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Chinese Edtech Sees $1.86B in Q1 2019, Bucking Plummeting Venture Trend – Education Article

In China, the edtech industry appears to be immune to the whiplash that has hit venture investing across other sectors. Education investments showed modest growth in the first quarter of 2019, even as venture investing in China in all other sectors dropped sharply. From January through March 2019, 131 China edtech ventures raised more than $1.86 billion (RMB 12.51 billion), according to data compiled by Mission EDU and Jingmeiti. That represents a year-over-year growth of 2.4 percent increase in financing.…

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Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy – Education Article

Imagine you’re in the market to buy a house. You’ve heard about various great neighborhoods from friends; at some point, you start dreaming about putting down roots, maybe even growing a family. You get an email or spot a description on the internet of a place that sounds sweet. One Saturday afternoon, you drive past it, catching a glimpse out the window. Would you buy it without an inspection? Would you buy it without knowing if it had a foundation?…

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With Brexit Looming, Is There a Place for the UK in Global Edtech? – Education Article

With the Brexit limbo set to linger for a few months yet, uncertainty looks likely to continue affecting the U.K.’s commercial relationships. Foreign direct investment in the country has fallen by nearly 20% in the last three years, and the same period has seen British companies less likely to enter into foreign trade than before. Despite a difficult short-term picture, though, there is some hope that the U.K. can continue to thrive in areas such as education—a sector that can…

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How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company – Education Article

It’s no secret that remote work is growing rapidly, thanks to advancements in communication and productivity tools. A study by the International Workplace Group estimates that 50 percent of people globally work outside their headquarters for at least 2.5 days each week. Employees report higher productivity, greater efficiency and less stress, while companies can benefit from lower real estate costs and an expanded talent pool. But building an effective remote team isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Especially for…

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A ‘Safe’ Smart Speaker for Kids? Startup Chatterbox Promises to Put Privacy First – Education Article

Kevin Elgan believes that the best technology is the kind that gets out of the way—it doesn’t have to be on your wrist, in your hand or at your fingertips to add value. That’s why people, himself included, love smart speakers so much, he says. But smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home, which function almost like virtual assistants, come with a catch. Reports surface regularly of them turning on without being prompted, listening in…

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Verizon Surcharge Will Affect Other Education Companies—Not Just Remind – Education Article

A new fee Verizon plans to impose on its business customers has galvanized educators this week to rally around the school messaging service Remind—so much so that the telecoms company agreed to make an exception and waive the impending fee for Remind’s K-12 users. But the surcharge, set to go into effect on Feb. 1, will be passed on to at least a dozen education companies—not just the one getting all the attention. Here’s some background: Verizon has built a…

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What Exactly is a ‘Digital Shelf’? – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

How this edtech strategy can narrow the achievement gap to help you cross the chasm. GUEST COLUMN | by Chris Twyman Education technology companies have to walk a tightrope between profits and social impact. Investors in these organizations expect to maximize their return in the form of profits. As long as customers can pay for their products and services, that can be achieved. Unfortunately, not all schools have the same budgets—but all schools have the same needs. So I Ask This……

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Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educators’ Outcry – Education Article

After an outcry from educators on social media, along with countless phone calls to Verizon customer service, the telecommunications company says it will not enforce the 11-fold fee increase that was slated to hit Remind, a messaging service used widely by teachers and parents in the U.S., come February. On Monday, Remind notified its users, 7 million of whom are Verizon Wireless customers, that with the new fee hike, it would no longer be able to absorb the cost of…

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New Verizon Fees Could Cut Off Access for Millions of Remind Users – Education Article

Can you hear me now? That’s what Remind and many of its users hope to get across as they protest Verizon’s new fees, which threaten to disrupt use of the messaging service millions of students and educators depend on. Thousands of teachers have taken to Twitter this week to blast the telecommunications company and defend Remind, a school communication platform used for everything from announcing homework assignments to contacting parents when a student is sick. One by one, educators using…

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Do We Really Need Dedicated Edtech? – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

A different view on making and buying technology for student learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Marc Prensky Do we really need to continue to create, sell, and buy dedicated “educational” hardware and software”?  Venture capitalists think so—I just saw an investment figure of over $9 billion per year. But I believe this is a huge waste, both for investors and for students. Our kids live in a world where almost any technology they could possibly need is available in a general-purpose,…

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