What We Learned Talking to District Administrators About Social Studies and Science

What We Learned Talking to District Administrators About Social Studies and Science

We are seeing a transformation across Education as materials move from print to digital, learning moves from memorization to experience, and content selection moves from textbook adoption to curriculum curation.


Does the K-12 Tablet Market Mirror the Broader Worldwide Market for Tablet Computers?

The appetite worldwide for tablet computers, as tracked by International Data Corp., shows a declining market with unit shipments for full year 2016 down 15.6% from 2015—the second straight year of decreasing shipments. Slate tablets - tablets without a dedicated keyboard - continue to decline in sales.


Is Spending for Classroom Hardware Short-Changing Materials Spending?

Is Spending for Classroom Hardware Short-Changing Materials Spending?

Given the limited budgetary resources of many public districts and schools, it has been speculated that increased spending for classroom hardware may be depressing spending on traditional instructional materials.


Easy Access and Equity Are Two Goals of States’ Professional Learning Hubs

Easy Access and Equity Are Two Goals of States’ Professional Learning Hubs

Vermont is one example of a state with a Professional Learning Network. Launched in 2013, it is a statewide system for professional learning related to two objectives: instructional leadership and Common Core implementation.


More Classroom Technology Prompts More Teacher Training

More Classroom Technology Prompts More Teacher Training

As more technology is made available for classroom use, school administrators have realized they need to provide teachers with training on how to use that technology and integrate it into their practice. More than 80% ...


BoomWriter

BoomWriter

Digital education company BoomWriter Media, launched its first writing platform, StoryWriter in 2011, led by its co-founders Ken Haynes, Chris Twyman, and Ian Garland. The software allows students to write chapters of a book using an avatar, then vote anonymously on which chapter they like best, and at the end of the process, they have a finished book. Additionally, each task that a student completes earns them Boomer Bucks, which students can use to customize their avatar. Boomwriter’s software...


Neverware

Neverware

The New York based company, founded in 2011 by chief executive officer Jonathan Hefter, provides cost-effective software that eliminates the need to replace desktop computers. Instead of periodically replacing hardware, Neverware allows schools and businesses to have the fastest available desktop computer speeds using the hardware they currently have.

Initially, the desktop system cost schools $149 per computer per year but in February 2015 the company launched a cloud version of its operating...


GlassLab

GlassLab

Featured Ed Tech Startup

In a financial sense, GlassLab is not a traditional startup. It’s a non-profit that is transforming learning and assessment practices through digital games and technology. In 2012, the year GlassLab launched, it received $10 million in funding from Electronic Arts, the Entertainment Software Association, and the MacArthur and Gates foundations. In June 2014, the company was chosen to join Pearson’s ed tech accelerator program Catalyst, where startups are chosen based o...


Featured Ed Tech Startup

Featured Ed Tech Startup

Every quarter, Simba looks at several startups in depth, providing updates on new product launches and financing rounds completed. You can find these companies in the Simba report Ed Tech Startup Quaterly Dashboard. Every week Simba will focus on one of these tech companies carving out a niche in the education technology market.

Zaption

Tapping into the need for compelling video content is Zaption, a publishing platform founded in 2012 by father and son team Charlie and Jim Stigler. The publ...