Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

Unfortunately, too many of our investments in educational technology (edtech) have fallen far short of our civil rights aspirations. In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. Taking a more critical look at edtech. Why do we hold edtech products to a lower standard than many other educational factors that interact with our students?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition). Tagged on: March 5, 2017 Global Evolution of EdTech | Navitas Ventures → A look at over 20 years of edtech company evolution through $16b of investment around the world. Tagged on: February 27, 2017 Limited internet access leaves York Co.

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What is an intelligent learning platform for schools and universities?

Neo LMS

Schools and universities have been leveraging the power of edtech for quite a while now. Additionally, teaching with edtech also allowed educators to save time spent on manual tasks thanks to features such as auto-graded assignments. . Lower dropout rates.

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Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution

TeachThought - Learn better.

Asynchronous access to this content, especially when this access is not through a dated university learning management system, but something more authentic to the student, maybe even accessed on their own mobile devices. There is so much great content already published and accessible, that curation matters as much as creation. And anymore, they end being the punchline of edtech jokes, somehow. Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution.

The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative ), I spent hours doing my own personal research on my university’s open access policy and scouring the library website. article reported that students of universities such as Stanford are spending over $100,000 collectively each semester on course materials that are already freely available to them on the thousands of library databases they don’t know they have access to.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” ” “A Conveyor Belt of Dropouts and Debt at For-Profit Colleges ” by Susan Dynarski. Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Via the MIT Technology Review : “ AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via eCampus News : “Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion ?” ” Via Real Clear Education : “ K–12 Predictive Analytics : Time for Better Dropout Diagnosis.” ” “ Beware Edtech’s Equivalent of the Flashlight App ” – to my surprise, the story isn’t about how flashlight apps are full of malware, but golly it could be. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“The FCC Is Threatening to Gut a Program That Provides Internet Access to Minorities,” Pacific Standard reports. Edtech Raises $739M in Venture Funding.” ” Via Chalkbeat : “Do suspensions lead to higher dropout rates and other academic problems? 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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Department of Education has placed restrictions on access to federal student aid for West Virginia public universities after the state was late submitting required annual financial statements for the third year in a row. But as Inside Higher Ed reports later in the week : “In the latest development in an eventful saga, Ashford University on Wednesday announced that it is closer to preserving access to Post–9/11 GI Bill benefits.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via EdScoop : “Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows.” ’” Via Education Week : “ FCC Seeks Comment on Access to WiFi for Schools and Libraries.” Meanwhile, the state has given initial approval for ECOT to become a “dropout school.” Via the Future of Privacy Forum : “ Law Enforcement Access to Student Records : What Is the Law?” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. “ Cory Reid , who previously ran two edtech companies – Instructure and MasteryConnect – as their chief executive, has landed a new gig at Tyton Partners,” says Edsurge , failing to disclose that it shares investors with MasteryConnect.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via eCampus News : “The 2 edtech fields with the most potential under Trump.” Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” ” “Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than 20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a Justice Department accessibility order,” reports Inside Higher Ed. Education Politics.