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

Edsurge

A satirical student newspaper recently wrote that Stanford University installed facial recognition cameras in the front of some lecture halls to take attendance and analyze the expressions on students’ faces. 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. Yet proof that these applications are effective is hard to come by.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

But from time to time I still step back and worry about field-level issues. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. My end goal isn’t to increase OER adoption. And you don’t have to. A Path to the Other 93%?

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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place. During the edWebinar “ Technology in Rural Schools: Leading with Why,” the presenters discussed how they overcame challenges and helped the community understand the value of tech in schools. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. Are they prepared to adapt to other systems?

Notes from the UNI Education Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jonathan Kozol (wow, was he wonderful to listen to…). I try to be bipartisan but former Iowa U.S. Senator Tom Harkin has talked with me for years about the damage that testing is doing to children. Teachers, particularly those who teach in our most disadvantaged communities, need to be protected. I said to an African-American Boston minister after the Philadelphia disappearances, “How can I be of use?” He was a wonderful listener to children.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Currently accepted regular sessions with links to their descriptions are immediately below. Go to [link] 4. There is still time to be a partner/sponsor.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

If nothing else, I’ve wanted as many days in December to pass as possible so that my calculations for the total amount of venture funding invested during the year were as accurate as I could get them to be when I hit ”publish.“ I think it’s safe to say, for example, that venture capital investment has fallen off rather precipitously this year. ” “ Crossing the chasm to profitability.” ” “ A path to profitability.”

Could we improve America by treating 2-year-olds better?

The Hechinger Report

Children begin learning basic literacy skills, like which direction to turn the pages, around age 2. This story is part of a series that looks at what makes the 2-year-old year so critical and what could be done to better support toddlers in America. In Wichita, Kansas, single mother Tiffany McNitt sometimes cries after dropping her kids, aged 2 and 3, at their babysitter’s house on her way to work. Kids who read by third grade are more likely to graduate from high school.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. I thought for a good long while about how best to summarize this decade, and inspired by the folks at The Verge , who published a list of “ The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech ,” I decided to do something similar: chronicle for you a decade of ed-tech failures and f**k-ups and flawed ideas.