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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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launch of Be a Maker, an all-new mobile application that teaches children how to code by allowing them to program their Jibo robot. Children ages 7-12 can use the Be a Maker app to create customized programs for their Jibo robot to perform, including speech and expressions.

Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

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All the talk of the importance of “emotion” in education reflects other trends too. It’s a reaction, I’d say, to the current obsession with artificial intelligence and a response to all the stories we were told this year about robots on the cusp of replacing, out-“thinking,” and out-working us. ” An ed-tech trend in the making, investors hope.

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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. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics.

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I’m also curious how this news – again, I’m not sure two closures are really a “trend” – will affect student loan startups. It’s building this little web that turns the user into a mostly passive consumer of mostly western corporate content,” says Ellery Biddle, Global Voices’ advocacy director. Via Campus Technology : “2017 Ed Tech Trends: The Halfway Point.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Via The Hechinger Report : “ Virtual charter schools need ‘bold action’ for change, says national charter school advocacy group.” ” Via the Hechinger Report : “Can a wall-climbing robot teach your kid to code?” Not education-related per se, but as I’m closely monitoring both the student loan and the blockchain hoopla as ed-tech trends – that is, all the investments investments and all the PR – I’ll drop this here.

The 2015 Global Education Conference Starts Today - All Online - Full Session Listing - Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The sixth annual Global Education Conference , our free four-day online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, runs today Monday, November 16 through Thursday, November 19, 2015 (November 20th in some time zones). Bienvenue! Welcome! Willkommen! Benvenuto!