Instructure Is Back on the Stock Market, But Not Much Change Expected For Canvas Users

Instructure is officially a publicly-traded company—again. Officials from the company, which makes the Canvas learning-management system used at many colleges and schools, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange today, marking its IPO. It’s a return of the INST ticker symbol for the company, which first went public in 2015, but then … Read more

After Pandemic Surge, Coding Tool Scratch Is Focused on Supporting Teaching

As homebound students and teachers looked for online resources during the pandemic, many turned to Scratch, a free coding system for kids developed by the MIT Media Lab. Scratch was already a popular option. It’s been around since 2007 as a way to make animations and simple video games by combining Lego-like icons representing different … Read more

That Assignment Where Students Give Someone In Need $1,000

It sounds at first like a typical assignment for a high school English class. Students at Belmont Hill School are asked to think of someone they encounter in their daily lives who might need a financial boost and record a short video essay about them and why they’re important in their lives. Then comes the … Read more

2U Buys edX for $800M, In Surprise End to Nonprofit MOOC Provider Started by MIT and Harvard

When MIT and Harvard University started edX nearly a decade ago, it was touted as a nonprofit alternative to for-profit online course providers. Today, the universities announced that they are selling edX to one of those for-profit providers for $800 million. edX had fallen behind rivals like Coursera, a similar platform founded by Stanford University … Read more

After Controversial Admissions Changes, Nation’s ‘Best’ High School Gets More Diverse

Who gets to go to the best public high school in the country? That has been a contentious question for a community just outside of Washington, D.C., after school officials made changes to the admissions process for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology last year. The stated goal was to increase the diversity … Read more

The Key to Detecting Misinformation? Your Own Curiosity

The classic book “How to Lie With Statistics,” first published in 1954, is probably the biggest bestseller of all time on how to make sense of numbers. But it has left a troubling legacy—leading to a distrust of all kinds of statistics, even ones that can help make sense of things like today’s global pandemic. … Read more

That Class Where Stanford Profs Projected Hundreds of Zoom Students on a Video Wall

The pandemic inspired some professors to get creative in their teaching as they tried to move in-person courses online in engaging ways. At Stanford University, a popular large-lecture course used a giant video wall to let professors see as many of the course’s 250 students at once as possible and try to read the virtual … Read more

New Book Explores the Long and Surprising History of ‘Teaching Machines’

Long before the advent of personal computers, inventors and researchers created what they called “teaching machines” in hopes of revolutionizing education. Some of these creations date back to the 1920s, and were made from wood and brass. Yet today’s edtech leaders often ignore or choose to forget this history, argues Audrey Watters, a longtime critical … Read more

To Support Black Male Teachers, A Nonprofit is Paying Off Student Loans

In a fifth-grade classroom at Monroe Elementary School near Minneapolis, a teacher named Thetis White was recently celebrated, while his students and a camera crew looked on. The teacher was being presented one of those giant ceremonial checks, as if he’d won a sweepstakes. The check was big—for $50,000. But this was no raffle prize. … Read more

Amid Objections to Automated Proctoring, One Company Abandons the Practice

The use of remote proctoring has surged as colleges shifted to remote instruction during the pandemic. But not everyone is on board with the practice. Many students and even some schools have pushed back against the practice, especially objecting to automated services that rely on algorithms that watch students via their webcam and look for … Read more