Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

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THE BIG GUYS: Here’s news from Google, ABCMouse, and Amazon. First up, Google Education announced a new “casting” app for the classroom projector, released the “Expeditions” virtual reality app for all teachers and students, and added a new quizzing feature in Google Forms. Full EdSurge coverage on Google here.) Matty Fox (@what2foxsay) June 28, 2016. In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

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Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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There is also the US Department of Education’s Learning Registry, which contains resources created by various parts of the US Government. These resources are all freely available in the Learning Registry and can (and should) be made available in any state or other registry via API. Fishtree believes in giving students “voice and choice” to select the resource that matches their learning style.

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Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning.

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

NPR Learning and Tech

Check out the "dashboards" inside programs like Google Apps for Education, or freestanding gradebook apps like JumpRope, or ClassDojo, focused on behavior. Companies like Google pledge not to track the content of schoolwork for the purposes of advertising. Copyright 2016 NPR.

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Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning

eSchool News

This year’s Brightspace Excellence Awards , announced at FUSION 2016 by global learning technology provider D2L, recognized the promise of online learning and its ability to connect more and more people to high-quality educational programs. Faculty dedicated to helping students learn online created robust online environments and high-quality tools to help students succeed in their online learning endeavors. 2016 Brightspace Awards for Excellence Winners.

Developing a Research Base to Evaluate Digital Courseware

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Online and blended learning continue to trend upward in higher education institutions across the U.S. Babson Survey , the proportion of academic leaders who report that online learning is critical for long-term institutional growth has grown from 49 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2015, and institutions are investing in edtech products to support digital learning. At the same time, the number of studies of the effectiveness of learning software is huge.

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What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

MindShift

Check out the “dashboards” inside programs like Google Apps for Education, or freestanding gradebook apps like JumpRope, or ClassDojo, focused on behavior. Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his “adaptive learning” platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem. Copyright 2016 NPR.

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” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. Microsoft first launched these in 1992 , but let’s all pretend like the learn-to-code alt-certification thing is brand new. “Digital learning systems now charge students for access codes needed to complete coursework, take quizzes, and turn in homework,” Buzzfeed – which consistently does some of the best education journalism – reports.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Facebook worked with the Summit Public Schools charter chain in order to develop this “personalized learning platform,” which it released last year and now licenses to other schools under the product name “Basecamp.” Basecamp is essentially a learning management system (with the adjective “personalized” appended to it). AltSchool, a private school startup, was founded in 2014 by Max Ventilla, a former Google executive. Adaptive students.).

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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Either way, he’s gone too soon; we’ve lost too much , too many in 2016. pic.twitter.com/BBhsgwY2FZ — Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) August 1, 2016. I’d hardly know where to begin in writing one, but I want to open this particular article – one that focuses, in part, on the whole “everyone should learn to code” craze – recognizing his great contribution to educational computing as well as his loss. Google’s Alphabet Inc.

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“High school students will be allowed to carry mace in the 2016–2017 school year after the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education agreed to remove prohibitive language and amend its policy,” the Salisbury Post reports. — Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) May 10, 2016.

Voice-Based English Tutoring App MyBuddy Merges With a Friend: Edwin

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The heads of the two companies knew each other, and last year MyBuddy started to build its own language-learning curriculum to add to its offerings. Edwin developed sophisticated adaptive learning technology for English as a foreign language,” says Crewkow.

What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

At the end of the chat I shared the following tweet: "I know I'm biased but I think teacher prep students should be aware of blended learning, value of PLN and recent buzzwords to explore." For centuries teachers have learned the value of formative assessment.

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The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” From Course Report : “the 2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study.” ” Among the findings: “In 2016, the sheer number of bootcamp providers has grown to 91, compared to 67 last year.” “ 14 projects win 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries.”

The Rough Beasts of Ed-Tech

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This keynote was delivered today at the Irish Learning Technology Association's annual conference, EdTech2016, in Dublin. I’m not sure we talk often enough about technology-enhanced learning in these terms – as a political not merely pedagogical practice.

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“The UK government has published its 2016 HE White Paper, entitled Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice,” the Times Higher Education reports. And The Next Web headline makes for… something: “ Facebook and Google could be allowed to award university degrees.” “ Hail and Farewell to The Google Books Case ” by James Grimmelmann. Via the US News & World Report : “The 2016 U.S.

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” CSS pic.twitter.com/JYyabJDAS3 — Owen Williams ⚡️ (@ow) June 6, 2016. Heard there was an intruder in my sons school last night.wasn't so angry when I found out who it was @thereaIbanksy pic.twitter.com/pC8WTo7v83 — Rebecca Radford (@RebeccaRadford7) June 6, 2016. ” From the press release : “ Learning Machine and MIT Media Lab Release Blockchain Technology for Educational Credentials.” Education Politics.

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Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

as you continue to amplify formative learning with digital technology. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over 3/4 full and the 2016 calendar is beginning to fill. Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

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To adapt, many companies are investing domestically, particularly in China, where edtech companies raised more than $1.2 billion in 2016, according to Goldman Sachs. Fresco Capital , GSV Acceleration , Learn Capital , Owl Ventures , Reach Capital and Rethink Education , now count Asian limited partners among investors in their newest funds. “In million (A) 2016 Sinovation Ventures EnglishCentral $1.3 million (N/A) 2016 Kirihara Shoten K.K.

Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model

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Textbook companies defend their new model, arguing that digital titles help students learn better than past methods and are sold for far less than traditional textbooks. One of those students is Addison Wright, a junior at ASU who took Goegan’s course in the spring of 2016.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

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A 2016 report funded by the Gates Foundation found that in the U.S. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. But I’ve come to believe that contemporary instructional design sits at the intersection of three core disciplines: learning science, human-centered design, and digital marketing. Share what you learned.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. The startup was later sold to Valore Education in 2015 , which was in turn acquired by Follett in 2016 , which in turn shut down the Boundless site in 2017.

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A new project from the Learning Policy Institute and EducationCounsel : “Reimagining College Access: Performance Assessments From K–12 Through Higher Education.” Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” “ Google is jeopardizing A frican-American literature sites ,” says The Outline. Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Google’s art selfies aren’t available in Illinois.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Obama administration’s Education Department failed to consider key evidence when it reviewed and ultimately terminated its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in 2016, a federal judge ruled late Friday.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.”

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Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. Kudos to the Houston Chronicle for the original reporting on this in 2016. Via The Verge : “James Damore sues Google for allegedly discriminating against conservative white men.” ” 69% of Google’s employees are men. Subscription boxes for teachers are somehow “ personalized learning.”

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Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.” ” The school, eVersity , will seek approval from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission , an organization that accredits mostly for-profit institutions, rather than the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits the rest of public higher ed in Arkansas. ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.”

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Via Wired : “Ex- Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing For Criticizing James Damore ’s Memo.” Via The Verge : “ James Damore ’s labor complaint against Google was completely shut down.” ” In other learn-to-code news, the press release says that “ Mattel Expands Partnership With Tynker , Setting Goal To Introduce 10 Million Kids To Coding By 2020.” Alphabet is, of course, the parent company of Google.

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Via The New York Times : “ Google , in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans ” – so enjoy that Google Certification, educators. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” ” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.” ” That’d be Hugo Barra , a former Google exec.

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Also via The New York Times : “ Google , in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans.” Via Campus Technology : “ Harvard Tailoring the MOOC Experience With Adaptive Learning.” ” Via AIR : “Getting Back on Track: What Math Content Is Taught and Learned in Online and Face-to-Face Algebra Credit Recovery Courses ?” Via Education Week : “ Personalized Learning and the ‘ Internet of Things :’ Q&A.”