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July 10, 2014

Design Thinking: A Human-Centered Approach to Innovation in Education

By: Sandy Speicher. We tend to think first about the needs of the system and create solutions from there. But what if we looked first to the needs of people, and then designed ways the system could meet its goals by serving these needs? This is the heart of how design thinking gets to innovative solutions.

July 07, 2014

It's Time: Connecting What Students Need & What Entrepreneurs Create

By: Stacey Childress. Pull mechanism refers to things like challenges, prizes, and advanced market commitments - ways of paying for innovations based on their actual performance. This in contrast to government agencies and philanthropists making upfront investments in design and development of solutions and then "pushing" them to buyers and users. A key idea is that some sort of coordinated action on the demand side - in this instance from schools, districts, and states - will create compelling reasons for suppliers to behave differently, better, more responsively.

July 01, 2014

FCC Report Details State-by-State Impacts of E-Rate Modernization Proposal

Today's FCC report shows how additional E-rate funding will affect students, schools, and libraries in all 50 states over the next five years.

June 30, 2014

Why Public Schools Struggle to Innovate

Public schools' struggles to innovate aren't unique to education either. Businesses struggle consistently with the innovator's dilemma--the ability to prioritize disruptive innovations that would cannibalize their existing business.

June 26, 2014

ISTE Coverage Kickoff: New Ed-Tech Certification for Teacher Trainers

Ed Week's coverage of the International Society for Technology in Education conference begins with news of a new technology certification for "Professional Learning Leaders."

June 17, 2014

Ed-Tech Leaders Call For Greater Connectivity in Letter to FCC

In an open letter to the FCC, ed-tech companies argue that the competitiveness of U.S. industry and education depends on greater broadband infrastructure.

June 11, 2014

Innovation Ecosystems: The Role of Impact Investing

There are a lot of interesting things to say about the Baltimore venture ecosystem. The Baltimore/Washington area contains a shockingly high percentage of the most successful education businesses, including Laureate Education, American Public Education Inc., Blackboard, and 2U.

June 10, 2014

Digital Education Needs More Accountability, Researchers Say

Companies that provide digital education for K-12 schools should undergo the same accountability as educators and administrators, say the authors of a new book.

June 04, 2014

Building a National Innovation Partnership

In order to affect positive change in education we must stand on the shoulders of giants. Education is multi-faceted, multi-layered, and often under-resourced; it can benefit from coordinated, strategic and engaged partnerships that span from the classroom to the White House.

June 02, 2014

Celebrating Success: A Snapshot of Ed-Tech Procurement in Houston

Technology purchasing at scale can be difficult. The possible pitfalls are many, and cash-strapped education institutions are generally less equipped than most to navigate the intricacies of a major purchase of devices. As the trend toward blended learning gains momentum, getting technology purchases right becomes ever more important.

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