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.

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

Edsurge

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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Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax

CUE

It’s like that old cause-and-effect example that murders go up in the summer, and so do ice cream sales, so ice cream makes people murderous. That the edtech companies have swindled us all and we are in the thrall of Big Screen. EDITORIAL.

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. We can’t allow frustrations to lead us toward alternative examples of mediocrity or failure.

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Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(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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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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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. LPS is a promising example of the substantial gains that can come from using edtech innovations to redesign instruction. It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies.

Effective Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

EdNews Daily

Self Advocacy and Resources for Students. For example, as previously mentioned, many students with dyslexia tend to read less because it’s so hard for them. at Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company. By Suzanne Carreker. Dyslexia affects an estimated 15-20 percent of the U.S.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Can you give me an example of where you tried to be that teacher that you never had, and it did make a difference? The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

Secondly, four examples of virtual reality programming in the classroom. 4 Virtual Reality Examples in Virginia. Example #1: An autistic student using VR. Example #2: VR and Beowulf. Example #3: A student designing fashion in VR.

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.

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.

Trade Shows: When to Go and What to Do When You Get There

edWeb.net

Attending trade shows seems like an absolute must for educational publishers; the cost, personnel, and logistics can be obstacles for even the larger companies. First, since no company can attend every event, staff should meet to discuss event strategy every year ahead of trade show season.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

You know, the advocacy is not lost on them. This is a great example about how we can motivate our students and motivate ourselves to build that relationship just a little bit stronger.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

So you wouldn’t find, for example, with technology — Albemarle has been in a one-to-one environment for a number of years now, as has Charlottesville City. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

Edsurge

A recent New York Times investigation found that many companies receive such precise, extensive data on their users that they—and anyone else they share this information with—could easily identify a single individual and pinpoint their location. That user data is often sold to or shared with other companies, such as advertisers who have a vested interest in behavioral data, and it’s not as anonymous as people think. Some apps do more harm than good.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade.

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As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

The Hechinger Report

We have to engage in a movement,” Susan Patrick, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group known as iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), told the cheering crowd of 3,000 true believers. For example, why are the new ways of learning better?

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The Hechinger Report

If public education is ever going to meet the needs of low-income students, ideas for change must get beyond the constant war of words fueled by advocacy journalism, partisan blogging and fake news. Trump and Betsy DeVos are examples of why a free press is needed now more than ever.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

The Hechinger Report

Only about one in five of 2016 graduates got full-time jobs in legal offices, the advocacy organization Law School Transparency reported. I will not shut down my investigations or stand by while loan-servicing companies are given a free pass to cheat students.”.

The canary in the law school coal mine

The Christensen Institute

Companies like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, which have created a do-it-yourself model for legal services, and others like Ravel and ROSS that improve lawyers’ research and productivity, have changed the profession and business models. And, finally, innovative law schools could build new, non-JD degree programs that specialize in training students for careers that combine elements from law, business and government—in international trade, for example.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

edWeb.net

For example, CoSN counts phishing (sending fraudulent emails from seemingly credible accounts) as a top security threat to schools. Manheim Central School District (PA) Superintendent Dr. Peter Aiken said they partnered with a company to educate their staff about email threats.

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

The Hechinger Report

It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee. Bradley County’s rolling landscape is dotted with examples of the new economy.

Betsy DeVos on Teacher Vouchers, Walkouts and Being Clickbait

Edsurge

Private companies and donors would contribute to the fund and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit in return. Do you support them in that advocacy as well?” Here are 3 facts you might not have known about Betsy DeVos: She’s an oldest child and, thus, an avid rule-follower.

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort

Edsurge

The company, which is based in Oakland, counts LinkedIn and PathSource among its competitors. They are a collection of all the documents the company has compiled on a single scientific concept. For example, a folio on Cushing Syndrome would gather information such as medical trials and patents on the hormonal disorder. Forefront offers in-person trainings, ranging from teaching companies about implicit bias to helping them recruit better.

How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

We offer our colleagues at peer institutions and edtech companies nine considerations for cultivating innovation on campus and beyond. These principles include understanding users and creating a minimum viable product, for example, and we apply them to each project. The DIG team identified and prioritized additional needs and quickly added members with expertise in user experience design, behavioral science, data science, software development and innovation advocacy.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

For example, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the future of learning materials writ large. Developers who are known to be doing this work on their own, with no financial contribution happening from any company” represented only 8.2% These are huge companies that compete directly with each other in many ways. So why do companies pay their employees to write code that they give away to their competitors? the Linux kernel provides a fascinating example.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

She is a past board member and chair of CoSN and is Vice President of Advocacy and Programs for LACUE. She served as general counsel of a broadband company, and as a partner in a major international law firm in Washington D.C.,

Short on financial knowledge, some school districts get bad deals on bonds

The Hechinger Report

Most school districts don’t have a municipal bond expert on staff or on their board, leaving them at the mercy of financial companies to guide them through the bond issuance process. Jon Baum, the company’s CEO, did not respond to a request for comment.

10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

Doug Levin

However, Bitcoin is not synonymous with blockchain, nor is it even necessarily the best example or tool for every blockchain application.

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Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

For example, postgraduate earnings are now being gleaned from tax records, and graduates’ average debt, by program, from the government’s National Student Loan Data System. Offers of financial aid, for example, are notoriously confusing.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).