What’s not to love about summer time? Longer days. Fruity drinks. Backyard barbeques. Family vacations. That’s not all we love about this time of year. There’s lots of love about all the developments in this week’s top EdTech news stories. Dive in!
Blended Schools & Tools
1. New Book on Rocketship Education. In the 20 years since the first charter school was authorized, high-performing public charters have seen— but they still only educate a small percentage of American students. In the new book “On the Rocketship” Richard Whitmire ( ) of Rocketship education, revealing the importance of high-quality options for students and what’s at stake without them.
2. Staying Competitive. According to a
3. Expanding Wi-Fi. Visiting a middle school in Oakland earlier this year, Tom Wheeler ( ), the chairman of the ( ), got a glimpse of the . In a recent , Mr. Wheeler spoke of the progression of technology in the classroom and has made it a goal to put new equipment in place by the 2015 school year. For more, check out and the from Digital Learning Now.
4. Cool Trial Tool. We always get a little wave of excitement when innovators are rewarded for great new ideas, but this one piqued our interest as . Congrats to ( ) who . This shows how Lea(R)n could set up trials (like clinical trials prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry) to gauge effectiveness of EdTech solutions.
Dollars & Deals
5. Billions of Dollars Spent on EdTech.( ) released “2013 U.S. Education Technology Market: PreK-12,” an that found that digital content comprised 42% of the edtech market in 2011-2012, up 6% from 2010-2011–with an estimated $3.3 billion in annual sales in the United States.
Teachers & Tech
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7. Leading, Learning, Listening. Last week educators came by the masses to the ( ) headquarters for the . A few from this self-proclaimed “unconference” was that technology is a tool but cannot be considered a magic wand, that can be cost efficient, and that who participate in personal learning networks open up doors to share and receive a huge bank of helpful resources.
8. Partnering in the name of STEM. AASA (), the school superintendents, and ( ) have designed to bring industry experts from around the world into STEM classrooms across the country. Recognized for their expertise in the software and information industries, JASON is a recent winner of two . The program is developed in part by the scientists and mathematicians from National Geographic Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and AASA members will be able to access the cloud based content for an entire class for less than the cost of two traditional textbooks.
Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning
9. Innovating Digital Technology. Yesterday a higher ed consortium,, to provide a common platform to create and share digital education resources. The consortium, made up of ( ), ( ), the ( ) and the ( ), as stated on their website, is “coming together in a strategic way to exert greater control and influence over the digital learning landscape.” They have chosen Canvas by ( ) as its foundational learning platform, largely in part of the company’s commitment to openness and ease of use.
For The Core
10. College Support for the Core. While a couple of states have recently turned away from CCSS, higher ed leaders have formed
Instructure and Digital Learning Now are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners. Udemy is a portfolio company of Learn Capital where Tom Vander Ark is a partner.