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July 29, 2014

Teachers Deserve Better Tools for Tracking Subskills

Most schools have no way to combine the assessment information from multiple sources in ways that are useful for driving instructional improvement or managing student progress. While this seems to be an easy problem to solve, there appear to be four significant problems.

July 16, 2014

Ed-Tech Accelerators Launch Second Round of 'Classes' for Startups

A pair of ed-tech accelerators each choose 10 companies from a pool of more than 700 startup applicants.

July 10, 2014

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

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?

July 07, 2014

It's Time: Connecting What Students Need and 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.

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