Events

School Leaders Share the Best Ways to Get Your Product into Their Districts

The best outcomes for businesses and school districts are deeply intertwined and require balancing philosophies and approaches at exactly the right time. Dr. Kecia Ray, who once turned around a failing Tennessee school with a handshake, believes that companies should act as thought partners with the school districts they’re selling to.

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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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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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Judge, Jury and Education Startups: Reflections From the SXSW EDU Launch Competition

All the world’s a stage when you’re a startup, and life becomes a pitch in front of investors, advisers, reporters, partners and potential acquirers.Those hats were represented in the panel of judges at this week’s SXSW EDU Launch Competition, which included Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance; Vince Chan, co-founder at Creta Ventures; Jonathan Rochelle, product management director at Google for Education; and your correspondent.

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What to Know Before Working With Google for Education

Even if you don’t like Google, Jeremy Lupoli told a crowded room surrounded by products from the tech giant, you’ll still have to work with it to get ahead in the education technology industry. The company boasts a footprint of 70 million educators and students using its G Suite for Education tools, and 40 million users using its Classroom app.

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Edtech’s Blurred Lines Between Security, Surveillance and Privacy

A study by Northeastern University researchers suggests that schools are safer than they were in the 1990’s. But headlines about cyberbullying and school shootings have communities understandably on edge.

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Obama, Curry Call For Mentorship and Community at My Brother’s Keeper Anniversary Event

“We can all be surrogate fathers. We can all be big brothers.”Former President Barack Obama spoke those words in front of thousands at the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance National Gathering in the heart of Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday. The gathering marked the fifth anniversary of the program’s existence, which was founded during Obama’s presidency in 2014.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU.

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7 Days of Education Conference Fever Across the Pond

The last week in January is action-packed, with four education events in London for people across the whole spectrum of education—from those who run the ministries to those who supply the tools, from those who teach to those who want to reform the system.With so many education stakeholders in one city, there should have been opportunities for ideas to cross-pollinate, for people of different hats to forge connections. In terms of their programming and target audience, the series of consecutive events covers the entirety of the education spectrum:

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In the Future, Today’s Education Will Look Like ‘19th-Century Medicine’

By most measures, Massachusetts is one of the nation’s highest-performing states when it comes to K-12 education. It ranks first in the country on lists from Education Week and U.S.

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