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. After a license is obtained, schools can partner with a telecom company to provide broadband service to homes.

Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model

Edsurge

As textbook giants shift to all-digital products that integrate homework, students are essentially forced to buy digital materials from publishers to turn in their assignments. Other professors in the economics department declined to answer questions for this article.

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.

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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.

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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.” This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

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. Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

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.

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. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

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 28 & 29 Editions)

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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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*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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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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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 Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article. Celly is a free service that offers group text messaging and polling.

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.

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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.”)

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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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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. English Language Learners are a growing yet underserved segment of the U.S.

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

Hack Education

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

Hack Education

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?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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