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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. The application is free to download from the App Store or Google Play. Spectrum Industries Inc.

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

Edsurge

Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU. From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America.

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

Edsurge

Common Sense Privacy Evaluations Common Sense, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization, maintains a database that evaluates edtech tools on whether they are safe for use in schools. When establishing each rating, Common Sense’s privacy team considers federal and state privacy regulations as well as industry best practices. In the case of ClassDojo, a relatively harmless example, data goes back to the company and to Google Crashlytics. Some apps do more harm than good.

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

For decades, nonprofit advocacy groups and corporate donors have targeted K-12 education for intervention. apps and software, with some classes much more tech-reliant than others. We use Google all the time. If you don’t get Chromebooks from Google, where are you gonna get it?”

Business Execs, Governors Push Congress to Put $250M Into K-12 Coding

Marketplace K-12

A number of top executives, a bipartisan assortment of governors, and multiple advocacy groups have issued an open letter to Congress calling on the government to devote $250 million to computer coding education for students, along with professional development in that subject for teachers. But executives from several other industries–in media, health care, finance, and hospitality, among others–also lent their names to the effort.

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

The Hechinger Report

Conferences for teachers from coast to coast brim with representatives from the multibillion-dollar technology industry, many of them promising to help teachers provide customized tracks for education. Google’s search engine serves up more of what you’ve clicked on in the past.

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. Google now controls nearly ninety per cent of search advertising, Facebook almost eighty per cent of mobile social traffic, and Amazon about seventy-five per cent of e-book sales.

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WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. This release will also now include support for Google Drive.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

I use “Silicon Valley” in my work as a shorthand to describe the contemporary high tech industry – its tech and just as importantly, its ideology. Silicon Valley does include Mountain View, where Google is headquartered.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

Conferences for teachers from coast to coast brim with representatives from the multibillion-dollar technology industry, many of them promising to help teachers provide customized tracks for education. But for that concept to work, a child must spend a lot of time on the computer, feeding the system with data that the software uses to improve itself. Google’s search engine serves up more of what you’ve clicked on in the past. based education reform advocacy group.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

I’ve also written a separate article listing some of the various events that happened in the for-profit college industry this year – closures, lawsuits, sales, and the like. Demanding that schools teach “the right skills” is also one of many examples of an ongoing “innovation” fixation , of how industry is pressing the education system to bend to its needs.

The Politics of Education Technology

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It treats “ed-tech” as the result of markets and industry and “innovation,” and not as the result of policy or history. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). “ There is no ‘technology industry’ ,” technology writer and entrepreneur Anil Dash wrote in August. Put simply, every industry and every sector of society is powered by technology today, and being transformed by the choices made by technologists.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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. ” Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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 Edsurge : “ Google and Digital Promise Reimagine Teacher Tech Training with New National Program.” ” Via Education Week : “ Google Launches $50 Million Effort on the Future of Work.” (National) Education Politics. “Who Is Betsy DeVos ?”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“Since 1970, DeVos family members have invested at least $200 million in a host of right-wing causes -- think tanks, media outlets, political committees, evangelical outfits, and a string of advocacy groups. Simons in New York will develop software tools and apply cutting edge computing techniques to science often not possible in academia and industry.” Google has acquired Quiklabs , a tech training company. Presidential-Elect Donald J. Trump.

The Business of Education Technology

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” The Gates Foundation is perhaps the best known organization for furthering political advocacy through its funding mechanisms. For the last five or six years, education technology has been largely talked about in terms of “startups,” something that helps position the industry as an outsider and an underdog. The learning management system is a piece of “enterprise” software after all. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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.” Via The Outline : “ Google ’s featured snippets are worse than fake news.” Google is acquiring machine learning contest site Kaggle. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” “ Apple , Microsoft , Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” says Edutechnica , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing pseudo-LMSes.

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