Pearson Names New N. American President as Stock Plunges on Half-Year Results

Marketplace K-12

The stock price for Pearson PLC , the world’s largest education business, dropped precipitously Friday after its announcement of a 7 percent decline in underlying sales to about $2.5 Pearson’s stock drops after half-year results are announced. Source: Google Finance.

Top Posts of 2018 Focus on Big Education Companies and Popularity of Digital Tools

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Considering OpenClass to Manage Your Classes? Check out these Resources (and the P.S.)

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Pearson Promo/Intro to OpenClass Just discovered Pearson''s OpenClass , a learning management system with social and collaboration tools. Pearson''s Announcement launching OpenClass in October, 2011. Read about how he Wants to Put Learning-Management Software in the Cloud.

Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

The open source software side of the open house has absolutely no issue with commercial entities using or contributing to open source software. Pearson doesn’t share under open licenses – not content, not metadata, not source code.

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Do School Districts Need Their Own Data Centers Anymore?

Educational Technology Guy

There are lots of servers and a left hand setup for files and databases, along with appliances for different types of software. Google Apps, Evernote, Edmodo, and more are all web based. Follow me on Twitter and Google+. Do school districts need their own data centers anymore?

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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

Edsurge

Apple and Google continue to up the ante in their quest to win adoption in classrooms. And Pearson is still around. billion on education software each year. Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. Former Google Design Ethicist: Relying on Big Tech in Schools Is a ‘Race to the Bottom’. What’s Next for Pearson?

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Or the company will have to start charging for the software. In 2018, Mozilla said it would retire Backpack, its platform for sharing and displaying badges, and would help users move their badges to Badgr, software developed by the tech company Concentric Sky.

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

Edsurge

The structure of demand created the “Big Three”—McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson. Launched in 2000, it developed Study Island, a computer-based test-prep software tied to state standardized tests. The stuff—software logins, workbooks, kits—continues to pile up.

How to help students become digital creators

eSchool News

A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning. Today’s students are creating learning cultures in which they are digital creators, and this transformation is benefiting districts across the nation, according to a new report.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

If you look for a definition of “platform” online, you’re likely to get something along the lines of Wikipedia’s – fairly straightforward, although quite technical: A computing platform is the environment in which a piece of software is executed.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

Hack Education

Pearson sold its US K-12 curriculum business for $250 million. Pearson said it would shift its strategy and make all its textbooks “ digital first ” (which you just know is going to cost students more). Carnegie Mellon announced it would open source its digital learning software. Google was fined $170 million for violating children’s privacy on YouTube. Google got into the anti-plagiarism business.

China’s NetDragon to Acquire Edmodo for $137.5 Million

Edsurge

Edmodo brings a vibrant social community to the company, which is amassing education assets that already include both hardware and software. A decade ago, the big education companies were traditional textbook providers such as Pearson. Now the most powerful players are technology companies that offer devices and software. At the top of the list: Google, which supports Chromebooks as well as Google Classroom, and Apple, which sells iPads, Macs and now the Schoolwork app.

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Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017

Edsurge

In the past, publishers such as Pearson and McGraw-Hill were counted on to be the exit strategy. Yet recent years have been rough for traditional publishers like Pearson, which is in a turnaround phase. We’ve seen the most interest in SaaS (software-as-a-service) models where the product is complementary to an existing platform.”. Is education technology investing back on track? Are investors still eager to put their money in education startups?

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Microsoft’s Many EDU Updates—and a Window of Opportunity to Win K-12 Market Share

Edsurge

Microsoft has long had a beef with Google—even if the company won’t always admit it today—dating back to the “Scroogled” advertisement campaign that critiqued the search giant’s Chromebooks and privacy policies. According to Futuresource Consulting, a market research firm, in the third quarter of 2017, Google’s Chromebooks captured 59.8 But Futuresource also noted that while Google “remains the dominant market share, its growth shows signs of slowing.”

Report warns of need for identity, access management tech

eSchool News

Cisco, Dell, ENA, Filewave, Fortinet, Google, HP, iBoss Security, Identity Automation, Ipswitch, itslearning, JAMF Software, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Lightspeed Systems, McGraw Hill, Microsoft, Pearson, Presidio, Promethean, Qualcomm, Safari Montage, SchoolDude, Sprint, and Verizon.

What’s New

techlearning

Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

Storage Wars: Choosing a Secure Student Data Solution

EdTech Magazine

In a recent lawsuit, an Illinois woman and her daughter accuse Pearson, the multinational publishing and education company, of exposing the information of more than 1 million students when it failed to detect or respond to a 2018 data breach. .

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Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model

Edsurge

On Amazon, the book alone sells for $148 without the MindTap software. I look up a lot of things I need to know, and it’s right there on Google for free, or you can find videos on how to do it.

WHAT’S NEW

techlearning

Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. This release will also now include support for Google Drive.

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What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education

NPR Learning and Tech

Google's Go-playing software defeated a human champion. An artificially intelligent computer system built by Google has just beaten the world's best human, Lee Sedol of South Korea, at an ancient strategy game called Go. Lee Jin-man/AP.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent a political movement to put in place a new regulatory regime (which is ultimately our only real remedy), much of the existing writing about common sense steps that individuals can take to reduce their exposure to digital and online threats is focused on minimizing disclosures, blocking and/or quickly remediating potential vulnerabilities, using password managers/ better securing accounts , and choosing more privacy-conscious software and services.

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Passwords, Permissions and Student Data—How One District Got Account Provisioning Right

Edsurge

Like many K-12 districts, Norwalk uses Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD), which allows administrators to assign policies and deploy software across the entire school district. Still, lots of organizations have adopted it, including Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and McGraw Hill Education. The adoption of online educational resources has placed applications and digital files at the center of the teaching and learning experience in K-12 schools.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

I kept thinking how much the physical setup of the classrooms resembled a Silicon Valley workspace — or is it that Amazon, Google and Facebook have tried to replicate grammar-school life? apps and software, with some classes much more tech-reliant than others. Pearson?

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Edsurge

From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America. EdSurge’s managing editor, Tony Wan, will pose these questions to Bill Fitzgerald (New Knowledge), Doug Levin (EdTech Strategies), Courtney Goodsell (Impero Software) and Stephanie Cerda (administrator at Austin Independent School District).

‘Talent’ Has Become the New Theme Uniting Education and Employment

Edsurge

On the talent-acquisition side of the equation, demand—especially in the technology field–is so great that firms such as IBM , Google , Microsoft , Hubspot and a host of others are providing their own public-facing education and credentials. These include Credly, which recently made the news with the acquisition of Pearson’s Acclaim platform—as well as companies like Parchment, Accredible, TrueCred, Learning Machine and the non-profit Credential Engine.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

Hack Education

And “personalization” is the underlying promise of the new education software Facebook is itself building. ” Some 20 Facebook engineers work on the software, and according to The Washington Post , the student information it tracks and stores is not housed on Facebook servers, although Facebook does have access to the data. AltSchool, a private school startup, was founded in 2014 by Max Ventilla, a former Google executive. It partnered with Pearson.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. Investors in tutoring companies this year included Warbug Pincus, Goldman Sachs, Learn Capital, Y Combinator, the Omidyar Network, Sequoia Capital, TAL Education, Tencent, Google, and of course, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Neither Pearson nor Blackboard, companies that were quite active in gobbling up startups a year or so ago, bought a single company this year.

Four Student Data Privacy Issues Adults Should Be Aware Of

MindShift

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students. Think of all the edits on a school paper written in Google Docs. LA Johnson/NPR. By Anya Kamenetz, NPR.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

And various technology companies — from no-name startups to behemoths like Pearson — boast of new programs meant to facilitate this style of education. Google’s search engine serves up more of what you’ve clicked on in the past.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” The publisher in question: Pearson. In other Pearson news, via The Digital Reader : “ Pearson Shares Slump Following Poor Earnings Report.” Google has released an update to its Course Builder software. Presidential Campaign Politics.

Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

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Pearson, for example, was founded (albeit as a construction company) in 1844 and acquired along the long history various textbook publishing companies which have also been around since the turn of the twentieth century. This is what Google does, for example, when you type something like “how many points LBJ” into the search bar, and you get results about LeBron James. Google Search is biased, as Safiya Noble demonstrates in her book The Algorithms of Oppression.

Hack Education Weekly News

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The company: RIB Software SE. Via Edsurge : “ Pearson ’s Former Product Chief Reflects on the 4 Megatrends Shaping Global Education.” ” Via Chalkbeat : “With big names and $200 million, a new group is forming to push for the ‘ portfolio model ’ ” Here’s a great example of how corporate philanthropy works (and works in very self-serving ways), via the Google blog : “Five new grants to support CS education research.”

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

Silicon Valley does include Mountain View, where Google is headquartered. Turns out that Pearson, which once funded and acquired a lot of startups, isn’t in particularly good financial shape itself.). ” It was founded in 2014 by Max Ventilla, a former Google executive.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Techcrunch : “ Grasshopper , a learn-to-code app from Google ’s Area 120 incubator, goes live.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Google and Udacity Offering 5,000 Scholarships for Nanodegree Programs.” ” Via Edsurge : “What’s Next for Pearson ? Via Wired : “Ex-Google Executive Opens a School for AI , With China ’s Help.”