DfE urged to toughen up home education plans

tes | July 17, 2019

The Department for Education’s plans to create a compulsory register for home-educated children risk failing to protect children unless councils are given the power to enter homes, councils have said. The Local Government Association issued the warning as the DfE rejected councils' pleas to have greater oversight over home-schooled children, following a consultation over proposals for a register. The LGA said it welcomed the register – which the DfE announced in April – but is calling on the government to give councils the funding and powers to enter homes and premises where a child is being home-schooled and speak to them. The Association of Directors of Children’s Services estimates there are 57,873 home-educated children across 152 local authorities in England. In some instances, children who are said to be home-schooled are actually attending illegal schools. Ofsted estimates there are at least 6,000 children being educated in such settings, which evade inspections that ensure the safety and quality of education for children.

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Most schools will be expected to form or join multi-academy trusts (MATs): “Apart from in exceptional circumstances, the smallest schools will have to form or join a MAT.” Other successful, sustainable schools will still be able to: "continue as single academy trusts if they choose to do so.

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Most schools will be expected to form or join multi-academy trusts (MATs): “Apart from in exceptional circumstances, the smallest schools will have to form or join a MAT.” Other successful, sustainable schools will still be able to: "continue as single academy trusts if they choose to do so.

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Studio in Vancouver raises $1 million to build online learning experiences

dailyhive | November 02, 2020

Vancouver-based Course Studio is prepared to change the internet learning scene in the wake of raising $1 million from industry insiders to extends its group and administrations. The organization, which was helped to establish by CEO Tonner Jackson in May, works with course makers to construct "web based learning encounters." Also, similar to the business they are attempting to stir up, Course Studio is developing quick. “The number one thing this funding will help us with is hiring. We are kind of bursting at the seams right now,” said Jackson. “Course Studio has access to customer problems and we’re building solutions to solve those problems. The million dollars is effectively allowing us to do that.” The financing will likewise be utilized to acknowledge Course Studio's guarantee to makers of "you encourage it we construct it." Jackson clarifies that they do this with their redid web based learning encounters. “Online learning experiences need to be very good at three things. The first is education, so content that people want to pay to learn and that they cannot get for free elsewhere. The second thing they need is entertainment and we have some interesting proprietary ways and philosophies of injecting entertainment into online education. A lot of that is gleaned from Masterclass and our experience of growing some of the world’s most trafficked online classes. And then the third piece is community, when you’re on a browser your distractions are maximized. You have Netflix and social media a tab away. We believe that the community aspect is a big way to mitigate that. We have some novel ways of implementing community inside of an online course that we’re really excited about.” The Course Studio group is situated in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and San Francisco. It is comprised of individuals who have worked with Masterclass, Blue Wire Podcasts, Metalab and Thinkific. Their aggregate experience incorporates planning a portion of the world's most dealt online classes for people like Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Hadfield, Steph Curry, Thomas Keller and constructing and delivering computerized items for Sam Harris (Waking Up), Microsoft, Atlassian, and then some. “We have such an interesting group of individuals,” added Jackson. “We have folks who literally built and scaled the most trafficked online course experiences on the planet. “They have perspectives that very few have and there’s a ton of artistry that people may not realize. Frankly, I think there are more parts art than science when it comes to the design of the curriculum itself.” The organization is hoping to enlist Vancouver-based creators and designers, incorporating programming engineers with React and Node.js experience just as a senior lead fashioner to lead their plan group. Course Studio will dispatch their first online classes in mid 2021, including a course for a "extremely persuasive person who is a major commonly recognized name." The organization is likewise chipping away at another innovation they are expanding on top of Thinkific, and working with more modest course makers to refine a portion of the manner in which they work in the administrations business. “Our ambitious goal is to be cash-flow positive and generating a million dollars of revenue this year,” shared Jackson. “We probably have 30 or 40 subject matter experts and creators reaching out to us a week right now wanting us to build something with them. Our strike zone customer is someone who has a large audience but has a less than foggy idea about what educational content they want to roll out effectively. We have a very robust process for helping them.” Jackson’s hope for Course Studio is for the company to become a Vancouver success story. “I want Course Studio to be a big business in Vancouver that’s generating a lot of impact for this community,” said Jackson. “I was steeped in the entrepreneurial ecosystem here. My first business is still operating. “Like e-commerce was 10 years ago, our view is that’s where we are at in the life cycle of the online education space. We’re really excited about where we’re going.”

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TutorMe Launches Partnership with Richland School District Two

TutorMe | February 03, 2022

TutorMe, the online tutoring solution of the future, and Richland School District Two today announced an agreement to provide more than 28,000 K-12 students with free access to TutorMe's online 24/7 tutoring service for the 2021-2022 school year. With more than 15,000 tutors available anytime to help with more than 300 subjects, TutorMe provides on-demand expertise whenever and wherever students need it. Whether it's homework help or a study session, students pair up with their private tutor for a personalized 1-on-1 lesson in an advanced lesson space that includes. "Our partnership with TutorMe will allow our students of all ages to have on-call help when needed, and give each student the opportunity to thrive in any subject matter with no cost to their family," said Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis. "The pandemic has made it difficult for students to seek out extra help. This new tool will hopefully bridge that gap and I look forward to seeing the positive improvement across each classroom." TutorMe's virtual classroom provides interactive features including a text editor, code editor, two-way audio/video chat, screen sharing, and a virtual whiteboard for engaging and enriching education. Each session is archived so students can conveniently access past lessons to help them with coursework and studying. "TutorMe has been on the frontline of online education assistance well before the pandemic arrived, providing top-notch tutors and on-demand academic support to ensure students never feel lost. The community of students, staff, and families at Richland School District Two recognized the more access pupils have to tutoring serves, they more they can succeed. Richland Two can rely on TutorMe to provide 1-on-1 learning during critical times of need and beyond." TutorMe's co-founder and CEO Myles Hunter Richland School District Two students can access TutorMe through the district's ClassLink platform. For more information about TutorMe, please visit TutorMe.com. About TutorMe TutorMe, a subsidiary of Zovio, is an on-demand online education platform that empowers students of all ages, backgrounds, and learning styles to get the personalized live support they need to achieve their academic goals. Trusted by thousands of schools nationwide, over 1.5 million students have free access to expert 1-on-1 guidance 24/7 in more than 300 subjects, as well as a Writing Lab for quick, detailed feedback on papers. Since 2013, TutorMe has been an invaluable resource for K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, employers, and nonprofits, bridging learning gaps, increasing educational equity, and improving student outcomes. About Zovio Zovio is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. The Zovio network, including Fullstack Academy and TutorMe, leverages its core strengths to solve priority market needs through education technology services. Using proprietary, advanced data analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own.

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Echo360 and Turning Merge to Support Higher Education's Shift to Video and Hybrid Learning

Turning | January 12, 2022

Echo360, the globally leading video-based learning platform, announced today that it has merged with Turning, the world's premier provider of learning engagement platforms for education, business, and government sectors, to establish the industry's most comprehensive SaaS-based video learning and engagement platform that enables instructors and learners to share impactful learning experiences from anywhere. Combining Echo360's advanced video recording, streaming and video content management platform with Turning's expansive suite of learning engagement, authoring, and content solutions delivers the most holistic learning engagement experience for instructors and learners in any environment -- with more analytics, tools, and integrations with leading LMS platforms to ensure learning outcomes are achieved across every segment the combined enterprise now serves. The additional capital from Centre Lane Partners will enable Echo360 to dramatically expand their current offering in response to faculty and market demand. A NEW CHAPTER OF GROWTH Murad Velani, Chief Executive Officer, will lead the combined company, which will operate under the Echo360 brand name. The investment will allow Echo360 to expand its reach geographically and across other core learning markets including K12 education, government, and corporate learning. The combined enterprise will serve over 1,000 colleges and universities around the world, in addition to thousands of K12, business, and government customers in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. "Our mission is to create remarkable learning experiences for instructors and learners no matter who they are, where they are, or how they choose to learn, and video is an essential tool to enable the level of engagement we strive for in service to our customers around the world," said Velani. "Together Echo360 and Turning deliver the scale to be the global leader in learning engagement across every sector, and expands our ability to create equitable, engaged learning for all. Both companies have remarkable talent, a track record of innovation and impact, and together provide global scale at a time when learning demands and expectations around the world are being challenged and redefined daily." ANSWERING THE CALL FOR HYBRID LEARNING Amidst emergency remote learning caused by looming Covid-19 Omicron threats, school faculty, students, and administration are increasingly embracing video and hybrid learning alternatives -- digitally enabled approaches that facilitate more flexible teaching and learning experiences for students and faculty alike. In recent surveys, 73 percent of students have indicated a preference for online learning, and 57 percent of faculty said they would prefer teaching hybrid courses following the pandemic. "The fit between Turning and Echo360 is a natural one, and one that will immediately benefit the expanded segments," said Fred Singer, former Echo360 CEO who will be joining the newly combined company's board. "The unexpected need to transform campus life in 2020 forced a shift in our understanding of what's possible within a digital classroom and the broader educational technology ecosystem. Coming out of that experience, we've been seeing universities across the globe rethink the role of technology in creating more meaningful, more flexible, and more satisfying experiences for students and faculty alike. The combined platform supplemented with significant capital resources will ensure Echo360 continued leadership," said Singer. REDEFINING LEARNING ENGAGEMENT Turning's unique suite of student engagement tools combined with the Echo360 platform creates a highly interactive hybrid learning environment that unleashes the instructional power and learning potential of video. By enhancing Echo360's video-based solutions with Turning innovations, students and faculty will now be able to engage with course material at a deeper level and collaborate more effectively with their peers. Students can access class content and videos at any time and can take notes that are automatically time-synched to moments within the recorded lecture. Faculty can gauge student comprehension through live quizzes and advanced interactive audience response. To ensure the student experience is ever-improving, faculty can also access a suite of analytics and features to best track student learning and engagement in real-time. Built specifically for the cloud, instructors can use the platform from wherever they are, on any device, to record and create content, give, and receive feedback, and gain real-time insight into a student's learning journey. "This acquisition will redefine the learning engagement ecosystem, bringing a robust video management system capability to Turning's proven learning engagement solutions to create a transformational SaaS platform at scale that will accelerate growth for the company. Delivering proven Turning solutions like Dojo360, Point Solutions, and ExamView within a holistic Echo360 video learning experience to existing and new customers unlocks expansive growth opportunities, and we are committed to supporting this investment and management team." Ken Lau, Co-founder, and Managing Director, at Centre Lane Partners, LLC About Echo360 Echo360 believes that improved outcomes start with great moments in the classroom. Developed by educators, Echo360 helps instructors record and extend those moments to improve learner engagement through accessible, engaging video-based learning, reaching more than two million learners at approximately 1,200 schools and organizations across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. www.echo360.com About Turning Turning was born out of the desire to transform traditional learning into active learning engagement. With global reach and impact across higher education, corporate, K12, and government sectors, the Turning portfolio (including Dojo360, ExamView, Point Solutions, and Knowbly) embodies its mission to create remarkable learning engagement experiences for everyone, everywhere. www.turning.com About Centre Lane Partners Centre Lane is a private investment firm focused on making equity and debt, control and non-control, investments in North American middle market companies. Centre Lane targets companies with revenues between $20 and $500 million that have leading market positions and sustainable competitive advantages in their respective niches.

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