This week as knowledge economy leaders gathered atto move the needle in expanding opportunities, efforts in EdTech made real, new ways to personalize and enrich the learning experience. From the Dept. of Ed’s resource for EdTech developers to the launch of Intel’s news accelerator, Nellie Mae’s online credit recovery brief to Starbucks expanding on tuition support for employees, this week’s news demonstrated the drive of edupreneurs, educators, and EdLeaders making personalization a priority.
Blended Schools & Tools
Empowering Educators. Instructure, Getting Smart Advocacy Partner,the award winners of the . A total of $110,000 was given to 16 education institutions spanning K-12 and HigherEd. “We launched the Canvas Grants program two years ago to show our support for innovation in education,” said Jared Stein, VP of Research and Education at Instructure. “This year’s theme, ‘Lossless Learning,’ encouraged educators to find new ways to connect technology to the face-to-face classroom, to improve learning and enhance the critical feedback loop.” This announcement came on the day that the company shared information on their new partnership with
Canvas Grants from, center on theme of Lossless Learning & builds community of edu innovators
— Megan Mead (@MegMarMe)
Guiding The Way. The Dept. of Education addressed key questions about the ed ecosystem and highlighted opportunities to develop learning tools and apps with a resource tailored for EdTech developers.is free! Also, check out 12 features of next-gen platforms from our survey of , one opportunity outlined in the DOE’s new guide.
Launched!‘s Developer’s Guide via
— tyler (@post_west)
Accelerator for Excellence. In an effort to support EdTEch startups in the development of products that really move the needle towards better educational experiences,and , a program, designed to provide guidance and resources (as well as the opportunity to secure investments of up to $100,000) to make products that will transform education. by May 22, 2015 at 12pm PST.
Hey, apply to the Intel Education Accelerator at GSVlabs, get up to $100k, apps due May 22 — Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark)
Data for Action. Focusing on how student data can and should be used to empower parents to make data driven decisions, afrom highlights the importance of data, not only in the classroom, but also as a tool to guide productive dialogue with parents. For more on how data powers personalization, check out .
New report on empowering parents with student data from
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider)
Dollars & Deals
Making Cents. Online marketplace for classroom products,, secured $2.9 milling in funding from SoftTech VC, , Crosslink Capital, Deep Fork Capital, and Kapor Capital. Though far behind education marketplace , this seed funding puts Educents on the map.
Online marketplace for classroom productsraised $2.9m from — Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark)
Footing The Bill. Expanding on their partnership with ASU, Starbucks announced that they will pay the full cost of an online degree for employees who work 20 hours a week. The coffee giant expects to spend up to $250 million to support 25,000 employees to graduate by 2025. This presents a huge opportunity for GenDIY students who are.
.will start to cover cost of degree for employees — Jessica Slusser (@Jess_Slusser)
Let’s Get Personalized
Hit The Road.launched , their new book that supports readers answer the age old question of “What should I do with my life?” As we catalogue and share the stories of , we are elated that RTN has penned a piece that explores the many realities that people face today when it comes to unique pathways to careers, college, and contribution.
.launches as part of
— tyler (@post_west)
Catching Up Online. High schools are increasingly offering students the opportunity to take courses online that they have previously failed in the classroom – an approach known as “online credit recovery.”from the , funded by the and the , provides promising practices for the complex instructional and administrative demands that teachers face when leading these courses. For more examples of what online credit recovery can look like, check out the case studies highlighted in .
w/demand for online credit recovery UMass publishes Promising Practices for HS Teachers w/— Mary Ryerse (@maryryerse)
Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers
Hanging Up The Spurs. As members of the Terry Holiday Fan Club (Terry was recently featured in a), we are excited to celebrate the Kentucky Education Commissioner as he announces that he will be retiring at the end of August. Everybody, ‘round of applause for Terry!
.to turn in his badge on August 31 via — tyler (@post_west)
And the Award Goes To… Congratulations to Getting Smart Advocacy Partners,, , , and , who were all selected . For almost 30 years, (Software and Information Industry Association) has supported this peer recognition program that acknowledges content, education, and software companies for innovation, vision, and overall industry impact.
— Megan Mead (@MegMarMe)