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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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Opinionated Products : There’s a word for the kinds of tools and products—like say, Google search results—which adapt to a user’s behavior: opinionated. Making Smart Decisions in a Crowded Edtech Market : EdSurge’s very own Leonard Medlock (Director, Concierge) will pry open some examples of districts working with Concierge and discuss strategies around how to articulate challenges, find and choose technology and successfully pilot selected tools. It’s that time of year again.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

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CMS – Content Management System (a tool to build websites and apps). MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners). OER – Open Educational Resource (this can be any online materials that are free to use). The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) In his 2017 book Platform Capitalism , Nick Srnicek posits that platforms are poised to become the fundamental business model of our digital world – key to the new economy, clearly, but also key to political and social systems (and what these will become under the control of these powerful technology companies).

The 2017 Global Education Conference (Online) Starts Today! Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The 8th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC) All Online, All Free November 13 - 16, 2017 The Global Education Conference Network's eighth annual worldwide collaboration on globally-connected education starts today, Monday, November 13, and continues through this Thursday, November 16.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” A cartoon Mark Zuckerberg toured hurricane-struck Puerto Rico in virtual reality [link] pic.twitter.com/BEPfZesjF7 — The Verge (@verge) October 9, 2017. Zuck responds to some of the backlash to his VR Puerto Rico visit, FB PR is pressing on this as well pic.twitter.com/NzR93PHDys — Lucas Matney (@lucasmtny) October 10, 2017. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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In fiscal 2017, the office was funded to employ 569 staff members, according to the department’s budget request from earlier this year.” link] — Chris Lehmann (@lehmannchris) November 16, 2017. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Are You Getting a Pay Bump For Student Completion? ” “Whatever Happened To MOOCs ?” (National) Education Politics.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The IRS data retrieval tool that let financial aid applicants automatically import income information into the FAFSA won’t be restored for the current aid cycle, said James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in written testimony to Congress Wednesday.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. Not sure why this is called a MOOC.

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Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” The NAACP endorses OER. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” percent from 2017 to 2021.”

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Post and Courier : “ South Carolina ’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns.” Stanford University’s Larry Cuban continues his analysis of behavioral management tool ClassDojo. ” (Yes, I’m tracking on this sort of thing as part of my 2017 “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. Via Chalkbeat : “New York City’s largest school charter network, Success Academy , has won the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix – and LinkedIn.” ” There’s more MOOC-related research in the research section below. The Girl Who Drank the Moon , written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

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The Rebranding of MOOCs. Remember 2012 , “ The Year of the MOOC? Remember in 2012 when the media wrote about MOOCs with such frenzy, parroting all these marketing claims and more and predicting that MOOCs were poised to “ end the era of expensive higher education ”? Along the way, most of the predictions and promises have been broken: Attending a MOOC now often costs money ; receiving a certificate certainly costs money. of courses use OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Christian school @BetsyDeVosED is visiting in her #trumpbudget ad doesn't accept special education students [link] pic.twitter.com/OYN49iCgrK — Jennifer Berkshire (@BisforBerkshire) May 23, 2017. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Slate : “ The New Diploma Mills.” Also related: Facebook’s auto-caption function is… not great pic.twitter.com/U23TkkCuYG — Mike Murphy (@mcwm) May 25, 2017. The Trump Budget.

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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. Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. MOOCs are, no surprise, their own entry on this long list of awfulness.