When it comes to building a classroom environment using edtech apps, 2017 showed some rebound in investments in that technology and one app that’s been solid is ClassDojo. What apps need to be successful in edtech is not simply having the fancy overlay or the “wow” factor, but the ability to address issues that teachers and students need solved. That’s what ClassDojo has done since its founding and is committed to keep doing with every new feature added. Right now it’s on its way to delivering additional premium content for teachers and parents who want more.
ClassDojo is the creation of Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, two entrepreneurs who began the idea while they were graduating college. They went to a teacher’s convention to ask the instructors what it was they would like to see put on an app that could make learning easier for students. The app began as a little way to give students rewards when their behavior was good while at the same time spreading the word to parents about their child’s day at school. Soon, Chaudhary and Don realized a lot could be done with this app to make preparing for class easier and to increase parent-teacher communication. They started building it into more of a Facebook kind of app, but they made sure to put increased security features in it to protect user privacy.
In addition to the features on the app itself, ClassDojo includes several video series on student learning that show how you have to find new ways to learn difficult subjects. The videos in the first part of this series are free, but the rest could be a part of paid content that Chaudhary and Don are working on. The app itself is completely free to download and use and doesn’t even need a school administrator to subscribe to to use, but being able to buy electronic curriculum material and additional tools for the app are said to be next on the table for ClassDojo. The app has received over $30 million in capital investments and none of it has been used for advertising. Chaudhary and Don believe simple word-of-mouth marketing is sufficient to promote it and thus far they have been right.
The less money a family hauls in, the lower chances of success they’re likely to experience in life. Preston Smith realized this unfortunate disparity when teaching in San Jose, a city with tons of Hispanic families that are disadvantaged in many ways.
John Danner helped Preston Smith found Rocketship Education, focusing the nonprofit organization’s efforts on personalized education. RSED is a leader in combining regular classroom lectures with students spending time in private on subjects or problems they’re not succeeding in. Most students understand lectures, but often have trouble with particular parts of lessons that others may not. Personalized education through technological devices helps students through problems they might otherwise not get answered.
Rocketship Education’s schools have safe zones that illegal immigrants can’t be arrested in. While Mexican immigrants don’t live in high concentrations everywhere across the United States, California is one of the top destinations of people immigrating to America. Rather than punish families without documentation to live in the United States, Rocketship Education helps their families succeed by providing top-notch educations to children whose parents can’t afford or have trouble interacting with representatives from private schools without such safe zones.
Every time a new educator is hired, demographics of particular schools are tallied. Teachers that share similar demographic makeups and cultural backgrounds with students of those schools are hired in ideal situations. This causes students to feel better about being in school, rather than not being able to connect with teachers entirely unlike themselves.
RSED’s 18 locations are grades K-5. Often times, students in low-income areas have to attend lower-quality schools after they leave Rocketship Education. As such, administrators urge parents to contact local school boards in hopes of getting better schools for their children to attend from sixth grade onwards.
Teachers are required to make visits to the homes of students and their parents every year
Betsy DeVos is an accomplished business women, politician as well as an outspoken activist. Betsy DeVos is currently a member of the Republican Party. Ms. DeVos has had great influence on Republicans as well as many causes in which she strongly supports.At present, Betsy DeVos is the US Secretary of Education. In addition, Betsy DeVos is a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Ms. DeVos has always felt that education is a valuable asset. Ms. DeVos encourages higher education and she has always supported various educational causes.Betsy DeVos is a long time supporter of “School Voucher programs”. From 192-97 she was a Michigan Committeewoman. In addition, she also served as a Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
For over three years, Ms. DeVos took her responsibilities as Chairwoman very seriously. She seemed to get a great deal done during her tenure and she became highly respected within the state of Michigan.Betsy DeVos is presently married to Dick DeVos. Dick DeVos is a successful businessman as well as CEO of the corporation Amway. Ms. DeVos also has a father-in-law that is highly successful and quite wealthy.In November of 2016, Donald Trump decided he would nominate Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education in Administration. Ms. DeVos endured great opposition and ridicule following Trump’s decision. However, in the end Ms. DeVos received approval for Secretary of Education.
Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump have been friends for a number of years.Betsy DeVos was educated in mostly private Christian Schools. She Graduated from Calvin College in Michigan. Betsy DeVos earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Calvin College.Ms. DeVos came from a religious family and has long been a member of the Christian Reformed Church. She has been very outspoken about her faith and how she feels about Christianity in a changing world.Betsy DeVos is also Chairwomen of the Windquest Group. Windquest Group is an organization devoted to technology as well as “clean air”. Ms. DeVos and her husband Dick started this company in late 1989. Betsy DeVos is also involved in a variety of fundraising events.Betsy DeVos has done many good things especially for the less fortunate. She believes in giving back and helping others in a difficult and ever changing world.
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Amicus is the American biopharmaceutical company that is located in Cranbury, New Jersey. Amicus Therapeutics went public back in the year 2007 where they operated under the NASDAQ symbol of FOLD. This business was created by many venture capital firms which included the firm Radius Ventures(Yahoo Finance). It also worked alongside of New Enterprise Associates.
The therapeutic focus for the business is surrounding orphan and rare diseases. It works to create a plan on different therapy options for various diseases and in 2014, the business was said to have the largest portfolio for small molecules within the pharmacological chaperones within the industry of pharmaceuticals.
There are a number of diseases out there that leaves patients without hope that they can be cured or treated. A specific example is of Fabry Disease. This disease is a genetic disorder and to help people overcome the disease, the latest product of Amicus Therapeutics is Migalastat. By creating a number of enzyme replacement therapies, patients who suffer from this disease are able to see a difference in their lives.
The goal of Amicus Therapeutics is to help patients who are suffering from a disease to live longer and healthier lives by allowing therapies to work to alleviate the symptoms of various diseases. They are very passionate and the work they are doing and are always thinking of different things to do to help patients. As long as they continue to push the idea of each therapy and to take a number of risks that will push for different advances to be made, more patients are able to be helped when they suffer from a genetic disorder or disease.
The goal of the company is to think outside of the box and to keep asking the questions that are the hardest to answer. The business knows that in order to make a difference, they have to know and understand the mistakes that have been made. Once you understand a mistake and know how to avoid it, you start to learn how to avoid it and bypass it the next time. It encourages more hope and promise which is what patients need when they suffer from a disease or disorder.
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Betsy DeVos is the 11th Education Secretary, recently a member of Donald Trump’s Presidential cabinet. She is the daughter of billionaire industrious Edgar Prince, and is the wife of Dick DeVos. They have four children and five grandchildren. Mrs. DeVos had graduated from Holland Christian High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mrs. DeVos’ younger brother Erik Prince is a former US Navy Seal. Mrs. DeVos has been an active member of the Republican Party for the past 35 years. The Michigan Republican Party has elected her chairperson four times. She has led many campaigns and party organizations. In her current position of Secretary of Education, she is focused on improving education in the United States. Mrs. DeVos also chairperson and board member of Windquest Group.
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Secretary DeVos and her husband have founded a society called Excellence in Education. Mrs. DeVos is behind Maine using the standard grade of ABCDEF to grade elements in rating the quality of schools, the same grading system that has been used to grade students achievements for decades. Betsy DeVos believes in schools vouchers. she thinks parents should be able to choose which schools their children attend instead of being stuck with schools that are in certain school boundaries. For example, the children who live over in the next block are not necessarily in the same school boundary as your child. This would be a shame if the school the children who live over in the next block attend is a better school than your child has to attend. Opening up school choice can change all this and give parents the freedom to send their children to any school they want to regardless of school boundaries. Helping parents in low-income families have school choice is especially important to DeVos. It has always been important to her that regardless of what economic class someone comes from, he should be able to have he best education available in order to achieve the highest potential.
During George W. Bush’s Presidency, he appointed Betsy DeVos a member of the board of directors for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mrs. DeVos has already served on the committees for Art Prize. Six years ago, Mr. and Mrs. DeVos had donated $22.5 million, largest donation in the entire history of the center. According to dbdvfoundation.org, the donation was made on behalf of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. The Institute of Arts Management is dedicated to training future arts administrators ever since the then Kennedy Arts Director, Michael Klein, had proposed the idea to Mr. and Mrs. DeVos.
There are few Americans who have devoted more of their time to good causes than Betsy DeVos, the Michigan based philanthropist and education reformer who has become the major proponent of charter schools as part of the education system. The major work completed by Betsy DeVos in the area of education reform is a single spoke in her ever expanding wheel of philanthropic work completed by the Grand Rapids philanthropist who often works alongside her husband through the work of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation (dbdvfoundation.org)
Dick and Betsy DeVos have backed a wide range of philanthropic activities and campaigns through their own foundation that often reflect the beliefs of the couple, but often have a basis in the Grand Rapids, Michigan region where the couple have often sought to boost the economy and culture. One of the major programs the couple support is the annual ArtPrize that was begun in 2009 as an annual art prize. The prize is designed to attract many major artists to the Grand Rapids region and provide a way of building interest in the arts in this often culturally ignored region; ArtPrize offers an innovative approach to a community prize that sees the public vote on the artistic works as a way of driving more people to explore the arts with the aid of Betsy DeVos and husband Dick.
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Philanthropy takes on many different guises for Betsy DeVos who has spent a large amount of her time in recent years looking to develop The Windquest Group of companies that provides an umbrella for the investments for those picked out by Dick and Betsy DeVos. The work of the couple through The Windquest Group has taken on many different forms and includes not for profit organizations, such as the West Michigan Aviation Academy charter school founded by Betsy DeVos as the first school specializing in an education in aviation in the U.S.
Through her work in education reform the name Betsy DeVos has become intrinsically linked to the area of education reform that has become a major cause to be enjoyed by people across the U.S. As the regional head of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy DeVos has been able to aid in the passage of many educational programs supported by her philanthropic work. Among the programs backed by Betsy DeVos and the many charitable foundations she has played a key role in are the Detroit Charter School system that has become a major success and a flagship program across the U.S. The charter schools of Detroit have been proven to provide the same level of education in just three months as is provided in a full year at a Detroit public school. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
Having been founded in 1984 by Philip Berg and his wife Karen Berg, Kabbalah Centre has realized massive growth over the years. It was formed as a non-profit making organization aimed at offering courses in Kabbalistic learning and Zohar. Although the headquarters are in Los Angeles, the foundation has expanded to realize over fifty branches across the globe. The students who wish to undertake Kabbalah do not have to necessarily have the knowledge of Hebrew and Jewish texts. The approach to their learning is as friendly as that.
At Kabbalah it is believed that all the religions, be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism or even Buddhism are under a collective intelligence. For this reason, they do not fight any religion, rather supplement them. It is at Kabbalah Centre that you learn to primarily focus on your relationship with the essence of God as God is Himself incomprehensible.
Teachings on Specific Topics as Offered at Kabbalah Centre
Sex is a subject addressed and as explained by Yehuda Berg formerly a teacher at the Religion Centre, men should not generate semen without making love. They out rightly condemn masturbation because it is one way through which sperms fail to serve the intended purpose. Addressing astrology, there is such high regard to it, probably because it has been known to be part of Judaism in a great way. Though it was mainly opposed by the philosophers such as Maimonides, through the middle ages most Jews embraced it quite a lot.
Interesting to learn is that there is a Kabbalistic concept of Klippot. Here the argument is that everyone can directly connect to the essence of God, but Klippot bars the Spiritual energy from entering the physical. Bad behavior plays a major role in adding Klippot while studying and observing the Kabbalah and Jewish teachings removes Klippot.
Worth noting is that the Spirituality Centre has received continued patronage by the Jews. As well, it has grown so many branches in the United States of America, Asia, Middle East and Europe. Since it was founded, the Centre has been under able leadership and this has played a great role in enabling the facility stand the turbulent times.
Keith Mann is the founder and CEO of Dynamic Executive Search, He is a dedicated entrepreneur for more than 15 years he has been working in the executive search company. He started working as a Manager of the Alternative Investment Division with Dynamic Associates. He is also a skilled in staffing, hiring strategy and hedge fund compensation. As a philanthropist he helps uncommon schools by offering students the gears they want to get work after college and also funding Hopes and Heroes.
In 2002 he launched Alternative Investment Practice inside Dynamics Executives Search, once releasing hedge fund corporate is a fast-rising market that was not wanted by the search residents. Keith Mann developed Dynamics Search Partners as the leading management in searching firm devoted to different investment firms. He partners with schools and private equity industries therefore, having over 2000 clients.
Dynamic Search Partners displayed assistance to the New York Police Department after disputes within the police force .Keith Mann distributed lunch in the 54th street division to enhance their moral. His special links with the New York Police Department is through his uncle who is a detective in Staten Island. Due to the increasing violence it remains the reason for Keith Mann worries, he thinks that people can assist the police instead of standing against them.
He has been struggling and assisting the police on the current struggles they are experiencing by demonstrating for the New York Police Department, more than 150 people appeared. The related demonstration has been held all over the United States in spite of the growth of violent engagements in favor of protecting the police department. Keith Mann has faith that modest engagements can change the world by displaying assistance to the people who defend citizen every time.