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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Technology is Missing From Nation's Education Narrative

Tom Vander Ark of Revolution Learning and I were speaking recently around corporate interests in education. One bright spot to this corporate interest in social movements is the Pepsi Refresh Project, which presents a broad list of categories to urge consumers / social media savvy constituents to choose where…

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Merryl Tisch: More Innovation, Less Political Bullying

I will post a longer article based on my interview with Merryl Tisch, Chancellor, New York State Education Board, Board of Regents in a few days. Here are some of her quotes: Q: What is your vision for online education and technology innovation within mainstream education in the next…

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Feds propose to make it harder to fund start ups

There is little public or private investment in innovation.  As pointed out this week, federal spending on edu-R&D is a fraction of what they do in other sectors.  Private investors—angel, venture, and private equity—are also leery of a fragmented market that is difficult to penetrate.  It’s difficult for edu-entrepreneurs…

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A new twist to parent involvement–the 'reset' button

“Parent involvement” in education often means “make your kid behave” and “donate to the PTA.”  Parent involvement is taking on a serious new role in Los Angles.  If more than half of the parents of students in struggling demand change, educational options improve—charter schools are opened in their neighborhood, their…

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KIPP has optimized the Standards v1.0 school

Standards and common assessments were introduced 15 years ago.  KIPP took the expectations expressed by state tests seriously and made numerous process improvements to the old model of school.  At the middle school I visited Monday, 100% of the Kipsters had passed the state math test. This KIPP school…

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Edu-innovation requires investment and incentives

On Monday I attended an education technology conference—a few hundred people reviewing very simple education tools.  On Wednesday I attended a military learning technology conference (I/ITSEC)—16,000 people experiencing sophisticated and realistic simulations of flying a fighter, piloting a battleship, and patrolling a village. US education and defense budgets are…

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Brighter Choices in Albany

Spent an amazing day touring Brighter Choice schools in Albany–the best example of high charter market share and high quality.  Brighter Choice serves about 25% of Albany public school students and that will grow to more than 40% as approved schools achieve full enrollment.  Of particular note: Most of…

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SIIA showcases edu-ventures

SIIA is holding their annual EdTech Summit today.  Karen Billings kicked things off last night with a lighting round of presentations by education ventures–an interesting mixture of for-profit and non-profit organizations.  The well attended session signals the growing interest from funders in education innovation and healthier market dynamics.

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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…