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To help stakeholders stay on top of the news in the edtech space, Wiser has created a free daily email digest with the best articles on edtech, e-learning and online education, delivered right to your inbox. Education, at both K-12 and higher levels, is changing rapidly with the increasing ubiquity of digital technology. Educational technology, also called edtech, is a quickly moving sector with the promise to revolutionize how education is achieved and delivered around the world. If you’re an educator, technologist, policymaker, investor or student, edtech is a fascinating field. For example, the number of companies involved in edtech has ballooned over the past few years. These companies cover a range of edtech subsectors, including instructional tools, informational resources, communication platforms, and open-source curricula. Meanwhile, governments, academia, NGOs and others are embracing the promise of edtech for delivering more effective education to a greater number of people at lower costs. It’s an exciting time for edtech. Stay informed on the latest edtech news by signing up for our free Wiser edtech email digest.

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2U CEO Chip Paucek on Online Learning That Works
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Bridging Continental Divides with Virtual Music Collaboration
Getting Smart • Guest Author
Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K-12 schools get course materials – yet
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Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it happen?
ChalkBeat • Shaina Cavazos
Deciding at what age to give a kid a smartphone
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The Getting Smart Team Gives Thanks
Getting SmartGetting Smart Staff
This Thanksgiving, would like to take a momentary break from our regularly scheduled programming to express our gratitude for all that we have. We are thankful for the chance we have to explore new ways to build a smarter, happier and more...
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E-Learning, Sales & Selling
You're Not Ready To Build An Online Course
ForbesContributor, Pia Silva
Too many people see online courses as an easy, magical solution to their cash flow problems. I have seen many clients work hard to implement my system, see quick success, and then tell me, “I want to build a course! I want...
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EdTech, Education
A Better Way to Study Through Self-Testing and Distributed Practice
KQEDMindshift
As I prepared to write this column, I relied on some pretty typical study techniques. First, as I’ve done since my student days, I generously highlighted key information in my background reading. Along the way, I took notes, many of them verbatim,...
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EdTech, E-Learning
2U CEO Chip Paucek on Online Learning That Works
Getting SmartTom Vander Ark
Ten years ago USC and UNC bet on a startup to help them build an online graduate degree that was as good as their on-campus program. Ten years later 2U (NASDAQ: TWOU) is a public company that works with 22 universities to...
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EdTech, Education
Bridging Continental Divides with Virtual Music Collaboration
Getting SmartGuest Author
By Mary Kay Altizer At a time when the world is in turmoil, with conflict saturating the news every day and people afraid to reach out, we decided to take a group of teenagers who live 5,500 miles apart and bring them...
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Colleges & Universities, Digital Textbooks
Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K-12 schools get course materials – yet
Hechinger ReportTara García Mathewson
Free, openly licensed course materials, or open educational resources, have transformed a handful of colleges and many more college courses. Students in those classrooms don’t have to pay for once-expensive textbooks. Digital OER are free. Printing costs, when compared to infamous textbooks,...
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Charter Schools, Education
Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it happen?
ChalkBeatShaina Cavazos
After Chalkbeat revealed widespread low-performance and unusual spending at Indiana Virtual School, there were no immediate plans to change how the fast-growing but relatively little-known online charter school operates. Rep. Bob Behning, the House Education Committee chairman who is one of Indiana’s...
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EdTech
Deciding at what age to give a kid a smartphone
Minnesota Public Radio
It's a question most parents will wrestle with at some point — when is the right time to give my child a smartphone? Let's tick through a few other questions first.
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EdTech, Education
Where Place-Based Ed Fits Into NGLC’s Fields of Learning
Getting SmartNate Mcclennen
As 2017 comes to a close, momentum continues to build towards next-gen models that embody a more personalized, more connected, and more relevant learning experience for all students. In this vein, Next Generation Learning Challenge just released the final two reports in...
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EdTech, Education
How to Talk to Parents About Your School’s EdTech
Getting SmartErin Gohl
At a recent PTA meeting for an elementary school, the parents considered a plan to donate thousands of dollars to fund new technology purchases for the school. While many were excited, in the middle of the discussion, one parent spoke up with...
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