EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of April 30, 2018

April 27, 2018

As teacher walkouts continue across the U.S. over low salaries, one edtech startup, VIPKID, is trying to get teachers to supplement their income by virtually tutoring students in China.

The Beijing-based company may soon receive a funding boost to further those efforts and grow its tutoring platform. VIPKID is reportedly finalizing a deal to raise about $500 million, unnamed sources close to the deal tell Bloomberg. The raise would value the company at more than $3 billion.

April 27, 2018

EDUCATING WORKERS ON THEIR RIGHTS: Edtech company QuizRR has raised $1.3 million in a financing round was led by Norrsken Founders Fun and Working Capital, according to a press release.

April 27, 2018

We don't know what jobs today’s children are going to have when they become adults, but we do know that technology is going to play a major role in whatever jobs exist. According to research conducted by Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University, coding is fast becoming a form of literacy that students will need to understand and use, similar to reading and writing in English. It stands to reason that the more exposure children have to computer technology, coding, and robotics, the more prepared they will be for the future.

April 25, 2018

For some, the words “financial aid” stirs up reminders of grueling applications and the anxiety of coping with skyrocketing college tuition.

Phoenix-based CampusLogic aims to chip away at some of those challenges by helping institutions manage and award financial aid to more students, as well as reduce student borrowing by connecting colleges with private grant and scholarship opportunities for students.

April 25, 2018

When it comes to the increasing use of edtech in the classroom, parents are often left out of the loop. School districts spend a lot of time training teachers and students how to use the programs, but parents are left with questions. As we move toward more blended classrooms and adaptive learning options, we need to provide the same level of edtech training for parents. Their knowledge of the programs and benefits is essential to the overall success of the student.

April 25, 2018

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DreamBox Learning® published The EdTech Efficacy Handbook today to arm education decision makers with resources to guide the critical evaluation of learning technologies in the classroom. This handbook offers examples of the kinds of independent efficacy studies and district use cases educators and district leaders should seek out and validate before investing in education technology, and shares best practices for evaluating those studies.

April 24, 2018

Between the creation of a social rating system and street cameras with facial recognition capabilities, technology reports coming out of China have raised serious concerns for privacy advocates. These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users.

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EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018

In association with consumer startup FlintoBox and fintech startup IndiaLends, GSF has launched its edtech incubator and learning centre, Indiginus, to mark its foray into the Indian education ecosystem.

Nisha Bhutani, a seasoned entrepreneur and tech professional for over 20 years with experience in digital companies in India, the UK and Silicon Valley, will be leading GSF’s education business as founder and CEO of GSF Indiginus, along with GSF founder Rajesh Sawhney as Chairman.

April 23, 2018

The new generation of employees is increasingly more comfortable learning digitally than they are in the classroom. Current studies support the idea that microlearning could be the solution for executives and their companies. This form of training provides the information in small, manageable chunks whenever the employee needs it the most. It gives your workers real data they can refer back to if they need assistance with performing the task.

April 23, 2018

As schools around the country grapple with the consequences of infusing technology into nearly every aspect of learning, a network of 17 Montessori "lab classrooms" nationwide is testing gear that would give educators even more access to data that tracks student activities throughout the school day.

April 23, 2018

By EdScoop Staff

Whether it’s due to blended learningopen educational resources or one-to-one initiatives, educators in Indiana have spent the last several years earning the state a name as a leader in classroom innovation. The Midwestern state has continued to bolster its commitment to all things edtech this year, Candice Dodson, director of elearning at the Indiana Department of Education, tells EdScoop TV. 

April 23, 2018

By leaning on design principles and proper planning, schools can create more personalized and collaborative environments.

Despite the abundant technology advances that have taken place over the past century, many classrooms still have something in common with the one-room schoolhouses of yore. Desks are arranged in orderly rows and the teacher stands in front.

April 20, 2018

Since Jan. 1, higher education institutions that engage in certain types of federal government research have been required to meet new standards governing data security. The mandates, outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, are designed to protect controlled unclassified information, such as research data, student records, patient information and more. 

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EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of April 16, 2018

April 15, 2018

General Assembly, the New York-based provider of coding bootcamps and short-term career-focused educational programs, has reached an agreement to be acquired by the Adecco Group for $412.5 million.

Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the Adecco Group is a conglomerate that houses eight brands that provide staffing, recruitment, freelancing and other talent management and human resource services.

April 15, 2018

The smartest ed tech entrepreneurs know that developing educational technology and selling it for profit involves much more than simply a “good idea.” There are major strategies involved – one key strategy is relocating to a city that is open to ed tech start-ups and entrepreneurs. And, let’s face it – not everyone can afford to live in Silicon Valley. Some cities are simply more affordable and more receptive. If you are serious about moving, here are the best cities for ed tech entrepreneurs.

April 15, 2018

There is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education. But for education entrepreneurs to reach students at scale, they need access to people, systems and capital. The strongest businesses are those where strong educational outcomes are co-linear with strong financial performance. In other words, as the business reaches more students, the company generates higher revenue and more value—financially and with social impact.

April 13, 2018

By GlobeNewswire

BEIJING, April 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RISE Education Cayman Ltd ("RISE" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:REDU), a leading junior English Language Training ("ELT") provider in China, today announced that management will be attending the ASU + GSV Summit in San Diego to speak about the technologies driving education innovation in China.

April 13, 2018

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has reportedly agreed to invest over $180 Mn into AI-based education platform, Embibe over the next three years. This will put RIL in a position to buy out around 72.69% stake from Embibe’s existing investors including Lightbox and Kalaari Capital. Post acquisition, Aditi Avasthi, founder and CEO of Embibe will continue to hold a leadership position in the company and might operate it as an independent entity as well.

April 13, 2018

You might expect college students to be fresh-faced teenagers straight out of high school. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 25% of students enrolled in degree-granting institutions are over the age of 25. That population total has increased by 13% between 2005 and 2015. However, this older student population is often overlooked when discussing higher ed.

According to Mike Larsson of Match Beyond (recently renamed Duet), as this neglected student population keeps growing, there is an increasing need for specialized programs suited to their needs.

April 12, 2018

Despite widespread reports about women’s marginal location in tech and virtual absence from leadership and board positions, edtech is frequently depicted as one area in which women are making gains. There are certainly many startups with women founders and co-founders, but are women actually better represented on the leadership teams of some of the largest and fastest growing edtech companies? eLearning Inside News decided to take a closer look at women in edtech.

April 12, 2018

In October 2007, Larry Berger, then chief executive of Wireless Generation (which later became Amplify) and his colleague, David Stevenson, a Wireless Gen vice president, gave a presentation at the American Enterprise Institute conference about why entrepreneurs faced formidable obstacles in building technology for schools and districts.

April 12, 2018

PEARSON TURNS IN ITS BADGE: It used to be that startups sought to get acquired by big publishers like Pearson. But how the tables have turned. This week, Credly, a New York-based digital credentialing platform provider, is acquiring Pearson’s badging business, Acclaim.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Pearson will get a minority stake in Credly. The publisher’s senior vice president of strategic partnerships and investments, Mark Chernis, will join Credly’s board of directors.

April 11, 2018

As alternative credentials become more popular, are traditional learning institutions afraid of going out of style?

Quite the contrary. According to Mark Leuba, Vice President of Product Management at IMS Global Learning Consortium, colleges and universities are stepping forward as emerging leaders when it comes to these new programs.

Listen into our interview with Mark Leuba, in which he tells us the steps higher education institutions are using to adapt to the times and help these alternative credentials make strides forward.

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EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of April 9, 2018

April 08, 2018

This week, Blackboard will host its annual European Teaching and Learning Conference in Manchester. The conference is expected to attract hundreds of educators, industry leaders, and instructional designers from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 

April 07, 2018

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates

 

The issue of tech-savvy teachers has risen to enormous proportions as technology is revolutionizing the entire socio-economic landscape. The most critical discussion is the future of jobs and the way India should handle the looming change.

April 05, 2018

SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Winward Academy has been named a 2018 finalist for the EdTech Cool Tool Awards. Winward Academy's platform -- which transforms how students master the ACT and SAT, thrive in math class, and shine in their college applications -- has been introduced to charter schools, private and public high schools, and individual students with well-documented success across the U.S. With its extensive library of on-demand video lessons and a collection of over 7,000 practice questions, Winward Academy provides tailored learning programs for middle and high school students in mathematics and in all topics on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Winward Academy not only supports students' academic work but also provides detailed resource guides for parents to better encourage their children.

April 05, 2018

DULLES, Va., April 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NetRef is thrilled to announce its newest version, NetRef 2018. This version includes the biggest year-to-year improvements since the original was released in 2014. NetRef now monitors and manages Internet access on any device in real time and provides school and district reports that reveal exactly which EdTech programs contribute to student learning, distract from it or aren't being used to their full potential.

April 04, 2018

Teachers in the U.S. have an overabundance of responsibilities, not the least of which is educating hundreds of eager minds each year and then sending them out into the world. But, are the students ready for what awaits them?

According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. They may be on to something.

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