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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Sun Sentinel : “Student made social media threat to kill FAU professor, cops say.” Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill analyzes a recent interview with Coursera ’s CEO and argues the MOOC provider is “betting on OPM market and shift to low-cost masters degrees.” Short-term-jobs-for-students company Student Pop has raised $3.4

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor ’s.” ” “Coursera and other purveyors of massive open online courses supposedly signaled the end of traditional credentials and, as some told it, universities. The company has raised $3.3

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Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. ” asks The Economist in an article about coding bootcamps. The company has raised $41 million total. (I

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Coursera ’s CEO on the Evolving Meaning of ‘MOOC’ ” There’s more ECOT news – there’s always more ECOT news – in the “state and local politics” section above. The featured article : “13 Stories of Life on a Teacher’s Salary.”

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Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” ” Via the Coursera blog : “Announcing Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. There’s an article in the venture philanthropy section below about how private student loans are being pitched as “impact investing.” “PISA for personality testing – the OECD and the psychometric science of social-emotional skills ” by Ben Williamson. ” More news about a data breach at a testing company in the infosec section below.

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Via The Washington Post : “SEC settles fraud charges against defunct for-profit college company ITT.” ” (Edsurge, for what it’s worth, shares investors with Class Central, Udacity, and Coursera (although there’s no disclosure on that article to that end) – funny how the narratives about the “revolutionary” potential of MOOCs get spread, eh?). ” The company in question is called Sqore. (National) Education Politics.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Prior to the department spending $6 million on iPads, Apple spent more than $5300 on meals and lodging for state Superintendent Mark Johnson and five other education officials to visit the company’s HQ. Via the Coursera blog : “Announcing the Global MBA from Macquarie University.” ” SEL is “social emotional learning,” of course.

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It's rolling out a social media push today using the hashtag #DontSettle4Cs to promote the program, called March2Success. Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Google) biotech company, Calico. Coursera’s other founder, Andrew Ng, left the startup several years ago to join the Chinese search engine Baidu. ” Social-emotional learning and VR.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s First Ivy League Degree: An Online Master’s From the University of Pennsylvania.” ” ( Not mentioned : Penn was one of the very first investors in Coursera.). to For-Profit Company Tackling School Schedules.”

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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I’d hardly know where to begin in writing one, but I want to open this particular article – one that focuses, in part, on the whole “everyone should learn to code” craze – recognizing his great contribution to educational computing as well as his loss. I first read an article by Seymour Papert in a Women’s Studies class in the mid 1990s – “ Epistemological Pluralism ,” which he co-wrote with Sherry Turkle.

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If you’re going to talk about the importance of digital literacy or information literacy or media literacy or what have you, then you best practice it. “ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. ” The article is accompanied by a photo of a classroom full of Asian students – as if Asian is not American. Shernaz Daver , Udacity ’s chief marketing officer, is leaving the company.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. From the Department of Education press release : “ Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the Effects of Entertainment , Media , Cyberbullying and Social Media on Violence and Student Safety.” ” Also via Class Central : “ Coursera Lets Instructors A/B Test Their Courses, Experiments With Automated Coaching.”

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” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review. Coursera announces on its blog that it’s expanding to Brazil. Here’s Coursera arguing “Why Everyone Should Learn Sales.” This Edtech Company Says It Uses AI.

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Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. ” That for-profit is Laureate Education , the largest chain of for-profit schools in the world and an investor in Coursera. ” The answer, in part, is in this Buzzfeed article by Molly Hensley-Clancy : “ Native American Colleges Have Abandoned The Student Loan System.” The company has raised $420 million total.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ For-Profit Companies With the Highest Enrollments at Their Colleges, Fall 2016.” Via CNBC : “ Google , Apple and 13 other companies that no longer require employees to have a college degree.” The ed-tech company Gaggle is peddling a “ solution ” to teachers’ strikes , apparently.

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Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. I’ll look more closely at discrimination by design – in software and in algorithms – in the final article in this series.) ” “ How Asian test-prep companies swiftly exposed the brand-new SAT.” ” (More on this in the next article in this series.)

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That’s Betsy DeVos , of course, and Social Finance a.k.a. million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” ” “ Coursera Monthly Subscriptions Channel Lynda and Pluralsight ,” says EduKwest’s Kirsten Winkler. ” “ ClassDojo Is Teaching Kids Empathy In 90% Of K–8 Schools Nationwide,” says Fast Company.

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A graphic essay in Fusion : “Betsy DeVos’ ‘ School Choice ’ Movement Isn’t Social Justice. ” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” Microsoft had a media event this week.

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Via The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” ” Coursera highlights its mentors – its volunteer mentors – on its blog. It’s always fascinating to look at ed-tech companies’ job postings – this one is from Khan Academy. ” From the article: Zuckerberg revealed that he wants to ensure that education has a chance to flourish in VR.