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Study Finds Inconclusive Results about Efficacy of Adaptive Learning

Study Finds Inconclusive Results about Efficacy of Adaptive Learning

Adam Newman, founder of the strategy consulting and investment banking firm Tyton Partners, said the “jury is still out” on adaptive learning. Like MOOC providers, he said, companies behind adaptive learning software also need time to experiment and adjust to find products and business models that work for them and their customers.

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How to Bring Teachers to Your Product Drawing Board

How to Bring Teachers to Your Product Drawing Board

"The edtech marketplace is booming, rife with bold ideas and exciting new ventures. The problem, though, is that too many ed-tech vendors and content creators develop their products in a vacuum, bypassing the very people they’re meant to serve: teachers and students. I’ve heard from plenty of educators who - while navigating the glut of classroom tech - have found many themselves less-than-satisfied with so much of what’s available," writes Mauro Gatti of StoryBots. 

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Why Research Fails in the Classroom

Why Research Fails in the Classroom

"Personalized learning is one of the buzzier buzz words in higher education. But it’s not a word without merit, and the motivation to bring personalized learning to campuses is getting stronger. So it’s not surprising that a profusion of products, broadly called courseware, aimed at facilitating personalized learning, has packed the higher education market. While the efficacy of personalized learning is proven, the products are often not. In a category like courseware, which is evolving rapidly and difficult to define, academic research and efficacy studies are vital to getting this proof," writes Gates Bryant, of Tyton Partners. 

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Making Good Humans: In depth with the leaders of StoryBots

Making Good Humans: In depth with the leaders of StoryBots

“My brother Evan and I have always been fascinated by the opportunity to use technology to tell new kinds of stories,” says Gregg Spiridellis, Founder and CEO with his brother of StoryBots, a universe of learning and fun featuring curriculum in the creative arts, academic pursuits, practical life, and pure play. “When we were young, single guys, we followed that passion and created the comedy brand JibJab. Many years later, as fathers, we saw the opportunity to use technology to create rich, engaging experiences that could not only capture our kids’ imaginations, but also teach them something.” They took JibJab’s world-class team of artists, writers, performers and technologists and partnered with experts in the field of early childhood education and they set out, as Gregg tells it, “to create the equivalent of Sesame Street for today’s device-centric, connected kids.” To date, their apps have been installed 3.4 million times and their learning videos have been viewed over 300 million times online.

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Wind Turbine Technician: The Country’s Fastest Growing Profession

Wind Turbine Technician: The Country’s Fastest Growing Profession

The wind industry is clearly growing. A new report from the American Wind Energy Association touts a record total of 88,000 jobs across the industry at the start of 2016, a 20-percent jump from a year ago. More wind power was added than any other US electricity source in 2015, beating out natural gas and solar.

“I look forward to climbing up 300 feet and working on something that’s critical,” said John Crothers, who is studying to be a turbine tech at the Ecotech Institute, a technical college in Aurora Colorado.

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