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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How to Unleash 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Want to help public education thrive in 2017? Support The Hechinger Report!

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.

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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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.”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

It’s essentially a vestige of colonialism,” said Roberto Jiménez Rivera, a rare example of a native Puerto Rican from modest means who went to college on the mainland, where he now is an assistant director of admissions at Tufts University.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

The Hechinger Report

To counteract these realities, Román-Lagunas said her staff members have been analyzing Latinx students’ data — majors, feeder high schools and retention rates, for example — to see where they can make a difference.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

And more importantly, to ascertain where some folks – those who issue press releases, for example – want the puck to head. It ignores what happens in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for example: the site of Harvard and MIT.

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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?Without Addressing Basic Needs, Student Success Strategies Fall Short

Edsurge

Even in places like Seattle where the economy is booming and private companies have partnered with institutions to create their own job pipelines , students are still struggling with these issues. As massive tech companies like Microsoft increase their footprint in the region, housing prices have soared and members of the community—including students, faculty and other staff members—are struggling to afford to stay at the institution.

Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

In most cases, schools are turning to third parties for help building out their core and non-core content right now, said Allison Powell, VP for new learning models at iNACOL , the nonprofit blended learning advocacy group. “We’re Pros and cons of building a district-specific online platform.

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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.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

I think it’s safe to say, for example, that venture capital investment has fallen off rather precipitously this year. Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all.

A New Curriculum Helps Students With Disabilities Transition to Life After High School

Edsurge

For example, James* has a 20-year-old daughter named Christina, who has severe cognitive delays. Now, close to 20 students from the local school district have meaningful, inclusive, paid employment assembling and packing materials for a variety of companies. For example, some high schools have alternate high school diploma programs. Building Self-Advocacy. Two years ago, my oldest son graduated from high school.

A Conversation About Teacher Retention With Acting Secretary of Education, John King

Philly Teacher

It’s similar to how many company retain their top talent: Know their strengths, give them opportunities to shine, celebrate successes, offer opportunities for collaborating and learning with peers, provide top notch, just-in-time training, and compensate them adequately for the work they do.

From High School to Harvard, Students Urge for Clarity on Privacy Rights

Edsurge

In particular, many students, for whom these efforts intend to protect, are still unaware of their rights when it comes to how their online footprints are tracked—whether by third-party companies or sometimes the school districts themselves. In an interview with EdSurge, ACLU’s Advocacy and Policy Counsel, Chad A. What rights do parents, students and teachers have in an educational system increasingly awash in data and technology?

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

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.

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The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine

Edsurge

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. degree programs that specialize in training students for careers that combine elements from law, business and government—in international trade, for example.

Jim Shelton to Leave Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Edsurge

Shelton, who had served in the Department of Education during the Obama administration, began meeting with the pair in 2015 after he had joined the online graduate education company, 2U. David Plouffe, who joined CZI in January 2016 and heads its Justice and Opportunity team, pointed to Shelton’s championing of Vision to Learn, a program which provides eyeglasses, as an example of how CZI is helping knock down just one of the many barriers that underprivileged students face.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide. The question we must each ask ourselves is – what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

Amazon, Ed. Organizations Launch Blitz for “Growth Mindset” in Math

Marketplace K-12

The belief that students benefit academically from having a “ growth mindset ” has spread quickly from the research arena to classrooms, and now education companies selling tech products to schools and advocacy organizations are aggressively promoting the concept, too.