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Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side

Edsurge

When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side. They self-organized readings and key points to examine.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Thanks to those who helped spread the word of its release and for offering feedback. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Why are colleges and universities handing over more than half of their tuition to online program managers? |

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Thanks to those who helped spread the word of its release and for offering feedback. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Why are colleges and universities handing over more than half of their tuition to online program managers? |

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Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

According to data compiled by Quartz, the percentage of females enrolled in the discipline has actually declined, from nearly 40 percent in the 1980s to under 20 percent today. Exposure may be one factor: A Google-sponsored Gallup report ( PDF ) that found that female students are less aware of online and local opportunities to learn computer science. Gender is just one part of the diversity problem confronting many technology companies today.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. Indeed, it is not hard to find examples in current events that substantiate this view (e.g.,

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 37 Edition)

Doug Levin

I take it as a given that thanks to online advertising and the rise of information brokers that we live in a time of extreme information asymmetry , a time in which the few tools available for individuals to give or withhold consent about personal information collection and analysis are insufficient to the task – if not under existential threat. Indeed, it is not hard to find examples in current events that substantiate this view (e.g.,

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Various education-related updates – via The New York Times : “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.” ” Via Edsurge : “From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education.” Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” That bill: the move to re-authorize the Higher Education Act. Via Inside Higher Ed : “A graduation rate requirement for access to special funds for minority-serving institutions in a proposed House Republican rewrite of the Higher Education Act would exempt historically black colleges and universities.” “ Higher-Ed Lobbyists Are Told to Make Peace With Republicans,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

One of the most important stories this past week was the Trump Administration’s announcement that it planned to end the DACA program, putting the immigration status and safety of some 800,000 people into question. Buzzfeed reported that – as of 9pm Thursday at least – “ Betsy DeVos Still Hasn’t Said Anything About Trump’s Decision To End DACA.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.”

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

If nothing else, I’ve wanted as many days in December to pass as possible so that my calculations for the total amount of venture funding invested during the year were as accurate as I could get them to be when I hit ”publish.“ I think it’s safe to say, for example, that venture capital investment has fallen off rather precipitously this year. ” “ Crossing the chasm to profitability.” ” “ A path to profitability.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Education Week : “The Polarizing Pick to Be Betsy DeVos ’ Right-Hand Man.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Candice Jackson on Campus Sex Assault : ‘We’re Not Asking Schools to Step In as Courts of Law’ ” Via The New York Times : “ Melania Trump , in Michigan, Urges Middle Schoolers to ‘Choose Kindness ’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Rand Paul ’s New Target: Peer Review.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Trump Move on Job Training Brings ‘ Skills Gap ’ Debate to the Fore.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday.” Tech CEOs visited the White House to talk about “modernizing” a.k.a.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The LA Times : “ Betsy DeVos ’ visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prompts complaints from some students.” “Why DeVos’s Parkland Visit Failed,” according to The Atlantic. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. ” “ DACA Lives, but for How Long? Look to Japan.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. There are stories about the school shooting in Florida and its ramifications in several sections below (and I will be the first to admit I have not gathered even close to all the links that are in circulation this week). President Trump has tried to blame the school shooting in Florida on everything but guns. ” Bill Gates has no idea how much Rice-a-Roni costs.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. ” “More than 150 House and Senate Democrats sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter Monday that objected to her department’s recently announced shift in how it chooses the contractors that service federal student loans ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via Buzzfeed : “How Betsy DeVos Could Break Up The Charter School Coalition.”

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This new weekly blog post / email is replacing the regular email I have sent out for the last couple of years for the now-defunct Host-Your-Own-Webinar program (I still have hopes of resurrecting that near-to-my-heart program, and when that happens we''ll wrap it into this weekly missive). Huge thanks to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science , the founding sponsor of the conference. Send your best wishes to Peggy , Lorna , and Kim !