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?

Surveys Find Districts Are Using More Edtech Tools — and Teachers Are Bearing the Costs

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and definitely increases costs for districts.” The full surveys—with a lot more detail—were done by The Harris Poll on behalf of the policy and advocacy nonprofit and include 750 full-time K-12 teachers and 1,725 parents of children ages 5-17.

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What’s in a Name? Inside the Pricey, ‘Laborious’ Process of Education Rebrands

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In late October, education policy and advocacy group iNACOL opened its annual conference with a bang. That was definitely not cheap,” says Lenz, adding that the cost of a revamp for a small to midsize organization would almost never run into seven figures.

Why teachers are historically overworked & undervalued (and how to disrupt the pattern)

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” It’s a terrible message to send to children–that once you become a teacher, you lose your right for self-advocacy. It’s not logical, by definition. Education Trends Equity Resources Truth For Teachers PodcastThis week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: An edu-history lesson with Jennifer Binis on why teachers are overworked and undervalued. As educators, we talk a lot about how teachers are poorly paid and how unrealistic the demands are.

Graphic novels help teens learn about racism, climate change and social justice – here’s a reading list

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Teen activists worldwide are making headlines for their social justice advocacy on everything from climate change and immigration to substance abuse and LGBTQ issues. As young people get more vocal about these issues, this trend is being reflected in the graphic novels they are reading.

‘It’s just too much’: Why students are abandoning community colleges in droves

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But the pandemic may be intensifying trends that were already contributing to enrollment declines. One of those trends is students questioning the value of higher education. Maybe he’d consider a few online classes, he said, definitely not a four-year school. “I’d

Many state flagship universities leave black and Latino students behind

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Leave this field empty if you're human: “It matters who’s enrolled at flagships, because they tend to go on to be leaders in their states, particularly in politics and in business,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research and data analytics at The Education Trust, an advocacy group that focuses on college access. “It’s We definitely see it; it bothers me every day,” said Amy Jarich, Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act , or ESSA, also provides increased access to funding for physical education by including the subject in its definition of a “well-rounded education.”. “At At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It What is definitely tied to brain health, Hillman said, is physical fitness. There were definitely some pretty serious unintended consequences.”. APPLETON, Wisc.

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

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It definitely makes you feel like you’re not failing, you’re not behind; you just have certain things that you’re not strong in. Mick Jones, Kylie’s dad, has been pleased to see an upward trend in his daughter’s scores, and he is among those who have become evangelists for the mastery-based system. Windsor Locks parents routinely refer to these communication and self-advocacy skills in describing the impact of the model, which ties into a more systemic shift in the district.

What’s Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?

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At the same time, one of the hottest trends in public schooling is what’s often called dual-language or two-way immersion programs. The trend flies in the face of some of the culture wars of two decades ago, when advocates insisted on “English first” education. Therefore, by definition, they had much weaker English vocabularies than the native speakers. Part of our ongoing series exploring how the U.S.

Transfer students start getting more of the credits they’ve already earned

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“Regardless of the institution where you work, if you’re a president or the dean of admissions, you’re very aware of these trends,” said Devorah Lieberman, president of the University of La Verne, near Los Angeles. It was definitely a grind.” Gage Ramirez transferred twice in his college career. The first time, he lost almost all of his credits.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones. Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide.

Who should pay for preschool for the middle class?

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He’s seen the same trend for the past 30 years. “It’s For $13,655 per year to fit the government’s definition of affordable, a family with one child would have to earn $195,071 annually, an income well above middle class. . Josiah Taft, 4, played at the water table in his public preschool classroom at P.S. 3 in Brooklyn in 2016. New York is one of a handful of big American cities that offer universal preschool. Photo: Jamie Martines for The Hechinger Report.

What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Social And Emotional Skills’?

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According to the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, , a research and advocacy group, these include the “4Cs of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity,” as well as “life and career skills” and “information, media and technology skills.” ” That 1980s trend led to lots of trophies but little improvement in achievement.

Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

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All the talk of the importance of “emotion” in education reflects other trends too. ” An ed-tech trend in the making, investors hope. Marketing “Mindsets” While the brainwave monitoring headsets hyped by some in ed-tech might seem too far-fetched and too futuristic for schools to adopt, they are being positioned as part of another trend that might make them seem far more palatable: “social emotional learning” or SEL.

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

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The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom. I’ve definitely heard from at least 10 parents who are like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on,’ ” O’Connor said. “ ‘Is this good for my child?’ ”.

One of the worst states at caring for low-income babies and toddlers

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Because, ultimately, if I don’t get assistance, I really don’t know how I will go about making this work … time is definitely ticking.”. According to a 2015 report by the advocacy non-profit Child Care Aware, the average cost of center-based infant care in Louisiana—one of the four poorest states in the nation—was roughly $110 a week in 2014. Louisiana is on par with national trends in how it spends its federal block-grant money, the Center for Law and Social Policy found.

Is California saving higher education?

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billion, is bucking a national trend — most other states are continuing to reduce, not increase, their higher education budgets. The trend peaked during the recession that began in 2008, when UC hiked undergraduate tuition by nearly a third in a single year.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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But this year, I’m reorganizing my analysis of these “trends,” partly because I think they can all be subsumed under the larger theme of “the new economy.” 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.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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The image above from Google Trends helps demonstrate how popular the phrase has become in the intervening months. The New York Times tried to keep track of all the 45th President’s falsehoods this year, but it seems to have abandoned its “ definitive list ” some time in July. Facebook said it would work with the ed-tech advocacy group Digital Promise to teach digital skills.

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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.” (National) Education Politics.

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Via The Hechinger Report : “ Virtual charter schools need ‘bold action’ for change, says national charter school advocacy group.” ” This one’s definitely my favorite: “Lecture VR is a VR app … which simulates a lecture hall in virtual reality.” Education Politics. “ Education Department Proposes New Regulations to Protect Students and Taxpayers from Predatory Institutions.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed.