Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

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Effective Advocacy. They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. This was an extremely contentious position to take in the late 1990s, when many “free software” advocates described Microsoft as “the Great Satan” and felt similarly about all companies who produced proprietary software.). Preface.

New Advocacy Campaign Calls for Banning Facial Recognition on College Campuses.

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Indeed, last week saw the launch of “ Ban Facial Recognition on Campus ,” a nationwide campaign from the nonprofit advocacy organizations Fight for the Future and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Concerns Began in K-12 With little fanfare or regulation, facial recognition technology has been adopted by private companies, police departments and government agencies in the U.S. These advocacy efforts in K-12 schools, she adds, may have influenced the new college campaign.

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

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An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. This week’s filing was made by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, or SPARC, and it says that in the short run, allowing the marriage of the companies would create a duopoly in the textbook market, with the new combined publisher rivaled in size only by Pearson. It also enables a more sustainable business model for the company and our authors.”.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel

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We spend rediculously large sums of money to the same companies every few years for repackaged content. also need to get telecommunications companies to run fiber to rural areas which they are reluctant to do because it is not profitable for them. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could. For an additional take on this event from someone else who also live blogged it, you can visit this post from Bryan Doyle.

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

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Stories pointing to secretive consumer tracking policies and privacy violations from companies like Facebook and Google have stirred further outcries, and education companies are not immune to criticisms either. At a time when parents, teachers and advocacy groups are increasingly concerned about the uses of educational data, these researchers want to send a clear message about the differences between commercial and research data.

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Arne Duncan Joins Board of Ed-Tech Company Pluralsight

Marketplace K-12

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has joined the board of directors for Pluralsight , a Utah-based ed-tech company that provides online courses in various subjects, including software development and information technology, the news site Fast Company reported Thursday. Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard said he hopes to eventually have the company provide free or discounted subscriptions to the courses to people from low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities.

Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax

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That the edtech companies have swindled us all and we are in the thrall of Big Screen. Advocacy Connected Educator Education Technology Technology in Education Uncategorized edtech hoax response TIMEEDITORIAL. We try to keep our ears to the ground here when it comes to the public buzzing around educational technology in schools. To be properly responsive and timely, we should know what people are saying about the various tools and techniques out in the world.

When Vendors Listen to Students

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

In the busy world of businesses, this kind of personal interaction says a lot to me about the vision and mission of a company. I hope other students will see this as an opportunity to speak up and make their voices heard when they have an idea, and I hope educators and companies will see this as an opportunity to amplify student voice and make a difference in our world no matter how small. Student voice is important to me.

Your Internet History is Now For Sale

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Those protections were designed to limit what companies could do with information such as browsing habits, app usage history and location data. If Trump signs the legislation, which he is expected to do, ISPs will be able to monitor their customers’ behavior online and, without their permission, sell that user data directly to marketing companies, financial firms, and other companies that specialize in data mining.

Encouraging Nonfiction Reading During the Summer

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This year we receive a donation from an energy distribution company. Advocacy Communication Community engagement Literacy principal as an advocate Reading nonfiction summer slideEvery year we purchase reading tote bags for all of our students. On one of the last days of the school year, we allow students to check out up to ten (10) books to take home and read.

Encouraging Nonfiction Reading During the Summer

Reading By Example

This year we receive a donation from an energy distribution company. Reading Community principal as an advocate Advocacy engagement Literacy Communication nonfiction summer slideEvery year we purchase reading tote bags for all of our students. On one of the last days of the school year, we allow students to check out up to ten (10) books to take home and read.

GoGuardian and Pear Deck Merge to Expand K-12 Classroom Management Offerings

eSchool News

GoGuardian, a K-12 EdTech company dedicated to maximizing each student’s learning potential by providing solutions that enable more productive and safer digital learning, today announced a merger with Pear Deck, an award-winning and market-leading student engagement platform.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

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They encourage self-advocacy skills and foster a growth mindset through t heir award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs , along with a digital platform for educator professional learning. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

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A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

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According to the Code.org Advocacy Coalition , across 24 states, only 27 percent of schools serving low-income students offer computer science courses, compared to 41 percent of schools serving their high-income peers. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide. Gap-closing” companies are those that focus on closing an achievement or opportunity gap as a central part of their mission. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron Appointed to the Association of Test Publishers’ CEO Council

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He runs the company with a long-term focus, upholding the founding mission to improve classrooms everywhere. Under his leadership, revenues have increased more than eleven-fold, making Curriculum Associates one of the nation’s fastest-growing K–12 education publishing companies.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

Real change can come from our unanimous stance against ineffective edtech, including predatory companies who make baseless claims in order to sell their products. And like every business, edtech companies are driven by people, many of whom have the best intentions—and many of whom are also focused on profit margins. While there are certainly exceptions, this human interaction standard can serve as a compass to guide our investments and advocacy.

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With New Scorecard, Group Seeks Promises That Colleges Won’t Use Facial Recognition on Campus

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More than 40 colleges have said they do not use facial recognition technology on campus and stated they have no plans to do so, according to a new “ scorecard ” published Tuesday by an advocacy campaign titled Ban Facial Recognition on Campus. Companies that make facial-recognition products say their services can help both students and colleges by improving convenience and security.

Nine New Lawsuits Target ?Inclusive Access? Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations

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Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs. But legal challenges to inclusive access programs have accumulated over the past few years, as retail companies and consumer-advocacy organizations question whether colleges, publishers and bookstores are following relevant federal regulations.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

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(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. Over the past 17 years, millions of schoolchildren have had their foundational reading skills assessed using a digital tool called mCLASS , developed by ed-tech company Amplify.

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Students get much-requested climate change curriculum

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Portland Public Schools (PPS) is partnering with Portland General Electric Company on the creation of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum exploring the causes and consequences of climate change, along with potential solutions. This partnership is a direct response to student advocacy.

In the face of COVID-19, anti-vaping campaigns are more important than ever

The Christensen Institute

Advocacy groups have pushed campaigns to limit e-cigarette use for a while now, especially with a number of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping last fall. With schools reopening across the country, many are worried about spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Telehealth is taking off. Stakeholder alignment can ensure it lasts.

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plays a significant role in what is and is not reimbursed not only by the government, but also by insurance companies. For years we’ve talked about the disruptive potential of telehealth.

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How our district uses tech to fight cyberbullying

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The company works with advocacy organizations to develop lists of keywords and phrases that could indicate cyberbullying (and other concerns such as self-harm, violence, or radicalization). Bullying is a real danger for students today. More than 28 percent of U.S. students in grades 6-12 experience bullying and more than 160,000 stay home from school each day due to fear of being bullied. In today’s always-connected world, cyberbullying has also become a growing problem.

Lexia PowerUp Literacy Wins Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning Tool

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For the second time in two months, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company (NYSE: RST) has had two of its literacy programs recognized as standouts in a prominent edtech award program.

What Shouldn’t Return to ‘Normal’ When Schools Reopen

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Everybody is yearning for a return to normalcy, and yesterday offered hope after a major drug company announced that early data suggest its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective.

Roybi Raises $4.2 Million Seed Round to Produce Educational Robots

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Sarraf hopes the robot and her company of the same name can reach homes and families, just as they have reached the wallets of two angel investors who have injected $4.2 The company did not disclose their names. The robot is not yet available; when it is, the company says it will retail for $299. The company is also working with Amazon on data collection and storage compliance. Courtesy of Roybi the company.

School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

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Angela’s advocacy has earned her recognition, most recently the “2017 NJ State School Counselor of the Year” award and was featured in Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls blog. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

GoGuardian Finds Three Factors That influence K-12 Student Engagement Online and In-Person

eSchool News

To compile data on how educators can use technology to improve learning outcomes, GoGuardian has invested in a Research and Insights team , composed of psychology, advocacy, and education research specialists.

When it comes to keeping kids safe and fed, some American counties rank alongside Iraq, Bangladesh

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Programs & Advocacy. While one federal coronavirus-related aid package created sick leave for workers, experts point out that large companies are exempt, which includes many organizations, like grocery stores, that employ low-income workers. Programs & Advocacy, on a call with reporters. Children in the Mississippi Delta often have to walk to churches or schools in the summer to receive meals. Credit: Emrys Eller for The Hechinger Report.

New report gives Mississippi an F in regulatory oversight of for-profit colleges

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Mississippi’s regulatory oversight of for-profit colleges is weak, and the state does not do enough to protect students from these sometimes predatory institutions, according to a new national report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute. A new report says the state of Mississippi does not do enough to regulate for-profit colleges. Photo: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. It also gave Fauteux more opportunities to work with students one-on-one and in small groups to address their particular needs and help them develop important skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, self-advocacy, time management, personal organization, and perseverance. It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies.

HQPBL Releases Framework on PBL.

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Atlanta tech company gives $1M for STEM education at APS School. An Atlanta-based technology company will donate $1 million to support science, technology, engineering and math education at Hollis Innovation Academy. Listen to CDE's Executive Director, Keica Ray, catch up with CEO of CoSN, Keith Krueger, on reflections and advocacy updates for 2018! High Quality Project Based Learning releases framework from student perspective.

What’s the key to ending vaping? Not following smoking’s roadmap

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Given the severity of the issue, advocacy groups are calling for action to limit e-cigarette use, by raising the age for sale of “tobacco products” or other methods. In 1998 the Master Settlement Agreement prohibited tobacco companies from interfering with research on the dangers of smoking. To ease the anxiety of quitting, pharmaceutical companies have introduced products so smokers don’t have to quit cold turkey.

Education Technology Industry Network and StartEd Will Host Ed Tech Growth Event in New York

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and New York, NY) — The Education Technology Industry Network ( ETIN ) of the Software Information Industry Association ( SIIA ), the largest non-profit software industry policy and advocacy association, announced today a partnership with StartEd Inc., a New York hub for ed tech innovation, to bring education industry insiders, investors, and mid- and large-scale education companies together with education startups at the Education Business Forum (EBF) on November 27 and 28 in New York.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

” When you recall that those in the private sector are explicitly listed as stakeholders, this sounds a lot like my call earlier this week for us to expand our advocacy around OER to include commercial publishers. It contracts with private sector companies to do this work, guaranteeing that this publicly funded infrastructure is freely and openly available for use by the public who funded it (including those in the private sector).

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