Data and Research

Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs

Data’s influence on modern education is immense; it drives policies, impacts funding—it even affects decisions about which tools and services edtech companies create for educators. And when it comes to helping edtech entrepreneurs understand those educators, Amy Rambo believes she has just the data that can help.

How Tech Tools Helped a Part-Time Tutor Become a Full-Time Entrepreneur

As a tutor, Josh Sohn doesn’t simply help students complete their homework or ace their SATs. He tries to make learning profound, “lift and support” the kids he works with, and demonstrate an engagement some parents just can’t provide; he even helped persuade one student not to drop out of school.

There’s No Such Thing As Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing Attitudes

Imagine a parent telling a child, “I’m just not a reading person.” Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Now reread the same cartoon, substituting “math” for “reading.” Suddenly it doesn’t seem so absurd. But it should!

To Develop Future-Ready Students, Project-Based Lessons Teach Real World Skills

Higher test scores. Better graduation rates. Increased lifetime earning potential. Incorporating social-emotional learning and character education into K-12 classrooms improves students’ lives—measurably. 

Early Learning Faces Obstacles and Inequities—Here's How Edtech Can Help

Remember the days when Farmer Eddie taught youngsters what the pig and cow says by pulling the See 'n Say string? Edtech for early learners has come a long way since then, but our just-released compilation of research—what we call a Market Gap Snapshot—makes clear there is still a lot of room to expand and improve edtech solutions to address obstacles facing our youngest students.

Have a Bold Idea for Education? Here's How to Apply for Funding from NewSchools

August is often a sleepy month, when many are focused on enjoying the last bit of summer before the busy fall season begins. But we’re hoping teams of educators and entrepreneurs with bold ideas in education will step away from their vacations to seize a great opportunity from NewSchools Venture Fund.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

I worked in the same school—doors down from my wife—for three years. I knew she was a good teacher, but in all that time, I never had the opportunity to watch her in her own classroom. As someone who now leads professional development for educators, I know that teachers rarely get to see each other teach. Which is a shame, because it’s the small things that we observe colleagues do that can inspire us in big ways.

A Student Agency Game Plan—How to Use Data to Bridge Choice and Accountability

A few years ago, Harvard’s Achievement Gap Institute conducted a study on teaching and student agency. The study recognized agency as potentially “…as important an outcome of schooling as the skills we measure with standardized testing.” Indeed, when students take ownership of their education, they become more invested in the outcome. Learning about things that fascinate them helps them pay closer attention, process more efficiently, and engage in critical thinking.

How to Become the Netflix of Textbooks—and Make a Digital-First Transformation

Disruptive forces in academic publishing have turned traditional models on their heads. While some publishers are stuck in the more traditional print publishing lifecycle, others are innovating—welcoming new tools and organizational changes into their workflows and cutting their time-to-market in half.

?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset

In the gaming world, perseverance, problem solving, and creativity are the keys to success. Players start out expecting to struggle and make mistakes, eagerly replaying levels and pushing through barriers to make headway. There is no such thing as failing in a digital game. All you have to do is hit the replay button and try again, and again.

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