Blackboard to Sell Open LMS Product for $31.7 Million

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Blackboard, a Reston, Va.-based As part of the deal, LTG will resell Blackboard products integrated with Open LMS. Existing Open LMS clients can still access Blackboard products already integrated with Open LMS.

Teacher-Student Digital Communication Makes for Good Learning

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With remote learning still at play, students now rely on virtual engagement with their teachers to have questions answered and assignments clarified. Email is not a new way students communicate with teachers, but it became more prevalent when schools were closed. By Michele Israel.

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4 Items on Instructure’s To-Do List After the Sale of the Canvas LMS Provider

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After ANGEL was acquired by Instructure rival Blackboard, Henderson served as president of learning platforms for Blackboard until 2013. The company’s interest in developing a data analytics service—once codenamed DIG and now known as Insights, per Benson—hasn’t gone away.

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Campus Edtech Has Shifted Focus From Tech to Ed

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Instructure, then an upstart challenger to Blackboard, made its bones on two major differentiators, one of which was “usability.” But it did save instructors huge amounts of time on an administrative task, and that left space for more meaningful work with their students.

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

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This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below). and students are thriving under innovative initiatives that include blended learning, tech-rich classrooms, and exposure to hope and opportunities for lifelong success. Considering the student as a whole, she says, is key.

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Meet Caliper, the Data Standard That May Help Us (Finally) Measure Edtech Efficacy

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This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” to one another. By enabling these connections, IMS, the nonprofit group that organized this event, hopes to create a plug-and play-educational ecosystem where tools can freely and seamlessly share information about student learning that educators can use to drive better learning outcomes. How Caliper Enables a Deeper Level of Data Sharing.

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

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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. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy.

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

Doug Levin

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. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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There’s more Department of Education news – relating to student loans in particular – in “the business of financial aid” section below. Letting the police decide what students should and should not read – totally a sign of a healthy democracy. Via The Hechinger Report : “In 6 states, school districts with the neediest students get less money than the wealthiest.” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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Via NPR : “ Hillary Clinton ’s Plan For America’s Students.” Via The Wall Street Journal : “The federal government is pumping $245 million into the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation with hopes of helping students in low-income communities.” ” Via the Data Quality Campaign : “ Student Data Privacy Legislation : A Summary of 2016 State Legislation.”

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Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. Furthermore, at launch, Pokémon Go demanded users sign over a great deal of personal data and grant permissions to the app that, for a time , gave it access to a user’s entire Google account. Handing over data, often quite thoughtlessly, has become par for the course – in education and in society more generally. To data about students’ immigration status?

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“Dean Dad” Matt Reed responds to Senator Alexander’s proposal to limit student loans. ” More on privacy legislation in the “privacy” section below. “ ACT said Monday that students with disabilities who apply for accommodations on the college entrance exam ‘will soon benefit from a new system that will simplify and speed up the application process,’” Politico reports. Education Politics.

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Via New America : “Why Does Betsy DeVos think Federal Student Loan Debt has Grown by 1,000 percent?” ” I tweeted that the DACA database is one of the most important issues in ed-tech right now, and if you’re an ed-tech entrepreneur who says “nobody in ed-tech tracks immigration data,” you need to GTFO. Via Engadget : “Trump signs executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights.”

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Via KPCC : “ LAUSD may try again to give an iPad or computer to every student.” ” The Orlando Sentinel on what students are learning in some of Florida’s voucher schools : “Private schools’ curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together.” Via The Atlantic : “The Confusing Information Colleges Provide Students About Financial Aid.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “How Textbook Rentals Undercut Students.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm). Students would be required to pay.