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The Future of Edtech

  
  
  
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By Jess Begen (@jessbegen), New Markets & Partnerships Manager for ConnectEDU.

Responding to Rising Tuition Costs: What I Learned at SxSWedu

  
  
  
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Last week I had the privilege of attending the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, TX. I have been working in the education technology space for over 15 years, and I have attended a number of conferences, but this year’s SXSWedu was definitely impressive in terms of attendance, content, and innovation being showcased.

Montana OPI Signs Statewide Deal: IBM & ConnectEDU to Power Data-Driven College Planning

  
  
  

Partnership will support personalized instruction and career planning for K12 students 

How Family Dinner Exposed the Disconnect Between Business & Education

  
  
  
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By Meghan VanSpriell, CMO at ConnectEDU

Whenever there’s a family celebration that involves sharing a meal, it’s likely you’ve experienced those relatives that interact and pitch in from the very start – texting you in advance to see what you need, arriving with hors d’oeuvres or side dishes that compliment yours, offering to help set the table once they arrive. 

Our "Can't Miss" Schedule for SxSWedu

  
  
  
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SxSWedu is only days away, and with each passing hour, we’re getting more and more excited to escape the frigid Boston winter and land in the warmth of Austin, TX circle up with some of the greatest minds in educational technology and “unleash innovation,” the theme for this year’s conference. 

Securing One’s Future by Assessing One’s Self

  
  
  
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Even after making my college decision and enrolling at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, I found myself uncertain about which major to choose.  It seemed like so much was riding on my decision, and yet people kept telling me that my ultimate career path could end up being completely unrelated to my college major.  Many of you, I’m certain, have had similar experiences.  It’s not uncommon to enter college with little career direction.  In fact, Cecilia Capuzzi Simon’s New York Times article, “Major Decisions,” states that 80% of Penn State University freshmen are uncertain about which major to choose, and among those who have declared a major nearly half will change their minds (often more than once)[1]


Building a Career-Minded Diploma

  
  
  
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In his blog post, “Disrupting the Diploma,” LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman calls for a shift in the way post-secondary educational organizations validate a learner’s skills and acquired expertise. He argues for eschewing the medieval parchment signifying the status of achievement in favor of a more agile, digital instrument appropriate for learners and our contemporary context. 

Massachusetts, Hawaii, Texas and Others Partner with ConnectEDU on Statewide Education Initiatives

  
  
  

States Leverage Technology for College and Career Planning, Professional Development and Statewide Assessments

LinkedIn Conference Stirs Reflection on Choices

  
  
  
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As I have been reflecting on the LinkedIn conference that took place a couple of weeks ago and the presentations that made the most impact, I’m reminded of some of my favorite quotes regarding education:

Perspectives on Building Tomorrow's Workforce

  
  
  
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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce with Microsoft, the National Academy Foundation, and Seattle Public Schools.

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