Catalyst senior associate Mia Hegazy is a member of the host committee for the upcoming NY EdTech Week and will be participating as a “Shark Tank” judge. Here she shares why tech investors should attend the conference.
Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning was recently awarded a 2016 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence in the Best Upgraded Products category for its updated live, online therapy solution, Lightyear. The award program honors both new and upgraded innovative software, hardware, network, app and web products that have proven to be helpful educator tools. This is the fifth Tech & Learning Award of Excellence PresenceLearning has won.
Catalyst portfolio company PresenceLearning, in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has introduced a new service that utilizes Woodcock-Johnson IV tests to help identify a student’s strengths and areas of concern in school. Coupled with PresenceLearning’s online therapy environment, which connects students to licensed school psychologists via webcam, the WJ IV tests assist schools in conducting initial, re-evaluation and triennial assessments.
Catalyst is going back to school this month, and we are continuing our education in eLearning through a new lens. Building on our 2014 research on K-12 and higher education and our recent content report, our most recent Continuing Education Note explores how innovative businesses are filling the skills gap with cost-effective training content and services.
PresenceLearning announced its nationwide team of clinical professionals has performed more than 3,300 assessments for students with special needs across the United States during the most recent academic year. All online assessments are administered live via secure, interactive video, and nearly 10% of these assessments were conducted for students with bilingual needs.
PresenceLearning announced the release of Lightyear, a newly designed therapy environment that delivers high fidelity, live telehealth sessions while putting less demand on school network bandwidth. Now, even more schools have access to PresenceLearning’s network of highly qualified clinicians to help students with special needs succeed.
PresenceLearning released Lightyear, a newly redesigned therapy program that offers high fidelity and live health sessions while reportedly putting less demand on school network bandwidth. The program is designed so that more schools — particularly schools in areas with limited access to high-speed Internet — can gain access to PresenceLearning’s extensive network of qualified clinicians to assist students with special needs.
In his recent blog post “Software Will Not Eat Education,” Ben Stern, Manager of Education Partnerships at TeachBoost and advisor to Ponder, reasons that software will not “eat” education because the main problems in K-12 are human and political issues: the achievement gap, funding disparities and teacher attrition. However, he caveats that there are three conditions under which software can positively affect education.
Catalyst spent our “summer vacation” researching the trends, dynamics and innovative companies in the eLearning sector, including one of the main themes among K-12 educators: the challenge of Common Core implementation (i.e., how the standards are taught, the curriculum developed and the materials used to support teachers).