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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

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


Business and technology have become truly complementary: Forbes gives the example of engine manufacturers relying on software to push forward production. There are a wide variety of resources available including Youtube for Schools and Google for Education.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

The open source software side of the open house has absolutely no issue with commercial entities using or contributing to open source software. Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub.

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


For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

Iterating Toward Openness

Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests. Think about our older sibling, the open source software movement. These and many other companies are both active users of open source software and active contributors to open source software.

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“Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

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In many contexts – like open content, open educational resources, open source software, open access, and open data – “open” means “free plus permissions.” Just for fun, look at Google’s definition of open. The tl;dr.

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— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The vice chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand , in Johannesburg, on Monday issued an unusual plea for help to ‘save the 2016 academic year.’” Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face).

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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.” Via the Providence Journal : “Three teachers have resigned from Blackstone Valley Prep after the charter school confirmed allegations that they posted hurtful messages about some of their students” into a Google Doc shared with the entire school.

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And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Congratulations, Class of 2016 , from The New Yorker: this week's new yorker cover is ruthless — adam hamze حمزة (@adamhamz) May 24, 2016. Education Politics.


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” CSS — 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 — Rebecca Radford (@RebeccaRadford7) June 6, 2016. “ Apple , Microsoft , Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” says Edutechnica , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing pseudo-LMSes.


Simple Tips for Vendors When Reviewing Terms

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This post focuses on privacy, but the general lesson - that bad markup gets in the way of good content - holds true in both the OER and the privacy space. Google your privacy policy and terms of service. To people working on the web or in software development, these checks probably sound rudimentary - and they are. Sites where Google couldn't pick up the text of the policy and was only able to index the script that is supposed to load it.

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. “Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016 ” by Edsurge (which mislabels ISTE as the biggest ed-tech conference in the world). Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. Education Politics.


The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

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So far I’ve written about one-to-one computer programs and Open Educational Resources (OER). classrooms: Edmodo and Google Classroom — part of Google’s G Suite for Education.

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Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

This means that you can write your own textbooks, share them, or use them as you would any other OER or open education resource. And we’ll pull up Google; you know, anyone can help.

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. By 2016, Glam Media, rebranded as Mode Media, shut its doors , transferring ownership of Ning to Cyndx.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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If you look for a definition of “platform” online, you’re likely to get something along the lines of Wikipedia’s – fairly straightforward, although quite technical: A computing platform is the environment in which a piece of software is executed.

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” The school recently announced that it would end its attempts to regain accreditation after the Department of Education withdrew recognition for the for-profit in 2016. Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER.


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CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. ” Elsewhere in algorithms… Via The New York Times : “Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms.” “Someone Hit the Internet with a Massive Google Doc Phishing Attack ,” Motherboard Vice reports. Education Politics.