The Facebook CEO’s $45 billion philanthropic and investment effort has already included significant backing of for-profit companies such as AltSchool, Ellevation, MasteryConnect, and Newsela.
Colorado officials want to buy a software system to track students outside traditional school settings; the Philadelphia district focuses on academic interventions.
Sony Global Education said it has developed a form of “blockchain” technology for schools, as education officials slowly begin to explore the concept’s applicability to schools.
The Emerson Collective, a venture fund led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, joined Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, in investing in Ellevation.
Apple has snapped up Learnspout, Pearson and Knewton partner to work on math using adaptive-learning, and Excelligence Learning acquires the classroom-products marketer Really Good Stuff.
Pearson said its performance has taken hits recently because of shifts in the international market, and it will increase its focus on adaptive products and online and blended learning.
The sweeping new federal education law could have big implications for state and local spending on school interventions, tutoring, classroom technology, academic content, and other priorities.
“Personalization” has become the norm in districts trying to customize digital tools, instruction, and schedules to meet individual students’ needs. But K-12 leaders are also demanding customization in another area: professional development.
What do school officials really mean when they say they want personalized learning, and what do vendors need to be prepared to give them?
Tom Allen, the president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, said that number of competing dynamics are shaping implementation of the common-core standards in the states, and that his industry needs to put its stamp on that discussion.