EdTech 10: Shining a Light on Progress

With winners announced for NewSchools Ignite’s Science Learning Challenge, 22 districts added to Digital Promise’s League of Innovative, $3 million in new awards from the US Dept. of Education for STEM, and Skills Fund raising $11.5 million… This week’s news shines a light on exciting progress in EdTech.

Blended Schools & Tools

In a league of their own. Digital Promise announced the addition of 22 districts to the League of Innovative Schools, a coalition of forward-thinking districts and district leaders (including our friends in El Paso). The League now includes 73 school districts in 33 states, representing more than 3.2 million students. Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise recently joined us in crafting 25 Impact Opportunities in US K-12 Education.

Digital Developments

From dream to reality. Seattle-based technology product design and development company Artefact, shared their work with DreamBox Learning of designing and developing a new Insights Dashboard, an intuitive, actionable app that features real-time data visualizations for educators. Another example of the innovative work of DreamBox Learning in building unstoppable mathematicians.

Cue the Opening Bell. Noodle launched Noodle Markets, dubbing themselves as “the first marketplace for K-12 education.” But, before you buy, check out the Smart Series Guide to EdTech Procurement.  

Acquisition and implementation navigation. Navigating the Digital Shift: Mapping the Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials is a new report from SETDA that provides information and guidance on the acquisition — similar but different to Navigating the Digital Shift: Implementation Strategies for Blended and Online Learning.

Micro-credentials, macro-potential. Making Professional Learning Count Recognizing Educators’ Skills with Micro-credentials is a new report from Digital Promise. Micro-credentials have HUGE potential when it comes to EdLeader PD — for more, check out Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning.


Dollars & Deals

Mills for Skills. Skills Fund raised $11.5 million to issue loans to students of leading high-quality accelerated learning programs. Launch partners include top schools such as Galvanize, Dev Bootcamp, Hackbright Academy, Metis, CodeU, and Sabio.  

Stem Gems

Starry night. It was Astronomy Night at the White House last week. As part of the event new private-sector commitments were announced that further Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Noyce Foundation, who work with 30+ states in supporting over 500K students in after school STEM programs, were cited as leaders to note in this effort.

STEMming success. $3 million in new awards from the US Dept. of Education is going to 13 colleges and universities that serve largely students of color to strengthen STEM learning. Here’s 34 STEM networks and maker resources worth noting.  

Let’s Get Personalized

College & career RFP. Nellie Mae Education Foundation (supporters of Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning) announced a five year, $200 million initiative, “with the goal of driving college- and career-readiness for all students,” said CEO Nick Donohue. Listen to our recent podcast with Nick.

Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers

Eye on the prize. 15 companies and nonprofits were selected as winners of NewSchools Ignite’s Science Learning Challenge. Prizes continue to inspire, encourage and promote innovation.

For more EdTech 10’s, check out:

DreamBox Learning, Connections Education and K12 are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners.

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