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In this week’s digest we learn about:
how to offer a better student success system,
how to make edtech more inclusive,
ways to use tech as leverage for accessibility and quality education, and
interactions in and out of the classroom.
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What if a college could triple its graduation rate, shorten the time to graduation and boost enrollment, simply with a smarter use of resources? Georgia State University has made it happen with an innovative, data-driven program, GPS Advising.
- Hundreds of Data Points Help Advisers Customize Student Support
- Universities Develop Data Platforms to Find Identify At-Risk Students
- Colleges’ Commitment to Graduation Attracts Parents’ Attention
The most widely used single sign-on platform in K-12 education in the United States announced that its next API version will support a non-binary gender option alongside traditional male and female options. As birth certificates evolve to include non-binary gender options, the new version of the API will dramatically improve education technology’s ability to foster inclusive interactions and allow for more supportive student-teacher relationships.
Children in Africa are facing education challenges, a lot of them still being out of school or receiving a limited education because of a lack of resources and the teaching quality.
But, in the past 20 years, education innovation has grown tremendously on the continent, as edtech entrepreneurs have designed solutions tailored to the state of communication means there: mobile technology (text messages) and software that can be used offline (only 10% of schools in Africa have access to an internet connection). They have been successful in supporting language learning, textbooks access, helping interaction between teachers and students, etc.
McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage announced today that they have agreed to an all-stock merger. The combined company would have pro forma cash revenue of nearly $3.2 billion and will be led by Michael Hansen, who is currently the CEO of Cengage. Hansen said the new company will focus on providing “best-in-class” content delivered digitally at affordable prices.
Here’s a new assessment of a handful of the most prominent U.S. edtech events. Yes, ISTE, EDUCAUSE, CoSN and other educator-focused conferences remain vitally important. There are also other highly specialized and invitation-only industry conferences. But the general, high-profile events that follow are where more industry deals are done and difficult business decisions are discussed.
Here’s how the alphabet blocks are currently stacked: who’s on top, who’s fallen off the pile, and why you might want to play. Or at least go to watch the players.
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