Great week to be in our nation’s capitol with #EdReform leaders at the. Across town, President Obama and Secretary Duncan hosted an where more than 100 superintendents pledged to make their districts .
More than 1,200 schools are pledging to connect their students withtechnology →
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS)
1. E-Rate Gets A Boost. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler () announced his proposal to increase funding for the E-Rate program — by $1.5 billion!
got a huge boost this week from the who’s adding $1.5 billion in funding — Jennifer Aalgaard (@JenLAalgaard)
2. Flexing Working Memory Muscles. Pearson Education (announced an update to it’s proven working memory training solution, .
New tool for increasing information retention through building working memory released by— Megan Mead (@MegMarMe)
Dollars & Deals
3. Chromebooks Taking Hold in Education.from less than 1% of the education market in 2012 to nearly 20% in 2013. Price and functionality has made Chromebooks a go-to tool for supporting digital conversion.
Chromebook Contracts in theEducation Market over $78M in 2014 via — tyler (@post_west)
4. More Funding for Higher Ed Enrollment Models., the first to apply advanced predictive technology to existing enrollment models in the higher education market, securing additional funding from (where Tom is a partner) to bring their total funding to $11.4 million since 2007.
Learn Capital joinsin supporting to help recruit & retain college students — tyler (@post_west)
5. Online Marketplace Changes Hands.( ), a consumer-centered online marketplace, it was spun out of ( ) to Beacon Solutions with venture funding of $6 million from four local investors.
.changing hands from to independent company, Beacon Solutions, Inc. — Allison Brumley (@AllisonBrumley)
6. Teaching Financial Literacy Through Gamification. At the Social Innovation Summit,( ) Institute a $3.2 million gift from ( ) to improve youth financial literacy by developing game-based math instructional software.
$3.2 million gift tofrom PwC Charitable Foundation to help improve youth financial literacy — Jessica Slusser (@Jess_Slusser)
Teachers & Tech
7. Teaching High School Students New Tricks.( ) a new program, Project NextTech, to help high school students develop the technology, information, and media literacy skills they need for success in an increasingly digital world.
New tool to helpstudents gain , info & media literacy skills from — Jennifer Aalgaard (@JenLAalgaard)
Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning
8. Guide to EdTech Math Tools. A study released by( ), , explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment, makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
Good to see quality studies done ontools – Research Shows Gain in ST Math Use
— Megan Mead (@MegMarMe)
Movers, Shakers & Ground-breakers
9. Calling All Content Developers. The( ), an initiative led by a group of 11 states with the goal of creating comprehensive, high-quality, open educational resources, is (RFP) to create open educational resources (OER) supporting K–12 mathematics and English language arts. Those interested must complete the “Letter of Intent” form by January 9, 2015.
Calling all ed content developers! RFP for K12! Deadline Jan. 9!
— Jennifer Aalgaard (@JenLAalgaard)
10.Vote now.( ), opened public voting for parents, policymakers and other stakeholders (#SchoolInfo). With a total prize purse of up to $35,000, designers were asked to reimagine the report card into a user-friendly, 21st-century tool.
.challenge open for public voting! Help reimagine school report cards. Vote here
— Megan Mead (@MegMarMe)
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