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Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

Woody Marshall had seen this business strategy before. Attract users with a free product. Dazzle with quality content, an intuitive interface and whet the appetite for a paid upgrade. That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV, where Marshall is a general partner.

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Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.” But what if we took that to its logical conclusion and also made it the goal of our education technology predictions?We’d need to consider not just what technology products students are exposed to in the classroom, but also across the rest of their lives. Especially if those students are teens, within sight of leaving K-12 and moving into higher education.

Bridgepoint Education Acquires a Coding Bootcamp in Fullstack Academy

Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy has been acquired by Bridgepoint Education, a publicly-traded higher education company.

How Can Colleges Build a Better Future for Work-Study?

Los Angeles, CA—On-campus jobs have long offered a way for students to help students pay for college. But how can these gigs—which could range from data-entry to dining hall service—better prepare students for their careers and keep them in school?

The Edtech Buying Process Is Broken. ISTE Says Teachers Can Fix It.

At North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury Schools, a room in the central office showcases 3D printers, virtual reality headsets and a variety of iPad apps. Educators can stop by at their leisure to experiment with the tools, which have been vetted and approved by the district’s technology department.This is Rowan-Salisbury’s “edtech playground,” where teachers can try out the latest technology, offer feedback to district leaders and determine whether the products would be a good fit for their classrooms.

Key Details and Reactions to College-Admissions Scandal

Federal prosecutors charged nearly 50 people on Tuesday with crimes in connection to an admissions-fraud scheme in which parents allegedly paid millions of dollars to get their kids into highly-selective colleges by cheating on admissions tests or helping them pose as student athletes.U.S. government officials referred to their investigation as Operation Varsity Blues, and it has swiftly led several of the colleges involved to take action or launch investigations of their own.

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It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

The typical edtech conference buzzes with gadgetry, infrastructure and new ways to engage students. Most session tend to focus on new apps or software over deep dives into pedagogy and building better relationships. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that—the world needs both. But when was the last time you hear someone talk about racism or digital equity? Where are the conversations about reaching all learners and examining our own biases as educators?

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Follow Along With a Grad Seminar About Edtech: Part 1, Picking the Best Tech

This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. Over the next two months, I’ll share the experience and highlights in a series of columns for EdSurge with highlights from the course. When teaching a course on edtech, it’s logical to start with a look at how professors can select the best tech tools for their courses. That choice has gotten both easier and more complicated (and challenging) in recent years.

Teachable Moments: How Four Educators Learned to See Their Students Differently

When students struggle, so do educators. That’s why this week on the EdSurge On Air podcast, we hear from four educators who remember a time when they faced difficulty with an issue or a student, but overcame that struggle to find a positive outcome.This episode is the first of a four-part series about why teachers teach, called Teachable Moments. In this series we'll hear directly from educators who attended the EdSurge Fusion Conference last fall. They share important and sometimes challenging moments in their careers, but ultimately what brings them joy in teaching.

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Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents last year for creating, managing and tracking digital credentials, it raised new questions and concerns among a community of innovators who are trying to create an open platform for rethinking credentials.

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