EdTech

Education Technology is a multi-billion dollar sector of companies innovating in both software and hardware for teaching, learning, and running schools, districts, and state and federal education departments. We document some of the most essential technical innovations and companies that support learning, teaching and more.

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Racing to the top in Baton Rouge

Duncan’s Race to the Top is not simply a race to beat out other states for funding, or to pass “qualifying” language at the last minute, it is a competition to see who can work collaboratively and innovatively with real commitment to education reform.   The challenge is so great…

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Eric Schmidt on cultivating curiosity

GPS, Fareed Zakaria’s show on CNN, is at the tail end of the Sunday morning shows and it’s one of the best.  Yesterday Eric Schmidt from Google was a guest and made some fascinating predictions about when “it’ll be possible to literally know everything, to measure everything.”  But it was…

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Great ConnCAN report unpacks CT's bizarre school funding

ConnCAN, the best state education advocacy organization in the country, continues to beat the drum for equity and excellence in Connecticut.  The Tab is a hard hitting report on the bizarre state funding model that rewards failure rather than promoting accountability and school choice.  Here’s summary recommendations:…

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TIF or Promise?

Alyson at EdWeek contrasts the love-but-no-$ for Promise Neighborhoods and the whopping $517m for  the Teacher Incentive Fund, which allocates grants to districts to create or bolster performance-pay programs. I’m on the board of MLA Partner Schools in Los Angeles which has developed a great turnaround strategy for…

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Rebooting Education: Technology & the Future of Learning

Philanthropy Roundtable held a one day conference on the Stanford campus.  Here’s a summary of two interesting morning discussions Panel 1: Kid’s Eye View of Online Learning: Connie Yowell, Michael Horn, Susan Patrick Eleven year old Zach Bonner kicked off the Roundtable meeting with a tour of Florida…

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Rhee-engaged

Last week was the first time I’ve seen Michelle Rhee since taking on DC schools.  She is a compelling speaker with an honest data-driven message about what needs to happen to make things better for kids. She’s facing a firestorm about a recent layoff that included 229 of the city’s…

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Read new AEI white paper on edu innovation

American Enterprise Institute suggests an entrepreneurial approach to most problems we face including education.  They recently published my white paper Private Capital & Public Education: Toward Quality at Scale.  …