A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? |

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 23, 2017 Is It Time to Break Up Google? |

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Comments on the US DoEd Proposed Rule – Open Textbook Pilot Program

Iterating Toward Openness

” The overwhelming majority of “open textbooks” used in US higher education today are delivered to students via learning management systems (LMSs) like Blackboard, Canvas, and Desire2Learn. Assessments from a wide range of commercial publishers and OER providers inevitably end up on cheating websites where students share questions and answers with one another.

The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

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So far I’ve written about one-to-one computer programs and Open Educational Resources (OER). Top-selling LMS vendors include Blackboard, Canvas and Schoology. classrooms: Edmodo and Google Classroom — part of Google’s G Suite for Education. The game-changer aspect I find in schools’ use of an LMS, especially those that also employ one-to-one computing and OER, is how it becomes the classroom’s digital hub.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” In his book, Srnicek identifies five kinds of platforms: advertising platforms (like Google and Facebook), cloud platforms (like Salesforce and Amazon Web Services), industrial platforms (like GE and Siemens), product platforms (like Spotify), and lean platforms (like Uber and AirBnB). To believe that would require, of course, that we overlook the role that the major technology platforms – Google, Facebook, and Amazon – play in education.

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” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Faces Internal Backlash Over Handling of Sexual Harassment.” ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Employees Stage Worldwide Walkout.” “The Moodle / Blackboard Breakup: The Long and the Short of It” by e-Literate’s Michael Feldstein. Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.”

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

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godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here. 10:00AM: Tech Titans Battle for Market Share: How Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft are Reshaping the K-12 Landscape with Kevin Bushweller (Education Week), Chris Curran (Tyton Partners), Holly Yettick (Education Week Research Center), Keith Bockwoldt (Township High School District 214) and Tom Ryan (Sante Fe Public Schools & CoSN). Polish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

Google)’s biotech company, Calico. The former is a Department of Education initiative encouraging schools to adopt OER; the latter, which launched with a video message from First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the administration’s ConnectEd initiative, is a partnership between the Digital Public Library of America, the New York Public Library, and First Book to offer free e-books (although, to be clear, not openly licensed e-books) to low-income children.

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Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

MP3 and MP4 versions will be available as well as the full Blackboard Collaborate recordings, although they take some days to process. The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! We have an absolutely terrific lineup of keynote speakers.

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CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Happy 20th anniversary to Blackboard. Edsurge celebrates by reprinting Blackboard founder Matthew Pittinsky’s blog post “4 Secrets to Building a Tech Company for Higher Ed.” “Someone Hit the Internet with a Massive Google Doc Phishing Attack ,” Motherboard Vice reports.

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And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” ” Via Ars Technica : “Queen’s Brian May unveils Owl VR : His Victorian take on Google Cardboard.”

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. “ Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers,” The New York Times writes about the online retailer’s forays into “ OER.” Education Politics.

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” Via Bloomberg : “Inside Google ’s Shadow Workforce.” ” Just make a note of this for the next time you hear someone tout how great the hiring process and work environment are at Google. “The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. “ Blackboard ’s Debt Grows While Canvas Gains Contracts,” says ELearning Inside News.

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The NAACP endorses OER. There have been several stories recently calling the Google Books project a failure. ” Google announces more updates to its pseudo-LMS, Google Classroom. Inside Higher Ed examines the challenges facing LMS provider Blackboard. ” Via CNBC : “Google exec, Mark Cuban agree that these college majors are the most robot-resistant.” A report via Google Research : “ Unconscious Bias in the Classroom.”

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Via The New York Times : “ Google , in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans ” – so enjoy that Google Certification, educators. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” Via Techcrunch : “ Blackboard cofounder Michael Chasen takes CEO reins at PrecisionHawk.” ” That’d be Hugo Barra , a former Google exec.

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Via the Google blog : “ Google introduces Hire , a new recruiting app that integrates with G Suite.” ” Google boasts about “ teaching skills ” using VR. His wife is the co-founder of OER organization CK–12.). It’s 2017, and ed-tech is so “disruptive” that we’re still debating the LMS , a technology that is at least 30 years old (and that’s just if you date it to the founding of Blackboard.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy. People were relieved that there was a new alternative to Blackboard.

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week - Online, Free, and with Amazing Speakers and Presenters

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

It''s an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning , and the entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform, running out of my FutureofEducation.com community. The fourth annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) starts this Friday, October 11th, running for three days and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month.

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” That is, the latest from Blackboard announcing a string of changes to executive roles. Via Techcrunch : “ Udacity and Google launch free career courses for interview prep, resume writing and more.” ” Via the Google blog : “ Teaching coding , changing lives: Google.org supports MolenGeek.” “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein.