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.

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


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. Your system is only as strong as its weakest link.

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education


An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Leaders of the two companies have, in fact, publicly stated that they plan to create an unlimited subscription service that would combine all of both company’s digital titles if the merger is allowed to proceed.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective


In 2017, 53 percent of the students in the K-12 public education system in the United States were Black, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indigenous or multiracial. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


We spend rediculously large sums of money to the same companies every few years for repackaged content. Barriers include the system we are in and the fact that teachers don''t send lobbyists to Austin. also need to get telecommunications companies to run fiber to rural areas which they are reluctant to do because it is not profitable for them. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could.

Our fragile child care ‘system’ may be about to shatter

The Hechinger Report

Dominated by small businesses, the country’s child care “system” has long been at a breaking point. Her mortgage company is letting her skip her April 1 payment, but she isn’t aware of any other help headed her way.

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Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. When an educator is unprepared and unable to access high-quality resources to meet our unique learners’ needs, the system penalizes the educator.

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How our district uses tech to fight cyberbullying

eSchool News

It is the primary job of the education system to teach our children. It involves creating positive school climates, adopting rigorous reporting systems, and educating students and parents about digital citizenship and how to use social media responsibly.

Nine New Lawsuits Target ?Inclusive Access? Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations


Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs. And in February, nonprofit advocacy organization U.S.

School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

The CoolCatTeacher

So school counselors have this ability to look at the system as a whole and to support students. School counselors have this ability to look at the system as a whole. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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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.

Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

The Jose Vilson

Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day. Like so many of our colleagues, I too imagined a truly inclusive and publicly run system.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data


Institutions have access to more student data than ever before—but it's hard to really grasp what that means, since many of the digital tools that colleges use are from third parties or companies that keep their algorithms private. You log in to the system and you leave the window open.

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Becoming an Anti-Racist Childhood Educator and Social Warrior


Dr. Iheoma Iruka contended that the early childhood classroom, even with well-meaning teachers and inclusive approaches, still rests in a system that was designed to “fix” Black children assumed to not be faring as well as their white counterparts. By Michele Israel.

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

The Jose Vilson

Many rank-and-file teachers across the school system threatened to orchestrate a sick-out while our teachers’ union had urged both the mayor and the chancellor to close schools in the foreground and the background. Which companies do we trust with protecting our students’ data?

As We Rebuild, Here’s the Part We Can’t Afford to Take Out


In 2005, the aftermath of a once-in-a-century hurricane provided an opportunity to think anew about how to design an education system and rebuild a city. And we must own up to the fact that we have a system where those who make all other work possible— especially teachers —are underpaid.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email.

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Are Schools Helpless, Hapless When it Comes to IT Privacy and Security?

Doug Levin

One cannot be said to have secure IT systems in the absence of a meaningful privacy policy; likewise, one cannot ensure privacy if one’s IT systems also are not secured. Instead, advocates have focused almost exclusively on the practices of companies serving education.

Effective Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

EdNews Daily

Structured literacy instruction consists of the following components: Phonology (the sound system of language). Orthography (the writing system of language). Self Advocacy and Resources for Students. at Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company. By Suzanne Carreker.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative.

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


When colleges sign deals with publishers to sell digital textbooks and homework systems directly to students, they’re required by federal regulations to offer those materials at discounted prices.

What Students Want Teachers—and Facebook—to Know About Digital Citizenship


Jivani had jump started a career in self-care advocacy. The company has also enlisted artificial intelligence to track hate speech on the platform. Both companies have also published policies around so-called “deepfakes” of manipulated and altered media on their platforms.

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.

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.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology


Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. This in turn helped the Chilean edtech ecosystem by helping edtech companies scale and subsequently invest in smaller markets. “In The initiative supports interoperability, which refers to the ability for different education software, platforms and systems to work with one another.

It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

Dangerously Irrelevant

Plus we need hundreds of millions of dollars to give to companies so that they can create a dozen or so jobs. State department educational policy advocacy: “Evidence-based” or puffery?

Educational Leadership for Social Good


EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation , dedicated to effecting positive change in schools, and currently supporting a number of advocacy programs including the Our Voice Academy and the nonprofit Student Voice Foundation.

Tolerating failing schools in New Orleans — so long as they’re for black kids

The Hechinger Report

Our Voice Nuestra Voz, a non-profit education advocacy group in New Orleans, analyzed the school performance scores data and found that approximately 15,000 students attend these failing schools.

Promote Executive Functioning within School Culture


Steps to encourage a school culture that promotes executive functioning includes analyzing current systems, assessing physical or social learning environments, and providing teacher training and executive function professional development opportunities. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

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.

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

And so, yes, I’ve kind of started very quickly after accepting the award for Instructional Technologist of the Year, then TCEA – as many of our state affiliates has a strong advocacy arm for educational opportunities here in Texas.

Boxlight Recognized by The Edvocate as a Finalist in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards


Finalists were selected by a panel of educators and K-12 parents who reviewed the submissions that were entered and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development or advocacy of edtech.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

One of the things that we really spend a lot of time doing is trying to help people “unlearn” some of what I think that we built into the system over time that people just came to accept. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

And I think sometimes that when we see the final product of a school, or a teacher, or a school system that looks really good and has been done really well, it feels insurmountable… Vicki: It does. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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.