record-setting investments in education, are creating new technologies, experimenting with business models, and living their own bouts of euphoria and terror. The State of the K-12 Sector The edtech boom of the past two decades promised efficacy and new instructional models. But poorly integrated standards, curriculum, assessment, and intervention materials have always been a problem.

Reflections on ISTE 2016

Indiana Jen

It will be a free marketplace for teachers to access lesson plans, worksheets, and a variety of instructional materials. I have just returned from the 2016 ISTE Conference in Denver Colorado. Like every ISTE conference, I return both exhausted and exhilarated.

Reflections on ISTE 2016

Indiana Jen

It will be a free marketplace for teachers to access lesson plans, worksheets, and a variety of instructional materials. I have just returned from the 2016 ISTE Conference in Denver Colorado. Like every ISTE conference, I return both exhausted and exhilarated.

Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

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portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. a semester to access all of the company’s digital higher-ed materials. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech BusinessLast May, major textbook publisher Pearson indicated it was mulling a sale of the U.S. In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans.

Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools

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Amazon will be sunsetting TenMarks and its online instructional tools, which were once at the forefront of the company’s K-12 digital education strategy. Horton, who teaches math and writing to fourth- and fifth-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, says this is the first program that she and a coworker have found that meets their needs for math and writing instruction. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test?

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Digital distribution and getting online materials directly to consumers, on the other hand, has proven tougher to crack. Last summer, the San Francisco-based company invited several dozen educational publishers and organizations to create and sell materials to Quizlet users, as part of a closed beta program. In order to sell premium materials on Quizlet, one must first apply and be approved as a “Verified Creator.” So far these materials range from $0.99

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available. Generally, the due diligence also points to needs to improve the technology infrastructure and fill gaps on the team. Education Technology Investors Edtech BusinessThere is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

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I exclude technology from this analysis). If you bucket all instructional materials—core plus a broad view of “supplemental”—you have an estimated $6 billion instructional materials market. Now there’s a large and growing edtech investment industry.

Why Students Are Better Prepared for Learning When Teachers Use Digital Tools in Their Instruction

Benchmark Education

Students’ Brains are Wired for Technology. Digital Tools Bring Relevance to Instructional Material. As always, with successful instruction, RELEVANCE is key. Ever walk into a classroom: zero energy, apathetic students, slumped over, eyes glazed?

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. TCV is no stranger to the education technology industry, having chipped in on two $50 million-plus investment deals for Varsity Tutors, an online tutoring startup. The technology is there,” Sanchez says.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. With this awareness, I ask myself some questions when choosing instructional materials and assessments.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade.

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CoSN 2019: K–12 Schools Address Digital Equity with Curriculum Framework

EdTech Magazine

Some digitally enabled K–12 schools find it difficult to provide appropriate lesson plans that can be accessed by all students, said Tim Clark, director of curriculum, instruction and digital learning at Chicago Public Schools. . What we want to do is transform the instructional core.”.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

There is every reason to expect that both entrepreneurs and enterprising educators will continue to generate new and compelling ideas about how to effectively address the challenges facing public education through technology, and for this we should remain optimistic and hopeful. Yet, at the same time, we must remain clear-eyed and recognize the ways in which technology also introduces new issues and potential threats to the promise of public education.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

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alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers. Instructional design is experiencing a renaissance. But I’ve come to believe that contemporary instructional design sits at the intersection of three core disciplines: learning science, human-centered design, and digital marketing. Most people with “instructional design” in their job title are involved in converting “traditional” written curriculum or in-person teaching into an online course.

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Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

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Notes from panel discussion/concurrent session at SXSWedu 2012 Geoff Wurzel, TechNet Wurzel was one of the influencers on Senate Bill 6 and the creation of the Instructional Materials Allotment in Texas. Does technology improve academic performance? Financial implications Financial side - What does it mean if kids get smarter and don''t drop out because of technology? Technology helps with innovation, but technology alone will not help.

To Succeed, Ed Tech Must Be Easy to Use, Good Fit, Analyst Says

Marketplace K-12

“This will be more true than ever going forward,” Hoverman told more than 125 education business leaders attending the event sponsored by the Education Technology Industry Network of the Software & Information Industry Association. Even though spending to change classroom practice is not growing, Hoverman said K-12 spending for technology is still at about $10 billion per year. Marketplace K-12 differentiation ease of use Ed-tech edtech TractionDenver.

Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education

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OpenEd ), Armen Pischdotchian, (an academic technology mentor at IBM Watson), Kathy Benemann (CEO of EruditeAI ), and Kirill Kireyev (founder of instaGrok and technology head at TextGenome and GYANT ). And there’s greater availability of the technology—things that you can literally use out the box. Does that suggest that without AI, the “adaptive” technology on the market, isn’t really that adaptive? Education Technology Events Community

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)

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That’s a problem, says John Reyes, director of educational technology for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The lack of precision about what the term means—whether it’s about tailoring instruction for individual students or the technology that enables it—leads to confusion and inappropriate assumptions. “As As long as we struggle to define it, some people will continue to see only the surface (the technology).

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

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Blended learning—the technology enabler of many forms of personalized learning—leverages the flexibility of online learning to break the constraints of the traditional whole-class, single-pace instructional model to differentiate instruction more effectively to students’ needs.

Curriculum Associates to Be Owned by Iowa State University--For Now

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When one of today’s hottest edtech companies was founded, Intel Corp., More than 6 million students in all 50 states use products offered by Curriculum Associates, which sells research-based print and online instructional materials, assessments, and data management tools, including its flagship tool, the adaptive assessment and instruction package, i-Ready. Education Technology Adaptive Learning Learning Strategies

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award

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These next generation Summit Math courses were developed as part of a digital-first curriculum for schools that want to engage and personalize learning for each student and empower teachers with powerful instructional materials,” said Sean P.