On October 29, 2015, I had the great pleasure to chat with Don Smithmier, Founder & CEO of the The Big Know (thebigknow.com). Thousands of education technology companies have launched over the past decade. The phrase, “disruption in education” has been used around the globe with different meaning and understanding. Quite often, this phrase is […]
On October 29, 2015, I had the great pleasure to chat with Don Smithmier, Founder & CEO of the The Big Know (thebigknow.com).
Thousands of education technology companies have launched over the past decade. The phrase, “disruption in education” has been used around the globe with different meaning and understanding. Quite often, this phrase is tossed around with misinterpretation and shallow assumptions. To truly make a change in education using technology, one must have the following:
- A motivated audience who chooses to use the platform
- Information that is relevant to the student
- Content that adds value to the student’s life
- Trusted experts in the field in which they are teaching
- Pedagogy that keeps the pace with technology
- Purpose, meaning and significance
There is no doubt that education is changing as we rapidly move toward a globally connected planet. However, among the chaos of education technology, we must be able to identify the tools and platforms that stand out from the rest. Thus, I am glad to share with you The Big Know. The Big Know stands out as an online education leader in a new and inspiring way. It is a platform that offers free courses, created by world-class organizations and is taught by some of the world’s most trusted leaders.
I am honored to share exciting news from EdCast.
If you have not used the platform, I encourage you to do so. There are various ways to learn and collaborate-listen and join conversations with top experts, host or join communities and share your own content. You will also find all United Nations supported communications for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals supported by EdCast; this ongoing information can be found at https://www.sdsnedu.org/.
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EdCast Insight Series to host live Q&As with Extreme Tech Challenge top 25 semifinalists
EdCast, the fast-growing social knowledge network, today 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 interviews starting Wednesday, Nov. 11 at www.Edcast.com/ExtremeTechChallenge. EdCasters will be able to ask questions and receive answers in real time.
“By partnering with EdCast, XTC is allowing audience members at home to ultimately factor into the judges’ decision-making process to choose the top 10 finalists. We are thrilled to bring the Live Insights Series to the next level through this partnership, where we’ll be offering a unique learning experience unlike anything CES has seen before,” says Karl Mehta, EdCast’s CEO and Founder.
More than 1,000 high quality startups around the world entered for a chance to present live on stage in Las Vegas at CES for a shot at pitching Sir Richard Branson. This year’s Top 25 list includes innovative companies from the United States, London, Spain, France, Ireland. They represent some of the biggest trends in technology and are taking innovative approaches to solving pain points across many industries from healthcare and finance to emergency services and robotics.“The Extreme Tech Challenge is looking to help killer teams with product / market fit to scale their companies with visibility, and resources from a great network,” explains XTC co-founder Bill Tai. (more…)
Shared with permission. Originally posted on Inc. Written by By AJ Agrawal CEO, Alumnify.
These days, digital media is all the buzz. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become primary sources of fuel for companies looking to ramp up their marketing and advertising, organizations trying to expand their reach, non-profits working to raise awareness and grow their audience, and individuals aiming to build their personal brand. Digital media has provided a versatile and effective way to reach users, followers, and connect with an audience which we were previously unable to connect with. It has facilitated a stream of content and communication through which relationships are strengthened, values are realized, and product and consumer are brought together. The digital world of social media has made it easier to say what you want to say, and say it to whom you want to hear say it to who you want to hear it.
With all this new buzz comes a few inherent issues. Noise, or distractions, can be seen as side effects from the increasing amount of content being pushed every minute. What is meant to suffice as a platform for communication is now convoluted with so many messages firing in every direction; it is sometimes hard for the message sender to reach his desired target. While the question of “how do I spread my content?” has been answered by social media, the solution of this question gives rise to a new one: “how do I get my message heard amongst the thousands of other messages on social media?” If this problem can be solved, it will be a huge help to companies, organizations, and individuals trying to grow their name and brand. One company in particular is working on solving this exact problem.
Babbly, a new company with over 400 users and 7,000 shares, believes that quality content deserves sharing. The motto of their platform, “give a share, get a share,” gets to the root of the problem and helps people get their messages out there. The platform, which launched last Monday, is already making waves in the industry.
Babbly enables its users to share content with its community, who then share it across all forms of social media. Each user has the ability to set the number of shares they want their URL to receives. Then, the user’s destiny is in their own hands. The more URLs they share, the more that their URL gets shared. You give and you get.
By: Melanie Nathan, Creative Director, Education Technology Websites at Top Draw.
The use of technology in classrooms is meant to help students hone the skills necessary to succeed throughout life. Most schools now include computer or tablet use as a regular part of their educational programs, but study data suggests that having access to technology doesn’t always translate into better performance. Today’s educators face the challenge of integrating technology with traditional learning systems, and blended learning could provide the solution that gives kids the greatest benefits.
Are Computers Really Helping Kids?
A recent report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shook the world of education technology when it failed to show a positive correlation between computer use and academic performance. Kids who used computers the most in school and at home tended to be worse off in skills such as reading and mathematical aptitude.
Last week, the Education Trust-West released Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California, which examines how the nearly 1 million Black youth in California are faring from preschool through college and reveals the distressing disparities that newly released state and national data show are persisting at all levels of their educational journey. The report also highlights the groundbreaking efforts underway to reverse these trends in California and close achievement and opportunity gaps for African American students.
By Mike Broderick, CEO of Turning Technologies
School is now in session nationwide, and just as in past years, schools are embracing education technology in greater numbers, trying out new digital solutions to improve learning, retention and, ultimately, test scores. Edtech can help educators at all grade levels increase pupil engagement, improve student outcomes and get a clearer picture of knowledge retention.
But the term “education technology” covers a lot of ground. Many educators who are looking for ways to integrate technology into their lesson plans are discovering the advantages of using edtech like polling software that enables instructors to embed questions into presentations and let students to respond via clickers or smartphones. They are considering ways to add more interactive elements to heighten student interest. Here are three ways edtech can help instructors engage, monitor and measure student progress this fall and beyond:
Mental health of students of color is focus for first-of-its-kind non-profit.
The Steve Fund announces partnership with a tech startup and two other projects to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Please spread the world about this initiative.
More than a year ago, the family of Stephen C. Rose established in his memory The Steve Fund, the nation’s first organization focused on improving the support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. After an initial year of convening experts, surveying the research landscape, and building strategic partnerships, the Fund, on occasion of World Mental Health Day (Oct 10), now announces three new projects to support the mental health of students of color:
- A text/SMS-based crisis support line in partnership with Crisis Text Line
- A partnership with one of the nation’s leading organizations for student mental health, the JED Foundation, to create guidelines for colleges to better support student mental health
- The second national conference on mental health of students of color, at Stanford University on November 20, 2015
“Research shows that differences in the ethnic background of students require culturally-sensitive approaches to fully support their mental health and emotional well-being,” says Stephanie Bell-Rose, Stephen C. Rose’s mother and a co-founder of the Steve Fund. “But these needs are understudied, and underserved.” (more…)
By Dr. Katherina Muller When my son entered Kindergarten 20 years ago in Fairfax County, Virginia, his teacher sent home a list of items he should bring to class. This list included pencils, a composition notebook, and a tissue box. Schools have been asking students and parents to bring supplies to make up for budget shortfalls for quite some time. It comes as no surprise that this trend has continued into the current era of reduced funding. Asking parents, teachers, and community members to make up these shortfalls raises several important issues. As a parent, I was all too happy to supply my son and his teachers with anything they needed. It just seemed the right thing to do to ensure the success of both. At the time, my husband and I were both fully employed and had the extra resources. We did not think twice about our obligation to the school our son attended.
Faculty Member, School of Education at American Public University
By Dr. Katherina Muller
When my son entered Kindergarten 20 years ago in Fairfax County, Virginia, his teacher sent home a list of items he should bring to class. This list included pencils, a composition notebook, and a tissue box. Schools have been asking students and parents to bring supplies to make up for budget shortfalls for quite some time. It comes as no surprise that this trend has continued into the current era of reduced funding. Asking parents, teachers, and community members to make up these shortfalls raises several important issues.
As a parent, I was all too happy to supply my son and his teachers with anything they needed. It just seemed the right thing to do to ensure the success of both. At the time, my husband and I were both fully employed and had the extra resources. We did not think twice about our obligation to the school our son attended.