36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

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She also has a Technology Jump Start Course with 8 modules to help get you comfortable with technology in the classroom.) As I was reading The Teacher’s Guide to Tech last week, I realized that it had been a while since I’d shared my own favorite edtech tools.

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Fueled by Big Rounds, Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017

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edtech companies last year, the dollars returned with a fury during the first six months of 2017. edtech startups is already at 88 percent of the total in 2016 ( which was $1 billion ). Just three years ago, some of the biggest firms on Sand Hill Road—Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, Benchmark Capital—were happily putting money into edtech startups with unproven revenue models. Home-run bets and financial windfalls are rare in the edtech industry.

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying. Lynda.com’s $1.5

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Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund

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education technology startups ebbed in 2016, dipping roughly 30 percent in deal volume and value from the previous year. billion purchase of Lynda.com and Instructure’s initial public offering, both of which took place in 2015. These statistics offer a somber reminder that the edtech industry does not produce quick, home run hits. Other EdSurge stories about edtech venture capital. 2016 US Edtech Funding Totals $1 Billion. Venture capital for U.S.

New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund

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New Markets has supported 43 companies since its launch in 2003; edtech startups make more than 90 percent of its deals in the past five years, Palmer adds. Investments in edtech companies in 2016 totalled $945 million, according to estimates from GSV Capital, less than half of the $2 billion tally last year. He expects to see media companies play a bigger role in snapping up promising edtech startups. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community

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LinkedIn’s New Learning Platform to Recommend Lynda Courses for Professionals

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If that offering sounds like what one might find on Lynda.com, which LinkedIn acquired 18 months ago. The new product, LinkedIn Learning , includes all 5,000 courses published on Lynda.com, and any new courses created will be published on both platforms. LinkedIn boasts it can suggest content from Lynda.com based on data in a user’s LinkedIn profile. Users will see courses in business, technology, creative and leadership skills. LinkedIn loves to learn.

Can a Subscription Model Work for Online Learners and Teachers? Skillshare Just Raised $28M to Find Out

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Investors who are fond of analogies and comparisons to consumer technology successes are betting on one New York City-based company to find out. A couple years later, the company pivoted to becoming a subscription model for online courses, which today cover topics ranging from arts and design to business, technology and everyday hobbies for adult learners. Another household name is Lynda.com, now owned by Microsoft and whose courses are now also offered through LinkedIn.

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This Professor Uses Virtual Labs to Teach Real-World IT Skills That Employers Want

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As Assistant Professor and Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University—a fully online university—she developed the new Master of Information Systems Management degree program. We asked YoungGonzaga to share her thoughts on the benefits of online learning, how virtual labs help develop the skills today’s IT leaders need, and why she feels compelled to give back to the technology community. Lynda.com.

?Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Tokenization of Learning

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A handful of other universities (and even preschools ) now accept Bitcoin for tuition, but that’s hardly the extent of how blockchains and tokens are weaving their way into education: Educators and edtech entrepreneurs are now testing out everything from issuing degrees on blockchains to paying people in cryptocurrency for their teaching. But the underlying blockchain technology is complex, and attracting droves of interest from the likes of IBM and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Microsoft Takes a Bite Out of BrightBytes, Acquiring Its DataSense Platform and Team

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That tool is data, and it marks the focus of Microsoft’s first edtech acquisition of 2019: DataSense , a data management platform developed by Brightbytes. It also offers a rostering solution that expedites how student and educator accounts for third-party edtech applications are created and managed. The technology behind DataSense is built on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, making it a “perfect complement to other tools in the Microsoft365 ecosystem,” Liffick added.

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators

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Lynda.com similarly compensates instructors for distinct video views. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech BusinessIn 2017, Stephen DeRue, dean of University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, wrote a Forbes column arguing that, in order to make higher education more affordable, we needed to move towards an “iTunes model for education.” “In In the future,” he wrote, “I envision three tiers of education that look a lot like the music industry of today.

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

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Pluralsight—an online IT training provider—has scaled to become an edtech “unicorn,” with a valuation over $1 billion. billion acquisition of Lynda.com in 2015—and LinkedIn’s subsequent acquisition by Microsoft in 2016 for $26 billion—are connected to the new business models in the provision of corporate learning. Education Technology Workforce Training Postsecondary Learning

Forbes’ 2018 ‘30 Under 30’ Came Early This Year. Here’s Who Made the Education List.

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Finally, machine learning company, EquitySim ’s cofounder Justin Ling (28) made the list for his work on using technology to remove the bias from hiring practices. Edtech investment professional Hilary Shirazi (29), now at LinkedIn , was a force behind her company’s acquisition of skill site Lynda.com. Education Technology Movers and Shakers CommunityWhen it comes to education, Forbes’ 2018 “30 Under 30” list might be summed up best as the year of the founder.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Campus Technology reports that Davidson College is partnering with Revature to offering coding classes to its students and graduates. Some say… “What to Ask When Choosing Tech for Schools” – a new Lynda.com course offered by Edsurge (which is funded in part by Lynda.com’s founder. Edsurge’s Jeffrey Young (formerly of The Chronicle of Higher Education) weighed in today: “ Why Rafter Failed and What It Means for Edtech.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” From GeekWire : “For investors, the future of education technology is now the workplace.” ” Via EdScoop : “Edtech and industry leaders say they’re stuck if they can’t scale.” ” Via The Washington Post : “Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter. Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99 Perhaps this will help the Grovo fellows: “Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig – From the EdSurge Jobs Team.” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.” IHE ed-tech blogger Joshua Kim wonders “Who Exactly Holds This Neoliberal EdTech Ideology ?” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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The Department of Education has released a “Higher Education Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan ,” just in the nick of time I guess. ” “ Harvard/MIT Report Analyzes 4 Years of MOOC Data ,” Campus Technology reports. “The ‘poor man’s MBA’ can boost salaries by 20%,” says CNN in a puff piece about LinkedIn , Lynda.com , and project management certificates. Education Politics.

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