While in other sectors some are finding creative ways of deflating the competition, this week in EdTech we were pumped up to follow the many genuine successes of orgs, startups and educators.
We were inspired this week by the launch of the newsite and a visit to . Here are 10 more big EdTech news stories.
1. Drumroll Please. The 2015 CODiE Award Winners have been announced! Winners include, , , and Getting Smart Advocacy Partners , and .
Congrats CODiE EDU winners& More
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider)
2. Si Se Puede. World language acquisition is an important component of 21st century global competence. Theorganized language advocates on Capitol Hill to shine a light on declining funding and to raise awareness about the state of language instruction. Getting Smart and Rosetta Stone have created two papers that address the importance of world languages in more detail. The first describes a vision for the and the most recent explains how world language teachers are uniquely positioned to
Only 7% of college students in America are enrolled in a language coursevia — tyler (@post_west)
3. All Time High. For the third year in a row the national high school graduation rate reached a new record. This year, 81.4% according the annual New school models that are blended, personalized, and competency-based may just help the country hit the 90% mark by 2020.(thanks to all the school networks that prioritized rigor, relevance and relationships).
From: “Why More of America’s Students Are Finishing High School:”
— All4ed (@All4Ed)
4. New and Improved. Just in time for the release of ourpaper, the (CCSSO) and the (NPBEA) have refreshed . Have comments? . Comments will be used for final refinements for a final release this summer.
.and NPBEA update ‘Model Policy Standards for ’ Comment here:
— Bonnie Lathram (@belathram)
Dollars & Deals
5. Summer Schoolin. As students look for ways to stay busy during summer, enrollment for Knod’s summer online experience-based employment and learning program is now open. Knod alsoit has raised $6.2 million to support in bringing their unique model to scale.
Summer students can now skill up withas they look to scale
— Jessica Slusser (@Jess_Slusser)
6. Setting Sail. Adaptive K-12 literacy solution$3.5 million in funding led by Scott Cook, of Intuit. LightSail has recently added motivation and reward features, that are proven to increase motivation.
.secures $3.5 million, led by co-founder Scott Cook — Caroline Vander Ark (@cvanderark)
7. Investments Down Under. Aussie EdTech startup Edrolo$2.65 million to scale its software that combines interactive video tutoring with testing software to track and train high school seniors.
Test prepEdrolo raises $2.65m from Aussie VC funds
— Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark)
8. Who Wants First. Grants as part of thefrom the US Department of Education are now open for application for postsecondary institutions focusing on developing innovations that improve outcomes and affordability.
First in the Worldgrant program open for application — Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark)
9. Getting Personal. As programs looks for ways to, The released a that explores emerging tensions that schools and districts should know between personalized learning and state/federal accountability systems.
New from→ A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for
— tyler (@post_west)
Blended Schools & Tools
10. MOOC For The Masses. Michael Horn,, Brian Greenberg (), and Robert Schwartz, Harvard (and proponent of the ), are teaching a new Blended Learning MOOC on Coursera’s new on-demand platform. Learn more and sign up for the free course .
.| Blended Learning: Personalizing Ed for Students by
— tyler (@post_west)
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