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August 26, 2015

Helping Teachers and Schools Run Experiments

Imagine giving teachers and schools opportunities to run experiments of their own or to join larger trials. Imagine if they had access to better measures and powerful analytics. It's been difficult to run formal experiments because measurement systems in education are bad. The next step in supporting teachers as scientists is an intelligence platform that combines information about best practices, formative assessment, templates for setting up experiments, and social features.

August 13, 2015

Regional Partnerships Emerging to Support K-12 Innovation

Attendees at a Chicago gathering explored the potential for regional clusters of businesses, colleges, nonprofits, and schools to work together to support innovation.

August 12, 2015

Elected Board Urges Innovation in Denver

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is a district worth watching because they have the best and most aggressive elected school board in the country. The board is seeking to dramatically accelerate the progress they've made by investing more in what is working and embracing innovation. One way DPS is succeeding is by launching an internal innovation incubator.

July 30, 2015

Amazon Top Pick for Contract to Create N.Y.C. Schools' e-Book 'Marketplace'

Educators in New York City would be able to buy e-books for their schools via an Amazon "storefront," pending approval of a $30 million contract.

July 30, 2015

New Ed-Tech Accelerator Program Seeks Breakthroughs in K-12 Science

NewSchools Ignite, a project launched by the NewSchools Venture Fund, would make awards to companies and nonprofits for amounts between $50,000 and $150,000.

July 16, 2015

Five Things to Incentivize in Teacher Compensation Plans

Does "differentiating" teacher pay (beyond the usual salary schedule) result in Better Teaching and More Learning? Can we use financial incentives to build the teacher force every school leader dreams of: bright stars relentlessly pursuing the all-important data, working 60 hours a week, cheerfully compliant?

July 16, 2015

Schools, Organizations to Compare Notes on Education Innovation Clusters

A national meeting sponsored by Digital Promise will focus on how people in specific cities or regions are pooling their talents and resources to improve schools.

July 07, 2015

Technology Is Crucial to Advance Global Education

How do we utilize technology in the classroom to connect students to real-world projects as well as mentors and experts?

July 07, 2015

Top 10 'Impact Investing' Opportunities Identified for K-12 in Report

Vulcan Inc., a company co-owned by Paul Allen, Microsoft's cofounder, recently underwrote research to pinpoint the top opportunities for social impact investing in K-12 education.

July 02, 2015

Emerging Trends in Ed Tech: Maker Spaces, Collaborative Learning

In the years to come, K-12 districts will increasingly demand ed-tech products that can help build student creativity and independent thinking, the Horizon Report predicts.

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