Didn’t know Salt Lake City was becoming an EdTech hot spot? It’s still news to some well informed locals. Here’s a baker’s dozen of the EdTech companies on the western front of the Wasatch:
- (Provo) is a leader in personalized learning. Check out the and watch for an exciting update in July.
- Canvas by is the fastest growing learning management system in higher education (and powers the HigherEd institutions in Utah), with just as many K-12 users. See a and watch for possible IPO later this year.
- (Provo) and (Sandy) were both acquired by Weld North last year.
- is the leading formative assessment platform.
- is a leading provider of online professional development.
- , a Cicero company, provides professional development and planning.
- (American Fork) provides e-learning assets and software training.
- was an early leader in game-based adaptive early literacy.
- (Centerville) runs Job Corps sites and correctional facilities.
- (Provo) provides experiences and apps that support personal growth.
- provides behavioral screening in juvenile justice and education.
- partners with employers to provide students with real world experiences and a degree for a total of $13,000.
, which last month, is a Portland-based company that helps colleges and schools replace commercial textbooks with open content providers. Co-founder David Wiley is still based in Utah.
to almost 4,400 technology companies that raised nearly $1 billion in capital last year. There are few EdTech investors so most startups need to work east and west coast networks.
(SLC and Provo) is a lean startup accelerator founded in 2010. More than 40 companies have graduated from the program and have raised more than $15 million in seed capital.
Theat University of Utah has a particularly strong entrepreneurship program with a focus on value creation.
Schools to visit. We’ve profiled a couple great SLC area schools.
There are a variety of online high school options including, which launched in 2009 with a commitment to open content.
Smart Cities Summit. Last week we hosted a small gathering of EdLeaders at, a science, technology and art museum on Friday to discuss .
Participants noted several things heading in the right direction:
- The state is well served by broadband. is a statewide broadband and broadcast network established by the Utah Legislature in 1989.
- Utah scored one of two top grades on the recent
- More than a third of Utah students are engaged in personalized learning thanks to the leadership of Sen. Howard Stephenson.
- Despite (or as a result of) the lowest funding in the country, there is a can-do attitude and a focus on efficiency among educators.
“We’ve been able to grow Instructure from a handful of employees in 2011 to more than 550 employee this year because Utah has many smart, interesting, talented people,” said Mitch Benson, VP of K-12 at Instructure. “The challenge Utah faces is to keep up with the demand since many tech companies are expanding their presence and drawing from that same pool. This is why the STEM Utah program and others are vital to the future of success in Utah.”
Energized by the convening, Agilix CEO Curt Allen said, “Together we can help make Utah a model.”
EdPolicy. Twenty years ago Governor Mike Leavitt Leavitt proposed competency-based. It opened in 1997 and I joined the board in 1999. Leavitt was also an early leader of the early college movement. We together on September 11, 2001.
Having left the Smarter Balanced testing consortium, Utah has the opportunity to lead the way on a next generation state assessment system.
With Florida, Utah received top marks from Digital Learning Now in the most recent. Utah’s 2013 Student Achievement Backpack (UT SB 82) is featured as an example of a portable student record. To learn more, .
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