education

Empathy Isn’t Enough: Power Imbalances In Edtech Must Shift

As agencies like UNESCO call for global citizen education, in an aim to create peaceful and sustainable societies, online education is being increasingly used to boost cross-cultural dialogues and promote shared values through empathy and compassion-building.

Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

I invest in education technology, but decades before I knew what a venture capitalist was, I was a history teacher in a small town in America’s heartland where I started my school’s first “Internet club.” I’m a believer in the merits of technology and have written about how technology can be used to broaden access to knowledge, connect people and even

Is Education Entering the ‘Age of Alternatives’?

Has anyone else noticed that some of the new schools being built, including much-celebrated “schools of tomorrow” resemble Google headquarters, as well as each other?Without ignoring that much of what differentiates one school from another takes place below the surface, the desire to make schools look like high-tech office spaces might be just the latest demonstration that education has historically followed and reflected—rather than led—technological, political and economic change.

The Surprising, Research-Backed Benefits of Active Screen Time

If you had to guess how much time teenagers spend using screens outside of work each day, how many hours would you guess? Two? Four? How about nine? According to Common Sense Media, teens today are spending an average of nine hours a day online, while kids from ages eight to 12 are spending an average of six.

Now With Revenue, ClassDojo Raises $35 Million to Expand to Homes Across the World

Sam Chaudhary doesn’t like to talk about money. But he’s certainly good at raising it—which may seem odd given that the 8-year-old company only recently started generating revenue.In describing ClassDojo’s latest fundraise—a $35 million Series C round—Chaudhary, its co-founder and CEO, says “it wasn’t a very long process,” which wrapped up in late 2017. The entire process, he claims, closed in a mere two months.Even more, he adds: “The best way to raise money is when you don’t need it.”

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How to Prepare Students for Jobs in the Self-Driving-Car-Industry

Many roads lead to a career in the self-driving car industry. That painfully obvious pun is actually one of the truest things you can say about this nascent, multidisciplinary enterprise, and it also encapsulates the challenge educators who want to prepare their students to work in this industry are facing today.

Another Investment, Another Round of Layoffs For Civitas Learning

Private equity firm Francisco Partners quietly announced last week that it led an investment round in Civitas Learning, an Austin, Texas-based education company best known for its predictive analytics software used in higher-ed institutions.

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$1-Billion Effort to Rethink Computer-Science Education at MIT Sparks Interest—and Protests

Cambridge, MA—MIT is in the midst of a $1-billion effort to reshape how it teaches computer science, in what some say may be a model for other colleges. But the effort has has also drawn protests by some students and professors, who are questioning how well ethics will be integrated into the effort and are criticizing the influence of a controversial donor.

How an Alternative School Helped One Student Find His Way From Suspension to Graduation

“When I come to school I got hella things on my mind. Sometimes I don’t even sleep at night. I go hungry on purpose, cause I lose my appetite. I get to school and make myself angry. I was raised to live a lie. My older brother raised me, but he was doing drugs. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to talk it out. I hit myself. I may hit my best friend. It’s very confusing. Gang violence, drug violence, drug dealing. When my parents would fight, I wouldn’t eat. I started stealing and selling drugs. I felt none of them cared about me.

Esports Scholarships Are Growing. Do They Leave Some Students Behind?

Maybe you’ve heard of esports? It’s a $900 million industry with nearly 400 million viewers worldwide that is growing by leaps and bounds every year. You may have seen the photos of stadiums packed to the gills with crazed fans or photos of young high school- and college-aged players hoisting sparkling trophies high into the air as they pull in million-dollar prize purses.

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