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In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

What expectations for the future mean we should do now

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. See the Quartz article linked below for a few examples.).

Why a Web of Connections—Not a Single Relationship—Should Surround Students

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Advocates for personalized learning have bold and plentiful ambitions for students: higher rates of engagement, greater persistence, healthy development and expanded opportunity—not to mention improved academics. Putting student-teacher connections at the center of personalized learning efforts is clearly a good idea, especially to curb a tendency to focus on technology over teaching. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students? Schools Try ‘Family Playlists’

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But it also represents an achingly missed opportunity—a chance to involve parents in what their children are learning. For the past 18 months, a pilot program in a South Bronx public school, called “Family Playlists,” developed by the New York-based nonprofit, PowerMyLearning , has used technology to increase families’ involvement in their students’ learning. She means inviting students to teach their families what they’re learning in school.

The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

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Read the page one story in The New York Times on North Dakota third-grade teacher, Kayla Delzer, who according to the reporter is one of the “tech-savviest teachers in the United States.” Reporter Natasha Singer says: Her third graders adore her. She agrees to use their products in her classroom and give the companies feedback. After reading the article, I asked myself: What larger issues does the story of Kayla Delzer illustrate?

Why a web of connections—not a single relationship—should surround students

The Christensen Institute

Advocates for personalized learning have bold and plentiful ambitions for students: higher rates of engagement, greater persistence, healthy development, and expanded opportunity—not to mention improved academics.

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22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

While I won’t claim to ever be perfect, I have learned so much over the last seventeen years. If this post helps some of you avoid the mistakes I learned early on, then it will accomplish its purpose! I work to reinforce the paperwork flow so we can focus on learning.

All the Upgrades and Updates From Apple, Google and More at ISTE 2018

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Joining them were an additional 6,000 reps from companies big and small. Fractions covers math standards for grades 3-6 and features a storyline and what the company calls “personalized feedback” through an online tutor. Frontline Education , a provider of K-12 data software, is developing a new feature (or “skill”) for Alexa that allows administrators to access data, such as teacher evaluation reports and employment rates, through voice-activated commands.

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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

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At this time of the year, some businesses are busy filing expenses and reports. But the company’s most compelling case for reclaiming pole position in the education market isn’t the tablet, argues EdSurge columnist Jin-Soo Huh. education—from curbing kids’ enthusiasm for learning to stifling new instructional practices and tools. But has Pearson, the world’s biggest education company, finally turned the corner on its rocky digital transformation journey?

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OPINION: The biggest tech trendsetter you know just may be – your local teacher

The Hechinger Report

As more teachers reinvent their classrooms as blended, personalized learning environments, something else is happening – the nation’s 3.6 Companies like these are creating free or freemium technologies, often designed by former teachers, to address real challenges.

When Is It Okay for Public School Officials to Attend Tech-Funded Events?

Edsurge

So these days, companies, nonprofits and researchers make working closely with teachers and administrators as one of their main priorities. In early November, The New York Times reported that Dallas Dance, former superintendent for the Baltimore County School District, had taken at least 65 out-of-state trips related to the district’s tech initiatives or involving industry-funded groups. This rule, he says, should apply to both for-profit companies and revenue generating nonprofits.

Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

Digital Promise

Educators and vendors often report friction in their interactions. Participating are Dr. Thomas Ralston, Superintendent of Avonworth School District in Pennsylvania, and Colette Coleman of Zinc Learning Labs, an online literacy platform for middle and high school students. That’s my passion — supporting engaging learning opportunities for kids. Lately, I’ve been looking for personalized learning or competency-based education resources.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

As such, expect an abbreviated (TBD) publishing schedule for ‘A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News’ in August. Here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition). school districts’ reports on their readiness for online testing.

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The Pros and Cons of Different Business Models in Edtech

Edsurge

Below is a quick summary of four common edtech business models, with an example of a company that is implementing each. Newsela , a personalized learning tool that allows students to read daily news articles and other nonfiction content at five different reading levels, uses this type of freemium model. The free version of their product gives students access to the daily articles along with comprehension quizzes.

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Are schools doing too much?

The Christensen Institute

News & World Report article by Andy Rotherham made a bold claim: school districts do too much. If we want to drive learning, the argument goes, school districts simply don’t have the capacity and wherewithal to do everything. A recent U.S.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I wrote “an explainer” of sorts on Thiel and his politics, and I listed the education companies that he’s invested in. Mostly surveillance posing as “ personalization ” startups. Inside Higher Ed has the story – and the censored article.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” Re-reading that article now makes me cringe. I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. The company has raised some $77.5 Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system.

‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief

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Earlier this month, a group of high school students in New York City took to the streets to protest their school’s online program, Summit Learning. Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn had become increasingly frustrated with Summit Learning. The Secondary School for Journalism is one of about 380 schools nationwide using Summit Learning, a personalized learning program that involves the use of an online instructional software, called the Summit Platform.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

When I first started working as a tech reporter, I assumed – naively – that venture capitalists were smart people who did thorough research before funding a company. I assumed that they looked to see if the company could do what it promised – financially, technologically. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, dropped out of Stanford to start the company when she was just 19. DreamBox Learning (adaptive learning): $130 million.

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

Doug Levin

Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” ” that by 2019 half of all high school classes will be taught over the internet ; Raised questions about a new study on personalized learning ; Added four new incidents to the K-12 cyber incident map ; and. Summer.

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Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Facebook’s Plans to “Personalize” Education. Facebook, like many digital technology companies, promises that in exchange for collecting your personal data – your name, your age, your gender, your photos, metadata on your photos, your location, your preferences, your browsing and clicking habits, your friends’ names – it will deliver “personalization.” ” A personalized news feed, for example. Personalized ads.

The Weaponization of Education Data

Hack Education

In education, there were breaches at colleges and universities, breaches at K–12 schools, breaches at the Department of Education, breaches at education technology companies, and breaches with software schools commonly use. ” It will enable “personalization.”

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

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. Another notable area of growth: the size of the report itself, which has expanded from 66 slides in 2011 to 355 this year , with the number of slides almost doubling in the last year alone. There is much to learn from the Meeker report.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Lights go out at Education Department headquarters – and may stay off for some time,” The Washington Post reports. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to push ahead with his nomination today, despite the numerous reports now about Brett Kavanaugh ’s history of drunkenness and alleged sexual assault. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom?

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3 Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson

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According to the MDR 2014 State of the K–12 Market Report, there’s a growing demand for solutions that improve teaching and personalized learning and educators are willing to consider new instructional models. Blog All About It–Before, During, & After Learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. It’s a bit tricky to do some weeks – because some weeks I’m traveling and some weeks a major event happens in the middle of the week making some of the “before” reporting seem a little odd. ” Via Chalkbeat : “In New York City schools, 40,000 students aren’t getting required special education services, report finds.”

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

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The participants: Large district: Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning, Broward County Public Schools, FL. They not only look at how the product would fit with their learning standards and curriculum, but the product must also work within their LMS. At every step, they involve the developers so the companies understand Broward’s expectations and why the team made its final decision. What role do learning goals play when searching for the best edtech?

Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

Hack Education

There has been plenty of speculation in the past few years that the latest law governing K–12 education in the US, ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2015), will promote programs and assessments that focus on “social and emotional learning,” not simply on the traditional indicators of schools’ performance – academics and test scores. There are promises about “ brain zapping ” to speed up learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Reports.” ” More on the report from Pacific Standard. ” “ Turkey has reacted angrily to suggestions that it might tone down its attack on Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi if the United States agrees to extradite an opponent of President Erdogan,” The Times reports. Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.”

'The Ed-Tech Mafia'

Hack Education

I know it’s trend to criticize keynotes and lectures and claim that they’re terrible ways to learn. It’s a great story, particularly if you want to wield that factoid along with a product pitch for more “active learning” – like clicking on things.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Apologies that this week this article is a day late. ” (Related: “Theranos investor Tim Draper blames the company’s downfall on an investigative journalist,” Business Insider reports.). ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online charter school company. Report Says No to a For-Profit Accreditor – but It Might Not Matter.”

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? Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye the week of March 13, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition).

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Rationalizing Those 'Irrational' Fears of inBloom

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This article first appeared on Points, a Data & Society publication in February 2017. Those who worked on the initiative seemed to ignore the legacy of the expensive and largely underutilized ARIS (Achievement Reporting and Innovation System) system that had been built for New York City schools, for example, hiring many of ARIS’s staff and soliciting the company in charge of building it, Wireless Generation, to engineer the inBloom product.

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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. Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” Thank God we spent the last 20 years paying a dozen middle-aged white men to rehash the same articles on how political correctness on campus is the true threat to free speech [link] — Dara Very Rude Elevator Screamers Kaye (@DaraKaye) October 29, 2018.