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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting. I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S.

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How one Mississippi community copes with influx of Hispanic students

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After graduation, he returned to his home country, where he worked at the Arthur Anderson consulting firm and the Firestone tire company. The company, then known as B.C. We try to meet their needs, but it’s not easy.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

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Only about one in five of 2016 graduates got full-time jobs in legal offices, the advocacy organization Law School Transparency reported. I will not shut down my investigations or stand by while loan-servicing companies are given a free pass to cheat students.”.

A solution as obvious as it is rare: Making high school graduates ready for college

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Half a million, or about one in four, show up on campuses each fall not ready to take college courses in math or English, according to the advocacy organization Education Reform Now. But over 10 meetings and four months of planning, longstanding barriers began to come down.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

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Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms.

The Business of Education Technology

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The total dollars invested in 2016 are off by about $2 billion from this time last year; the number of deals are down by a third; and the number of acquisitions are off by about 20%. Even without providing you the final tally of funding for 2016, I can point to other signals about what’s happened to ed-tech startups over the course of the last twelve months – their sustainability, their viability. (Or Or lack thereof – see “ The 2016 Ed-Tech Dead Pool.”).

The Politics of Education Technology

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“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

Kidcasts: Podcasts for kiddos

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Kitty and Lindsay are among the eight founding members of the recently launched kidcasting advocacy platform, Kids Listen , a new grassroots organization of advocates for high-quality audio content for children.

Hack Education Weekly News

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After much speculation – and meetings from those the media described as “potential candidates,” including Michelle Rhee (who visited the President-Elect with husband, “accused sexual abuser Kevin Johnson ,” as Deadspin put it , in tow) – Donald Trump has made his pick for Secretary of Education: Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos. C8xzJTP2yQ — The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) November 21, 2016. The company offers online degrees in Africa.

Making College A Powerful Experience For the Most Marginalized

MindShift

The cohort of 16 students meet once a week for three hours to discuss readings and how their individual projects connect to the theories they’re learning. Any time they meet in person the school provides childcare and food to make sure everyone can come. In between those meetings, students are working full time, but are also expected to complete between 20 and 30 hours of work at home.

Hack Education Weekly News

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K98BwFMkIc @ryancraiguv #edtech pic.twitter.com/3mITJHvODv — EdSurge HigherEd (@HigherEdSurge) November 11, 2016. ” Palantir is the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel and funded in part by the CIA. Another tech company ready and willing to support Trump: IBM. If you know the history of this company , it’s a rather frightening gesture. ” The company has raised $12.5 Echo360 has acquired testing company Astute Technology.

Hack Education Weekly News

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the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. For-profit higher ed company Education Management Corp says it will close 22 out of 26 of its Brown Mackie College locations.

Navigating the ‘Wild West’ of Digital Collections in Schools

MindShift

To help meet their needs, librarians are scrambling to curate effective digital collections accessible through a variety of devices, but it’s a complicated and often expensive task. Heise’s company aggregates digital content on a platform that schools use for easy access. His company is a middleman between the needs of educators and the business interests of publishers. School libraries are no longer simply quiet places for students to study or check out printed materials.

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From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

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Once I was speaking in Virginia and some teachers told me I had to meet Pam, that she was a “teacher’s and student’s superintendent.” She subsequently was one of four statewide superintendents of the year to be selected as a finalist for 2016 National Superintendent of the Year.

Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

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Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. Even though the companies are often taking the bulk of the tuition revenue the degree programs pull in, the firms still aren’t profitable in many cases.

Educational Leadership for Social Good

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EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation , dedicated to effecting positive change in schools, and currently supporting a number of advocacy programs including the Our Voice Academy and the nonprofit Student Voice Foundation.

As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

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We have to engage in a movement,” Susan Patrick, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group known as iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), told the cheering crowd of 3,000 true believers.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

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At each meeting reiterate the school’s commitment to digital safety, provide tips and insights into the technology used at the school, offer resources parents can refer to at home, and let them ask their questions about kids and media.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

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So in 2016 she headed back to the 42-acre campus near Gary’s dilapidated downtown to study for a degree in general studies. “I Between 1996 and 2016, their share of overall college enrollment rose from 8 to 19 percent , according to the U.S.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business. Department of Education Secretary in October 2016.

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President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

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Thirty-four million millennials voted in the 2016 election, constituting 25 percent of votes cast. While the ranks of the boomers thin out each year, an estimated 8 million more Americans are eligible to vote this year than in 2016.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The adaptive Apex Learning Tutorials for intervention, remediation, and preparation for high-stakes assessments were proven to improve students’ performance on the Tutorials from pretest to posttest by more than 50% and by an average of 23 to 26 percentile points during the 2016–2017 school year.

Increasingly skeptical students, employees want colleges to show them the money

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One of the most active student clubs at Michigan State University meets every other Wednesday in a room above a buzzing cafeteria. billion as of 2016 through a complicated financial instrument called an interest-rate swap. billion endowment in companies controlled by donors and alumni.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It Forty-one states require physical education at the middle school level, according to the 2016 annual report by SHAPE , and 46 require it in high school. APPLETON, Wisc.

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

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Lake Oconee Academy was the brainchild of the Reynolds Lake Oconee real estate company. In 2016, California had 33 racially identifiable white charters, Texas was home to 19 and Michigan, 14. Company officials and their allies sit on many of the county’s most important boards.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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So unrelentingly are the cards stacked against them that only 694 high school graduates from all of Puerto Rico went to college on the mainland or abroad in 2016 , the last year for which the figure is available from the U.S.

Jim Shelton to Leave Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Shelton, who had served in the Department of Education during the Obama administration, began meeting with the pair in 2015 after he had joined the online graduate education company, 2U. What became clear was that we shared some core beliefs,” Shelton writes of his early meetings with Chan and Zuckerberg. Jim Shelton is leaving the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

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What they lack is college-educated relatives, counselors, role models or mentors to make sure they take the courses and meet the deadlines they need to, or who encourage them to think about their further educations.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

edWeb.net

District IT offices were taking on the same tasks as Fortune 500 companies without the ability to implement them as effectively. In addition, develop security benchmarks, and don’t use any program that doesn’t meet them.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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ATLANTA — Brent Agnew remembers feeling a sense of relief when he left the meeting called to discuss his 6-year-old son Caleb’s anxiety attacks. One parent at a public meeting said that a police officer had told her that her son “would get better services in jail” than at her local school.

Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Launch National Event that Connects Students with Real-World Stories of Loss, Triumph and Learning at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic

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The Virtual Field Trip will allow viewers to meet two retired professional football players who understand the pressures of playing football through pain and now focus their efforts on discussing alternative pain management options with young athletes. Since launching during the fall of 2016, Operation Prevention’s immersive English and Spanish-language tools have reached more than three million students ages 8 to 18. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc.,

What’s school without grade levels?

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At Northern Cass, momentum for change began during the district’s 2016 accreditation renewal when staff checked up on students after graduation. When you meet somebody and ask how old their kids are, they say, oh, they’re in third grade or fourth grade,” noted Phillips of ExcelinEd.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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An advocacy for libertarian politics – think Peter Thiel (a Stanford graduate) now advising Donald Trump. ” Despite thinking of themselves as liberal-learning, today’s tech companies re-inscribe much of this.