Pros and Cons of Using eLearning Software in Your Classroom

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Technology allows you to teach and learn from any part of the world with Internet access and electricity. Sure, having specialized software for learning is great, but these will at least start you off on the right foot.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

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The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” From the Coursera blog : “Coursera pilots a new course format.” ” More via I Programmer on Coursera ’s decision to remove old courses from its platform. In other Coursera news : “ Atlassian sponsors computer science learners on Coursera.”

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Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s First Ivy League Degree: An Online Master’s From the University of Pennsylvania.” ” ( Not mentioned : Penn was one of the very first investors in Coursera.).

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” A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union raises interesting questions about the ownership of student data : “Exam scripts and examiner’s corrections are personal data of the exam candidate.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.” ” Codecademy, Edsurge contends, is now a competitor to Coursera and Udacity.

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In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. ” “The California State Legislature is now considering two bills that would build a database firewall to block the flow of personal information from state and local government to federal efforts to deport immigrants and register people based on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin,” according to the EFF.

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Coursera has a new partner , the insurance company AXA , which will offer some 300 Coursera classes to its employees. Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).