Great week to be in our nation’s capitol with #EdReform leaders at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform. Across town, President Obama and Secretary Duncan hosted an EdTech summit for superintendents where more than 100 superintendents pledged to make their districts #FutureReady.

Digital Developments

1. E-Rate Gets A Boost. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) announced his proposal to increase funding for the E-Rate program — by $1.5 billion!

2. Flexing Working Memory Muscles. Pearson Education (@Pearson) announced an update to it’s proven working memory training solution, Cogmed Working Memory Training.    

 

Dollars & Deals

3. Chromebooks Taking Hold in Education. Chromebooks have expanded from less than 1% of the education market in 2012 to nearly 20% in 2013. Price and functionality has made Chromebooks a go-to tool for supporting digital conversion.

4. More Funding for Higher Ed Enrollment Models. Uversity, the first to apply advanced predictive technology to existing enrollment models in the higher education market, announced securing additional funding from Learn Capital (where Tom is a partner) to bring their total funding to $11.4 million since 2007. 

5. Online Marketplace Changes Hands. Curiosity.com (@Curiositydotcom), a consumer-centered online marketplace, announced it was spun out of Discovery Communications (@DiscoveryComm) to Beacon Solutions with venture funding of $6 million from four local investors.

6. Teaching Financial Literacy Through Gamification. At the Social Innovation Summit, MIND Research (@MIND_Research) Institute announced a $3.2 million gift from The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. (@PwC_LLC) to improve youth financial literacy by developing game-based math instructional software.

Teachers & Tech

7. Teaching High School Students New Tricks. Learning.com (@Learningdotcom) announced a new program, Project NextTech, to help high school students develop the technology, information, and media literacy skills they need for success in an increasingly digital world.  

 

Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning

8. Guide to EdTech Math Tools. A study released by MindShift (@MindShiftKQED), The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning, explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment, makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.    

Movers, Shakers & Ground-breakers

9. Calling All Content Developers. The K12 OER Collaborative (@K12OER), an initiative led by a group of 11 states with the goal of creating comprehensive, high-quality, open educational resources, is requesting proposals (RFP) to create open educational resources (OER) supporting K–12 mathematics and English language arts. Those interested must complete the “Letter of Intent” form here by January 9, 2015.

10.Vote now. The Foundation for Excellence in Education (@ExcelinEd), opened public voting for parents, policymakers and other stakeholders to cast their vote in the My School Information Design Challenge (#SchoolInfo). With a total prize purse of up to $35,000, designers were asked to reimagine the report card into a user-friendly, 21st-century tool.

Learning.com, MIND Research Institute, Pearson, The Foundation for Excellence in Education and The Learning Accelerator are Getting Smart Advocacy partners.

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