EdGamer 135: #EdTechBridge Between Educators and Developers

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This week on EdGamer 135 we are joined by Steve Isaacs the brains behind EdTechBridge. Listen in as Steve walks us through some of the concepts of his gaming and learning community. Also, his blurby puts Zack’s blurby to shame…tune-in and level-up!

 

 

Please go to the Show Notes for all of our links.

Here’s our Show Notes

 

Show Host: Zack Gilbert

Show Guest: Steve Isaacs

Show Contributor/Producer: Gerry James

 

 

 


Contact us with any questions or comments- edgamer@edreach.us

 

EdGamer artwork by Tricia Fuglestad

 

 

A Report from the Floor at the BETT Show

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Geeta Raj, the founder of The Global Sleepover. You can follow her on Twitter @globalsleepover and email her at graj@globalsleepover.com


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The 2014 BETT Show (British Educational Training and Technology) took place this past week in the massive ExCeL Center (Exhibition Centre London). It’s impossible to get through all the exhibitions, presenters, seminars and one-on-one networking in one day — and far harder still to capture all of that in a blog post!

Unique among global conferences, attendee registration is free so you can spend time attending talks, pitches, visiting exhibitions, wandering around with a cup of coffee watching live student math competitions, randomly meeting people or meeting with international investors/buyers.  You’ll find teachers, entrepreneurs, investors, developers, students and school administrators wandering around the BETT floor.  Indeed, on Friday over just a few short hours, I met a senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Cameroon, a former Minister of Education from Brazil, teachers from Turkey, and American business owners with offices in Europe.

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Exhibitors represented the growing range of edtech innovation in Europe today, with the majority of exhibitors targeting K-12 teachers and school administrators. Of note was the high number of exhibitors offering enabling technology – in particular, software and digital tools for use in teaching, tracking and communications in schools and classrooms.

This included new and improved learning tablets, e-books, interactive books and digital textbooks incorporating video and text. The second most popular type of exhibitor appeared to be those selling learning games to improve reading, writing and math (or what is often referred to as “serious games” in the UK). These games ranged from web-based to iOS to hardware (using a whiteboard and touch technology). My personal favorite were the creative products such as Skoog Music (Scotland), who have invented a box-shaped easy-to-play instrument made for everyone to use, especially those with learning disabilities. Also of note, there was a small, but strong group of games and tools to help teach kids how to code.

 Many vendors were selling systems to improve administration – for example, school focused internet service providers, data protection systems, management systems and even a tool for sending  you a SMS reminder message if you forget to remove your USB drive.

And, of course, the usual suspects were all well represented, including Google EDU (and the many manufacturers now making Chromebooks), Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, and the hometown Pearson.

Adjacent to the main BETT Arena is a white board posing the hottest question in edtech: What will education be like in the future? Here are some responses to what BETT attendees feel education will look like in 30 years. Do you agree?

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“Everything will be Open Source- democratize knowledge.”
“Are teachers really prepared for this?”
“What’s the point of schools and teachers when we have everything we need to learn on the web?”
“Technology is allowing children to choose their own future.”
“The big question – how do we want humans to evolve?”
“If you give a child tech, they will use it for a day, but if you teach a child tech, they will use it for life.”
“In 30 years time, most of the universities will be bankrupt, education will be led by guided learning.”
“Taught by e-teachers?”
“Teachers as robots?”

IMG_0383BETT is a useful stop to make if you’re an early stage start-up. The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Department organized a massive outreach event with entrepreneur able to request a 20-minute meeting with UKTI Advisors or buyers from libraries and multimedia organizations from Europe, North Africa and Asia, particularly throughout the Commonwealth.  And if your feet get tired from touring, you also have the option of popping into one of the numerous simultaneous seminars on digital storytelling, mobile learning, teachers and MOOC’s, and perhaps next year, robo-teachers.

aRTs Roundtable 46: Expanding Your Teacher Reach

This week on the aRTs Roundtable  we discuss how to expand your teacher reach outside the classroom. It starts with our students and their work. The sharing and communicating with other educators on a personal level, leads to many more opportunities for you and your students.

Show Host: Carol Broos

Show Contributors: Tricia FuglestadJennifer Kolze and Brenda Muench 

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The First Crack of EdTech 2.0: The EdTech Hype Bubble of 2011-2013

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Mark November 2013 as the first crack of the current 2011-2013 EdTech Hype Bubble.  In the same 30 day span that saw Chegg chip away at its eggshell with an amended S-1 filing in its eventual emergence as a public company, Chegg’s co-founder Osman Rashid was dismissed from his follow-up act Kno as its financial investors turned it over to strategic investor Intel for “pennies on the dollar”.  This now brings to three the number of casualties amongst the current, over-hyped Silicon Valley EdTech Darlings.

Regular correspondents of Educated Ventures will be familiar with my highlighting of the “Seven Sisters” of EdTech (originally just “Five Horseman” before the addition of two MOOCs), but for new readers, there are seven start-ups which have each raised capital from at least two of the top decile returning venture funds: Grockit (Benchmark / Atlas); Knewton (Accel / Bessemer); 2U (Bessemer / Highland / Redpoint); Edmodo (Benchmark / Greylock / NEA); Altius Education (Charles River Ventures / Spark); Coursera (KPCB / NEA); and Udacity (CRV / Andressen).  To clarify, the Seven Sisters nomenclature is not necessarily pejorative as several of these companies offer much scaled potential: 2U will certainly generate a sizeable IPO or M&A exit; Udacity’s massive degree offering with Georgia Tech (if profitable and replicable) can truly disrupt the market; and Coursera should be able to follow 2U and Udacity with their own scaled online degree programs) — however, this grouping does reflect the high degree of correlation (or “herd thinking”) among these venture investors in EdTech.  And while Kno does not strictly follow the above definition (as Andressen Horowitz was its only so-defined top tier VC), its voracious consumption of $73 million of capital exceeds all but 2U’s $120 million take and included an investment from GSV Capital (which has a penchant for these plays having also invested in Grockit, Coursera and, through one of its related parties, Altius).

In the last 30 days, Altius Education also completed its own firesale to Datamark (a veteran of EdTech 1.0), which, in combination with Grockit’s earlier flip to another legacy player Kaplan, leads me to call out the first cracks of the EdTech Hype Bubble (presumptuous or perhaps overdue).  Our current market peak has seen over $1 billion invested annually into this sector between 2011 and 2013 — as compared to less than $100 million annually over 2003-2006 and $400-600 annually over 2007-2010.  (Of course, over $1 billion was invested annually in the sector during the last 1999-2000 era EdTech Bubble).

Taken together, these companies also offer lessons for entrepreneurs, investors and strategic acquirors / investors / competitors.

Hype BubblesKno’s consumer-focused model, seeking to sell what is ultimately a feature for an entrenched oligarchy of suppliers, was doomed from the beginning — just ask 2000 era startup Questia which raised $160 million to digitize content before Google went and scanned all the books at the University of Michigan for free (leading to an asset sale a decade later to Cengage / Gale).  Indeed, if the publisher-owned CourseSmart is at death’s door (as is much rumored) and Inkling has investments from Pearson and McGraw-Hill, what chance does an independently-financed upstart  have here?  Kno was wise in structuring its company and capital structure for a rainy day take-out by Intel, though apparently fetching just $15 million per Om Malik.  From even the public description of Kno’s sale to Intel, its clear that its investors would not fund the business further, its founder and CEO would be excluded from its future and the primary value was in its technology and 95 employees (conveniently based in Intel’s home town of Santa Clara). This is actually Intel’s second bail-out of Kno having also assumed their tablet / hardware assets as part of Intel Capital’s $20 million April 2011 investment (a decision made by its then CEO Paul Otellini after a phone call with Marc Andreessen and then handed on down to Intel Capital for paperwork).  The fact that Intel is recycling the new software for its low-price, internationally-focused tablet (the old StudyBook) further reflects Kno’s lack of monetization success or traction in the US.  Indeed, in applying his lipstick  to the press release, Andreessen lauded Kno as “a very successful experiment” [my italics], cold comfort to all the investors who bought stock on SharesPost.

Though an unrelated business model, Grockit’s arc has followed closely that of Kno, including in its sale of its legacy test prep assets to Kaplan for perhaps $10 million after consuming nearly $20 million of investment from Benchmark, Atlas Venture, Integral Capital Partners, GSV, and (in an oddly later stage deal) New Schools Venture Fund.  (This does not include the $20 million raised in December 2012 by those same investors along with the strategic Discovery Communications to pivot to its new “Pinterest for Education” idea).  The sale did at least provide some nice EdTech PR for Kaplan at the height of their summer EdTech Accelerator with Techstars.  And the new investment by Discovery in its Learnist pivot sets up another rainy day take-out.

Faced with the dissolution of its own unprofitable core business by accreditor HLC, Altius Education turned its Helix platform and employees over to Datamark along with a commitment from their owner Oakleigh Thorne to further invest over $10 million (or $11 million, to be specific).  (Fun fact: Oak got to keep Datamark in the very successful sale of his prior business eCollege to Pearson).  While already well covered in editorials on venture sites like BuzzFeedEdSurge and Forbes (and a neat interactive timeline on the education site InsideHigherEd), its important to note that Altius still heedlessly overlooked the adverse outcomes (i.e., grades, graduation rates, and cohort default rates) of associates degree students and their impact upon its proprietary school cousins (see University of Phoenix and its disastrous Axia College investment) while also overstepping their bounds in the LLC entity it established and owned with its not for profit partner which it then sought to separately accredit under WASC (wholly out of step from the definite lived, arms length tuition share partnership contracts employed by its “School as a Service” peers — watch Educelerate’s related February 2013 panel discussion here). Compare this model to Quad Learning‘s consultative American Honors program, which does not take on such “principal risk” in serving these at-risk students.

The word is still out on Edmodo and Knewton, but I have to think that Knewton’s strategic investor Pearson is closely watching the student (and financial) outcomes on their MyLab partnership, while I would also not be surprised if Kaplan seeks to reunite with their former tutor (and Knewton founder / CEO) Jose Ferreira.  As the above start-ups would show, neither exit would necessarily suggest a win for investors.

Post Scriptum: there are other start-ups and segments caught up in the current EdTech Hype Bubble as my above graphic illustrates, but for every such bubble, there is also a corresponding Building Block which promises a more balanced investor-exit equation, including in overlapping markets like Schools as a Service (see Academic Partnerships, All Campus and the nascent efforts of Udacity), Course Content, Content Platforms, Informal Learning Networks,  Credentialing, and the New Proprietary Schools, but these insights will have wait for another post — or you can always write me for my thoughts @cnyren.

Shannen Doherty, Dancing Babies, and Why All Education Lead Gen Sucks

c480x270_60One unexpected happy outcome of declining enrollments at for-profit schools and their related focus on improved student academic measures has been the dramatic decrease in the broader industry’s god-awful ads.

This has been less happy for actresses like Shannen Doherty or that girl who claimed to go to school in herpajamas, whose collective work for Education Connection filled many a late hour on overnight television.  But for the rest of us, the disturbing online banner ad images of dancing babies and Obama calling us to go back to school have abated, or been repurposed for calls to check our credit score or arrest records.

Despite increased regulatory, legislative and public scrutiny on the for-profit (or “proprietary”) school players, online education continues its inexorable growth, with more than a third of all students having enrolled in at least one online course, an increasing percentage of which are now being offered by not-for-profit colleges and universities.  So, while the more toxic ads have dissipated with overall ad spending, the need for (and effectiveness of) online advertising targeting prospective students (or “lead generation”) is all the more important.

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The very first EdTech venture I was ever personally pitched for investment was a Bay Area entrepreneur seeking to build the “Yelp of Education Lead Gen” backaround 2010.  I was particularly receptive to this concept as I was still working at Apollo Group, the owner of the University of Phoenix, which by my rough estimation literally represented 1/64th of all online advertising in the United States in the mid-2000s.  Indeed, the very first acquisition I completed during my time on the corporate development team at Apollo was its 2007 acquisition of the online advertising network Aptimus.

And yet, even now, with more not-for-profit (or “traditional”) schools marketing online degrees and billions of dollars of Silicon Valley investment into EdTech, there is still no “Yelp of lead gen”, only a website from the offline US News and World Reports and a sea of spammy directory sites dominated by the aforementioned Education Dynamics as well as the publicly-traded Quinn StreetAll-Star Directories, ClassesUSA (Experian) and Plattform (though Platfform is moving more into integrated marketing services following its recent recap by Sterling Partners).  And the CollegeBoard’s solutions only work for traditional schools enrolling traditional students over traditional starts.

With apologies to John Katzman’s plans around the still-K12 focused (and still in Beta) Noodle Education, perhaps Michael Clifford’s DreamDegree.org and the nascent Kaplan Techstars subscription-based start-up RankU, one of the most seemingly obvious EdTech investment opportunities continues to just sit there, unexploited.  And, basically, this all comes down to the fact that both schools and advertisers are highly motivated to keep proprietary who or what generates reliable lead flow.

One known strategy to excel in lead generation is to learn to do it “yourself” through trusted sources of traffic like Google paid search (“AdWords”).  (Note, “yourself” includes the online service partners of traditional schools like 2U, Pearson Embanet or the more targeted recruitment  and retention partner All Campus.)   When a school instead relies upon a third-party ad vendor / broker to generate prospective student leads, strictly compensating these vendors for such “leads”, they rarely know the true source of those leads or the means employed to acquire them. Certainly, some of the leads are coming from search marketing performed for the client school, but inevitably these third parties mix in other sources like display, social or even email spam. Even worse, its possible the third party vendors simply buy a database list of names that fit the general demographic criteria and try to “stuff” the good leads with such “bad” leads.  This tactic will obviously affect overall quality, but it can go unnoticed if you are not careful.

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How, you ask?  Imagine you get 100 leads from a vendor and they typically have a 10% track record of being solid leads, which means in education circles that they answer your call and agree to scheduling an appointment to learn more (either in person or via call). Once a vendor establishes a decent track record using methods like search or display, they are motivated to do everything they can to drive more volume, while still seeking to keep the appointment rates high.  So they will try new sources of leads – certainly those from dubious sources – and hope to maintain the 10% appointment rate, while pushing more volume through the client.  However, schools do not always share appointment and enrollment data with vendors for specific sets of leads, so vendors, in turn, are not likely to share with schools their sources for leads.  It can create a vicious circle of mistrust between the schools and third party vendors. After all, why would a vendor tell their client exactly how they got the lead and how much it cost them?  It’s the classic middle-man dilemma with skewed incentives.

Another approach employed by vendors has been to create an organic site that ranked high on natural search engine results pages.  But with so many changes to how search engines rank sites in the last 18 months, it is very difficult to get a new site ranked.  Google is aggressively pushing the “directory sites” from its organic results – using more real estate to promote Google Local results, G+ pages and of course, their own advertisements.  To make matters worse, even the link-spam efforts employed by so called “gray-hat” or “black-hat” SEOs are no longer working for short periods like they once did.  You are looking at years and years to build an organic site that ranks highly in the SERPs.  As a result, this also makes it a challenge to build a new vertical or even social search approach in Education (a la Yelp, Kayak, HomeAdvisor, etc.)

So then, what to do?

  1. For proprietary schools and others that have already managed to scale online on their own, learn search marketing and display advertising and leverage the many great ad networks out there.  Develop an understanding of analytics, hire in-house and develop your own techniques (you should be able to find plenty of talent from the above mentioned lead generation companies). The secrets you learn will give you an advantage over the third parties.
  2. For traditional schools that may not have the budget, infrastructure, or philosophy, of spending $1,000s to enroll each prospective student, find a partner like All Campus to outsource this critical need, knowing that they and their expertise become part of your team and will be as motivated as you are in spending carefully and wisely to build student enrollments.
  3. And if you want someone to help you better understand your search marketing, there are independent consultants and advisors such as Better Click Media, who boast deep, domain Internet marketing experience and custom real-time analytic software to maximize keyword bidding strategies to achieve enrollment goals.  The advantages of such a model is that a group like Better Click Media assumes all the risk, paying for the media up front and guaranteeing you a flat cost per lead meeting your criteria for cost per enrollment.

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EdMix: BETT Show Pitchfest for EdTech Startups

We’re excited to help our British peers at EdMix promote their hosting of an edtech Startup Pavillion and PitchFest competition at this year’s BETT Show.

The BETT Show runs from January 30 through February 2nd in ExCel London and is Europe’s largest education conference reaching 35,000 education professionals.  EdMix is making this available for up to 20 edtech startups through heavily subsidized exhibition pods right at the heart of the floor (reserve one at bett@edmix.com).

The conference will also feature Europe’s largest edtech pitch competition with room for 15 edtech startups to pitch their businesses and compete for a  £15,000 prize (submission deadline is January 27th).

Hope to see some of our Educelerants there!


The BackChannel #13: A Conversation w/ Tricia & Carol

This week on The BackChannel:

This week, I invited Carol Broos and Tricia Fuglestad in for a chat.    Carol and I have been pals for several years now….but I just met Tricia in October due to the K12 Online Conference.  Both are very very VERY talented in ARTS  and I invite you to sit back and enjoy this conversation as we talk through MANY topics.
(I do apologize for some of the sound glitches….still figuring all this podcasting out!)  :)

 

Links for Carol:
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/musictechie
http://www.beatechie.com/ – blog
http://musictechie.pbworks.com – presentation wiki
http://beatechie.pbworks.com- 21st century music curriculum
http://www.carolbroos.com/ –  innovate and create site

Links for Tricia:
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/fuglefun
Blog: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog.html
60th Birthday Celebration Video:  http://drydenart.weebly.com/1/post/2012/9/60th-birthday-for-dryden.html

Tricia’s K12 Online Conference Session 2012http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=1094

Twitter:
Ben Grey Welcomes Daughter
https://twitter.com/bengrey/status/274907835270307840

Pinterest
http://pinterest.com/racheldian/elementary-ideas/
Rachel Hawkins — Elementary Ideas

Blog Post
Women, Power, & Education Technology by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D
http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/women-power-and-educational-technology/

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Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar – Village $1.99
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jacquie-lawson-advent-calendar/id548683182?mt=8

3 Questions for Tricia & Carol
#1. Both of you are very aware of the importance of ART within the classroom — what are you learning that you can share to teachers who might not understand the importance?
#2.  Your work — your students’ work is NOT staying within the walls of your own classroom.  How are you sharing their work out — and how do YOU and THEY make this decision to do so?
#3.  What is on your radar that you think other educators should take notice of?


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Educelerate: Chicago’s Central Role in EdTech Innovation

In response to Tom Vander Ark’s recent posting on New York as an EdTech Hotspot (second only to the Bay Area), I wanted to counter that, in fact, New York can only rank as high as the third “most prolific EdTech hotpot on the planet.”  For over a generation now, Chicago has served as the epicenter of for-profit, technology-enabled education entrepreneurship and investment.

While we tend to be humble out here in “Flyover land,” our memories run long and we would highlight our region’s 80 year history of education industry innovation spanning the advent of career and correspondence schools, the dawn of online learning (50 years ago), the creation of the very first MOOC (10 years before there was such a silly term), and the unprecendented scale built up by its “School as a Service” players today.

So, following the format of Vander Ark’s Education Week posting, here is a quick, in-process line-by-line counter (please feel free to add-on!):

Education Industry: 

  • Post-Secondary: Chicago boasts 3 of the 5 largest players in post-secondary education, including DeVry, Career Education Corp, and ITT (Carmel, IN) — and its a perfect 5 out of 5, if you include the local executive presence of Apollo Group and Kaplan (which should be permissible if Vander Ark can include Pearson under New York).
  • K-12: The broader Midwest boasts 2 of the largest players in K-12 education technology in Plato Learning and Renaissance Learning, not to mention Chicago’s own Edline (now Blackboard).
  • SaaS: Chicago features 2 of the largest EdTech plays of the past decade in EmbanetCompass and Deltak, which both just achieved impressive exits valued at 5x revenue — and with All Campus, Orbis Education and Everspring, we are home to every one of the leading “School as a Service” players (excluding those with a “2” in their name).
  • Text Books: I have to tip my hat to New York and their range of publishers (e.g. McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, MacMillan, Wiley & Sons), but Chicago can counter with the Anglophone World’s two remaining encyclopedias Encyclopaedia Britannica and World Book, both of which are experiencing strong traction selling curriculum and research products to school districts and libraries.
  • e-Texts: Rivaling both New York and the Bay Area, Chicago and the Midwest feature a diverse range of companies leading the education industry’s move to digital course materials, including BenchPrep, Courseload, EdMap and VLinks.
  • Retail: Our region also features two of the largest educational retail businesses in the world in Follets and Jostens (Minneapolis).

Start-Ups:

  • School as  Service: as noted above, and beyond the impressively scaled successes at EmbanetCompass and Deltak, Chicago also features dynamic new start-ups All Campus, Everspring and Orbis (Indianapolis).
  • Open Learning / Badges: Chicago is the home of three of the winners from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition including our good friends at MentorMob, Youtopia and Better.at.
  • K-12 EdTech: With too many to mention, we at Educelerate are particularly proud of our homegrown start-ups at eSpark Learning, Wowzers, Collaborative Learning, SchoolTown, ThinkCerca, and SkateKids.
  • Coding Academies: While the Bay Area has Codecademy, Chicago has the original Code Academy, recently rebranded as Starter League.
  • Tutor Marketplaces: In addition to the adjacent market leader SitterCity, Chicago also features the first and still biggest marketplace for finding tutors WyzAnt.
  • Adaptive Learning: Any list of past or present EdTech entrepreneurs would be remiss in not mentioning Karan Goel, the founder of the first adaptive learning platform PrepMe, who is now hard at work on his latest venture.

 Investors and Bankers

  • Venture Capital: Chicago-based funds have completed over 15 venture investments in the education market and represent over $1.5bn in combined assets under management.  Leading players include OCA, First Analysis, MK Capital, Chrysalis (Louisville, KY) and Baird Ventures.
  • Private Equity: Chicago and Midwest funds  have completed over 30 private equity investments in the education market and represent over $8.5bn in assets under management.  While Vander Ark cited NY’s well-experienced vocational college investors at Quad Partners, I would counter that no geography features more such experienced investors as right here with Sterling, Riverside, Chicago Growth, HCP, Prairie, Prospect, Concentric, and many more.
  • Angels: With several generations of education industry entrepreneurial success, Chicago boasts several skilled angel investors including one of the industry’s forefathers Jack Larson (founder of Career Education and current angel investor in 2U, Straighterline, and Triumph Education), Bob King (founder / investor of NetG, Collegis, Deltak, and Rasmussen College), Michael Markovitz (founder of Argosy Education and current investor in All Campus, etc.).
  • Bulge Bracket Bankers: Chicago features Wall Street’s leading industry bankers Adam Nordin and Jason Williams at Barclays as well as  much of the teams at Baird, BMO and Credit Suisse.
  • Boutiques: While I am more than a little biased, we at Educated Ventures have had some strong client successes since our founding at the start of the year.

Foundations: Chicago and the Great Lakes feature the following foundations with education focused missions:

  • Joyce Foundation: teacher quality, early reading, innovation
  • Kresge Foundation: pathways to and through college, strengthening education, higher education productivity
  • Lumina Foundation: college participation and graduation
  • MacArthur Foundation: digital media & learning, and more
  • Susan Crown Exchange: digital learning, including gaps in resources, information and infrastructure
  • Wallace Foundation: school leadership, after school, summer and extended time learning and arts education

There is no question that New York and Boston feature several large, legacy publishing businesses, some of which have still managed to stave off bankruptcy.  But while Chicago’s EdTech scene does not receive the same media attention, we are solving very real issues of educational access while gaining real scale.  And with Educelerate, we hope to play a part in the further growth of this entrepreneurial education ecosystem.

Oh, and by the way, that very first MOOC mentioned above was UNext, a venture that over 1998 to 2001 raised upwards of $150 million from Michael Milken and Larry Ellison to create online courses with such leading global institutions as Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University and the London School of Economics.  While the venture was perhaps ahead of its time, it did help to further seed the local market with entrepreneurs, managers and technology.

 

Note, Educated Ventures, and its related entities Educated Advisors and Educated Capital, have several current and pending clients and investments amongst the above cited companies.

EduNationCast #30 Preparing Students for the Universities of the Future


This week on the EduNationCast…

How do we prepare our students for the universities of the future?

Videos of the week (link to the segment):

Dan Rezac: Yoda: Feel the Force
James Sanders: Surviving a Robot Apocalypse
Jim Sill: Girl’s First Ski Jump
Rushton Hurley: Next Vista Contest Winners
Kern Kelly: Video Lesson: “More than a sum of its parts”

 

 

This week’s contributors: James Sanders, Dan Rezac, Jim Sill, Rushton Hurley, and Kern Kelly.


The complete show notes can be found on the EdReach Wiki.


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EduNationCast #023: Stop With the Buzz Words!

This week on the EduNationCast:

We discuss whether the term Education Technology does the movement of education reform a disservice. Is technology still “scary” or is technology ubiquitous? Should technology be an inviting term at this point? Why is it that many teachers still shy away from tech? The Roundtable this week dissects these questions.

 

 

Videos of the week:

Dan shares “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

James shares “Fart Science.”

Jim shares “History of St. Patrick.”

Diane shares “Oxygen.”

Tune in to the live broadcast on Mondays 6:30 Pacific on Google+!

This Week’s Contributors: James SandersJim Sill, Diane Main, and Dan Rezac. 

The complete show notes can be found on the EdReach Wiki.



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LiTTech Show #19: Teaching other realities through simulations


This week on LiTTech: Emily and Addie are joined by special guests Jeff Stanzler and David Tan who tell us about their innovative Interactive Communications and Simulations project at the University of Michigan School of Education.


Show Host: Emily Thompson

Show contributors: Adrienne Matteson, Jeff Stanzler, David Tan


 


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EdCeptional Show #19: What’s on the Horizon?

This episode of the EdCeptional show starts off with each crew member sharing a great blog that they had read recently.  They then jump right into a discussion about the Horizon Report 2011 K12 Edition and what implications it might have for special education.  LeapFrog’s LeapPad, the kid-friendly tablet, was the other hot topic this week.

 

Show Host: Anne Truger

Show contributors:  Patrick Black, Jeremy Brown & Deb Truskey
The complete show notes are now on the EdCeptional Wiki.