We all consistently struggle with staying on top of our “to dos” and feeling caught up. But the good news is that every week there are new tools and resources to lighten the load and increase the impact. There are a couple of great reports out this week and a few interesting tools from some unexpected players. Once again, we wrap up the week’s top events, hoping to help you feel like maybe you have one less thing “to do” this week.
Blended Schools & Tools
1. EdTech Directors Get Answers. The State Educational Tech Directors Association (
2. When Blended Learning Just Becomes Learning. Scott Ellis, CEO of The Learning Accelerator ( ), works with many school districts across the country because they feel confident that blending is the best idea for improving education in the US. But, currently there are a tremendous amount of obstacles to be overcome and TLA is going to work hard over the next 5 years to identify and remove them in order for every student to have access to as we know it now.
3. End Of An Era. Clever ( ) unveiled allowing students in schools using clever to have a “one click” login to many of their applications they are using in the classroom. Taking a unique step of only partnering with FERPA compliant applications, Clever is helping schools protect and secure student information. The list of applications accessible through clever already includes ( ), ( ), ( ) and many more… and this is just the start.
4. Hot Time, Summer in the City. It keeps getting hotter in our
5. Great News for Learners. San Francisco based Udemy (
Also, for inspired learners who happen to still be school aged, their by the Fordham Institute ( ). Students and families now have a new tool for course choice, a strategy for students to learn from unconventional providers that might range from top-tier universities or innovative community colleges to local employers, labs, or hospitals.
6. Shifting Services. Traditionally known for copiers and cameras, Konica ( ) announced a brand new suite of services launching , a K-12 education and IT services suite. The new cloud-based software will unify applications through partnerships with PassTheNotes, SchoolBrains, Hapara and Tableau Software. All Covered is part of the portfolio, meant to help streamline classroom workflow and reduce overall costs.
Teaching & Learning
7. Extended Reach. Public Impact released
8. Show What You Know. The Christensen Institute ( ) published their first of two papers, focused on competency-based education in New Hampshire. takes a snapshot of what is happening in NH by profiling 13 schools, highlighting the strategies and the challenges for implementing competency based learning. In a few weeks, the second paper will look closer at blended models that support those competency-based pathways.
9. Next Gen Career Matching. has partnered with Matchpoint Careers ( ) to provide highered with , an online personalized career guidance tool, known as a “GPS for Careers.” It’s true- even our guidance systems in schools are being disrupted, so keep an eye out for our new paper and infographic focused on Next Gen College and Career Readiness, coming soon!
Movers, Shakers & Ground-breakers
10. New CEO for NewSchools. New Schools Venture Fund (
The Learning Accelerator and DreamBox Learning are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners. Udemy and MasteryConnect are Learn Capital portfolio companies where Tom Vander Ark is a partner.