How Khan Academy and Tata Trust’s recent partnership could affect the U.S. EdTech market

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In December, Tata Trusts announced a five-year partnership with Khan Academy to develop tech-enabled, high-quality and localized education resources across India by providing a personalized, mastery-based learning experience. These numbers are what make Khan Academy’s partnership with Tata Trusts so interesting because the company will be dealing with high volumes of nonconsumers who face very different challenges than children who are already attending school.

Khan Academy’s New ‘Teacher Aid’ Tool Goes for a Test Drive in Southern California


Most people associate Khan Academy with online videos, and that’s largely what it has been since 2005 when founder and CEO Sal Khan began recording instructional clips from his closet to help his cousin better understand math. This product is designed to offer ways to assign work from a large body of standards and content that is vetted, and provide new reporting for teachers,” Khan tells EdSurge. And Khan Academy works anywhere, anytime to close academic gaps.”

Khan Academy Buys Children’s App Developer, Duck Duck Moose, For $1


Like many parents, Sal Khan has bought Itsy Bitsy Spider, Park Math and other educational apps created by Duck Duck Moose , a San Mateo, Calif.-based But the Khan Academy founder just scored what looks a bargain: getting the company’s entire product suite, along with its development team, for less than what he paid for those apps. 25, Duck Duck Moose announced that it has “donated” its intellectual property and become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khan Academy.

Voice and Choice - Dissecting ISTE Standard for Student "Empowered Learner"

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ISTE Student Standard #1 - Empowered Learner: Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

A new framework to unlock edtech’s potential for teachers

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Fortunately, technology can improve these circumstances. When we consider the long march of progress across human history, our common story is interwoven with advances in technology. As illustrated in the diagram below, technology can play a similar role in our education system.

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Guest post: 15 EdTech Resources to Use in Classroom


If you don’t use educational technology, you’re not a cool teacher. They are growing up with all kinds of tech tools by their side, and they are thrilled to see technology involved in the educational process. Khan Academy. There are plenty of EdTech resources to explore, and you couldn’t test them all even if you tried. Hopefully, this list of 15 EdTech resources inspired you to make your classroom more fun!

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What Arne Duncan Said to Me Last Week


The visit was an edtech themed visit, and spotlighted a panel discussion that included edtech pop stars Sal Khan of the Khan […]. blended learning EdTech Education Equity High School Khan Academy Teaching Twitter TechnologyOn Wednesday of last week, several members of the US Department of Education kicked off their Back to School Bus Tour at the high school where I teach science in Redwood City, California.

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. The first time I created Khan Academy playlists for each of my 100 fifth graders,” says Dong, “it took me 6 hours.” Today, KIPP Bay Area teachers can generate personalized Khan Academy playlists for their students in under 10 minutes using an automated tool. Aligning MAP to Khan Academy was a first step.

How to Leverage Technology Tools for Tutoring (sponsored post)


The conversation around how technology can enhance education can be a controversial topic, and that carries over into the tutoring industry as well. There is no better time than now to reflect on the ways tutors can leverage technology to enhance and scale their tutoring business.

We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

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Fortunately, a recent article in the Economist gets the narrative right, pointing out that “the potential for edtech will be realised only if teachers embrace it.”. Fortunately, the future of learning technology is not replacing teachers, but amplifying their ability to meet the learning needs of their students. We need to start talking more about the best ways to integrate technology and teaching in order to amplify teachers’ impact.

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

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient.

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?Learning Equality Scores $5M From Google To Bring Edtech Offline


Today, the organization announced it is investing $5 million in Kolibri as part of a larger effort that will give $50 million in grants to education technology initiatives and nonprofits around the world over the next year. “We Among the nine groups selected for’s big give—which also includes War Child Holland ($2 million), Khan Academy ($5 million), StoryWeaver ($3.6 Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

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. Learn more about Kiddom Academy.

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A Supreme Court Justice’s Legacy in Edtech


Since that day—whether timed with O’Connor’s announcement or in anticipation of the midterm election is unclear—several edtech organizations have taken up the mantle on civics education. The nonprofit Khan Academy is launching a video-based civics series for students “interested in how government works in the United States,” according to a press release. Education Technology Government Policy

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Long Live the '90s: ‘Edtech’ Crazes Every Teacher (and Student) Secretly Wishes Were Still Around


So we rounded up the most beloved edtech tools of the ‘90s for your scrolling pleasure, from early internet sensations to the hottest hardware you just had to have. Today, it seems every edtech company out there wants to gamify learning. 2017 Equivalent: Most adaptative math programs (IXL Math, Khan Academy, DreamBox) have some gamification element. Edtech? Education Technology

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From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning


In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives. Echoing wider soul searching over technology’s polarizing role in politics and society, the education technology scene has been doing its own reckoning. Concerned that current technologies may not be closing equity gaps, a group of educators, researchers, developers and funders gathered over the course of this past year to consider how we might do better.

What Data Will Show That Edtech ‘Works’?


Research organizations and universities have long examined the impact of technology products in the classroom. Recognizing the need for research to keep pace with technological development, a few organizations aim to help schools seek answers about product efficacy more quickly. For instructional technology products, the results often revolve around student achievement. To really assess effectiveness, you need a comparison group that isn’t using the technology,” says Resch.

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No Kidding: This Pre-Revenue Edtech Startup Just Raised $15M in Series B Funding


The days of raising tens of millions in venture capital before making a cent in revenue are not over for the education technology industry. And in addition to a library of videos, lessons and activities from 16 providers, including CK-12 and Khan Academy, teachers can upload their own materials onto Kiddom and assign them to students. But that could change as the company rolls out its newest product, Kiddom Academy. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

6 EdTech Tools for the Future Classroom

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While we can’t predict what the future holds for EdTech tools, we can make educated guesses as to which resources will see success in years to come. Some of the most impactful technology of the future is already available today, even if it’s not currently in your school or district.

The Stories That Shaped Edtech in 2016


Here’s a chronological roundup of stories that made the biggest bang on the edtech industry (and to a similar extent, our web traffic) in 2016. In the case of Teachscape, one of the rare edtech startups that’s stuck around for over a decade, its acquisition by Frontline Technologies marked the end of the road. Imagine K12, the company that sparked both edtech startups and other similar programs, merging with that granddaddy of tech accelerators, Y Combinator.

Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine?


As a result, to take advantage of the new technology households didn’t just have to shell out money; they had to hire a plumber to configure the pipes that would pump water into and drain water out of the new contraptions. The same might be said of the various technological innovations hitting the education market today. Most edtech companies enthusiastically claim to make teaching and learning more effective, efficient and convenient.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

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In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll.

So It’s Goodbye for Now, Edtech


My edtech career began in a summer school Algebra class at Envision Academy for Arts and Technology in Oakland, where we piloted Khan Academy on Google CR-47s , the technology that would become the now-ubiquitous Chromebook. I went on to EdSurge, helping to found the first online community connecting educators, entrepreneurs and funders, and learning a thing or two about edtech marketplaces along the way. There are proof points—edtech be damned!—where

Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ‘the Last Thing We Want to Be’


Ten years ago, Sal Khan set out to change that with his Khan Academy videos, which let kids replay lessons as many times as they want. Here in education, Khan doesn’t need much introduction. A lot has changed for Khan in the last decade.

How to Turn a District’s Edtech Portfolio From a Hodgepodge to an Ecosystem


On the first day of school, students have laptops assigned to them, and through the district portal, they have instant access to dozens of resources and apps—from Khan Academy to Google Drive to McGraw-Hill Education. Districts often offer a long list of digital resources—usually an a la carte combination of sophisticated learning management systems and adaptive technology programs, as well as a multitude of apps and free “open” resources on the web.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

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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.

Why Late Adopters Are Skeptical of Edtech (and How to Get Them on Board)


There are plenty of “innovators” and “early adopters” of education technology out there, from educators who make the rounds on the ISTE and SXSWedu conference circuits to consultants and entrepreneurs who push for adoption of certain tools or practices. The “ technology adoption life cycle ,” inspired by the work of American communication theorist and sociologist Everett Rogers, argues that 50% of adopters fall into the “late adopter” or “laggard” categories. Khan Academy.

The Progression of our Lower School Technology Integration

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This is the progression of technology integration at CCS lower school since I came on staff in January of 2004 as a part-time related arts computer teacher. I graduated with a Masters in Instructional Technology in 2007.

3 ways crowdfunding is reshaping the US edtech landscape

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Educational platforms, in particular edtech, are seeing ideas come to life as a result of crowdfunding. The success of projects on these platforms is testament to not only the capabilities of crowdfunding, but also how it will continue to reshape the US edtech landscape.

Edtech Tools Get Creative With Formative Assessments


Our students now in elementary school have never had a time in their lives where mobile technology wasn''t present. Look at the most innovative technology we have today: iPhone, ChromeBook, Galaxy Note, iMac, or whatever your favorite tool might be. You are literally looking at the worst piece of technology our students will see in their lifetime. Technology will only get better, because we are constantly working to improve it and make it better.

Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope


The interview got quite a number of listens, likely because November said that the edtech industry had created a “mess” at one point in the interview. Hence, EdSurge decided to enter back into that conversation with November, this time in a Q&A covering his thoughts on the “$1000 pencil,” whether Khan Academy is or is not pushing the envelope, and how any change in the classroom has to start with the teacher. That’s a naive argument that technology is a silver bullet.

5 Myths About Video Learning

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Video-assisted learning is gaining momentum as the latest education technology (EdTech) trend. However, that is not what the current EdTech video learning trend is about. Such video-assisted learning platforms include myViewBoard Clips , TEDEd and the Khan Academy.

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How to Use Technology to Support ELLs in Your Classroom

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Because there are so many apps and edtech tools available today, you might expect to find lots of them made specifically for ELL, bilingual, or dual-immersion classrooms. There are, nevertheless, a lot of great edtech tools and strategies you can use with your ELLs, even if the tools themselves aren't ELL-specific. Khan Academy is one popular example; the site offers a translated version of its activities for Spanish-speaking students.

What Students Are Actually Doing Online


As technology becomes fully integrated into the classroom and 1:1 programs are on the rise, students have reason to spend even more time online. Students use search engines and databases for research projects, and sites like Khan Academy for video walkthroughs of educational material.