Media: Another Cash Infusion For EdTech Cheerleader
I still haven't seen anything critical (or even skeptical) coming out of EdSurge, the 18 month-old newsletter/website out of Silicon Valley, but that hasn't stopped the Washington Post, NSVF, and a few others from kicking in $400,000 to go with whatever startup money the Gates Foundation provided to fund EdSurge's expansion.
In its press release, EdSurge is described as being independent and journalistic, which -- yikes (Washington Post, NewSchools Venture Fund Back EdSurge). While generally positive, TechCrunch's blog post talks about how educators need to "sift through the BS" and warns that "being a cheerlader only goes so far." (A Resource For All Things EdTech).
No doubt about the need, but I'm still not sure about whether EdSurge is going to be that vehicle. Will EdSurge link to stories like "Five Reasons Why School Tablet Rollouts Can Stumble – Or Fail" (Mindshift) much less write their own? The folks behind EdSurge keep saying that they're going to be independent and skeptical, but ... when?