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


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


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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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When Colleges Sign ‘Inclusive Access’ Textbook Deals, Can Students and Professors Opt Out?


Public Interest Research Group , a nonprofit advocacy organization that takes a skeptical view of publishers’ efforts to automatically bill students for pre-packaged commercial course materials.

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.

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.

Before This Virus (On NYC Schools and COVID-19)

The Jose Vilson

For example, nowhere in our contract does it say we must love our children, or even build relationships with them. Which companies do we trust with protecting our students’ data? It had to come to this.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Advocacy in the home, school, community, state, and country.” This week of legislative advocacy with CEC has me revved up for more grass-roots advocacy in the home, school, community, state, and country.

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


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.

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?

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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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.

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.

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.

?You?re stuck?: America wants to reopen its economy. It won?t happen without schools or child care

The Hechinger Report

The expanded safety net, though, doesn’t apply to workers at private companies with 500 or more employees. Katherine Gallagher Robbins, child care and early education director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families.

How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation


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.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools


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.

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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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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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.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives


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.