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Small EdTech Be Nimble, Small EdTech Be Quick

Posted by Chris Brida

Jun 10, 2015 4:18:00 PM


Across our country, some mom and dad’s garage startups are bootstrapping their way to success. Some. For every success in the startup world, there are an equal if not greater amount that never find their footing.


Ever seen the show Silicon Valley? It’s sort of like that—one company makes it big (fictional Pied Piper) while around them, apps like Bro (where you literally just send the word “bro” to your friends over and over) fail.

It’s natural selection of the startup world—just not exactly the kind Darwin probably predicted. The tech-city which gives the show its namesake is where true value in EdTech is coming from. There are big successes all over the place, and I use the word “big” because, well, established companies are dipping their toes into the major market that is EdTech, but those companies aren’t always the best-positioned to be successful. Sure they have the capital to be successful, but they aren’t the most nimble.

Small EdTech companies have a major advantage in their non-cookie-cutter, non-one-size-fits-all approach to EdTech. As a teacher who is always looking for resources to help my students, those are the companies and the model I am most interested in.

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Topics: Resources, Connected Educators, Educational Technologies

A Case for Teacherpreneurs

Posted by Chris Brida

Apr 6, 2015 11:33:00 AM

Entrepreneurs Changing Education


Modern day education has become a flocking ground for entrepreneurs. There are grants specifically created to allow entrepreneurs to develop education-changing ideas. There are charter schools founded by entrepreneurs (http://www.ivyacademia.com/). EdTech companies are being developed across the country as a way to institute innovation in our classrooms (http://www.knewton.com/blended-learning/). The Penn Graduate School offers a Master’s degree in Educational Entrepreneurship (www.gse.upenn.edu/tll/ee). 4.0 Schools brings together entrepreneurs in an incubator-type setting and helps to develop their idea to disrupt education (http://4pt0.org/). And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just the first five links on a Google search of “Education Entrepreneurs.”

Let’s face it, education is changing around us and “edupreneurs” are the catalyst behind that change. These oft-young, tech-savvy innovators see the value in the education market, and are producing products to suit. But is this the only way to create change?

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, Leadership

EdSurge's Tech for Schools Summit in Baltimore: A Recap and Review of Products

Posted by Chris Brida

Mar 14, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Introduction

EdSurge Recap

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Teaching & Learning, About Us & Our Community

EdSurge User's Guide: 6 Steps for Getting the Most out of Your Tech for Schools Summit

Posted by Chris Brida

Feb 26, 2015 7:22:00 AM

Introduction

This weekend, I’m headed to the Baltimore Tech for Schools Summit hosted by EdSurge for the second year in a row. If you’ve never been to EdSurge, it’s the biggest EdTech conference of the year for Maryland and features thirty-four EdTech companies, a keynote address from Richard Culatta (Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education), and a chance to collaborate with other teachers from many districts around the state. Such an undertaking could be daunting to a first-timer. I certainly don’t consider myself an expert in how to navigate, but I’ve taken many tips from good friends of mine who are much savvier when it comes to getting the most out of your experience. Something that I wish I had when I headed to EdSurge the first time was a user guide, so without further ado, I present to you: A User Guide to EdSurge (and other EdTech Summits).

The Summit is actually broken into two days this year—one for school administrators and one for educators. Since I’m not an administrator (not yet, anyway!) I’m just going to focus on the All Educator Day.

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Resources, Teaching & Learning

Risk vs. Reward in the Math Classroom

Posted by Chris Brida

Feb 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Introduction

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Teaching & Learning, About Us & Our Community

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