States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) found that more states are providing guidance to help districts select and implement digital instructional materials.

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TCC Takes Z-Degrees to the Next Level With Adaptive Learning

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Now benefits like those cost reductions and higher student success rates are prompting the school to roll out more Z-degrees programs and extend its partnership with Lumen Learning by piloting next-generation adaptive OER courseware. TCC partnered with Lumen Learning in 2013 to develop open educational resource (OER) courses and degree programs with the use of the Candela platform. Tackling The Learning Curve.

As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

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Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. So OER advocates are realizing they need to change their pitch.

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

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OpenStax College is Testing Embedded Coaching Software for Their OER Textbooks … and YOU can Help. 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

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100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The post 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. By the way, this resource is excellent for any Google for Education school that uses the Chrome browser, not just Chromebooks! Learn more about ASSISTments.

Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

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New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER), or freely downloadable and adaptable learning materials. But some providers of OER still ask for fees in return, and that has advocates concerned. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free. Education Technology Open Educational Resources Technology in School

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With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

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Community colleges are known for innovating to meet the challenges of educating some of the nation’s most disadvantaged students: low-income, first-generation, minority, and adult learners. adaptive technology. These digital tools help students master course learning goals by using data generated from students’ interactions with the adaptive software to predict what students should view or do next online. Manuela Ekowo: What made CPCC begin using adaptive technology?

Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to the first entry in our “Innovations for Educators” series, spotlighting interesting technologies that have the potential to amplify and complement the work done by educators. It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd. Education Blog

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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Six trajectories for education and technology

Bryan Alexander

The director of EDUCAUSE ELI describes six major trends (he calls them “trajectories”) for technology and education. Malcolm Brown begins with three major drivers: personalization, hybrid learning, and big data. education and technology trendsIt’s a very impressive article, packing a lot of insight into a short space.

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Why American higher education faculty tend to resist digital materials: new study

Bryan Alexander

A minority are interested, but the majority prefer traditional (print) materials, with powerful implications for the intersection of technology and higher education. education and technologyMost American professors generally avoid digital materials, according to a new study.

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

The story of factory electrification has a parallel in education technology. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. National) Education Politics. State and Local) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” Immigration and Education. ” Education in the Courts.

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(National) Education Politics. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched a “rethink schools” tour. ” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. ” “What DeVos Got Wrong in Her Speech on the ’ Dear Colleague’ Letter ,” Scott Schneider writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education.

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Education Politics. Many in higher education opposed a British exit, or Brexit, from the union, arguing that membership in the E.U. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “With two executive orders, Gov. That’s what former Department of Education folks, Arne Duncan and Jim Shelton, have done. And of course current Undersecretary of Education, Ted Mitchell, is a former VC.) ” Education in the Courts. Nice work, Education Dive.

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(National) Education Politics. US Secretary of Education spoke to ALEC this week. Here’s a list of education organizations that are members or sponsors.) Education Week reminds us “Why Betsy DeVos and ALEC Are Natural Allies on School Choice.” ” The Department of Education released DeVos’s remarks to ALEC, which include an invocation of Margaret Thatcher ’s famous quotation “There is no such thing as society.”

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Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” “ What does Trump’s executive order on education do? ” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” The NAACP endorses OER.

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Education Politics. ” Via The Chicago Sun Times : “A private foundation started by the late Walmart mogul Sam Walton and his wife has contributed heavily to the Illinois State Charter School Commission and to two charter operators whose schools the state agency has blocked the Chicago Board of Education from closing over poor student performance , records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Gov.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” Are any education technologies, for that matter?

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Education Politics. The vote for Betsy DeVos , Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education , has been delayed. Franken : No Democrat will vote for Betsy DeVos as education secretary – and we’re seeking Republicans to oppose her.” Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” He believes the future of education means all STEM, no arts and no humanities. ” Education in the Courts.

Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

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The biggest education company in the world is moving away from a production model that has been one of the main drivers in the rising cost of textbooks. David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning The company did not specify a timeframe for how frequently it will print new editions.

Showing #OpenGratitude for: OpenStax

Iterating Toward Openness

This is another post in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community. From their website: OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country.

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Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. Brian Kibby, CEO of Knewton Getting into the courseware business marks a major pivot for the New York City-based company, which originally licensed its adaptive learning technology to publishers. Then there’s the adaptive learning engine that makes the decision about which learning material a student should see next.

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Education Politics. Secretary of Education John B. Board of Education.” ” Via The Atlantic: “ The Challenge of Educational Inequality.” Education Department said this week it will make Pell Grants available to 10,000 high school students who are enrolled in courses at 44 colleges.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ UNC Tuition for $500? Education in the Courts. ” asks Education Week.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

The overall cost of higher education has been continuously increasing, as is evident by the rise in the textbook prices. But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free?

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. And even before the management change, the company had quietly started building a huge library of courses bolted to its adaptive engine. The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). There are downsides to the adaptive approach, however.

Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

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Throughout the past decade, Knewton ’s adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. These innovations have allowed us to in-source our adaptive learning capability, and thus we are phasing out our agreement with Knewton for select areas of our global product portfolio.”

New Report Sheds Light on Higher Ed’s Innovation Challenges

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A new report surveying academic administrators released Wednesday by the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House sheds some insight on innovation challenges at higher education institutions. Now, she says, the use of technology in learning has created more of a need to put money behind innovation. For some schools, changing times means putting a greater emphasis on online learning. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

For starters, I have now been going on four years since transitioning from high school principal to Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Personalized and blended learning pathways were proclaimed to be the future of education.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. Engrade unifies the data, curriculum and tools that educators use every day to drive student achievement and inform district educational strategy.

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The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

Bryan Alexander

In addition, previous Horizon domain areas beyond higher education are on the table (“We’ll be exploring those soon.”). ” OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ).

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

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Each of the five startups focuses on technology innovation in higher education, with products that range from student coaching tools to a talent recruiting platform. Here are the five companies in the 2016 cohort: Lrnr : An adaptive-learning platform that uses open educational resources (OER). Educators can customize courses and monitor student progress. We’re learning alongside these institutions.”

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

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This week, many of the education industry’s bigwigs are planning their annual pilgrimage to the next “ tech mecca ” of America. The region boasts an unusual concentration of highly-valued tech startups—Domo, Qualtrics and Inside Sales are among them—along with big education companies, including Instructure, the developer of the Canvas learning management system. Department of Education) and David Wiley (the. Education Technology Events Community

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

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It brings together K-12 educators, companies, reporters, university professors, and students to talk about product announcements, implementation strategies and edtech trends. First up, Google Education announced a new “casting” app for the classroom projector, released the “Expeditions” virtual reality app for all teachers and students, and added a new quizzing feature in Google Forms. In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education.