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With Eyes on Asia, Kidaptive Raises $19.1M to Grow Its ‘Invisible’ Adaptive Learning Platform

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Once known for a learning game, the Redwood City, Calif.-based based company now touts itself as a provider of adaptive-learning technologies for educational content providers. Kidaptive first entered the edtech market in 2012 with Leo’s Pad, a game-based learning app that offered mini-games and puzzles to assess cognitive skills in young children. The company has refocused its business and research around what it calls its “Adaptive Learning Platform.”

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

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I will not be assigning penance today – although as a scholar of history and culture, I do want you (all of us, really) to think about what we’ve done; to think about what we’ve said; to think about the stories we tell about the future of technology and education.

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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. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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One of education technologies’s greatest luminaries passed away this year. 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. Funding data about “learn to code” startups can be found at funding.hackeducation.com.

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

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Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people." 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.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Facebook, like many digital technology companies, promises that in exchange for collecting your personal data – your name, your age, your gender, your photos, metadata on your photos, your location, your preferences, your browsing and clicking habits, your friends’ names – it will deliver “personalization.” But in this case, they must also sign away their right to sue Facebook or Summit Public Schools in case of a problem (like, say, a data breach).

Voice-Based English Tutoring App MyBuddy Merges With a Friend: Edwin

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MyBuddy, an artificial intelligence-powered English tutoring app, features a friendly robot that guides children through speaking exercises. The heads of the two companies knew each other, and last year MyBuddy started to build its own language-learning curriculum to add to its offerings.

Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

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Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPcast , and co-host Thomas Cavanagh says he is driven by his quest to figure out one of the grand challenges of higher education: how to use technology to raise the quality of instruction while lowering costs.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. Education Technology Higher Education

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

Personalized and blended learning pathways were proclaimed to be the future of education. Emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, open education resources (OER), coding, and adaptive learning tools are moving more into the mainstream in some schools.

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

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From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America. Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers. But it’s become increasingly unclear if online learning is living up to its promise for students, as concerns persist over quality, inequitable disparities in digital-learning participants and outcomes.

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. These out-of-the-box blended learning solutions can also help nontraditional students find their own paths. District leaders began a search for adaptive and blended learning solutions.

Ed-Tech Agitprop

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leave those kids alone" and then be reassured that, in the future, magically, technology will make everything happier. And while my criticism of exploitative "personalized learning" technology was booed, their predictions were cheered.

What's on the Horizon (Still, Again, Always) for Ed-Tech

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The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the latest NMC Horizon Report for Higher Education. But the graphic still underscores (probably unintentionally) how haphazard the predictions about coming technological developments just might be.

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The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

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To adapt, many companies are investing domestically, particularly in China, where edtech companies raised more than $1.2 Investors, particularly in China, are looking across the Pacific to check out innovative tools and models that they haven’t explored or implemented back home,” observes Victor Hu, Global Head of Education Technology and Services at Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division. Wonder Workshop , which develops robot toys that teach kids how to code.

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4 K-12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

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From learning analytics tools providing students with instant feedback on their work to virtual reality facilitating field trips to faraway lands to 3D printers filling makerspaces, the classroom looks quite a bit different than it did just five years ago.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. Amplify Fractions covers math standards in grades 3–6 and uses adaptive learning, interactive storytelling, and a personalized digital tutor to help students conquer fractions.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security. You can learn anything online, Siegler argued.

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. to streamline workflows for assessment and data analysis.

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The Connections Between Computer Use and Learning Outcomes in Students

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A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement. The studies include research on K-12 schools and higher ed, both blended learning and online, and show results ranging from mixed to negative. But countries that invested the most in technology for education in recent years showed “no appreciable results” in student achievement.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. 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.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” “ Can Big Data Change a Wicked School Truancy Problem?

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. And more online education news in the “Betteridge’s Law of Headlines” section and in the research and data section below. A new project from the Learning Policy Institute and EducationCounsel : “Reimagining College Access: Performance Assessments From K–12 Through Higher Education.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” Via the Tennessean : “ Nashville school district sends families opt-out form as student data battle with state rages on.” ” The districts are protesting a new law that dictates they hand over student directory data to charter school operators. Via The Daily Beast : “The Trump Administration Now Has Tons Of DACA Data And Is Poised To Weaponize It.” Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” – “This includes how long-distance learning programs are defined.” Via The Washington Post : “ A South Carolina school district just abolished snow days – and will make students learn online.” ” Via Edsurge : “With a Year of Crisis Text Line Data, California Community Colleges Launch Mental Health Program.”

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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 ?” Data dashboards. Via Education Week : “ Personalized Learning and the ‘ Internet of Things :’ Q&A.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. 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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” I tweeted that the DACA database is one of the most important issues in ed-tech right now, and if you’re an ed-tech entrepreneur who says “nobody in ed-tech tracks immigration data,” you need to GTFO. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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" It’s lovely to see the big innovation from the MOOC startups in 2017 involves the learning management system. I love this headline from Campus Technology , which echoes the wise words of Bill and Ted from their excellent adventure: “ Ed Tech Changes … and Stays the Same.” ” Edsurge profiles Lexia Learning in a new research series paid for by a variety of investors and corporations. No mention that Lexia Learning is owned by Rosetta Stone.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Senators Introduce Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available (Preserving Data in Government Act).” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. And there’s data about pay in the research and reports section below. The “ invisible ” “adaptive learning” company has raised $38.7

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Education Week : “ Minecraft Party to Raise Money for Technology in Philly Schools.” ” Campus Technology rewrites the press release that Examity will be used for identify verification and proctoring in edX classes. Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. “ Credly Receives Open Badges Certification ,” Campus Technology reports. “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. “ Stackable Credentials May Not Boost Earnings,” says Campus Technology. Is advertorial content really something education technology journalism should foster? That student data is big bucks? Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.