Google Educast #161 – Google goes Interstellar

 This Week on the Google Educast:
Kim and Seani are back and join Fred, Juan and Chris this week for a bumper edition of Google goodness. News about Google Classroom, Inbox, Google Drive for iOS and YouTube Music. Learn some great tips for managing your toolbar icons, some awesome Chrome apps like Draftback, SimpleExtManager, and of course some great ideas for teaching Search skills using Google Apps in the Classroom.
Show Host: Kim Zimmer
Show Contributors:
Fred Delventhal
Sean Williams
Juan De Luca
Chris Betcher
Here are our Show Notes
Ask a Google Certified Teacher!   Leave us an email at googleeducast@EdReach.us
Watch the show here on YouTube: http://youtu.be/FOOhky0yj2c

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UNext Eats MOOCs: Raises $150mm From Larry Ellison And Partners With Chicago And Stanford

We at Educelerate are proud to help break the industry transforming news of the newest (and biggest) entrant in the MOOC space, UNext.com.  Launching today with a $150 million investment led by Larry Ellison and Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe, UNext has raised more than Cousera, Udacity, edX , NovoED and Udemy combined.  The startup is based […]

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Educelerate XVI: The Big 5 Publishers

This Educelerate Event was recorded on April 10th, 2014 and presented by Christopher Nyren, Founder of Educelerate. Educelerate holds a gathering space for Ed Tech leaders in the industry with the educators and entrepreneurs who share their interests. This next episode, taken from Educelerate 16: The Big 5, invites listeners and viewers to get inside the Big Five Education Publishers, and see how the transition from print to digital is going.

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Twin Cities StartupWeekend EDU: Recap and Finals

Steven Wellvang and Christopher Nyren of Educelerate (and its fast growing Twin Cities meetup) had the pleasure of organizing Twin Cities StartupWeekend EDU along with the classroom technology integration specialist Kristin Daniels of TIES. With the support of 30 other coaches, judges and volunteers, we welcomed 85 participants who with support from our facilitator Seij Takamura (from StartupWeekend headquarters, though a Minnesota native), delivered over 25 separate pitches on opening night. From this controlled chaos of “PitchFire,” we formed 8 final teams to work through the Weekend toward our final demos.

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Learning from EdTech's Most Active Investors and Investments

It was with some measure of bemusement that I scrolled through Pando Daily’s recent, breathless tell-all “Everything you need to know about the four most active edtech investors,” particularly when I realized their exposé was hardly exhaustive and their list of “most active” investors was actually rather inaccurate, whether in terms of capital deployed, influence, or even the number of investments completed.

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Educelerate XVIII: New School Models in K-12 Education

This Educelerate Event was recorded on July 31st, 2014 and presented by Christopher Nyren, Founder of Educelerate. Educelerate holds a gathering space for Ed Tech leaders in the industry with the educators and entrepreneurs who share their interests. This next episode, taken from Educelerate 18: New School Models in K-12 Education, invites listeners and viewers to join our panel discussion on New Models in K-12 Education. Watch experts in Blended and Flipped Learning, Maker and Place-based Education, and Charters and Independent Schools including:

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Why We Love Startup Weekend Education

On September 26, Startup Weekend Education returns to Chicago and the site of last year’s highly successful event, National Louis University.  To capitalize on this excitement, Educelerate is also partnering with NLU and SWEDU to create our very first Educelerate Conference on the Friday of StartupWeekend. Building upon NLU’s mission serving non-traditional students, our Conference panels will address innovative approaches to serving adult, […]

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Chicago StartupWeekend EDU: Pairs 'n Carrots

This past weekend, Startup Weekend Education returned to Chicago and the site of last year’s highly successful event, National Louis University.  To build on all the success of the 2013 Chicago SWEDU, we created a one-day conference around Higher Education Startups in Success (kicked off by the superlative Howard Tullman and closed by the incomparable Ron Packard) and assembled another amazing […]

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Will China Be The Next Education Superpower?

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Todd Maurer, one of the leading authorities on the Asian education markets.  Todd is a partner in Educated Ventures and founder of Sinica Advisors, where he leads Asian and cross-border strategic and M&A projects.  You can follow Todd on Twitter @td_maurer or read his longer form blog posts at Edunomics. From A Nation at Risk to […]

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Some Kindly Midwestern Advice on Scaling in K-12

Follow us on Twitter @Educelerate, like us on Facebook.com/Educelerate  or join our Meetups in Chicago, Twin Cities, LA and Colorado. Stories of frustrated founders quitting their old-line company jobs out of an inspiration to “hack EDU” from their garage figures frequently among the current class of EdTech start-ups.  But, in fact, you can go back decades to hear stories of hackers and programmers productizing their EDU domain expertise, building […]

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Google Educast #160 – A New Kind of Inbox

This Week on the Google Educast:
Join Juan and Chris this week as they talk about the new Inbox tool for streamlining access to your Gmail. Add-ons come to Forms, so now you can limit responses and bring values from lists. We give an overview on the new suite of Nexus devices, some good tips for 2 factor authentication, seeing maps in your new tabs, and some tips for bookmarks. Learn about two very cool classroom applications.
Hosts: Juan De Luca and Chris Betcher
Here are our Show Notes
Ask a Google Certified Teacher!   Leave us an email at googleeducast@EdReach.us
Watch the show here on YouTube: http://youtu.be/5EghlOaRUus

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EdGamer 146: A Tour Of The American Museum of Natural History With Barry Joseph

Barry Joseph is the Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives, at the American Museum of Natural History. Located within the Education Department, Youth Initiatives, Barry brings a dozen years working in youth development and nearly twenty years working in new media to support the AMNH to advance its mission. And what is the Museum’s mission? “To discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.” EdGamer thinks this is cool and we think you will too. Tune-in and level-up!

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Mission Monday #047: Are Teachers Really Secret Superheroes?

Mission Monday provides a plan to enhance school communities one week at time with intentional interventions that focus on building positive relationships between students, teachers, parents, and the community. In this episode, Sam (@samuelstecher) and Mark (@mc_bossy) discuss the lives that teachers live in and out of school, and how they can teach like rockstars, but without all the hype.

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EdGamer 145: NIU’s STEM Read Program With Kristin Brynteson

Kristin Brynteson is the Assistant Director of the P-20 Center at Northern Illinois University. The Center for P-20 Engagement collaborates with internal and external partners to provide leadership and promote innovation by fostering interdisciplinary learning communities and initiatives which increase educational success. One of their projects is STEM Read, Coordinated by Gillian King-Cargile. Gillian King-Cargile has a bachelor’s degree in film production and an MFA in creative writing. She is a writer, a book lover and a professional science appreciator. At NIU she directs the Creative Writing Day Camp for middle school students and co-directs STEM Outreaches Sci-Fi-based summer camps.

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