EdNET Insight - Voice from the Industry http://www.ednetinsight.com en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Central by Imulus (http://imulus.com) info@ednetinsight.com HTML5—Are We There Yet? http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/html5-are-we-there-yet-.html <p>As an industry, we have to prove that we can work on all devices (including tablets) if we want to sell to schools. And at the same time, we need to build innovative and effective new solutions. Here I share some hard-won lessons about the business impacts of alternative platform choices, and my objective is to help non-technical C-Level decision makers evaluate their options.</p> <p>The central challenge is picking the right platform that will deliver a balance of:</p> <ul> <li>Rich and effective user experience&nbsp;</li> <li>Long-term platform sustainability (modern code base)</li> <li>Easy implementation in the classroom</li> <li>Minimal development costs (up-front costs)</li> <li>Minimal maintenance complexity (ongoing costs)</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, July 25, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/html5-are-we-there-yet-.html Choose to Work in Education—Not Because It Is Easy, But Because It Is Hard! http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/choose-to-work-in-education-not-because-it-is-easy--but-because-it-is-hard-.html <p>Neil Armstrong famously said, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.&rdquo;</p> <ul> <li>Every single teacher is equivalent to Armstrong.</li> <li>Teachers cannot be expected to accomplish meaningful objectives without support from educational stakeholders.</li> <li>There are many specifications that educational content developers must consider.</li> <li>Educational content influences the teacher-student interaction.</li> <li>Developing high-quality educational content and high-quality schools is hard work.</li> <li>We must succeed at this work, because it is hard.</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, July 11, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/choose-to-work-in-education-not-because-it-is-easy--but-because-it-is-hard-.html The Emerging Role of Technology in PreK-12 Professional Development http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-emerging-role-of-technology-in-prek-12-professional-development.html <ul> <li>Professional Development is a robust segment of the PreK-12 education market.</li> <li>New standards spark an increased need for training. </li> <li>Key trends show technology being used in creative ways to extend and enhance the PD experience.</li> <li>Personalized Professional Development is as critical as student personalized instruction.</li> <li>Bottom line remains—we need to provide educators with the time, resources, and tools to improve their craft.</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, June 20, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-emerging-role-of-technology-in-prek-12-professional-development.html We Don’t Need No … Wait. Maybe We Do. http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/we-don-t-need-no---wait--maybe-we-do-.html <p>Does your education product need to support badges? Not the kind dismissed in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (or, later and less seriously, in Blazing Saddles), but the kind promoted by Mozilla&rsquo;s new Open Badges technical standard?</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Unlike most digital badge systems used for participation, motivation, and mastery, Open Badges can also exist outside of the issuing product or platform and follow the student.</li> <li>Open Badges are based on an open technical standard that anyone can incorporate into an educational product.</li> <li>Pros are that they&rsquo;re free to adopt, are student-centric, and are hard to counterfeit.</li> <li>Cons are that they&rsquo;re very new, the quality of issued Open Badges can vary widely, and the terminology is a bit juvenile.</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, May 23, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/we-don-t-need-no---wait--maybe-we-do-.html The Benefit of “B Corps” http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-benefit-of--b-corps-.html <p>In response to a growing interest in dual bottom-line businesses, a new form of legal entity is sweeping the nation as part of both a legal and social movement. In the education industry, it seems likely that operating as a benefit corporation (and perhaps becoming a Certified B Corp) could counteract some of the negative stigma that certain educators attach to for-profit education companies.</p> <ul> <li>What is a public benefit corporation?</li> <li>What is the difference?</li> <li>How does an entity become a PBC?</li> <li>Why is the B corp movement important?</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, May 02, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-benefit-of--b-corps-.html Stepping Up for Students Who Need Our Help http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/stepping-up-for-students-who-need-our-help.html Last week, the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights released parts of an ongoing study discussing longstanding inequities in American schools that leave minority students and students with disabilities at a disadvantage. The report shines a new light on an issue that many studies and testimonials have already told us— that students of color get less than their fair share of access to the in-school resources that matter for achievement. What is the role of companies in our industry? ]]> Friday, April 25, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/stepping-up-for-students-who-need-our-help.html Have You Jumped on the Metadata Bandwagon? http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/have-you-jumped-on-the-metadata-bandwagon-.html <body> <p>There is growing evidence regarding how mainstream metadata conversations have become. According to results of a recent LRMI survey:</p> <ul> <li>82.5% of publishers surveyed were aware of metadata tagging initiatives </li> <li>Nearly 6 in 10 publishers (58.1%) currently tag or describe their resources with metadata</li> <li>More than half (55.6%) of those not tagging plan to start within the next year </li> </ul> </body> ]]> Friday, April 04, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/have-you-jumped-on-the-metadata-bandwagon-.html Technology Tools and Success: Involving the End User in the Decision-Making Process http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/technology-tools-and-success--involving-the-end-user-in-the-decision-making-process.html <p>When educational technology is your business, sometimes the most challenging part of the process is not the sale. It&rsquo;s getting the end user to actually <em>use </em>the product to its full extent or to use it correctly.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>To be successful, we need to have the right people involved from the start.</li> <li>As educational solution providers, we must help educators understand that the end user has valuable input to share early in the process.</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, March 07, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/technology-tools-and-success--involving-the-end-user-in-the-decision-making-process.html Paying Attention to What’s Going on Beyond the K-12 Market Buzz: Don’t Get Blindsided! http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/paying-attention-to-what-s-going-on-beyond-the-k-12-market-buzz--don-t-get-blindsided-.html <body> <p>Today&rsquo;s education executives and educators have Herculean jobs in a sector that is constantly changing to meet new mandates and adjust to the digital world. I represent education and book publishing businesses in the sale of their companies, so I am speaking with people in these sectors almost 24/7 and have gleaned some critical insights:</p> <ul> <li>Where is the buzz? What are the areas of focus in K-12 in 2014?</li> <li>What might executives <em>not</em> be focusing on that can become material challenges down the road?</li> <li>Two additional brief points of advice.</li> </ul> </body> ]]> Friday, January 31, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/paying-attention-to-what-s-going-on-beyond-the-k-12-market-buzz--don-t-get-blindsided-.html Capturing Top Sales Talent Quickly Is Essential to Your Revenue Growth http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/capturing-top-sales-talent-quickly-is-essential-to-your-revenue-growth.html <p>In the competitive Education and Technology market, successful sales executives are busy building pipeline, closing deals and, ideally, capturing market share away from their competitors. To hire these kinds of candidates, organizations must have a streamlined interview process in place—one that can capture top performers quickly. This article offers:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>6 Interview Steps to Capture Top Sales Talent</li> <li>The Ideal Timeline to Close Top Sales Candidates&nbsp;</li> <li>Common Interviewer Mistakes</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, January 10, 2014 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/capturing-top-sales-talent-quickly-is-essential-to-your-revenue-growth.html Is Your K-12 Sales Team Ready for Prime Time? http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/is-your-k-12-sales-team-ready-for-prime-time-.html <p>Although the education industry is rapidly changing, timing is still everything when selling products and services to K-12 school districts. Long sales cycles, multi-level decision-making processes, and short periods of rapid seasonal purchasing define the K-12 market—and the prime-time selling season is just around the corner.<p> The essentials to ensure success include:</p> <ul> <li>Determining the Factors Affecting the Probability of a Sale – Sales Strategy and Infrastructure</li> <li>Hiring the A-Team</li> <li>Building the Team</li> <li>Motivating the Team</li> </ul> Read on for the specifics... </body> ]]> Friday, December 06, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/is-your-k-12-sales-team-ready-for-prime-time-.html The Global English Language Learning (ELL) Market http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-global-english-language-learning--ell--market.html <body> <p>There are several key trends pointing to growth of the global ELL market:</p> <ol> <li>A working knowledge of English improves job prospects globally, and parents, schools, students, and employers understand this.</li> <li>Global middle-class growth and wealthier, more ambitious parents are leading to expansion of private providers of English—particularly in Brazil, China, Turkey, and India.</li> <li>Online opportunities for learning English internationally have not yet achieved significant traction but will do so, especially at the postsecondary/adult level. </li> <li>ELLs in the U.S. are currently 11% of total PreK-12 enrollment. By 2015, ELL enrollment will reach 10 million, 19% of all students. By 2025, one in four students nationwide will be an ELL. </li> </ol> <div> <p>See the stats on this market, identification of key market players, and opportunities in both the U.S. and international markets.</p> </div> </body> ]]> Friday, November 01, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-global-english-language-learning--ell--market.html The Learning Registry and the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative: Powerful Tools to Personalize Learning http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-learning-registry-and-the-learning-resource-metadata-initiative--powerful-tools-to-personalize-learning.html <body> <p>The Learning Registry:</p> <ul> <li>allows publishers to share information about digital content</li> <li>allows educators to search more than 80,000 educational resources</li> <li>provides a community based on open source and open standards, with resources open or rights-managed</li> <li>allows applications and search engines to cull not only general information about content, but also the educational intent</li> </ul> Read more about the promise of the Learning Registry… </body> ]]> Friday, October 04, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-learning-registry-and-the-learning-resource-metadata-initiative--powerful-tools-to-personalize-learning.html The Impact of Common Core and College and Career Readiness on a District’s Digital Decisions http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-impact-of-common-core-and-college-and-career-readiness-on-a-district-s-digital-decisions.html <p>Common Core is here. So is the need to increase students&rsquo; readiness for the future. What we&rsquo;re seeing: </p> <ul> <li>Increased demand for eBooks and digital resources and renewed focus on librarians to help </li> <li>Schools filling textbook sequence gaps with digital resources</li> <li>eBooks being used across the curriculum</li> <li>Common Core implementation teams forming that include library/media services professionals and teacher/librarians as key members</li> <li>Central organization and leveraging of resources across a district becoming even more important</li> <li>Schools using eBooks in new ways</li> <li>Digital content pilots being established at the classroom level or across grades concurrent with new devices and often before robust technology support is established</li> </ul> <p>The burden is ours to create digital resources that foster deeper learning in the 21st century context as a native part of the learning process—not aligned to Common Core and refit for mobile as an afterthought. </p> ]]> Friday, September 06, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-impact-of-common-core-and-college-and-career-readiness-on-a-district-s-digital-decisions.html Taming the OER Lion: The Opportunity and Cost Equation of “Free” http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/taming-the-oer-lion--the-opportunity-and-cost-equation-of--free-.html Like trying to tame a lion in the wild, the thought of meaningfully managing the jungle of Open Educational Resource (OER) options can be intimidating. At the same time, like the lure of the lion, it can also be alluring to imagine the promise of open, free access to such a powerful animal. Now that I’ve made my point, let’s “tame” this analogy. ]]> Friday, August 30, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/taming-the-oer-lion--the-opportunity-and-cost-equation-of--free-.html In the News: Tablets and Apps in K-12…And What This Means for App Developers http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/in-the-news--tablets-and-apps-in-k-12-and-what-this-means-for-app-developers.html <ul> <li>Rapid growth of tablet implementation in K-12 schools</li> <li>Apple&rsquo;s iPad remains dominant </li> <li>Challenges from Android and Windows devices</li> <li>What&rsquo;s a K-12 app developer (content provider, publisher) to do?</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, August 02, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/in-the-news--tablets-and-apps-in-k-12-and-what-this-means-for-app-developers.html Rosen Publishing’s Commitment to LRMI http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/rosen-publishing-s-commitment-to-lrmi.html <p>In today&rsquo;s world, discoverability is a key to success for education publishers. The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) improves search results by providing a common metadata framework for describing or &ldquo;tagging&rdquo; learning resources on the web. Here is a list of some functionality:</p> <ul> <li>Makes it easier to locate learning resources to meet specific student needs</li> <li>Improves the &ldquo;discoverability&rdquo; of a publisher&rsquo;s content during online searches</li> <li>Allows searches around key areas, including typical age range, educational use, and alignment with educational standards (such as the Common Core State Standards)</li> <li>Standardizes key publishing data elements, allowing industry-wide uniformity and understanding</li> <li>Supports consideration of new business models, including micro-sales or offering micro-units from larger educational resources</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, July 19, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/rosen-publishing-s-commitment-to-lrmi.html CCSS and Increased Focus on Nonfiction – Thoughts for Teachers and Product Developers http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/ccss-and-increased-focus-on-nonfiction---thoughts-for-teachers-and-product-developers.html <p>In a recorded interview, Seymour Simon, acclaimed author of more than 250 science books for children and founder of StarWalk Kids Media, explores how Common Core is bringing nonfiction into the spotlight, ways teachers can meaningfully integrate nonfiction across the curriculum, and how eBooks are changing the way kids read and learn. Suggestions for integrating informational text and nonfiction:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Use visuals in eBooks to help kids get interested in the subject. </li> <li>Teach how to write nonfiction. </li> <li>Use examples from books to help explain unfamiliar ideas, complex concepts, and impossibly large numbers. </li> <li>Use strong verbs that enhance a reader&rsquo;s understanding. </li> <li>Write books as stories and not just as lists of facts and try to engage the reader&rsquo;s sense and imagination and set a scene. </li> <li>Ask questions that anticipate what the reader is thinking about as he or she reads. </li> <li>Employ descriptive detail. </li> </ul> ]]> Friday, June 28, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/ccss-and-increased-focus-on-nonfiction---thoughts-for-teachers-and-product-developers.html Engaging Students in a Story—Online http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/engaging-students-in-a-story-online.html Getting young people engaged in class is a difficult job for a teacher. One of the ways to do that is through storytelling. And for today’s pupils and students, the most interesting stories are told online. Working with computers is interesting for young people who feel at home in a digital environment. Although children see the Internet as a way to relax and entertain, they often, without realizing it, educate themselves and develop their abilities and imagination. As such, combining computers and storytelling is an excellent teaching method as it can be used for a variety of tasks (personal narratives, team projects, and brainstorming), and it can be used in most, if not all, subjects. ]]> Friday, May 31, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/engaging-students-in-a-story-online.html How to Become a Top-Selling K-12 Sales Rep in a Rapidly Changing Industry http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/how-to-become-a-top-selling-k-12-sales-rep-in-a-rapidly-changing-industry.html <p>It&rsquo;s a leaner, faster world…and here&rsquo;s what it takes now to become a top-selling K-12 sales representative:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Technology Expertise</li> <li>Customer Knowledge</li> <li>Product Knowledge</li> <li>Territory Research</li> <li>Interpersonal Skills</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, May 17, 2013 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/how-to-become-a-top-selling-k-12-sales-rep-in-a-rapidly-changing-industry.html