Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

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. Preface.

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


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. 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


An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Leaders of the two companies have, in fact, publicly stated that they plan to create an unlimited subscription service that would combine all of both company’s digital titles if the merger is allowed to proceed.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


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


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.

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. Advocacy book budgets Lesson amplification Amy Cox capstone signs student book budgets student voice vendorsStudent voice is important to me.

Your Internet History is Now For Sale


Those protections were designed to limit what companies could do with information such as browsing habits, app usage history and location data. Advocacy ISTE Technology in Education Uncategorized advocacy internet privacy lawmaking

Encouraging Nonfiction Reading During the Summer

Reading By Example

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.

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.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

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

The Christensen Institute

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


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. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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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. While there are certainly exceptions, this human interaction standard can serve as a compass to guide our investments and advocacy.

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Students get much-requested climate change curriculum

eSchool News

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.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


(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.

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


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.

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


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. And in February, nonprofit advocacy organization U.S.

How our district uses tech to fight cyberbullying

eSchool News

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Roybi Raises $4.2 Million Seed Round to Produce Educational Robots


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. Courtesy of Roybi the company.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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

The Christensen Institute

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.

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. After piloting and proving its instructional model, LPS partnered with an edtech company, called Gooru , to create a more robust and scalable technology for facilitating its practices.

HQPBL Releases Framework on PBL.

Leadership Lounge

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.

Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

The Jose Vilson

Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day.

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.

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With a degree no longer enough, job candidates are told to prove their skills in tests

The Hechinger Report

They give companies another reason to stop relying principally on academic degrees when hiring, since candidates who are Black are less likely than white candidates to have one , according to the U.S. Caitlin Storhaug, director of global recruiting communications, McKinsey & Company. “It’s

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


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., October 4, 2018 (Washington, D.C.

Are Schools Helpless, Hapless When it Comes to IT Privacy and Security?

Doug Levin

Instead, advocates have focused almost exclusively on the practices of companies serving education. Advocates would have us believe that school districts are incapable of making responsible decisions about technology-related privacy and security issues affecting students.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

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Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

The Hechinger Report

Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. Even though the companies are often taking the bulk of the tuition revenue the degree programs pull in, the firms still aren’t profitable in many cases.

As We Rebuild, Here’s the Part We Can’t Afford to Take Out


It is why Camelback has invested in companies like Tiny Docs (media to advance health and wellness for families), Raheem (tech to create a world without police violence), MadeBOS (tech to create career pathing for retail workers) and Liberate (meditation app for people of color).