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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology. CREATE – Collaboartion, Resources, Educate, Apps, Technology, Enriching. ICT – Information Communications Technology.

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VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

Edsurge

Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. Not only do they need the skills to navigate and utilize technology, but they need to understand how technology can connect them with people, places, and resources that were previously unreachable. Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. Not ready to dig through all OERs and curate on your own?

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In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU

Edsurge

Here’s more of what we heard and saw on Monday at SXSW EDU: A Sustainable Future for OER Monday marked day one of Open Education Week, and speakers at a panel used the opportunity to discuss the potential for open educational resources as an alternative to increasingly unaffordable textbooks—as well as the challenges and misconceptions that the open movement still faces. Still, sustainable ways to fund OER into the future remains an open question. Education Technology

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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom. Ask questions that assess how a leader integrates and dictates technology into his/her projects and to those he/she leads.

OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

I said my piece in the updated article that spurred my original comment (including that the service the company in question provides looks “interesting and valuable,” especially in the context of the K-12 assessment market). The Pro-OER Elephant Test.

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

Doug Levin

Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 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 10 Edition). fund to boost technology for kids | Belgrade News → The idea behind the initiative is to set up every student in the district with their own computing device.

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100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

Encourage students create a doll of themselves by using ratios, proportions and technology. First, I was specifically searching for a math-related spark since so many math teachers struggle with integrating technology.

Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Edsurge

Using OER is hard. Finding good lessons, videos, articles and activities is hard. Over sandwiches and iced tea, we talked about the challenges of OER. This led to a conversation about TextGenome and our work developing technology to improve reading comprehension with Drs. Freddy has been studying how kids learn to read for four decades and has written more than 100 peer reviewed articles on the subject.

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Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators

Edsurge

Back in February, an EdWeek Market brief reported that Amazon Education was starting to beta-test a new platform with educators, helping teachers navigate the jungles of open educational resources (or OERs, for short). A free, mostly-OER platform (see below for why it’s “mostly OER”), Amazon Inspire works like a search engine for educational videos, lesson plans and games. Editor's Note: This article was updated on 6/28 with additional information.

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Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Edsurge

Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. To answer this question, I have to examine my own experience with OER and its advocates. To me, using OER felt like a no-brainer. Many working in open education praised me for being so involved in the movement as an educator dealing with OER on the ground. We know that many educators today are using OER. I am not referring to OER usage in the classroom.

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. Eventually, I was able to find all but three of my 11 textbooks for my master’s degree in educational technology freely available on the library website, not to mention plenty of other materials (e.g., case studies and articles I had purchased over the years). In 2013, Inside Higher Ed wrote an article about double-spending at universities.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

Edsurge

And of course there are other vendors, like Elsevier and Wiley (like Jones Soda and RC) and openly-licensed resources known as OER, or open education resources (which are something like a Sodastream homebrew). If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

Preview: Books I’ll Be Reading This Summer

ProfHacker

Education and Technology: Critical Approaches. The book “brings together texts which question the hypothetical neutrality of technology and are not based upon reductionist or universalised views of a world that is, indeed, marked by difference, complexity and inequality” (p.

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Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. In February of 2014, Obama rounded up technology donations worth more than a $1 billion from U.S. The future of ConnectED: Exactly how much play should and does the government have in bringing edtech to K-12?

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HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

NeverEndingSearch

The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” ” Via Nesta : “ What is the evidence for edtech ?”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. Via Campus Technology : “Recipients of 2018 McGraw Prize in Education Revealed.” Because technology imperialism. Technology Will Save Us has raised $4.2

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Via the Getting Smart blog : “Incubating EdTech: AT&T Announces 4th Aspire Accelerator Class.” See also, from the press release : “ ETS and LearnLaunch to Fund Edtech Startups.”

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Via ABC News : “ A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over the magazine’s debunked article about a University of Virginia gang rape was tossed out by a judge Tuesday. Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Artificial Intelligence: Could emerging technologies ‘humanize’ teaching & learning? “ Will these four technology trends change education in India?

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via MIT Technology Review : “ DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp.” “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable?

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technologizing” the government. Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). ” “Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe,” according to an investor in Edsurge. The list of which education technology companies have raised the most money is more so. (National) Education Politics.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Speaking of predictions about the “future of work,” Campus Technology says that “ Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.” Frontline Education has acquired Prologic Technology Systems.

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “ AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Edsurge : “ Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers.” ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. ” Perhaps protest Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab ?

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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. Perhaps I need to start a new section in this article where I look at these sorts of b t predictions and proclamations and cliches. Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley.

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” “ No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal,” Edsurge frets. “ The Office of Educational Technology Under DeVos” by Doug Levin. A report from VC firm GSV Acceleration : “It’s a Breakout: Capital Flows In the Learning and Talent Technology Market.” ” ( No disclosure in this article that Edsurge shares investors with Guild Education.). The Trump Budget.

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” asks WaPo’s Valerie Strauss, before reprinting an article by UVA professor Dan Willingham.). The NAACP endorses OER. Perhaps this will help the Grovo fellows: “Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig – From the EdSurge Jobs Team.” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.” IHE ed-tech blogger Joshua Kim wonders “Who Exactly Holds This Neoliberal EdTech Ideology ?” Education Politics.

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Educause has published an article about “ The Mastery Transcript Consortium ,” a group of independent schools that are “reinventing” the college transcript. (I’m IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. ” Via the South China Morning Report : “ China’s online education market to grow 20pc annually, bolstered by new technologies.”

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According to Edsurge’s calculations , “US Edtech Brings in $122M in June.” ” Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill has updated a 2015 article with new data : “How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks ?” ” Phil Hill also weighs in on the latest Babson survey on OER. “Researchers Target Brain-Scanning Technology to Improve Ed. Presidential Campaign Politics. Convention Week #2.

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” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter. Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.”

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Hack Education

” From the article: Zuckerberg revealed that he wants to ensure that education has a chance to flourish in VR. A Techcrunch op-ed : “Why edtech can’t grow as much as healthtech.” ” From the EdTech Researcher blog : “ Project Based Learning as Mindset.” Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week.

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Hack Education

“ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. ” asks the Student Experience Manager of the Minerva Project in an article in Edsurge. Techcrunch lists 11 technologies that “want to hack your brain.” ” Via Edsurge : “Why Moodle ’s Mastermind, Martin Dougiamas, Still Believes in Edtech After Two Decades.”

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Hack Education

This isn’t a “meanwhile on campus story,” but I’m not sure where else to put articles about sexual harassment and sexual assault. Via The MIT Technology Review : “Finally, a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees.” ” “ Coding Boot Camps Are in Trouble, but New York City Has a Plan to Shape Them Up,” says MIT Technology Review. (“The Plan” is really more of “ a report.”). The business of OER.