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It would be rather ironic if, after her contentious confirmation process, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found herself out of a job. Yet that might be the case if House Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ken.) has his way. On the same day that DeVos won her bitterly contested post, Massie introdu
Over the past 10 years, new learning management systems (LMSs) have sprung on the scene to rival the Blackboards and Moodles of old. On the EdSurge Product Index alone, 56 products self-identify and fall into the LMS category. And with certain established companies like Pearson pulling out of the LM
The White House is making good on its promise to slash regulations, and Congress is poised to follow suit. Their recent actions have cast a cloud of confusion over the recently finalized state accountability rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).Watching closely are education leaders and
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Should Online Courses Go Through âBeta Testingâ? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers By Feb 17, 2017 Join a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders Top Stories: Wesley Engers has an unusual hobby: beta testing online courses from well-known colleges and universities. He doesnât get paid, but he helps improve the quality of courses by catching mistakes in quizzes and pointing out befuddling bits of video lectures, which can then be clarified before professors release the course to students.
Many students, no matter their economic situation, don’t like fretting about financial aid. As CEO of the student financial aid startup CampusLogic, Gregg Scoresby has heard plenty of these concerns. To alleviate some of their worries, he’s trying to meet students where they’re at—online and on mob
Imagine a network of leaders from every sector of education: public schools and early learning centers, colleges and universities, museums and libraries, nonprofits and corporations. Now stay with us: imagine this group sought to collaborate in order to inspire and empower a generation of lifelon
Are great teaching and assessment fundamentally at odds? One might think so because, unfortunately, the words “test” and “assessment” are often used interchangeably. When we think about testing, we sometimes visualize sharpened pencils and Scantron machines. Worse yet are expectations that teachers
Music unleashes creative powers in the classroom. Students learn to think beyond the parameters of passing an exam. They open up their brains to deeper critical thinking. And they learn that they can connect with one another through a single, common thread. During my 20 years as a music teacher and
If edtech is to help improve education research it will need to kick a bad habit—focusing on whether or not an educational intervention ‘works’. Answering that question through null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), which explores whether an intervention or product has an effect on the average
Steve Moore didn’t expect to go back to college. He dropped out long ago, when he was a “20-year-old-hot-head” and landed a lucrative job at a friend’s start-up. At the time he figured he didn’t need college. Now he’s 29, but that company shut down, and he’s unexpectedly out of work. Though he al
Jacob Beal struggled in school, and after years of failing classes, his parents made the difficult decision to pull him out of his traditional public school and put him into an online charter for his 11th grade school year.
“It was a last resort, there were not many options, and he seemed
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Whatâs Happening in North Carolina With Statewide Support for Digital Learning By Feb 14, 2017 EdSurge The Haw River runs through the town of Saxapahaw, N.C.âpast farms, past the old cotton mill that has been renovated into an arts and music center. And as the Haw burbled in the background last Friday and Saturday, school administrators, teachers and edtech entrepreneurs gathered for thoughtful conversations and exchanges around how to use digital technology to support learning at the 30th EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit.
This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here.During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken th
This week in S’Cool Tools, we've got two tools for you, chosen by the EdSurge team. If you’d like to be featured in our S’Cool Tools column, click here to leave your very own Teacher Case Study.Refugee Libraries ToolkitFree! Refugee Libraries Toolkit: The Refugee Libraries website self-describes its
Before I became an administrator, I spent 25 years teaching in the classroom. During that time, I sat through many poorly delivered professional development (PD) classes. After each class, I would take a few pages out of the notebook I’d been given, and throw the rest away. I knew if I didn’t fig
Imagine opening your chemistry textbook and being able to use an interactive periodic table to create complex chlorofluorocarbon compounds. Or listening to Winston Churchill’s famous 1940 Battle of Britain speech directly from your book.
As students’ digital literacy grows, schools must matc
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ The Secret to Preventing Community College Dropouts? Start With Middle School By Feb 15, 2017 Putnam County Schools This article is in our guide: More articles from this guide: In Tennessee, the education system made headlines a few years back when the state announced the â ââan initiative granting thousands of high school students the opportunity to attend two years of free community college. After Governor Bill Haslam , students immediately began applying to receive funds to put towards tuition at one of the stateâs 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other .
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ CA's Maker Initiative Spurs Innovation and Workforce Development Across 35 Community Colleges By & Feb 14, 2017 This article is in our guide: More articles from this guide: The is making a statement with its recent three-year, $17 million dollar investment in a statewide network of 35 maker-focused colleges. The California Community College (CCC) will support nearly one third of the state systemâs collegesâand their entrepreneurial students, innovative faculty, and unique makerspaces.
New Jersey’s Morris School District is no stranger to change. Following a 1971 court-mandated merger designed to address racial segregation, the district has been forced to adapt. Today, Morris is one of the most diverse districts in the nation, serving a student population that is 52% white, 11%
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ 24 Pickup Lines for Every Stage of Your Relationship With Edtech By Feb 14, 2017 Apps. Bots. Hackathons. Platforms. EdCamps. Startups. Bootcamps. Pitchfests. What binds these and countless other education ideas, events, words and buzzwords together? Why, love, of course. A love for learning, teaching, education, a better tomorrowâand the role that technology could play. To celebrate this most hallowed of , we offer this handy list to help you profess and pursue your love for education technology.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ College Leaders Show Growing Interest In Teaching Information Literacy By Feb 14, 2017 Join a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders Top Stories: Interest in teaching digital and information literacy at colleges seems to have spiked since the political rise of Donald Trump, according to a new survey. The survey, of more than 900 college officials, wasÂ during the first weeks of November, as Trump won his surprise electoral victory. Respondents were asked to rank sixteen âkey issues in teaching and learningâ by order of importance, and âdigital information literacyâ rose to third place, up from the eleventh rank last year.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ âAccessing the Metropolitan Museumâs New Stockpile of Over 375,000 Open License Artworks By Feb 14, 2017 Ever feel the need to visually jazz up your lessons with ? Now you can use Rembrandtâs paintingsâand many othersâfor free. Last week New York Cityâs Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) announced a new policy allowing over 375,000 public-domain artworks to be available for free and unrestricted use under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License. Both scholars and commercial entities can access, share and reuse MET public-domain artwork as they please.
No matter the product, edtech entrepreneurs share one bottom-line goal: sell their stuff. But how can they begin to build the trust and relationships that are crucial to product development and student success?An answer to that lies in the partnerships between companies and the schools they sell to.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ âMaking A New Era: How A High-Tech Facility Is Shifting Studentsâ Mindset Around Manufacturing By Feb 13, 2017 This article is in our guide: More articles from this guide: In the push to get more students into college and on career-ready tracks, fewer and fewer high school students are making the jump into one of the industries that : manufacturing. But why? According to David Clayton, director of (CMI) in South Carolina, the answer lies in part due to a longstanding, oversimplified stereotype thatâs pervaded the industry for years.
Dear Esteban,I have an idea for an edtech product but have no idea on how to monetize it. What are the different business models possible in edtech?—Are You My Model?Dear "Are You My Model,"There is a general perception that education is full of regulations and red tape that make it impossible to in