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Trends | Learning Exponentially, Advancing Potential

LEAP Innovations, a nonprofit transforming learning by connecting education and innovation for teachers and students, recently announced it is now accepting applications for the third cohort of its Pilot Network program, an initiative that identifies, implements and evaluates personalized learning … Continue reading

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Trends | Are You Future Ready?

A call to action, a vision for learning enabled through technology, and a collection of recommendations and real-world examples, the 2016 National Education Technology Plan builds on the foundation of the 2010 plan (they’ve come out every four-ish years beginning in 1996, … Continue reading

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Trends | IMS Global Learning Consortium 2015 Report

With worldwide education sector technology spending set to reach $67.8 billion in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc., identifying and understanding pragmatic trends in the application of technology to improve learning is the focus of a new report from IMS Global … Continue reading

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Trends | Hour of Code at Apple Stores

As part of Computer Science Education Week, Apple (among hundreds of other people, groups, companies, etc.) is participating in Hour of Code with special events and workshops. The workshops will take place on December 10 at local Apple Retail stores, … Continue reading

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Trends | Mythbusting Admissions

Gil Rogers and Michael Stoner have written an informative paper about where prospects and professionals agree—and disagree—on enrollment, marketing, messages and channels. What’s interesting are the gaps between what the pros think they know and how actual students really feel. These … Continue reading

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Trends | Reimagining Higher Education

The year is drawing to a close, but not without a large burst of innovation opening up. A distinguished list of innovators and leaders re-imagining education feel that current pedagogical approaches are insufficient for preparing billions of students seeking higher education … Continue reading

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Trends | Coding, Electronics and Creativity Collide

It’s exciting to see how many schools and libraries are getting started with 3D design and 3D printing. But there is something else out there for teachers looking to bring maker-based learning into their classes this fall – electronics. Recently … Continue reading

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Trends | Venture Capitalists and EdTech

More than 500 VCs, corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies will soon gather at the prestigious New England Venture Summit being held on December 9th, 2015 at the Hilton in Boston Dedham. Whether … Continue reading

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Trends | Micro-Credentials: Way Teachers Learn, Prove Expertise

BloomBoard, a leading professional development platform for empowering educator growth, and Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in education has launched a micro-credential system for educators. Digital Promise’s report, “Making Professional Learning Count: Recognizing Educators’ Skills with … Continue reading

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Trends | Gamification Working

Recent research surveying over 400 LMS users has found that e-learning gamification is not only widespread, but incredibly effective. Huge proportions of teachers and instructional designers (83 percent) use gamification functionality, like points and badges, built-into their LMSs. Even more … Continue reading

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Trends | K-12 Apps Grants Awardees

  The Library of Congress has awarded $950K in grants to three groups, Muzzy Lane Software (Newburyport, Mass.), the Indiana University Center on Representative Government (Bloomington, Ind.) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason … Continue reading

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Trends | Edcasting Continues, Goes Extreme at CES

Fast-growing social knowledge network EdCast just announced it is partnering with Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the first start-up competition in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Sir Richard Branson. XTC’s top 25 semi-finalists will be featured in live, interactive … Continue reading

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Trends | Teachers Know Best

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Trends | Survey on Teachers and Technology Use

Front Row Education, Inc., providers of adaptive, gamified and data driven education programs, recently released a survey looking at the use of technology in the classroom for the current school year. Questions addressed by the thousand K-8 grade teachers surveyed … Continue reading

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Trends | Is It Time for Your Campus Mailroom to Graduate?  

With the rise of online delivery services such as Amazon, Delivery.com, and even the local pharmacy, package traffic at universities has never been higher. Can campus mailrooms handle the influx of potential drone deliveries and the upcoming holiday gift season? Many university mailrooms aren’t … Continue reading

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EdTech Awards – Get Your Entries In!

The 2016 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program entry period is currently open and the deadline has been extended to October 15, 2015. The EdTech Awards program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners … Continue reading

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Trends | Teachers, Data and EdTech

To support the product development efforts of K-12 edtech entrepreneurs, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveyed more than 4,600 teachers about how they use digital tools and student data to tailor student instruction. The findings from this research are … Continue reading

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Trends | Turning the Page Digital

The tide is turning on the $8 billion textbook market that has had its hold on budget-strapped schools. Increasing numbers of schools and districts are turning to digital content alternatives to open up new ways of teaching and put their … Continue reading

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Trends | 5 Mobile Apps for the Classroom

It’s no secret that technology is making students’ lives easier than ever before (the edtech industry alone is expected to receive more than 2B in funding in 2015). In preparation for back-to-school, we wanted to share some top mobile apps … Continue reading

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EdTech’s Best and Brightest

The EdTech Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest tools, leaders and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution. Our finalists and winners are part of a greater story of 21st-century education transformation. In keeping with the mission of EdTech Digest, … Continue reading

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One Million Opportunities

This CEO is building a global business with a relentless approach to success. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Raffaela Rein began her illustrious career as an Investment Strategist for BlackRock in London after graduating in Business Finance from the University … Continue reading

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Trends | EdTech Goals, Progress, and Shifting Definitions  

As revealed in the 2015 Vision K-20 Educator Survey Report conducted by the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA, K-20 education institutions are making slow, but steady progress towards reaching their instructional and operational goals through the use of … Continue reading

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Trends | K-12 Classroom Connectivity

Thanks to E-Rate, 99 percent of America’s K-12 public schools and libraries are connected to the Internet. The majority of U.S. schools, however, do not have enough bandwidth to meet the current needs for digital learning. As 1:1 learning models, … Continue reading

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Time to Shine!

The EdTech Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest tools, leaders and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution. Our finalists and winners are part of a greater story of 21st-century education transformation. In keeping with the mission of EdTech … Continue reading

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Aspiring Minds Want to Know

Will bridging the employer/job-seeker divide with an employability test pass stateside? INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero An estimated 5 million U.S. jobs – the most in more than a decade – are unfilled, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor … Continue reading

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