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Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

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In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. Officials estimate that developing the software has cost more than $100 million in foundation grants and university dollars.

Not Another Dashboard: K-12 Interoperability Efforts Aim to Inform (Not Just Report)

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Perhaps we’ve grown too accustomed to paying for purchases with a mobile app, or booking reservations online, or using Google to plan our daily commutes. As today’s education technology tools are used more frequently to drive instruction, expectations have grown for how data can support teaching and learning. How that information from edtech tools is stored, exported, and made accessible to educators remains inconsistent. Data interoperability should be invisible.

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Against the 3A’s of EdTech: AI, Analytics, and Adaptive Technologies in Education

ProfHacker

I can see evidence around me that AI (Artificial Intelligence), Analytics and Adaptive Learning are being pushed in the education field, but I have a strong aversion to all of them, mainly on ethical grounds. Safiyya Noble’s work on Google).

Classroom Design Trends: Update Classroom Layout to Boost Engagement

ViewSonic Education

At its core is the idea that meaningful learning is a creative process. Collaborative software. Within this fluid environment, educators are striving to adapt. One important adaptation is the shakeup of classroom design. Evidence-based learning environments.

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A new framework to unlock edtech’s potential for teachers

The Christensen Institute

My hope is that this framework helps educators see new possibilities for harnessing edtech’s full potential for teaching and learning. For example, a chalkboard enhances how teachers convey information by allowing them to complement their verbal explanations with visual representations.

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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. Google Classroom ? Z-Space lab with AR/VR software ? Google Classroom ?

5 Recent Advances in Educational Technology - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

Classroom Management Software Course management systems (CMS) are designed to provide a platform for teachers to reach thousands of students all at one time in one course. Learning how to reach masses all at once is educational innovation at its best. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The greatest trick the ed-tech devil ever played was convincing people that clicking was “active learning.”)

Developing a Research Base to Evaluate Digital Courseware

Edsurge

Online and blended learning continue to trend upward in higher education institutions across the U.S. Babson Survey , the proportion of academic leaders who report that online learning is critical for long-term institutional growth has grown from 49 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2015, and institutions are investing in edtech products to support digital learning. At the same time, the number of studies of the effectiveness of learning software is huge.

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Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model

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Textbook companies defend their new model, arguing that digital titles help students learn better than past methods and are sold for far less than traditional textbooks. On Amazon, the book alone sells for $148 without the MindTap software.

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.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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Software & Online 3DBEAR AR INNOVATOR PROGRAM ( 3dbear.io/product/ Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. The plans are a unique mix of teacher-led structure and student-led learning.

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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. Not everyone thinks that’s possible, of course, and even Cavanagh, vice provost for digital learning at the University of Central Florida, admits that edtech can spark plenty of new ethical challenges along the way. I've learned how many people like coffee.

Ed-Tech Agitprop

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And despite all the talk about our being "data-driven," about the rigors of "learning sciences" and the like, much of the ed-tech imaginary is quite fanciful. It creeps into promises about instantaneous learning, facilitated by alleged breakthroughs in brain science.

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.

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. This release will also now include support for Google Drive.

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What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

MindShift

Department of Education has increasingly encouraged and funded states to collect and analyze information about students: grades, state test scores, attendance, behavior, lateness, graduation rates and school climate measures like surveys of student engagement. ” The education technology industry, meanwhile, keeps making it easier for teachers to record and share information on students. Software also collects information on students all by itself.

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

NPR Learning and Tech

Department of Education has increasingly encouraged and funded states to collect and analyze information about students: grades, state test scores, attendance, behavior, lateness, graduation rates and school climate measures like surveys of student engagement.

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What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

At the end of the chat I shared the following tweet: "I know I'm biased but I think teacher prep students should be aware of blended learning, value of PLN and recent buzzwords to explore." For centuries teachers have learned the value of formative assessment.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” Via the Providence Journal : “Three teachers have resigned from Blackstone Valley Prep after the charter school confirmed allegations that they posted hurtful messages about some of their students” into a Google Doc shared with the entire school. Education Politics.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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And “personalization” is the underlying promise of the new education software Facebook is itself building. Facebook worked with the Summit Public Schools charter chain in order to develop this “personalized learning platform,” which it released last year and now licenses to other schools under the product name “Basecamp.” Basecamp is essentially a learning management system (with the adjective “personalized” appended to it).

Hack Education Weekly News

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Billion Federal Block Grant Makes Ed-Tech Training Higher Priority Than Software, Devices.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” Speaking of Google , Wired reports that “Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism.” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

Hack Education Weekly News

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A new project from the Learning Policy Institute and EducationCounsel : “Reimagining College Access: Performance Assessments From K–12 Through Higher Education.” Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” “ Google is jeopardizing A frican-American literature sites ,” says The Outline. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” – “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.” The company: RIB Software SE. DreamBox Learning has raised $130 million from The Rise Fund. The adaptive learning company has raised $175.6 ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Indiana Gazette : “Parents and other school district residents reminded the Indiana Area school board on Monday that their dissent of the Summit Learning program hasn’t waned, even though the administration scaled back the program and put it on ‘opt-in’ status for the 2018–19 school year.” Via The New York Times : “Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.” ” The school, eVersity , will seek approval from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission , an organization that accredits mostly for-profit institutions, rather than the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits the rest of public higher ed in Arkansas. ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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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 Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned. MarcoPolo Learning has raised $8.5

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

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. And what does that oft-repeated phrase “ learn to code ” even mean ?

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

Hack Education

To borrow from “ Norman’s Law of eLearning Tool Convergence ,” no matter the stories we tell about innovation, no matter the predictions we make about disruption, in time everything in ed-tech becomes indistinguishable from the learning management system.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. “The San Francisco-based software company will continue a four-year partnership with San Francisco Unified School District. Microsoft first launched these in 1992 , but let’s all pretend like the learn-to-code alt-certification thing is brand new.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Huge thanks to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science , the founding sponsor of the conference. We''ll be talking about Mozilla''s Open Badges project , the issues around recognizing skills and achievements that happen outside of traditional learning institutions, and the HASTAC Badges Competition: Badges For Lifelong Learning. Can Google Challenge Over-Zealous Web Filtering at Schools?