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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. Although no doubt, Microsoft, now the owner of Minecraft, would like us all to repeat that particular storyline.) Is this really a trend?

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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Coalition members include Microsoft, Amazon, Computer Science Teachers Association, College Board, and Excellence in Education Foundation, and other local tech and education organizations. published a new report which addresses latest trends in EdTech in the U.S.

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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.

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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. Via Techcrunch : “ Microsoft’s Imagine Cup crowns its 15th winner, the X.GLU smart glucose meter for kids.” 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.

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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.

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Via Politico : “ Families for Excellent Schools CEO fired after investigation into ‘inappropriate behavior’ ” That’s Jeremiah Kittredge , who’s run one of the best funded pro-charter advocacy groups in the company. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The company sold MinecraftEDU to Microsoft in 2016. ” From Educause : “ Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies and Trends for 2018.”