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Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Back in the 80s Tim Berners-Lee was launching the World Wide Web, Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had become the wealthiest person in the world, and Mark Zuckerberg was busy being born. Let's take a look by looking at social media examples.

The Complexities of 'Belonging' in the Digital Age, Part 1

The Playground Advocate

I recently read an interesting article on Fast Company by Sebastian Buck titled "The Best Brands Are The Ones That Build 'Belonging'." There is much to recommend this article, but I want to focus on 2 things: First, I buy it.

Better Presentations with Sway

ProfHacker

I recently came across an article in Fast Company that reminded me that I had the Sway app sitting unused on my phone since February. Sway is Microsoft’s new presentation (and more!) And the presentation can be shared on social media, as well as embedded on the web.

20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. If you delete the apps for social media, you’re not deleting the social media service.

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Does Child Privacy Even Matter?

EdNews Daily

Things like what your child has posted on social media were particularly important. Her company, PRIVO , works with companies like Disney, as well as school districts. All the big industrial companies from the 20th century have fallen in relative value.

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Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

So I started with her, creating the social media guidelines for the New York City Department of Education. She writes incredible articles and blog posts, and then she sends me the blog post. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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6 Things Every High School Senior Should Have Access To Before Graduation

EdNews Daily

In another article shared on Forbes, Zack Friedman says , “ There are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 The opportunities to create an online business are endless, and many young entrepreneurs are already starting their own companies.

The Fault Lines Between Sharing and Shilling for an Edtech Product

Edsurge

At issue is whether “ambassador” programs and other branding efforts, wherein companies give teachers T-shirts, gift cards and other perks, constitute ethical violations. The practice is widespread from top to bottom: Apple, Google and Microsoft train and certify teachers who demonstrate expertise with their wares. Clearly, the article has touched a nerve in the education community about the fault lines between preaching and pitching products.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

No need to dig far to discern what I think about it as I am quoted in the article. Heck, you should see what surprises my inbox holds some days: (I did not take the company up on its offer.).

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Five Instances Your “Free” Education Software May Actually Cost You by @edsby

TeacherCast

If a software company wants to give its product away free to educators, that’s a good thing for schools, teachers and students, right? Many companies give away products that educators can use for free. An earlier version of this article was originally published in SEEN Magazine.

Top 5 Takeaways from ISTE 2018

techlearning

Google for Education, Microsoft EDU, BrainPOP, and Apple all offered multi-level certification options on the Saturday and Sunday preceding ISTE 2018. It provided opportunities to have real, one-on-one, conversations with small start-up companies eager to make a difference in education.

3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

Places like Google, Microsoft, PBS, SMART, Promethean, BrainPop, and Common Sense Education. We would bring these teachers together to connect with each other, have a direct connection with the company, and of course share their knowledge across the schools and districts.

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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Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

edWeb.net

Life Schools Charter School’s digital citizenship initiative began when they started to notice that many students were posting on social media about their location and other personal details. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

Edsurge

She agrees to use their products in her classroom and give the companies feedback. And she recommends their wares to thousands of teachers who follow her on social media. “I After reading the article, I asked myself: What larger issues does the story of Kayla Delzer illustrate? Now with the internet and social media, there is far more evidence of entrepreneurial teachers documented in blogs, Facebook postings, and start-up businesses.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” Re-reading that article now makes me cringe. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Verge : “ Microsoft secures $480 million HoloLens contract from US Army.” The only other media attending the event would be a national crew from ABC.” Sometimes it’s fun to look back at old stories that the tech press dutifully pumped out about this company. Tutoring company Topica Edtech Group has raised $50 million from Northstar Group.

Trends to watch in 2016: technologies

Bryan Alexander

Making content, including news articles and headlines. Now there’s a bipartisan interest in cracking down on social media ( thank you Trump and Clinton ), plus a drive to weaken encryption so the NSA can have better eyes with which to see you.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. It ignores what happens in Seattle: the home of Amazon, Microsoft, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Sandler is also the founder of the ed-tech company Nibletz. ” I’m putting this story here as it discusses VCs’ willingness to continue to invest in Mike Cagney , the former head of the student loan company SoFi. The company: RIB Software SE. “ Apple is now a $1 trillion company,” says The Verge. My apologies that this is a day late.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. ” SEL is “social emotional learning,” of course. Learn-to-code company Codeverse has raised $10 million in seed funding from Listen Ventures.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Guardian : “ Toby Young quits New Schools Network , citing media pressure.” ” Also via Wired : “Companies Are Cashing in on Reality TV for Tots.” ” Apple held one of its big media events this week, this one focused on education. ” Via Techcrunch : “Comparing Apple , Google and Microsoft ’s education plays.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” After someone noticed that Microsoft had boasted that it was working with ICE , Nitasha Tiku says that “Microsoft’s Ethical Reckoning Is Here.” 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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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?). Via The New York Times : “ Microsoft to Cut Up to 4,000 Sales and Marketing Jobs.”

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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. “ Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go,” says Edsurge. ” From the press release (which explains why there’d be an article on the company this week): “ YouTube joins forces with Britannica to provide easier access to credible and authoritative information.” The company has raised $20.4

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

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. Microsoft and Apple are two.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Although no doubt, Microsoft, now the owner of Minecraft, would like us all to repeat that particular storyline.) 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Princeton University and Microsoft have joined together to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. If your marketing department thinks this is a good idea, if your media studies department thinks this is a good idea, tell them to read more. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “$100M Gift to National U for ‘ Social Emotional Learning ’ ” The money comes from South Dakota businessman T. The company has raised $15.7 Microsoft has acquired GitHub.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” “Harvard Management Company to Lay Off Half Its Staff,” The Harvard Crimson reports.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Meanwhile on Campus… The New York Times on “How the Parkland Students Got So Good at Social Media ” – a really important corrective, I’d argue, to that “digital native” silliness.