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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.

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

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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.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. The companies are collaborating to provide personalized reading instruction to help educators increase students’ literacy comprehension and proficiency.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

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At each meeting reiterate the school’s commitment to digital safety, provide tips and insights into the technology used at the school, offer resources parents can refer to at home, and let them ask their questions about kids and media.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

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

Iterating Toward Openness

To offset all this double counting, there is the separate issue of the many “whole course” OER that OTL refuses to index because they don’t meet the OTL’s definition of “textbook.” The Linux operating system is one of the most incredible success stories of the open source software movement. There is a popular myth that most of the people writing open source software do this work in their spare time for altruistic reasons.

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With Schools Closed, Kids With Disabilities Are More Vulnerable Than Ever

MindShift

Some districts have plowed ahead with holding one-on-one lessons over software like Zoom and virtual meetings to discuss the individualized education plans — known as IEPs — that are required for students in special education. Updated at 9:31 a.m.

?Without Addressing Basic Needs, Student Success Strategies Fall Short

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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.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

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But, they also saw a large number of resources being recommitted to just this one aspect of education: space for server farms, money for hardware and software upgrades, overworked personnel, etc. In addition, develop security benchmarks, and don’t use any program that doesn’t meet them.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

The Hechinger Report

What they lack is college-educated relatives, counselors, role models or mentors to make sure they take the courses and meet the deadlines they need to, or who encourage them to think about their further educations.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment.

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

Both the wider internet and the narrower education space are filled with companies and organizations that provide value-added services around openly licensed software and content.

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The CARE Framework

Iterating Toward Openness

We know that in parallel contexts, like open source software or Wikipedia, long-term sustainability can be possible with only a tiny fraction of all the beneficiaries of the open work contributing directly. They believe there are those who should not be allowed to benefit from OER – namely, companies. In a more nuanced version, they don’t believe companies should be able to benefit from OER without giving something back.

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

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An advocacy for libertarian politics – think Peter Thiel (a Stanford graduate) now advising Donald Trump. ” Despite thinking of themselves as liberal-learning, today’s tech companies re-inscribe much of this.

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

She uses a software program popular among architects and designers. The students learn how to use industry-approved software programs and are often granted paid internships at local design firms and research labs, and Greeley’s planning and development departments.

Can the Right Nudge Help Low-income Kids Go Beyond High School?

MindShift

What they lack is college-educated relatives, counselors, role models or mentors to make sure they take the courses and meet the deadlines they need to, or who encourage them to think about their further educations.

The Business of Education Technology

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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. The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.” These companies almost all share the same investors too.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “Who’s Meeting With DeVos ? News from the most well-funded ed-tech company, student loan provider SoFi : SoFi settles w/ FTC over allegations it misrepresented how much borrowers save by refinancing. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” Really looking forward to this new testing company though!

The Politics of Education Technology

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Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world,” but it’s far more accurate to say that the neoliberal values of software tycoons are eating the world. “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Districts have spent thousands of dollars on consultants and software upgrades, and the racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps that the law was supposed to help eliminate remain largely unchanged.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

Many watched instructional videos or worked with adaptive-learning software that adjusted lessons based on each student’s proficiency.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Chalkbeat : “For Betsy DeVos and her former advocacy group, the future of education means ‘ personalization ,’ including virtual schools.” ” Her “former advocacy group” – although considering she spoke there last week, I’m not sure how “former” it really is – is the American Federation for Children. ” No disclosure in the article that Edsurge shares investors with both these companies.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. Arguably, there is no better example of this than the ongoing push that “everyone should learn to code,” led at the K–12 level by the industry-backed advocacy organization Code.org. For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. For-profit higher ed company Education Management Corp says it will close 22 out of 26 of its Brown Mackie College locations.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

After much speculation – and meetings from those the media described as “potential candidates,” including Michelle Rhee (who visited the President-Elect with husband, “accused sexual abuser Kevin Johnson ,” as Deadspin put it , in tow) – Donald Trump has made his pick for Secretary of Education: Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos. The company offers online degrees in Africa. Google has acquired Quiklabs , a tech training company.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via ProPublica : “Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government.” ” Via Education Week : “The Ohio education department could seek repayment of more than $80 million from nine full-time online schools , based on audits of software-login records that led state officials to determine the schools had overstated their student enrollment.” Education Politics.