CB Insights, which tracks venture capital information, showed that the edtech industry was on pace for record funding in 2014 with considerable investments from venture capital firms like 500 Startups and the NewSchools Venture Fund. In his latest column for GeekWire, Frank Catalano of Intrinsic Strategy takes a look at the edtech by the numbers and explains why it’s a “weird little industry” that is just at the beginning stages of growth. Continue reading

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A new report from the National Council for Education Statistics offers a first look at official school finance figures from Fiscal Year 2012. After adjusting for inflation the national media revenue per pupil decreased 2.9 percent from FY 11. According to an article in the Washington Post, Stephen Cornman, project director of the national school finance survey or the National Center for Education Statistics, believes the drop is important as the funding decline coincides with the end of federal stimulus aid and other measures to cut federal education funding. Continue reading

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Jordan Shapiro, Digital Learning Coordinator in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Department, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Content in Context, Development and Delivery for Digital Learners. As a contributor to Forbes, Shapiro regularly writes about the changing relationship between edtech, especially in regards to gaming, and education as well as the evolving role of schools in learner’s lives. Continue reading

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In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, reiterated his goals for ESEA Reauthorization. Saying that NCLB has failed to meet the needs of students, Kline expressed his support for the ideas proposed in the Student Success Act. He also called out Secretary Duncan and the Obama Administration for overstepping their roles in state education. Continue reading

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In an occasional series, PreK-12 Learning Group staff will offer their observations from industry events. Jo-Ann McDevitt, Strategic Partnerships Executive, gives her take on the topics buzzing around BETT ((British Educational Training and Technology Show).

With over 37,000 attendees and 750 exhibitors, BETT is one of the largest edtech conferences. It’s also become one of the most important as members of the learning resources—from the smallest to the largest companies—put into practice the idea of creating a global community. Continue reading

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