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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.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

It was the latest big-fix trend in K-12 education, and Gist, a favored daughter of Silicon Valley philanthropists, offered up the nation’s smallest state as a laboratory mouse. For decades, nonprofit advocacy groups and corporate donors have targeted K-12 education for intervention.

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.