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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

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.

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

Edsurge

Several software companies have their own repositories, such as Microsoft’s Docs.com, Schoology’s public resources, Canvas Commons, and more. 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.

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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. Software also collects information on students all by itself. Copyright 2016 NPR. Jamie Jones/Getty Images/Ikon Images.

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Developing a Research Base to Evaluate Digital Courseware

Edsurge

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. Software also collects information on students all by itself. And some software systems let them log on and see exactly how Jasper or Alaia are performing, assignment by assignment, even down to the number of minutes spent reading or practicing Spanish. Copyright 2016 NPR.

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” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. “The San Francisco-based software company will continue a four-year partnership with San Francisco Unified School District. Microsoft first launched these in 1992 , but let’s all pretend like the learn-to-code alt-certification thing is brand new. This and other findings are in the latest Pew Research on “ Book Reading 2016.”

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.

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.”

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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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The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

Edsurge

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. On Amazon, the book alone sells for $148 without the MindTap software.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

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. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning.

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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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Billion Federal Block Grant Makes Ed-Tech Training Higher Priority Than Software, Devices.” 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.”

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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.”