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'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. ” That’s because the stories told this year to keep us hustling and to keep up imagining a certain kind of future are almost all about robots. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over again we were told “robots are coming for your jobs.”

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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ASSIST EDUCATION & APEX LEARNING ( assisteducation.com/ ) & ( www.apexlearning.com ) ASSIST Education and Apex Learning enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools.

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

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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.

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

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S.

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

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

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Via The New Yorker : “ Georgia ’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Trump administration’s list of primary finalists to operate an overhauled student loan servicing system excludes Navient , a large and controversial servicer, which instead is participating in the program as a subcontractor in a team.” “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Critical Thinking in Academia and Calling a Spade a Spade

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This was a perfect start for me as a graduate from a program that empowered us to be creators of experiences instead of taking on the robotic like lens that many first year teachers were forced to do. It would be years before I found “my voice” again in my teaching and advocacy.

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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! Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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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?”

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “An Education Department plan to begin cutting large debt collection firms out of the student loan system is on hold after Congress warned against move.” Via Wired : “How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The company has raised $20.4 The company, which claims it’s like “LinkedIn for students,” has raised $14.1

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” The Black Alliance for Educational Options , a charter school advocacy group, announced it will cease operations at the end of the year. No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Alabama will issue manufacturing industry certifications across its two-year college system in an effort to create a better educational pipeline to jobs in manufacturing and transportation.”

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” 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. Via abc.net.au : “ Queensland children as young as four will learn coding and robotics as a compulsory part of their education from next year.” ” The company has raised $12.5 President-Elect Trump.

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Newark has control once again of its public school system, which the state took away from the city 22 years ago. Via BocaNews : “Parents throughout South Palm Beach County are using iReady on behalf of their children, possibly skewing scores – and usefulness – of the $6-Million diagnostic computer system.” The “pioneer in the science of learning,” as Inside Higher Ed puts it , will help the technology company with its internal training program.

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Department of Education Announces Requirements for New Federal Loan Servicing System.” ” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there.

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” 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.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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But I wanted to consider too why the stories we repeatedly tell about education and education technology were so fanciful – stories about impending disruptions and revolutions and robot teachers and brain zappers and so on.

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” 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. Via Ed Week’s Market Brief : “ African Ed-Tech Incubator Aims to Set Companies, and Students, on Winning Path.” ” At this stage, any company that compares themselves to Uber is out of their mind. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Via The New York Post : “Charter-school advocacy group to close up shop.” ” Via the Argus Leader : “A former official with National American University has accused the South Dakota based for-profit system of defrauding the United States government out of millions of dollars in a student aid program , a lawsuit unsealed Thursday in federal court alleges.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. million from the testing company ACT.

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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.” Isn’t Liberia outsourcing its education system to a Gates and Zuckerberg-backed startup , Bridge International Academies ? Via The Hechinger Report : “ Virtual charter schools need ‘bold action’ for change, says national charter school advocacy group.”

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“ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? ” (Note: there’s a response to this article by Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel, who builds teaching chat-bots, in the “robots” section below. ” Via The Verge : “ Duolingo overhauled its fluency system to make it harder for advanced users.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.