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How to Do Adaptive Learning Right

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But optimizing a flawed model of education is not in the best interests of our students, and from a learning outcomes perspective may make things worse than they already are. In the case of adaptive learning, education commentator Audrey Watters gave examples of how things can go badly wrong on her blog. Serendipity and curiosity are such important elements in learning,” she asks. We both work in the edtech industry and have a background in education.

What Do Academics Really Think of Adaptive Learning?

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In Spring 2016, faculty, support staff and administrators at Oregon State University met to candidly share their experiences with adaptive learning technology. First we talk about how language is one barrier to adopting adaptive technology.

Smart Sparrow Raises $4 Million to Help Teachers—Not Tools—Drive Adaptive Learning

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market in 2014, Smart Sparrow’s offerings have increasingly been described as “adaptive courseware.” Adaptive’ is just one feature of good learning design,” the company’s founder and CEO tells EdSurge. Good learning design also needs to be engaging, motivational and structured in the right way.”. Letting Humans Drive Adaptivity. Herein lies the crux of Dror-Naim’s quibble with the word “adaptive”—and why he claims Smart Sparrow is different.

5 Tech Tools That Are Great For Adaptive Learning.

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Adaptive learning is where teaching methods and materials change to match each student’s pace. This is where technology becomes incredibly powerful – students can be set challenges through apps and websites and they can work at their own pace – the technology adapts.

K-12 Dealmaking: Hero K12 Unveils Investment Plans, and Smart Sparrow Raises $4 Million

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Adaptive learning and instructional design company Smart Sparrow raised $4 million, and Bomberbot, a coding platform for children based in the Netherlands and Finland, raised money in a funding round led by a Dutch investment firm. Marketplace K-12 Adaptive Learning Coding edtech K-12 Dealmaking

Three Thoughts on the Treatment of EdTech in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

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Here are three thoughts (which are perhaps two more than deserved) on the treatment of edtech in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform: This finding is not supported by the poll itself.

Help Deliver Better Learning From Textbooks with the OpenStax College “Concept Coach”

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More and more teachers, administrators, and #edtech enthusiasts like yours truly are becoming. Adaptive Learning Technologies Education Technology Success Stories Free Tools & Resources Future of Education Technology Making the case for Education Technologies Open Educational Resources OER adaptive feedback software OER best open college textbooks coaching software embedded in online text books

Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund

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These statistics offer a somber reminder that the edtech industry does not produce quick, home run hits. But as some disappointed investors have learned last year, the actual market value and performance behind “unicorns” may be as illusory as their nickname. Other EdSurge stories about edtech venture capital. 2016 US Edtech Funding Totals $1 Billion. Following Edtech Money (in-depth report on U.S. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

Caring doesn’t scale. Scaling doesn’t care.

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Why must we replace opportunities to interact with teachers and tutors with artificial intelligence and adaptive systems? The answer is that caring doesn’t scale – and given the choice between the two, mainstream edtech chooses to scale. Tech Integration adaptive learning David WileyDavid Wiley said: Why are we hell-bent on taking the greatest communications technology ever known and making sure that no one communicates with it?

?Places to Go, Mountains to Climb for Edtech in 2017

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Dartmouth College) I took inspiration from Dr. Seuss, and immense liberty in adapting "Oh, The Places You’ll Go" into ‘Oh, The Places Edtech Will Go’ with dedication and thanks to two special six- and ten-year-old girls for their contributions to the rhymes. Oh, The Places Edtech Will Go – loosely adapted from Dr. Seuss by Isabelle Hau, Omidyar Network 2017 should be another big year for edtech Six big trends we expect. Edtech will be global.

K-12 Dealmakers to Focus on Adaptive Learning, Assessment, Report Says

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Mergers and acquisition opportunities in K-12 will focus on companies that provide adaptive learning and online assessments, according to Berkery Noyes.

4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Classroom.

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It’s hard to see anything other than artificial intelligence being the next frontier of the edtech front. As edtech authority Eric Sheninger (1) has noted, digital tools can boost student collaboration while they grapple with class material. 2) Adaptive learning.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

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Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

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10 Emerging Education Technologies

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What about the use of digital textbooks, adaptive learning, collaboration with other schools or flipped classrooms? Articles Featured Tools Trends 3D printing blended learning cloud edtech featured flipped classroom gamification hands-on sharing technology wearable computingAre you or your students wearing your Apple Watches to school, and if so, are you using them as part of your curriculum?

New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund

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The four focus areas include career credentialing, digital and adaptive learning platforms, STEM and computer science instructional tools and data analytic services for schools. From this second fund New Markets has already made several investments: Practice (formerly ApprenNet), a mobile video-based learning tool; Credly , a digital credentialing platform; and Noodle Partners. He expects to see media companies play a bigger role in snapping up promising edtech startups.

The Self-Aware Educator -- Developing systems for the educator’s mind

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From competency-based learning ( I just gave a presentation at Keene State’s Education Summit ) to personalized learning, Stemscopes (hands on science curriculum) to Dreambox (adaptive math), and Edusight (robust gradebook) to Fishtree (adaptive learning system), we have a lot of choices.

A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology

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The following infographic/cheat sheet from @goboundless outlines some of the larger scale (eLearning) or controversial (MOOC) movements, as well as those on the rise (1:1, personalized learning), and providing working definitions for each. Blended Learning. Asynchronous Learning.

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4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. Lesson learned #1: Eyeballs are not a business model.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. Lesson learned #1: Eyeballs are not a business model.

Curriculum Associates to Be Owned by Iowa State University--For Now

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When one of today’s hottest edtech companies was founded, Intel Corp., More than 6 million students in all 50 states use products offered by Curriculum Associates, which sells research-based print and online instructional materials, assessments, and data management tools, including its flagship tool, the adaptive assessment and instruction package, i-Ready. See EdSurge’s report on adaptive learning tools including i-Ready in Adaptive Learning Close Up.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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This post is actually intended to supplement the “Cycle of Learning Innovation” model that will be publishing tomorrow (7.7.2015), which means this is less about analysis and context and more about the examples. Adaptive learning platforms and learning algorithms.

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

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Here are the five companies in the 2016 cohort: Lrnr : An adaptive-learning platform that uses open educational resources (OER). We’re learning alongside these institutions.” Michelson Runway hired Designs for Learning , a learning assessment consultancy, to design studies to evaluate student outcomes for each of the companies. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech BusinessFive higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week.

7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017

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Whether they used online courses as a stand-alone teaching technique – or as part of a blended learning environment – teachers did their best in delivering the best education they could. 7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017. Personalized learning.

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment. Today’s students are studying and learning differently – a change confirmed by the widespread adoption of digital studying. The use of technological innovations such as cloud computing, mobile learning, bring?your?own?device

Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

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New applications and technologies are now embedded into practically every aspect of the learning experience. It’s not simply about better assessment; it’s about empowering better learning. Technology #edtech assessment Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment.

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Jose Ferreira Steps Down as Knewton CEO, Eyes Next Education Startup

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Few technologists have championed the role of big data, personalized learning and many other education buzzwords as vociferously and for as long as Jose Ferreira. Ferreira’s decision marks the end of a nearly nine-year run at Knewton, where he strived to build technology to pinpoint what students know, don’t know and should learn next. He claims to be among the first to coin this approach as “adaptive learning.” What’s all the buzz about adaptive learning really about?

Personalized Learning and the Tech to Make It Happen #SXSWedu

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Personalized Learning and the Tech to Make It Happen SXSWedu 2017 Panel One of the most promising ideas in education right now is personalized learning—providing instruction that is meaningful and contextualized for every student. What does personalized learning mean?

5 Recent Advances in Educational Technology - guest post

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They can be used to save time for both students and educators while accomplishing the feel of a one-on-one learning environment. Learning how to reach masses all at once is educational innovation at its best. There are learning apps for just about every subject there is.

Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

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The ISTE conference isn’t the biggest edtech conference in the world by sheer luck. It brings together K-12 educators, companies, reporters, university professors, and students to talk about product announcements, implementation strategies and edtech trends. Digital citizenship, making and virtual reality all had strong showings at ISTE 2016, observable by the throngs of educators lined up to learn, including this line shown below at the Nearpod booth in the ISTE Expo Hall.

‘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. 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. He just doesn’t think our current university systems and edtech solutions will get us there. He’s worried that, rather than advancing our human potential, many edtech companies and universities are perpetuating the status quo.

Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic

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It represents a category of edtech, called “digital courseware” by foundations and industry analysts, that’s changing the way online students learn and faculty teach. Small companies like Acrobatiq, OpenStax and Smart Sparrow—the platform behind HabWorlds—and edtech veterans including Pearson and McGraw-Hill are racing to to develop complete courses that faculty can implement immediately. And like any algorithm, those in adaptive software come with biases.

What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’

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Somewhere between our collective obsession with predictive analytics and infatuation with adaptive learning, higher education wonks and practitioners are making time to deconstruct the quality attributes of online courses. The ID ticks off the boxes for alignment of learning outcomes and accessibility and sends the faculty on his or her way to teach the course. Does our current quality evaluation ensure a wonderful learning experience?

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

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In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. One approach that may offer that reasonable next step in embedding personalized learning into practice is blended learning.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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To somewhat quote Darth Vader, I found the lack of quality edtech curriculum deeply disturbing. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. To somewhat quote Darth Vader, I found the lack of quality edtech curriculum deeply disturbing. This was at odds with my experience, because I relied extensively on edtech for assessments.

The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

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The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. In Evolving How We Plan , I pointed contentiously at the “unit” and “lesson” as impediments to personalized learning. Teachers As Learning Designers.

Speak Up, Speak Out! The Student Voices That Stirred Higher Ed in 2016

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Adaptive courseware. We argued about adaptive-learning technologies or interviewed senior advisors in the Department of Education, and wrote essays asking, “ Do virtual environments hinder democratic participation? ” “ Why adaptive learning? ” We’ve learned so much from the wit, energy and thoughtfulness from the first two cohorts of students. If Credits Don’t Reflect What I Learn, What Does? Early warning systems. Open” textbooks.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. 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.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Adam Bellow Becomes CEO of Breakout EDU to Spread Gamified Learning.” Education Politics.