A Shockingly Simple Way to Improve Online School

When Nettie Johnson fired up her first online class for her fifth graders in Topeka, Kansas last March, she knew they were flying by the seat of their pants. She had her laptop and Wi-Fi “but it was really difficult because if I was sharing my screen, I couldn’t really see the kids. So it … Read more

Public Edtech Companies Have Been Rare. These SPACs Will Change That.

Publicly traded education technology companies are rare. Soon, there will be one fewer after tech training provider Pluralsight gets taken private later this year. That leaves 2U, Chegg and Stride (formerly known as K12 Inc.) as the remaining trio of prominent edtech companies on the U.S. public market. But this contraction may not last long, … Read more

Teachers Are Going Viral on TikTok. Is That a Good Thing?

Teachers are becoming stars these days on TikTok, that social media platform for sharing short videos. And some of them say the platform serves as a kind of virtual teaching lounge during COVID. But is it a good thing for the teaching profession that classroom instructors are part of a site known for dance crazes, … Read more

How Leveraging Curiosity May Keep Students Engaged From Afar

Faith Bongiorno began her teaching career as an “art-on-the-cart” educator. But that changed one day when her son told her he wanted to participate in FIRSTⓇ LEGOⓇ League, a robotics program created through an alliance betweenFIRSTⓇ (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGOⓇ Education. Curiosity piqued, she presented the program to her … Read more

Pandemic Spurs Changes in the Edtech Schools Use, From the Classroom to the Admin Office

Top reported teachers’ apps have adapted to meet pandemic purposes. Home may be the new classroom, but instructional approaches are slower to change. And if you think the college IT department seems a bit stressed out … well, yeah. All in this Edtech Reports Recap. Changing App-etites How a pandemic can change things. Market data … Read more

Former Pearson, edX Exec Raises $7.5M to Build AI-Powered Digital Courseware

The demand for innovative digital learning technology has never been higher. And investment continues to flow into the edtech space. But companies looking to differentiate themselves in this increasingly competitive sector have to bring something new to the table. Esme Learning Solutions is banking on artificial intelligence (AI), collaborative learning experiences and relationships with some … Read more

Human Bias Is Everywhere in Tech. To Fix It We Need to Reshape Computer Science Education.

As we transition into the new year reckoning with a violent insurrection organized on social media, the spread of disinformation about a deadly pandemic and breakdowns in distance learning, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the impact of technology on every facet of our society. We all have been equally unified in … Read more

This Is the Moment for States to Design the Future of Education

We begin 2021 heartened by the resiliency of educators and students from around the country pushing through the disruptions of COVID-19. Even in the face of current challenges, many schools and districts are using this moment to design new approaches that will shape learning far into the future. As 2021 kicks off and we set … Read more

What Running a SEL Startup Taught Me About Raising Money as a Female Founder

Last year, when venture funding for female founders dipped 27 percent from 2019 and made up just 2.3 percent of all capital raised, we beat the odds. Amidst a global pandemic, my team successfully raised a seed round in December. Timing certainly played a factor. Our company offers an online social-emotional learning program, which saw … Read more

This Week at DE: Week of January 24

My name is Laetitia Morrisson and I’m Director of Partnerships here at Discovery Education. As always, we would love to hear from YOU on what you want to see from us. If you’re new to Discovery Education, or maybe new to virtual learning, we did want to remind you of a few valuable resources in Discovery Education Experience to explore.   The “Getting Started Guide to Virtual Learning” channel is a … Read more