Big Names, Brash Claims at SF Edtech Industry Pitch Event

From comments about a hurricane wiping out an education system, to loud chatters drowning out a presentation on federal policies and regulations, the brashness of Silicon Valley was on display. At an industry-focused education technology event hosted by Cooley, a law firm, in San Francisco this past Wednesday, several dozen entrepreneurs and investors gathered to network, scout for new business opportunities and share a mix of practical and questionable wisdom.

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?Without Addressing Basic Needs, Student Success Strategies Fall Short

College advisors and education leaders gathered in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss how to get more nontraditional students—such as full- and part-time workers, parents and other underrepresented groups—to and through college.But even in presentations about the latest advising technologies, a through-line for the event was how to frame student success initiatives beyond surface-level enrollment and retention metrics.

Michelle Weise: ‘We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future’

“Any useful statement about the future should at first seem ridiculous.”

—Jim Dator, futurist at University of Hawaii-Manoa
Here’s something ridiculous for you: Futurists and experts on aging and longevity are now suggesting that the first people to live to be 150 years old have already been born. That is a long time to live—and work. It’s almost unfathomable: Will the careers of the future last 80 or 100 years?

CS For All Means Reaching Those Boys Who Do Not Code

During the last eight plus years of teaching kids to code, I have constantly worried about the girls who feel they do not belong in the world of computer science. I have created curriculum, strategies and a classroom environment to help girls fall in love with the subject. I am happy to report that many of these efforts show promise, and I continue to work on these each day. There is still so much more to be done to encourage girls to participate in computer science.

AP Results: More Test-Takers—But Achievement Amongst Minority Students Stagger

The College Board recently released its Advanced Placement (AP) program results for the class of 2017—and it’s largely a mixed bag, with a greater number of overall test takers but significant achievement gaps still impacting success rates. Here are some highlights:

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Inside DC Schools: The Struggle to Develop Personalized Learning’s Independent Learners

Sitting in front of a laptop, Chris Pozo, a sixth-grade student at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington D.C., opens his Summit calendar to show his daily goals. “My goal is to do my task and get 50 percent or more,” it reads. Like every other student using the Summit Learning platform, Pozo must start each class by setting his goals before doing activities. The goals are either typed or picked by the student from a drop-down list of options created by the teacher.

With Eyes on Asia, Kidaptive Raises $19.1M to Grow Its ‘Invisible’ Adaptive Learning Platform

When some kids grow up, they stop gaming and go abroad. That metaphor might describe the journey that Kidaptive took on its way to a major fundraise.Once known for a learning game, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company now touts itself as a provider of adaptive-learning technologies for educational content providers. And to support its work, Kidaptive has raised $19.1 million in a Series C round led by Formation 8 and Woongjin ThinkBig, a Korean publisher.

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The Rise of ‘Outsider Education’

In higher ed, people often look to a few elite schools for big new ideas. But that might be changing. These days innovation seems just as likely to come from a state school, a small liberal arts college, or even an upstart from outside the traditional system.

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What Separates a Good Blended Learning Program From a Bad One?

These days many schools tout blended learning programs when marketing their school to potential students. And in a way, this does make sense. Blended learning can combine the flexibility of online instruction with the benefits of in-person teaching. But much like nutritional claims, such as “all-natural” and “healthy,” the term “blended learning” can mean just about anything depending on how you define it.

How This University Fellow Makes Learning Meaningful by Connecting It To Real Life

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. —Marcel Proust

In higher education today, learning activities focus on challenging students throughout their studies—enabling them to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes that will equip them for a rapidly changing and complex world and ensure they have the confidence to thrive as global citizens in the 21st century. The role of educators is to create the environment that best supports this learning process.

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