Emily Tate

Verizon Surcharge Will Affect Other Education Companies—Not Just Remind

A new fee Verizon plans to impose on its business customers has galvanized educators this week to rally around the school messaging service Remind—so much so that the telecoms company agreed to make an exception and waive the impending fee for Remind’s K-12 users.

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Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educators’ Outcry

After an outcry from educators on social media, along with countless phone calls to Verizon customer service, the telecommunications company says it will not enforce the 11-fold fee increase that was slated to hit Remind, a messaging service used widely by teachers and parents in the U.S., come February.

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New Verizon Fees Could Cut Off Access for Millions of Remind Users

Can you hear me now? That’s what Remind and many of its users hope to get across as they protest Verizon’s new fees, which threaten to disrupt use of the messaging service millions of students and educators depend on.Thousands of teachers have taken to Twitter this week to blast the telecommunications company and defend Remind, a school communication platform used for everything from announcing homework assignments to contacting parents when a student is sick.

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What a New College Board President Means for Students

Change is afoot at the College Board.At first glance—and as of Thursday—the nonprofit is just reorganizing its leadership team: The president and chief executive, David Coleman, is now just CEO of the College Board, creating a vacancy so his chief operating officer, Jeremy Singer, can fill the position of president.

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?

A few years ago, cybersecurity threats were not on the radar of most school district leaders, much less top items in their budgets. But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments.That’s according to the sixth annual broadband and infrastructure report released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit made up of K-12 school technology leaders.

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Ready to Hit the Road in 2019? These K-12 Edtech Events Are Worth Your Time

Sometimes our most fulfilling conversations and productive work days take place hundreds of miles from the workplace. They often happen when we’re on the ground meeting new people, exchanging ideas, listening, learning and growing.That’s why, at EdSurge, we believe the flurry of education events held each year provide an invaluable opportunity for us and our readers—teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs, investors and everyone in between—to challenge our assumptions, share best practices and forge new partnerships.

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TITAN Raises $5.2M in Series A to Scale Its School Nutrition Solution

Brad Blankenship had been working in edtech for nearly 10 years when he noticed that food services—an essential division in any school district—was being neglected.“There just wasn’t a whole lot of innovation happening” around children’s nutrition services, Blankenship tells EdSurge, especially compared to how rapidly the rest of the education sector was adapting. “I wanted to change that.”

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Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

Some apps do more harm than good. And “free” apps often come with hidden costs. These tenets hold as true for education apps as they do for those in the consumer market, privacy experts contend.

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How Playful Assessment Unseated Standardized Tests at One School

This is the second part of a two-part story looking at how one school is piloting MIT research on playful assessments to measure student growth. Read part one for background.

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Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? These MIT Researchers Think So.

This is the first part of a two-part story looking at how MIT researchers are developing playful assessments to measure student growth. Stay tuned for part two later this week. In recent years, educators have spent countless collective hours designing, experimenting with and implementing new kinds of learning experiences for students—learning experiences that are fun, engaging and formative. But assessments haven’t evolved at the same pace.

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