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Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy


Imagine you’re in the market to buy a house. For almost a decade, selling edtech products to schools and districts has felt dangerously like selling a home over the internet. School buyers have some requirements but they’re also open to persuasion. They know the stakes are high: They’re making a commitment, not just to one season but potentially to years of usage. Both patients and those administering the tests are “blind” to who is receiving which treatment.

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How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education


In the late 1960s, Nobel Prize-winning economist Herbert Simon posed the following thought exercise: Imagine you are an alien from Mars visiting a college on Earth, and you spend a day observing how professors teach their students. Mimicry of others who are equally untrained, instinct, and what feels right tend to provide the guidance. As a result, teaching is, to use another building metaphor, not up to code. colleges, but that has grown to more than 10,000 today.

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REINVENTING.SCHOOL - Episode 8 Today, "Home as a Place for Learning" #reinventingschool

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

And so, we decided to take a closer look at how this might work. We will address homeschooling, but our experts are prepared to go beyond the usual discussion. Pat Farenga describes himself as a “writer and education activist who addresses academic and general audiences about working with children, not on children, to help them learn.” Please join us at for the live shows as well as access to the recordings (also on YouTube ).

For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video


For many students, participating in online class discussions feels like a chore—a box to check off for participation points rather than a lively dialogue. “I I go in there and do it because I have to,” says Bradley Hook, a 28-year old sophomore at City College of San Francisco, and a blogger for EdSurge Independent. He’s taking three online courses this semester, all of which require him to participate in online discussion forums as part of his grade. “It

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Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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This is part one of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Last year, I started this series – my annual review of the year in education technology – with an article on wishful thinking. 2016 was such a terrible, terrible year, and as I composed my reflections on it for this annual series, I wanted to start by recognizing the pain and the loss. Nobody wants to take responsibility, which is fine. I’m talking to you.