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. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

Arne Duncan Joins Board of Ed-Tech Company Pluralsight

Marketplace K-12

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has joined the board of directors for Pluralsight , a Utah-based ed-tech company that provides online courses in various subjects, including software development and information technology, the news site Fast Company reported Thursday. Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard said he hopes to eventually have the company provide free or discounted subscriptions to the courses to people from low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities.

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. She cautioned opponents of online preschool programs against grouping all programs together. “I

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

The Hechinger Report

But few of these apps are developmentally appropriate and most fail to teach in ways preschoolers need to learn. Companies know if you want parents to download their apps, claiming it’s ‘educational’ is going to increase those chances,” Golin said.

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School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

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. While there are certainly exceptions, this human interaction standard can serve as a compass to guide our investments and advocacy.

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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. On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning.

Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

Edsurge

With the continued funding challenges educators face, it’s crucial to pick an education resource that will yield the best return on investment and support learning outcomes for your district. 3P Learning works with over five million students and educators across the globe, providing online learning solutions in math, science and literacy. Ensure the resources you consider align with your district’s mission, vision and student learning objectives.

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

The Hechinger Report

Personalized learning lets Champlain Valley Union High School sophomore Bella Curtis study toward a certificate in horse management. New ways of teaching and learning are needed to make sure students prove they’ve mastered topics before earning a diploma, they say.

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. On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution? I think blended learning has the potential to have a huge impact on education in India.”.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Edsurge

SXSW EDU Launch Competition Judge Tony will try his best Judy Judy impersonation, as he joins Bridge Burns (University Innovation Alliance), Vince Chan (Creta Ventures) and Jonathan Rochelle (Google) to dispense advice and feedback for eight companies pitching their wares. Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers. Who Does Online Education Really Serve? It’s not hard to get behind and support social-emotional learning.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Discovery Education Launch ‘Speak Truth To Power’ In School Initiative to Engage the Next Generation of Human Rights Defenders

techlearning

Speak Truth to Power as a will also help to expand the circle of human rights defenders through awareness, discourse and advocacy. To learn more about Speak Truth To Power: Raising New Voices In Human Rights visit www.speaktruthtopowerinschool.com. Silver Spring, Md.

Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

Pros and cons of building a district-specific online platform. The online education movement has pushed K-12 schools and districts to rethink the way they develop and deliver content. This is better than saying, ‘You’re an algebra teacher, so go build us an [online] algebra class.’”.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

high school students have the opportunity not just to take an online class for credit but a significant proportion of their course load online. New data analyses by NCES offer an updated assessment of the adoption of online learning by high schools: More than 4 in 10 U.S. percent) did not offer any entirely online courses to high school students during the 2015-16 school year. percent offered ‘a majority of all classes online;’ and, 3.6

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

high school students have the opportunity not just to take an online class for credit but a significant proportion of their course load online. New data analyses by NCES offer an updated assessment of the adoption of online learning by high schools: More than 4 in 10 U.S. percent) did not offer any entirely online courses to high school students during the 2015-16 school year. percent offered ‘a majority of all classes online;’ and, 3.6

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Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

The Hechinger Report

Too many students in virtual and blended learning schools are performing poorly, according to a new National Education Policy Center report , released last week, by Gary Miron, a professor at Western Michigan University, and Charisse Gulosino, an assistant professor at the University of Memphis.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

Not only did Caleb never return to his local school, but he learned little throughout his elementary, middle and high school years — which included hundreds of hours struggling through computer lessons in math, science and social studies. Leslie Lipson, counsel to the Georgia Advocacy Office.

Education Technology Industry Network Grows With Addition of Education Industry Association Members

Marketplace K-12

The SIIA group will now represent about 230 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies to the K-20 sector, according to Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the network. SES providers ranging from large, publicly held companies to small “mom-and-pops” needed to adjust, and many of the smaller ones went out of business.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Educators wanted students to engage more and apply their learning in meaningful ways.”.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “The fallout from the mid-year closure of Ohio ’s largest full-time online charter school continues,” writes Education Week , “with other e-schools struggling to navigate a massive influx of displaced students, thousands of students unaccounted for, and fights over money and liability dragging into the summer.”

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company has raised $41 million total. (I

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Palantir is the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel and funded in part by the CIA. Another tech company ready and willing to support Trump: IBM. If you know the history of this company , it’s a rather frightening gesture. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The New York Times : “ Udacity , an Online Learning Start-Up, Offers Tech Job Trials.” ” The company has raised $12.5

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

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Making College A Powerful Experience For the Most Marginalized

MindShift

The founders of College Unbound , an accredited college program, started out with the dream of creating a college experience that supports kids from low-income backgrounds to succeed; a program based on the principles of Big Picture Learning, where academics are connected to students’ passions and the real world of work and mentors. It’s not a safe space where they’re made to feel like a participant in their learning.”. COMPETENCY BASED LEARNING.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. ” On Tuesday a court dismissed a petition by Ashford Universit y (owned by Bridgepoint Education ) to allow its online programs to be eligible for GI Bill benefits. “Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” An op-ed in Forbes by University Ventures’ Ryan Craig : “Make Online Education Great (For The First Time).”