Sydney Johnson

Why the Boldest Ideas in Education Come From Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

At Camelback Ventures’ latest showcase, there were no hackneyed “hockey stick” graphs boasting viral adoption—as one often sees at startup pitchfests and demo days. Gone, too, were the scripted, anonymous testimonials touting the “awesomeness” of a product. In their place were beatboxing, a superhero cape and, yes, even some transparent financial numbers.

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Here’s What College Advisors Wish the Tools Built for Them Would Really Do

Even in the age of online lectures and digital courseware, college advising has remained relatively low-tech: sketching out degree plans with a pencil and paper during one-off meetings between students and advisors. That’s starting to change, though, as more companies and campuses create technology-augmented advising systems like predictive analytics, self-service course registration platforms and early-alert tools.

?More Bootcamps Are Quietly Coming to a University Near You

In the last two years, a surge of nonprofit, four-year institutions have hopped on the bootcamp bandwagon. These programs, often on skills such as software development or data analytics, have arrived in a number of ways—from universities partnering with local for-profit bootcamps, or colleges creating their own intensive training programs completely in-house.

Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors

In just over a decade, 20 independent education companies have raised more than $2.7 billion in funding and are shaping the way education is evolving for students from grade school to higher ed. Collectively, 116 directors serve on the boards of these privately-held companies. Only eight are women. Even fewer are women of color.

The scarcity of female directors in edtech is a striking contrast to the diversity that exists in the sector's day-to-day leadership. As much as one-third of edtech companies started during that time have a female CEO or founder.

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?Another Major Coding Bootcamp, Iron Yard, Announces Closure

The Iron Yard, a Greenville, S.C.-based coding bootcamp, is closing up shop. The school wrote in a blog post today that it will be ceasing operations at all of its 15 campuses around the U.S. after its current 12-week session finishes.“In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts. We will finish out summer classes completely, including career support,” the announcement reads.

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?Dev Bootcamp Community Reacts to Closure Decision

John-Michael Murphy had just finished up a long day of assessments on Wednesday evening when he received an email with some unexpected news. His school, Dev Bootcamp, wrote that it would be shutting down about three months after his graduation this summer.

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?An Augmented Reality Library Comes to Life for Aspiring Teachers at UT San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio has more than 2 million titles in its library system, and lately it’s been building a collection that most students—and future teachers—might not even know exists yet.
A small but growing library of augmented reality books, consisting of 25 children’s titles, is part of a research partnership between UTSA Libraries and the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD). They range in subject from astronomy, to dinosaurs, and even cardboard bedtime stories for infants.

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Wanna (Edtech) Getaway? Check Out These Higher-Ed Conferences for 2017-2018

Summer is here! And so is our bi-annual higher education events calendar, ready to get you started on planning your next conference or education getaway. Digital learning in Abu Dhabi, anyone?

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?The Cost of Cutting in Line: Students Can Now Buy Their Way to a Job Interview

How much would you pay to score a job interview? $10? $950? In desperate times, that's apparently the price range in the market for these services, which involve commodifying age-old job seeking practices: networking and mentoring.

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?Major Textbook Publishers Sue Follett Over Counterfeit Sales

Three of the country’s largest publishers, Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning, are suing Follett Corporation, a major textbook distributor, on charges of selling counterfeit textbooks in its stores.The companies claim many of Follett’s textbooks are purchased from questionable distributors that sell illegally-copied versions. “These scurrilous dealers are no better than those selling counterfeit watches on a street corner,” the complaint reads.

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