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How a Feedback Tool Improves Both Instruction and Student Outcomes for This Math Teacher

In recent years, the focus in math education has shifted from the traditional priority of answering the problem to one of understanding and articulating the process. This has been accompanied by a growing demand for educators to provide quality feedback in a timely manner. And high school math teacher Krystina Wood might have discovered the secret sauce to do just that. Krystina WoodAs a 13-year veteran at Toledo High School in Toledo,...

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Remote Work May Transform Higher Education. But Will Printers and Alexa Undermine Its Privacy?

An “uber trend” of remote work for higher education information security is coming, at a time when more connections are being forged between higher ed and other state data. Plus: printers, smart speakers and privacy (oh my!) — all in this Edtech Reports Recap. That Horizon Seems to Be … Closer“Higher education may never be the same again after 2020, and that will be an exciting prospect to some.” So declares the newest...

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The Key to Better Student Engagement Is Letting Them Show You How They Learn

A couple of weeks ago during a coaching session, a middle school teacher I work with described a fun math activity. She asked her students who were learning remotely to build blanket forts. As you might expect, the students calculated the area, perimeter and volumes of their forts. What was surprising was that for days after this lesson these students logged into class from inside their blanket sanctuaries. Almost inadvertently, during...

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Hobsons’ Higher Ed Business Split and Sold in Separate Deals Totaling $410M

Hobsons, which offers a suite of software for college and career planning, admissions and enrollment, and student success and advising, will be broken up and sold in a pair of transactions totaling approximately $410 million.The company’s owner, the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT, which is also the publisher of the British newspaper Daily Mail), announced it has reached an agreement to sell Naviance and Intersect to PowerSchool...

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Renaissance Learning to Acquire Nearpod in Blockbuster $650M All-Cash Deal

With constant budget pressures, protracted sales cycles and a diffuse web of different purchasing processes, the K-12 education market is not for the faint of heart, especially for startups looking to establish themselves. It has long had a reputation for moving much more slowly than the pace at which startups need to operate to survive and grow.But another blockbuster deal in this sector, in the middle of an ongoing pandemic, offers...