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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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But this year, I’m reorganizing my analysis of these “trends,” partly because I think they can all be subsumed under the larger theme of “the new economy.” The importance of thinking about education through the lens of “the new economy” was best demonstrated this year by Tressie McMillan Cottom in her book on for-profit education, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. Robots might not take your job.

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Google, DonorsChoose Partner to Fund Culturally Responsive Classroom Materials

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That upward trend has continued: Since 2016, such requests have increased 117 percent. These include items like books written by authors of color, or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

It was the latest big-fix trend in K-12 education, and Gist, a favored daughter of Silicon Valley philanthropists, offered up the nation’s smallest state as a laboratory mouse. Some parts of Oppenheimer’s book (see: nightmare visions of Apple iMacs and CD-ROMs) have not aged well.

Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

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All the talk of the importance of “emotion” in education reflects other trends too. It’s a reaction, I’d say, to the current obsession with artificial intelligence and a response to all the stories we were told this year about robots on the cusp of replacing, out-“thinking,” and out-working us. ” An ed-tech trend in the making, investors hope.

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. And digital distribution has replaced the role of a library as a central hub for obtaining the containers of such knowledge: books.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Chalkbeat : “For Betsy DeVos and her former advocacy group, the future of education means ‘ personalization ,’ including virtual schools.” ” Her “former advocacy group” – although considering she spoke there last week, I’m not sure how “former” it really is – is the American Federation for Children. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The e-book subscription service has raised $21.45

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The New York Post : “Charter-school advocacy group to close up shop.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. She’s also written a new book on parenting and “screens.” “The Implications of Gartner’s Top 10 Tech Trends of 2018 for Education – Part 2,” according to the Getting Smart blog. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Politico : “ Families for Excellent Schools CEO fired after investigation into ‘inappropriate behavior’ ” That’s Jeremiah Kittredge , who’s run one of the best funded pro-charter advocacy groups in the company. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” From Educause : “ Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies and Trends for 2018.”