'The Brave Little Surveillance Bear' and Other Stories We Tell About Robots Raising Children

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I delivered this talk today at the NMC Summer 2017 conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The robot, or rather a seemingly living automaton in “The Sandman,” veers towards “das unheimlich.” Maybe they’ll change how we think about robots.

4 Ways AI will be a great teaching assistant

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From self-driving cars and grocery shopping without cash registers ( Amazon Go ), to algorithms that detect diseases and speech recognition that allows us to have conversations with robots (Apple’s Siri, for example) artificial intelligence is everywhere.

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

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If we look back on 2017 in educational technology, some of the biggest surprises were political and cultural. In 2017 the Trump administration did not embrace free tuition, to put it mildly, but localities did in various forms, from New York state to Providence, Rhode Island. As 2017 dawned, these corporations were riding high—exceedingly wealthy and well-respected, connected to enormous numbers of users.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , And if 2017 is the end of the road for our vision of the transformative power of OER, it will be our own fault.) You can argue that it might have made a difference in 2007, but it won’t in 2017.).

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How Brooklyn LAB Charter School is Integrating Non Academic Habits into the Classroom

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The following year, LAB prioritized strengthening their programming for less traditional activities such as robotics, student council and video game design, with an emphasis on explicitly connecting these experiences to specific competencies in the framework. Mote and Tucker experimented with several existing student information systems (SIS) and learning management systems (LMS) while they were planning LAB, but none of them felt right. The LAB high school will open in fall 2017.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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It’s not even an LMS, quite frankly – something Edmodo tried to use as a selling point for a little while. The LMS has long positioned itself as an “operating system,” of sorts for higher education. That’s because I now count AltSchool as an LMS.

Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” And if 2017 is the end of the road for our vision of the transformative power of OER, it will be our own fault.) Yes, working actively to erode the student-faculty relationship—or worse, somehow obviate the faculty role—by trying to create “ a robot tutor in the sky that can semi-read your mind ” is entirely wrong-headed. You can argue that it might have made a difference in 2007, but it won’t in 2017.).if

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via NPR : “Hi, Robot : Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley.” ” “A robot called Bina48 has successfully taken a course in the philosophy of love at Notre Dame de Namur University , in California,” Inside Higher Ed reports. It’s good to note when people describe things as “algorithmic decision making” and when they blame robots.). Billion in 2017.”

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Me: pic.twitter.com/gmb3Oigcv0 — Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) October 5, 2017. pic.twitter.com/yehgZ82br6 — Shahien Nasiripour (@nasiripour) October 5, 2017. ” “ University of Wisconsin System to Migrate From D2L Brightspace to Canvas LMS” by Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill. pic.twitter.com/tfodnBuiTF — Ashley Jost (@ajost) September 29, 2017. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics.

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Nice artwork pic.twitter.com/ghFh8flSw1 — Kumars Salehi (@KumarsSalehi) September 21, 2017. From the Knewton blog : “ Introducing Knewton Product Updates for Fall 2017.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Imagine how great universities could be without all those human teachers ,” says Quartz , lauding the fantasy that robots will replace teachers. Via Campus Technology : “ Education Data Breaches Double in First Half of 2017.”

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Via Edsurge : “ OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. ” “OER is about to become for course planning what LMS is for grading,” which frankly sounds awful. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Today Online : “ Robot tutors set to help students take on China ’s daunting Gaokao college entrance exams.” (National) Education Politics. “Where is Trump’s Cabinet ?” ” asks Politico.

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Via NPR : “Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition.” ” The New York Times reports that “ Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S. It’s 2017, and ed-tech is so “disruptive” that we’re still debating the LMS , a technology that is at least 30 years old (and that’s just if you date it to the founding of Blackboard. From WCET : “ In Defense of the LMS.”

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” The $1700 robot dog also requires a subscription plan. Robot stories are also Betteridge’s Law of Headlines stories, wouldn’t you know it? The robotics company, formerly known as play-i, has raised $78.34 Kano Computing has raised $28 million for its learn-to-code robotics kits. My latest calculations on VC funding in education : “The Business of Ed-Tech: October 2017 Funding Data.”

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LMS news from Edsurge : “​ University of Michigan ’s Gamified LMS Opens Up to Other Institutions.” Among those cringeworthy ideas: the LMS. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Edsurge : “Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think.” ” (Yes, I’m tracking on this sort of thing as part of my 2017 “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” (National) Education Politics.

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link] pic.twitter.com/XT9iGmcrJs — Jack Clark (@jackclarkSF) September 13, 2017. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via TeacherCast : “Why Teachers Will Never Be Replaced By Robots.” ” Inside Higher Ed on Robot-Proof : “Northeastern president discusses his new book on how higher education can train students for careers where technology cannot make them redundant.” (National) Education Politics.

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Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” It’s 2017, and Wired still promotes a narrative that “ hackers ” are all young men. ” Google announces more updates to its pseudo-LMS, Google Classroom. Inside Higher Ed examines the challenges facing LMS provider Blackboard. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. percent from 2017 to 2021.” Education Politics.

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Edsurge invites readers to “Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator ’s Summer 2017 Class.” Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill writes about the latest from the LMS provider Instructure , noting “culture as a competitive weapon.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too,” says Campus Technology. (National) Education Politics.

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Quartz : “The robot that takes your job should pay taxes , says Bill Gates.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “What Happens When Robots Become Role Models.” ” “The LMS Market is Quickly Losing Ground,” according to Chief Learning Officer at least. The Gates Foundation’s 2017 Annual Letter doesn’t really say much about education. Education Politics.

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” According to Edsurge , Knewton is now a courseware company and not a “robot tutor in the sky.” ” The company is called TechReady.io , and it scans your computer to make sure it meets all the requirements for an LMS and so on. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” There’s some robot news in the privacy section below. (National) Education Politics.

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Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill on layoffs at the LMS Schoology. The Girl Who Drank the Moon , written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat , illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner. “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” More robot crap in the Betteridge’s section above.

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Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein continues to fight the LMS fight: “Fear and Loathing in the Moodle Community.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company, which makes educational and entertainment robots, has raised $520 million total. From investors Chian Gong and Jennifer Carolan, writing in Edsurge : “ Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Via The Student Loan Report : “Halfway Through 2017, Here Are the Best & Worst Student Loan Servicers.” Via Campus Technology : “2017 Ed Tech Trends: The Halfway Point.” ” Because everyone’s just dying to interact with the LMS through their home surveillance device. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. From the Raspberry Pi blog : “IoT Sleepbuddy, the robotic babysitter.” trillion in 2017.

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pic.twitter.com/0oMZuYGFbD — Mike Bowen (@DrMBowen) November 8, 2017. And from Phil Hill : “A Note on Data Used for LMS Market Analysis.” But anyway… Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Something something robots something something. (National) Education Politics. Listen, folks (particularly educators). If you’re going to decry “ fake news ,” then you best not be sharing it.

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pic.twitter.com/PDYLO6kW9U — f.o.x.x.i (@foxxi_loxxi) April 17, 2017. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Techcrunch : “ Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan.” The LMS is displaying some of students' data back at them.). Data and “Research” “So Far in 2017, Pace of Investment Into Ed Tech Bouncing Back,” says EdWeek’s Market Brief , drawing on a report from investment research firm CB Insights.

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employee @kevxindy should know short/little is redundant like Russian colluding/traitor or pussy grabbing/sexual predator [link] — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 15, 2017. ” It’s 2017 and we’re still writing stories about how students are distracted by technology. link] pic.twitter.com/Vcf7DsuDYg — Mark Zohar (@markzohar) March 11, 2017. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The Trump Budget.

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” The LMS as gateway to a job application. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Campus Technology : “ Clemson U , Carnegie Mellon to Develop Robots for Advanced Manufacturing.” I’m publishing this week’s Hack Education Weekly News a little early this week. I plan to be offline tomorrow, January 20, so as to avoid any news about the Trump Inauguration. I join Representative John Lewis in insisting Trump is an “ illegitimate President.”

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Phil Hill on an “LMS Revival: D2L picking up new customers and showing they can listen.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics. The AP interviews US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos , who laments “she didn’t decry racism enough.” ” Via Politico : “New marching orders from Betsy DeVos’ civil rights chief have the Education Department churning through civil rights complaints.

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” New Nanodegrees from Udacity : Digital Marketing and Robotics. Offering “modules” in an LMS is, apparently, newsworthy. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Robots hate the Common Core. ” Via Techcrunch : “ Disney Research has robots matching verbal styles with kids.” ” Via PC Magazine : “Researchers Show Off ‘Mind-Reading’ Robot.” Education Politics.

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.

Adapting to the New Classroom

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The graduation rate rose dramatically, from 81 percent in 2011 to 91 percent in 2017. Absent students can join classrooms through robotic telepresence. The school uses Google Apps for Education, PowerSchool SIS, Canvas LMS, and tools like Imagine Learning. Canvas LMS ?

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Blackboard Ally is an accessibility solution that helps make digital class content in a learning management system (LMS) more accessible for all learners. CYPHER LEARNING NEO LMS ( www.cypherlearning.com ) CYPHER LEARNING announced the launch of the Windows app for its product NEO LMS.

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” More, via The Washington Post , on the protests at Brooklyn’s Secondary School for Journalism about having to use the Summit Learning Program , the LMS built for the Summit chain of charter schools by Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: “Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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million in 2017,” says Politico , making her the wealthiest of Trump’s Cabinet members. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” Data from e-Literate : “Contrasting LMS Adoption Patterns in Four English-Speaking Countries.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Student-Loan Borrowers , by Age Group, Amount Owed, and Repayment Status, 2017.” ” e-Literate on the latest debates about LMS markets : “Response to MoodleNews: Some considerations for critical reading of market sizing claims.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Kids connect with robot reading partners ,” says the PR office of the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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Via Class Central : “A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Quartz : “One of the world’s biggest firms is spending $450 million to solve a world problem created by robots.” ” “ Ziro ’s robotics kit for kids now works with Alexa ,” says Techcrunch. Curriculum maker Magpie Education has raised $416,000 from the British Robotics Seed Fund.

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