A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

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It’s a longstanding national crisis, often referred to as the “digital divide,” which at Kapor Capital we identify as one of the cumulative barriers across The Leaky Tech Pipeline. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide. Gap-closing” companies are those that focus on closing an achievement or opportunity gap as a central part of their mission. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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30 Ideas To  Consider When Implementing School Online and Offline During The Coronavirus

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of education, I have become more and more aware of inequity and the digital divide. Some of the ideas in this article were part of our discussions and writings. In my reflection, I have attempted to present ideas for all schools across the digital divide. Most of the cable companies are providing free access, but parents might need education about these opportunities.

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Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

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Baker’s experience was reflected in the results of a survey sent by BrightBytes, an education data company, from April to June 15. Source (for all charts in article): BrightBytes survey Such findings are not surprising to Baker, who notes that they reaffirm the existence of the “ digital divide ,” or unequal access to technology across different communities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I wish to share with you this article I wrote for PBLWorks (BIE/BUCK Institute) of which I am part of the National Faculty. I hope pou find this first article helpful and that you return for continued postings in this series. Read the article or watch the webinar.

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Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

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Unfortunately, school closures have meant a step backward for many when it comes to the digital divide. And a recent article in EdSurge, “ Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access ,” shared several more ideas that districts, government agencies, and telecommunications companies have advanced. I am inspired and encouraged by the innovations I’m seeing in schools and homes across the country.

Breaking Down the FCC’s Latest Broadband Brouhaha

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Broadband policy is dense, and many of the articles and statements on the subject are frankly hard to follow. In an article last month for Wired, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel described spectrum as “the invisible airwaves that are used to send and receive the radio signals that power wireless communications.” After a license is obtained, schools can partner with a telecom company to provide broadband service to homes.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. But a few pioneering districts have shown that it’s possible, and Albemarle County has joined a nascent trend of districts trying to build their own bridges across the digital divide. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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a managing member of the Broadband Law Group, said there is “a lot going on at the state level with digital equity and getting the right connectivity.” There needs to be secure, robust, and reliable networks that provide access to digital content as technologies evolve, and in many districts another growing concern is equitable access, both in and out of school. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Been quoted in an article on ransomware in K-12 education. Tagged on: July 21, 2017 A complex web of factors influence children’s commercial media literacy | LSE Business Review → If they don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data? Many want technology firms to do more, but they are divided on how to balance free speech and safety issues online. Summer. Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop).

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide. This article was modified and published by EdScoop. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

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John Harrington, Funds for Learning Among the groups commenting on the issue, both ISTE and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) raised the possibility that digital education providers can pay to deliver their content more quickly, and wondered aloud if the move would deepen the digital divide. Last month, an article in from New America, a think tank, raised the specter that the FCC could overhaul the program once again, this time cutting funding.

Celly Launches New Service and Android App for Building Mobile Social Networks

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The company also announced today availability of the Celly Android App for free download on Google Play. “We With the relentless barrage of emails, websites, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+ notifications we all receive on a daily basis, a simple, short, and concise text message cuts through all the noise of our digital lifestyles,” said Shawn Carrié, member of the Occupy Wall Street’s Tech Ops Working Group.

Where Do English Language Learners Fit Into the Ed Tech Revolution?

MindShift

Despite the lack of dedicated tech tools for ELLs, some teachers have taken to repurposing various apps and other digital resources in creative and useful ways that help their students acquire the language. Also, within the ed-tech industry, a few emerging companies are starting to develop some promising and exciting new innovations. With this addition, students can access a variety of articles in Spanish, each also offered at five different reading levels.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers. Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers. Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In Based on this article, that's an understatement.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 26, 2017 Schools told compulsory 'BYO device' policies are illegal | NZ Herald → "We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can't compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can't deny a child's access to learning if their parents can't provide them one," she said. "In Based on this article, that's an understatement.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. The school district is working to raise money for more computers and technology training, hoping to better prepare its students for an increasingly digitized economy. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

Hack Education Weekly News

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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Education Technology's Inequalities

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Take, for example, ProPublica ’s article on Donald Trump’s son-in-law and “consigliere”: “ The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard.”). Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. What sorts of biases are built into digital technologies because of this?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Rather Harvard has outsourced instruction to the for-profit company Trilogy Education. Short-term-jobs-for-students company Student Pop has raised $3.4 It’s not clear from its self-reporting if it’s also raised money from the Chinese company TAL Education which it describes as a new partner “central to the deal.”)

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Hack Education Weekly News

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No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. Via Mic : “On Thursday, Pearson , an education publishing company, apologized for publishing a nursing textbook section that contained racist material about treating patients from different cultural backgrounds who have acute and chronic pain.”

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The Politics of Education Technology

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One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” “ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company.

Hack Education Weekly News

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the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Also via Edsurge : “How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cornell University has announced that it is ending its contract with Nike , saying the athletic apparel company was unwilling to sign a ‘standard’ agreement pledging to follow a code of conduct for its workers, a code developed and endorsed by many colleges and universities.” Tutoring company Clark has raised $2.2

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” Here’s a trend to watch in 2017 : companies and organizations who “help” schools buy ed-tech : The Hechinger Report looks at a couple of these , LEAP Innovations and LearnLaunch. No mention that these are backed by big companies and venture capitalists. ” Via Fast Company : “Want to Fight Inequality?

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s