- CCC! Streaming Media Adds Over 600 New Programs
- Uncharted Learning Launches Two New Entrepreneurship Programs
- Planet3's New STEAM Digital Learning Platform
- Cantata Learning Inspires Collaboration through Global Harmony Project
Higher Ed Market
- UC Davis Improves Affordability Through Digital Delivery of Course Materials
- Pearson, Follett Partner To Offer Pearson's Digital Direct Access Model
- East Central University's New Pitsco Maker Space Lab
- Qualcomm and Virginia Tech Open Thinkabit Lab
- Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks
- Generation Global Launches, Free Safe Online Environment
- RoboKind Debuts Robot with African-American Likeness
- New Partnership between EBSCO and Mackin Makes Accessing eBooks Easier
- Lingo Media's ELL Technologies Partners with Universidad Da Vinci
- ClassFlow™ Wins 2016 Worlddidac Award
- "Together Counts" Expands to Latin America
- The Virtual High School Partners with CERNET To Bring Courses to China
- PR with Panache! Launches Customized Storytelling Campaigns for Ed Tech Start-ups;
- NRCCUA Acquires Eduventures
- SGP sells Learners Edge to L Squared
- Tyton Partners Announces 2016 Growth50 Companies
- New Self-Help Book Illustrates the Five Most Important Leadership Skills
- 2017 EdTech Awards Still Accepting Entries
- Leading Schools and Districts Recognized by the P21 Exemplar Program
- New Members of the Pearson Student Advisory Board
From the Editor
I am so looking forward to EdNET this year. Vicki has put together a terrific program and there are lots of real issues to discuss. See you in Dallas!
I had a note from Victor Rivero, Editor-in-Chief at EdTech Digest. Victor wants to be sure that everyone knows that there is still time to enter the 7th annual EdTech Awards. The entry deadline is September 30, 2016. The EdTech Awards honor cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters in the education and technology sector. Check out the press release in today's Announcements section for details.
The President was busy last week. He hosted two White House Summits, one on reinventing high school and the other on computer science. The pattern of these events has become very familiar.
Voice from the Field
Data-The Key to Customized Instruction
Elliot Levinson, President, BLEgroup, a PCG Company, with Bruce Thoren, Superintendent, Shoshoni Schools, Wyoming
In the 1950s public education was a monopoly. Students had to attend their neighborhood schools. Education has evolved into a market with options. Many states and districts now allow students to attend a variety of publicly funded and regulated options, and market forces are growing.
Data is the cornerstone for the development of educational improvement at the student, teacher, school, and district level. Data is key for school districts to effectively compete in the education market. Until the school and district effectively use data, there will be no gains in the greatest benefits in the use of digital curriculum and assessment.
She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community
Ok friends, happy Friday! The Snoop is headed to Dallas today as our team prepares for EdNET 2016, and I sure hope you are headed there, too. It will be an amazing time, both in learning from the programming planned and with that all-important networking. I hope you have your appointments planned, but before you head out, check out my many scoops for you this week....Read More ›
Exclusive MDR/EdNET Insight Report 'The Evolution of Professional Development to Professional Learning'
MDR — Monday, September 19, 2016
MDR has just released a 2016 EdNET Insight report, 'The Evolution of Professional Development to Professional Learning.' The comprehensive 35-page report sheds a crucial light on deficiencies of traditional professional development (PD) for K-12 teachers, the evolving $18 billion U.S. PD market, and the changing approach to effective PD requirements. The report closely examines the latest research on spending, technology, and evidence-based learning theories that surround effective teacher PD as well as redefining PD as professional teacher learning. Emerging trends for professional teacher learning include using micro-credentials, online platforms, video modeling, and technology-assisted personalized learning.Read More ›
The White House — Saturday, September 17, 2016
The White House is bringing together leadership teams from six states and more than 20 school districts to commit to redesigning their high schools – efforts estimated to reach more than 600,000 students. This second annual White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools builds on progress made during the first summit held in November 2015, which generated $375 million in private and public sector commitments to rethink the high school experience. President Obama announced his Next Generation High School proposal in his 2013 State of the Union address to redesign the high school experience so that it is rigorous and more relevant to today’s students.Read More ›
Funds For Learning, LLC — Thursday, September 15, 2016
Twenty years after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 created E-rate funding, significant measures are underway to update the program that has become vital to schools and libraries across the United States. In an effort to aid policymakers, administrators and other E-rate stakeholders as they shape the future of the program, Funds For Learning releases its E-rate Trends Report. Based on a survey of 1,016 applicants representing a cross-section that closely matches the overall population of E-rate applicants, the report sheds light on how applicants perceive the program’s utility and effectiveness. Funds For Learning meets today with representatives from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to discuss the E-rate Trends Report. The E-rate program supports more than 118,000 school and library facilities and 50.4 million K-12 students.Read More ›