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Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

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Now in its ninth year, the show has become a staple for convening a potpourri of ideas that span broad swaths of the education community, from instructional practices and school models, to social inequities and far-out visions of the future that seem more like a dream than reality. From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Siemens’ work is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning, but he doesn’t want to discuss the latest fads in education technology.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. It’s a cycle, Srnicek argues, that then encourages more usage, which in turn generates more data.

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” “Two assessment companies – Educational Testing Service and Data Recognition Corp. ” More data on military enrollment in for-profits in the “research” section below. Microsoft first launched these in 1992 , but let’s all pretend like the learn-to-code alt-certification thing is brand new. Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Via WaPo : “Study: Robot baby dolls don’t curb teen pregnancies. Education Politics.

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And more online education news in the “Betteridge’s Law of Headlines” section and in the research and data section below. “PISA for personality testing – the OECD and the psychometric science of social-emotional skills ” by Ben Williamson. A new project from the Learning Policy Institute and EducationCounsel : “Reimagining College Access: Performance Assessments From K–12 Through Higher Education.”

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The budget bill President Trump signed Friday fixes a technical problem for private scholarship providers that rely on federal student aid data to help students pay for college.” ” Via The Guardian : “ Toby Young quits New Schools Network , citing media pressure.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” “ Are K–12 data systems ready for AI?

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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 Cleveland.com : “National e-school figure to test new approach to online learning here in Ohio.” “ Are Universities Training Socially Minded Programmers? Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” – “This includes how long-distance learning programs are defined.” Via The Guardian : “ Student Loans Company ‘spied on vulnerable students’ social media’ ” The “New” For-Profit Higher Ed. Via The Washington Post : “ A South Carolina school district just abolished snow days – and will make students learn online.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. The accreditor: the Higher Learning Commission. Via The CBC : “Toronto man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake.” danah boyd has announced that she’ll be stepping down from running her research organization Data & Society. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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I’d hardly know where to begin in writing one, but I want to open this particular article – one that focuses, in part, on the whole “everyone should learn to code” craze – recognizing his great contribution to educational computing as well as his loss. My work as a thinker and writer about tech and ed-tech – and one explicitly committed to social justice – has been profoundly affected by Seymour. “Everyone should learn to code.”

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” Via Politico : “ Several Trump appointees shared unflattering views of minorities, women on social media.” Senate bill compels data collection on foreign-born college students.” Via Campus Technology : “ Harvard Tailoring the MOOC Experience With Adaptive Learning.” ” Via AIR : “Getting Back on Track: What Math Content Is Taught and Learned in Online and Face-to-Face Algebra Credit Recovery Courses ?”

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” “Frustrated with how colleges have handled their claims of sexual abuse , more students are turning to social media to publicize their cases,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The learn-to-code company Treehouse has launched “Techdegrees,” “a guided-learning experience designed to prepare students for entry-level developer jobs at companies across the country.” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Education Politics.

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was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” Via The Guardian : “ Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ ” This ban has been targeted at scientists at the EPA and USDA in particular. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2017, just a week before Christmas, the New Media Consortium abruptly announced its immediate closure “because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer.” It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security.